Meet American Apparel’s New Plus-Sized Models

UPDATE: Duh, read Nancy’s blog. She’s mocking American Apparel and the whole contest. So now I can 100% say: Nice work! I am behind it, ranch dressing cumshots and all.
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Nancy Upton crouching in a blue checkered bra with a cherry pie between her legs.

American Apparel is having a plus-sized model contest. The current front-runner is named Nancy, she is a size 12, and she is pretty hot. Good on American Apparel, sort of, for not just using skinny hipsters to model their clothes — fat girls are hipsters too! But it’s American Apparel, so of course a lot of the big-girl photos have that same Terry Richardson / borderline-kiddie-porn-in-grandparents’-basement aesthetic that I waver between hating because it’s gross and hating because it’s so played out. (It’s worth noting, of course, that these photos are self-submitted and not actually taken by American Apparel).

But here’s the thing with Nancy’s photos: They aren’t that same “Oops you caught me being sexy in a lace ankle-length body suit all by myself! I’m so surprised!” thing (alternately: “Oh hello, here is my butt, I hope you like it because I am going to injure my lower back standing like this all of the time“). Nancy’s not just pushing out her good bits; she’s eating or otherwise hanging out with food in all of the photos. And like, really eating — chocolate sauce dripping down her face, laying in a bathtub of ranch dressing, etc. Which on one hand is kind of subversive and awesome — fat chicks are not really supposed to even be visible, let alone take serious pleasure in eating food. It’s cute when a teeny-tiny actress tucks into a giant burger, but it’s not so acceptable for someone whose body might be featured, headless, on the nightly news to illustrate the American Obesity Crisis. And it’s awesome that her website tagline is “I can’t stop eating” — there’s so much pressure to be a Good Fatty who exercises and eats healthily and doesn’t over-eat like all of the Bad Fatties that it’s refreshing to see a fat girl being like, “Yup, I like food, ok.” So first reaction is, “Fat girl eating in a sexy ad? Yes please!”

Oh but then. I can look the other way about the super-literal food choices, like the cherry pie over the crotch. I can look the other way about the ranch dressing cumshot (even though really? Ranch dressing cumshot? Ugh ok fine).

Nancy Upton pouring ranch dressing on her face.

But then there’s this pig roast picture. And look, sexy photos don’t bother me, and Nancy took these photos herself so it’s not like this is some ad exec’s vision, but when American Apparel features one fat girl, they pick the one who’s laying naked on a table with an apple stuffed in her mouth? The point is that fat girls eat a lot, right? I mean, it’s a cool photo — her skin looks all glossy and there’s this kind of 1950s Thanksgiving dinner table aesthetic to it that I like. If it was a skinny model on that table, though, I’d be like, “Hey that’s kind of fucked up! Go read some Carol J. Adams and look askance at images of the female body as meat! Women are not food to be consumed by men!” Etc.

Nancy Upton naked on a table with an apple in her mouth

But it’s not a skinny model on that table; it’s a woman who’s a size 12, and whose body type is routinely compared to animals like pigs and cows. So the analysis can’t be identical; even pointing out that none of the thin American Apparel models are eating in any of their pictures doesn’t do the job. Because the hot big girl who knows she’s hot and decides to lay on a table like a roast pig is sending a message that goes beyond “another naked chick looking dead and like a piece of meat to be consumed by a male viewing audience.” The hot big girl who decides to lay on a table like a roast pig is also saying, “I see your insults and I raise you a very literal image of them that is simultaneously humorous and sexy and uncomfortable, and there are a lot of reactions to be had, but laughing at me is not one of them.” And God bless that girl, because that’s not an easy message to send.

But still, it is a naked girl on a table. It’s a naked woman as meat. It’s a fat girl crazy for food. And christ on a cracker, it’s American Apparel, and it’s for a contest where users rate applicants on a scale of 1 – 5, so I’m not sure their audience is thinking through the complexities of fat girls and food and sex any more deeply than “Look, titties.”

Although they are some really great titties. And now I want ice cream.

