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Women Are Dragging Forever 21 By Their Strappy Yellow Bags For Sending Atkins Diet Bars In Their Bags

Our society is obsessed with diet culture. Often times, the quest for the “perfect summer body” or the most ideal figure can be very damaging to people dealing with weight loss and eating disorders. Further pushing of diet culture makes people negatively reflect on their body image — something that is more likely to create eating and anxiety disorders than to lose weight.

Another example of this ongoing issue popped up recently on Twitter and people are calling it a fatphobic attack on plus-sized women and a dangerous marketing ploy.

In a now-deleted tweet, Forever 21 shopper, Ganiella Garcia, shared that there was an extra item in her recent order from the shop.

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She found that the clothing store had added a bonus sample of an Atkins bar to her order. The bars are from the special Atkins lines of low-carbohydrate snacks meant to help one follow the fad Atkins diet.

Garcia was upset and shocked that Forever 21 thought it was a good idea to add these to orders that were going to a plus-sized woman. She told Buzzfeed News about the incident, saying:

“I opened the bag and took the clothes out. Everything was fine. And then when I was trying things on, at the bottom there was a card and there was an Atkins bar in a little bag. It was very insulting, and honestly, I like shopping at Forever 21 — but I don’t feel comfortable buying clothes from a company that thinks I shouldn’t be the size that I am.”

Garcia went to Twitter with her story and soon found that she wasn’t the only one to receive the unwanted diet bar.

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Many women came forward to share that they were also recipients of these Atkins diet bars. Most people who experienced this extra item ordered from Forever 21’s plus-sized catalog but some bars ended up in orders sent to straight-sized customers too. This Twitter user shared an image of an order her mother placed. Sure enough, the same lemon Atkins bar is present in her order as well.

This tweet pointed out the dangerous message that is presented by sending unsolicited diet bars to their costumers.

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Twitter user, Samantha Puc, suggested that despite what their sizes may be, sending these bars to unaware customers with eating disorders could cause harm. Something as innocuous as a bar suggesting that they should lose some weight can trigger a bulimic or anorexic episode in someone working to overcome their eating disorder.

She went on to say more about how the clothing industry capitalizes on diet culture:

“Plenty of clothing companies monetize disordered eating and fatphobia to sell products, but this is a new level, Forever 21. Assuming this is a brand partnership with Atkins, is the money worth endangering the lives of your customers?”

Queer and Latinx Fat Story Teller, @MerQueenJude, also posted a response on her Instagram admonishing the clothing company for buying into fatphobic and dangerous marketing ploys at the expense of their customers.

“It is so dangerous to body shame and suggest that someone eat less or go on a diet,” she explained on her Instagram post. “You don’t know their history with food. As someone recovering from an ED, this would’ve set me back so far.”

Another Twitter user echoed Puc’s concern about the potential Forever 21 and Atkins partnership.

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Twitter user Shelby Ivey Christie pointed out that if this was meant to be a tie-in between the clothing company and the diet brand, it was done in a sloppy and tasteless manner. As she pointed out, the presence of the bars in predominantly plus-sized orders seems discriminatory and is defiantly distasteful.

It didn’t take long for Forever 21 to issue a statement defending themselves and reversing their stance on the diet bars.

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A rep for Forever 21 responded with an official statement regarding the accusations of its costumers:

“From time to time, Forever 21 surprises our customers with free test products from third parties in their e-commerce orders. The freebie items in question were included in all online orders, across all sizes and categories, for a limited time and have since been removed. This was an oversight on our part and we sincerely apologize for any offense this may have caused to our customers, as this was not our intention in any way.”

While we’re glad that the potentially dangerous freebies will not be found in any unsuspecting packages from now on, we hope that Forever 21 learns from this misstep. When it comes to diet information and products, they should never be sent out unsolicited. Making observations about another’s body can have majorly unintended repercussions. Nobody should speak in a potentially negative way about another’s appearance or health. Diet and weight are personal, private and — frankly — no one else’s business.

