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Beyond the Fitting Room: Answer Yes I Can and Build Your Self Esteem with Lisa Cole and Cathy Alessandra

Ask yourself this question: do you really love your body?  What if you don’t, or feel as though your body is not the best representation of how you see yourself?  Would you take the risk and begin a journey to have the body you love, at the size that works for you?  It’s a big question, and it’s not easy for any woman to answer. Self esteem is a fragile part of all of us and many women feel that theirs could use reinforcement every now and again.

Weight gain or loss is one of the trickiest subjects to talk about. You could be a new mom holding on to baby weight, or the “freshman fifteen” you once acquired have now turned into thirty pounds or more over the years since graduation. When it comes to helping women to embrace a positive self image, I find that weight is the topic of conversation nobody is comfortable discussing. That is what I love most about fitting bras—it doesn’t matter what size you are, it’s about the right fit. The right fit happens when you feel lifted, confident, and possess a deep sense of your inner and outer selves match perfectly. Whether talking about bras or a reflection in the mirror, I believe the right fit is a metaphor for life.

Cathy AlessandraIn 2006, I met Cathy Alessandra, a dynamic speaker and creative entrepreneur who built a media enterprise through a family magazine publication and events series. What’s Up for Kids, Cathy’s business, focuses mainly on family dynamics and relevant issues kids face today. Cathy didn’t stop with just one focus, though; she has also successfully launched Today’s Innovative Woman for emerging women entrepreneurs in any stage of their professional journeys. Cathy is no stranger to success, but her personal life has not always found the same results.

Just last year Cathy realized her buckets were full of success, but her personal life had taken a toll and the evidence was in her weight gain: over fifty pounds overweight on her 5″5 frame. Cathy took a step back and realized how overwhelmed she was when it came to her personal care. From that point forward, she worked to shed the weight and also launched two signature inspirational programs for women.  Yes I Can!, and Your Daily Yes help women to practice the same “self care” Cathy forgot about while pursuing professional success. At the core of each project, Cathy’s goal is to teach and inspire women to answer Yes, I can! to every difficult question or tricky personal goal that arises. I asked Cathy to share her self esteem journey with me:

What was your primary motivation for losing weight?

I had a lot of events planned that I was launching across the country, a hectic travel schedule, and the thought of running through the airport with the extra weight made me realize I could not handle it!  It was about my health, and it needed to be about me.  I was on blood pressure medication, and I simply was not comfortable anymore.  I needed to take care of myself for a change.  Food was a substitute for dealing with painful emotions, fear, doubt and just not coping correctly. The weight also affected my speaking to other women.  I didn’t feel like I was at the top of my game. Do they believe me?  My business was a success, but my internal barometer was failing.  I needed a change.

What has losing weight done for your confidence?  Do your bras fit, have you broken out the bikini yet?

Now I have the confidence to wear pretty, sexy bras.  I was wearing “frumpy” and basic styles. I remember you saying in one of your presentations how when you wear sexy lingerie, it takes your confidence to the next level even if you’re the only person who knows what’s going on underneath it all.  I have my sexy back and I love it!  Yes, I have a bikini!  I am going to places like the Oaks Health Resort and Hawaii.  I now have options to choose from that make me feel empowered.  Now when I speak, I can share my story, and tell women about my journey from a powerful place. I limited myself and my opportunities based on my weight and self perceptions. I needed to do this for me.

What can women expect from the Yes I Can event that were hosting at The Oaks Health Resort in Ojai, Ca on July 25-27 and August 22-24?

I will share in depth my own Yes I Can Journey with women. I will be sharing the top three things I needed to do to practice “self care.” The women attending will learn how to set boundaries, and say yes to things that will support them and their mission in life.  We will talk about support, and how your friends play a major role in your journey of self care. This will be a place to kick start their own journey of self care.  Healthy eating, exercise, creating a vision board are some of the planned activities. What do you want your life to look like?  Women don’t answer this question because they are busy taking care of everybody else.  It takes daily work. This will be a launching pad for your own Yes I Can! moment.   

In addition to Cathy’s itinerary, I will be speaking and providing private consultations to women on proper bra fit featuring Leading Lady Bras, shaping solutions, and what’s currently trending in fashion with a fun and interactive presentation. I thank Cathy for sharing her story of self care and making her personal shift. I will bring a follow-up post in August. Stay tuned Leading Ladies, and remember self care equals self love. Say yes to making new choices in your life today that empower and inspire a better you!

