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Should Canadian media be following Kate Middleton’s daily fashion?

Canadians have long been fascinated by the Royal family, especially their trend-setting fashion. Now that “The Royals”, aka Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton, and their two children are in Canada touring, people are paying even closer attention to their fashion choices. What’s been added to the proverbial royal fashion vault of glory, which of course is studded in overly expensive jewels?

By comparing Queen Elizabeth II to Kate Middleton, it is easy to see that trends have become increasingly more casual (cue broadcast jingle for this shockingly important news). Middleton can be spotted in a number of simple get-ups ranging from cargo pants to jeans while she treks around the world on various royal tours. Queen Elizabeth II also has a remarkably simple, classy style, wearing trench coats (what is she hiding in there?) and gloves. Princess Diana modernized the royal fashion trend substantially, wearing bolder outfits that would make any eighties’ diva proud.

Fast forward to now and we see Middleton somewhere in the middle of Princess Diana’s bold trends and Queen Elizabeth’s ‘snoozy’ outfit choices. Since the Duchess has been in Canada with Prince William visiting B.C and the Yukon, she has sported several extremely expensive ensemble, ranging from a McQueen’s red and white dress and a red Preen dress to a smart green Dolce and Cabana with gold buttons.

Okay, we need a reality check here.

Middleton’s daily fashion trends are literally being stalked by various fashion (and news!) publications while she remains in Canada. My response: who cares! There is a point where commenting on an elegant gown on a special royal evening is appropriate, but literally judging, criticizing, and writing about Middleton’s daily outfits? That is absolute madness. In the midst of several prevalent news items, fashion updates from the royal duchess should not be Canada’s priority on the twitter newsfeed.

Instead of obsessing over Middleton’s outfits, maybe investigate what happens to each of these expensive royal outfits after it has been worn once. Where is it discarded? What is the benefit of parading rich royals around the country and footing the bill when we are in the midst of a national affordable housing crisis? When we need transit funding? When the economy is the dumps? It is a temporary distraction to be sure, but I’d like to see more charitable benefits come from royal fashion choices before I jump on the royal bandwagon.

So, don’t click on that article about Middleton’s next outfit. Instead, change the channel to what’s going on in Syria. And then donate all of your old clothes to the Salvation Army. Let’s change our priorities fellow Canadians. Royal fashion reminding us of colonial wealth should not be important in our modern educated world.

What is a “women’s publication?”

As the editor of a women’s publication, I often struggle with its content. Should I appeal to the masses and publish fashion and beauty tips, tips for great sex, or outline the best weight loss diets? Or should I break the mould?

When Women’s Post was founded in 2002, it was done so with a single purpose — to showcase talented women across Canada. The founder of this publication, Sarah Thomson, started it after noticing the disappointing selection of magazines targeting women. They were all pitting woman against woman, competing for the newest fashion trends and workout regimes.

Women’s Post was meant to show that women are interested in more than just their looks. The publication would feature profiles of professionals, asking what they do to help other women succeed in their respective industries. Since then, Women’s Post has grown into so much more. We still feature talented women and have a clear focus on mentorship, but we also publish articles on city politics, the environment, technology, business, and, yes, fashion.

I draw the line at weight loss diets though.

The key is balance — admitting that women are interested in a variety of things, whether that is the latest hairstyles and trends or the rising stock prices. It’s also about recognizing the influential power the media has on women, particularly young girls.

An image has been circulating social media over the past few weeks that has caused a lot of outrage, both inside and outside the newsroom. The image shows the front page covers of two different magazines: “Girls Life” and “Boys Life”.

Girls Life focused on makeup, hair, and overall beauty tips while the Boys Life cover featured job opportunities in the sciences and in technology. While the magazines are not owned by the same company, it displayed some of the blatant gender differences that are engrained in the media.

In Canada, we do a slightly better job. Our “women’s magazines” have articles that encompass a variety of interests, from work advice to recipes. Of course, there will always be specific fitness and health magazines that target specific female demographics, but Canadian publications seem to understand they don’t need to compete with these pre-existing celebrity gossip magazines.

Women’s Post proudly joins the list of Canadian news organizations that have come to understand that gender doesn’t dictate interests. But, I’m even more proud to be part of a publication that also focuses on making sure others know this too. Women’s Post profiles women from every profession, focusing not only on the challenges they had to overcome to get where they are now, but also their many accomplishments.

