Why Glamour’s “Special Edition” for All Shapes Isn’t Really All That Special

glamourmag1Earlier this week, I got an email from Glamour Magazine announcing that their newest special issue was now available on newsstands and as a digital purchase. The theme of the edition? Plus size fashion. Plus retailer Lane Bryant collaborated with Glamour on the issue, and is also working on a special womenswear line with the magazine.

The issue contains 96 pages of fashion, beauty, and more for the plus size woman, with only eight pages of advertising in the back (all for Lane Bryant, of course). Plus size models, beautiful clothes, an upcoming collection of clothes with a magazine’s seal of approval – sounds like something I’d be jumping for joy over as a curvy fashionista. But I have more than one huge problem with this special edition.

Most issues of Glamour – which include far more pages and editorial than this one – retail for about $4.99 each. The special issue is selling at a hefty $12.99, more than twice the price of a regular issue. Why this issue needs to be so expensive is beyond me, especially when it’s catered toward a population of women that already pay extra for their clothes to be a larger size.

There’s also the content within the magazine – almost none of it is original. Glamour often includes some repurposed content in its special editions, but nearly everything in this new one – from the cover photo to every editorial feature – is from another previous issue of Glamour. And they clearly had to dig for content that featured larger women – stories included come from as early as 2009 and 2010. The lack of care and effort for a plus-size edition compared to traditional editions is incredibly disheartening.

The other thing that disheartens me is that this edition exists at all. It’s not a new complaint of mine or any plus size woman to want to be included in fashion and beauty. There are steps in the right direction being taken – better-designed collections that don’t resemble potato sacks, a few larger models earning feature spots in ads and editorial spreads, and a movement to love all shapes and sizes and stop shaming. But these steps still need work, and they have a long way to go. Is there truly harm in selling the same clothes for all, from XXS and smaller through 4X and larger? Does it really offend or hurt anyone to put a size 20 model next to a size 2 in a magazine? Those that answer yes prove that there’s still more to be done.

When Glamour and other magazines start putting everyone in the same set of pages, we’ll finally have gotten somewhere.


The Proust Questionnaire

At ages 13 and 20, French writer Marcel Proust took the same questionnaire, comparing his answers later in life and contemplating how he’d changed as a person. The questions he answers have become a standard questionnaire across the globe, and are still used today. So for fun, today I’m answering the original Proust Questionnaire with honesty and insightfulness – maybe I’ll learn something new about myself!

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A cozy apartment in the wintertime, overlooking Lake Michigan, complete with a comfortable couch right in the sunlight, a full bookshelf, hot tea, a big blanket, and puppies or kittens to snuggle.
2. What is your greatest fear?
Dying alone.
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I have a tendency to talk over others and interrupt without regard… I’m working on that.
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
When they disrespect the differing opinions of others – opinions are opinions and we’re all entitled to differing ones, which makes no one person  “wrong” for their beliefs.
5. Which living person do you most admire?
Grace Coddington, creative director at Vogue and cat lady extraordinaire.
6. What is your greatest extravagance?

Puppy cuddles on lazy Sundays from my mini goldendoodles.

Aubrey (left) and Brody, the                   loves of my life.
7. What is your current state of mind?
Focused and calm.
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9. On what occasion do you lie?
When people ask if I still watch MTV. (If you ask, I’ll say I don’t.)
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Short, stubby hands and fingers.
11. Which living person do you most despise?
Donald Trump. I find it unbelievably despicable that he treats every minority group (people of color, women, immigrants, etc.) with utter intolerance and disrespect.
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Sweet-natured humor and kindness.
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Actually”, “I know”, and “Already knew that.” I come off as a know-it-all because of these phrases…
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Animals, particularly cats and dogs.
16. When and where were you happiest?

At my college graduation – it was a day I had waited for since being sick.

17. Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to dance – I could when I was younger, but not so much anymore!
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would think before I speak more often.
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Beating cancer at age 20.
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Definitely a puppy.
21. Where would you most like to live?
New York City 🙂
22. What is your most treasured possession?
A bear given to me by my boyfriend – we made him together at Build-A-Bear the first time he visited, and his name is Wonka.
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The inability to recognize that there are people around that love and support you.
24. What is your favorite occupation?
Public relations executive or fashion editor.
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
Big eyes and loud, vibrant laugh. It’s a tie between those.
26. What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and support.
27. Who are your favorite writers?
William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and  Neil Gaiman, among many, many others.
28. Who is your hero of fiction?
I’ll always be partial to Alice Liddell of Alice in Wonderland.
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I can’t think of any historical cat ladies…

30. Who are your heroes in real life?
Diem Brown and my parents.
31. What are your favorite names?
I’m not someone who has favorite names – if a name suits the person, then I like it. But it’s hard to pick an individual favorite without a person attached to it.
32. What is it that you most dislike?
33. What is your greatest regret?
I never saved the photos I took in high school – even from my trips to Peru and the Middle East – and I wish I still had them.
34. How would you like to die?
Peacefully at a ripe old age, surrounded by love and family.
35. What is your motto?
Fortune favors the bold.

101 in 1001

I had done a post like this on Chicago Prep, inspired by Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling. The concept is simple- create 101 goals, give yourself 1001 days to complete them, and see what happens. I took a look at my old 101 in 1001, and I was surprised to see how many that I’d either done by accident or didn’t feel applied to my life anymore. Graduating college and getting a job kind of does that to you- it changes things. It was time for a new blog- so it’s time for a new list, too.


