Henrietta Pertuz: Petite and Classically Fashionable

Cynthia Cheng Like most petite women, Henrietta Pertuz has had a great deal of difficulty finding clothing which fit her 5’2″ figure.  Regular clothing was just not cut properly, and alterations were not always possible without paying a great deal for reconstruction.  Getting tired of the difficulty, she left her job as an advertising executive to […]

Love You Jez, But You Don't Always 'Get It' Re: Diversity

Cynthia Cheng I’m a regular reader of Jezebel.  I love commenting on celebrities as well as controversial issues, but sometimes, I feel that the typical reader there doesn’t quite “get it.”  Or at least, they don’t “get” me.  Especially when it comes to ethnicity.  Like most American-based message boards, race and ethnicity usually means black […]

Height Issues Should Be Discussed by Media: Poll

Last week, Prospere Magazine asked whether height should be as much of an issue as weight when it comes to body image.  41.7% of you believe that it IS important.  After all, most women are 5’6″ or below, not 5’10”.  33.3% believe that not only should it be discussed, but short celebrities (which means many […]

Poll: Height, Body Image and the Fashion Industry

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The Media and the So-Called 'Plus Size' Model

Cynthia Cheng They’ve been in the news a lot these days, the so-called “plus-size” model.  And usually, commenters say that these women “don’t look plus.”  Well, of course they don’t.  Models like Crystal Renn, who is 5’9″ and a size 12, are still model-height.  The average woman, who is a good four or five inches […]

Ann Lauren: Founder of Bella Petite

Ann Lauren is the founder of Bella Petite, an online lifestyle magazine dedicated to women 5’5″ or shorter.  Bella Petite was created with the objective of offering creative and innovative content while, at the same time, promoting the petite image in media.  Ann is 5’2″ and 99 lb.  Like many petite women, she has a great deal […]

“Petite” Contestants Hit Next Top Model

This cycle of America’s Next Top Model features contestants 5’7″ or shorter.  In the modelling industry, unlike the rest of the world, “petite” is 5’7″ or shorter (opposed to 5’4″ or shorter). Since most of the contestants are between 5’5″ and 5’7″, as a petite woman, I would call them “average height” opposed to “petite.”  There […]

For Dress Shirts, Fit is the Thing

Cynthia Cheng   Clothing sizes is always an issue, for men and for women.  Mike Davie, founder of James VII, a Toronto-based custom clothing business for men is about to branch out to women’s dress shirts.  Since custom shirts are made-to-measure, the look and fit is much better for the wearer – he or she […]