Women compete enough without the aide of rows of magazines telling them they could be thinner or smarter. With an ever-growing wage gap and the constant discrimination women face in the workplace, isn’t it more important to celebrate womanhood rather than destroy it?

Women’s Post strives to not only be a publication that supports and showcases great women, but a publication where anyone, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, can find news that interests them. I truly believe this is the future of journalism — anything else is simply insulting, don’t you think?

Fall fashion #trending: oversized clothing is in!

I love the fall — pumpkin spice lattes, the changing of the leaves, and of course the return of cute boots. It is the one season you don’t have to worry about pouring rain, watery sludge, or below-freezing storms. Not to mention the sweltering heat wave this summer has brought us.

This changing of the seasons also signifies the end of shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits — all of the nice, but tight, fashion styles. Am I the only one ready for the return of jeans, light overcoats, and scarves? But, to my incredible delight, the biggest trend this fall is oversized clothing. That’s right, you can now flatter your body under comfortable, yet fashionable, layers.

Here are a few examples of top trending oversized outfits for this fall:

The Poncho: No, these ponchos are not water proof, but they are fashionable! These ponchos act like a blazer or overcoat, and can be worn with tank tops, t-shirts, and long-sleeve tops. They can add style, texture, and colour to your outfit. Depending on the style, they can also be appropriate for work as well as a casual outing with friends. The best part? Ponchos have the added benefit of being incredibly comfortable and flattering for all body types.

Le Chateau, $89.95
Le Chateau, $89.95

 

The Sweater: Who doesn’t love an oversized sweater? These items usually fall well below the hip and can be worn with pants or leggings depending on the length. If these sweaters are light and a bit short, try to layer it with a blouse or a tank top of a different colour. If it is long, try to wear it with your hair up and a chunky necklace. These sweaters are great for long-hour work days, outings with friends, or a casual walk on a cool fall evening.

MANGO, $309.95
MANGO, $309.95

 

The Suit: Gone are the days of tight pants and blazers that push your breasts forward. This fall business style is all about comfort. Loose pants and a top to match, maybe paired with a belt or some colourful jewelry, will make a true statement in the boardroom. The outfit extremely comfortable — allowing you to move, stretch and sit — and no one will tell you “no” when you are dressed to impress.

Zara
Zara

 

The Blouse: Heading to the market or going on a walk with your beau? The long blouse or plaid shirt is making yet another come back. Simple, comfortable, and stylish, you can’t really go wrong with this choice. Pair it with a single-coloured jacket, some skinny jeans or leggings, and a pair of boots within the same colour scheme and you have the perfect fall date outfit.

Aritzia, $110
Aritzia, $110

The Trousers: I’m in love with these trousers! Sleek and stylish, they take comfortable business style to a whole new level. They generally flare out at the thigh, creating a straight edge look that really works with either heels or flats. A lot of boutiques now carry these trousers — in multiple colours and styles. Just remember not to pair patterns with patterns when choosing a top.

Zara, $69.90
Zara, $69.90

The Wrap: Wear whatever you want, and then cover yourself in these beautiful bohemian wraps. Part poncho, part blanket, these wraps are perfect for evenings. Twist it to create a scarf, wrap it around your shoulder like a pashmina. The possibilities are truly endless. Something like this would be great for cold offices. Leave it at work and remain stylish while warm!

Three Bird Nest, $56 + shipping
Three Bird Nest, $56 + shipping

 

What are you wearing this fall? Let us know in the comments below!

Your guide to back-to-school fashion

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, it’s time to go back to school!

In just under a week, kids of all ages will be pilling on to busses to be shuttled all over the city. Some may be excited, other’s terrified, but the one thing everyone will have in common is a desire to look good on the first day of school. But, what’s in? What should your kids be wearing this fall? Women’s Post has a few ideas:

For younger children, the freedom of being able to dress themselves may lead to some interesting combinations. If your child really wants to wear polka-dot leggings and a stripped shirt, who are you to argue? But, if they do ask for your input, it’s good to have a few outfits on hand.

Layers are perfect for class and recess. Try jean jackets — they go with everything and you can find them in all sorts of colours and styles. Don’t be afraid to be colourful and fun!