If you would like to join us, please email Cathy Alessandra email address Cathy’s attendees get a special rate, so please contact her for details.Cathy Alessandra email address

 

Beyond the Fitting Room: Travel Wardrobe Bra Must-Haves with Lisa Cole

Bon Voyage Leading Ladies – Pack Those Bags and Your Bras, It’s Time for Summer Fun! Lisa Cole Bra Fit Expert and Stylist Shares Her Top Picks for summer 2014. 

Beyond the Fitting Room: Travel Wardrobe Bra Must-Haves with Lisa ColeA tropical destination makes the perfect vacation and a trip away is probably what we’re all dreaming of us the beginning of summer passes by…yahoo!  It’s time to rest, relax and runaway to your favorite hideaway. Have you picked out your favorite place to play yet?  If the answer is yes, congratulations!  If the answer is no, maybe a staycation is in the cards for you. Even though you’re not physically leaving your town for a more glamorous destination, you get the chance to make home your cave, so take advantage of your time off!

I was helping my client Mary with building her wardrobe for an upcoming cruise recently. She wanted a selection of bras that could take her from day to evening and support her through her various cruise activities and in-between times.  I liked her approach, and wanted to share what we picked together as a reminder that getting dressed for travel is about leisure first and foremost. There are so many options to look great, but remaining comfortable is not as easy. Who wants to struggle with falling straps or too-tight underwire while in paradise? Not Mary! Let’s review her selections:

The Leisure Bra – By wearing a wirefree cotton bra while traveling to her final destination, Mary is able to rest comfortably starting with the long plane ride to Hawaii all the way to her cruise ship. The minimal cup seams give lift and light shaping. She was amazed at how great she looked in wirefree when she first slipped it on! So many of my clients tell me NO when it comes to wearing a non-underwire bra.  Ladies, get into the comfort zone and try this solution today.  This bra’s polka dot print is ideal for the sheer summer blouse that’s trending currently. Yes, it’s ok to have it show, I promise. You’ll be a Fashionista to the max in this bra style.

Leading Lady's Lace Cup Underwire Full Figure BraThe Luxe Lace BraEvery woman needs a bra that makes her feel amazing underneath it all.  I selected the two-tone full figure bra in nude with black lace overlay for Mary and her stunning evening attire. It’s simply gorgeous and the shape it gives Mary is sensational.  Style is about having options, and this bra is a must have for vacation and beyond. As much as you love the beach during vacation, you’re sure to go out to a nice dinner once or twice, and Mary is more than excited for her elegant night now that her entire outfit is planned.

The Multi-purpose Sport BraYoga, Pilate’s or the gym anyone?  A sports bra is your solution  to combat jiggling while on a walking tour or hike. Sports bras are all about “compression” (no jiggling allowed) and will keep your girls lifted and secure. In addition, when you add stylish colors and prints to the mix, a sports bra becomes your ideal leisure lifestyle companion.  I recommended that Mary bring one for her early morning walks around the deck of the cruise ship.  Because of the racerback design of the bra, you can also use this as a layering top underneath a jacket or sweater. Love the two for one!

Packing Tips…How Many Bras Do I need?   When packing for a trip, whether it’s a few days or a couple of weeks, you should have no less than four bras. The formula I like to use is: wear one, rest one, and have one multipurpose bra ready in case there is an emergency for when your others get soiled or dirty. I have had many clients over the years share stories of how luggage has been lost and thank goodness they had their bras and underwear with them in their carry-on luggage. So slip an extra bra into your carry-on bag just in case.

Get ready to go this summer by getting your bra wardrobe in order.  There are so many bra solutions and styles that give women all of the options they need to look fabulous from the inside out.  Bon Voyage, ladies!

Lisa Cole is the Founder/Fit Expert of StyleFitSolutions.Com. She provides advice on all aspects of style as it pertains to bra fit and body confidence solutions for women.  She is a speaker and hosts private events around the country. 