About Jill

Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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63 Responses to Meet American Apparel’s New Plus-Sized Models

  1. This is horrible. Objectifying, degrading, exploitative… FAIL. NO. I HATE AA and that steaming turd, Dov Charney, with every fiber of my being. Now I hate even more. Never will I spend a red cent on their crap.

    This woman is beautiful, and it saddens me profoundly to see her in this light. :(

    And, nitpicky speller me says :not ‘waivering’ (a legal form)- ‘wavering’ (the verb you want!).

  2. Oh, shit… followed the link to AA by accident, and now I’m triggered. Sickening… …D:

  3. Andie says:

    … A for effort for having a plus-sized model who actually looks kind of plus-sized, I guess?

    Big fat F for FAIL on the rest. I felt a little ill at these (no way I’m clicking from work), and I for one am sick to death of the fat-chick=obsessed w/ food stereotype.

  4. groggette says:

    Doctress Julia: This woman is beautiful, and it saddens me profoundly to see her in this light. :(

    I think it’s worth pointing out that Nancy is doing this purposefully to mock American Apparel and their policies (as well as the contest itself).

  5. zuzu says:

    I’m going to guess that she’s never seen Silence of the Lambs, because in that roast-pig shot, she looks an awful lot like the woman on the table during the autopsy scene. Even the room looks like that one.

  6. zuzu says:

    groggette: I think it’s worth pointing out that Nancy is doing this purposefully to mock American Apparel and their policies (as well as the contest itself).

    Oh. Well, in that case, maybe she *has* seen Silence of the Lambs, and the similarity is intentional.

  7. Pidgey says:

    It worries me that most of the top-rated submissions and many of the recent submissions to the AA contest appear to be “normal-sized” rather than “plus-sized”.

    I love the “fuck you, I am large and I am sexy” attitude Nancy sends. I also don’t think it is fair to expect her to deconstruct every troubling stereotype in her erotic photography.

  8. Echo Zen says:

    Err, I’m fairly certain Nancy’s doing this to make fun of American Apparel. And if she wins, well, that’ll just be satirical feminist icing on AA’s hegemonic cake. :-)

  9. Fat Steve says:

    Pidgey:
    It worries me that most of the top-rated submissions and many of the recent submissions to the AA contest appear to be “normal-sized” rather than “plus-sized”.

    I love the “fuck you, I am large and I am sexy” attitude Nancy sends. I also don’t think it is fair to expect her to deconstruct every troubling stereotype in her erotic photography.

    In terms of Nancy’s self-submitted photos, this is brilliant parody.

    The only thing I find troubling is the chance that a majority of people voted for her in a non-ironic, “this is a sexy ‘fat’ girl” type of way.

  10. Jadey says:

    I have no love for American Apparel and them including plus size models isn’t going to shift that given the scope of the rest of their douchebaggery, but I do love this woman. I think her photos are amazing – snide, confrontational, and beautiful. She looks like she’s celebrating herself and her favourite food, and rubbing that in AA’s and everyone else’s face, which I love. Even the roast one is funny to me, maybe because I have a dark sense of humour and it’s the kind of picture I would do for myself if I had the nerve.

    (Although is there a really big sizing difference between the US and Canada? I would peg her at a size 16 at least, not a twelve. I’m a 14 going on 16 myself and she doesn’t look smaller than me.)

  11. Bagelsan says:

    Nancy is freaking awesome! The perfect parody is where a lot of people still take it seriously, ala Colbert, and it sounds like she’s nailed it.

    Also, now I’m hungry. :p

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  13. zuzu says:

    Pidgey: It worries me that most of the top-rated submissions and many of the recent submissions to the AA contest appear to be “normal-sized” rather than “plus-sized”.

    “Plus-sized,” at least in modeling terms, means anything over a size 4, though in practice it’s often very tall size 12/14s. And then there’s the fact that American Apparel doesn’t actually sell plus-sized clothing AFAIK, but they do sell stuff that would more or less fit a size 12 or 14.

  14. Léna says:

    The American Appareal contest allows me to see loooot of sexy fat chick, and as a fat chick who believes everyone looking at her and saying she’s attractive must be making fun of her / be a total moron for not realizing she can’t be sexy because she’s fat, so it’s a big win for me.

