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Plus-Size Label Tamara Malas Isn’t Here To Cover You Up

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"I heard you should create what you want to see in the world, and I'm doing just that"

If you take a look at how much the plus-size industry has changed over the past decade or so, there's no denying that real progress has been made. The number of options available now—compared to the limited and, frankly, boring offerings of the past—is pretty monumental.

However, a good portion of what's available now, while much more fashion-forward, focuses on creating oversized, "flattering" pieces that cover, rather than creating expressive, bold, and unique styles meant to show a body off. That's where Tamara Malas and her namesake label come in.

After studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and doing a quick stint in London as a fashion assistant at Dazed and Confused magazine, Malas went on to work as an assistant designer for a luxury label in New York. While, on paper, it sounds like she was on a pretty covetable career track, Malas wasn't feeling fulfilled.

"Between styling and designing for straight-sized brands and clients, something felt off or wrong with my contribution to the work I was partaking in," Malas told us.

She explained, "I felt drained and took a short break from the industry to get treatment for an eating disorder, which allowed me to get to know myself on a deeper level and ultimately learn how to fully accept myself exactly the way that I am." This break, Malas said, "inspired a whole new wave of creativity that I felt I hadn't fully tapped into before. My relationship with the universe changed during this time as well, and I began to draw inspiration from a very personal and authentic place."

These introspective moments and wave of new, more personal inspirations are how Tamara Malas, the label, came to be. "The Tamara Malas line was very much born from my own self-love journey," she said. "As a plus-size consumer, I'm constantly saddened by the plus-size shopping experience. Every time I get dressed, I look in my closet and feel frustrated. I heard you should create what you want to see in the world, and I'm doing just that."

Malas' designs are not for the fashion wallflowers. She describes her customer as playful and fashion-obsessed with a sense of humor. "Our pieces might not be for every day, but they are certainly the ones you're most excited to wear in your closet. They can be worn season after season, and are made to highlight the individuality and personality of the wearer," she said. Within the line, you'll find checkerboard print jackets, bold color-blocked pants, completely sheer tops and skirts—pieces that draw inspiration from fine art, design, pop culture, handcrafted textiles, and Malas' own personal experiences—all available in an inclusive range of sizes, from 14 to 32.

While we love the minimalist aesthetic of today's trendier inclusive clothing options—think cult-favorite brands like Universal Standard and Coverstory NYC—it's also quite refreshing to see a label that's not afraid of bold colors and patterns or the use of sheer fabrics. "I didn't create this line to justify why plus-size women deserve a place in fashion—that's a given," said Malas. "As a brand, we won't offer solutions on how to cover up and conceal your body, but we do plan to give plus-size women the rare opportunity to exist exactly the way they are, and to be fully seen."

Malas will be dropping limited-run, seasonal collections in high-quality fabrics from around the world—those that tend to be rarities in the world of plus-size clothing, such as innovative textiles and Japanese luxury fabrics. Her knits are hand-loomed by women in a Bolivian family-owned factory, where alpaca and llamas "support the traditional livelihood of many South Americans." The line is also produced ethically and manufactured entirely in New York City's Garment District, in a factory that pays its employees fair wages and produces runway-level quality for other high-end designers.

But what she feels sets her apart from many of the other brands in the market today—aside from being fashionably loud and ethically produced—is her own point of view. "As a designer with a small line, my hand touches everything," she said. "Ultimately, the designs are informed from a very personal place. Most brands have large teams of designers who often don't live in a plus-sized body themselves. I very much am my own customer, so I feel like I have a genuine understanding of the wants and needs of other plus-size women."

You can shop the full Tamara Malas collection at TamaraMalas.com. Take a close look at the current offering, below.

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Tamara Malas, Emrie Wrap Skirt, $275, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Chicago Cardigan, $325, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Normandie Top, $135, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Lilia Pant, $250, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Tess Printed Shirt Dress, $175, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Lucy Legging, $130, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Tuesday Shirt Dress, $285, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Dana Two-Piece Coat, $499, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Ditto Cape, $350, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Wednesday Shirt, $250, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Tiyana Tunic, $175, available at Tamara Malas.

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Tamara Malas, Normandie Top, $135, available at Tamara Malas.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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