Kenyatta Jones, an Atlanta-based fashion designer who specializes in designing clothes for plus-size women, is the CEO of clothing boutique Bella René, named after her mother and main investor. Jones and her team, which includes her two close friends from college and an assistant with attitude, go to great lengths to expand the brand, but mishaps and in-house bickering hinder the dream. The ultimate test comes when the team competes for recognition in one of the world's top cities for fashion: New York.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Real Women Have Curves is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Patricia Cardoso, based on the play of the same name by Josefina López, who co-authored the screenplay for the film with George LaVoo. The film stars America Ferrera as protagonist Ana García. It gained fame after winning the Audience Award for best dramatic film, and the Special Jury Prize for acting in the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to receive the Youth Jury Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Humanitas Prize, the Imagen Award at the Imagen Foundation Awards, and Special Recognition by the National Board of Review. According to the Sundance Institute, the film gives a voice to young women who are struggling to love themselves and find respect in the United States.
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Real Women Have Curves was received with critical acclaim in the academic sphere for its poignant commentary on challenges facing Latina women today. In a study examining beauty standards for Latinas, three researchers interviewed Mexican-American adolescent girls living in Central California to examine “the nature of appearance culture as a source of girls' perceived beauty standards.” The study was published in the July 2015 SAGE Journal of Adolescent Research. Researchers found that “the girls pointed to the media as a major source of beauty ideals. The girls were quite critical of European American girls and women who are attracted to unnaturally thin body shapes depicted in mainstream media. Instead, they [the girls interviewed] admire thick, curvaceous bodies common among women of color in pop culture and Spanish-language media.” America Ferrera became a pop icon for many young women, especially Latinas, because she takes on roles where body image issues are prevalent parts of the film (see Real Women Have Curves, Ugly Betty, How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). In the HBO Documentary, The Latino List: Volume 1, Ferrera speaks about her personal experiences growing up in the San Fernando Valley. Ferrera says she remembers watching popular 90's television shows, “but there were moments that would remind me that I was different from everyone else.” Ferrera remembers being bullied for having darker skin or being different than the other Spanish speaking girls but she says, “I didn't feel different until someone made an effort to point it out to me.” Ferrera went on to say, “when I think about anyone who's marginalized, or made fun of, or dismissed, or hated with some sort of passion; I mean I just see myself, I just think of myself,” but she concludes, “there's no person or award, validation, that is ever going to make you more worthy than you already are. The times when its been easiest to love myself is when I've put myself in positions to serve others.” In 2013 Juanita Heredia of Northern Arizona University published an article in the journal Mester, 42(1) that discussed the representation of Latinas in Real Women Have Curves and Maria Full of Grace. The journal article states, “the Latina protagonists in both visual narratives represent an autonomous voice resisting the institutionalization of patriarchy, be it in the family structure or the labor force as well as the containment of sexual expression, as limited choices for women within the space of the city.” The article criticizes Hollywood for not contributing “representations of autonomous and powerful Latina and Latin American women figures in mainstream cinema.”
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