Emma Thompson at the Golden Globes proves I’m not the only chica to start out in some fierce heels only to regret them when it’s too late to change! She even said they were “stained with her blood”! Emma will you be my bestie?
Pride goeth before the fall – and never is that more true than when it comes to wearing high heels. For years I’ve prided myself on my ability to walk well in heels. I’d giggle when the new girls on America’s Next Top Model would admit they’d never worn heels and then would totter around like Bambi on ice. (Did I just admit to watching that show? Yes, yes I did. I love Bambi.) Also, I have this weird complex where I think I’m taller than I really am so add that to my love of pretty sparkly things and you’ll see how I have ended up with a very large collection of very high heels.
This is Robyn Lawley:
She’s stunningly gorgeous (obviously). She’s a model (no surprise there). She’s an advocate for body positivity (yay!). Oh, and she’s “plus sized.” (Wait, what??)
It’s been said so many times that it’s nearly become rote in conversations about fashion but I think it bears repeating that plus-sized models are not plus-sized in the real world. (Which I know but SERIOUSLY? Her??) But that’s where the simplicity ends. Over the past year or so a war of semantics has started over how exactly do we describe the size of our bodies and what do those words even mean?
Some stores simply call sizes that go beyond a 14 “Women’s” sizes which is troubling since the definition of “woman” is more about what’s in your pants than what size they are. Other places call them “extended” sizes which is descriptive but pretty clinical (and also makes me think of toddler pants with the elastic size adjusters inside the waist). “Curvy” is bandied about quite a bit but I hear a lot of girls who self-identify as curvy – big boobs and hips with a tiny waist – take offense when catalogs or stores use it as code for plus sized. Similar to “curvy” is “diva” which has strangely transitioned from entitled pop star to sassy larger lady. Also, there’s the fairly recent and very PC “differently sized.” And then there’s “goddess size” which one plus-size writer described as “so far past the line that I would actually be less embarrassed buying a dress sized ‘oink’. ”
This woman is actually an Athleta model. Sit around and just look cute? I think not! (They even have an interview with her up on their blog!)
Their catalog permanently resides in my bedroom. The sale tab on their website is where I’ll go browse when I’m stressed out and just need a minute. (Yes, yes, compulsive shopping worries duly noted – mostly I just look.) Their clothes have made many, many, many appearances on this blog. When picking out a birthday present for me you can pretty much close your eyes and point to anything in their catalog and I will love it. So when Athleta told me that they were naming The Great Fitness Experiment as one of their Top 5 Favorite Fitness Blogs, it was better than the day I found out the 5th dentist relented and decided to recommend Trident gum after all. Heck it was better than the day I discovered So You Think You Can Dance is online!