How often have you been shopping and you come across something that is just PERFECT, but does not go up to your size? Over 60% of American women wear a size 14 or above, but only 17% of clothing sold is 14 & up. That is a ridiculous disparity.
Moreover, when some brands move into plus (ahem H&M), they throw their signature trendy looks by the wayside in favor of flowy dark fabrics that they think “work” for plus sizes. That is crap. Plus size women want color, print, and structure. Moreover, we want variety. A group this numerous cannot be a monolith, and since style is such a personal thing, we all have different tastes. I want #plussizeplease to be a way to showcase the demand for styles we’d buy and rock, and all the money brands are forfeiting by refusing to expand their sizes.
So here’s how to use it:
1) Snap a picture of a garment you love but does not come in your size. Include the brand and price, tagging the company if possible. For example, I am in love with this Zara marble print dress. I would have purchased it yesterday if it went above a size L. My tweet would be:
“.@Zara marble print sheath, $59. I’d buy it right now if it came in my size. #plussizeplease”
2) Use it on any social media – Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest… even Facebook supports hashtags now.
3) Tag anything you’d purchase, whether in store or online.
4) Feel free to include the size range it comes in and/or the size you think you’d need. Sizing can be tricky, so this is definitely not required.
5) Tell your friends! I don’t just want this to be a blogger thing – I want all women who wear size 14 and up to show their purchasing power and share styles they love. Let’s be unignorable!
"Um… Apocalypse, beach, fire with beauty and water and those are Baywatch-cloned women at the end."
That’s how Hole’s Melissa Auf der Maur describes Paul Hunter’s video for ‘Malibu’.
And that’s about right. It’s a very music video-y music video. There’s lots of stuff happening. But there is a method to the madness. The song, cowritten with Billy Corgan, alludes to Kurt Kobain’s stint in a Malibu rehab clinic for heroin addition. Hunter and director of photography Martin Coppen follow suit, imposing Cobain’s Seattle-bred darkness onto the Warm California Sun. Coppen received a Best Cinematography VMA nomination for the video, at a time when that still sort of meant something.
Hunter directed videos for seemingly everyone in the 90’s. In 1998, the year he made this, he also directed Janet Jackson, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Boys II Men, Usher, Missy Elliot, Everclear, Queen Latifa, Brandy, A Tribe Called Quest, Babyface, Marilyn Manson, Matchbox 20 and Lenny Kravitz, among others. Despite the relative darkness found here, Hunter was clearly hired to help Hole fit in with this group. It worked.
So many of you are too young to remember why Diana, Princess of Wales, was such a remarkable person. She pissed off most of Buckingham Palace, was her own woman, and wasn’t afraid to get down out of the motorcade and be with the regular people.
She was a regular person, just with a title and fancy clothes.
Among the first big “names” to visit, talk to, and even touch those dying of AIDS in English hospitals, Diana’s trademark was her ability to break down insurmountable barriers.