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Bra Care 101: How to Wash Your Bras

Bra care 101: how to wash your brasA recent article from the UK’s Daily Mail reported that on average, British women own 16 different bras at any given time. What’s more, the magazine stated that British women also buy at least 4 bras a year and will spend around $4,500 on lingerie alone in their lifetimes. If you assume that a typical bra retails at $35 dollars, that’s enough money to buy 128 bras—that’s quite a bra wardrobe. Even though a bra’s lifetime technically spans between 4 to 6 months, we’re sure that most women hold onto their trusted, favorite bras longer than that. To keep your bras in the best condition possible, we’re providing essential laundry tips specifically for lingerie.

Hand Wash is the Best Method

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bra whose care instructions don’t advise hand washing. Sure, bras are designed to be the foundation of your outfit (sturdy, dependable, and stylish!), but did you know that bras are commonly made with 30 different parts during the manufacturing stage? They are one of the most intricate garments that women use every day. So, if you can, hand wash your bras with delicate detergents only. If you do hand wash your bras, you probably notice how your straps won’t roll or fray and how your wings don’t shrink—these are damage issues that arise from being thrown in the washing machine.

Hang to Dry

When it comes to drying your bras, you’re going to want to avoid your clothes dryer too. Air drying your clean bras is the best way to ensure a continued proper fit. If you don’t have to space to hang them, lay out a towel and carefully lay your bras out to air dry. As long as your bras are not being subjected to the clothes dryer’s too-hot temperatures, you will find that your bras will hold their shape and remain in pristine condition longer.

Keep a Rotation

We all have a favorite bra that’s our go-to style and the first bra that gets pulled from our drawer. Even though it’s your best-fitting bra, you still should let it rest and resist the urge to wear it 4 days in a row. A smart shopping trick: buy your favorite bra style in an array of different colors and prints so you can easily change up your bra wardrobe and be confident about your fit. Sweat stains, stretched-out bands—you can avoid these lingerie issues by rotating evenly through your bra collection.

Treat your bras with the care they deserve—they work hard to keep you lifted and supported every day!

Lace Up for National Running Day

Lace up for National Running DayHappy National Running Day, Leading Ladies! Have you taken to the park or closest sidewalk yet to celebrate? Even if you’re more of a jogger or walker, fitness at any level is beneficial for your overall health. With the right mindset and equipment, we’re going to show you how to get started with your jogging routine.

Lace Up

Even if you plan to walk, wearing the right kind of tennis shoes is essential to maintaining your health and safety. Flip flops and converse sneakers are not good long-distance shoes for exercise because they offer no arch support. Before you hit the pavement, get yourself fitted for a proper pair of running shoes. A sales associate or informative online video should be able to guide you in the right direction on your search for the perfect exercise sneakers. Just like wearing the right size and style bra, the right pair of running shoes will transform the way you work out and feel. So take your time and make the selection that’s right for you.

Plot Your Path

If you’ve ever had a conversation with a running enthusiast, you might feel daunted about your own exercise goals when you hear them casually mention the 10+ miles they run weekly. Everyone’s different, and we can assure you that your fitness friend worked hard to reach that workout goal. With a park or neighborhood route in mind, try plotting your desired path in your GPS system to see exactly how far you want to run. Give yourself a reasonable goal distance to start with and work your way towards a longer run.

Leading Lady medium to high impact sports braHave Fun

Smile while you walk, take time to notice what you pass—just because you’re running doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Working out releases endorphins, wakes up your mind, and causes your heart to pound in a positive way. Make the most out of your exercise by finding ways to enjoy what you’re doing. It will be a lot easier to make running a habit if you concentrate on what you find positive about the experience, even if physically you feel worn out.

 
Keep the Bounce on the Road

You’re going to need a supportive sports bra, there’s no doubt about that. Check out our cotton racer back sports bra in a pull-over style if you’re planning on light workouts. Coming this fall, we’re excited to introduce our medium to high impact sports bra (sneak peek picture included!) that is every woman’s perfect running partner. We’re taking the extra bounce factor out of jogging and giving you a stylish sports bra that keeps up with your busy lifestyle.

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Beyond the Fitting Room: Look White-Hot This Summer in Your New Summer White Wardrobe

White mesh hoodie from the CAbi collectionSummer is coming soon, and all the women said yes! It’s time to pull out our play clothes that make us feel fierce! If you’re feeling like your summer wardrobe might not be up to your fashionable standards, treat yourself to some new stuff. (Go ahead; give yourself permission—you’ve earned it.)  One trend that is on fire is wearing a crisp white top or pants as a statement piece that can work with the rest of your entire closet.  White is definitely trending in the fashion world as the stylish go-to this summer, so get ready to rock a white wardrobe.