 

Smocked Boho Swing Top for Girls - Orange Floral
Smocked Boho Swing Top for Girls – Orange Floral
Gap, $59.99
Gap, $59.99
Converse, $64.99
Converse, $64.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a new type of pressure for high school kids. No one wants to look like a dork wandering the halls on their first day of classes. For high schoolers, Women’s Post suggests keeping it simple — Printed tees, for example, with sayings that express your personality. Pair it with some funky jewelry or a funky jacket, jeans, and some rockin’ shoes. Trade in those runners for heels for a night out. An oversized sweater, with leggings or a skirt is a comfortable option for those long study sessions.

 

Torrid, $34.50
Torrid, $34.50
H&M, $19.99
H&M, $19.99
Staples, $119.99
Staples, $119.99

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to university this September? Remember to dress to impress — but it’s also okay to remain casual. Your best bet is to get clothing that can be worn with dress pants on presentation days, and with ripped jeans for those early morning classes. There are a lot of really comfortable leggings and pants that can be thrown on with a nice shirt for ultimate

Backpacks are critical. You may be spending an entire day on campus, running from one end to another with a computer in toe. Make sure you get a bag that is both stylish and practical. Over the arm bags can hurt your back if you aren’t careful, so try the traditional backpack route. Luckily, there are a lot of really great ones out there that are perfect for both the classroom and the interview room.

Note: no matter what other people say, do NOT wear pyjamas to class. Sweatpants or oversized hoodies are fine, but PJs are just tacky.

Aldo, $55
Aldo, $55
H&M, $19.99
H&M, $19.99
Mango, $34.95
Mango, $34.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you wearing come September? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 5 summer sandal styles

Does anyone else hate wearing socks in the summer? I despise it. They don’t breath well and when the UV rays start coming out my feet get all sweaty and I’m left with chunks of fluff between my toes. It’s just embarrassing.

That’s why I love sandals. They come in many shapes, colours, and styles — something to go with every outfit! They can look professional when paired with a dress and a blazer, but they can also be used with a pair of shorts to create a fresh summer look.

Here are five different styles that are trending this summer:

Call it Spring, $49.99
Call it Spring, $49.99

The Gladiators: These type of sandals never go out of style. The gladiator sandal has a supportive wrap around the ankle and usually has a number of straps that form around your foot. They are the perfect every-day-wear shoe because they go with summer dresses, shorts, and even the occasional pair of jeans. I love the pair pictured above because of the neutral colours.

Birkenstock, $119
Birkenstock, $119

The Birks’: A good pair of Birkenstocks will last you years. They perfectly form to the shape of your feet for ultimate comfort. These sandals are not meant for the workplace, but instead are meant for casual barbecues, outings in the park, and outdoor festivals. Treat your feet by investing in a pair of shoes that won’t pinch or blister. While the sandals pictured above are the traditional Birkenstocks, the company is now creating some more stylish footwear using the same materials and techniques.

Dwaedia, $39.99
Dwaedia, $39.99

The fancy flip flop: These sandals are another example of a style that goes with almost everything. Dress up a casual outfit with this black-and-gold flip flop with the supportive ankle clasp. The in-between-the-toe sandal can sometimes be uncomfortable and cause blisters, but if you get a shoe that is of higher quality and materials, it can become a staple in your wardrobe.

Also, $75
Aldo, $75

The tie-ups: These sandals are similar to the gladiator sandals, but they go up much higher and generally tie up using a lace rather than a zipper or a clip. This chic style has been around for a few years, but the light colours and subtle accents are trending in 2016. The only downside is for people who, like me, have thicker calves. Sometimes, the laces don’t tie evenly and tend to slide down the leg to the thinner ankles.

Zara, $89.90
Zara, $89.90

The multi-coloured: Sometimes, the neutral colours and subtle accents just doesn’t match your style. Sometimes, it’s necessary to make a statement, and these sandals do just that. The pompoms are incredibly high-fashion and really make your feet pop. Make sure to get a pedicure before sliding these babies on — we suggest a bright red or a sultry blue.

What kind of sandals do you like to wear in this heat? Let us know in the comments below!

 

5 types of dresses you can wear to work

The sun is finally out and the flowers are starting to sprout! It’s here Canada!!! Spring is here! And you know what that means: It’s time to shed those layers!

But, what’s considered professional enough for the workplace? I wouldn’t recommend shorts (unless they are the dressy sort), but when it’s hot outside, the worst thing in the world is having to wear a full pant-suit. On these days, the spring dress is the perfect option.

