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Overweight Model Punks American Apparel

Learn guitar chords for FREE through our new game Chord Master: Los Angeles-based clothing line American Apparel is usually know for this kind of model, but a recent contest to acquire a plus-sized model has yielded a surprising winner. Women were encouraged to send in photographs of their bodies for a public vote, but one woman, Nancy Upton, was so insulted by their approach that she decided to take a stand. So Nancy asked her friend to take photographs of her surrounded with junk food and then posted them on her blog. The photos depict the 24-year-old Dallas, Texas theater artist in a combination of sexual positions, all revolving around an eating binge. Upton was voted as the contests winner, because of, or in spite of the fact her submission was meant as a joke. Upton wrote about her thoughts of the contest on the Daily Beast and said, "The company was co-opting the mantra of plus-size empowerment and glazing it with its unmistakable brand of female objectification... American Apparel was going to try to use one fat girl as a symbol of apology and acceptance to a demographic it had long insisted on ignoring, while simultaneously having that girl (and a thousand other girls) shill their products... I doubt that I will ever hear a response from American Apparel. And that's just fine. I'm too 'XLent' for them anyway." So what do you think? Was Upton right to mock American Apparel for staging an overweight model contest? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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