Introducing NEW SVC Men: First Plus-Size Male Model Zach Miko

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That’s right: from now on (as a result of many requests over the years), Skinny VS Curvy will feature, besides women and their wide range of body shapes and body image issues, MEN!

And here we are, launching our new category with the first plus-size male model – Zach Miko, who was signed a few months back with ING Models, modeled for Target and became the image of a ‘brawn’ model or the equivalent of ‘curve’ for women. Zach’s stats:

Age: 26

Height: 6ft 6in / 198cm

Waist: 40in / 102cm

On how society views men who have body image issues as un-masculine:

I always had my own body-image struggle. With men, there is still a lot of bravado and false masculinity to get through. You’re not supposed to care about how you look. If you have issues, you aren’t supposed to talk about it. It’s considered weak or un-masculine. Which is stupid. It’s about having feelings that make you human. I think, even now with the progression, you still have that 1950s male mentality of men being strong and emotionless. If it makes men realise that it’s OK to care about how you look, or even feel bad about it and want to change … I have had [body] issues all my life and that can make you insecure. You project those feelings on to others and that can damage relationships. It creates this vicious cycle. It could all be avoided if you opened up and said I do or don’t feel good about myself.

On the cause of his insecurities and trying to make people feel good about themselves:

I was between diets and trying to change the way I look for so long. As an actor, I was told by every casting director that I was too big. But I think I was trying to make other people more comfortable. I have always been a big guy, I was picked on as a kid, and that’s where it came from. We live in a society where “big” and “fat” have become insults, and “skinny”, “little” and “petite” have become compliments. We have come to correlate a negative meaning with “big” and “fat”.

On the fact that plus0sized people can be healthy:

I am a big advocate of health. I just don’t think you have to be a twig to [be healthy]. Other people don’t have a right to project an idea of unhealthy on to you if you have this extra weight. I think labeling people as unhealthy is unfair. You don’t know what their health is. People think I’m a slob and that I don’t take care of myself. But I do. For starters, I cycle every day. But you do start to internalize that [feeling].

… says Zach.

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Kim Kardashian: "Overwhelmed" By Baby Weight Obsession?

This might explain the Twitter outbursts.

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I dare you to find a mom who has just given birth in the past six months who isn’t a little fragile or self-conscious about losing her “baby weight.”

So, it’s understandable that Kim Kardashian could possibly be fed up with the pressure she’s under to keep calm and act like she didn’t give birth in December.

Sources close to the reality star tell Radar Online that she’s “overwhelmed” by the weight she’s tryin to lose, and her “hormones are all over the place.”

The source also claimed that Kardashian is “in really bad shape and sometimes has to be dragged out of bed.

“She’ll burst into tears over nothing and then lash out and storm off to her bedroom, where she’ll stay for hours.”

Kris Jenner has told Kanye West that Kardashian “could have some kind of post-natal depression,” which, according to postpartumprogress.org, affects 10-15% of women annually.

The source alleges that Kourtney Kardashian thinks her younger sister is “Just depressed over her body shape and insecure over Kylie stealing all the limelight these days.”

Tough love, brought to you by Kourtney Kardashian.

On March 7th, Kardashian posting an old selfie of herself fully nude (save for bar blocking out her privates), letting fans know after that the photo was an old one.

“I’m flattered some of u guys thought my post earlier was a recent pic!” she wrote

“That was my blonde moment a year ago & 25lbs less! #MondayMotivation.”

Nicki Minaj for Roberto Cavalli

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Here’s Nicki Minaj in a few promotional shots as the Spring 2015 face of Roberto Cavalli. The designer explained his choice:

“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong counter trend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength.”

 

VS Hotties – Doutzen Kroes & Candice Swanepoel

VS Hotties – Doutzen Kroes & Candice Swanepoel

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Stunning beauties of different body shapes Doutzen Kroes (29) and Candice Swanepoel (26) showed off their incredible fit and lean figures during the show last night.

P.S.: Doutzen gave birth to her second child 4 months ago.

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Swimsuits For All’s ‘Sexy at Every Curve’ Campaign

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Swimsuits for All is promoting body diversity – check out their latest campaign that features 3 professional models of different sizes: Jada Sezer, Robyn Lawley and Shareefa J and blogger Gabi Fresh, all rocking a wide range of beachwear from the brand’s latest collection.

Check out the video and more shots after the jump!

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Kate Upton’s Ample Black Dress Premiere Look

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5’10” / 178 cm model-turned-actress Kate Upton opted for a very ample black dress for the red carpet walk at the premiere of The Other Woman in London last night.

How do you all like this dress on Kate’s body shape?

Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann as a bonus after the jump!

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Mindy Kaling: “I don’t want my tombstone to stay ‘She hid her imperfections well on the red carpet’”

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On how she dresses for according to her body shape and weight:

“I love when your clothes can help you project that you’re witty – you know, when your outfit does some of the work for you. When I’m at my thinnest, I tend to wear things that don’t show off my body. But when I’m bigger, I’ll go body-con, which comes from a place of ‘This is my perimeter, in case you were wondering if I was actually much bigger. It’s really temping to not take changes. But I don’t want to be fearful. I don’t want my tombstone to stay ‘She hid her imperfections well on the red carpet.’”

… says Mindy in Vogue.

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