Brock Turner’s Fate and its Impact on America

CkKYJxwUYAAriInWe at Bold Magazine have been biting our tongues during this Brock Turner trial outcome media frenzy. It didn’t seem like we’d have anything new or interesting to share. But, a few days later, it’s important to note that Brock Turner’s life is certainly going to be impacted. However, this “Ellen Doe” is going to be impacted in a dramatic way, as well. The difference? She is not responsible for the impactful action that will now shape all of her sexual interactions for the rest of her life. Turner is.

Sexual assault occurs more on college campuses than on any other US professional or school setting. 20% of women in the US will be raped in their lives, and the majority of these attacks occur in late teens and early twenties. Contrast that with one in 71 males. 91% of rape victims are female. College campuses like Stanford University which have lower rape counts than other colleges of its size aren’t necessarily doing their jobs. They may actually have similar amounts of sexual assaults and rapes, but they are simply not reporting them.

Yes, Brock’s life will be severely impacted based on the violent crime he committed. It’s called the justice system. “Ellen Doe’s” life is forever scarred. It would have been nice if before she was attacked, her father could have written a note to her attacked telling him how this might effect her appetite and demeanor. I wonder if he would have chosen a different path…

Plus Size Blogger Rachel Gee Bee Sits Down with Bold

RGB5So you think you can blog? So many of us dream of starting our own successful blog. But, it takes a lot of hard work to blog about women’s fashion. May we introduce Rachel Gee Bee (rachelgeebee.com) Gee Bee self-proclaims her site as as a plus size fashion and beauty blog written by herself. She describes herself as a 30-something from New Zealand. But, there’s so much more to the story. One of her more popular posts, “Being a woman on the internet,” hit global headlines when she investigated the harassment behavior of a few of her 10000+ Instagram followers.

Blogging is not Gee Bee’s full time job, but it certainly takes up a good deal of her time. Even when she’s not blogging, she’s answering friends’ questions about her clothing style. We love that spread of positive karma! Well we sat down to talk to this blogging queen and see what she had to say about her online style sessions!

Gee Bee really loves to blog about fashion. We asked if she would venture into other plus size content and she knows that “broader content would require more time commitment…” And, with her already time consuming day job, expect Gee Bee to stick to fashion! And, of course, sticking to her personal life with her husband, dog, and Playstation 4! Here goes!

Bold Magazine: So, tell us the story. Why did you start blogging?

