As we know, beauty does not come in any particular shape or size. But, borrowing an apt phrase from Dorothy Parker, the images we see in fashion magazines and the popular media run the gamut of shapes and sizes from A to B. Those images are frequently unhealthy and, for most women, unrealistic. I found GNC’s recent “live radiantly” ad particularly appalling as it features a painfully thin, dour, waif-like figure with protruding collar bones who couldn’t appear less radiant. I bet it’s hard to look radiant on a diet of lettuce leafs, ice chips and aspirations to be a size zero. Passing off this look as healthy is par for the course for the modeling industry. While the average American woman is a size 12 or 14, models larger than a size 10 are considered “plus size.” IGIGI, founded by Yuliya Raquel, provides a powerful antidote to our confidence-shattering world of impossible ideals and contradictory messages. IGIGI makes fabulous garments that fit real women. At the end of the day, don’t all women deserve the chance to feel beautiful?
A number of attendees at Weetacon had the chance to feel gorgeous in IGIGI dresses during an informal fashion show. IGIGI provided us with our favorite outfits and we modeled them for other Weetacon attendees. My choice was the Mosaic (which is no longer available on the Igigi website, unfortunately, but its cousin is the Tour Eiffel dress, currently on sale! -wendy). A black dress with contrasting trim at the neckline, waist and arms, the Mosaic is a fashionable and comfortable dress that travels like a charm. Plus, it has pockets, which is always worth bonus points in my book. Although I did like the dress, it would look even more fabulous on a woman who is a little more, ahem, endowed up top.
And, speaking of feeling beautiful, IGIGI is offering you, gentle reader, the opportunity to feel beautiful with the assistance of a $50 gift certificate.
To win, visit the IGIGI site, pick the garment that you would buy with your gift certificate, and tell us where you would wear it. Post your entry by April 20, 2011 and the winner will be announced on this site on April 25, 2011.
Editor Note: After you leave your comment here, visit our other Weetacon Igigi reviews for more chances to win additional gift certificates!