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Monday
Nov042013

A Formerly Fat Karl Lagerfeld Again Lashes Out At Curvy Women With The Kaiser's Cruel Misogyny

How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real AOC Body

Karl Lagerfeld’s infamous mouth is again on the attack against ‘rounded’ women. The Chanel cr4ative director, 80, who was pretty darn round himself just 10 years ago is accused of defamation by the women’s pressure group Belle, Ronde, Sexy et je m’assume (Beautiful, Rounded, Sexy and fine with it).

The suit relates to Lagerfeld’s comments on Le Grand 8 French television channel D8 on October 4. The Kaiser said: “The hole in social security, it’s also (due to) all the diseases caught by people who are too fat.” Lagerfeld then restated his view about larger models, saying “no one wants to see curvy women on the runway”.

Lagerfeld’s comments were also made in his book ‘The World According To Karl’, where he writes that “it’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous”.

“We’re fed up,” Betty Aubriere, the group’s president, told AFP. “Many young girls are insecure and hearing such comments is terrible for them,” particularly from famous people. “Today it’s him who insults us and tomorrow who will it be?”

Note that Aubriere’s group is not seeking financial damages but rather public dialogue with Lagerfeld.

AOC has a long history of writing about weight, body image, the fashion industry and women’s health. As the former fashion director of Victoria’s Secret, Anne has lived through the downsizing of the 90s supermodels like Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and other star power girls. Anne’s perspective is grounded in the inquiry of why sexy 90s models, who averaged sizes 4-6, were downsized to a size 0. No one in the fashion industry has ever offered an answer, except to speculate that these models were too popular and powerful.

Our focus at AOC is helping women to achieve self-respect as strong women, whatever our size. Extensive research shows that constant commentary like Lagerfeld’s fuels a cultural obsession with women being thinner than ever. There are many reasons why America, in particular, has an obesity epidemic. Indeed, portion size, empty calories, lack of exercise and too many sugar carbs are key reasons. But self-loathing and guilt are also key drivers of weight gain in America’s bullying, shaming society.

I’m diving into all the latest medical research — over 100 articles — on body image, self-esteem and women’s health to share the latest information on this complex topic with AOC readers. Comments like Lagerfeld’s DO have very negative consequences on women who can’t turn him off in their minds.

If Lagerfeld believes his shaming comments are designed to promote better diet and exercise among women, he is dead wrong. As for his obsession with drinking 10 cans of Diet Coke every day, extensive research condemns diet sodas, saying they actually promote weight gain. For medically-established science, and not the terrorizing commentary of Karl Lagerfeld about body image and women’s health, dive into my first new article: How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real AOC Body. ~ Feanne

Wednesday
Sep112013

jd Forte's 'The Up and Comers' & A September 11 Women's Rights Reflection

Fur and fur throws all by ADRIENNE LANDAU

It’s a first for Anne of Carversville to feature a bevy of beautiful, fresh face models in our pages. And no — it’s not a trend but a unique moment.

Quite simply, photographer jd Forte’s images are masterpieces that must be celebrated for their beauty and craft. Models.com features these fresh faces representing “a constant stream of exciting new talent making their mark on the industry.”

These young women represent a stylish fantasy that won’t change in the near future. Do we see uniqueness or banality? I let you be the judge. My senses are saturated with beauty and elegance, always celebrated on my websites.

Alicia / New York Model Management
Anita Ligic / Women Management
Kama / DNA Models
Karolina Marczyk / Elite
Kate Goodling / Ford Models
Kwak Ji Young / Wilhelmina New York
Kyra Green / IMG
Laura O’Grady / Supreme Management
Michelle C. / One Management
Nadja Giramata / Trump Management
Ona / Fusion Models
Paiz Sloane / Next Models NY
Yue Ning / Marilyn Agency

These politically incorrect images of young women swathed in fur ignite the passions of PETA supporters — and I myself would not wear fur. Yet I know well the sumptuous feeling of sleeping naked under a fur coat, and for me, these women are warrior goddesses ready to change the world.This is my advantage as a storyteller.

I also know that PETA distorted scientific research facts last week, according to the author of the quoted research, threatening pregnant women with the fear that their male children will be born with smaller penises if chicken is in her diet. Goddess forbid! From PETA’s perspective, the end probably justifies the means.

Fashion is a messy business, increasingly in pursuit of sweet young things without womanly bodies, young women willing to eat soaked cotton balls to be thin enough for the runways. AOC has a long and loud voice, pushing back against the downsizing of the 90s supermodels, fierce personalities with size 4-6 bodies attainable by a quarter of American women if we watch our diets and exercise. The vast majority of women of any age can’t achieve the bodies of today’s models, no matter how hard we try.

We are complicit, of course, in our own imprisonment. As the very grounded, healthy body top model Doutzen Kroes said in her recent Telegraph interview, she posts natural, no makeup images of herself on Instagram, but her fans don’t particularly like them. Her tribe prefers her as a dolled-up fantasy.

Cameron Russell gave a refreshing 2012 TED Talk, asking aspiring young models why in the world they want to sign up to a life of insecurity, rejection and judgement.

Models Wearing Fur Is Bad Compared To What?

