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Research Shows Plus-Sized Models Make Women Fat?

A new study out of the University of Bologna suggests that using plus-size models on the catwalk and in advertisements could make women fat. Say what?

PAUSE….. The university of BOLOGNA? Okay, back to the article.

From Huffington Post:

In their paper “Thinness and Obesity: A Model of Food Consumption, Health Concerns, and Social Pressure,” Dr. Davide Dragone and Dr. Luca Savorelli cite the relationships between Italy, Germany and Spain and their respective fashion communities to produce more plus-sized clothes and uphold a minimum size for models. They write:

When reading the content of the agreements, it is clear that both the government and the fashion industry agree that fashion is a powerful trend-setter. It not only influences what clothes, styles and colors are trendy, but also determines how a person should appear to be desirable.

Okay, so fashion is apparently super-influential. Dragone and Savorelli adds:

If people are underweight and stay on a diet, increasing the ideal body weight allows both aggregate welfare and health to be improved. If people are overweight and on a diet, however, increasing the ideal body weight can improve overall utility, but it worsens health because it induces people to become even more overweight.

And, “Given that in the US and in Europe people are on average overweight, we conclude that these policies, even when are welfare improving, may foster the obesity epidemic.”

The pair also said, according to the Daily Mail, in plain language, “To promote chubby fashion models when obesity is one of the major problems of industrialised countries seems to be a paradox. Everyone has to trade off in life a number of things like the pleasure of eating and going to the gym or something as a cost. So if you just fix the average healthy weight then maybe you will throw up some incentives to be thin.”

Um, so far, seeing plus-size models hasn’t made us any bigger. And watching size zero models lurch down the catwalk hasn’t made us any skinnier, either — if anything it’s made us simultaneously revolted and ravenous.

What do you think?

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Happy New Year!

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Get the Look: Dakota Fanning Eclipse Premiere

Dakota Fanning’s GET THE LOOK for the ECLIPSE red carpet premiere event in Los Angeles

June 24th 2010

Dakota Fanning’s make-up artist Sammy Mourabit used the following Neutrogena products/cosmetics and he provided key tips to re-create her look:

First I moisturized Dakota’s skin using Neutrogena new Healthy Defense SPF 50 Liquid Moisturizer (great protection and it layers invisibility under make-up providing a broad spectrum sun protection and moisturization).  (Tip: I used a wet sponge to apply the Neutrogena moisturizer in order to create a dewy look).

I covered any little imperfections under Dakota’s eyes using: Neutrogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer mixed with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector.  Dakota only 16 years old does have perfect skin, so I have no need to use any foundation just yet which is why I created this mix as needed for just the eye area specifically.

I controlled the T-Zone shine by using the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder (in Classic Ivory).

I used a little touch of Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush and Bronzer (Tip: I use my wet and moisturized sponge to perfectly blend the blush with her skin. It creates a natural and fresh look).

Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara in black/brown is great mascara, easy to apply and rich in pigment yet not too dark.

I used on her lips, Neutrogena MoistureShine (Glisten #20) gloss.  Glosses are much more appropriate for Dakota’s age range and leave her lip moisturized and shining.

This is how I achieved this young, fresh, edgy but yet modern look on Dakota’s face.