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I love SNL. I have been a fan since I was too young to be watching it in the early 80's until present day. Ana Gasteyer was great on the show. Schweddy balls anyone? I think it is awesome that she teamed up with Weight Watchers to be their spokesperson. I want to giggle at her commercials, but I find myself not laughing and becoming irritated. I especially have a problem with the line about 'being able to hail a cab without watching her arm fat jiggle'. It is summer. It is hot. What, now I have to wear a sweater over my tank top to cover my arm jiggle??
Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a good fat joke. I laugh and make fun of myself all the time. Weight Watchers wants to help people lose weight? Fabulous. Just don't tell me that fat bodies aren't good bodies in the process. My arms are just fine the way they are and I will happily let my arms flap fly, anywhere, anytime.
Beauty is as beauty does. Remember that, Weight Watchers.
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Written by: Nikki Langston
TIGHTS THAT AREN'T TIGHT
How Difficult Can It Be To Make Big Tights Big?
Why don't tights fit tall women? For that matter, why don't tights fit women with big thighs, big hips or a big stomach? Why is it such a big problem for the manufacturers to make tights longer and wider with more room in the thighs? Surely they can just press the zoom button.
I went to Mantova in Italy where 80% of Europe's tights are manufactured to find out just why women can't get comfy tights. It took only a few visits to the hosiery manufacturers for the problem to reveal itself and it turns out that large womens' hosiery nightmares are all down to the size of a barrel. To make tights with roomy thighs there needs to be more stitches in the upper leg portion of the tights and to get more stitches needs an increase in the diameter of the barrel they're knitted on. So, was that an insurmountable problem? Not at all, I was assured. A bigger barrel although expensive, could be made, but apparently it wasn't financially viable. Why's that? I felt compelled to ask. Answer - Not enough demand for bigger tights!!!
I just couldn't make sense of this excuse and felt obliged for the sake of tall and large women to find a way forward. Suddenly, what had started off as a bit of bloody-minded curiosity, turned into a crusade. For the last two years I have been haranguing and bullying the Italian hosiery manufactures to produce longer tights on a bigger barrel.
The end result is a triumph for tall and large women as the "All Woman" tights are now on their second run with a new shade - natural - added to the range. They are sold through and as we are so convinced that once you have tried them you will never wear anything else we are offering for a short period a trial pair for £1.
Submitted by: Laura Murray, The Big Tights Company.www.thebigtightscompany.co.uk
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