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No Trouble With the Curves: DARE Magazine Celebrates Sizes 12+

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If you remember Mode Magazine, you remember a plus-model heydey, when women who wear size 10 (I know) and higher had as part of their fashion/beauty references a glossy publication filled with gorgeous photos of stunning curvy models in fantastic makeup and great styling. Then 9/11 happened, and Mode and the plus modelling industry became something of a casualty soon afterward. The industry is in recovery mode however (as mentioned here), and a Canadian digital magazine is new bright light.

DARE Magazine_founder Diana Di

Meet Dare Magazine, founded by Diana Di Poce, who started the publication as her thesis project at Ryerson University in Toronto. (As well as design-student time with Martha Stewart Weddings, Wedding Bells and Today's Parent,Diana's work history includes the art department at The Kit; her editor on the upcoming Fall issue is Ashley Kowalewski, a longtime freelancer for the same mag.)

Liis Windischmann_DARE

Dare Magazine is friendly, energetic and fun. The debut issue features fashion bloggers Karyn Johnson ( and Dee Barron (; MTV personality Sheena Snively; Project Runway Canada alum Jessica Biffi; indie designer Tracy Broxterman; fashion veteran Jeannie Bekker on her special-edition EDIT for Addition-Elle collection; playful fashion shoots; and a look at social media + the plus community. I'm particularly partial to the inclusion of my friend Liis Windischmann, one of Canada's top plus models during that heyday, once a Mode Magazine cover model, active spokesperson for size-acceptance and fashion diversity, and director at Ben Barry Agency. (More of Liis's beauty faves and tips here.)

Here, have a read at and let me know what you think. Is this a magazine that appeals to you? What kind of stories would you hope to see?

Dare Magazine cover photo by Jesse North; Diana Di Poce portrait by Yin