    Also, love the irony of the last photo of Nancy looks so much like a PeTA add.

  15. CassandraSays says:

    I would really love it if more people would blatantly mock AA and their stupid contest in this way. However, these particular photos don’t capture the AA aesthetic at all (and they’re not meant too, because they’re mocking it). AA’s aesthetic isn’t just “hot girl naked and degraded”, it also includes bad lighting, overexposed images (I mean in a technical sense, not in a where are her pants sense), glazed/confused/uncomfortable facial expressions, and deliberate attempts to imply (kind of unwilling) submission through body language.

    So it’s kind of funny that AA customers are voting for Nancy, since her photos don’t really capture that aesthetic at all – the lighting is too natural and flattering, she’s smiling too much, and she doesn’t look scared/uncomfortable/embarrassed enough.

    (Also she’s not wearing ugly high-waisted pants.)

  16. Sanoe says:

    While I like what she’s doing, the ranch cum-shots still squick me.

  17. Fat Steve says:

    I can look the other way about the super-literal food choices, like the cherry pie over the crotch.

    That looks like strawberry-rhubarb to me.

  18. The Nerd says:

    Wow, what amazing creative talent! I just fell in love.

  19. Casey says:

    Clearly, I must support this woman since one of her pics features Blue Bell ice cream, and everyone knows Blue Bell is the best ice cream you can buy in a tub.

  20. Jason says:

    Nancy is one awesome chick. Way to tell American Apparel to sit and spin

  21. JetGirl says:

    These photos are marvelous in their mockery, yet I fear that I have become very jaded and cynical. My first thought on seeing the tub shots was “Wow, that’s a lot of ranch dressing. Someone has a CostCo membership!”

  22. Ashley says:

    I’m glad you said Duh because I was just about to say this.

  23. ~s~ says:

    Jadey:
    I have no love for American Apparel and them including plus size models isn’t going to shift that given the scope of the rest of their douchebaggery, but I do love this woman. I think her photos are amazing – snide, confrontational, and beautiful. She looks like she’s celebrating herself and her favourite food, and rubbing that in AA’s and everyone else’s face, which I love. Even the roast one is funny to me, maybe because I have a dark sense of humour and it’s the kind of picture I would do for myself if I had the nerve.

    (Although is there a really big sizing difference between the US and Canada? I would peg her at a size 16 at least, not a twelve. I’m a 14 going on 16 myself and she doesn’t look smaller than me.)

    I think there is, or at least this is what I’ve heard from friends who go cross-border shopping a lot.

  24. Jackie says:

    Maybe it’s because I spent my teenage years dabbling in the Goth subculture, but the girl on the table with an apple in her mouth doesn’t disturb me. In fact, I think she’d look right at home in Nine Inch Nail’s video for Closer.

  25. CastofClue says:

    This woman is a moron.

    Degrade women..check.
    Offend and degrade women that are overweight…check.
    Look horrible while attempting to send some type of message (would still love to know what it is she is trying to accomplish here other than telling AA to F*** off)…check.

    What about all of the women that chose to enter this contest as a way to get women of ALL shapes and sizes out in the mainstream media? So many of these girls in this contest are trying to send a message of body acceptance…not mocking it.

    Instead people are applauding this ape who has entirely to much time on her hands and is spending her energy on a message fueled by hate?

    Come on!

  26. Bushfire says:

    American Apparel sucks, but that model is beautiful!

  27. FashionablyEvil says:

    This woman is a moron.

    Actually, I think she knows exactly what she’s doing and why. Also, maybe you want to use a word other than moron

    Degrade women..check.
    Offend and degrade women that are overweight…check.
    Look horrible while attempting to send some type of message (would still love to know what it is she is trying to accomplish here other than telling AA to F*** off)…check.

    Cultural criticism, anyone?

    What about all of the women that chose to enter this contest as a way to get women of ALL shapes and sizes out in the mainstream media? So many of these girls in this contest are trying to send a message of body acceptance…not mocking it.

