Why I am against plus sized mannequins.

Over the past year or so there has been an increasing level of interest and media frenzy over the prospect of plus sized mannequins being used nationwide, across high street stores to represent women who are a size 16 and above.

Activists, campaigners and feminist groups have been vocal in getting their voices and their opinions heard. From protesting the London, Berlin and Australian fashion week, to starting online petitions slamming retailers for not including plus sized models in their shops. Continue reading

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What is happiness?

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was just about to go on holiday. We got talking about her trip to Sri Lanka a few years ago and as someone who likes to spend less time in the tourist hotspots and more time exploring the real side of the country, she spoke about how heartbreaking it could be to visit some of the poorer areas and see the way some of the children live. However as hard as it was to see the children living in the squalid conditions they do, it was also apparent that actually these children were happy. I know I would certainly have a hard time being content if I had to live in some of the dreadful conditions that they are faced with, yet many studies and a lot of research will back up the idea that many of the happiest nations in the world are also some of the poorest. Continue reading