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Old 2nd February 2010   #1
MelanieW
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It's always nice to hear of plussize models doing speaking engagements to promote positive body image.

ANTM winner Whitney Thompson recently appeared at Towson University, near Baltimore, to discuss self-esteem with the students there:

http://www.thetowerlight.com/arts/f...owson-1.2156692

Says the event organizer:

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Campus Activities Board programming chair Kayla Chilvers said that Thompson was chosen for the reality TV themed event because she’s a strong role model for young women.

Very true. The article notes the starvation regimen that she was put on as a straight-size model, and quotes Whitney as to why she got out of that toxic world:

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“I quit modeling,” she said.

“I said, ‘I’m not doing this. This is not for me. I like to eat.’”

It sounds so simple - but it is the best reason of all. Every girl should be proud to say, "I like to eat, and I will not torture myself or deprive myself just to look thin and haggard".

I like that, in addition to codemning dieting, she also slams the grotesque ordeal of going under the knife:

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Thompson argued against plastic surgery as a way to gain superficial "perfection."

Though she made jokes about Heidi Montag’s surgery addiction, Thompson stressed the seriousness of plastic surgery and made it clear that she has never had a plastic surgery procedure and never will.

There IS no "perfection" from plastic surgery. Those processes just leave women looking scarred and unnatural. I cant understand why anyone would pay to have themselves deformed. Its nice to see Whitney speaking out against this.

But Whitney was also frank and uncompromising in her views on the show, which is why, even though I wish she were fuller-figured, I always supported her and still do.

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“I had all this anger built up from what I had gone through …when I was on the show I really had something important to discuss, something different from other girls who had gone on,” Thompson said.

Yes. She really did. I still prefer her message to that of any other celebrity spokes-plussize-model (including Emme, Kate, and Crystal). Whitney is never as wishy-washy or equivocal in her statements as other models are. She really condemns the fashion industry for its promotion of anorexia in a way that no other model does - in the way that it needs to be condemned.

Oh, and this was encouraging to read:

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Thompson plugged her recent entrepreneurial endeavor, a jewelry and candle collection appropriately named Supermodel.

A percentage of her company’s proceeds goes to the National Eating Disorders Association.

Bravo. It isnt just lip service for Whitney. She really believes in the cause, and puts her money into it. Applause.
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Old 9th February 2010   #2
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I still prefer her message to that of any other celebrity spokes-plussize-model (including Emme, Kate, and Crystal). Whitney is never as wishy-washy or equivocal in her statements as other models are. She really condemns the fashion industry for its promotion of anorexia in a way that no other model does - in the way that it needs to be condemned.

I would agree. That's why it's wonderful to learn that Whitney is now officially affiliated with the National Eating Disorder Association:

http://www.nationaleatingdisorders....s%20Association

As the press release says:

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Whitney Thompson, winner of Cycle 10, America’s Next Top Model – and the show’s first “full-figured” victor – has become an official ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), joining the battle against eating disorders...

Commented Thompson, “I am thrilled to be an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association. Since winning Top Model, I have heard from thousands of people all over the world who are dealing with eating disorders. I want to support those people affected and their families and I want to help people identify and resist the social stereotypes and images that lead to unhealthy behavioral patterns.”

Very nice to hear. I have no doubt that she will redouble her brave and principled efforts to condemn the fashion industry for promoting starvation, and will continue to push for the use of fuller-figured models.
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Old 10th February 2010   #3
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Speaking of Whitney, I came upon some attractive new picture of everyone's favorite ANTM winner just yesterday. I've cropped them a bit for this post, but you can see the full-size versions, and read an interesting little blurb about how they came about, at the photographer's page:

http://www.connierollinsphotography.com/?p=371

She looks beautiful in this dress, which has an attractive cut at the bust. Nice pose too:



The setting and the big sky add a lot of drama to the image. (This pic is uncropped.) The location may be the Florida coast, but with the grasses and the sky, one could imagine this as a scene from Wuthering Heights, albeit with contemporary wardrobe.



A trace of a curve under the chin, which was such a popular feature in her screencaps from the show.



I think these images came out very well. I love the setting, the wardrobe, and Whitney's poses. Like all of her fans, I earnestly wish that she were fuller-figured, but she's an inspiring speaker with a great message, and a significant asset to size celebration.

[NOTE: Images are by Connie Rollins of PhotoArt By Connie, LLC, taken in conjunction with a Scarlett Lillian workshop in Atlantic Beach, Florida.--HSG]

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Old 10th February 2010   #4
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Those photos are very Wuthering Heights. What a beautiful setting, and the styling is fantastic. I think Whitney has been a nice addition to the industry. She is outspoken and unapologetic. I wish more plus-size women would embrace that attitude.
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Old 11th February 2010   #5
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NOTE: Images are [...] taken in conjunction with a Scarlett Lillian workshop in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

That workshop seems to have been a wonderful idea. It appears that it consisted of a group of aspiring photographers gathering together to shoot various subjects- this workshop's particular focus being Miss Thompson. They produced some of the most attractive images of Whitney I've ever seen.

I especially love the pictures taken by this individual:

http://erincampbellphotography.blog...hop-take-2.html

Whitney looks truly beautiful in those, and maybe it's just wishing on my part, but I think she may appear just a tad curvier her (and therefore prettier). Her arms look lovely in the first picture;



she appears quite buxom in the second,



and her eyes are mesmerizing in the third.



Wonderful work.

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Old 12th February 2010   #6
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I'm really liking Whitney's look these days. In this short video, her hair is full and voluminous, and she looks stunning. I love the smile, the eye makeup, and as always her beautiful voice.



She has such an amazing camera presence, and she's so glamorous. If she were a size 14 or higher, she'd be one of the most important plus-size models ever.
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