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I talked to Ali in the Sunday Star Times about House of Boom, and how sometimes it's pretty clear fashion people are afraid of fat people  The label does much of its business online but when they do have pop-up sales, McLeod says, most of the customers are public servants. She is also amazed at Worksafe's attitudes, and thinks it's an ingrained gut reaction to large-sized women. "People don't like to associate with fatness, like it will rub off on you." She name-checks Project Runway winner Christian Siriano as one of the only designers who has really grabbed the opportunity: "He's rolling in money, because he...

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I talked to Alex Casey at the Spinoff about brands claiming to be for 'all women' when they only go up to a size 16. “I understand that capitalism is a hard game, but there is literally a large market out there currently not being catered for who want to spend money with you if you extend your range.  But it shouldn’t just be about the sales, says McLeod. “We need to keep reminding people that their experience is not the universal experience. All bodies are valid, but people who have thin privilege who don’t have to consider these issues. I...

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Recently I spoke about why I set up Boom at the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand’s conference on the topic of changing mindsets. That talk was live-streamed on Facebook so you can watch it here. Please note that I do swear and talk a little about self harm in it.

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I had a great chat to Julie Jacobson from New Zealand Woman's Weekly about all things Boom. There were a few weird sub editing things in the piece - like that they put "fat" in quotation marks, and that I was called Joanne in one place, and I felt it odd that they didn't mention that the youth charity I work with is for queer youth (although there is nothing subtle about all the rainbows I'm wearing) and I wish I hadn't let the photographer put me in pony tails with ribbon bows cos that's not me, but, y'know, learning...

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Today House of Boom has its very own Spinoff piece The 'fatshion' label making ethical clothes for fat people

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