Although white clothes are fresh, clean and just scream it’s time for fun, white can be intimidating to wear for any woman no matter your frame or figure. It’s all about finding the pieces you absolutely adore and building your outfits around them. A friend of mine gave me the gift of a white hooded sweatshirt from the CAbi collection (Carol Anderson By Invitation).  Let me tell you, it was LOVE at first sight, and because I knew what bras and tanks to rock underneath (I selected my Leading Lady Leisure Bra and a white tank top), I felt ready to dazzle in my adorable new white top. Paired with my new navy skirt, I felt sexy, comfortable and confident!  Are you scared or will you dare to wear white this summer?  Here’s how to make this your favorite shade in your summer closet:

Needle white shell from the CAbi collectionThe foundation: a must-have for any woman is a nude or white bra that you love to wear. White bras are trending right now and make the perfect start to any great outfit.  Don’t be afraid to let your bra show girlfriend, but if you don’t want your straps to show underneath your tank top, consider Leading Lady’s racer back front closure bra. Ideal for tanks and tees, the Leading Lady t-back bra will hide your straps and keep you slip-free all day long. Instant style solution that can revolutionize your wardrobe! A contour bra that has molded cups provides modesty and great shaping underneath if you like traditional bra straps. Feeling flirty? Maybe you want to wear lace with a camisole layered underneath. It’s imperative to have the right bra to pull off the statement white look. No wrong color straps ALLOWED! Appearing flawless in your foundations is a must when wearing white.

Love your look this summer by slipping into luxurious white collections over your Leading Lady bras.  Cheers to fun in the sun and looking fearlessly good in your bright whites!

Lisa Cole is the Founder/Fit Expert of StyleFitSolutions.Com.  She provides advice on all aspects of style as it pertains to bra fit and body confidence solutions for women.  She is a speaker and hosts private events around the country. 

Spring Fashion 2014: Trends for Curvy Fashionistas

Photo courtesy of Ashley StewartNow’s your chance to break out your favorite sandals and show some skin—warmer weather is here to stay! (For the next few months, at least.) We’ve scoured the internet for some of the cutest, most stylish spring fashion 2014  pieces that will elevate any outfit from casual to fabulous in minutes. Whether you’re grabbing cocktails after work or attending an afternoon bridal shower, our fashion picks will have you turning heads left and right.

Photo courtesy of Lane BryantThis season is all about color—whether you’re a fan of cool or hot hues, there’s plenty of color to dive into. Perfect for dressy daytime events, this magenta linen pencil skirt will keep you cool during the hottest days. Without being quite so narrow, this Ashley Stewart pencil skirt features a relaxed silhouette and a lace-overlay waistband that adds a delicate finish. Paired with a white blouse or top, this skirt is sure to become a summer favorite.

This coral-salmon colored Lane Bryant dress is another one of our top summer wardrobe picks: we love the skinny belted waist and the decorative hemline. It’s a peasant-inspired dress that’s mature and stylish. Our favorite Molded Padded Seamless bras would keep you lifted and comfortable while wearing with this dress, or even our Lace Cup bra for a flirty look underneath.

Photo courtesy of Ashley StewartLooking for a top that’s office-appropriate without being too drab? What about this Lane Bryant rich blue button up—it’s sure to shake things up in your wardrobe. This stylish top features muted front ruffles and a side sash that helps cinch your waist and keep your look sharp.

Photo courtesy of Lane BryantIt’s a little less structured, but we’re also adding this Lane Bryant soft, double-layered racer back tank to the mix. Worn with loose white pants (yes, those are allowed back in your closet again!) and bronze jewelry, we think you’ll have a great casual dinner outfit thrown together. Why not start each of these outfits with your favorite Racer Back Molded bra to ensure no-slip straps and 24-hour comfort?

Photo courtesy of Asos CurveAnd for the finishing touch—two hand-picked jackets that you’ll want to slip into once the sun goes down. Our first choice is bold, colorful, and fun while still looking feminine and cool. This black quilted floral jacket is one of our favorite spring pieces we’ve seen. The shape of the jacket itself is simple and streamlined, which contrasts well with the all-over bright floral pattern; it’s definitely a unique piece that you’ll want to add to your wardrobe.

