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Old 2nd July 2007   #1
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Default Plus-size beauty on TV, in Texas


Every once in a while, plus-size models are invited to appear on sundry television programs to show off curvy fashions. What a pity, though, that these TV appearances are still relatively rare. In addition to the dearth of plus-size magazines, what is equally astonishing is the absence of a television series exclusively devoted to full-figure fashion, on one of cable TV's many "lifestyle" networks.

Few will remember this, but in the heady days when Mode debuted, the magazine even taked of Mode TV, which presumably would have been precisely such a program--a plus-size fashion series on cable television.

Speaking of Mode, aficionados of the magazine will certainly remember the name Michele Weston, who was the publication's Fashion & Style Director for the majority of its run. Ms. Weston recently appeared on the Great Day in Houston daytime televsion program on KHOU, in two enjoyable and informative reports about the new plus-size fashions coming across the pond from Evans.co.uk.

You can view the segments by clicking on the links below:

- Curvy Fashions for Summer, pt. 1

- Curvy Fashions for Summer, pt. 2

The girls in the features all do a reasonably good job, but the star of the show is definitely the fair-haired model (Keira? Tara? the name is hard to catch).

We don't know who represents her, but she certainly is a timeless beauty, displaying full arms, a curvy waist, and a gorgeous figure that suggests alluring softness.

She also exhibits a lively, mischievous side.

Ms. Weston, using the kind of rapturous prose that one always found in Mode, says of this beauty that "She's a young, fun, luscious body." You can see that body in an attractive dress at 3'34 in the second video, and also at 2'20 in the first video.

It should hardly come as a surprise that Ms. Weston, one of Mode's guiding lights, was able to put together such a size-positive TV segment, starring such lovely talents.

The clips offer a tantalizing taste of what Mode TV might have been like . . .

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Old 19th July 2007   #2
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Default Breaking the Rules . . .


Incidentally, fans of Mode who might be curious as to where to turn for Ms. Weston's current thoughts on fashion can find several of her articles (linked below) at a Web site called "Divine Caroline."

She recently published an informative swimwear article titled

- "Swim with the Curve"

as well as an empowering piece called

- "Breaking the 'Big Girl' Rules"

We feel compelled to share an excerpt from the latter article here, as it recalls the bold spirit of complete body-freedom that Mode espoused. Ms. Weston writes:

It's time to break a few rules. No, not the ones that will land you in jail, but, rather, the fashion rules that us curvy girls have been told that we have to follow—the "no big girl can wear that" rules. . . . Many of us have spent our lives apologizing for our curvier silhouette, adhering to the no-no's of full-figured dressing, or trying to blend in with a crowd by wearing only dark colors and boxy shapes. I'm here to tell you that hiding your style is self-censorship. No more hiding ladies!

Bravo, bravo. "No more hiding"--the best fashion advice of all, and words that all voluptuous vixens should take to heart.

But what else would we expect from one of the guiding lights of the finest plus-size fashion magazine that has ever been published--or likely, ever will be?

Here we see a new face at Ford Chicago, Michelle Olson (no relation to Kelsey) breaking a rule, and in a beautiful way. Michelle is a tad too thin for a plus-size model (one earnestly wishes that she were fuller-figured), but she vividly proves that curvy girls with rounded waists can wear two-piece bathing attire, and look far more gorgeous than any skeletal waifs with caved-in midsections and protruding ribs.

Break the rules. Dare to be beautiful . . .

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