Here are five styles of dresses that are acceptable for the workplace:

The business-classy: A fitted dress with a belt is a workplace classic. It’s professional, yet stylish, and creates an air of confidence. This particular dress can be worn with a blazer and a pair of black pumps, or dressed down with a light cardigan and sandals.

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Le Chateau, $150

The sleeves: This year, sleeves are in. There is no need to go strapless or sleeveless, two options which may not always be appropriate for a business meeting. If you don’t want to deal with blazers or cardigans, try a dress with sleeves. They come off as professional, yet chic, and they are really easy to accessorize.

Zara, $69.99
Zara, $69.99

The floral tunic: A lot of women shy away from patterns and floral patterns, especially when it comes to work wear. But, never fear! You can absolutely rock the floral tunic at that business meeting. The best part is that florals exude springtime and will lift everyone’s spirits. Just make sure to pair it with some simple accessories and bold colours.

Mango, $89.95
Mango, $89.95

The bold colour flare: On the other side, there is nothing wrong with a bold-coloured flare dress. This is yet another simple classic that can be dressed up or down depending on your need. It is the most elegant of the options, and the short sleeves eliminate the need for a shawl or blazer. Pair it with some even bolder jewelry.

Cleo, $99.90
Cleo, $99.90

The maxi-dress: These dresses may come off as a bit too casual for work, but they are becoming much more trendy. This type of ensemble is great for an office setting — it’s comfortable and flattering on most body types. Try wearing a bold or dark coloured lipstick to make the outfit more high-fashion.

French Connection, $328
French Connection, $328

 

Do you have a favourite spring dress? Let us know what they look like in the comments below!

 

5 essentials for your daily work wardrobe

When switching over your wardrobe from party outfits and sweats with your university logo, learning how to dress as a career woman can be a challenge. Luckily the days of shoulder pads and boring suits are in the past, and it is possible to look fun and professional. Here are five ways to fill your closet with workwear that is not drab, but fab.

Aritzia, $90
Aritzia, $90

 

1.Bold and beautiful blazer and shirt combos

Finding a blazer that fits can be difficult, but it is a staple for a stellar work wardrobe. Having a few different types of blazers can be exactly what you need to pull an outfit together. If you are a blazer virgin, try purchasing one solid colour and one patterned jacket. Having both blazers will allow you to compliment a bold top with a conservative blazer or spice up an otherwise dull outfit choice. Remember to never pair a patterned blazer with a bold shirt or the outfit will become overwhelming. Subtlety is key in workwear.

From Forever 21 $18

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2. A button up shirt

A button-up shirt or blouse is a great addition to a work wardrobe because it adds class and style to an outfit. My personal preference is a sheer button-up top with a nice shirt underneath. This adds a classy, yet fun asset to your wardrobe without being too provocative. When a button-up shirt is fitted, it can be quite shapely. Make sure to include plain button-up shirts and snazzy blouses, even including a short sleeve button-up shirt in the mix for a hotter summer day.

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H&M $24.99

3. Comfortable flared slacks

One of the many fashion staples from the 1970’s are comfortable slacks. If you can find a pair of great flared slacks, buy them immediately. If they have a bold print, again buy them immediately. They are comfortable, loose, yet fitting trousers and often have bold patterns that make you feel like a beautiful diva transported from another era. These slacks also allow you to dress fairly simply in the rest of your outfit. You can wear solid, but complimentary colours and the pants will do the rest of the work.

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4. Variety of shoes  

A variety of shoes will help you make a stellar work outfit. Make sure to have a low heel for comfort, a fancy shoe for outings and events, and a nice flat for those lazy days. It will spice any outfit up and make you feel confident and great at your job. Avoid open-toed shoes and heels that are too high. Making a subtle heel count is the trick, and if you are short, it also brings you up to the height of your colleagues, which is a bonus.

Zara $35.90
Zara $35.90

5. Bold Accessories

Bold accessories are an easy and inexpensive way to compliment work attire. Options include a necklace, earrings, a pin, or classic bracelet. I prefer bold jewelry such as a stone necklace paired with a simple blouse. It is striking to dress in a classy white outfit and then have a bright necklace bringing the outfit together. Bright scarves are also fun and keep the neck warm on chilly days. Accessories add an air of elegance and effort to a work outfit and will make you feel glamorous in whatever career path you choose.

