Professional Make-Up, Idiots and the YouTube Magazine Makeover

Recently, a video on YouTube showed four women getting the “celebrity” treatment of professional hair and make-up and a photo shoot.  The pictures were then digitally edited to look more “ideal” in the mainstream sense.  Before these pictures were done, the women commented on how they were often unsatisfied with their looks because they didn’t […]

Body Image Activists: Are Their Campaigns Dangerous?

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I’ve always had a problem with body image activists (so much that one particular organization has banned me from commenting on their Facebook page).  Sure, they mean good by encouraging more size diversity in fashion, but are their campaigns healthy?  Or are they just as bad as having too many tall, thin, blonds? Balance is […]

Where Amazons Need Not Apply: Petite e-Store Picks Petite Model

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Petite-focused e-store, Gambita, picks modelling competition winner.  Below is a short video featuring highlights of the model search, including a short interview with Gambita founder and CEO, Caroline Misan Alvo where she mentions the difficulty of finding models under 5’4″ in New York. Gambita Runway Show at PHD from Gambita on Vimeo. As a petite […]

I’d Rather Be Short – Ummm, Not Really

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I’ve been sent quite a few books lately – not that it’s a bad thing.  While I loved Rhianna Jones’s Parisienne French, I wasn’t as sure about I’d Rather Be Short: 100 Reasons Why It’s Great to be Small by Becky Murphy.  As a fellow blogger and petite gal, I disagreed with many of Ms. […]

An Interview Lotus Premium Denim Designer, Sarah Coronado

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As a petite woman, I’m always on the look out for petite brands, especially ones that are petite-exclusive.  Back in the summer, I discovered the website for Lotus Premium Denim, founded by California girl, Sarah Coronado.  This line of jeans fits both short and average-height women up to around 5’6″, and is available online.  And […]

Petite Gals: Your Chance to be a ‘Top Model’ with Gambita!

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Gambita, the online-only, petite-exclusive store (we profiled them earlier this year) is holding a model search for an upcoming photo shoot! This is probably one of the few chances shorter women under 5’4″ would ever get a chance to model (unless, of course, they’re celebrities like Lady Gaga), since many contests and agencies that claim […]

Runway-Sized Models for Beauty Demos: Necessary?

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I was recently at a beauty-related event where models were used to show off the product.  Most of the models there were of the fashion variety – very tall and extremely thin.  This is quite common at non-fashion events I’ve attended and I’ve always pondered on why it is.  After all, the models there were […]

Body Diversity =/= Large Sizing…

Again, bigger media outlets are focusing on larger sizes when they discuss body diversity.  Yesterday, a Jezebel post about a protest in San Francisco outside a Victoria’s Secret store zeroed in on larger people (even if they did mention all sizes, including short and smaller framed people) in their post.  This was especially true in […]

Are Body Image Positive Sites Truly Effective?

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…or merely annoying?  Yes, this is coming from someone who, at one point, ran a petite-focused blog (Shorty Stories is technically still “live” but no longer updates).  I follow several Facebook pages, including Endangered Bodies, Adios Barbie, Any-Body (the UK chapter of Endangered Bodies), and to a certain extent, Jezebel, and find many of their […]

Gambita: One Stop Online Shopping for Petites

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Recently, I had the chance to speak with Caroline Misan Alvo, founder of Gambita, an online store for petite women.  The website, which launched just this past January, after she left her job in the non-profit sector, is a play on being tiny – “gambita” means “little shrimp” in Spanish.  At 4’9″, Caroline’s fashion woes […]





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