Better Late Than Never? The Fashion Industry Is Finally Embracing The Plus-Size Woman

The average American woman wears between a size 16-18, according to research. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) One of the more cringe-worthy moments in the 2006 movie, The Devil Wears Prada, about the struggles of aspiring-journalist Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, working for Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor of fictional Runway magazine, happens in the office cafeteria. Andy observes to art director Nigel, played by the amazing Stanley Tucci, that all the other girls at the magazine don’t eat anything. He says, “Not since two became the new four and zero became…

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Marginalised child: Will Nirmal, the daughter of a woman who irons clothes, get a chance to study in Delhi University?

It is 1:30 am as I sit down to type this. It took me 15 minutes to fill out the Delhi University Admission Form, which is an achievement considering that it took other people almost an hour. There’s a simple reason for this: most people prefer to fill the form in the morning or the evening with their parents peering over their shoulders telling them to “apply ECA Indian Music” for a prize they won in Class 4. Not me, though. I started working on the DU Admission Form at…

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Australian woman finds snake curled up in Christmas tree

A woman has discovered a 1m-long venomous snake wrapped around her Christmas tree in Australia. The woman called for help to remove the tiger snake from her suburban home in Melbourne, Victoria, on Sunday. Snake catcher Barry Goldsmith said the reptile entered through an open door before curling up among the decorations. Tiger snakes, found along Australia’s coast, are highly venomous. Golfers watch snake eat wallaby Python attacks sleeping Australian boy House wakes to 5m python surprise Mr Goldsmith said the woman “reacted quite well” after making the discovery. “She…

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Is your mason or mechanic a woman?

In Kerala, women are wielding wrenches and tube-cutters as plumbers. They’re climbing electric poles to check on the wires in Maharashtra. And they’re helping build, as trained masons, in Kashmir. “We never used to have women training for jobs as electricians and diesel mechanics. Now we do. I am happy about this transformation,” says Lok Pal, principal at the government-run Industrial Training Institute, Pusa, in Delhi. “A major change has been the admission of girls and women in the auto body paint and repair course. This was an all-boys class…

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Meet Katiti Kironde, the First Black Woman to Appear on the Cover of a Fashion Magazine (And It Was Glamour)

Katiti Kironde was an undergraduate at Harvard with an interest in fashion. She knew she was beautiful—she’d been told as much—but she also knew that her beauty was “different,” and not the kind celebrated by the fashion industry. She was black in a very white world—especially when it came to fashion. Then, she applied to Glamour’s “Best Dressed College Girls” contest (the name has has since been changed to “College Women Of The Year”) and won, earning her a spot on our cover and making history in the process. The…

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The woman behind the lifestyle site that doesn’t suck

It’s 2016, and the publishing industry is in disarray. The homepage has been declared dead, while ad blockers and Facebook’s aggressive push with Instant Articles are eating into what little advertising revenue is left. Even natively digital media companies are struggling to make ends meet. But with 25 million unique visitors per month on their site, over 175 million users across its channels, and over 2 million email subscribers, Refinery29 prove that they’re not your typical company. Against all odds, the company’s Co-founder and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi and her team…

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In India, only one in four Facebook users is a woman

While women tend to outnumber men in social media platforms the world over, they constitute just 24 per cent of total Facebook users in India, according to a new report. “On average, women account for 38 per cent of Facebook’s users around APAC (Asia pacific) — a figure that is already lower than it should be — but in India, women account for just 24 per cent of the country’s users,” said the report by Britain-based consultancy We Are Social. “In Bangladesh that figure is just 23 per cent, and…

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Balochistan woman exposes Pakistan, tweets heart-rending pictures of Baloch youths dead bodies

New Delhi: Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for action against Pakistan for its atrocities against the locals in Balochistan, many voices have come forward and spoken against Islamabad. Banuk Shirin, claiming to a be a Baloch woman, tweeted heart-rending pictures ofPakistan Army’s brutal killings. While posting the pictures on her twitter account, she accused the Pakistani forces of abducting the Baloch youths and then killing them. Shirin slammed Islamabad for promoting terrorism, saying world is with Balochistan’s call for freedom. Last week, Balochistan’s representative at UNHRC accused Pakistan of…

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