    Why does everyone need to have the same response to the contest? What’s the problem with some people taking it seriously and others mocking it?

    Instead people are applauding this ape who has entirely to much time on her hands and is spending her energy on a message fueled by hate?

    Ape? Really?? Also, mockery and satire=/=hate.

  28. zuzu says:

    CastofClue:
    This woman is a moron.

    Oh, our first entrant in the Not Getting It Sweepstakes! Projection Cup division.

    Degrade women..check.
    Offend and degrade women that are overweight…check.
    Look horrible while attempting to send some type of message (would still love to know what it is she is trying to accomplish here other than telling AA to F*** off)…check.

    How is she offending and degrading women, or overweight women? By looking, as you put it, “horrible”? How so? She’s a conventionally attractive woman, well made up and lit. What exactly do you find “horrible” about her looks?

    What about all of the women that chose to enter this contest as a way to get women of ALL shapes and sizes out in the mainstream media? So many of these girls in this contest are trying to send a message of body acceptance…not mocking it.

    Maybe they need better self-promotion skills, because look who’s being discussed.

    Also, are you seriously defending American Apparel as a purveyor of body acceptance? As something that cannot be mocked?

    I do like your little pivot there, going from judging Nancy for her “horrible” looks to whining that she’s making a mockery of AA’s Very Serious Attempt At Body Acceptance in the space of two paragraphs.

    Instead people are applauding this ape who has entirely to much time on her hands and is spending her energy on a message fueled by hate?

    Oh, I spoke too soon — here you go from calling Nancy an “ape” to accusing her of being hateful in the same sentence. Bra. Va.

    Come on!

    Indeed.

  29. Pidgey says:

    I can’t quite figure out which pictures in Nancy’s gallery excite me and which pictures disgust me. I like this.

  30. L.T. says:

    This is quite possibly the most badass fat acceptance declaration I’ve ever seen. Nancy, you win. Fuck AA.

  31. emotionalc says:

    Well said ZuZu – that is pretty much my response to that too.

    Nancy is awesome. End of really. The photos are also great. I hope she wins!

  32. Nahida says:

    I JUST REALIZED that the pie she’s holding is a pun.

  33. Well. . . says:

    Flipping through it, a great deal of the women on there wouldn’t even qualify as “plus size”.

    At the risk of sounding totally not at all feminist, though, Nancy=rawr.

  34. Deeter says:

    Go Nancy!

    This is all kinds of awesome in a Christmas stocking!

    I personally think this is beautiful, artistic, sexy, and subversive all at once.

    I think people who are disgusted by this are the people who are programmed to think that “plus-size” is anything over a zero and when most of the truly beautiful people in life look so amazing as this, I want to buy clothes that I know will fit me as well as these models.

  35. Well. . . says:

    Well, Deeter, I think a lot of the so-called revulsion of curvaceous, or otherwise “fat” women is manufactured.

    I’ve read a fair share of anonymous surveys, polls, and the like, and most of them put a very high percentage of men saying that the women Hollywood/modeling/whatever put forth are not anywhere close to their ideal.

    I’d be willing to bet a good amount of money that the majority of men in the world would love nothing more than to curl up with a woman that looks like Nancy does. However, society says “If you like big breasts, they’d better be attached to a size 2 woman.”

    I’ve long since thought, having experienced similar firsthand, that most men DO find women like Nancy attractive, and very much so, but don’t admit it, for fear of being ostracized by their peers. This is all ridiculous, given that said polls often put the number around 70% of men that like what society considers “fat”.

    This is sort of a rambling comment.

    So, to sum up, I don’t think people are so much disgusted as they are pretending to be.

    I mean, sure, there’s some who have taken it deeply to heart and truly find women that look like she does vile, and there are some I’m sure who simply aren’t attracted to women with her figure, but I’m under the impression they are the minority.

    (I only speak for hetero men being interested in hetero females, as I have no other frame of reference or experience to speak from, so, your mileage may vary.)

    tl;dr, you don’t need to be a size 0 to be gorgeous, and I don’t think the majority of people find “plus size” disgusting, I just think they say it so as to appear status quo.

