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Queen Latifah's New Talk Show: Famous Friends, Sob Stories and One Off-Limit Topic

Queen Latifah's New Talk Show: Famous Friends, Sob Stories and One Off-Limit Topic | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

The rapper-actress is taking another shot at daytime success -- with help from producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith -- but she insists she's not aiming to be the next Oprah Winfrey and laughs off concerns that another black host will cannibalize that audience: "You'd need about 10 African-American hosts on TV for it to be saturated, but we're nowhere near that."

Read the full story at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/queen-latifahs-new-talk-show-600262

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'Mad Men' Season 7: Actress Christina Hendricks Says Saying Goodbye Will be 'Heartbreaking'

'Mad Men' Season 7: Actress Christina Hendricks Says Saying Goodbye Will be 'Heartbreaking' | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

2013 Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" discusses the end of the series. "Mad Men" season six ended in June, and its final season will air in 2014.

Six years ago, AMC introduced us to square-jawed enigma Don Draper, doe-eyed Peggy Olson, and an indelibly iconic redhead-- the shrewd, voluptuous secretary Joan Holloway. As "Mad Men" approaches its end, fans will be forced to say goodbye to Joan, a character who wouldn't be a part of our pop culture lexicon if it wasn't for the actress behind the '60s up-do, Christina Hendricks. Hendricks, 38, is nominated for her fourth Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Joan, along with co-star Jon Hamm, who is nominated for Outstanding Leading Actor for his portrayal of Don Draper, and Elisabeth Moss, who is nominated for Outstanding Leading Actress for her portrayal of Peggy Olson. Hendricks spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the reluctant goodbye she will be forced to make when the nostalgic series permanently leaves the air after its seventh season in 2014.

 

"The anticipation of it all ending is just kind of heartbreaking," Hendricks said. "We are all going to try to enjoy the final season as much as possible. It will be the most emotional."

Hendricks also mused about the changing gender dynamics of the show as it moves forward in time and showcases women in positions of power. "["Mad Men" creator] Matt [Weiner] is telling the story of changing times," Hendricks told WSJ. "It's a decade when things are really shifting and very powerful things are happening for women. What I love about 'Mad Men' is that there are many different female characters and it's up to us to represent different kinds of women."

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Queen Latifah to play in new biopic of secretary-turned-Ghanaian-royalty King Peggy

Queen Latifah to play in new biopic of secretary-turned-Ghanaian-royalty King Peggy | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

According to a number of UK media outlets, Queen Latifah is attached to star in a biopic on the life of Peggielene Bartels, the then 55-year-old Ghanaian American secretary (in 2008), living in a modest one-bedroom condo just outside Washington D.C., who learned that she had become the King of Otuam, a small fishing village on the coast of Ghana.

The previous king of Otuam, who was Bartels’s uncle, had just died. The village elders, who remembered Bartels from the times she’d visited with her mother, decided to anoint her as their new ruler. 

After the initial shock, Bartels decided to accept the kingship, and after working for nearly three decades as an Administrative Assistant at the Ghanaian Embassy in the United States, went back to Ghana to wear her King crown, becoming King Peggy - the first female king of Otuam, reigning over approximately 7,000 people!

Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in Otuam, she discovered the dire reality: there’s no running water, no hospital, no schools, and many of the village elders are corrupt. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins. 

And over the following few years, she not only transformed herself, but the community she ruled over as well.

Her story was documented in a book titled, aptly, King Peggy, which Will Smith has reportedly bought the rights to, for Queen Latifah to star in.

Certainly a fascinating story that I’d love to see told on screen. Whether Latifah is the right person for the role remains to be seen... assuming the project becomes a reality.

Bartels has reportedly given Queen Latifah her official seal of approval to play her in the film, stating, “I cannot think of anyone better to play me than Queen Latifah because there is even a little physical resemblance.” 

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First peek: Queen Latifah's talk show

First peek: Queen Latifah's talk show | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it
Q the fun!" says Queen Latifah.

The hype machine is rolling and the first promos for her new talk show have just been released to let us know The Queen Latifah Show debuts Sept. 16.

The hour-long, daily syndicated show promises a mix of celebrity interviews, human-interest stories, musical performances and Queen Latifah's "comedic take" on pop culture.

In other words, she's going to try to give Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams a run for their money.

