April 23, 2015

Kate Middleton - The Subject of "Thin Bashing"

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Nikki Minaj and Iggy Azalea undoubtedly represent the new ideal of the curvy, healthy-looking woman, yet have artists and the media gone so far deifying women with this body type, that bashing those who are naturally thin-framed has become a new form of bullying? Meghan Trainor’s All About the Bass was a big hit world-round, not only because of its catchy rhythms and unforgettable melody, but also because it encouraged millions of fuller-figured women to embrace their curves and show them off with pride. Still, within the lyrics is a little dig at slimmer women (“I’m bringing booty back, go ‘head and tell them skinny bitches that.”), surely indicative of a lack of acceptance rather than a tolerance and acceptance of all types of beauty.

Catherine Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge has undoubtedly been subject to much criticism for her lithe frame since her engagement to Prince William was officially announced. In 2012, American TV show host Katie Couric said that although the Duchess was the guest she would most like to visit her show, “I think she needs to eat more because she’s so thin”. Her statement caused an uproar owing to its implication that Kate deliberately refrained from eating healthily (the media began speaking in terms of an eating disorder), yet far from abating following this incident, criticism of Kate’s figure has continued to appear in tabloids and serious publications alike. Just recently, feminist Germaine Greer said that while Kate is “a great deal more intelligent than the rest of the royals,” her freedom has been curtailed: “She has learned what she has to do and say and how to do and say it in the approved way. Spontaneity will get her in trouble.” As if all that wasn’t enough, Greer added, “The girl is too thin.”

 These comments lead us to frame the question: who has the right to decide whether or not the Duchess is actually ‘too thin’? Evidence that Kate actually dieted prior to the wedding is scant, with some reports claiming she strictly followed the Dukan diet and other stating she is a firm follower of the raw food diet and still others citing healthy juices and smoothies as the reason for her slim frame. Ultimately, in the absence of any statement from the Duchess herself, it makes little sense to make statements suggesting that the Duchess is eating irresponsibly in the aim of attaining an ideal of thinness that is expected of actors, celebrities, and females from the royal family.

One new study published by researchers from Kent University shows that some people can consume many calories without gaining weight, while others can consume far less and pack on the pounds. The study compared female rates with a genetic tendency to be slim, with those which tended towards obesity. They found that when resting, the rats in the two groups consumed the same amount of energy but when they exercised, the lean rats burned more calories than the fuller rats. In a previous study, the same team had showed that an animal’s ability to transport oxygen and use it during exercise influences its shape; those with a higher aerobic capacity tended to be thinner. Therefore, it is impossible to ascertain a person’s actual caloric consumption based on their appearance.

The issue goes beyond the scientific, of course. Thin bashing has come to be akin to bullying and social media is ablaze with imagery and memes such as the following (often, interestingly, accompanying photographs of Marilyn Monroe): “Before the glorification of ‘skinny’ there was something called ‘sexy’”, “Real men like curves, only dogs go for bones” or “A woman without curves is like jeans without pockets.” Clearly meant to raise the confidence levels of those who are curvy, the memes are hardly accepting of those with the opposite body type – and no, not everyone with a low BMI is competing with other females or under the throes of an eating disorder, though even if the latter were the case, much can be said for the value of support and acceptance in lieu of criticism. We can take a stance against thin bashing precisely by not looking to royals or celebrities to define our ideals of beauty, and by refusing to take part in the new sport of thin bashing.

This is an article by Helen Wilshire

April 19, 2015

Last weeks details

Mette-Marit was in Copenhagen last week to celebrate Queen Margrethe. She wore her gold chain headband we have seen her use many times before. Its the same headband she wore to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume's wedding to Stéphanie de Lannoy. The headband is versatile since the ribbons can easily be switched out for other color ribbons or no ribbons at all.

Mette-Marit loves to get a lot of use out of her accessories. A while back she posted a photo on Instagram of an old hat she had recycled and got four headpieces out of.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden made an appearance in Copenhagen last week as well. To the private dinner on Thursday, she wore an Elie Saab dress, the same one her sister wore to the gala dinner the day before her wedding in June 2013. I have reported on the Swedish girls cloth swaps and sharing. Check it out here.

Princess Madeleine shared a photo of Princess Leonore wearing a pink hat from Swedish brand Livly last week.

