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I recently became "plus size." Shopping for clothes shouldn't be this miserable. Tim Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace. Barbie dolls clothes are displayed during the exhibition “Barbie, life of an icon” at the Museum of Decorative Arts. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images) When I was chief creative officer for Liz Claiborne Inc., I spent a good amount of time on the road hosting fashion shows highlighting our brands. Our team made a point of retaining models of various sizes, shapes and ages, because one of the missions of the shows was to educate audiences about how they could look their best.

At a Q&A after one event in Nashville in 2010, a woman stood up, took off her jacket and said, with touching candor: “Tim, look at me. I’m a box on top, a big, square box. At New York Fashion Week, which began Thursday, the majority of American women are unlikely to receive much attention, either. Designers prepare to show their spring/summer 2017 collections to fashion insiders and fans. Designers prepare to show their spring/summer 2017 collections to fashion insiders and fans.

But change is not impossible. Plus-Size Fashion Show Scores Big in Japan | News & Analysis | BoF. TOKYO, Japan — Japanese pop girl group Pottya, who describe themselves as "chubby," performed their hits while eleven plus size amateur models strutted along the catwalk at a new men's fashion show in Tokyo aimed at breaking down obesity taboos. The Tokyo Pochari (plump) Collection, jointly organised by a plus-size clothing brand Sakazen Shoji Co and fashion magazine, Mr Babe, featured models weighing more than 100 kg (220 pounds) walking, twirling and posing on the catwalk.

Thursday's event attracted more than 100 people, who were invited to disclose their weight for a discount on a new range of ready-to-wear plus size clothing items, but organisers said the event was not just about sales. They hoped to change attitudes towards plus-size people in Japan, where obesity levels are among the lowest in the developed world and large people — sumo wrestlers aside — are often depicted as figures of fun on television. "As a fatso or big woman, I want more of these kind of events. Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you.

How Refinery29 and Lane Bryant Are Fighting Plus-Size Stereotypes in the Media. More than 67 percent of women in the U.S. are considered plus size (size 14 and up) yet those women make up less than two percent of the images in media consumed by a female audience. Refinery29 and Lane Bryant are aiming to change that through The 67% Project, an initiative through which Refinery29 will include a broader range of women across all of its editorial content.

Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks will be guest creative director for the project, which runs through Oct. 2. Refinery's content will include profiles, fashion features, essays and videos that spotlight plus-size women including blogger and designer Gabi Gregg, Hairspray Live star Maddie Baillio and This Is Us star Chrissy Metz. People are encouraged to tweet about the campaign and about how to acknowledge body size bias through #SeeThe67.