But Latifah, 43, also plans to take "journeys outside her studio" and will "venture into communities across the country to share compelling stories, celebrate exceptional individuals and deliver life-changing surprises."

The program will be taped in front of a live studio audience at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, and will air on CBS owned-and-operated channels.

To see the video go to: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/07/02/first-promo-queen-latifahs-talk-show/2484005/

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Olivia Elbe's curator insight, July 21, 2013 3:36 PM

Queen L is someone that I have always enjoyed on movies. She seems to have a great personality and is hilarious. I would have to say that Beauty Shop or Hairspray would be my favorite movies she is in. I really think she will do well on a tv show. I can kind of see her being similar to Oprah, because she seems to have a huge heart and is very enjoyable to be around. 

I would have to say that she probably will not give Ellen a run for her money because she is so loved by so many people. I know that Queen L would be very entertaining to watch and listen to. I am looking forward to watching this in September when this show airs. I feel like a lot of people have shows and try to make it in the television world but I really believe that Queen L's show will be a very popular television show! 
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Denise Bidot enjoys full-figured fame

Denise Bidot enjoys full-figured fame | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

Denise Bidot’s plus-size dreams never included a successful career as a  plus-size model.

As one of the stars of NUVOtv’s fashion world-set reality series “Curvy  Girls,” Bidot is making a name for herself as an international model known for  her sexy curves.

But while she’s posed for clients that include Macys, Old Navy, Lane Bryant,  Forever 21 and Vogue.it, to name a few, Bidot never imagined she’d end up  becoming famous for her full figure.

“Very early on I knew I wanted to be in entertainment,” says Bidot. “I didn’t  know how, I didn’t know when, but I wanted to act. I wanted to be in films.”

A native of Miami who now calls New York City home, the Puerto Rican beauty  began taking acting classes at 12, nabbing small roles in commercials.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/denise-bidot-enjoys-full-figured-fame-article-1.1365065#ixzz2XYTDFKSy

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Octavia Spencer: LAFF Screens 'Fruitvale Station' for Annual Gala

Octavia Spencer: LAFF Screens 'Fruitvale Station' for Annual Gala | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it
Producer Forest Whitaker and star Octavia Spencer hit the carpet for Ryan Coogler's acclaimed drama.

Stars lined up Monday for the 19th annual Los Angeles Film Festival’s red carpet gala screening of Fruitvale Station, the acclaimed film from up-and-coming writer/director Ryan Coogler.

 

The screening attracted Hollywood heavyweights such as Forest Whitaker, one of the film’s producers, and star Octavia Spencer, as well as the cast’s friends and family and festival attendees. With a slew of awards and critical acclaim under its belt, Fruitvale Station has many in Hollywood talking.

More and Video Interview with the cast at Cannes on link:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/laff-screens-fruitvale-station-annual-570761

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Adele and PJ Harvey Awarded MBEs in Queen's Birthday Honors

Adele and PJ Harvey Awarded MBEs in Queen's Birthday Honors | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

Adele and PJ  Harvey became Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire this  week when Queen Elizabeth II awarded them MBEs in her annual Birthday Honors, the BBC  reports. The two singers were both recognized for their services to  music.

The award adds  another highlight in an eventful year for Adele, who won a Best Original Song  Oscar for "Skyfall," as well as a Grammy, a Golden Globe and a Brit, and gave  birth to her first child in the fall. PJ Harvey has not been making as many  headlines lately, but her most recent album, 2011's Let  England Shake made her the first artist ever to win Britain's prestigious Mercury  Prize twice.

The  Triumph of Adele

The list of 1,180 recipients of this year's honors also included Mr.  Bean actor Rowan Atkinson and sculptor Anish Kapoor.

Adele and PJ Harvey follow in the footsteps of the  Beatles, who received MBE medals from Elizabeth II in 1965. Four years  later, John  Lennon famously returned his medal to the Queen in protest against  Britain's involvement in Biafra and support of the U.S. in Vietnam, while Paul  McCartney went on to be knighted in 1997.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/adele-and-pj-harvey-awarded-mbes-in-queens-birthday-honors-20130616#ixzz2WbtKkaiX

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Force of nature won't dance around issues

Force of nature won't dance around issues | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

There are few workplaces less welcoming to a fat person than a dance studio.  But Sydney director Kate Champion plans to change that with an upcoming dance  theatre work for ''the fat dancing body''.

