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J. Crew cutting it down to size

- July 16th, 2014

J. Crew unzipped its reasons behind the introduction of their 000 size.

A spokesperson for the U.S. retailer told the popular morning show Today, it is responding to customer demand by introducing the size, specifically in the Asian markets. However, this explanation is not enough for those who have spoken out about the super-petite size. This includes celebrity chef and TV host Rachel Ray who blasted the company just last week.

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A customer walks into a clothing retailer J.Crew store in Manhattan, New York, March 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Mike Sega)

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Ellen Degeneres launching lifestyle brand

- July 8th, 2014

Ellen Degeneres doesn’t shy away from busting a move whether on her show or the dance floor; it’s no wonder she’s making the move into the lifestyle business.

According to an interview with WWD.com, the talk show host is launching her own lifestyle brand, E.D. just in time for Christmas this year.

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want it to be the biggest brand name that you can imagine,” Degeneres told WWD.com.

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Ellen Degeneres takes the stage to host the show at the start of the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

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Makeup tutorial video good for your soul and your face

- July 3rd, 2014

It’s no secret YouTube is the go-to source for of all things DIY, especially when it comes to makeup and beauty.

Why spend money on professionals when Michelle Phan shares tutorial videos weekly, and with almost an average of 1 million views per post, who wouldn’t listen and watch? According to a recent survey beauty vloggers are definitely influential, with 61% of women saying they regularly watch beauty vlogs.

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Screengrab from Anna Akana’s How to put on your face video. (YouTube/AnnaAkana)

Cue Anna Akana, an actress and vlogger based in Los Angeles. I happened across her video, ‘How to put on your face’ on Facebook, and figured it was another makeup how-to – how shallow of me.

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The Hudson’s Bay slammed for carrying ‘skinny tees’

- June 24th, 2014

The first time I felt chubby and wanted to look like someone who wasn’t me happened after I saw Kate Moss on the cover of some teen magazine I was into at the time. I was 14. She looked so unconventionally beautiful and so skinny. I wanted to be that skinny. And as a 14-year-old, I tried everything to get there.

To be clear, I don’t blame Kate Moss for my body dysmorphic issues or the yo-yo dieting that went on for more than a decade. This is not about Kate Moss, at all.

But critics did blame the model in 2009 after she revealed some of her mottos, one of which included,  ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.’

If you’ve read articles about pro-anorexia culture, thinspro or blogs dedicated to the thin-obsessed, you’re familiar with this slogan that is used as a tagline for those with eating disorders. It’s used with pride and as encouragement to be the thinnest sometimes to very tragic results.

This is why a lot of people are outraged that The Hudson’s Bay is selling T-shirt with the slogan on it.

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Natalia Manzocco/Twitter

Canadian-born designer Christopher Lee Sauve is behind the T-shirt design, and is defending his artistic creation saying it’s meant to be the opposite of the pro-anorexia slogan. But Tweeps aren’t impressed.

 

 

While Christopher Lee Sauve has defended his work on his blog saying “the design was not intended to be pro-anorexia but the opposite,” it seems The Bay is listening to its customers as it’s reportedly now pulled the design.

I don’t think this incident is a blame game issue, rather it’s a display about our culture that idolizes the unattainable. It also shows that we’ve got a long way to go until body-positive trumps the negative. It’s upsetting to see creative designers and pop culture figures promoting or even publicizing a slogan that has and continues to cause mental and physical anguish for women and men everywhere. What’s worse is that there is profit being made, be it monetary or in the form of publicity. What do you think? Leave me a comment below.