Brava, Gaga!

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I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga 

I don’t get it: Lady Gaga was body-shamed after her performance at the Super Bowl Halftime show? First of all, I can’t imagine anything to criticize. And shaming? Why? But it was Lady Gaga’s response that warmed my heart, with her positivity and empowering message. And by the way, the fashion show was amazing. Those sculptural shoulder pads from the opening number (fully-beaded futuristic costume designed by Atelier Versace) – accentuated by a bright, red lip? To die for!

Good for her – Brava, Gaga!

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Redefining the Swimsuit Model

Yazemeenah Rossi

Yazemeenah Rossi: The Dreslyn x Land of Women

When you are yourself and you don’t try to copy, you get power. And you feel that power the more you go on in life.“​ ~ Model, Yazemeenah Rossi

Yazemeenah Rossi is definitely herself. This star of a new swimsuit campaign for The Dreslyn has a lot to say about feeling her personal power. At 60 years old, Rossi exudes confidence and a strong sense of self. And she is doing it her way and staying true to herself, opting to keep her hair both long and gray (who says you have to cut your hair as you age??). The Dreslyn didn’t airbrush out wrinkles, either – refreshing for a swimsuit model.

Positive body image – at any age –  is truly inspiring. Wouldn’t it be nice if more brands followed suit and hired models of all ages? Beautiful. Real. I’m buying it!

 

 

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Body Positive Messaging For Men

Photo courtesy, Target

Photo courtesy, Target

Model Ashley Graham is changing the conversation for the modeling industry and reshaping the standards regarding women’s sizing. And now, Zach Miko, the plus-size male model who caught the industry’s attention modeling on Target’s website, is bringing awareness for male models, as well. Miko has just signed with IMG Models to its brand-new plus-size Brawn division. At six feet, six inches tall, with a 40-inch waist, he is able to offer men a better idea of what the clothing will actually look like on their bodies.

Miko, a New York-based actor and musician, is proud of his size and stature. He recently spoke with Chubstr, an online site for men of many sizes, about the need for the fashion industry to embrace more body types. Says Miko: “I can only hope that other companies will take the lead of companies like Target and finally show real people, with real bodies, looking as beautiful as they are, in clothes that look great on them.”

I love these conversations that are bringing change to our perception of health and beauty. It’s a huge step in the right direction and I’m buying it!

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Joining the RunwayRiot!

Iskra

Iskra Lawrence courtesy of RunwayRiot

For too long the fashion industry has made the majority of women feel inferior, but we’re DONE with feeling invisible. Starting today, RunwayRiot, the fashion and beauty site for all women is celebrating you.” ~ RunwayRiot

Good Morning America greeted me with an inspired interview with model Iskra Lawrence. Committed to championing body diversity and improving the image of women in the media, 25 year-old model and fashion editor Lawrence is starting a movement today, with the launch of RunwayRiot, a new style and fashion site. Says Lawrence, “We plan to create a home for women to come and feel inspired. It’s going to be the first chance for women to feel included in fashion from 0’s to 28’s. We’re going to talk about cool and trendy clothes for all sizes.” Lawrence, who has been in the fashion industry for twelve years, is using her experience to start a fresh conversation. The website will have absolutely no re-touching and will embrace the beauty in all of us. We are all more than a size – we are more than a label. Here it is, for all women! #jointheriot I’m buying it!

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