Rachel Gee Bee: I started blogging because I seemed to get a lot of questions about the clothes I wore. Living in New Zealand, I shop online all the time and many women I spoke to were afraid of fit issues and my blog naturally sprung from there.
BM: Oh, who were you getting these questions from?
They came from friends, co-workers and strangers.  Especially niche items like wide-fit leather boots that are still hard to come by in brick and mortar stores.  And the more I shared of my outfits online the more questions and interaction with women I got, and it all spiralled from there.
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 BM: Love that! What’s the reaction been like so far?
RGB:  Overwhelmingly positive – the plus size fashion and body positive communities have been very kind to me and I have made some amazing friends.  Until very recently my blog life and my personal real life were very separate, but recently I’ve started sharing my posts and photos with friends and family, who have also been super supportive.
BM: So, why keep it all separate?
RGB: Because I was a little bit shy and apprehensive of what people may think of my branching out into blogging, particularly because I don’t justify my existence as a plus size woman. I make no apologies for what I look like.  My content is purposefully picture heavy and don’t tend to write much more than the bare minimum details (size, fit, store) and I don’t pursue flattering (a term I abhor) outfits.  And lastly it is a bit strange to explain to my parents that there are 10k+ people following my style on social media and that I spend a good portion of my day pointing women in the direction of specific garments, stores and suppliers.
BM: So, what happened to spur this merger?
RGB: The catalyst for my blog and personal life crossing over was actually a really horrible experience I had online with a young man who was harassing me on Instagram.  When the story was picked up by media my full name was used so any thoughts I had about existing separately as a blogger were no longer practical or possible.
BM: Well, we are so glad you do! We’re sure you’ve had some challenges. What’s been your biggest?
RGB: My biggest challenge as a blogger is probably trying to remain inclusive.  As a plus size blogger who is on the smaller end of plus sizes, I am aware I may alienate bigger plus women or women who aren’t an hourglass shape.  I am aware that I can possibly come across as “more of the same” as most plus models resemble my shape and size and not necessarily that of my readers and followers.RGB4
BM: How about financially? Do you pay for the clothing you wear on your site?
RGB: I personally purchase the vast majority of my clothes, which means developing regular content can be challenging as there is only so much of a budget for dresses in my finances!  I proudly re-wear items all the time because that is reality.
BM: We hear that! What’s the next step for you? Blogging full time?
RGB: I don’t predict I will ever be a full time blogger. I live in New Zealand with a primarily US/Canadian readership which means I am always in the opposite season. Also, my market is very small right now and there simply is not enough work to pay the bills via blogging.
RGB6BM: Ah, got it. Do you have a full time job other than blogging?
RGB: Outside of blogging I usually work in IT or Marketing as an analyst or project manager.
BM: So, what are your favorite brands to wear? To work with?
RGB: My favorite brands…. I have so many…are probably Pinup Girl Clothing, 17 Sundays, Hope and Harvest, Smart Glamour, Society +, City Chic. But I am obsessed and always looking for great basics, so ASOS Curve, Old Navy, Target… I love fashion on a budget.
I have been lucky enough to work with some brands – Smart Glamour were the first brand to reach out to me, as well as 17 Sundays and City Chic but I am not often approached for collaborations.   I don’t really pursue blogging work, it’s pretty organic and I am happy to let brands come to me.
BM: So, let’s get down to the dirt. What’s the BEST part of being a plus size blogger?
RGB: The best part of being a plus size blogger has been the amazing women I have met both in real life and virtually.  I always have women to reach out to in terms of blogging and everything that comes with managing an online presence, but more importantly I have friends to reach out to.
I didn’t grow up with women who looked like me…even when I fit into standard sized clothing, women in the media, women in magazines did not have my body type.  So having women reach out to me to let me know they like my style or they love seeing a size 16 woman in her underwear talking about fit – that always makes my day because I do know what it’s like to feel like the world is telling you that you look wrong, that you need to change.
BM: That’s awesome! Keep being a role model! So, what’s your motivation to continue blogging?
RGB: My motivation is fairly materialistic. I love clothes, I love shopping, I love how a garment can make me feel and I want to share that with other women.  I want women to know what their options are, which designers and companies support them, and which ones to stay away from.
BM: How would you define your style, Rachel?
RGB: My style is heavily vintage influenced. I love structure to clothing but I’m also practical and probably a touch lazy so I will never have perfectly done hair and makeup.   I am probably guilty of sometimes letting the clothes wear me. I like to just throw things on. I don’t really care about accessories, I tend to touch and play with jewelry far too much so I don’t bother wearing it. I like to think I am practical, hopefully relatable, and that shows through my style.
BM: Talk to us about the term plus size. We’ve both been using it so much during this interview. It seems to be a hot phrase lately, very magnetizing. But, do plus size women actually blog differently?

RGB: I don’t have any strong feelings toward the distinction between plus size women v women.   I find the term plus size infinitely useful, because even when I fell into straight sizing, I had more in common with plus size models and bloggers than I did straight size in terms of my body shape.  I’ve never been offended by being referred to as plus size. I’ve always considered it merely a description that relates to how clothes are manufactured, and that’s it.  I wear plus size clothes, I have blue eyes, it’s pretty matter of fact and completely unemotional.

I think it’s really difficult for all women, regardless of size, not to buy into size-shame because it is everywhere and likely has been for our entire lives.  But I think if we unpack the negative feelings women may have with the term plus size,  what really is it?   Shame associated with taking up more room than some pattern maker decided was economical once upon a time? Shame for requiring more or less material in your clothes?   I don’t really have time for those feelings or the feelings of people believe the size of my body relates in any way to my value as a person.
What I dislike immensely are comments from high profile plus size women such as Ashley Graham who with one hand tell us how beautiful being plus size can be and on the other appear to be ashamed of being referred to as plus size.   It’s appears quite contradictory and not at all empowering to me.
BM: Wow! We agree! So then, who are your influences? Who would you want to share some drinks with? RGB3
RGB: My biggest influences are women who aren’t afraid to say it like it is: Georgina Horne (Fullerfigurefullerbust.com), Cynthia Ramsay Noel (flightofthefatgirl.com), Danie Vanier (daniellevanier.co.uk) and Sarah Chiwaya (curvilyfashion.com) spring to mind, as well as writers like Amanda Kate Richards (@amandakater).  I love women who appear to have the same struggles as me, women who don’t gloss over the fact that sometimes it is hard to be a plus size woman, or just a woman, or just a functioning adult.
I’d love to share a few drinks with any of these ladies – or anyone actually!  I do not discriminate in my blog/instagram drink dates.
BM: Lastly, Ms. Gee Bee. As we always like to ask, why are you BOLD?
RGB: I’m not sure I would describe myself as bold or unique. But I like to think I am an every-woman.   I hope that women can relate to my fashion and style because it’s practical and not overly complex or glamourous.  I will never perfect my eyeliner but I’ll show you how I got it wrong and laugh about it.  I don’t know that it makes me unique but hopefully refreshing.

