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April 5, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Target has apologized for referring to its "plus-size kimono maxi dress" as manatee gray. This is a mammal, after all, that is sometimes referred to as a sea cow. An irritated shopper tweeted what many saw as an insult. Regular sizes were "dark heather gray," but the plus size got the "manatee" label.  It didn't take long for Target to zap the plus-size gaffe from its website and issue an apology. A spokeswoman told Today.com on Thursday the retailer was sorry for "any discomfort" and never intended to offend.
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September 5, 2013 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
The owners of Lili Bridals have opened a plus-size bridal salon called Della Curva on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.  Della Curva is a full-service brick and mortar bridal salon dedicated to women who wear sizes 16-30.  The store offer gowns from top designers such as Allure, Sophia Tolli and Watters. Brides can consult with a professional stylist at the store and embark on a process aimed at alleviating the anxiety of finding a wedding gown. Della Curva is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Industry insiders are accusing Lululemon Athletica of neglecting plus-size shoppers. According to some former employees and consumer advocates,  Lululemon actively deters plus-size women by not prominently displaying yoga pants in sizes 10 and up. (We can have a separate discussion another time about whether size 10 can actually be considered plus-size.) One former employee told the Huffington Post's Kim Bhasin that size 10s and 12s were left unattended in a separate part of the store.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Industry insiders are accusing Lululemon Athletica of neglecting plus-size shoppers. According to some former employees and consumer advocates,  Lululemon actively deters plus-size women by not prominently displaying yoga pants in sizes 10 and up. (We can have a separate discussion another time about whether size 10 can actually be considered plus-size.) One former employee told the Huffington Post's Kim Bhasin that size 10s and 12s were left unattended in a separate part of the store.
OPINION
September 13, 2009 | Marjorie Miller
There was something about that picture. When laying out the September 2009 issue of Glamour, designers pasted photographs on the wall, looking for the right one to illustrate a story on body confidence. One of them caught everybody's eye: a nude photograph of plus-size model Lizzie Miller that revealed a roll of belly fat. There was a gut reaction, you might say. "Every female designer and editor who walked by would say, 'Oh, I love that picture,' " recalled Glamour Editor Cindi Leive.
NEWS
March 24, 2002
With obesity at epidemic levels nationwide and young girls and women doing damage to their bodies in the quest for the perfect body size, you run an article about a plus-size doll that will hopefully give Barbie a run for the market ("Plus-Size Doll Casts Shadow Over Barbie," March 5). But in describing size 12 as a plus size, you reinforce the idea that unless you are a size 10 or smaller, you are fat. For many woman who are size 16 and above, a size 12 seems a lot more obtainable than a 6 or 8. Thanks for the reminder that even at a healthy size 12, we would still be considered plus size.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2009 | Leanne Italie, Leanne Italie writes for the Associated Press
Like never before, teen lit is alive with plus-size characters who take on their school tormentors and get the guy, soaking up self-esteem as football heroes and big-girl models. While fat may not be the new vampire, the uptick comes at just the right time for young readers. Childhood obesity is epic while a large, loud and proud fat-acceptance movement advocates good health at any size over doomed diets, food obsessions and body shame. In titles that include "Looks," "Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies" and "This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous," young people with meat on their bones are front and center in at least two dozen new books out since last year, rather than the usual ugly-duckling best friend or neighbor.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2009 | City News Service
A dating series featuring "plus-size" men and women will air on Fox Broadcasting later this year. The network said Monday that it had ordered "More to Love," a show it describes as an average single guy "with a big waist and an even bigger heart" choosing among several "confident and secure plus-size women." "This is the first dating competition show in television history that reflects what most real single men and women look like, which makes it instantly relatable to the vast majority of people in the dating pool," said Mike Darnell, Fox Broadcasting's president of alternative entertainment.
IMAGE
August 16, 2009 | Emili Vesilind
Not tempted -- or willing -- to sink $200 into a new pair of premium denim jeans? These bargain brands may not boast the cachet or quality of a William Rast or Acne. But they make it cheap and easy to stock your wardrobe with jeans in every cool color, wash and silhouette for fall. Delia's This online teen retailer (that grown-up girls love too) boasts an astoundingly wide array of trendy jeans in sizes 00-19/20, all around $50. Need peach-colored skinny jeans in a Size 3 with a 36-inch inseam?
