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If You Think Plus-Sized Models Are Promoting Obesity, Then YOU Are Part Of The Problem

Newsflash: you cannot tell someone's health by their size and shape.


Twenty-three percent. That is how much less the average model weighs than the average woman.

To put this into perspective, imagine you are a 5'7" female and weigh 145 pounds. Your model counterpart would weigh a mere 111 pounds, which is classified as severely underweight. However, apparently plus-sized models are the ones causing a problem in this industry.

If you are one of the people who thinks plus-sized models are a problem, then you are fatphobic.

We, as a country, are placing underweight individuals on a pedestal as if being underweight is the biggest accomplishment you could ever achieve. Newsflash: being underweight puts you at risk for serious health concerns, despite the general population assuming that "skinny" equals "healthy" while "fat" equals "unhealthy."

You cannot tell someone's health based on their size and shape.

Faphobia, despite what many people seem to believe is real. In the news today you will see so many articles regarding stopping transphobia, sexism, agism, racism... but what about fatphobia?

If you go to Dairy Queen and see a fat person buying ice cream, do you assume they are overindulging? If you see on a television show a fat person sitting and watching TV, do you assume they are lazy? Now, what if you replace the fat person with a thin person — would you assume that the thin person is getting a much-needed treat or that the thing person is resting?

Now, how about we have a little talk about this giant misconception that plus-sized models are promoting obesity, OK?

First off, plus-sized models are not strutting around naked. They are pictured in magazines or on television to promote clothing or swimsuits or lingerie. They are strutting their stuff to sell clothes, not to convince the world that their body type is the perfect body type (because there is NO perfect body type. Bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. That is why we need models of different shapes and sizes. Pretty elementary, right?).

Secondly, in accordance with my first point, is health. Health, despite the ever-growing criticism against plus-sized models, has nothing to do with fashion. Health is a different journey for every individual person. You could be underweight and be close to heart failure and have your bone density plummeting. You could be at a healthy weight and have a problem such as a thyroid condition or diabetes. You could be fat and have perfect cholesterol and no obvious problems. Pictured above is Ashley Graham, a plus-sized model. She typically models US size 14 to 16. She works out on a regular basis and she eats healthy foods. Ashley Graham is also curvy and fat. Let me reiterate this again — skinny does not equal healthy and fat does not equal unhealthy. You have no idea how the inside of someone's body is functioning just by looking at them, so do not pretend that you do.

Third, genetics. Genetics can play a huge part in someone's weight. If someone has a certain gene present, they are more likely to be overweight or obese. Should they make it their life's mission to "slim down" instead of enjoying their life and embracing who they are?

Plus-sized models are not promoting obesity.

They are helping sell clothes in different sizes and shapes that the media does not often portray. However, I think they are doing much more than that. They are promoting self-love and body-positivity for individuals who do not look like the cookie-cut model who is 23% underweight.

So many young girls and young boys do not feel like they can be confident in themselves because they do not look like the people portrayed in magazines or on the television. By showing plus-sized models in the media, we are showing that other body types are OK and other body types are beautiful.

If you think plus-sized models are promoting obesity, then YOU are part of the problem.

Cover Image Credit:

Ashley Graham / Instagram

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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The Faces And Future Of Sustainability In The Fashion Industry

The science is unanimous: climate change is real, and it's only getting worse.


While the conversation surrounding climate change is often plagued by alarmist statements and perilous precautions, there is a practical and hopeful narrative that can be found in its solutions. As much finger pointing as society likes to do, the causes of climate change would take all ten fingers and more to point out the root issues. One of the culprits that hit closest to home is the fashion industry. As an aspiring design major, I've been directly faced with the reality of the industry's harmful habits. Quick turnaround, high demand, and evolving expectations make the production environment very complex to navigate at the least.

Although the fashion industry caters to just about 7 billion people, it doesn't excuse companies, brands, and labels from producing at the expense of our world. Despite the long-held attitude of indifference towards its side-effects; as of late, climate science has left no choice for the industry but to change course. The science has made it evident that we've run out of time to be apathetic; action must be taken, and it must be taken now.

Enter the side of the climate change conversation that's introduced a variety of initiatives to promote change. Whether it's recycling ocean plastic into tennis shoes like Adidas, using up waste fabrics from larger companies like Zero Waste Daniel, or Kate Hudson's Happy x Nature, which has been developed from sustainable materials, the fashion industry is venturing into a greener future.

Adidas first announced its plans to create a sneaker from recycled ocean plastic in 2015, "Parley for the Oceans." Since the release of their first tennis shoe four years ago, they sold 5 million pairs in 2018, and they're aiming to turn out 11 million pairs in 2019. Ocean plastic is a huge threat to marine life, and it's not enough to just stockpile it in a landfill. Adidas's product development team cleverly provided a solution for at least some of that plastic. What's great about the shoe, too, is that it retails right around the price point of most of their other styles at around $130.

Alongside Adidas's recycling, Zero Waste Daniel, a designer based in Brooklyn, NY, has made it his mission to use excess fabric scraps from the industry in his own designs. Using a number of techniques, Daniel combines these remnants into new fabrics, fashions them into appliqués or mosaics, or creates whole garments. Alarmingly enough, it's reported that about 21 billion pounds of waste textiles are going to the dump from the US alone. By gathering up the leftovers from other companies, his products are helping to prevent the wastes from continuing to end up in landfills.

Although not made from reused fabrics, Kate Hudson's latest fashion venture, Happy x Nature, is produced solely from sustainable materials. The fibers of the fabrics are made from recyclables like plastic bottles, and the packaging is stated to be biodegradable. Not only is the new line eco-friendly, but it's also relatively affordable with prices ranging from $45 to $150. Let me tell you, Hudson really knocked it out of the park with this concept. I've browsed through the pieces and have fallen in love with the majority. The pieces are seriously adorable and so trendy, but the biggest seller is that I can feel good about purchasing them.

While recycling ocean plastic and sourcing waste fabrics are important strides in the right direction, consumers play an enormous role in this issue. For any of these initiatives to work, there must be consumer demand at the other end of the product. Companies and brands need to see potential consumers for greener products in order to place such products on the market. As such, as consumers, we should reevaluate our own shopping habits in regards to the apparel industry. We must take accountability for how much we purchase, how often we purchase, and how we manage the clothes after we've bought them. Our demands as customers must also align with the push for greener production and shopping patterns.


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