Photo courtesy of Asos CurveOur second jacket choice is almost the complete opposite; this loosely fitted white blazer is the definition of chic. Cut to move with your curves, this blazer radiates effortless style. Both jackets, from Asos Curve, are patio-approved and will heighten your style this spring and summer.

 

Happy shopping, fashionistas!

Essential Wellness Tips for Women in Honor of National Women’s Health Week

Essential Wellness Tips for Women in Honor of National Women’s Health WeekThis week marks National Women’s Health Week, a 7-day celebration of healthy living and lifestyle tips for women across the country. Looking for ways to practice wellness habits every day? We’ve got fitness expert Chris Freytag’s pointers on how to improve your wellness one day at a time. These helpful reminders will not urge you to immediately start training for a marathon (but it’s impressive if that’s your goal!); instead, these tips are the foundation on which a healthy, fulfilling life is built. It’s not all about the physical—these tips address healthy mental habits that successful women follow, too. Enjoy!

Take charge of your physical well-being

How do you start looking after yourself? Get answers about your current health state: visit your doctor and get a comprehensive checkup every year. You won’t know what needs to be worked on if you don’t know there’s a problem to begin with. Stay up-to-date on preventative screenings so you catch any potential issues at the source. Get into the routine of practicing a self-breast exam once a month. Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease—these are a few diseases that affect millions of women each year. It might be tough, but they say knowing is half the battle for a reason.

Just say no

It’s time to employ every child’s favorite word: NO. To what are we saying no specifically? The unhealthy habits and crutches we’ve used far too long. Here are examples of emotional and physical acts and practices that should be kicked out of your life and to the curb: texting while driving, constantly complaining, smoking, not wearing a seat belt, lying, ignoring food labels. We’re sure that you can add many other actions to this list! Feel overwhelmed by how many unhealthy actions you practice? Start by making a list and vowing to cross off one physical or mental barrier each week by paying attention to when you lapse into your bad habit. Your improved health is the most important reward from this practice.

Get your groove on

The key to staying active is making time to move throughout the day. Sure, your main workout can be scheduled to a visit to the gym, but your hour-long workout should not be the only time you’ve moved from sunup to sundown. Take five minutes during your work day to walk around the office. Spend the last ten minutes of your lunch break stretching out your shoulders or just standing (especially if you sit at a desk all day). Study after study shows that we are too static in our everyday lives; be conscious of how your body feels after sitting all day. Walking, jogging, hiking, cycling—find your favorite way to move and make an effort to practice that at least three times a week. Your heart will thank you and your mind will feel sharper than ever.

Happy National Women’s Health Week, Leading Ladies. Use this week to make your first step towards a healthier way of life. Your wellness should be your top priority, so tune into what your body needs and start treating it with unconditional love.

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Mothers Day Gifts for Mom: Lisa Cole Bra Fitting and The Gift of Support

Mothers Day Gifts for Mom: Lisa Cole Bra Fitting and The Gift of SupportWhat Mothers Day gifts do you get for the woman who gave you the greatest gift of all—your life? Mother’s Day is this weekend and everyone is scrambling to make brunch reservations and pick out the right flower bouquets. When you go to sign your mom’s card this year, take a moment to reflect beyond the generic card message and convey your own message that thanks her for her unending support. Write the kind of card that you’d want your own children to give to you. If you’re looking for unique ways to show your mom support, aside from chocolates and a touching card, why not give her the gift of a new bra? Bra expert and stylist Lisa Cole shares how to celebrate Mother’s Day with the best support you can buy:

It’s time to embrace the women who make our lives so meaningful…our moms. A mother’s love is priceless. Moms have been our care takers since infancy and have never let us down no matter what age or stage of life we’re in. I am sure we can all recall our favorite “mom stories” that are both funny and tender. From every little moment in the carpool lane to school to our larger touchstone memories like weddings and graduation, mom is ALWAYS there.

The other day, I asked an associate and personal friend Cindy T., who is a make-up artist and mother to five children (two of them adopted), why she loves being a mother. She answered, “I knew I always wanted to be a mom. When I adopted my first child, she looked up at me and I sensed she that picked me, not the other way around. When she was four years old, without me ever telling her how I felt, she turned to me and said ‘mom I am so glad I picked you’.  It melted my heart, and I know being a mother is a role that should never be taken lightly, but it’s an honor everyday that I have the ability to encourage my children to be the best and be their mentor in this journey called life”!   

