Nancy Upton is the Dallas student who bristled at American Apparel’s plus-sized model search, entered it sarcastically — with scathingly satirical photos of herself bathing in ranch dressing, etc — and won the most votes on AA’s web site.
Then! She and the company’s creative director made nice on the phone and now … this. She’s just gotten herself a trip to LA to tour the factory and write about it.
A fascinating story all around that has sparked some new dialog about the well-traveled terrain of both “plus-sized” models in general and AA’s practices in particular. It’s also a wonderful example of the potential power of social media in both the commercial and cultural space.
Interested to see where this all leads …
I spoke with Iris Alonzo on the phone yesterday. She has graciously offered to fly Shannon and me out to LA to visit American Apparel and get a look at what it’s really like being inside the company.
I agreed, as long as I could write about what I saw. She said that would be fine.
In between phone/radio interviews, class and rehearsals, I’m trying to reflect on what this experience has taught me, and where I go from here. I’m definitely open to suggestions on that last part. :)
More than anything- thanks. Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for listening.