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Introducing....Velvet d’Amour


The AnyBodies have just finished reading a really interesting interview with plus size model extroidinaire Velvet d’Amour who has modelled on the catwalk for Gaultier’s SS07 show, and previously forJohn Galliano and has also been photographed by Nick Knight for Paris Vogue. Here is an excert of the interview and a link where you can read some more....

 "The reality is, yes there’s more and more fat people. But you have to look at why there’s more and more fat people. And my perception is that the majority of fat people, I certainly, and speaking for myself, don’t get that way just because they feel like kicking back and weighing a couple of hundred pounds for the fun of it. They get that way because they’re striving for a beauty ideal that is incredibly inaccessible. And the more they make that beauty ideal inaccessible, the more people are going to diet. And what is the industry that is paid the most money, that has the highest failure rate? It’s the diet industry. Ninety eight percent of people who diet, gain the weight back and more. And that’s where the vicious cycle is begun. It’s not because people are saying, ‘Oh I want to celebrate my fatness’.

I’ve never said it’s, like, healthy to be fat or you should try to be fat. But I very much understand what people, and women in particular, go through to try to achieve the inaccessible. That’s why my whole goal is to diversify peoples’ notions of beauty. Not to say we should celebrate necessarily fatness. It’s to say, celebrate who we are. Because if you love yourself as a fat person, then you are far more apt to take yourself to a swimming pool. If you feel good about yourself, then you’re more apt to take care of yourself. I’m sure even people your size take issue with swimsuit season. How many articles have we seen, where… ‘OMG, it’s swimsuit season, I’ve got to go to the beach, I’ve got to lose 5 lbs’? Well imagine when you weigh 300lbs - and probably the best exercise and the only exercise you should do is to go swimming. Go take yourself to a swimming pool. I mean I’ve been called a whale at a swimming pool. I’m very confident in my body and I know that I’m not going to stop myself from getting exercise by virtue of someone putting me down. But I know that there are tonnes of women who would never go back to that swimming pool. And so if you maintain this prejudice that’s so blatant towards fat people, if the real goal is for everyone to be healthy, then certainly you’re not going to get that way by maintaining this exclusion of fat people who do exist in society."

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Reader Comments (22)

Bravo Velvet! I am a big fan of this woman who is beautiful inside and out. Sad how many people sit at home, obsessing over not being perfect, and completely missing out on life. Not one single one of us is guaranteed tomorrow. We can use health and fitness as a talisman, pretending it will protect us from all danger and we will live forever. But that just ain't so. So why not go for it each and every single day with as much joy as possible. Velvet does that! I can't think of a better role model than being true to yourself with courage!

And it can't be said too many times because we are still not hearing it, so I am glad she said it again. DIETING MAKES YOU FATTER IN THE LONG RUN. All the fear of fat is making people fatter. Wake up world!!!
June 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSherie Sanders, MA
i am so in love with this photo!! i love the big models it shows that the world is not a size 2!
July 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjessy
Shes got a great attitude and a great look!
August 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDan
That is not hot. I'm sorry..
October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinz
she is hot
December 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermickie
she probably ate all the models food anyway and all the food that was sent to africa
December 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjord
i actually make her cloths because she is so giant she needs a tent maker to make them for her zing!
December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOmar the Tent maker
This is an exceptional woman. I photograph women (sometime nude) and I know that many slimmer women would be envious of her hip to waist ratio.

She has a wonderful attitude:where do I find a model like this?
December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Abraham
McDonalds, Burgerking, Wendys....
January 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJord
hahahahahaha Zing!!!
January 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOmar the Tent maker
Are you blind? This "woman" is nothing but a photoshopped illusion. She has been so airbrushed it is laughable.
February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMama
The fast weight lose is possible and can be advisable (with certain limitations), can also be considered a great way to jump start a diet that has become stale, it can give you the impetus you need to continue with your weight lose course, and it can give you the reason you need to stay the course.
March 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfast weight lose
I really doubt that swimming is the ONLY exercise a 300 pound person can do, unless they have problems aside from just being 300 pounds. For one thing, walking is also exercise!
March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermeerkat
Hi there,

I have started a petition regarding anti size discrimination in the UK. If you know anyone in the UK who you think would like to sign this please pass on the url.

Evidence shows that underweight and overweight people are subject to discrimination in many areas including employment, education, healthcare and housing. Weight and size discrimination is frequently viewed as the last remaining acceptable form of discrimination and it needs to go!


May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
Sad truth is that there is quiet a bit of discrimination with being obese and fat. That's life because it sis all about the image
March 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergetexback
This is just lovely. Here's the thing: I'm not plus size, nor am I a size 2, but for her to say things in reference to loving yourself and experience life regardless of what you look, that's something I fully support. I did a survey when I was younger on "what would you rather be, anorexic or obese?" The majority of people said anorexic. Both are equally hard on your body, but one is obviously more accepted.

I celebrate this woman! I'm really glad I came across her.
March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara
I just wanted to say how hot she looks. I'm wary of plus sized girls. But damn. This lady has confidence. She is a beautiful girl. What a woman!
April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterso hot
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