As suggested, since Gee Bee’s blog is picture heavy, so is ours today!

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Graham and Holiday: Are either of these typical plus size women?

Bold Magazine has been covering plus sized models, actresses, and singers, since 2008. But, there’s an amazing revolution happening in the plus size world!

The average women is between a size 12 and 14 in the US. The average shopper actually doesn’t buy a size 14. It is the least purchased size in retail stores. But, the American public seems to be obsessed with the new plus size trend. The two women who at the helm of this frenzy are Ashley Graham, Dress Size 16, and Tess Holiday, Dress Size 22. Ashley_Graham_(model)_2014

In the coming weeks, we’ll be discussing a number of bloggers, models, and fashionistas who are all covering the plus size beat. Some have been sensationalizing it in the media. Others, even fetishizing it. But, what does the plus sized woman look like? Act like? Feel like? We seem to think that Ashley Graham and Tess Holiday have epitomized what it is to be plus for us. Why? Do other models and actress epitomize what it is to be a woman?

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As we met up with all of these ladies, we had a very important question to ask them:

Does being a plus sized woman preclude being just…. a woman?

And, we ask that same question of our readers. Does being plus define you? Does it compare to your role at your job? At home? Does it compete with your gender? Race? Religion? Other demographics? It’s important to begin asking these questions as the plus size community grows.

Amy Schumer had an interesting stance for/against the plus size community. She didn’t want to be defined as plus sized. Some say it’s because she did not want to be included in that size category. Others say that she was standing up for females who may have the wrong connotation in mind when they see her and hear the words “plus sized.”

Tess-Holliday-Bikini-HashtagBut, there is this odd unspoken (sometimes spoken) debate around that term. Plus sized… it almost creeps me out just to hear it. Why are we using that phrase so often now? Are the same women who were larger than average in 1995 now a different type of woman because they are plus sized? What is the big deal about being plus?

And, more importantly, when are we going to have more than two mass media role models to wear our clothes?

 

JetBlue passenger stopped from boarding plane because shorts were too short

BOSTON – A JetBlue passenger says the airline has apologized to her after gate agents at Logan Airport forced her to change her shorts because they were too short, CBS Boston reports.

a52743a18405dd9bdb7dafbb2060a58fThe woman from Seattle, a burlesque performer who goes by the name Maggie McMuffin, told CBS station KIRO-TV she was stopped after she tried to board a connecting flight at Logan May 18 wearing a sweater, thigh high socks and shorts.

She said she was told, “The flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight.”

She had to run to another terminal to buy new shorts for $22.

Maggie said she was making a connecting flight in Boston and was not questioned on her flight out of New York.

“I was told it was the pilot’s final say so these are not official rules that can be broken,” she told KIRO.

“We support our crewmembers’ discretion to make these difficult decisions,” JetBlue said in a statement and they “determined the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight.”

JetBlue did give Maggie a $200 credit and a refund for the new shorts.

Former Biggest Loser Contestants Plan to Sue the Show for Alleged Abuse


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Suzanne Mendonca, a former contestant on The Biggest Loser, is spearheading a class-action lawsuit against the show, saying producers withheld water from contestants, forced them to overexercise, and “discarded them when the cameras stopped rolling,” TMZ reports.

Mendonca, who appeared on Season 2 of the weight-loss reality show, and other disgruntled former contestants recently spoke to the New York Post. In addition to noting that they’ve regained nearly all the weight they lost on the show back, the alums claim that contestants were encouraged to take drugs, starve themselves, and lie about how many pounds they were shedding. They also criticized the integrity of the show’s doctor, Rob Huizenga.

“People were passing out in Dr. H’s office at the finale weigh-in,” Mendonca told the Post. “On my season, five people had to be rushed to the hospital.”