January 19, 2015

You'll never guess what Kate Middleton's brother did to this girl on a night out in Iceland

Ingibjorg Groa, a girl from Iceland, went out for drinks with her friends last Saturday in Reykjavik, Iceland when she met James Middleton at Bar Hresso.

"He was here with three friends and they were really polite and gentleman like" said Ingibjorg in an interview with Visir magazine. "Well, apart from groping my ass a little he was really gentleman like the whole time."

Hresso, Reykjavik where James and his friends went out for drinks last Saturday

She goes on to describe the encounter with Mr. Middleton: "Me and my friends had no idea who he was but one of his friends told us he was Duchess Catherine's brother. When we googled him we could put the puzzles together."

James Middleton and his buddies stayed at the exclusive 101 Hotel Reykjavik in down town Reykjavik, Iceland

According to Visir magazine James and his buddies were in Reykjavik from Friday afternoon till Sunday. They stayed at luxury hotel 101 Hotel Reykjavik which is a down town hotel owned by Ingibjorg Palmadottir, entrepreneur and business woman. Wife of Jon Asgeir Johannesson.

"After a night of laughter, drinks and conversation at Bar Hresso we went our separate ways" Ingibjorg Groa said.

Photos: Tripadvisor, 101 Hotel Reykjavik

December 25, 2014

Royals and their Christmas snapshots

Many of you might wonder how the royals spend their Christmas.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark has invited both her sisters, Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Benedikte, their spouses, children and grandchildren to celebrate Christmas together at Fredensborg slot this year. Since Christmas is a private holiday for the royals there are no information about the official guest list available nor who has accepter or declined the invitation. Below is a probable guest list generated by The Royal Source.

Keep scrolling for embedded personal photos shared by some of the royal guests on social media.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
Prince Christian
Princess Isabella
Prince Vincent
Princess Josephine

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie
Prince Nikolai
Prince Felix
Prince Henrik
Princess Athena

Princess Benedikte and Prince Richard

Prince Gustav and Carina Axelsson

Princess Alexandra and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellgut
Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth

Princess Nathalie and Alexander Johannsmann
Konstantine Johannsmann

Queen Anne-Marie and King Constantine

Princess Alexia and Carlos Quintana
Arrietta Morales y de Grecia
Ana María Morales y de Grecia
Carlos Morales y de Grecia
Amelia Morales y de Grecia

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Princess Maria Olympia
Prince Constantine Alexios
Prince Achileas Andreas
Prince Odysseas-Kimon
Prince Aristidis-Stavros

Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana

Princess Theodora

Prince Philippos

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December 22, 2014

Madeleine and Sofia wear By Malina

Last weekend the Swedish royal family attended the official meeting of the Swedish Academy in the Stockholm Stock Exchange. All three kings-children were there with their spouses.

Madeleine, who is expecting the couples second child, was clad in a green maxi dress from Swedish fashion brand By Malina. This is a re-use from the previous year when Madeleine wore it to a gold jacket. This time she wore a black fur jacket over it, also from By Malina.
Sofia Hellqvist and Princess Madeleine both dressed in By Malina

Sofia Hellqvist looked stunning in a navy dress from By Malina.

It isn't the first time we've seen the royal ladies wear By Malina and probably not the last. By Malina is a brand founded by Malin Andrén, a Swedish socialite and celebrity. She is Madeleine's acquaintance and Stephanie Bergström's best friend. Stephanie Bergström is Jonas Bergström's wife and Madeleine used to be engaged to Jonas.

December 16, 2014

Prince George's vest

Recently new photos of Prince George were released. In it he is sitting down, dressed in navy Corduroy Trousers, White bodysuit and a blue vest with Guard motif. I absolutely fell in love with his vest. Super cute outfit on a super adorable Prince.

The vest is from Cath Kidston and is available sold out on their website. The company has issued a statement saying they are looking into restocking the vest.
Prince George wearing vest with Guard motif

November 19, 2014

Sofia Hellqvist stunning at gala dinner

Sofia Hellqvist accompanied her fiancé, Prince Carl Philip on a gala dinner in Stockholm last night wearing a red lace dress by Tadashi Shoji and a clutch bag from By Malene Birger. Her bracelets are the Diamond Sky drop bracelet by Drakenberg Sjölin and A piece by Project Playground.

Sofia Hellqvist wearing a red lace dress by Tadashi Shoji

Sofia is wearing the Diamond sky drop bracelet by Drakenberg Sjölin and the green puzzle bracelet is from Project Playground. 

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