American Apparel model search is butt of joke

A woman, who entered a series of satirical images into American Apparel’s full figure model competition after saying she found the company’s approach insulting, is in with a chance of winning the public poll.

Nancy Upton, a size 12, is reportedly a close second in the competition, which closes later today.

American Apparel launched the model search to find a full figure model to celebrate it its new XL range.

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The retailer’s site says: ‘We’re looking for fresh faces (and curvaceous bods) to fill these babies out. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next XLent model, send us photos of you and your junk to back it up."

In mockery of the competition, Upton entered a series of raunchy photos of herself, including an image of her lying in a bath of dressing, another prostate in a bed of lettuce and one of her with an apple in her mouth simulating a hog roast.

On her blog, Upton wrote: “I don’t believe that beauty should be qualified as BECAUSE of someone’s size or IN SPITE of someone’s size. Beauty is beauty, it’s fluid, it’s objective and it doesn’t need to be justified to or by anyone." 

In an ironic twist, Upton’s images are now second in popularity on the public poll and there is a good chance that she could even win the competition. A total of 976 women have entered the contest to date.



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