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More Than Just The Next Big Thing

Despite previously stating that plus sizes were not their targeted demographic, troubled clothing store American Apparel recently announced a contest looking for a plus-sized model. Nancy Upton responded with a series of provocative photos (Photographs NSFW: 1, 2 3) mocking the contest. Unexpectedly, Nancy won the contest after bringing in the highest user vote. (American Apparel previously on Metafilter)
posted by SkylitDrawl on Sep 10, 2011 - 222 comments

Nothing uglier than a twisted smile

UBS Style Guide. A 43 page manual on style circulated around one of the world's biggest banks doesn't concern language but personal dress and grooming, including advice on neckerchiefs, make-up, and choices in underwear and alliums. Maybe they're taking advice from American Apparel.
posted by mippy on Jan 6, 2011 - 146 comments

American Apparel unravels

American Apparel, the clothing company which became synonymous with the "hipster" look of the 2000s, is facing bankruptcy. [more inside]
posted by acb on Aug 22, 2010 - 137 comments

American Able

'American Able' intends to, through spoof, reveal the ways in which women with disabilities are invisibilized in advertising and mass media. I chose American Apparel not just for their notable style, but also for their claims that many of their models are just ‘every day’ women who are employees, friends and fans of the company. However, these women fit particular body types. Their campaigns are highly sexualized and feature women who are generally thin, and who appear to be able-bodied. Women with disabilities go unrepresented, not only in American Apparel advertising, but also in most of popular culture. Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’ In a society where sexuality is created and performed over and over within popular culture, the invisibility of women with disabilities in many ways denies them the right to sexuality, particularly within a public context. [more inside]
posted by heatherann on May 5, 2010 - 99 comments

Hipster He-Man.

It's Hipster He-Man. [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Sep 24, 2009 - 54 comments

"I don't like hiding the body."

American Apparel's Next Top Model (SLYT, mildly NSFW)
posted by pxe2000 on Jul 20, 2009 - 56 comments

Only if you're doing it right.

1) American Apparel uses stills from Annie Hall in an ad campaign. 2) Woody Allen sues American Apparel for $10M+. 3) American Apparel stays classy.
posted by Sys Rq on Apr 15, 2009 - 118 comments

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