“Sociology professor Czerniawski goes undercover as a plus-size model in this expose to find out the truth: is it empowering or exploitative to strut one’s size-14 (and up) self in front of the fashion industry’s cameras? The answer is as complicated and obscure as our relationship to food and our weight, since, as the author states, ‘Frankly, fat means different things to different people.’ […] The book’s personal asides and insider information are enlightening.”
“Fashioning Fat is a well-written and thoughtful book that offers an interesting contribution to feminist understandings of the body. Czerniawski’s narrative writing style is engaging and accessible, making this book well suited for both undergraduate and graduate syllabi. It will be a valuable resource for scholars of gender, work, embodiment, sociology of culture, and the emerging field of fat studies.”
—Gender & Society
"Fashioning Fat is an engaging, well-researched book which provides a much-needed critique of the limitations of a politics of visibility."
"[H]er book is...honest, thoughtful and insightful."
"We need, she suggests, not models of different size and shape, but a more fundamental questioning of the fashion industry itself and its current domination of our conceptions of beauty, especially the beauty of women."
"Fashioning Fat is one woman's courageous attempt to redefine beauty. It is a readable indictment of the American Fashion Industry. It is very well-argued and beautifully written."
“[…] Fashioning Fat is absolutely worth reading.”
“Fashioning Fat is a notable work that gives readers an inside look at the plus-size modeling industry. The author succeeds at giving the plus-size model a voice and offers some fashion alternatives.”
—American Journal of Sociology
“Fashioning Fat is an excellent book and will make important contributions to fat studies and sociology…. an extremely interesting read.”
—Esther Rothblum, co-editor of The Fat Studies Reader
"At once a sociological adventure and a moving personal voyage, Amanda Czerniawski’s striking study of plus-size modeling shows the intense aesthetic labor that disciplines the body and shapes the self. Engagingly written, Fashioning Fat addresses the sociologies of work and the professions, of gender and the body, as well as the emergent field of fat studies. Like all good ethnography, this one takes us to a new world and insists upon its connections to the worlds we know."
—Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, author of Word of Mouth: What We Talk About When We Talk About Food
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