PLUS Model Magazine Won’t Stand For the Bullying of Terri Herlihy by Ven Budhu on Project Runway!
A collective outcry from all over the world was heard in the media surrounding Project Runway’s 6th episode. The designers were challenged when they were presented with non-models who were brought in for the L’Oreal Paris Makeover My Friend Challenge. Not all the ladies were plus size but one in particular was, Terri Herlihy. Terri, a size 10, was paired up with designer Ven Budhu, a plus size man, who from the very beginning was not at all excited about the challenge. Throughout the episode we see Ven bully his client for her size to the point where Terri breaks down in tears.
“Unacceptable!” states Madeline Jones, PMM Editor-in-Chief. “It’s unacceptable for anyone to be treated with such disrespect and lack of human decency. What should have been an exciting time for Terri Herlihy, turned into a nightmare before the public’s eyes as she was humiliated and demeaned by Ven on national television.”
Needless to say Ven did not put his all into Terri’s look, but was not sent home leaving Terri and millions of plus-size Project Runway viewers very disappointed.
Turning anger to action, Ms. Jones reached out to Terri personally to lend a shoulder and provide the makeover she well deserves. “We are putting together for her what Mr. Budhu was unable to provide, a makeover where she will feel beautiful, stylish and embraced,” shares Jones. “We have reached out to some of the top fashion retailers who will be participating in Terri’s makeover and photo shoot, which will be seen in the annual October, Love Your Body issue of PLUS Model Magazine, along with a heart-to-heart interview. Also, our friends at Love Your Style by Kmart, Lane Bryant, Igigi by Yulia Raquel, SWAK Designs, Always For Me and more will be offering Terri gift cards totaling over $1300!”
When pressed for more of a reaction on the show, Jones continued, “Instead of Ven rising to the occasion as an aspiring designer, he instead made excuses to cover for his lack of experience and knowledge. I don’t have much more to say that has not already been said by the outpouring of love and support for Terri from our readers and the public.”
In closing, Ms. Jones commented, “Actually, I do have one more thing to say, and I am directing this to Ven personally… when you commented, ’Working with a plus size is very challenging,’ I would say your greater challenge is not a single episode of Project Runway, but learning the skill-set to work with, support and treat with respect the more than 40 million women (YOUR potential clients) in the United States alone who wear a size 14 and up.” She continues, “If you need information on how to provide fashion forward options to plus size woman, give me a call and I will offer some advice on how you might be able to rise to the challenge next time, should there be a next time.”
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