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Yesterday I wrote about Google+. Continuing with this week's plus theme, we have plus-size models. Many are starting to think that the heroin addict-looking models of today could soon find themselves walking on, er, thin ice. While plus-size models have been making headlines for some years, perhaps it wasn't until Whitney Thompson came on the scene during season 10 of America’s Next Top Model. Standing 5’10”, but wearing a size 10 dress instead of a size 0, Thompson became the first plus-size girl to take the reality show's prize, which translated into a contract with Elite Model Management and a sponsorship deal with CoverGirl.

There's another interesting, happily-ever-after story involving Crystal Renn, the only plus-size model who has appeared in all four international editions of Vogue magazine. But when she was 14, the aspiring model was told to drop about one third of her body weight if she wanted to model! This inspired a whole series of eating disorders that eventually drove her out of the business. But, she eventually learned to love her weight and rebranded herself as a healthy, voluptuous gal.

Other famous plus-size models include Kate Dillon, who was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, Chloe Marshall, a finalist for the Miss England pageant, and Maggie Brown, who won Tyra Banks' "Thick and Sexy" model search in 2006.

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These Super Realistic Ski Masks Let Your Inner Animal Come Out
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No matter how serious you are about your skiing performance, it doesn't hurt to have a sense of humor on the slopes. These convincing animal masks spotted by My Modern Met make it easy to have fun while tearing up the trails.

Each animal mask from the Canadian apparel company Beardo is printed with a photorealistic design of a different animal's face. Skiers can disguise themselves as a bear, dog, fox, orangutan, or even a grumpy-ish cat while keeping their skin warm. The only part of the face that stays exposed is around the eyes, but a pair of ski goggles allows wearers to disappear completely into their beastly persona.

The playful gear is practical as well. The stretchy polyester material is built to shield skin from wind and UV rays, while the soft fleece lining keeps faces feeling toasty.

Beardo's animal ski masks are available through their online store for $35. If you like to stay cozy in style, here are more products to keep you warm this winter.

Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.

Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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[h/t My Modern Met]

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Learn to Tie a Tie in Less Than 2 Minutes
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For most men—and Avril Lavigne-imitators—learning to tie a tie is an essential sartorial skill. Digg spotted this video showing how you can tie one the simple way, with a tabletop method that works just as well if you’re going to wear the tie yourself or if you're tying it together for someone else who doesn't share your skills.

The whole technique is definitely easier to master while watching the video below, but here's a short rundown: As laid out by the lifehack YouTube channel DaveHax, the method requires you to lay the tie out on a table, folded in half as if you're about to loop it around your neck.

With the back of the tie facing up, you loop over each end, then twist the thinner of the two loops around itself so it ends up looking like a mini-tie knot itself. You'll end up nestling the two loops together and snaking the thin tail of the tie through the whole thing. Then, essentially all you have to do is pull, and you can adjust the tie as you otherwise would to put it over your head.

Unfortunately, this won't teach you how to master the art of more complicated neckwear styles like the fancier Balthus knot or even a bow tie, but it's a pretty good start for those who have yet to figure out even the simplest tie fashions.

[h/t Digg]

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