I keep forgetting to mention that I'm featured in a national ad campaign for Turning Leaf wines. (I blogged about the trip here, here, and here.) If you picked up the May 25 issue of US Weekly you may have seen me. I'm also appearing in Women's Day on June 2 and 16, and on August 4. Also appearing in the ad campaign: this beautiful and talented lady.
I need to say a few words about this because, as a plus-size woman, this whole experience was a combination or angst, fear, humor, and joy (mainly because Bad Kitty came with). It was, in the end, really an honor and pleasure for me to be a part of this campaign. Turning Leaf hired about 20 women writers/bloggers to blog for their new site (launching soon) and then chose 4 of us to feature in the ads. I must have told their agency (BBDO) a hundred times that I am not model/photo shoot-material. And girls, nothing was more embarrassing than having to submit my non-size 0 clothing sizes to their L.A. wardrobe person.
But that didn't matter. They weren't having it. The written words—my words— were what was important, not the size or shape or age of the woman. When you see the ad, those are all of my words next to my photo. I wrote my own ad copy. We all did.
I think it is important to acknowledge companies and agencies who value women for their creative talent. They exist! So love your curves and keep on writing, my plus-sized sisters! Love your belly and your boot-ay and your boobs! Cuz you and me? We're in a magazine! (And they listened when I said, "Chest up only, please!")
Those new, frozen Chiquita Smoothies = yum. Huge hit with the kidlets. Chiquita sent samples to try and we polite about my asking all kinds of questions about what's in it [basically it's fruit, fruit purees, water, vitamin C. No HFCS, no wheat or dairy].
Have a great weekend!