  36. Andie says:

    Umm.. Are you referring to this thread? Because I didn’t see disgust at Nancy herself so much as disgust with the played out elements in the photos.

    As someone who stated that I found them distasteful, it wasn’t because of Nancy, who I think is gorgeous, it was because when I saw them my first reaction was “Oh yes, of course.. Plus-sized girl loves food, obsessively. Let’s play into THAT stereotype a bit.”

    I will admit, I missed the part that mentioned these were self-submitted, not taken by AA themselves. Although the imagery still bothers me, in the context I can see how these may have been a satirical effort on Nancy’s part.

  37. Well. . . says:

    No, I was referring to Deeter’s comment, above mine.

    I assumed s/he was speaking of the general “disgust” people will throw at a “plus-size” woman.

    This part:

    “I think people who are disgusted by this are the people who are programmed to think that “plus-size” is anything over a zero. . .”

    Was what I was replying to. Not the thread as a whole.

    As far as the photos, yeah, the subject matter is played out, which was exactly her intent (as far as I can tell from her tumblr). It’s pretty much a giant middle finger to AA.

  38. Andie says:

    Sorry, I was actually referring to Deeter as well. That’ll teach my lazy ass not to quote people.

  39. Well. . . says:

    Oops. Now I’m a bit embarrassed.

  40. Jadey says:

    Nahida:
    I JUST REALIZED that the pie she’s holding is a pun.

    The cake is a lie, but the pie is a pun.

  41. raya says:

    Well. . .:
    I’d be willing to bet a good amount of money that the majority of men in the world would love nothing more than to curl up with a woman that looks like Nancy does.

    …yay for finally seeing some more fat women in the media because those are the only ones ‘the majority of men in the world’ find fuckable?

    Doctress Julia: This woman is beautiful, and it saddens me profoundly to see her in this light. :(

    Well, we see her in a way she herself decided would be best to put across what she thought of that AA contest. I think it’s rather empowering to see a self-confident woman expressing herself the way she wants. And since there seems to be no way in our society to depict a thick woman without her body being seen as obscene anyway (which is indeed saddening!), why not mock this whole concept instead of trying to take ‘tasteful’ a.k.a. body fat-hiding pics of yourself?

  42. Well. . . says:

    raya: …yay for finally seeing some more fat women in the media because those are the only ones ‘the majority of men in the world’ find fuckable?

    Uh.. huh.

    Quoting someone out of context is great, huh? I mean, there’s the option of reading, quoting entire statement, but then, you can’t snark at an entire statement.

    If you tear a chunk out, and place it entirely out of context, wham! You get something to insult.

    I’m kind of irritated at myself for even giving you the time of day and acknowledging the poor form displayed by replying, but sometimes I cannot resist.

    Considering the entire comment detailed why people display disgust or negativity towards “fat” women, and societal pressures TO keep doing that, despite it going against personal preference, you wouldn’t really be able to snark at that, would you?

    Ah, well. Cherry picking out of context is such poor debate, and great for doing nothing more than irritating people, or declaring a strawman.

  43. Kristen J. says:

    Jadey: The cake is a lie, but the pie is a pun.

    Portal reference FTW.

  44. Angie says:

    …yay for finally seeing some more fat women in the media because those are the only ones ‘the majority of men in the world’ find fuckable?

    I don’t think that’s what Well… was saying. The way I read it was that we’re always told that men only want these skinny little women, and anything over a certain size is considered gross. Like if we hit double digits, we’re shamed into dieting ourselves to death. But men, and yes, women too, are probably a lot more accepting of a wider range of bodies than we’re led to believe by the media. Just my two cents.

  45. raya says:

    Well. . .: Uh.. huh.

    Quoting someone out of context is great, huh?I mean, there’s the option of reading, quoting entire statement, but then, you can’t snark at an entire statement.

    If you tear a chunk out, and place it entirely out of context, wham!You get something to insult.

    I’m kind of irritated at myself for even giving you the time of day and acknowledging the poor form displayed by replying, but sometimes I cannot resist.