Champion's contemporary dance company Force Majeure is advertising for what  it calls ''larger bodied people'' to audition for the dance work. The auditions  will take place in Sydney in July and August, and performers are encouraged to  take risks exploring their physicality, according to the company's site.

''Through this process we aim to challenge the preconceived notions that most  people share concerning fat bodies dancing and introduce the reality that all  shapes have their own, highly watchable aesthetic.''

Force Majeure has won awards for works such as  Same, Same But  Different and Already Elsewhere, which tackle issues like ageing  and grief.

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Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/dance/force-of-nature-wont-dance-around-issues-20130615-2oatw.html#ixzz2WOKxPAkM

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Melissa McCarthy Goes Over the Top

Melissa McCarthy Goes Over the Top | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it


There’s not much that Melissa McCarthy will let stand in the way of where she wants to go: not the limited vision of Hollywood, not the perceptions of her detractors and certainly not Sandra Bullock.

The scene they were filming on their action comedy “The Heat,”in which Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Bullock play mismatched law-enforcement officers, was a seemingly straightforward one in which the actresses would try to force themselves through a doorway at the same time. But that’s when Ms. McCarthy saw the opportunity to have some fun with her co-star and decided to get aggressive.       

As a calmer, gentler Ms. McCarthy would later recall the moment: “I thought, I may just have one shot at this. I’m going to push Sandy Bullock as hard as I can. I’m, like, really, really shoving her.”       

The seemingly fragile Ms. Bullock did not just stand there and take it, either. “She’s tiny but she’s mighty and she would push back,” Ms. McCarthy said. “It was a true fight to the death.”       

Ms. McCarthy, too, can be deceptively delicate. In person she is still the ingenuous Midwesterner who never totally left the farm she grew up on, and not far removed from the straight-talking, good-hearted wife and teacher she plays on the CBS comedy “Mike & Molly” (for which she won an Emmy Award).       

But when Ms. McCarthy is given the ball and allowed to run with it, she will take it to the end zone, the stadium parking lot and the next town over.       

Her total commitment and lack of self-consciousness have defined some of her best known performances, like the man-hungry, gun-loving gal pal she played in “Bridesmaids” (which earned her an Oscar nomination); similar qualities also come through in the standoffish but highly capable detective she plays in “The Heat,” which Fox will release on June 28.       

In her unassuming way, Ms. McCarthy has quickly earned a freedom to play a wider range of characters than her female peers, and to play them as hard, crude and over-the-top as her male counterparts. Her rising celebrity means she can have roles rewritten for her and movies green-lighted by signing onto them; it has also made her a target for some unexpected and shockingly personal criticism.       

But Ms. McCarthy isn’t looking to be a pioneer any more than she wishes to be a punching bag: What she wants from her comedy is the chance to play in a world without consequences.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/movies/melissa-mccarthy-goes-over-the-top.html?_r=0

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Plus-size model sparks international debate

Plus-size model sparks international debate | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

It’s not unusual for the public to obsess about a model’s shape or weight. It’s not unusual for a pictorial to inspire both outrage and adulation. And as bizarre as it sounds, it’s not at all unusual for people to assume that someone’s very existence is proof that an international conspiracy is afoot.

In the case of model Jennie Runk, 24, of Chesterfield, her recent appearance in H&M’s summer swim and beachwear campaign was the subject of much debate on social media, television reports, magazine articles and news publications.

Some called her an abomination because of her weight and others a savior because they felt that she was a positive, average-sized role model. Runk isn’t taking either moniker too seriously.

The attention and vehement opinions were “really an awkward surprise, but I’m sort of getting used to it,” Runk said by phone. “It’s my new normal.”

Runk stands 5-foot-10 and wears a size 14. That’s the size (though not the height) of an average American woman these days, but in the modeling world she’s plus-size. And that means her career follows a certain path. Plus-size models are not destined to be household names or be hired by mainstream campaigns. Yet, Runk has worked as a successful plus-size model for 11 years, and she’s among a select group of plus-size models who have been hired to present a traditional campaign aimed at the general public, not the niche plus-size market.

H&M quietly put up photos of Runk advertising its summer beachwear, all of its summer beachwear — bikinis, shorts, dresses, tank tops. No press release or statement of purpose were issued, no philosophical statement about size or shape or self-acceptance. The company just launched the campaign like it launches all of its campaigns that don’t feature pop culture icons like Beyoncé.