There are those who will judge me for putting fresh face young models on the pages of AOC. Will I next layer in our first story of a woman lawyer flogged in Sudan for inappropriate dress? Or will I post two more ‘vanilla’ articles, so that when this AOC front page shows three articles, her story of being brutalized by the government of Sudan isn’t reduced in any way by the alleged vulgarity of Western morals and culture?

Managing AOC’s content placement is a constant source of concern for me.

Then again — speaking of vulgarity — I note in the morning headlines that an eight-year-old Yemeni girl died of internal bleeding on her wedding night. You see, child brides are rampant in Yemen where 40-year-old men regularly attempt sexual intercourse with young girls the age of a granddaughter.

So you will judge me and Western culture, my Islamic fundamentalist critics, for not being as pure as yours?

I note also the first survey of rape in six Asia-Pacific countries. The study by the Partners for Prevention, comprised of several U.N. agencies, asked 10,178 men about their lives. They gathered information — without using the word rape — from the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. We will report the findings in a separate article, but the results are chilling and represent a great sense of sexual entitlement among the men surveyed.

Will these same men judge me and Western culture through their lens of appropriate behavior of women? Should I care?

Anne of Carversville tells women’s stories “from fashion to flogging”. Indeed, I do see connections between the two,  through a patriarchal lens of recent human history.

Male-dominated cultures and religious dogma seek to condemn women’s sensuality and sexuality. When a series of exquisite, technically superb images like these by jd Forte celebrates female beauty, confrontation (or is it a vacuous stare?) and sensuality, I must feature them.

Those who would judge me, and flog me or strangle me on the spot in Sudan for my work to stop the brutal whipping of 40,000 women a year for inappropriate dress and behavior will not silence me, because I’ve never been politically correct and won’t bow down at this age.

In an imperfect world, we seek imperfect examples of our philosophical life view where we find them. These gorgeous images inspire me to speak my mind this morning, on September 11. I have noted on many occasions that Controlling Women’s Bodies Is A Fight To the Finish.

In 2009, I ended this article with a confrontational meditation— and my words still stand today, more than ever. On behalf of the women of Sudan and raped, murdered, burned-alive, acid-attacked women everywhere in the world:

I have no delusions that this is a fight, perhaps to the finish, but you can count me in, come hell or high water. I have found my Inner Artist, my inner Anne vision. I will never again let the woman who is me, be chopped into little pieces, for the sake of cultural propriety. 

I’m dallying over the keyboard here. Write, erase. Write, erase. I will pause before writing the words in my mouth. Y-W-H-T-K-M-F.

A Smart Sensuality woman thinks carefully about what she writes in cyberspace. In our sick world, my thought might be taken as an invitation.

Peace out, as I turn my thoughts to a stunned New York on September 11, 2001, where fundamentalism and secularism joined in a mighty big clash of 21st century beliefs. ~ Anne

Fur and fur throws all by ADRIENNE LANDAU

 

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Thursday
Jan032013

Saudi Cleric OKs Rapes of Syrian Women; Israel Bans Models With BMI's Below 18.5; Obama Joins Ike & FDR 51% Club

In 2013 Anne’s jewelry collection GlamTribale will sponsor ‘Informed’, a series of quick info bits for Anne of Carversville readers. View our goddess Diana Collection (above) online.

1. XO Jane writes: FSD (female sexual dysfunction) is a serious disorder — part of a family of disorders. Let’s start talking about it.

 

Alex Nabaum illustration6. Both ancient philosophy and modern psychology suggest that darker thoughts can make us happier. Consider it the power of negative thinking — and it’s positively unAmerican. via WSJ

2. Israel bans models with BMIs below 18.5 in ads. Also ads must reveal use of Photoshop. via WSJ

7. Print book sales tumbled in America last year, declining from 72% who said they had read printed books in the previous 12 months to 67%. via Pew Research

8. Indian police have filed rape and murder charges against five men accused of a brutal gang rape of a New Delhi woman. The sixth suspect is a juvenile who will handled separately. Police say they will seek the death penalty. Read on at AOC

3. Saudi religious leader Muhammed al-Arifi, calls for gang rape of Syrian women over 14, specifying that “intercourse marriages” last only a few hours “in order to give each fighter a turn”. via Salon

The hard-line Wahhabi cleric said that the marriages between the foreign-backed militants and Syrian women will satisfy the militants’ sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians.

BREAKING NEWS!!! Time Warner drops Current after Al Jazeera deal via Salon

4. President Barack Obama is the first president in more than 50 years to win at least 51% of the vote twice. The last president to do it was Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. The last Democrat to win such solid support was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. via Bloomberg

9.Fragonard’s ‘The Swing’ is a model of French Beauty & Decadence, writes Anne.

The existing — or soon to be — mistress flies through the air in frivolous abandon, losing her shoe in an action powered by her husband.

5. Among tablet users, men are 11% more likely to say they get news on the devices than women. via Pew Research. Age, on the other hand, seems to be less of an indicator of mobile news consumption. This is particularly true on the tablet, where daily rates are similar across all four age groups studied (50- to 64-year-olds are a bit more likely than the youngest and oldest groups to get news). On the smartphone, owners under 50 get news at higher rates than those over 50. Read more at Pew Research

10. Energy drinks are the fastest-growing part of the beverage industry in America, reaching more than $10 billion in sales in 2012. Energy drinks promise edge, writes the NYT, but experts say there’s little proof to the claim.