Body Positivity In The Fashion Industry

Body Positivity In The Fashion Industry

It is time to love the skin that you are in.
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Recently, there has been a huge focus on body positivity in the fashion industry, especially when it comes to plus-size individuals. As a result, there have been numerous new plus-size lines being introduced to the world.

Several huge names in the industry have all been part of the movement to include bigger sizes for their customers, including Forever 21, Calvin Klein, and even Victoria's Secret. The movement is experiencing a huge success and it has a great following behind it.

Along with the new sizes being introduced, there have also been several new campaigns that have advertised the new sets of clothes. Due to the campaigns, we all are finally able to see plus-sized models in the spotlight. One of the most inspiring campaigns came from Forever 21's new fitness line which was made especially for plus-sized individuals. Out of the numerous campaigns broadcasted around the world, Forever 21's had to be one of the most inspiring.

All of the gear that was produced had "No Days Off" printed somewhere on the piece. This little slogan shut down many stereotypes about bigger individuals and showed that not all plus-sized individuals are unhealthy and lazy.

While there has been tremendous amounts of support for the campaigns, some individuals have had their own criticism about the movement. Many individuals believe that this movement shames "skinny" people and others who don't fit in the plus-size categories. What many companies have decided to do is have a variety of models of all shapes, sizes, and colors so that nobody is left out. So far, the complaints have decreased tremendously.

It is really refreshing to see all women being recognized for their beauty, no matter what they look like.

Another argument that has been made by many companies about the campaign is that sales could possibly decrease due to plus-size models trying to sell the released product. Unfortunately, there are studies that support this claim and it is found that customers are more likely to buy clothes that have been modeled by a more petite model.

It is astounding to see how far body positivity in fashion has come. Hopefully, in the near future, there will no longer be a need for a "plus-size" label and clothes will only be labeled based on their actual measurement. While we are still so far away from finding a perfect equilibrium, at least there is a solid foundation for the movement.

It's so great to see how fashion is allowing women and men to love the skin that they are in.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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A Second Person Has Achieved Long-Term Remission Of The HIV Virus

A second man has had long term remission of the HIV virus.

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Over a decade after the first man, known as the Berlin Patient, was declared HIV-free, another patient may also be cured. Though it's too early for scientists to say for sure, the London Patient has been in a long term remission for around 18 months without the help of medication. Both men were treated with a bone marrow transplant. However, these stem cells carried a rare mutation in the genes that affect the production of the CCR5 protein, which HIV viruses latch onto to enter the cell. The virus cannot latch onto the mutated version of the protein, thus blocking its entry into the cells.

With the transplant of these HIV resistant genes, the body effectively builds a new immune system free of the virus.

After the Berlin Patient went into remission, scientists tried and failed to replicate the cure and were unable to until the London Patient, whose HIV count has reduced into undetectable numbers. While this is extremely helpful, bone marrow transplants are not a viable option to cure all HIV infected people, as it is an extremely risky process and comes with many side effects. Even so, scientists are developing ways to extract bone marrow from HIV infected people, genetically modifying them to produce the same mutations on the CCR5 gene or the inability to express that gene at all, and then replacing it back into the patient so they can still build resistance without the negative effects of a bone marrow transplant. There have also been babies whose genomes have been edited to remove the CCR5 gene, allowing them to grow up resistant to HIV.

This does not eliminate the threat of the HIV virus, however.

There is another strand of the virus, called X4, that uses the CXCR4 protein to enter the cell. Even if the editing of the CCR5 allows immunity against one strand, it is possible for a person to be infected with the X4 strand of the virus. Despite this, immunization against one strand could save a countless number of lives, as well as the vaccine that is currently in the stages of development for HIV. Along with the London Patient, there are 37 other patients who have received bone marrow transplants, six of which from donors without the mutation.

Of these patients, number 19, known as the Dusseldorf Patient, has been off anti-HIV drugs for 4 months. It may not be a complete cure, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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