    Considering the entire comment detailed why people display disgust or negativity towards “fat” women, and societal pressures TO keep doing that, despite it going against personal preference, you wouldn’t really be able to snark at that, would you?

    Ah, well.Cherry picking out of context is such poor debate, and great for doing nothing more than irritating people, or declaring a strawman.

    I’m sorry for being overly snarky, but I’m just sick of people declaring to know with who the majority of men in the world wants to cuddle, whether it be fat or skinny women. Furthermore I don’t think that many men being a lot more accepting of a wider range of bodies than we assume is a good reason to include people of all sizes in mainstream media. The fact that people’s bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes is the reason to be more inclusive.

    And honestly, I think it’s a perfectly normal feeling to be turned off by certain people or certain body types for whatever reason. Of course it’s not okay to verbally or otherwise assault those people who you find unattractive, or whose bodies even gross you out. I’m pretty fucking sick of being harassed by men on the street for my body size myself. Anyway, if someone would suggest I’m lying to them regarding what I do and don’t find attractive (or what does and does not gross me out) in other people because they read some surveys, I’d be pretty pissed off.

  46. Well... says:

    raya: I’m sorry for being overly snarky, but I’m just sick of people declaring to know with who the majority of men in the world wants to cuddle, whether it be fat or skinny women. Furthermore I don’t think that many men being a lot more accepting of a wider range of bodies than we assume is a good reason to include people of all sizes in mainstream media. The fact that people’s bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes is the reason to be more inclusive.

    And honestly, I think it’s a perfectly normal feeling to be turned off by certain people or certain body types for whatever reason. Of course it’s not okay to verbally or otherwise assault those people who you find unattractive, or whose bodies even gross you out. I’m pretty fucking sick of being harassed by men on the street for my body size myself. Anyway, if someone would suggest I’m lying to them regarding what I do and don’t find attractive (or what does and does not gross me out) in other people because they read some surveys, I’d be pretty pissed off.

    My comment wasn’t to include more because people are turned on by it, it was that the oft-displayed “disgust” is often manufactured, and that statistically, people’s preferences run drastically counter to what’s being offered to them by the media.

    Also that it’s locked into a cycle where men (again, I speak from the point of view of experience, and I will not mention other points, because they’re not mine to speak for) will parrot this, because most guys don’t want to be razzed and harassed by peers for being the guy who “dates the fat chick”, etcetera.

    It was less a direct relation to the AA contest itself, and more talking about the so-called disgust displayed at plus-size women.

    Not so much suggest a person is lying, but more to see responses when anonymous, versus responses when with peers.

    That’s what the polls I’ve read had, the anonymity. You’d be surprised how touchy an issue of “what type of woman are you attracted to?” is with men, and how willing many of them are to lie about it so as to appear better in the eyes of their peers.

  47. MH says:

    I love this woman and what’s she’s doing – and I love that she represents the body most healthy women actually have, rather than the meth-skinny typical model.

    That being said, I’m bothered by the current trend (not what I see here, I’m talking Out In The World) to view size 12 women as “fatties.” For Christ’s Sake, this woman is NORMAL.

    While I worry about fat bias, I do also worry for the health of people who are what we used to call “morbidly obese.” I worry for friends whose weight affects their ability to breathe or walk. It’s difficult to talk about this issue, because obviously people have a right to control their own bodies and what happens to it, but also it scares me to lose friends for any reason (and, yes, you can apply this argument to drugs, drinking, whatever.)

    HOWEVER – one thing that PISSES ME OFF no end is when people are calling “plus sized” people obese, and start panicking. For crying out loud, outside of some very extreme examples, being bigger in and of itself is not a health issue, and most healthy women are not a size 4 (why isn’t that considered a medical issue? Got to be just as many health risks.)

    /rant. Just wanted to say, love the pictures of this beautiful, sexy, perfectly normal girl – and it’s nice to see somebody taking some joy in food (even if ironically) instead of being all shame-y about it. That, and the reason she’s winning the contest is that the other women are a) skinny or b) creepy.