Demi Lovato Just Got a New Tattoo And It’s Arguably Her Most Emotional One Yet

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Demi Lovato Just Got a New Tattoo And It’s Arguably Her Most Emotional One Yet

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Demi Lovato just added a new emotional tattoo to her extensive collection of body ink. Lovato’s tattoo artist, Alessandro Capozzi, revealed the newest addition (which he’s titled “Divine Feminine”) on Christmas Eve via Instagram. According to TMZ, the tattoo took a whopping 8 hours to be completed, with Capozzi starting the design at noon and wrapping up the inking session at 8pm.

On Instagram, Capozzi posted two photos. One of the pictures was a close-up of the lifelike neck tattoo. It shows a fallen female angel, her black wings disintegrating, being carried into the sky by three doves. A glowing light emanates from the woman’s chest as she ascends to the heavens. The second picture shows Capozzi and Lovato sitting together in a tattoo parlor, Capozzi working intently on his creation on Lovato’s back.

According to Capozzi, the tattoo represents Lovato’s resilience throughout life’s many trials. 

“The dark wings represent the bad times, their fading away is how she moved forward,” Capozzi revealed through the picture’s captions. “The light from within represents the inner strength necessary for the change and the doves, pulling her up, symbolize the reach of a higher state of consciousness”.

Unfortunately, the “bad times” for Lovato have been a very bleak and painful reality for the successful singer and former child star. Lovato has been candid about her lifelong battles with addiction, body dysmorphia, and bipolar disorder–battles that have largely occurred in the public eye. Not only has Lovato done several stints in rehab and sober houses, she also made headlines when she allegedly assaulted a background dancer while she was under the influence of drugs.

“The more you talk about mental illness, the less of a taboo it becomes,” Lovato told American Way magazine in 2017. “As a pop star, I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve got bipolar disorder — it’s nothing that anyone can be ashamed of.’ ”

But, in 2018, like many addict, Lovato suffered a relapse. On July 24th, 2018, Lovato  was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on an unidentified drug that some outlets identified as heroine (but which Lovato later denied). The health scare came after Lovato admitted via her song “Sober” that she was no longer abstaining from drugs and alcohol. “I’m sorry that I’m here again,” she sang. “I promise I’ll get help / It wasn’t my intention / I’m sorry to myself.”

After her highly publicized overdose, Lovato largely avoided social media, stating “I now need time to focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you all have shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out of this on the other side.”. While initially writing  finally breaking her silence in November 2018 with a picture on Instagram that showed her voting in the 2018 election. She  avoided referencing her overdose directly, instead writing, “I am so grateful to be home in time to vote!”

The “Divine Feminine” tattoo marks Demi Lovato’s 23rd tattoo.

Among Lovato’s other tattoos is the word “free” tatted in cursive black ink on her left pinkie, a lion’s face on her left hand, and lifelike portrait of her grandmother on her left forearm, whom she lovingly refers to as “Memaw”. As for Lovato, she also took to Instagram to sing Capozzi’s praises. “Thank you so much,” she commented on the post. “It’s incredible and you are so extremely talented”.

According to Lovato’s most recent Instagram post, she will still be avoiding the public eye until the New Year. On December 4th, she took to social media to explain her upcoming silence. Next to a solid black Instagram post, Lovato wrote: “The next time you hear from me, I’ll be singing….”. We can’t wait. 

As for the Lovatics of Instagram, they were effusive about their queen’s new addition to her tattoo collection.

We all know that Lovato’s fans follow her every move, so it makes sense that they feel invested every time she gets a new tattoo. 

This Lovatic had high praise for the tattoo’s meaning:

This tattoo truly does represent all of the hardships Lovato has been through in one simple design. 

This person believes that this tattoo has blown all the others out of the water.

Indeed, the tattoo is so detailed and realistic that some people are claiming it’s photoshopped.

This person identified with Demi’s continuing mental health and addictions struggles:

Although it’s a shame that Lovato faces such painful issues in her life, her bravery and honesty throughout her trials is truly an inspiration to those who are also struggling.  