Do you have any tips for great workwear? Let us know in the comments below!

 

5 items for the ultimate spring outfit

Spring has arrived! And while putting away bulky sweaters and winter attire can be stressful for the average Canadian so accustomed to being hit with an unexpected (but very expected) snow storm, it’s safe to say that it’s time to bring some colour out. As we prepare for summer to arrive, it’s important to know how to transition yourself from -10 to +10. Don’t worry, Women’s Post is here to help you out. Here are the only five things you’ll need for the ultimate spring outfit.

1.Drench in a trench

When it’s too warm for parkas and too cold for shorts, the best way to stay comfy and neutral is with a cute trench coat. We love this one from Zara! Not only does a trench coat allow you to add some oumph to your outfit, its super versatile! Throw on a printed scarf or rock some cute booties to dress it up, or even pair with your weekend jeans for a fun day outdoors. We hear camel is in this season, along with nudes, but as Neelam Gill shows us, you can never go wrong with 50 shades of grey.

2. Cutie in booties

Peep toe booties are in, ladies. So get your pedicures on as you prep your feet for daily exposure after those long winter months hidden inside your socks. Nothing is cuter than these pairs from Steve Madden! Peep toe booties are perfect for spring —thermal boots are no longer required. (Halleluiah!) Pair your booties with something just as daring such as a printed coat, as worn by Naomi Harris above. Although you’ll want to wear these all season long, we do recommend rain boots for those wet days.

3. Corals and florals

 

“Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” The devil couldn’t have said it better herself. Year after year, florals keep coming back as the must have piece for any spring outfit. This year, we’re seeing a lot of floral pants. Whether its going boho-chic with pallazzos or keeping it sophisticated and work-friendly with a straight look, a floral pant screams fun and flirty. Feeling bold? A floral top is the way to go for the ultimate fashion forward look. Beware, this look is not for the timid fashionista!

4. Bold yet simple

You just need one piece of accessory this season. And it needs to be big. Whether you opt for dangling earrings, or your new, favourite statement necklace, your choice of accessory is what pulls your whole look together. Rose golds were a fashion favourite for the past couple of years, but we’re loving our silvers this season! Skip the jewellery and opt for a bright and beautiful bag, in additional to some minimalistic pieces such as midi rings and bracelets. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to be unforgettable.

5. Stella under your ‘brella

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Because it’s going to rain. And after working so hard to put together your outfit, the last thing you want is to walk outside with a boring, black umbrella. Turn heads with a bold print or choose an umbrella bright as the sun. A true fashionista doesn’t let the weather get in the way of her style. She embraces it and makes it a part of her look. Just don’t blame us if you’re asked to share. 😉

Good luck and happy spring!

 

Have any more tips on the ultimate spring outfit. Let us know in the comments below!

Five funky rain boots to keep those toes dry

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day (or not! ).

It’s our own fault — we prayed so hard for the end of those cold, dreary, winter days, and this is what we get. Humid and rainy. At least it’s not snowing anymore, right? The only problem is that rainy weather is terrible for daily commutes. Winter boots will make you sweat while sneakers will leave your ankles cold and wet.

Despite what we’ve been led to believe by our parents, yellow rubber boots don’t make an outfit “cool”. But, there are some special renditions of the typical rubber boots that just may fit the bill. Here are five examples of some stylish boots that are sure to keep your toes warm and dry during this wet transition into the spring:

 

The printed surprise: These 100 per cent waterproof boots are made of flexible natural rubber that allow movement while you walk. They may appear like regular rubber boots, but the print really makes a difference. It says, “yes, I’m wearing rubber boots, and I own it.” They come in multiple colours and patterns, which means you can get one that is custom to your style.

BOGS, $90
BOGS, $90

 

The half-pint: Some people just can’t wear tall boots, whether it’s because of their calves don’t fit the skin-tight material or it’s just not their style. That’s what’s so great about these short boots. They are stylish, can be worn with jeans or dress pants, and work perfectly for the person who is opposed to tall, clunky rubber boots.

Cougar boots, price unknown
Cougar boots, around $80

 

The shoe-boot: These shoes are actually made of rubber, which means they are waterproof flats! Whoever invented these are genius. Imagine wearing them with a pair of jeans and a nice top while out on the town one evening. It’s the perfect compromise — stylish, yet practical. They will probably last longer than your regular flat shoes too.