The response was immediate and torrential. You can image the commendations and the vitriol.

Her Facebook page went from 600 followers that she described as mostly friends and extended family to more than 11,000 followers within a month.

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Alabama State University's plus-size dance team shakes it on the Steve Harvey Show (photos,video)

Alabama State University's plus-size dance team shakes it on the Steve Harvey Show (photos,video) | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

During the segment, which was filmed in Chicago in March, the girls filled the comedic host in on what it takes to become a member of the plus-size dance team in addition to showing him a few of their more popular moves.

Read/see more at: http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/05/alabama_state_universitys_plus_1.html

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Rebel Wilson Spills on New ABC Show Super Fun Night and Pitch Perfect Sequel

Rebel Wilson Spills on New ABC Show Super Fun Night and Pitch Perfect Sequel | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

It was love at first sight (of those peas falling down her back in Bridesmaids) with Rebel Wilson, so we were very happy when ABC announced it was picking up her pilotSuper Fun Night for this coming Fall TV season. For Wilson, she was just excited to be able to convince her family she really had her own show.

"I think my family was like, 'Do you really got a TV show, because when is it gonna come out?'" she told us on the ABC Upfronts red carpet. "Now I can say it's coming out after Modern Family on Wednesday nights."

Not a bad time slot, seeing as that ABC comedy is one of the most popular shows on the air right now.

"I've heard of that show Modern Family. I've heard it's quite good. Maybe won some Emmys," Wilson joked.

Speaking of things that are "quite good," critics and audiences fell head over heels for Rebel Wilson's 2012 musical comedy Pitch Perfect. So much so, that Universal greenlit a sequel this year, set to release in 2015, and Wilson said she cannot wait to start filming.

"They're writing the script [right now]," she revealed. "I'm excited about it. I loved doing the first one. Our director Jason Moore is back. Our writer Kay Cannon is writing the second script. So, yeah, it's gonna be pretty awesome."

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Adele Nominated For 5 Billboard Music Awards

Adele Nominated For 5 Billboard Music Awards | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

Billboard Magazine has just released this year’s nominees for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. We are pleased to announce that Adele has been nominated for 5 awards including Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Pop Artist.

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Billboard Music Awards, Live Sunday May 19 8/7c on ABC

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Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz Pose for Harper’s Bazaar

Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz Pose for  Harper’s Bazaar | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

Actresses Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz are being celebrated for their unique and gorgeous styles of beauty. The duo, who co-starred together in the film Yelling to the Sky, are among the bevy of women featured in the September 2013 Harper’s Bazaar issue.

Sidibe and Kravitz are spotlighted in Carine Rotfeld’s “Singular Beauties” photo spread, which features photographs shot by famed and legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Sidibe is a vision in red in one photo. She dons a period costume and poses in her all-time dramatic best.

This diverse publication beauty shout out is going out around the world; the pics will appear in all 29 editions of the Harper’s Bazaar September issue, including premiere editions in Germany and Japan.

http://www.bet.com/news/fashion-and-beauty/2013/08/07/gabourey-sidibe-and-zoe-kravitz-pose-for-harper-s-bazaar.html

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Bringing Back The Bombshell: Meet Felicity Hayward

Bringing Back The Bombshell: Meet Felicity Hayward | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

HAVE you heard of the name Felicity Hayward yet? It's only a matter of time before the British bombshell well and truly conquers the modelling scene, with plus-size curves worthy of a painting by Reubens, a doll-like face and infectiously fun personality that comes with an unexpected, endearingly dirty laugh........

Storm  was the first to sign the size-18 model - she was approached by Sugababes singer Siobhan Donaghy, who was working at the agency as a booker at the time. However, her career was short-lived ("They don't do much for curve models"), and she is currently signed with Wilhelmina in New York and Milk in London.

"Within a week of being with Wilhelmina, I was personally requested by Patrick Demarchelier and flown to New York for a shoot," she said. "He was just lovely. He told me that we should be together."

Read the full article at Vogue here: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/07/11/felicity-hayward-model-interview---miles-aldridge-muse

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Olivia Elbe's curator insight, July 21, 2013 3:26 PM

Wow! Talk about something that hits home to me. I am really into working out and exercising but I am not a real thin individual and I love seeing people that flaunt their curves and are not afraid to! I believe that curves are more in today than being extremely thin. This is something that ruins self esteem and can really pull down someone's feelings.

