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MelanieW
27th March 2011, 09:02
An image of Canadian plus-size model and actress Christina Schmidt appears in a National Post newspaper article about the Canadian plussize fashion scene that was published just yesterday.

http://arts.nationalpost.com/2011/03/26/above-beyond-the-independent-plus-size-scene-in-canada/

It includes some interesting quotes from some of the better-known Canadian full-figured fashion labels.

The owner of Lola & Gigi indicates why plus-specific, plus-exclusive boutiques and stores (not to mention magazines and media) are so welcome for plussize women.

“I don’t think it’s right that because I’m a certain size I can’t find my aesthetic,” says Laura Caravaggio, the founder of Canadian-based e-boutique Lola & Gigi (they cater to sizes 12 to 24). “I was frustrated after shopping one day and thought, what if there was a place to go where everything was your size? It would be a utopia. So I just created it myself.”
Having a waif-free environment definitely creates a more positive atmosphere for full-figured women, a place where they can relax and feel good about themselves, free from any comparisons to the underweight girls whom the media constantly pushes as a "standard," a comparison that comes up when sizes are mixed.

The Stefanie Bezaire label provided the image that accompanies the article. Its her second campaign with Christina.

Designer Stefanie Bezaire can sympathize with Caravaggio’s frustration. “There’s a need for this type of clothing here. I can identify with that woman because I am that woman,” Bezaire says.

That’s why the Ryerson graduate focused on developing plus-size creations during her fashion design degree. Then last February, she launched an eponymous label of stylishly plus, all sold through her online boutique. Every season Bezaire’s collection is a mix of vintage-inspired fashion with a 1950s flair.
That "vintage 1950s flair" is what makes her clothing so appealing on curvy bodies, since the 1950s came closer to appreciating naturally plussize women than any other decade of the past half-century.

The article also includes the interesting news that Jessica Biffi, who created two collections for MXM famously featuring Kailee, will be spinning off her own full-figured line:

Designer Jessica Biffi, of Project Runway Canada fame, is also familiar with the plus-size market after her time working on capsule collections for Addition Elle last year.

After two seasons with the retailer, Biffi has decided to embark on her own collection called Miz Biffi for The Shopping Channel (the inaugural line debuts in May).

“It’s the fashion part of things,” Biffi explains. “It has been hard to find items that are cute and look youthful. The plus-size woman wants to look like her friends, like a regular store’s styles but made for me.”
The emphasis on "youth" is crucial. Far too much plussize fashion is still oriented towards older women. Having more figure-baring, body-conscious fashion for girls and young women in plus sizes is really needed, both for demographic purposes and because it will break the "plus equals old while thin equals young" stereotype that the media still maliciously promotes in order to create a false "frumpy" image around full female figures.


Anyway, here are some more pictures of Christina from Stephanie Bezaire. I love the fact that she has ribbons in her hair for some of the photos. Ribbons are even prettier than bows when it comes to hair accessories. I would love to see ribbons make a comeback as a popular hair option.

http://i52.tinypic.com/30v2h6b.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/dfzh8x.jpg

http://i56.tinypic.com/v5wsbp.jpg


Of the various pieces in the Stephanie Bezaire like, I like this blouse best of all, with the bow on the front. In the second picture, I love how Christina poses, looking downward while playing with the bow. Such a feminine gesture. Also, the vintage props and setting give the clothing a context.

http://i52.tinypic.com/b8tfg3.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/27yrg5z.jpg


Another very pretty hair accessory appears in the two photos showing this black item.

http://i52.tinypic.com/9vjb6u.jpg

http://i55.tinypic.com/u41v.jpg


Heres the dress that appeared in the newspaper. The low-cut neckline is the highlight.

http://i56.tinypic.com/2dl10yb.jpg

http://i53.tinypic.com/11qlm4m.jpg


Also, heres a photo of the Stefanie Bezaire line at a trade show. Its such a pleasure to see Christinas photos blown up to poster size, and hanging on the wall.

http://i56.tinypic.com/35at66e.jpg


More images appear on the cover page of StefanieBezaire.com, and in the sites gallery:

http://www.stefaniebezaire.com/

Emily
1st April 2011, 19:37
The same article was just republished in The Province.

http://www.theprovince.com/life/Demand+stylish+plus+size+fashions+growing/4536570/story.html

The article comes with a different picture, yet still of the lovely Miss Schmidt modelling for Stefanie Bezaire:

http://www.theprovince.com/life/4536750.bin

This time, however, I'm pleased to say that Christina is identified by name, with the article stating:

Christina Schmidt is a plus-size model with B&M Models.I couldn't imagine a more beautiful "face" for the Canadian plus-size fashion industry, especially attached to such an informative and positive article.