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Leona Palmer

Blog Entries by Leona Palmer

Farming 101: Growing Pains

(14) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 12:51 PM

First of all, let me just say that farming hurts. I was sore everywhere for most of the last two weeks. My inner thighs and hamstrings took a particular beating, the former from a mere half-hour of squatting to harvest winter kale, and the latter from the everyday up and...

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A Model Farmer: Fashion to Farming

(7) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 10:47 AM

Not exactly Green Acres, but I recently left my job as a plus-size fashion model and my coveted one-bedroom apartment in New York City for Newton, Mass. to intern on a non-profit CSA farm. Two weeks have passed since I moved most of my things into storage and unpacked a...

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Naked: Plus Models in Magazines

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 2:24 PM

In the last four years, especially since Lizzie Miller's belly shot in Glamour of 2009, and V mag's "Curves Ahead" story in early 2010 there has been a steady growth of editorial opportunities for plus models. The consumer demand is finally tipping the scales in favor...

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Celebrity Fit: Hollywood Skinny and Sample Sizes

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 1:14 PM

The direct implications of the fashion industries standard sample size in our culture, a 0 for runway and a 4-6 for catalog, extend to more than just models and magazine editorials.

As celebrities have replaced fashion models on the covers of magazines and in advertising campaigns, and editors in the...

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Sample Size Me: Money, Culture and Size in Fashion

(5) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 10:21 AM

It's NYC fashion week once again. Lanky runway models flood the trains, a stopover on their rounds between Paris, London, and Milan. Tonight, Fashion's Night Out whips the retail outlets into a frenzy during which women of all sizes will be out in droves spending on fall looks. A perfect...

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The Long Run: Plus Models Run for Charity

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 1:14 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen: I have just completed my first straight-up, uninterrupted 20-minute run, including a warm-up and cool down, I did 4 out of 5k. I have until November 20th, to run the full 5.

I am in no way a natural runner. If there had been a Least Likely...

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Big Girls, Real Food: Beauty, Health, and the American Diet

(138) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 11:04 PM

What do Julia Roberts, Jamie Oliver, Full Figure Fashion Week, and my grandmother have in common? Dinner.

In a recent post I described the death of the supermodel. It seems that her death was followed almost immediately by the deaths of the middle class and the middle bodied--tied together...

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(41) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 9:39 AM

The first thing my friend asked me when she saw Glamour Magazine's June cover was, "Which one is the plus model?" When I pointed out Crystal Renn on the left she said, "But if those girls are skinny models what is she, like, size 8?"

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Modeling Today: Fat vs. Skinny

(27) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 7:46 AM

Curvy assets in mainstream media have just set off another round of debate and controversy. Plus models, skinny models: what happened to just straight up models who are beautiful? We long for the golden days of the Supermodel. I grew up with Cindy, Christy (Turlington and Brinkley), Naomi, Linda and...

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The Plus-Sized Life

(14) Comments | Posted November 20, 2007 | 6:02 AM


I grew up in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin, a place of corn, cows, and blonde, blonde cheerleaders. As a teenager I never fit in. Not just in my small town, but in the world. The life I wanted seemed so far...

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