0+0+0 Multiplied by 0 = PLUS SIZE? Is there a 0 in PLUS SIZE?

It’s no secret that for years – many years – all, especially the fashion industry, have celebrated primarily thin woman.

And, although in 2017 we want to present ourselves as ‘tolerant’, discrimination of weight sadly still exists.

But to avoid ‘the guilt of discrimination’, some go over-board ‘to prove acceptance’.

Every year, magazines publish a ‘plus-size’ supplement… why?

Everyone tells everyone to praise ‘the plus-size’ woman… why?

Fashion designers swear fashion is not just designed for the thin woman yet…

most of the fabulous fashion is available mostly for the thin.

Why does the ‘plus-size fashion’ industry showcase mostly ‘frumpy’ looks for the young twenty-something’s that even the grandma would reject?

Why is it that a ‘plus-size’ woman isn’t considered ‘sexy’?

Where is the ‘0’ in a plus-size?

Well, let’s begin by admitting that there is indeed discrimination towards those who are over-weight.

As a classically trained artist, I, personally, adore a woman with flesh. Added with the dramatic rembrandt lighting, the curves and shadows within a ‘fleshy woman’ is truly beautiful.

And, speaking of art, Peter Paul Rubens is celebrated as one of the greatest painters of his age.

And who was his most famous subjects? Rubens most famous subjects were ‘fat women’ or the ‘plus-size’ women or, better yet, and more classy, the ‘voluptuous women’. I actually prefer ‘voluptuous’ to describe a fleshy woman.

Actually, Rubens was more than a painter of voluptuous women but today that is what he is identified with documenting glorious ladies ‘of a certain size’ in his distinctive brushstrokes. The term, ‘Rubenesque’, was actually coined from Rubens work.

But, let’s call it what it is: Rubens made big beautiful!…

Click to read more in Vigore!’s latest “Indian Summer 2017” issue!


Vigoré!’s, September, 2015 “Indian Summer” issue. Cover photography by Marc Evans

To say we’ve been away for awhile is quite the understatement! Vigoré!‘s last issue was our “Indian Summer” issue published September 2015. So what happened? Where’d Vigoré! go? Many thought it had its run but nothing is further than the truth.

Actually ‘life’ happened.

I for one moved to another state with my family. Also, within the past year and a half, quite a few friends and associates had passed away as well … friends and associates I took for granted that they’d

always be there,


they’re not.

Then, compounded with all, there was an election to deal with. Never had our America become more divided,

but knowing history,

we will survive!

Survival and new beginnings… These are key. It happens in life and it happens in business.

Vigoré! is back! With this issue being lovingly dedicated to Ms. Renee Lipsey – an incredible woman and creative that truly left this world far too young passing away

March 2017.… we grieve her loss but we also know our work is beginning a new phase. An exciting phase. A stronger phase. And a phase Renee would be excited


Take this journey with us towards undiscovered territories… Why? Because you’ve always been there for us and we really never left you!

With much love,

Judi Lake, Publisher

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