Other former contestants allege that trainer/host Bob Harper gave contestants Adderall and “yellow jacket” pills that contained Ephedra, an energy booster that was banned by the FDA in 2004. “People would take amphetamines, water pills, diuretics, and throw up in the bathroom,” Mendonca says. “They would take their spin bikes into the steam room to work up a sweat. I vomited every single day. Bob Harper tells people to throw up: ‘Good,’ he says. ‘You’ll lose more calories.’

The Biggest Loser doesn’t save lives,” she continued. “It ruins lives. Mentally, emotionally, financially — you come back a different person. Half the people from my season have gotten divorced. The ripple effect isn’t just weeks or months. It’s years.”

NBC has yet to renew The Biggest Loser for an 18th season, but issued the following statement to the Post: “The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and always has been, paramount. We prohibit the use of any illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety.”

Ashley Graham on her swimsuit line, kissing Joe Jonas and more

Ashley Graham is having a moment. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric first sat down with hqdefaultthe model last year to talk about her steamy ad for swimsuitsforall, featured in Sports Illustrated magazine.

Since then, the model, designer and body activist has had a busy year. From gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated, to launching her brand-new swimsuit line, to playing the love interest in Joe Jonas’ “Toothbrush” video, the brunette beauty is everywhere.

“My life has totally flipped upside down. I can’t walk outside in my pajamas anymore, that’s for sure,” says Graham. “For a girl who was told, ‘You’ll never be on the cover of magazines,’ now I have 11 in a little under three years.”

Graham, an advocate for positive body image, considers herself a ‘body activist’ and tells Couric that beauty really does come from the inside. “The moment I stopped comparing myself to other women, my career started thriving.”

Graham says you need to speak life into your body. “What I had to do is start loving who I was,” she says.

maxresdefaultGraham spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about her new swimsuit line. The inspiration? The James Bond girls.

“The Bond girl is the sexy girl. She is the epitome of … the badass, ‘I’m ruling my body, I’m ruling who I am’” attitude, Graham said, adding: “I’m the ruler of my body and I’m the boss of my empire, and I want women who wear my swimsuits to feel the exact same way.”

Graham is bringing sexy back to more than just the beach … she’s bringing it right into Joe Jonas’ bedroom in the new DNCE video “Toothbrush.” Graham says she wasn’t expecting to be the love interest and didn’t learn she would be until the night before. “I thought maybe there’s just gonna be, you know, a groupie moment … and then I was like, ‘Oh my God! I’m the love interest!” And with over 5 million views already on YouTube, it’s clear fans can’t get enough.

Facebook apologizes after banning an ‘undesirable’ ad featuring plus-size model Tess Holliday

Tess-Holliday-Bikini-HashtagFacebook has apologized after banning a photo of a plus-size model the social network originally said depicted “a body or body parts in an undesirable manner.”

The Australian feminist group Cherchez la Femme had attempted to put money behind the photo to promote an event called “Feminism and Fat.”

It featured an image of Tess Holliday wearing a bikini. The size-22 model, who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, is known as the first woman of her size and height to sign a contract with a major modeling agency (MiLK Model Management in London).

Facebook did not remove the photo from the site, but it prevented it from being used in a Sponsored Post.

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The Facebook ad teams said the photo violated the company’s “health and fitness” advertising policy, according to a copy of the message Cherchez la Femme received and posted to its Facebook page.

“We thought it was really horrible and isolating and alienating,” an organizer of the feminist group, Jessamy Gleeson, told The Guardian, where we first spotted the story.

“Quite simply they need to understand we can use images of fat women to promote women being happy,” she added.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

 

The event aimed to promote body positivity for people of all sizes. Facebook said in its message, however, that “ads like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves.”

Cherchez la Femme responded in a Facebook post: “We’re raging pretty hard over here — both because Facebook seemingly has no idea that plus sized, self describing fat women can feel great about themselves, and also because we haven’t been able to boost the original damn post.”

The feminist group asked its followers to share their post to “join us in our disgust” and to promote the event on June 7.

Facebook later backtracked and issued an apology.

It said in a statement sent to The Guardian: “Our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads … This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologized for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad.”

According to the email Facebook originally sent to Cherchez la Femme, Facebook’s health-and-fitness policy prohibits ads that display:

  • “Close-ups of ‘muffin tops’ where the overhanging fat is visible.”
  • “People with clothes that are too tight.”
  • “People pinching their fat/cellulite (even with full body visible).”
  • “Human medical conditions in a negative light (ex: eating disorders).”

Before it apologized, Facebook recommended that Cherchez la Femme replace the photo of “body positive activist” and model Tess Holliday with someone “running or riding a bike.”

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