I think it is awesome that there are girls that are not afraid to flaunt their curves and help others self esteem. One thing that really bothers me about this is that media is always promoting curvy girls. When back in the day this was something that was respected and looked up at. 
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Are plus-sized beauty pageants a step forward?

Are plus-sized beauty pageants a step forward? | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

In the short documentary on plus-sized beauty pageants, There She Is, a moment sticks out. The winner is reflecting on her one-year reign as the American Beauties Plus Pageant winner and expresses disappointment that the red carpet hasn’t been rolled out in honour of her victory like she’d envisioned. It’s a genuinely heartbreaking moment after following the stories of two very lovely contestants who both admit they’ve struggled with self confidence and the negative judgements of others. It appears the stamp of approval offered by winning the pageant hasn’t brought any of the inner peace they’d hoped for (which isn’t that surprising given its focus on the outer). I feel like it’s an instant many of us, no matter our size, have experienced, that point when you realise chasing beauty is a quest with no actual true endpoint of “Yay, I’m finally fine!” 

Plus-sized beauty pageants sell themselves as a celebration of a different ideal of feminine beauty. And it does seem there could be a small argument to be made for them serving a positive purpose. After all they offer an alternative vision of beauty, one that is not bound by the rather restrictive sizes of ‘from six to eight’. But do women really need more visions of beauty to be bound by? 

On deeper examination it’s hard to see any sort of beauty pageant, plus-sized or not, as a step forward. Can beauty pageants really solve anything at all except to satiate our feelings of schadenfreude at seeing beautiful people sputter uncomfortably answering political questions? And the problem is right there smack bang in the title, no matter how much contestants and organisers might yammer on about ‘inner beauty’ and being ‘the total package’ these competitions are about looks. After all, if it was a pageant about non-superficial skills it would be called a ‘talent show’. Truth is it’s just more objectification that all sizes can now participate in, but dressed up in a sparkly sash of faux empowerment and inclusion. 

It’s hard not to see the extension of these pageants as a cynical commercial ploy to make more money by diversifying the market to include those women who can’t enter the straight-sized competitions (much like what has been done by the Toddlers & Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo led boom in child beauty pageants). And we’re not exactly talking about small change here. To enter the Miss American Beauties Plus Pageant is $575USD a pop (or as they weirdly list it on their website “ONLY $575” – my definition and theirs of ‘only’ obviously severely differs). And that’s before factoring in optional competition fees, outfits, hair and make-up, hotel stays and meal costs. You’re paying quite a pretty penny to have your prettiness professionally judged, it seems. 

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http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/are-plussized-beauty-pageants-a-step-forward-20130708-2plov.html

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Emme Talks Weight Discrimination, Daughter’s Acting Plans & ‘Plus-Sized’ Label: It’s ‘Derogatory’

Emme Talks Weight Discrimination, Daughter’s Acting Plans & ‘Plus-Sized’ Label: It’s ‘Derogatory’ | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it
Emme became the first famous “plus-sized” model in the ‘90s, but the blond beauty says she resents that label.

“I think the word ‘plus-sized’ is really a derogatory term for anyone that just happens to have a curve,” Emme told Billy Bush and guest co-host Holly Robinson Peete on Friday’s Access Hollywood Live.

“‘Full figured’ [is better] perhaps,” she added. “Or just ‘a woman.’ There’s such beautiful women that represent 62 million women out there. And I wish that they were [given] more opportunities.”

 

Emme has been fairly fortunate when it comes to discrimination in the industry, though the model did experience one ugly incident which nearly caused her to quit.

“I did work on a job where a photographer, a very top photographer – I almost left the business because of him. He just looked at me and said, ‘I’m not shooting this fatty,’” she said. “My agent begged me to stay and I just said, ‘My gosh.’

“But thank goodness I stayed in, because if you give up, then you don’t make a point,” she added.

Emme didn’t initially aspire to be a model – she was more interested in sports and TV.

“I thought being a model was froufrou. I was a jock and an athlete from Syracuse University and I wanted to be an anchor,” she said. “I wanted to be a host like Johnny Carson. Honest to God, that’s exactly what I wanted to do.”

