Whitney Thompson; Plus-size supermodel, spokesperson for NEDA and creator of "Supermodel".

My goal is to encourage and inspire you to celebrate your miraculous, exquisite, and unique body. I want you to resist the negative messages being sold to you by the media. You are beautiful. You are unique. Here, we want to help you remember that.

If I can convey one message to you:
Healthy is Beautiful. Beautiful is not a size, not an age, and not a procedure. Healthy is beautiful."

“Beautiful” is celebrating the characteristics and qualities of your body, while nourishing and exercising
it to be as uniquely healthy and fit as only you can be. We are all created differently and I want you to stop trying to fit into a mold that someone else has defined as "beautiful". No one size will ever be accepted by everyone and it's important to accept that we are all different. I want you to be the best that you can be.

Your comments are welcome here, even if we don't agree. I appreciate all comments as long as they don't hurt others.

Always remember, life is too short to not live like a SuperModel!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Faking it for "Beauty": Your Guide to Hair and Nail Extensions

        Seeing advertisements showing women with thick, flowing locks and perfectly manicured nails leads us to believe that the ad is reality and our culture is simply falling short.  This feeling of inadequacy apparently resonates throughout our culture because millions of women spend serious time and money on hair and nail extensions. Reportedly, Miley Cyrus spent $24,000 on one set of extensions. And what exactly are we paying for? Some hair-pieces are acrylic while others are human hair (ever wonder who that comes from?) and nail extensions can now be acrylic, gel, fiberglass, etc. With so many options out there just waiting to be bought by your hard earned cash, I thought we should explore the options a little more closely.
        I am no stranger to hair extensions. I received my first set for free while filming ANTM. They were “Fusion” extensions, which is a type involving a bonding of the extension to your real hair with an adhesive and heat. These are especially good if you want thicker hair, but the extension is not reusable and once it falls out, it’s gone forever. Acetone is used to remove these from your hair, which is extremely damaging (especially when your hair is already bleached blonde!). Also, these extensions fall out in chunks, which is particularly embarrassing if you are out dancing or really anywhere with other people. Chunks of hair falling out is not cute. One way to avoid this from happening is to instead get “Sew-In” extensions. This is when you have little rows braided into your head onto which the stylist can literally sew tracks of hair. It is time-consuming, but no more so than “fusion” and at least the hair in the braids isn’t getting damaged. Also, the hair used in “sew-in” is reusable (hair can be costly as well). Both of these processes can cost several thousand dollars (typically between $2500 and $3500). I understand better than anyone that waiting for your hair to grow can be such a bummer and though extensions seem like an easy out, paying thousands of dollars a year, risking serious damage to your hair follicles, and never being able to run your fingers through your hair are absolutely not worth it. Your best bet is to wait it out. If you have thin, mousy hair, try a product like Viviscal ($40 for 60 pills) that ensures hair growth and added fullness. If you just want stronger hair take a vitamin like Biotin ($7.00 from any drug store).  This will also aid in nail growth, though not as drastically as Viviscal.
       I remember being in high school and thinking that acrylic nails were “so chic”, but I was never allowed to have them as a model and I could not understand why. Eventually I was able to get them and I quickly realized that I had been missing out on nothing! Acrylic nails are a lot of work, they feel clunky, smell bad, and covering your real nail with acrylic leaves them susceptible to fungus and bacteria! Some argue that polish stays on acrylic nails longer but I am a huge fan of no polish or "naked nails". As a supermodel, you must arrive with clean, light pink or nude nails. If naked nails are good enough for a supermodel, then they are good enough for my supermodels! There is nothing better then shot-cropped nails with healthy, natural tips. It may be embarrassing for a bit, having to show off freshly stripped nails but they will grow back (take Biotin to help). You need to march down to the nail place ASAP and have those bad-boys removed. You think Giselle has acrylic nails? Absolutely not. No one in fashion does anymore and if you do, then you are allowing others to give you a label that you do not want. I will, however include a disclaimer here that older women (50’s and up) who do not have naturally healthy nails can still get fake nails and not look cheap, but try to go with something a little lighter like a fiberglass nail. The bottom line is that you will not be able to grow strong, healthy nails forever and you want to show them off while you still can!

       Remember, you are beautiful just the way you are and there is no reason to spend your time or money trying to look like someone from an advertisement. I can’t think of one model whose hair isn’t completely fried from working. Those models might get photo-shopped to look like they have healthy locks, but in real life, you have got them all beat! Celebrate your features as they are: naturally! 


  1. Whitney!
    Thanks for such interesting information! Not natural hair.... it seems to me that it is very painfully and heave! I can't present what is this! How to look after such hair? How comb it?

    I had acrylic nails 5 years ago. It was awful! They often was broken, quickly grew, and looked not naturally!
    I agree with you! It is better to look after the naturally nails and hair!
    There are many methods for care of hair and nails!
    For example eat vitamins. Or for example... my friend never dries hair with hair dryer! She often cuts their hot scissors! You know about hot scissors? I know that nails very useful to hold in salty water! They become strong and healthy! It is necessary to wash hair with cool water then they will be shining! :-)
    Thank you very much for this article! I have learned a lot of new informations :-)

  2. thank you! very interesting!

  3. You can't come where the extension is attached. Sometimes it gets very naughty. Thank you for your many tips and for reading it! XoxoX

  4. considering the texture of our hair,we use hair extension alot here in my country.especially the sew-in weave.it makes life quite easier since u dont need to go to the salon every weekend to fix ur hair. u can hv the extention on for like 6weeks...saves u time and energy of 6weeks of not havin to bother about salons.

    The sew-in extentions are very affordable too as there are different grades. theres the synthetic which would go for like $6, then the chinese human hair which goes for $20,then the more expensive Brazilliain human hair,which is the rave of the moment priced at $318.and the hair stylist can style ur hair for as low as $6 to $31.and the hair turns out lookin really good.

    as a result of weaves affordablity, even teens begin to use extentions from ages 14yrs.i'm of the opinion that hair extensions shld b seldomly used.cos it sure has side effects.ur hair may begin to break,especially the baby hair in front.i love my natural hair!and i like flaunting it alot.espcially when short.had to cut my hair january 1st, and everyone loved it and wanted to cut thiers too. right now i hv my brazillian weavon on.had for 4weeks now.will b takin it off soon. :-) *smiles

  5. oh, lest i forget, mis whitney, u asked me to do u an email.her it is. i run a modeling agency called Pillars&Pride of afrika. www.prideofafrika.com.

    Lovely day. and pls keep bloggin,cos ur bloggs are very enlightening.

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    Whitney, thank you for all! You are amazing! XoxoX