CNCO Just Partnered With Forever 21 On A Capsule Collection And It’s Just As Urbano-Cool As You Could Imagine

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CNCO Just Partnered With Forever 21 On A Capsule Collection And It’s Just As Urbano-Cool As You Could Imagine

The 2010s resuscitated boy bands, and we’ve been living for it. But there’s one boy band in particular that we stan, the Latinx pop group CNCO. These Latinos have quickly caught up with other heavy hitters like BTS or The Jonas Brothers, and they’ve done it both in English and Spanish. The “Reggaeton Lento” singers have established themselves as somewhat of an iconic group for young Millenials and Gen Z-ers and to further confirm their ‘pop star’ status, they’re dropping their very first fashion collab.

The group was formed during a musical competition—very much like One Direction or Fifth Harmony.

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Since their formation in 2015, thanks to Univision’s reality show “La Banda,” the Latin Grammy-nominated phenomenon CNCO has dazzled the music industry as one of Latin pop’s most influential and prolific hit-makers. CNCO is composed of five Latinos with different backgrounds, who are not only stylish but also eye candy —even if I’m old enough to be their cool aunt: Christopher from Ecuador, Erick Brian from Cuba, Joel from Mexico, Richard from Dominican Republic, and Zabdiel from Puerto Rico.

Since their debut in 2016 the trailblazing group has won several awards and topped charts left and right.

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Their debut album, Primera Cita, hit No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart in 2016. In April, their eponymous sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums, Latin Pop Albums and Latin Rhythm Albums charts, becoming the top-selling Latin debut on the charts of 2017. Fast forward to 2019 and it’s become almost impossible to hear “Qué quiénes somos?” and not reply “CNCO!” at the top of our lungs.

The chart-topping, platinum-recording group have been tapped by Forever 21 for a capsule collection. 

Are you even a pop superstar if you don’t collaborate with a fashion brand? Designers and fashion brands at the low, high and midpoints of the market often team up with pop stars to reach loyal fans and —why deny it— hopefully boost sales (and we all know F21 could use some of that).

CNCO x Forever 21 capsule collection is available to shop now!

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The collaboration dropped just this week online and at Forever 21 stores in the U.S. and Latin America. The 21-piece collection includes ready-to-wear pieces such as graphic T-shirts, sweatshirts, denim jackets and accessories for men and women, ranging in price from $4.99 to $39.99. 

The pieces feature CNCO members Christopher Vélez, Richard Camacho, Zabdiel De Jesús, Joel Pimentel and Erick Brian Colón, a newspaper print, world tour merchandise-inspired artwork and the group logo.

The collection is a different take on Forever 21’s typical ‘merch’ style collections.

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“This exclusive collection is a fashion forward take on ‘traditional tour merch’ style pieces,” said Forever 21 executive vice president Linda Chang. “Each garment was designed one-on-one with the band members and features dynamic details and graphics. With a variety of styles ranging from trendy fleece hookups to a newspaper printed bodysuit, there’s something for everyone.”

“This partnership means a lot to us, because we’ve been following and wearing Forever 21 for a long time,” CNCO said. “To be able to collab with them on our own line and them be open to our ideas and culture is super cool. We’re very honored and thankful, and we really hope people like it!” 

The group shared the news on their Instagram page.

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With a combined 16 million followers on Instagram alone, CNCO, have been described as “the Latino One Direction” by Rolling Stone. The boys took to Instagram to announce the collab; “We’re so excited to announce our collaboration with @forever21 available now!!!” the Latin group wrote. “We are super grateful to be able to have this collaboration and our own line! We hope you guys like it!”

Forever 21 is launching this collection after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late September. 

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The Los Angeles-based fast-fashion retailer said it will close most of its locations in Asia and Europe but will continue to operate its stores in the U.S., Mexico and South America.Through this partnership with CNCO, the retailer will be better able to connect to the Latin American community and its music, which according to Billboard, had its highest growth year in 2018. 

CNCO is currently making the rounds with their EP Que Quienes Somos, which was released Oct. 11 and debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart dated Oct. 26. Shop the collab collection now on www.forever21.com