These days, Emme is busy raising her 11-year-old daughter, who is already nearly 5’ 8” and wears size 11 shoes. Despite her statuesque height for her age, Emme said she will not allow her daughter stroll the catwalk.

Read more: http://www.accesshollywood.com/emme-talks-weight-discrimination-daughters-acting-plans-and-plus-sized-label-its-derogatory_article_81362

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Drop Dead Diva: Brooke Elliott Thankful For Fans’ Help In Getting Show Revived

Drop Dead Diva: Brooke Elliott Thankful For Fans’ Help In Getting Show Revived | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it
“Drop Dead Diva” returns for its fifth season this Sunday on Lifetime, but it almost didn’t happen.

As fans of the show know, the series, starring Brooke Elliott as Jane Bingham/Deb, was canceled earlier this year, but Lifetime hit the “return” button and brought the show back from the dead just a few months ago.

When she first heard the cancellation news earlier this year, Brooke said she was surprised.

 

“I kept thinking, ‘Really?’ You know how you just have a feeling about something? I was like, ‘Wow. I just didn’t think it was over, but I guess it’s over,’” Brooke recounted as she stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday.

The actress said she filled her “Diva” downtime by going through pilot season and just as that pilot season was ending, she learned her summer Lifetime series was being revived.

 

Brooke credited the fans for helping to save the show.

“It was really great because the fans, they signed petitions and they spoke up,” she said. “It honestly warmed my heart because I love this character so much, I love playing her and to know that people love her so much. It’s pretty cool.”

“Drop Dead Diva” will return on Sunday June 23 at 9 PM on Lifetime.

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Melissa McCarthy Joins Seth Rogen In DreamWorks Animation’s ‘B.O.O. (Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations)’

Melissa McCarthy Joins Seth Rogen In DreamWorks Animation’s ‘B.O.O. (Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations)’ | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

Melissa McCarthy has signed on to voice the role of Watts in B.O.O (Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations), the DreamWorks Animation film that has been scheduled for June 5, 2015 release. B.O.O. is a  super secret government agency dedicated to protecting humans from evil hauntings. Agents are themselves ghosts. Two new agents, Jackson Moss (voiced by Seth Rogen) and his oddball partner Watts (McCarthy) uncover a plot by the agency’s Most Wanted Haunter to destroy B.O.O. They must use every trick in their arsenal to defeat his powerful ghost army and save Earth from a ghostly fate. The film is based on an original idea by director Tony Leondis. The film is being produced by Maryann Garger (Astro Boy and Flushed Away) and written by Tom Wheeler (Puss In Boots). Life Of Pi’s Gil Netter is exec producer. McCarthy soon opens opposite Sandra Bullock in the Paul Feig-directed The Heat and has the Ted Melfi-directed St. Vincent de Van Nuys, and Tammy, which she wrote with husband Ben Falcone. She’s repped by CAA and The Schiff Company.

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Nigella Lawson Leaves House Shared With Husband Charles Saatchi After Alleged Choking Incident

Nigella Lawson Leaves House Shared With Husband Charles Saatchi After Alleged Choking Incident | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

Nigella Lawson isn't taking any chances when it comes to her relationship with husband Charles Saatchi.

As the London Metropolitan Police investigate an alleged choking incident between the spouses, a rep for Lawson tells E! News the British celebrity chef "has left the house" shared with Saatchi.

Other than that, Lawson's rep had "no comment" on the purported incident.

 

Photos showing Saatchi, an advertising bigwig, appearing to choke his wife of nine years in a restaurant were published in The Mirror's Sunday People edition. An onlooker added that Saatchi, 70, grabbed the 53-year-old chef's throat first with his left hand and then with both, and that Lawson later left the restaurant in tears.

Saatchi insisted to the London Evening Standard the alleged incident was a "playful tiff" and the pictures "give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place."

"Nigella's tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt," he claimed, adding that he and Lawson "made up by the time we were home."

Elegant Plus's insight:

Don't mind me, but tears generally mean someone has been hurt.

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Olivia Elbe's curator insight, July 21, 2013 8:51 PM

One thing that bothers me the most about celebrities are they are always blaming someone else and that they run the world. It's really sad that there are a lot of celebrities cannot control what they do when they get drunk. I've already read 2 different articles on domestic abuse and it is just disappointing that these are the people we are supposed to "look up to." These people are not who everyone makes then out to be either. 

