J.Crew Receives Backlash For Offering A Size 000

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(PCM) Clothing retailer J.Crew has received quite a bit of backlash from the public and several notable fashion bloggers for now offering clothing in a size 000.

The main criticism stems from the fact that many people are feeling that the idea behind vanity sizing has gotten out of control. The size 000 is the equivalent of a size 0 in both the U.K. and Australia. In case you were curious, vanity sizing is the process of retailers manipulating the sizes of their clothes to make consumers feel that they wear a smaller size in clothing.

A J.Crew spokesperson defends the company’s new size 000 clothing and claims that the decision had nothing to do with “vanity sizing”, but rather that the demand for smaller size clothing than they current offer was coming out of Asia, a market that runs notably smaller than many other countries around the globe.

To be fair, J.Crew’s clothing does run up to a size 24, so we suppose they do have to be sure to make an attempt to cover every possible sizing scenario!

What do you think…is a size 000 too small?

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Bikini Pic Of Former Model With Colostomy Bags Has Gone Viral

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(PCM) British make-up artist and former model Bethany Townsend is making headlines after she posted an image of herself in a bikini laying out with her colostomy bags in full view.

Townsend has been suffering from Crohn’s Disease since the age of three, but was not officially diagnosed until the age of 11. Because of her misdiagnosis, she was forced to have 16 inches of her bowl removed at a young age and has been on steroids, infliximab, methotrexate and every other drug going as well as being tube fed for 4 years.

After five additional surgeries, Townsends’ bowl burst four years ago and she ended up with two colostomy bags. After that incident Townsend gave up her modeling dreams.

Back in December, Townsend was vacationing in Mexico with her husband and he was always telling her that she had a great body and wanted her to wear a bikini. Finally, Townsend agreed and figured that it didn’t matter because she would most likely never see any of those people again anyway.

Townsend eventually decided to share the vacation bikini picture with the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook page and it almost immediately went viral.

Townsend claims that “I felt like I finally had the confidence after three-and-a-half years of having them that I wanted to give other girls the confidence, the guys the confidence, to be like, ‘we have nothing to be ashamed of.”

We certainly think that Townsend’s act of sharing was both incredibly brave and definitely inspiring!  What do you think?

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M.A.C. Cosmetics Collaborates With The Simpsons For A Marge Simpson-Inspired Collection

MAC-Marge(PCM) We absolutely can’t wait to check out the new Marge Simpson-inspired cosmetics line from M.A.C. Cosmetics while out at San Diego Comic Con 2014. We also can’t wait to see what a Marge Simpson make-over will look like!

It has recently been announced that M.A.C. Cosmetics has collaborated with The Simpsons to create their Marge Simpson-inspired collection.

The collection will be available in stores everywhere on September 4 (and online at www.maccosmetics.com on August 28) but will be sold exclusively for ONE DAY ONLY during San Diego’s Comic-Con on Saturday, July 26 at the M·A·C Cosmetics Gaslamp store located at 234 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92191. Fans are invited to visit the store for this one day only opportunity to purchase the collection and also receive a Marge makeover from the ten piece collection that includes nail stickers ($16.50), eye shadows ($44), lipglasses ($16.50), and lashes ($18.50).

Of her favorite pieces in the collection, Marge says, “They’re all so great, but I must say that Lisa’s Spikes really works well with my skin tone and of course, Beehive Blue complements my hair perfectly.”

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