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Cynthia Schames
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The perfect shirt can be hard to find for plus size, petite, or tall women. Now you can customize your fabric, neckline & sleeves. MyTee is YOUR tee!
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Made with love in the USA!
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Is there Plus Size Style over 40? Yes! Our latest Spring 2015 Lookbook highlights 7 great looks and features our 44 year old CEO as our model!
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Hey, I know that model!
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AbbeyPost, Levo League & PLVSH team up to offer a $1,500 plus fashion giveaway for a year's worth of styles for busy plus size professional women! ENTER NOW
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New blog post! 5 Fresh Ways to Wear Your LBD this fall & winter! #fashion # plussize
Learn how one plus size made to measure dress can take you through 5 days of style! Here are 3 tips to help you get the max from your favorite LBD.
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REALLY important subject for all #moms (and #dads). 
Let's stop passing body image issues down from generation to generation. Here are some ways to stop the cycle of body hate.
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I love this, Adam.
Blatant call to ACTION, not just words.
Female entrepreneurs are doing our part: we are kicking ass. But we can't do it (it being build large scale, works changing companies) alone. We need funding. We need investors to step up and write checks. 
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A closet full of plus size dresses and nothing to wear? Here's are 3 Tips to maximize your closet this New Year! Purge, hunt and plan your success!
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Sometimes it's hard to look in the mirror and not compare yourself to unrealistic ideals. But think deeper than skin deep--and give thanks for your body, because it's the one that takes you to all your great adventures throughout life! 
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I think the most important thing to remember here is that while investors (and startup lawyers, bankers, and everyone else in the startup ecosystem) are starting to talk a lot about wanting to do the "right thing" and fostering a meritocracy, and they love to host panels and talks and write blog posts, they. don't. write. checks. to. female. founded. companies. 

At the end of the day, the truth is that bad behavior is the most "disruptive". Therefore it's not only rewarded, but courted by VCs. And 9 times out of 10, female founders are not the ones doing the harassing or the unequal pay, or creating vile things like Titstare (though, that "let's import NYC women to SV" idea was a real doozy). 

Let's look at Uber as a prime example. The entire company's model is basically illegal in most cities where it opens operations, but VCs salivate all over themselves to get a piece, because they know that this "disruption" (which while admittedly wildly handy, doesn't truly solve a "problem" for anyone but the relatively well-off who don't want to drive drunk) will make them far richer. And that, after all, is the reason to become a venture capitalist. 

Uber would absolutely not be successful without its founder's blatant "f-you" attitude. Does anyone think that this guy, with his complete and utter disregard for transit laws, who routinely employs dubious if not immoral tactics to gain customers and harm competitors, is somehow magically transformed into a sensitive, respectful or thoughtful executive when it comes to diversity inside of the company? 

That's just one example, but there are plenty more. As I said before, bad behavior isn't just accepted, it's often encouraged. Blatantly. 

There are fantastic female VCs like Aileen Lee, Kirsten Green, Eurie Kim, Ellie Wheeler, Kathleen Utecht, and many more...but we need more of them. Many more. One problem I suspect exists within institutional VC is that the female partners/principals have to fight 10X harder to get a female founder funded by their investment committees.

And female founders are held to MUCH higher standards than our male counterparts. How many companies get funded on the basis of a cool-sounding idea, cooked up by a couple of 20-something dudes who have literally zero experience either building anything resembling a business (sorry, dudebros, hackathons don't count), let alone actually working in a real company environment? Lots. Meanwhile, we have experienced female founders building companies with innovative technologies poised to revolutionize markets worth billions, and actually generating revenues...and we get told that we're "too early". I can think of literally a dozen of these off the top of my head. 

Because it seems as though everyone in VC wants to hitch their wagon to the star of the disruptors, but no one wants to actually make waves of their own. And that's got to change. 
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Powerful stuff Cynthia. You are 100% right - talk is cheap. Investing - requires action not words aka writing checks. 
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Are you a "fat piece of crap"? Me neither. 
I support health at every size. I support doing what you personally have to do to feel good in your skin, and in your body. And if that means weight loss, then it means weight loss—in a healthy way that works for you, not by super-restrictive diets and starvation. So, Wil Wheaton, who recently mentioned that he was working on getting healthier and wanted to share that with his fans, has my full support. I totally think it's great he wants to be h...
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    CEO & Founder, 2012 - present
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AbbeyPost is a marketplace and community exclusively focused on the Plus Size women's fashion industry. Shop, Sell, Connect and Smile!  It's all at AbbeyPost!
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