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!
“I think you should dress exactly how you want to dress,” says actress-turned-designer Melissa McCarthy (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for HSN)
Did you know that funny-woman Melissa McCarthy’s first interest was fashion design? In fact, it was such a passion that she studied fashion in college before going into comedy. In this week’s People Magazine style issue (set to hit stores today) McCarthy gives her reasons why fashion should be fun and shares her style tips with the launch of her fashion line. Melissa McCarthy 77 will be available in sizes 4 through 28 and is designed for women of all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life.
Earlier this week I watched as People’s executive editor, Kate Coyne, outline some of McCarthy’s style tips on Good Morning America: 1) fashion should be fun, 2) ignore the rules and wear what makes you happy, and 3) pay it forward. But what struck me most was McCarthy’s mission to make sure that all sizes of her collection are grouped together. Said Coyne, “She wants all of the sizes of her clothes to be in the same place on the main floor of stores. So this idea of a woman who might be a slightly larger size can’t go shopping with her friends because at a certain point it’s like, ‘Bye, see you later, I have to go over by the tire section to where my clothes are;’ that’s crazy, and she’s calling out a lot of stores on that and demanding that all of her sizes be kept together.”
Melissa McCarthy is giving us a lot to think about. I love that.
Wearing my aviator-style sunglasses before I heard the bad news
A few years ago, I saved my money for a pair of Maui Jim aviator-style sunglasses and delighted myself with the purchase. I have been wearing them happily ever since. Until today, when I heard on Good Morning America that these types of sunglasses actually harm you when it comes to sun exposure. Excuse me? You mean not all sunglasses help protect the eyes? You mean not all sunglasses are created equal?
Apparently, not. Simply said, the aviator-style doesn’t give you enough sun protection, lets in too much light, and may actually give you wrinkles in the creases of your eyes. And the metal frame can cause your skin to burn where it touches your face. Aw, come on! With this style, there is a cosmetic consequence (wrinkling and sun damage) and a medical consequence to your eyes (risk of cataracts, cancers, etc.). Better to wear plastic frames, with wider sides that cover and wrap around your face. And of course, UV protection is essential.
It’s still a good idea to wear sunscreen on your face (at least an SPF 30) and a hat if you can. But this fashion news is disheartening. I’m not buying it. Bummer – I already did!
Photo by Alexandra
Katy Perry – Photo credit: Walljozz.com
“I like to go out there looking like a strong woman, because I am strong. But I am also a woman who goes through all kinds of problems and highs and lows.” ~ Katy Perry
Is this about fashion? Maybe not, but I awakened this morning to see Katy Perry on Good Morning America and a smile came to my face. She was there to promote her new single, ROAR, and to announce a contest with the GMA audience. I love Katy Perry. Yes, I love Katy Perry, especially since watching the documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Not just for her quirky style and original fashion choices, but mostly because she is a beacon of light and glows from within. Her music inspires me, brings out the dreamer in me and drives my boys crazy but that’s okay. They can give their mom this.
What a refreshing positive role model for young girls – and older girls too!