Wearing something different every day, but with my ever-growing wardrobe that certainly is a mission. In this post I wanted to show you an example of how I choose my outfits, and hope you get some tips to wearing more of your wardrobe.
A little while ago I got an email asking if I could pop in to NOW HQ for a round table discussion on body image and the media, having met some of the team at plus size brand press event I was really excited that such a big, national weekly wanted to talk about body image.
The connotations of fat are clear and calling someone so in an argument is really just making a sweeping generalisation and assertion about their character. As a society we believe that being fat equates to laziness, being unhealthy, unattractive, thick, unsuccessful and unpopular - it's little wonder that these three little letters are the go-to insult...
So distraught were people at the mere idea that a 12 could be called something as offensive and damaging as plus that papers were filled with vitriol at the brand for such blatant irresponsibility. Well I hate to break it to you but I'm not hugely disappointed, angry or shocked at Mango for this.
The question should have been... Does Barbie need to gain some more realistic measurements? Instead what we have is shock and shame tactics, that use a caricature image to represent a plus size woman that is already marginalised and ridiculed by the media and once again opens the industry up to mockery. Essentially what we're left with is one extreme to another.
After finding it mission impossible for so many years to come across fashionable ladies shoes, I jumped at the chance when bespoke shoe company Upper Street approached me to design a ready to wear collection for them, focusing on size 40-44.
Having spent 10 years working for Marie Claire magazine and 3 as a freelancer, I thought it was about time I did something to solve this long standing problem.. On the 1st October I'm launching my collaboration- Upper Street by Nicole Smallwood .
It would have been nice (for me, at least) if the emergence of Tara as The Next Big Thing, no pun intended, had represented the first glorious fanfare to signal the ushering in a new age of worship of full-figured women - I refuse to use the word "fat" to describe her or any of my other various celebrity crushes (Nigella Lawson, Liza Tarbuck, TOWIE's Gemma, pop singer Adele and Lorraine Kelly, in case you were wondering) because it has a nasty, finger-pointing, pejorative air attached to it.
Self-indulgence is celebrated in this contest, as is being unhealthy and being obese. There is no limit to this competition, apart from the fact you have to be a size 18, at least. Horrifyingly, you could weigh 50 tons and be greeted with open arms into the competition.
Vice Magazine recently launched a new series entitled Fashion Internationale, documenting the fashion shows and catwalks away from the limelights of t...
When did women stop being women, and start being numbers? Pounds, kilos, stone, inches, dress sizes - why does a woman's happiness depend so readily on something that, in the great scheme of things, is almost irrelevant?