Wow, what a great philosophy Cindy has for being a mom. However, taking care of yourself when you’re a mother is not an easy task. Selfless and tireless seem to be the words that describe every mom.  So what do you give the lady who wears the Superwoman cape every day?

Encourage her to get a new bra that actually fits. Many of my clients tell me that bad fitting bras are the norm for their mothers because they put their families’ needs over their own. Mother’s Day should be all about mom, so log into LeadingLady.com and start searching for her new favorite bra! Whether she is your daughter and nursing her first child or it’s your grandmother and has a leisure lifestyle, a new bra does a body good, and of course you look great when you’re uplifted no matter what age.

Happy Mother’s Day Leading Ladies to you and yours.  Enjoy!

Lisa Cole is the Founder/Fit Expert of StyleFitSolutions.Com.  She provides advice on all aspects of style as it pertains to bra fit and body confidence solutions for women.  She is a speaker and hosts private events around the country.

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House Plants for Style and Health Benefits

House plants for style and health benefitsLooking for an affordable and easy way to spruce up your home décor? Why not add house plants to the mix; from blooming perennials to leafy green plants, there are many of indoor plant options that will add color as well as help clean the air you breathe. Whether you’re a regular gardener or this will be your first (and hopefully not last!) house plant to tend, we’re bringing you a few reasons why you should consider building your own indoor oasis this spring.

When living indoors, plants help clean the air by removing harmful organic compounds so we breathe less toxic pollutants. Many workplaces encourage or provide green plants to help purify the air (it’s been shown that if you have a green plant in your workspace you’re less likely to take multiple sick days each year) so why not reap the same benefits at home? There are plenty of low maintenance indoor plants and succulents, like Aloe Vera or Spider Plants, which are hardy enough to withstand negligent care. The aloe plant also provides a cooling gel that heals burns that you can access by breaking off a leaf.

Want something with color? Try keeping Gerber Daisies or Chrysanthemum plants in a bright, sunny room in your house. Both of these flowering plants need lots of light to thrive. Available in a variety of fun colors, these flowering house plants can serve as a much needed pop of color that adds necessary cheer to your décor. And as an added benefit, each plant helps filter out benzene, which is found in plastics, inks, and detergent.

Grab some potting soil, a spade, and a decorative planter this weekend so you can add healthy, beautiful plants to your household.

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Plus Size Models Shine in New Documentary A Perfect 14

Photo courtesy of A Perfect 14 filmGet an up close and personal look inside the plus size modeling world with A Perfect 14, a new documentary that follows the professional and personal lives of three rising plus size models. Directed by Canadian filmmakers James Early O’Brien and Giovanna Morales Vargas, this film delves into the emotional and physical turmoil that plus size models face today in the modeling industry while still achieving success.

A Perfect 14 follows the lives of three plus size models: Elly Mayday, Laura Wells, and Kerosene Deluxe. These women, all plus size models working in the high fashion industry at a size 14, share what roadblocks they’ve encountered from agencies, industry professionals, and straight-size models while continuing to make a living in one of the most competitive and highly scrutinized jobs on the planet.

Mayday’s journey as a plus size model was put on hold just as she saw work begin to pour in: when Elly was diagnosed with cancer at age 25 and was forced to temporarily abandon her blossoming career. After beating the disease Mayday was signed to a lucrative modeling contract with a New York City agency and has continued modeling despite weight and hair losses. With her striking profile, Elly laments that she often receives the back-handed compliment you’ve got such a pretty face, why not lose weight to be more successful? Her candid interviews reveal the persistence of body image stereotypes not only in the modeling world, but also for women consumers whose own self-views are clouded by unrealistic industry standards.

These plus size models are not the only women interviewed about the fashion industry’s mistreatment of women with curves: photographers, designers, and modeling agents share what kind of standard is set in terms of what is considered beautiful. A Perfect 14 does its job of showing how a size 14 woman—the current average dress size of an American woman—should not be excluded from modeling or the beauty label altogether. Hopefully the fashion and modeling industries will continue to expand their horizons and cast women with pronounced curves into high fashion spreads and campaigns.

Though A Perfect 14 has been completed, it is not yet available in theaters. Click here for a chance to watch the official trailer and see how these plus size models are not only working to make a living, but also change the way the modeling industry has defined the beauty standard.

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