  48. groggette says:

    @MH,
    Just so you know, healthy women have all kinds of bodies. Some of those bodies are even morbidly obese. Sometimes when it comes to health obesity is the cause of health problems, sometimes it’s a result of health problems, and sometimes it has nothing to do whatsoever with a person’s health problems. And you can’t tell by looking at someone who is obese which one of the 3 applies. But that’s beside the point because it’s none of your business anyway.

  49. Shoshie says:

    MH: MH

    OK, it’s totally not subversive or helpful to move the line from “it’s only OK to be < size 8" to <14 or 16 or whatever. If people have mobility or respiratory problems, they should be treated for mobility or respiratory problems, regardless of size. And, believe it or not, people of ALL sizes have mobility and respiratory problems, not just the "morbidly obese" (Oh, hi, I'm morbidly obese and have pretty average mobility and respiratory issues for someone of my age and activity level, meaning I can walk, but trying to hike Mt. Ranier made me sad).

    There are ways to treat these things beyond "lose weight". Selecting a group to concern troll is not the solution.

  50. stonebiscuit says:

    RE: ranch dressing cumshot–to be fair, ranch dressing does taste better than cum.

  51. stonebiscuit says:

    Aaaand having looked at her pics, I have the urge to get a roast chicken and jump in a pool. That looks fucking delicious and hilarious and awesome.

  52. wriggles says:

    MH:
    I love this woman and what’s she’s doing – and I love that she represents the body most healthy women actually have, rather than the meth-skinny typical model.

    While I worry about fat bias, I do also worry for the health of people who are what we used to call “morbidly obese.”I worry for friends whose weight affects their ability to breathe or walk.It’s difficult to talk about this issue, because obviously people have a right to control their own bodies and what happens to it, but also it scares me to lose friends for any reason (and, yes, you can apply this argument to drugs, drinking, whatever.)

    First off, MEMO to people like yourself, stop bashing thin people in order to show how “down with fatz you are”. I am beyond tired of fat people having to answer for this crap, does the phrase, “beyond hate” register with you? Get past your own psychology please.

    Secondly, you and everyone else who claims to care about the so called “morbidly obese” whether they are sick as dogs or healthy as horses do not give a flying fig, okay? And you know it.

    Because if any of you did you’d have noticed that so called ‘obesity science’ ignores and mis-uses them and leaves them hanging in the stigma they’ve created. You’d be writing to scientists, your political representatives, the socially concerned and anyone else who’d listen to insist research must be done NOW to find out actual underlying issues rather than surface pretence that all they have to is keepproving calorie restriction can’t trump fat tissue’s homeostatsis.

    Kindly STHU until your concern at least manages to fuel an e-mail or two.

  53. Dani says:

    *sigh* Research and context FTW next time.

  54. Denise says:

    I saw this, felt better, and then saw this (http://nicapc.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-step-forward-two-steps-back.html), and felt worse.

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  57. Fawn says:

    Well, the skinny model types are really more asexual in a way, aren’t they? They’re obviously not exactly fertility symbols, and maybe, culturally, why we are more comfortable with them being displayed in media to sell things.

    While Ms. Upton there is obviously – and abundantly – quite sexy in her altogether.

    I think what it all proves – the success of her bid to win – and winning – is only proof that whatever shape, size, color, etc. – the most attractive thing ever is really a sense of humor.

  58. Li says:

    Sadly, American Apparel has decided that being smart and satirical disqualify someone from winning a contest about “beauty inside and out”.

    “It’s a shame that your project attempts to discredit the positive intentions of our challenge based on your personal distaste for our use of light-hearted language, and that “bootylicous” was too much for you to handle. While we may be a bit TOO inspired by Beyoncé, and do have a tendency to occasionally go pun-crazy, we try not to take ourselves too seriously around here. I wonder if you had taken just a moment to imagine that this campaign could actually be well intentioned, and that my team and I are not out to offend and insult women, would you have still behaved in the same way, mocking the confident and excited participants who put themselves out there?”

    “Oh—and regarding winning the contest, while you were clearly the popular choice, we have decided to award the prizes to other contestants that we feel truly exemplify the idea of beauty inside and out, and whom we will be proud to have representing our company.”

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