The Franato Women’s Firm Tummy Waist Control Shaping Tank Top Vest wins the award for most absurd product image on Amazon for the day. Not just for the hilarity of an uber-thin model wearing a body shaper that’s doing the opposite of sculpting her into a more feminine form, but also for the grotesque display of thigh gap that proves that either a) someone went crazy with Photoshop or b) Franato uses non-human models.
Ah, the Long & Lean Cardi by VS. I have this cardi in 5 different colors, and I check every few months to see what new colors they have. It’s a perfect lightweight sweater for early fall, spring, and summer when you’re going into air conditioned buildings, and it’s thin enough that it doesn’t get too hot when you’re out in the sun.
This cardi goes great with office attire, dresses (both for Sunday morning and Friday night), perfect with jeans and shorts, or just a lazy day at home with sweatpants and a tank top underneath. I’ve never had such a versatile piece of clothing.
I get compliments on them all the time, even from men. The ivory color definitely gets the most compliments, but they’re all well worth the price.
Jezebel reports that Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democratic Rep. Lois Capps have co-sponsored the Truth in Advertising Act of 2014, H.R. 4341. Representative Capps compares Photoshopped fashion and beauty ads to the now illegal Joe Camel cigarette ads of the past, saying, “Just as with cigarette ads in the past, fashion ads portray a twisted, ideal image for young women. And they’re vulnerable. As sales go up, body image and confidence drops.”
For a quick run-down of what this means (and what they think it means but doesn’t), check out this TYTU segment:
This act is solely concerned with the altering of bodies and faces in advertisements, with an emphasis on publications/websites directed at teenagers. So what does this boil down to?
- Things such as changing the colors of clothing to get a good representation of what a garment will look like in a different color are not covered anywhere in this bill, though I’ve seen several reporters talk about it. They should probably read the bill itself. It’s one page long. C’mon, people. Try some journalism.
- It also has nothing to do with front magazine cover images and other published (both digitally and print) images that are not part of an advertisement.
As you all know, I do shop online at Victoria’s Secret for most of my clothing, and whomever they have hired recently is doing a very poor job. Worse than usual, which is saying something. Sometimes the models don’t even look human (belly button in the wrong place, weird shading, too many arms, etc.). And it’s just not necessary. Anyone who has watched the VS Fashion show can clearly see that these women need no Photoshopping. I think it’s insulting to them, and insulting to VS’s customers.
To check out some hilarious VS Photoshopping fails, check out this list of atrocities at Huff Post or, you know, just visit victoriassecret.com. This one’s my current favorite:
This story makes me cringe. Not just because it’s unfair, embarrassing, and ludicrous, but because it could have been me. It could have been one of my friends. It could be anyone with large breasts. First, let’s tell the story.
Melissa Behnken and her family decided to celebrate her husband’s return from the U.S. Marine Corps with a trip to Disneyland with their 3 kids. They were having a grand old time until, as she puts it, “This gentleman out of nowhere comes up to me and just says ‘You need to pull your top up.’”
She was wearing a simple black scoopneck that you can buy in any department store, and a style worn by pretty much every woman in America. Because she is well-endowed, her cleavage was showing. Not a grotesque amount, but the same bit of cleavage all large breasted women show when they attempt to wear just about any scoopneck top.
I consciously try to never show cleavage (a personal thing I explained here), but large busted women know that no matter how hard you try, sometimes cleavage just happens. Breasts are not vulgar or indecent. Guys like this park employee need to stop this puritanical nonsense and grow up.
Judge for yourself by watching this video with Melissa’s story and pictures from the family’s Disneyland trip:
Anyone with large breasts has dealt with breast sweat, and it can get really annoying on hot days. I’ve seen everything from disposable bra inserts that soak up the sweat to actual antiperspirant that you apply under your breasts, much like underarm antiperspirant.
If you sweat a lot, and the problem is out of control, it might not hurt to try it. I actually sweat quite a bit lately, but a quick swipe with an alcohol soaked cottonball generally fixes the problem; the alcohol helps evaporate the moisture (creating an instant cooling effect) and also creates an environment that isn’t conducive to microbial growth.
Cristen from Stuff Mom Never Told You recently covered this, and shared the results of her web research as well as her own thoughts on the whole breast sweat problem.
Cristen of Stuff Mom Never Told You is back with another Herstory interview, this time with Mary Phelps Jacob. Jacob is often credited with the creation of the bra, but the reality isn’t quite so clear cut.
Stuff Mom Never Told You is full of witty, interesting, fun, and intelligent content. Cristen covers a wide variety of topics on her channel, and I recommend it to everyone. The focus is on women, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t learn from and enjoy the content.
Right now the basic colors of the Original Body by Victoria Lightly Lined and Unlined bras in DD and DDD sizes are only $16.99! That’s cheaper than the regular sizes. So go grab one before they’re gone!