DATE WRITTEN: February 28, 2016

1001 DAYS FROM NOW: November 25, 2018

  1. Come up with 101 things to complete this list. (February 2016)
  2. Put the finishing touches on this site! (July 2016)
  3. Move into my own apartment. (May 2016)
  4. Adopt a cat.
  5. Travel to a new country.
  6. Read 30 new books. (3/30 – The Woman in Cabin 10, Big Little Lies, The Zookeeper’s Wife)
  7. Volunteer for a cause I support.
  8. Learn to use Photoshop. (February 2017)
  9. Contribute a guest blog post to a site I love.
  10. Run a 5K. (Not walk. Run.)
  11. Go completely unplugged for 24 hours.
  12. Attend a blogging conference. (July 2016)
  13. Visit friends in 3 other states.
  14. Try ten new Chicago restaurants. (7/10 – Barcocina, il Porcellino, Antique Taco, Mahalo, Girl and the Goat, Turquoise, Velvet Taco)
  15. Get professional photos taken.
  16. Take a post-grad course, just for fun.
  17. Complete a 30-day photo challenge.
  18. Watch every movie on the AFI 100 Years list.
  19. Write in a journal every day for a month.
  20. Post three blog entries a week for a month.
  21. Buy a new lens for my DSLR.
  22. Start a blog series. (June 2016)
  23. Submit an op-ed to the New York Times.
  24. Attend Cancer Con.
  25. Go camping.
  26. Join a book club.
  27. Visit a national park.
  28. Register to vote. (June 2016)
  29. Spend a day reading at a bookstore or library.
  30. Buy someone behind me in line their coffee.
  31. Reach 1,000 followers on each social media channel for Love from Lindsay.
  32. Host a blog giveaway.
  33. Ride a bike along Lake Michigan. (July 2016)
  34. Take a spontaneous road trip. (July 2016 – St. Louis)
  35. Watch 5 new documentaries.
  36. Attend a celebrity meet and greet.
  37. Go to a concert or show without my phone or camera. Enjoy the memories. (June 2016, Drag Race)
  38. Take a dance class. (May 2016)
  39. Marathon every Harry Potter movie in one weekend.
  40. Donate to my alma mater (DePaul University!)
  41. Go hiking.
  42. Watch 10 TED Talks.
  43. Try a crazy new recipe from a cooking show.
  44. Send out holiday cards.
  45. Send valentines to everyone in my immediate family.
  46. Learn to rock climb, even if it’s just a wall at a gym.
  47. Join a trivia team league. (July 2016)
  48. Write twenty handwritten notes.
  49. Make ten DIY crafts from Pinterest.
  50. Spend a day running errands and doing favors for my family.
  51. Take my puppies for a mile-long walk (no phones allowed!). (February 2017)
  52. Visit 5 museums in Chicago. (2/5 – Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art)
  53. Sit in the live audience for a TV show taping.
  54. Find the perfect LBD. (June 2016)
  55. Learn calligraphy.
  56. Conquer my fear of heights with a visit to the Skydeck or Hancock Observatory. (May 2016)
  57. Buy something from a local artist at an art festival or show.
  58. Take a cooking class.
  59. Cook dinner for my parents one night (dishwashing included!)
  60. Re-learn how to do a cartwheel.
  61. Do a polar plunge.
  62. Wake up to see the sun rise.
  63. Finish five TV series start-to-finish on my “must watch list”. (April 2017 – Lost, Stranger Things, The Great British Bake-Off, 3%, Broadchurch)
  64. Restart my Etsy shop.
  65. Stop drinking soda.
  66. Design and sew a new dress or skirt for myself.
  67. Throw a surprise party for someone.
  68. Go to a music festival and find a new favorite musician.
  69. Play at an open mic night.
  70. Attend a ballet or opera performance.
  71. Try a new subscription box (and review it for the blog).
  72. Visit Washington, D.C.
  73. Volunteer with my sorority.
  74. Go to a film festival.
  75. Reconnect with my high school friends.
  76. Reconnect with my sorority sisters.
  77. Spend a day with each of my siblings doing their favorite things with them (all their choice!).
  78. Give five small just-because gifts.
  79. Give my parents one day off, and do everything on their to-do lists for them.
  80. Write a “Lindsay Loves” guide to Chicago.
  81. Be a tourist for a day, taking goofy pictures at iconic Chicago tourist spots.
  82. Visit all three of my sisters’ college towns (Atlanta, St. Louis, & Nashville) (1/3 – St. Louis)
  83. Cross-stitch something to hang in my office (June 2016)
  84. Visit 5 new cities. (1/5 – St. Louis)
  85. Join a new blogger network or collective. (July 2016 – Activate by Bloglovin)
  86. Create a computerized font of my own handwriting.
  87. Brush up on my video editing skills
  88. Make 3 YouTube videos.
  89. Host a board game night.
  90. See a movie on an outdoor screen.
  91. Listen to a concert on the lawn at Ravinia Festival.
  92. Go a week without takeout or delivery. (June 2016)
  93. Learn to paint my own nails. (April 2016)
  94. Knit something other than a scarf.
  95. Attend a fashion show.
  96. Get a facial. (July 2016)
  97. Make a coffee-table book of all my completed coloring book pages.
  98. Donate blood. (March 2017)
  99. Go kayaking on the Chicago River.
  100. Love myself.
  101. Start a new 101 in 1001 when I finish this list!

Welcome to Love from Lindsay!

For months, people have been asking me when I would be blogging again. I had been on an unofficial hiatus from The Chicago Prep for a while, and I struggled to find the right “next step” after graduating college and finding a job. I knew I needed a new site, new name, and new look for the new chapter in my life, and after a lot of hard work, I’m really proud to launch Love from Lindsay.

Here, I get to write about, well, anything. That’s one of the reasons I chose the name Love from Lindsay- I write best when I feel passionate and excited about a topic and I wanted this new site to be a product of that passion. Do I know what that means right now? Nope! I might decide to comment on the upcoming election, a fashion designer’s new line, or my dogs. (Okay, let’s be honest- you’ll definitely hear about my dogs.) The world is Love from Lindsay’s oyster, and that’s what I’m most excited to share with all of you.

Cheers to a brand new blog, a brand new year, and a brand new chapter of my life!


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