I don't understand what the point is of hitting or abusing womeSometimes I wish the media would not promote these things because it can cause someone to lose a job or a lot of friends. 
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This Anecdote Completely Sums Up How Much Fashion Designers Hate Plus-Size

This Anecdote Completely Sums Up How Much Fashion Designers Hate Plus-Size | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

When online fashion retailer ModCloth decided to expand its plus-size offerings, Chief  Creative Officer Susan Koger reached out to the company's 1,500 vendors for  help. 

 

Only 35 responded that they were willing to do  plus-size collections. 

"Our community drives most of our decisions, and they were giving feedback  that they wanted plus-size clothing," Koger told us. "The hesitation [from  vendors] was surprising to me as a business person because I see an opportunity  to sell a lot more clothing." 

Despite the initial setback, ModCloth is charging forward to offer a  variety of plus-size clothing. Now, about 100 vendors have agreed to do the  lines. 

"For too long, plus-size women have been relegated to what has been called  the 'plus-size ghetto,'" Koger said. "Businesses have limited offerings for  them, and often don't take the time to make sure the clothing will fit a curvier  person." 

To make sure ModCloth gets plus-size right, the website hired in-house designers who are focused on  making flattering and comfortable clothing as part of its private  label. 

Koger expects plus-size to be a huge source of growth for the  brand. 

"This is just the beginning for us," Koger said. "Serving more customers is  an exciting and rewarding opportunity for us." 

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/modcloth-does-plus-size-2013-6#ixzz2WFXuCUjA

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FlirtyLingerie.com's comment, June 26, 2013 2:58 PM
The plus size ghetto is a good way to describe how extensively vendors ignore the plus size market, almost as though they figure that will make it go away.
TweetingBestDeals's curator insight, June 28, 2013 8:26 AM

Watch how quickly this will begin to change when they wrap their minds around the dollar signs they're leaving on the table.

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‘The Heat’ poster under fire for photoshopping Melissa McCarthy

‘The Heat’ poster under fire for photoshopping Melissa McCarthy | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

In case you’ve somehow forgotten, this is what Melissa McCarthy’s face looks like. Her eyes are a light bluish green; her face and neck are fairly substantial.

Neither of those things is true, however, in the U.K. poster for The Heat, McCarthy’s upcoming buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock. On the left, you’ll see the offending image; for comparison’s sake, we’ve included the American poster on the right.

Read more at: http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/06/11/the-heat-melissa-mccarthy-photoshop/

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10 Plus Size Models That Don't Look Plus Size At All

10 Plus Size Models That Don't Look Plus Size At All | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

This week, both H&M and Elle Québec received lots of praise for their bold and deliberate use of plus-size models in their campaigns.  

Some are speculating that the actions of these big players suggest a tidal change in the fashion world. Sure, seeing plus-size models climb their way to into the mainstream is wonderful news, but has anyone actually looked at the industry's definition of "plus-size?" In the U.S., any model that's over a size 6, is considered plus-size.

Since the average size of the American woman is a size 12-14, then why are we calling women half their weight "plus-size"? Need proof? Take a look at these ten suposedly plus-size models. Do you think these women belong in this category?

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Billionaire Advice For 2013 College Grads: Oprah, Melinda Gates, Steve Case And More

Billionaire Advice For 2013 College Grads: Oprah, Melinda Gates, Steve Case And More | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

The world's wealthiest have a lot of advice to give.

This year, a handful of billionaires gave commencement addresses, including media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey, global philanthropist Melinda Gates,  co-founder Steve Case. Here are some choices passages from their speeches:

Oprah Winfrey: We All Want To Be Understood

“I have to say the single most important lesson I learned in 25 years is there’s a common denominator in our experience… We want to be validated. We want to be understood. I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career and as soon as that camera shuts off, everyone always turns to me and says, ‘Was that OK?’ I heard it from President Bush. I heard it from President Obama… I even heard it from Beyonce in all her Beyonceness!” -Harvard University

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2013 Billboard Music Awards: Everyone Loves Adele As She Wins TOP POP ALBUM!

2013 Billboard Music Awards: Everyone Loves Adele As She Wins TOP POP ALBUM! | Curvy & Plus-Size Celebrities, Role Models & Public Figures | Scoop.it

She hasn’t released new music in a while yet Adele keeps managing to win awards!

 

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