2010 may just be the year for change. In the world of body diversity we're off to a good start. Here's a photo montage of just some of the changes that have been happening, just one month in!
1. A NEW BREED OF PLUS SIZED BLOGGERS APPEAR, PROVING FASHION CAN BE WORN BY MORE THAN JUST COATHANGERS.
Quote from AnyBody member Susie Orbach in The Guardian:
'I ask feminist and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach, author of Bodies, whether she thinks these sites could shift our cultural outlook, expand our notions of beauty. "There's no doubt that they could," she says, before explaining the way we respond to images. "How do we get from a trend for straight-legged jeans to wide jeans? At first we find the new image foreign and horrible, and then it becomes very present, and we start to feel there's something wrong with us because we don't conform to it, and we want to catch up. It's the same with body image". Because we constantly see photographs of very thin women, many of them Photoshopped, we spend our lives trying to fit that impossible ideal – a relentless, often futile quest. "If we were seeing images, not just of fat women, but of all sizes, we wouldn't be continually having to catch up in terms of our own body size," says Orbach, "so we wouldn't be wanting to change it. We might feel that we were represented, and then we could focus on other aspects of our lives".'
2. CLOTHING CHAIN EVANS GORGEOUS NEW SPRING/SUMMER 2010 IMAGES ARE RELEASED
Models: Britney Vecchio, Hayley Morley, Crystal Renn, Amber Tolliver, and Peeky
3. DESIGNER MARK FAST TO CONTINUE HIS ASSULT ON THE FASHION STATUS QUO BY AGAIN USING PLUS SIZED MODELS IN FEBRUARY'S FASHION WEEK
4. HIGH FASHION MAG 'V MAGAZINE' RELEASED 'THE SIZE ISSUE'
Crystal Renn, model and author of Hungry and new face Jacqurlyn Jablonski model Spring 2010 looks side by side.
Photography Sølve Sundsbø
Styling Nicola Formichetti