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American Apparel Is Looking For The "Next Big Thing"

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American Apparel's looking for plus-size models or in their case "Next Big Thing".

Last week the clothing company launched their online model search, which is exactly like their butt model search: girls submit their photos and then they're judged on a scale of "Not Quite" to "XLent".

The casting call site reads:

Calling curvy ladies everywhere! Our best-selling Disco Pant (and around 10 other sexy styles) are now available in size XL, for those of us who need a little extra wiggle room where it counts. We're looking for fresh faces (and curvaceous bods) to fill these babies out. If you think you've got what it takes to be the next XLent model, send us photos of you and your junk to back it up.

Just send us two recent photographs of yourself, one that clearly shows your face and one of your body. We'll select a winner to be flown out to our Los Angeles headquarters to star in your own bootylicious photoshoot. Runners up will win an enviable assortment of our favorite new styles in XL!

Show us what you're workin' with!

So far AA's received 323 submissions and we gotta say the competition's pretty fierce!

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ANTM Plus-Size Winner Slams Vogue

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America's Next Top Model first plus-size winner and candle designer Whitney Thompson is blasting Vogue for not including women of all shapes and sizes in every issue.

The National Eating Disorders ambassador said of the mag's "shape issue":

Great, I applaud Vogue for having a shape issue, but screw Vogue for not having shapes in every issue. It's B.S. It's frustrating. It's infuriating because we have to be excited, we have to be thrilled that there's one issue that has girls who eat. Great! But it should be in every issue. So I think we have to keep fighting. We have to celebrate and pat ourselves on the back for what we've done, but we have to do more.

Whitney also added her two cents on Unkle Karl and his own issues with larger models:

Karl Lagerfeld two years ago was saying the only people who care about plus size are the fat mummies sitting on their couches eating crisps. Now he's shooting the plus issue for V, are you kidding? Really V, you forgot about that? I mean, it was a huge issue. And he has a Chanel line for plus girls and Crystal Renn's in it and it's so fake, it's so phony and people just jump on the bandwagon.

She makes some great points, but we think it's safe to say she won't be getting any calls from Chanel or Vogue anytime soon.

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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Uber-Skinny Models To Be Banned In Australia!

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Australia's Next Top Model judges are not going to be happy about this!

The Australian Federal Government is taking on their country's body image issues by implementing tougher restrictions and even bans against super thin models, making it the first in the world to do so.

Over the next six months a panel of health experts will be fine tuning a criteria that modeling agencies, magazines and fashion labels will be required to meet in order to be awarded the body image-friendly symbol.

Some of the criteria they'll have to follow includes:

Disclose when images have been retouched and refrain from enhancing photographs in a way that changes a person's body shape, for example, lengthening their legs or trimming their waist, or removing freckles, lines and other distinguishing marks.

Only use models aged 16 or older to model adult clothes - both on catwalks and in print.

Refrain from using models who are very thin - or male models who are excessively muscular.

Stocking clothing in a wide variety of sizes in shops to reflect the demand from customers.

Using a broad range of body shapes, sizes and ethnicities in editorial and advertising.

Not promoting rapid weight loss, cosmetic surgery, excessive exercising or any advertisements or editorial content that may promote a negative body image.

The land down under, which has previously snubbed plus-size models during fashion week, hopes the new rules will stop glamorization of ultra-thin and unhealthy women that has lead others to develop eating disorders.

We think it's a great idea! Although we have a feeling there will some kind of resistance from agencies and fashion labels.

Thoughts???

[Image via Getty Images.]

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Plus Size Men Get Some Recognition

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It's about time!

Some not-so-average sized men got to show off and even strip down to show off the latest summer trends in the style journal Fantastic Man.

Sure it may not be ground breaking, but the plus size male market hasn't received any recognition while the curvy trend has been taking off.

Equality for all!

[Images courtesy of Fantastic Man.]

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Australia Continues Its Crusade Against Non-Pin Thin Models!

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What is with Australia and plus-size or even regular sized models!?

A contestant on this season's Australia's Next Top Model says producers asked contestants to lose weight!

Sounds like they were influenced by ANTM judge Charlotte Dawson who previously said there's no market for plus-size models in Oz.

16 year old contestant Alison Boxer, weighs 121 pounds, and is underweight by Body Mass Index standards, was told she needed to shed "centimeters from her thighs".

A rep from Fox8 isn't even denying the claim, saying Alison was also told to lose weight around her waist!

Seriously!?

The show's talent scout Lizzi Leighton Clark says the show doesn't look for specific body shapes, but adds "at the end of the day you have to be tall and skinny to be a model. Hopefully, we have a range of body shapes, faces and personalities, but tall and slim is what works."

Wow.

Do they not realize it's 2010 and non-emaciated models can get plenty of jobs? Just look at Laura Stone and Crystal Renn!

We think it's time for this show to get a Tyra Banks intervention!

[Image via Getty Images.]

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