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Following in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson’s makeup-free Marie Claire cover, Kim Kardashian is baring her famous assets in an all-natural, unretouched photo spread for Harper’s Bazaar. Though her curves have become just as notorious as her dating life, Kim doesn’t see what all the commotion is about. “I don’t get why everyone is always going on about my butt,” says Kim. “I’m Armenian. It’s normal. My butt is probably not as big as you might think, because I have small legs and a small waist, which makes it appear bigger.” In fact, growing up, it wasn’t her notorious behind that caused Kim concern. “I was wearing a C cup by the time I was 11,” the star recalls. “I would go to bed and pray, ‘Please, Lord, don’t let my boobs grow any bigger.’ I hated what was happening.” Now, Kim hopes her confidence can empower other curvy ladies.
The curvy actress is said to have scored 30% of the vote in a readers' poll, landing her first place and a covershoot for the men's magazine.
On Men's Bodies
"If we're in love with you, we love your body. Your potbelly, everything. Even if you're insecure about something, we love your body. You feel like you're not this or that? We love your body. We embrace everything. Because it's you."
On Men's Aromas
"Any woman who is currently with a man is with him partly because she loves the way he smells. And if we haven't smelled you for a day or two and then we suddenly are within inches of you, we swoon. We get light-headed. It's intoxicating. It's heady."
On Men's Remarks About Other Women
"We remember forever what you say about the bodies of other women. When you mention in passing that a certain woman is attractive — could be someone in the office, a woman on the street, a celebrity, any woman in the world, really — your comment goes into a steel box and it stays there forever."
On Remarks About Women's Friends
"Never complain about our friends — even if we do. No matter how many times we say a friend of ours is driving us crazy, you are not to pile on. Not because it offends us. But because it adds to the weight that we carry around about her."
On What Real Men Drink
"We want you to order Scotch. It's the most impressive drink order. It's classic. It's sexy. Such a rich color. The glass, the smell. It's not watered down with fruit juice. It's Scotch. And you ordered it."
April 20, 2010
(Fierce Beauty and Fashion Blog)
Accentuate the positives:
Instead of beating yourself up about the things you don’t like about your body, find the things you do like! Love your bust? V necks, halters, and even strapless numbers can work for you. These are great if you love showing off those arms and sexy shoulders. I love to layer my clothing, such as wearing a cute cami under a cute button down shirt or jacket. Have an hourglass figure? Find outfits that are tailored and show off those lovely curves! Sheath dresses are great! Got fabulous legs? Then get those stretch jeans or leggings if you’re feeling adventurous!
Minimize the negatives
So now that you know what you love about yourself, what do you do to minimize those spots you’re not so crazy about? Have a belly that you would rather not show off? Make sure you stay away from tops that hug the midsection. Empire tops and dresses that accentuate your bust but hangs loosely the rest of the way down work great at covering that up. On the flip side, a top that doesn’t get snug until it hits your waist can work as well. Want to cover up those arms until that strength training pays off? Tops with flutter sleeves are awesome! The gist is to not wear anything that hugs you’re problem spots!
Pay attention to your body and not the size
A mantra that I always live by is: “Just because it comes in your size, does not mean it’s meant for you!” An outfit that comes in your size does not mean it is flattering on you, so when in doubt, try it on (remembering tips one and two!). Also, don’t get hung up on the size! A 12 in one store may be a 14 in another. Each company has their own sizing system. For instance, I was dress shopping for a wedding this past winter and the dress I bought was a 14W. Though I wear a 16, that size was too big up top and too tight on the sides. The 14W fit perfect. Besides, the only one who knows the size is you, right?
Invest in good undergarments
If you are a busty lady, you have to invest in good bras. Whether it’s a sports bra, a minimizer, or a strapless, the amount of adequate support can make or break any outfit you put on. Love what shapewear can do for you? Get good ones! If it doesn’t hold you in or smooth everything out, you should probably ditch it!
Think beyond the traditional department stores
Though I love JCPenny, Macy’s, and Sears, I also check out those stores that specially cater to plus size women. Don’t get it twisted though! We’re not talking about mumus and elastic waistbands! I love going to Ashley Stewart and The Avenue. I have girlfriends who swear by Lane Bryant. Clothing stores such as Baby Phat, Dereon, and Forever 21 (aka Faith 21), and Torrid carry plus size clothing in their online stores.
April 19, 2010
For Freedom Not For Beauty
There's a beauty that lives so deep inside each of us.
There's a fickle eye that doesn't believe anything it sees.
There's a benefit in love that erases all doubt and believes good intentions.
There's an ear that isn't free enough to give the honest man the
benefit of the doubt cluttered by lies not-mentioned.
Since when is creativity subject to criticism?
When is honesty subject to a jury of fears who wouldn't believe rain
if it fell, or sun if it shined?
Sometimes a flower grows when no ones watching.
Sometimes a bird sings and no one hears.
There's a meadow no one runs on and a cloud no one names.
And what would the sky be with out the sun?
What would the earth be with out its rose?
They'd still be the sky and the Earth.
So perhaps there is a peace in becoming.
Perhaps the meaning is in the experience and not the sight.
Maybe a flower grows because it suffocates under ground.
Whether or not she is always noticed, beauty must become.
She doesn't look for an eye.
She doesn't listen for a voice.
She just becomes.
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April 13, 2010
Enter resident Oprah Show fashion expert Adam Glassman to your style rescue! Glassman is personally responsible for the executive decision to use real women within O magazine’s fashion spreads and maintains involvement in all aspects of O’s monthly cover shoots. Most recently, he has worked with fashion maven Sarah Jessica Parker on the debut of her new clothing line “Bitten.”
Here are 9 tips on how to work with (not against) plus sized curves:
* Dress for the size you are-not what you want to be or once were! Work with what you have! Own it.
* Dress from the inside out. A well-fitting bra and shape wear will camouflage all lumps and bumps.
These plus size style tips are great guidelines to follow. Here’s a few more suggestions add to the list: DO try skirts that are designed to hit right at knee length, like the plus size pencil skirts. Also try secretary dresses made especially for plus size women. The built-in belt does wonders for creating the hourglass shape by accentuating the waistline!
April 12, 2010
April 02, 2010
Multi-talented actress and singer Jennifer Hudson just added another title to her resume: Weight Watchers spokeswoman.
According to People magazine, Hudson is taking on the role just months after giving birth to her baby son, 7-month-old David Daniel Otunga Jr., with her fiance, David Otunga.
The 28-year-old Oscar-winning actress told People: "With Weight Watchers, I am enjoying the weight loss because I'm doing it the right way–I feel empowered with what I've learned, everything from portion control to what foods will help keep me satisfied."
"It's a lifestyle change, not a diet," she added.
I say hats off to Jennifer for being willing to put herself out there, promote good health and be a role model for women everywhere.
It's obviously not easy to be in the public spotlight -- especially for celebrities who have to put up with critics, haters and naysayers of all stripes. The pressures on actresses to be thin is enormous. So I wish Jennifer well in her endeavors.
Jennifer probably recognizes that she'll never be a rail thin size 0 or a 2. And needless to say, she doesn't need to come close to that. I think she looks great right now, curves and all. As long as she maintains proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, I'm sure she'll do fine -- personally and professionally.
It's also awesome that with this new spokesperson gig, Jennifer will get paid for being her personal best. Ka-ching!
What are your thoughts about Jennifer Hudson's new job? Do you think Weight Watchers made a good pick?
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April 01, 2010
I know I am a little late because this aired in February. She is by far the most positive woman on the planet! She is always working to help women feel comfortable in their own skin. She is always 100% REAL no matter who she is around!