Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Outfit and Plus-Size Fashion Magazines

This is a picture of the outfit I wore Tuesday, January 11, 2011, to the Legislative Education Awareness Day in Albany, NY.  At least I hope it is, I've been having a little trouble with my iPhoto.  My sartorial presentation is not all it could be - we had been marching and rallying in 30 degree weather, in addition to walking all over The Egg, a large building in Albany (shaped like an egg: hence the name, The Egg).  So I was looking a little frazzled.

That's my trusty blue parka on the chair next to me.  Note the hiking boots I'm wearing.  NY is very cold and snowy in the wintertime!  And not everyone shovels or salts their walks.

But anyway, I was Googling "plus size fashion magazines" and there is precious little out there.  Apparently there's still controversy over showing women of size in fashion photo spreads.  I don't understand what the big deal is.  People are acting like showing a woman with an abundance of flesh is like pornography.  And there seem to be two types of people:  People who think it's OK and want to see more of it (men and women, though probably for different reasons), and people who think it sets a bad example (everyone knows if you're large you can't possibly be healthy!) and is not fashionable.

I noticed three magazines.  I started on this search because I Googled Figure magazine and saw on their old website the announcement that due to bad economic times, they had to go out of business.  I wasn't crazy about Figure, but it was better than nothing.

One magazine I found was Skorch, another magazine was Pulse, for plus size models.  Another magazine, V, dedicated an issue to plus size fashion.  There was an online magazine, Diva, and that looked promising, but I found the website inconvenient and difficult to navigate.  They had a lot of information, but I wish they had organized it more clearly and effectively.  One thing I don't like about many women's magazines is that they seem to give women the message that their entire lives should be about catching a man, making the man happy, cooking for the man, cleaning for the man, blah, blah, blah.  Now, men are nice, I have nothing against them, but where do you see in men's magazines an obsession with pleasing women?  It is very rare, my friends, very rare!  Usually it focuses on how to make a woman orgasm 3 million times in one night or some such fantasy.  Do you ever see men's magazines with articles about "Can this marriage be saved?" and "How to talk to your partner" and "Lingerie that is sure to drive her wild!"  I haven't.  If you have seen these articles in men's magazines, please!  Let me know.  I'll be sure to run out and buy it and hang it on my wall in a nice frame.  Especially the lingerie one ... I could use some eye-candy around here.  Although, thinking about it, men don't really have fancy words for underwear like women do.  We have "Intimate Apparel" and "Lingerie."  Men just have underwear.  Oh well, until this imaginary article and photo-spread about men in sexy underwear comes out, I'll just have to make do with the Jockey catalog.

Anyway, moving right along, these plus-size fashion magazines did not look promising, except for the afore-mentioned online magazine, Diva, with the caveat about the website.  The plus-size model magazine was geared mostly towards the fashion industry.  It was really hard to tell what Skorch was about - the presentation was not clear.

In the absence of a good plus-size fashion magazine, I have resorted to books, which is a more expensive option, but there are some good ones out there.  I promise to continue plugging away at reading them and reviewing them.  Right now I'm reading "The Alienist" for a book club which meets on January 23, and it's a long book and fairly complex, so that's all I'm reading right now.  I like to read many different books at the same time and sometimes that works for me, but sometimes I get distracted and have to put one or more books down for a period of time and start them back up from the beginning when I get back to them.

It's 4:14 AM, and way past my bedtime.  Take care, and have a great day tomorrow (or today, as the case may be).