Cougarboots: $50
Cougarboots: $50

The warm-layered look: It may be humid out, but that doesn’t mean it’s summer just yet. These boots are perfect for this in-between weather. The knitted top makes it look like a regular winter boot, but the bottom is completely rubber, and therefore waterproof. These boots would be great with leggings, or any pant that can be tucked into it.

Kamik, $89.99
Kamik, $89.99

 

The funky knee-high: Finally, there is the funky knee-high — a traditional rubber boot, just filled with character and style. Hunter has a lovely selection of boots with bright colours and patterns. These are for the traditionalists out there, those who don’t want to deviate from what they know. These boots are bound to keep your feet dry, but they also add a little something extra.

Hunter, $225
Hunter, $225

Do you have a pair of rubber boots you love? What do they look like? Let us know in the comments below!

‘You are bold, you are brilliant, and you are beautiful!’

Ashley Graham is a goddess.

Seriously, she is drop-dead gorgeous — anyone who says otherwise is blind.

Graham recently graced the cover of the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. Sporting a purple bikini with yellow-stringed ties, she sits on the beach, allowing the water to gently splash over her skin. You may ask, what’s controversial about that? It seems standard for any swimsuit edition.

The difference is that Graham is a plus-size model, the first of her kind to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated.

Screenshot 2016-02-29 11.04.45Graham has been featured on the covers of Elle Quebec, London Times, Cover Magazine, Style Magazine, The Edit, and the Shape Issues of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle UK. She is also quite the entrepreneur, having collaborated with Canadian brand Additionelle on her own line of lingerie. She even appears in her own television advertisements, dressed in her sexy apparel — confident and absolutely seductive.

Despite all of these accomplishments, Graham was still on the receiving end of many body-shaming comments.

My favourite was made by a Facebook group I followed (used to follow I should say) called Bright Side, that said “you decide to get healthy and then see this.”

Former Sports Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs said that Graham’s face was beautiful, but the magazine shouldn’t be glamorizing full-figured women because her waist was too large. YouTuber Nicole Arbour, whose “Dear Fat People” videos are too shameful to link to in this article, slammed Graham, saying that if she simply worked out she could lose weight. “I want to eat cookies and still be a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model; what’s next, you can be a midget and a Rockette? What’s wrong with having a physical standard for something?” Arbour said in her video.

It boggled my mind that people didn’t see what I did — a beautiful NORMAL sized woman.

Just because a woman is larger, doesn’t mean that she is unhealthy or inactive. I would be considered a plus-size woman, despite the fact that today I ate a salad for lunch, did some yoga, and walked to work instead of taking the bus. I know a lot of beautiful women that are on the larger side. They go to the gym on a regular basis, eat healthily, and live a full life.

During her Tedx Talk in May 2015, Graham starts by saying: “You are bold, you are brilliant, and you are beautiful! There is no other woman like you. You are capable. Back fat, I see you popping up over my bra strap, but I’m going to choose to love you.”

In the U.S., plus-size is defined as size eight to 16. “Most of the people in this room would be defined as plus-size,” she said. “How does that make you feel – to be labelled?”

Graham has worked hard to rid these labels from the fashion industry (which, admittedly, I have used numerous times in this article). She is also the co-founder of ALDA, a modelling agency that “represents beauty beyond size”. This group of five women have made strides to break down size stereotypes within the fashion industry and prove that beauty is not just skin deep.

I commend Sports Illustrated for having the courage to stand up and tell the truth: activity does not necessarily equate size, and size does not necessarily equate health. There is no need to pressure regularly sized women to lose weight through extreme dieting. There is no need to encourage women to drink juice for eight weeks or take pills from unqualified doctors on television. Sports Illustrated has come forward as a magazine for active individuals — regardless of whether you are a size zero or a size 16 — and that means that people like me may actually read the magazine.

One final thought: take a look at how gorgeous Graham looked at the Oscars. Does that look like an unhealthy person to you? As she said in her Tedx Talk, “the fashion industry may want to label me as plus-size, but I like to think of me as my-size.”

All women should be that confident — and it’s time we stopped shaming them for it.

 

 

What did you think of Sports Illustrated’s decision? Let us know in the comments below.