PoC News in America

Election news is heating up as we get closer to November. This week we have a lot of Oscars-adjacent news.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland Aren’t Kidding Around

If there was one thing Ladyblogland wanted to talk about this week, it was how The Onion called Quvenzhané Wallis the c-word. The best thing to come out of that terrible joke is the many different (and well-articulated) feminist perspectives.

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Fashion Weak

Every February, New York City hosts an international extravaganza of fashion. Year after year, despite an increasing amount of public protest and outrage about the lack of size diversity among the models, the images associated with Fashion Week remain unchanged. Read More Fashion Weak

Model Organisms Don’t Smize

I’ve watched enough of America’s Next Top Model to know that “smizing,” or smiling with your eyes, is a crucial skill that all models must possess. Personally, I don’t really see the difference between smizing and “opening your eyes up real wide while doing funky eyebrow movements,” but that’s probably at least part of why the closest I get to models is model organisms. Read More Model Organisms Don’t Smize

Persephone Pioneers: Velvet D’Amour

Velvet D'Amour wearing a please feed the models tee shirt
Velvet D'Amour (used with permission)

(Editor’s note: frank discussion of weight follows.) Velvet D’Amour is a Renaissance woman in the truest sense. Born in Rochester, New York, Velvet went to Paris in her late 20s to pursue dance and photography, and since then she has walked the runways of Paris (at age 39 and weighing around 300 pounds), been sought after by renowned photographers, appeared in French films, music videos and French, Swiss, and Japanese TV, and continued to work as a photographer. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Velvet D’Amour