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Missphit: Curvy Fashion Line with a Sparkle

Maintaining the plus size clothing directory,, gives me the opportunity to get to know several people within the plus size fashion industry. A few months ago, I got to know Yul Kwon, who is the managing director of a budding ‘new’ plus size fashion line called Missphit. I have mentioned Missphit on and even Loving My Curves, in past weeks, however today I wanted to shine the spotlight on Missphit a little bit further.

Recently I had the opportunity to take a first hand look at the plus size clothing styles offered by Missphit, and I must say I was very impressed. With impeccable quality and a fun yet sophisticated style, Missphit items have the ability to add that extra special sparkle in every plus size woman’s wardrobe. In a new article published today, I review a couple of Missphit items, which made a lasting impression with yours truly.

Having taken a sneak peek into the upcoming Spring 2007 collection to be offered by Missphit, I can safely say that many exciting things are on the way for us in 2007. We will definitely keep you updated with all that is happening at Missphit throughout the New Year, including news on the imminent launch of a brand new Missphit website.

In the meantime, take a closer look at the fabulous plus size clothing styles offered to us by Missphit.

Tyra Banks Crowns New Plus Size Beauty

As I’m sure many of you have already heard, retired catwalk star Tyra Banks, hosted a contest for plus size beauties yesterday during her talk show. America’s Next Top Model host has said that “You do not have to be super stick skinny in order to model.” The voluptuous beauties who entered this contest, strutted their stuff yesterday on the TYRA show, fighting for the chance to show off their bodies and be named the winner! Among the judges of the contest, present were Mia Tyler, Josh Morrow and Ruben Studdard.

The first Top Plus-Size Model winner was Marguerite Brown, who weighs 218 pounds! Besides having the honor of being the first plus size woman to be crowned Top Plus-Size Model on the TYRA show, Marguerite won a photo spread opportunity with the new Bombshell magazine, as well as a $1,000 shopping spree and a one-year contract with top modelling agency Wilhelmina Models.

Well done Marguerite! You truly deserve your new title. And an even bigger well done to Tyra Banks who is showing her support to plus size models and full figured women worldwide, proving to us all, once again, that big is indeed beautiful and worthy of being on the front covers of magazines!

Plus Size Fashion Designers to Admire

When we go to watch a movie at the cinema, we rarely stop and think about all that took place behind the scenes to make the movie possible; the same often happens when we are out and about shopping for clothes, we seldom think about the person who actually created the clothes we buy.

Perhaps, some might not think it very useful to know the background of the people designing the clothes we wear, however I find it interesting and intriguing to get to know more and dig a little deep into the fabric. Just like getting to know what inspires a writer to put thoughts and ideas into words, it is fascinating to me to find out the passions and inspirations of those who design and create the beautiful clothes we wear.

That is why I am today taking a closer look at three unique and intriguing plus size fashion designers, in a bid to bring you a little step closer to those designing the awesome plus size fashions we have available on the market nowadays. Knowing ‘where your clothes come from’, like a piece of art, will make you cherish them more.

Yuliya Zeltser of IGIGI
A fashion designer born and raised in Ukraine, Yuliya felt the need to provide full figured women with beautiful clothing, when she saw how hard it was for her own mother to find clothes in her size that made her feel like a gorgeous and chic woman. Through IGIGI Yuliya is now able to provide plus size women with clothes which not only make them feel beautiful, but which also accentuate their figure. Yuliya designed from the heart and is also sometimes inspired from her travels around the world and the United States.

Monif of Monif C. Plus Sizes
A very artistic person at heart, Monif C. saw the need plus size women had for stylish and sexy clothing, and embarked on a mission to satisfy this need, and dare we say, Monif is doing a pretty good job at it! Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Monif is inspired by life and her dreams. Her aim is to provide curvy women with colorful plus size fashion which makes them feel stylish, inspired, luxurious and sexy.

Anna Nicole of Jahqoi
Anna Nicole is a rising star in the pus size fashion scene. Coming from Detroit, Michigan, but currently residing in California, Anna began sewing clothes at the tender age of 12. In June 2004 Anna launched ANR apparel as an online retail store, to give curvy women more choices of plus size clothing. She has recently moved the retail site over the newly renamed Jahqoi site. Jahqoi when spelled correctly means: ‘I believe’ in French. Anna’s passion is contemporary, modern, sassy styles.