OPINION
August 29, 2012
Re "Clothing lines embrace plus sizes," Aug. 26 I'm sure every baby boomer remembers when regular clothing lines went up to size 18 (and sometimes higher) and size zero didn't even exist. Clothing designers have missed this lucrative market for decades - and in the process contributed immeasurably to the low self-esteem and eating disorders that now pervade our society. I want to say "congratulations," but, honestly, all that comes out is "duh. " Alitta Kullman Laguna Hills Designers should be ashamed of themselves for designing clothes and selling them to obese clients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The scandal over Abercrombie and Fitch's exclusionary marketing strategy, now into its third week, shows no sign of letting up. “You've probably heard about it if you are a teenager, have a teenager or if you like to wear your shorts where most of your butt hangs out,” Ellen DeGeneres said Monday on her show.  She noted that Abercrombie's chief executive has said he won't sell women's clothes larger than size 10, then pulled...
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Target has apologized for referring to its "plus-size kimono maxi dress" as manatee gray. This is a mammal, after all, that is sometimes referred to as a sea cow. An irritated shopper tweeted what many saw as an insult. Regular sizes were "dark heather gray," but the plus size got the "manatee" label.  It didn't take long for Target to zap the plus-size gaffe from its website and issue an apology. A spokeswoman told Today.com on Thursday the retailer was sorry for "any discomfort" and never intended to offend.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
As an adolescent, Rebel Wilson thought she was destined for a black-and-white existence as an actuary, computing equations in a cubicle. The young Australian was painfully shy, so much so that she recalls her social anxiety as bordering on being a serious disorder. Then one day, her mother, tired of her daughter's isolated behavior, dragged her to an acting class and slammed the door behind her, leaving the 14-year-old to fend for herself among a group of extroverted strangers. "It was so embarrassing," Wilson recalled over breakfast recently near her West Hollywood home.
OPINION
August 29, 2012
Re "Clothing lines embrace plus sizes," Aug. 26 I'm sure every baby boomer remembers when regular clothing lines went up to size 18 (and sometimes higher) and size zero didn't even exist. Clothing designers have missed this lucrative market for decades - and in the process contributed immeasurably to the low self-esteem and eating disorders that now pervade our society. I want to say "congratulations," but, honestly, all that comes out is "duh. " Alitta Kullman Laguna Hills Designers should be ashamed of themselves for designing clothes and selling them to obese clients.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Fighting mediocre sales and a sluggish economy, retailers are finding there's a booming market for plus-size clothing. While the category has been getting notice for years, clothing companies desperate for sales see zooming growth in dressing America's expanding waistline. Many are opening specialty stores, expanding plus-size departments and targeting ads directly to the curvy woman. Cheap chic clothier H&M began rolling out plus-size sections in stores this February. The Limited will open stores by next year for a new larger-sized line, and Lucky Brand just launched a line of roomy denim and tops.
IMAGE
October 24, 2010
Do campaigns to alter our attitudes about size and body image have any effect? Although groundbreaking initiatives, such as Dove's 2004 Campaign for Real Beauty, have been applauded for their attempts to broaden beauty standards, some experts doubt how successfully they sell products. At Arizona State University, a marketing scholar in the W.P. Carey School of Business found that ads and catalogs featuring plus-size models are likely to backfire and contribute to low self-esteem that could dampen the enthusiasm to make a purchase.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Fighting mediocre sales and a sluggish economy, retailers are finding there's a booming market for plus-size clothing. While the category has been getting notice for years, clothing companies desperate for sales see zooming growth in dressing America's expanding waistline. Many are opening specialty stores, expanding plus-size departments and targeting ads directly to the curvy woman. Cheap chic clothier H&M began rolling out plus-size sections in stores this February. The Limited will open stores by next year for a new larger-sized line, and Lucky Brand just launched a line of roomy denim and tops.
IMAGE
March 8, 2009
Many readers responded to Emili Vesilind's piece last week on the difficulty women over size 10 have in finding stylish clothing. Here's a sampling of the letters. See more, and join the discussion, at latimes.com/image. I am the former editor in chief of BBW magazine (in the early '90s) and a former plus-size spokesmodel (under contract with the Spiegel catalog from '89-92).Thank you, thank you for pointing out the ridiculous snob mentality.
IMAGE
October 24, 2010 | By Valli Herman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
By the numbers it just doesn't seem right. Nearly 65% of American women are overweight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and of those, more than 35% are obese. Yet most designer collections end at size 10. And on hundreds of high-fashion runways at international fashion weeks this month and last, ultra-slim models were wearing trendsetting designs that will never be manufactured in sizes to fit most American women. In a time when retailers are struggling to turn a profit, the disconnect between fashion and reality is a puzzle.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Mike & Molly," which premieres Monday on CBS, is a situation comedy about fat people in love, or will be, as soon as the leads have the time to get together. Fat people. In love. This is the Big Idea that animates this show, which under that padding plays most profitably as a simple, sweet romance between a pair of shy Chicagoans. Billy Gardell plays police officer Mike, Melissa McCarthy fourth-grade teacher Molly and, as is the custom in these things, they come packing comic foils: his mouthy friend and partner (Reno Wilson)
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