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 […]

New BMI Calculation Makes Women ‘Fatter’ and Men ‘Slimmer’?

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An article in the Telegraph in the UK published on Monday said that the way we have calculated BMI for years is actually inaccurate.  It made taller people (over 6′ or so) seem heavier, while shorter people (under 5’5″ or so) were seen as slimmer.  The new method reverses the fact, so that those who […]

Luxury Petite Fashion Has Arrived: Introducing The 16th Bar

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Finally, a luxury line has arrived for petite women 5’5″ and below.  The 16th Bar, led by 4’11″ designer Frankie Ortiz, presented its debut collection in Los Angeles late last year.  Currently only available online, but with plans to open brick and mortar stores, the collection consists of skirts, dresses and jackets and features true […]

On Proportion and Israel’s BMI Requirement for Models

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The Wall Street Journal and Toronto Standard were among the many publications that discussed Israel’s recent ban on “too skinny” models.  In Israel, models must have a BMI of at least 18.5 in order to work and there are very strict rules about using models who fall below the magic number.  However, this ruling is […]

Allistyle: A Win for Body Image But Still Lacks ‘Style’

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The first all plus-size line to show on the runway at World MasterCard Fashion Week was Allistyle, who presented the Spring/Summer 2013 collection on October 26.  While this was definitely a very innovative move and major change at any Fashion Week, sadly, the collection was rather plain and something that anyone specialty sized (whether plus […]

June Poll Results: Most Like Seeing a Mix of Models and Celebrities in Magazines

June Poll Results: Most Like Seeing a Mix of Models and Celebrities in Magazines

First of all, apologies for the delay in posting the June results as well as the July poll – being out of town and then immediately having out-of-town guests is a lot of work!  Last month, we asked readers whether they preferred seeing models or celebrities in magazines. We were not exactly too surprised with [...]

Poll Results on Maxi Dresses and Skirts on Petites: Yay or Nay?

Last month, we asked you whether you thought that maxi skirts and dresses worked well on us petites.  We were a little bit surprised about the results – didn’t think that there’d be an even split between a “definite yay” and NO (both at 32%).  My question to those who think long, period is bad [...]

We’re More Likely To Buy From Those Who Reflect Us: Ben Barry

Toronto based model agent, Ben Barry is featured in this video discussing how models that are similar-sized/look like the consumer would more likely attract said consumer. Well, DUH! We want to see what something looks like on us. One reason why I, as a petite woman, prefer celebrities over models. While most celebrities have amazing [...]

April Poll Results on Body Image Activists and Petites (and Giveaway Recepient)

April Poll Results on Body Image Activists and Petites (and Giveaway Recepient)

Last month, we asked our readers: Do you think anti-size zero activists understand that zero can be a “real” size for petites?  The results were definitely not surprising: While 31% of you believed that body image activists only had issues with tall, size zero models, 23% of you believed that they don’t quite understand the [...]





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