It is interesting, getting to know a little more about plus size fashion designers and the inspirations behind the clothes we wear. There is a lot more than fabric to a dress, more which can turn a beautiful dress into a meaningful work of art. Just Launched

Redcats USA, the company operating renowned leaders in the plus size apparel market Woman Within, Roaman’s, Jessica London and KingSize, has today announced the launch of, an online store which is set to become the first and only plus size fashion mall of its kind online.

Specializing in sizes 12W to 44W looks like it’s going to combine the apparel and accessories available at Woman Within, Roaman’s, Jessica London and KingSize into one online fashion mall for anyone wearing plus sizes.

I like the concept of a one stop shopping mall, where anyone can find all the items already available at these four leading store under one ‘roof’. Taking a look around the website itself it is already evident that this is set to be a success with lots of options available, even a shoe shop including styles in sizes 6 yo 14 in M, W and WW.

I like the concept of, I love anything that can save me time running around from store to store. Finding all under one roof will be heaven! I’m sure it is set to be a success. Visit today and read more about the new store here.

Plus Size Divas for a Cause

On Saturday, 2nd December, 2006 at 7pm, Michelle’s of New York Plus Size boutique will be presenting a fabulous fashion show presentation featuring plus size fashions from the unique designer line IGIGI.

Make up artist icons Jamie Austin and Stephanie Johnson will be turning the models into glamorous beauty queens for the evening as they lend their talent for this event… all to help the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition. The Islip Breast Cancer Coalition is a grassroots volunteer organization, founded in 1996 by a group of women committed to helping people in their community diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

100% of auction proceeds will go directly to the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition. What a great event indeed! Find out for information here and do mark this date down in your diaries, try and make it to the show if you are in the area.

Avenue named November's Store of the Month

November’s Store of the Month, nominated by, is definitely a familiar name with many of you out there: Avenue. We thought Avenue deserved to be names this month’s most prestigious plus size clothing store due to the excellent options and shopping experience they provide to plus size women. Providing a wide variety of styles in sizes 14 to 32, Avenue is truly a winner. Find out more about the reasons behind Avenue being named November’s Store of the Month.

Lane Bryant Catalog Reveals New Name: Woman Within

Yesterday Lane Bryant Catalog announced that it will change it’s name to “Woman Within“. The company is stressing that only the name is changing, everything else stays the same, “Woman Within” should be a familiar name, as it has been a successful plus size women’s clothing and intimates catalog for the past 15 years. To be quite honest though, this name is very new to my ears!

I quite like this new name, as the press release says: “The name Woman Within feminizes our offer, symbolizing inner awareness, the ‘woman inside.”

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Loving My Curves: Issue 6 out now!

The latest issue of our plus size clothing newsletter, which is mailed out to curvy women twice a month, was sent out last week! You can view an archived version of the newsletter here, however don’t you think it’s be a better idea for you to start receiving Loving My Curves straight in your inbox?

We have some great items, and prizes, lined up for you ladies in the coming weeks especially for the upcoming Christmas holiday season, so do not miss another issue. Sign up today… it’s free!

Dove Campaigning for Real Beauty

It’s a breath of fresh air to see a company working for a truly positive cause. And when that cause is to help women and girl worldwide to build up their self-esteen and recognise their tru beauty, definitely puts a smile to my face. I’m sure most of your have seen those Dove commercials were real women are shown being comfortable with their own bodies. Dove seems to be investing a lot into these initiative launching the Campaign for Real Beauty and more recently, the Dove Self Esteem Fund.

I urge you to visit these links, learn more about Dove’s initiatives and check out the abundance of information and resources available at these sites. Moreover, share these links with your friends, family, colleagues and everyone you can about as this truly gets you thining.

One item which you definitely should not miss checking out the video which is currently highlighted on the main page of This 1 minute short film reveals the illusions behing the “beauty” we see everyday in the media. It’s a little reminder that even supermodels do not looks like supermodels.

Finally a company making some sense!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Having recently lost a dear aunt to breast cancer, it is truly great to see all the awareness campaigns running this month around websites, shops, street and even online stores. I truly hope more and more women become more aware of this deadly disease, and become better equipped with knowledge as to what they can do to prevent this disease and catch is early.

Bare Necessities this month has partnered with Wacoal in supporting breast cancer awareness and research. For every Wacoal bra bought at Bare Necessities through October 16, Bare Necessities will donate $2. The donations will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. For more information visit Bare Necessities and check out the details.

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