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Fat but not exactly fabuluous
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By Dinna Vasquez

I just watched a video where plus-sized YouTuber Elayne Peddy talked about her four-day trip to El Nido, Palawan which she described as the “worst four days of my life.”
According to Peddy, she was called everything from “fat” to “black monkey” in the four days that she stayed in the island.
Groups of people would turn to look at her, pointing and laughing. A vendor selling souvenirs held her stomach, laughing and saying, “Fat, fat, fat.” Tricycle drivers charged her double because she was fat.

Elayne Peddy

Peddy said she went to Metro Manila and Cebu where “everything was okay.” It was only in El Nido where she felt bullied, although she said she didn’t want to use that word.
The video is very difficult to watch. I actually couldn’t finish it because I wanted to hug Peddy and tell her, “It’s okay. You are beautiful.”

Peddy and her friends went to El Nido because they heard so much about the beauty of the place.
“It was like being in paradise,” said Peddy.
However, she was not able to see El Nido’s attractions because during the day, she preferred to stay at the hotel than being laughed at outside.

As a plus-size person who has been overweight all my life, I know how Peddy feels. I’ve learned how to ignore children pointing at me while giggling and saying, “Taba, taba.” I avoid family reunions so I don’t get sassy with titas who will point out that I’m overweight.

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Truck drivers will stop to point out what is obvious: I’m fat. Many thin people seem to be under the impression that fat people don’t know they’re carrying extra pounds. We do. We just don’t feel to need to apologize for it. In fact, when I take the UV Express vans, I volunteer to pay two fares, not one, to avoid unnecessary and unwanted remarks.
So while watching Peddy’s video, I knew she wasn’t exaggerating or lying while telling her story.

Earlier this week, actor Wentworth Miller was the subject of a fat-shaming meme showing his Prison Break photo next to one of him with extra pounds and the caption, “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s monopoly…”

Miller went on Facebook to explain, but not in the way body shamers expected him to.
“In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be. And I put on weight. Big f–king deal.”

The photo of Miller wearing the red shirt was taken in 2010.

Wentworth

He continued:
“Now, when I see that image of me in my red T-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without. Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist. Anyway. Still. Despite. The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe. But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is strength. Healing. Forgiveness. Of myself and others.”

Yes, fat people like to eat. We take up more space. But we’re also human and most of us try to be productive citizens, we’re just heavier.

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Julia Restoin Roitfeld is the new face of H&M Conscious Exclusive
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On April 7, 2016, H&M will launch its new Conscious Exclusive collection, inspired by the archives of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris.
The launch will coincide with an exhibition titled Fashion Forward: Three Centuries of Fashion, and the face of the campaign will be Parisian Art Director, style maven and sustainability champion, Julia Restoin Roitfeld (below).

Julia Restoin Roitfeld

“I am honoured to be the ambassador of such a unique project. I think the idea of creating a collection inspired by the history of art and fashion is fantastic. Especially since it is made with innovative and sustainable materials which are the future of fashion,” said Julia.
Known for her distinctive, personal sense of style, Julia is the embodiment of effortless, conscious and modern cool.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld

For this Conscious Exclusive collection the H&M design team worked closely with the museum, delving into their collections of archival fashions as well as the work of artists such as Gustave Moreau to find inspiration.
The outcome is a glamorous line of modern red carpet pieces infused with tactile charm, a nostalgic aesthetic and a historical legacy.

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H&M Conscious
H&M Conscious

“With this collection we brought the idea of sustainability to new levels. Working with new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite, a material made from recycled worn-out denim. We have created contemporary styles imbued with a sophisticated charm,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

The complete collection, featuring clothing and accessories for women, will be available on April 7, Thursday in around 180 stores worldwide and online at hm.com.

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KISH moving out sale this April
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Take advantage of KISH’s moving out sale this April and enjoy up to 50% off curated furniture, home decor, lamps, Fornasetti candles, books, carpets, and more.
No word yet on the store’s next address but, “We’re definitely re-opening after the extended sale this April,” said owner Ito Kish.

KISH

KISH is at 233 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati
For more information, email info@kish.ph or contact (+63 917) 877-8527
http://kish.ph/

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Kevin love stars in Banana Republic ad campaign
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Banana Republic is proud to introduce power forward and gold medalist Kevin Love as the brand’s inaugural style ambassador. The partnership marks the first time Banana Republic has teamed up with a pro basketball player.

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“Kevin embodies the confidence and optimism our customers find inspiring,” said Aimee Lapic, SVP and General Manager of Customer Experience, Banana Republic.
“He expresses the best version of himself with everything he does, which makes Kevin a natural brand ambassador for fans and customers alike.”

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“Banana Republic is such a classic brand and I am excited to be chosen as the first athlete ambassador for the brand,” said Love.
“Since I am always on the move, it is important that my clothes are not only stylish, but are functional as well. Banana Republic absolutely hits the mark on both.”

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To kick off the partnership, Love will be featured in Banana Republic’s Spring campaign, which debuts across all brand channels when the Spring 2016 collection will be available in stores and on BananaRepublic.com.

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In the Philippines, Banana Republic is located at C1 Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5 and Shangri-La Plaza. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

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