Tracee Ellis Ross: “I am small for people and big for an actress”

Tracee-Ellis-Ross-weight - Tracee Ellis Ross: "I am small for people and big for an actress"

44 year-old Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars in Black-ish, recently opened up to People Magazine about weight fluctuations, style and not being Hollywood thin.

The full story from People:

“I’ve always been connected to the narrative of clothing,” she says. “My mom taught me that you can spend money on nice things if you’re going to use them. For example, I have an Alexander McQueen jacket that I wear with everything, even sweatpants.”

One of the things she has also learned over the years is stop obsessing over her size despite not being Hollywood thin.

“You know, I am not a sample size,” she says. “I am not a model size. I am small for people and big for an actress. My weight fluctuates a lot and I move with it. It is what it is. That’s why I try not to have a relationship with the size that I am.

And she deals with the change in her own unique way. “I actually own my favorite jeans in three sizes—28, 29 and 30,” she explains.

“Depending on how I feel, I always start with the big ones and if I get to go down, great,” she says. “It’s the same thing with dresses and clothing. I want to wear something that makes me feel gorgeous, not that makes me feel self-conscious about my body. Hiding insecurities or putting attention on the stuff that feels good is really the key…”

Ultimately, though, when it comes to picking out her looks, she says “there’s no real method to my madness.” All she does, she says, is “ask what is the best thing out of my closet or the best thing on the rack that makes me feel good and fits.”

(more…)

Chloe Lattanzi Talks about Her Anorexia and Body Dysmorphia

Chloe Lattanzi Talks about Her Anorexia and Body Dysmorphia

A while ago, we ran a story about 30 year-old singer Chloe Lattanzi and her issues with being called ‘stupid’ because of her looks – particularly her big boobs. This week, Chloe is back and she’s here to talk about her past struggles with anorexia and body dysmorphia.

On her anorexia and body dysmorphia:

After my parents divorce I went through this chubby phase. I would eat to comfort myself. I would see comments in magazines about how I was chubby. Around 16 I started to restrict food… along with the anorexia came OCD and depression. I didn’t have a clear sense of myself so I had my lips pumped up… I looked ridiculous. I got into using drugs and alcohol. I would read in the tabloids I was this alcoholic crazy disappointment. That really hit hard. I was at my lowest. Funnily enough I met the love of my life at the darkest time of my life. I still have my battles today. When I read these things that they say – having big breasts, not being thin enough, it’s like you can’t win no matter what you do.

On the fact that she’s never had plastic surgery:

There was rumors that I’ve had like work done, like plastic surgery on my face. Like I really haven’t. When I was in the height of my body dysmorphia I had a whole bunch of fillers. I’ve had all that removed from my face because I like the way I look naturally.

On the constant struggle with her insecurities:

I look back at myself as a teenager and I’m like ‘what a beautiful young woman, what was I thinking, why was I so secure?’ So many young girls are going through body dysmorphia. We’re constantly told how we’re supposed to look via Instagram and filters and there’s constant pressure for us to look person.

… says Chloe.

@robertlynden best shoot ever! I love you! Can’t wait for our next round of fun ?????????

A photo posted by Chloe Lattanzi (@chloelattanzi) on

Check out the video below for more!

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

are-there-plus-size-male-models

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.

plus-size-male-model

 

Gillian Anderson Talks Plastic Surgery and Sex Symbol Status

gillian-anderson-plastic-surgery

On her sex-symbol status and her daily insecurities:

‘I never understood that. I had no clue what anybody was talking about. And it suddenly hit me… there is no relevance to me whatsoever. It’s just outward projection. Sometimes I don’t think about [ageing] for long stretches. And then I’ll go through a few days where I feel particularly old, ugly, whatever. And then I’ll either get some sleep and it’s passed or I don’t care.’

On how she feels strongly that she won’t opt for plastic surgery:

‘At 47, I feel quite strongly that I wouldn’t do plastic surgery, but also, I know that I am a vain woman. Talk to me in ten years – they may have invented something which feels less invasive, and then it’s possible that the line will be easier to cross. I don’t want to say never. I don’t want to be hypocritical about it.’

… says the actress.

Despite Gillian’s words, the tabloids have been hinting for a while that the actress already opted for a wide range of plastic surgery procedures – here’s what Daily Mail’s ‘specialists’ think:

gillian-anderson-plastic-surgery-photo

Throwback – Gillian in her younger years, rocking the redhead look:

gillian-anderson-redhead-young (more…)

Model Daisy Lowe: “I have been unable to get out of bed because I have felt so insecure”

393a5ddb00000578-3828942-image-a-52_1475970316856

On her insecurities and her fluctuating weight:

‘Every day we’re shown images about the perfect body and what it should be – but we just have the ones that we live in. I think feeling insecure can be completely crippling. I have had times in my life when I have been unable to get out of bed because I have felt so insecure. But I think the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you have only one body, so you might as well enjoy it. My weight yo-yos so much. It always has. I am now a bit ­trimmer because I’ve been dancing four hours a day.’

… says 27 year-old Daisy, who is said to weigh 140 lbs at 5’9”.

ffn_vcv_52084427

 

Victoria Beckham to her Young Self: “You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best”

VB-Vogue_2-682x1024

On what she would tel her teenage self – on overcoming insecurities:

“I know you are struggling right now. You are not the prettiest, or the thinnest, or the best at dancing at the Laine Theatre Arts college. You have never properly fitted in, although you are sharing your Surrey school digs with really nice girls. You have bad acne. You think the principal has put you at the back of the end-of-year show (in a humiliatingly bright purple Lycra leotard) because you are too plump to go at the front. (This may or may not be true.)”

… says Victoria.

Pictured below in her teen years.

posh

 

Kylie Jenner & Tyga: Is Their Relationship Toxic?

Kylie Jenner & Tyga: Is Their Relationship Toxic?

The drama surrounding Kylie Jenner and Tyga continues to get crazier. 

There’s no denying that Tyga is not someone who should be trusted. He has the WORST track record. 

Now, with word of Tyga and Kylie rekindling their romance, there are fresh reports that Tyga is treating Kylie badly in order to keep her keen. 

Okay then. We didn’t know THAT was still a thing, but this is Tyga. 

“He’s a total control freak and totally working her into a jealous frenzy whenever he gets the chance,” an insider told Radar.

“It’s how he’s always kept her hooked — by playing on her insecurities.”

Kylie has every reason to have doubts about him. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that there were reports of him giving her an STD?

He deserves to be under a microscope if he wants to go around treating his woman like trash. 

Why does Kylie put up with it all?

“She’s young. When you’re young, you’re going to make mistakes,” the insider noted.

“All of those mistakes are going to be in the public eye, so that puts a lot of strain on the relationship.”

He even went as far as going out with a Kylie lookalike named Demi Rose. It’s obvious he’s trying to get under her skin. 

“Tyga’s been boasting to pals that he knew Kylie would come back if he treated her bad,” the insider told Radar. “Now he’s got the upper hand.”

“If she starts acting out he just has to mention Demi’s name or ‘accidentally’ let her see a picture of her on his cell,” added the insider. “Kylie’s really just a kid and can’t see through his games — it’s a toxic situation.”

The dude sure tries to act like he’s this master manipulator. 

Kris Jenner wouldn’t take too kindly to her daughter being used like this, so expect her to throw her two cents in soon enough. 

What do you think about the latest drama for the couple?

Would Kylie be wise to move on from Tyga?

Have your say in the comments.

(more…)