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Tuesday 1 January 2013
Featured Opinion

sonya says goodbye to lip

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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I have been writing for Lip since 2009. When I first started writing, fat acceptance was only a fledging concept in my mind – I had a rough idea of what it was, mostly through livejournal communities such as fatshionista and I had a rough concept of what exactly “fatshion” was as well. It’s no…
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Thursday 13 December 2012
Fashion Opinion

thoughts on fatshion blogging

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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A friend of mine recently wrote a post over on XOJane entitled ‘When Activism Gives Way to Advertising: How Fatshion Blogging Ate Itself’ (she didn’t pick the title, but the pun makes me lol childishly). In it, she describes feeling alienated from the fatshion blogging world and how it has also been saturated by the…
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Monday 3 December 2012
Fashion

a plus size wardrobe

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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It’s no secret I indulge and sometimes (OK, mostly) enjoy conspicuous consumption. I think fat women in particular have been denied the right to enjoy fashion and consume it the way that straight sized women have been able to (or, I suppose, the way that well-off women, who would likely to be able to afford…
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Thursday 25 October 2012
Opinion

thoughts on the fat studies exhibit at the brisbane powerhouse

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Last Thursday night was the Fat Stories launch at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It is a free exhibition being held in the Visy Theatre foyer and runs until November 5th. I had just arrived back from Melbourne that afternoon and was in a bit of a fluster trying to work out what to wear to the…
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Friday 24 August 2012
Culture Featured Opinion

cleo magazine: not for this fat chick

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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I’ve mentioned before that I don’t read print magazines much anymore. Nowadays, I will usually only read if I’m bored, or if I’m at the airport and need to kill time. There’s too much in “women’s” magazines that raise my blood pressure and I like to keep it low. Caffeine addiction already does the damage,…
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Monday 20 August 2012
Fashion Opinion

that’s not my size

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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There are lots of fashion labels and companies that have savvy fashion marketing and do it well. Domino Dollhouse, an independent American plus size brand is one such company I can think of. Autograph, an Australian brand, does a relatively decent job too. Then, there are the companies that make you think, at best, that…
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Monday 13 August 2012
Opinion

witchery introduces a size sixteen

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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This morning, I was reluctantly watching Sunrise (I know, I know) when, what I assume is a regular rotating panel of women came on to discuss the current issues. One of today’s current issues was: Australian retailer, Witchery, is now introducing a size sixteen to their range. The women were asked what they thought of…
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Monday 23 July 2012
Opinion

fashion and feminism in blogging

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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As well as writing here, for Lip, I also write a fashion blog – Australian Fatshion. I focus mainly on fashion trends for each season, where to get them in plus sizes and how to wear them. I sometimes run competitions and talk about clothes I’ve bought myself or things I want to buy. I…
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Tuesday 17 July 2012
Opinion

the hypersexualisation of fat bodies and the modelling industry

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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It’s Fashion Week in Berlin and plus sized brand Navabi has pulled a stunt that will surely get them worldwide attention. I’m talking about it and I’m seeing people on Twitter talking about it. They sent a model, walking the streets of Berlin, not in their clothing, but nude. Like a fat Lady Godiva, without…
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Wednesday 4 July 2012
Culture

can we bin the phrase “real women”, city chic?

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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If the first rule of the internet is ‘Never read the comments; the second must surely be – ‘Once it’s out there, it’s out there. Ain’t no goin’ back.’ Recently, a friend of mine brought something icky to my attention. She was on the City Chic Facebook page when she noticed they’d put up one…
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Sunday 24 June 2012
Opinion

my apple bottom will wear those jeans; my doughnut belly will rock that bikini

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Other hemispheres are going into summer right now, which means, for them, swimsuit season. I’m sure they’re getting bombarded from all angles about having the “right” body to wear swimsuits. Luckily, fatshionista Gabi Gregg has given a giant middle finger to that rhetoric and posted a series of photographs of her fabulous fat self in a…
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Tuesday 19 June 2012
Opinion

retailers: pick up your game!

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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For those of us who are at the larger end of the size spectrum, or at the smaller end, it can be incredibly difficult to buy clothing in your size in stores. Forget buy – it can be incredibly difficult to FIND clothing in your size in the stores. No wonder why so many of…
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Sunday 27 May 2012
Fashion Opinion

my bikini body

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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I recently purchased my first bikini since god remembers when. I definitely haven’t worn one since I started developing boobs and hips. It is retro-fab, which lately is the only type of swim suit I own. My one-pieces (apart from the sturdy black racerback I wear swimming laps) are all along these lines. Think skirted,…
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Saturday 21 April 2012
Opinion

the pressure to look perfect in public

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Today my father told me he wanted to walk to our local café for coffee. We’ve both been walking a lot more recently because my parents have downsized to one car and, as my mum is still working, she has the car the vast majority of the time. I thought it would take the both…
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