I don't think anything is more condescending than Tyra Banks's chosen phrase "fiercely real." Still, I called Peggy Howell, public relations director for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. She says that if Hendricks's dress size is 14 or more—and it reportedly is indeed 14—"then she's full-figured," a term that is not considered offensive, Howell says. Still, Howell adds, "That doesn't necessarily mean that she identifies as full-figured, because there's such a stigma attached to it."
I'd love to hear your own take on the term in the comments section below. In the meantime, I've got more of your questions to answer. Onward...
Are requests for tickets to shows that may include security risks (as when the president visits The View) handled differently from the norm? Do audiences have to suffer more extensive TSA-style shakedowns than usual?
—J.T. Burns, via Facebook
Yes, in fact, talk show audiences in general do have to go through extra security whenever there's a "VIP," a term which can apply to not only the president but also to other folks considered high-risk.
Do political figures like Michelle Obama have stylists?
—Zesty Fresh, via Twitter
Yep. Michelle Obama has worked with Ikram Goldman, among others, but the relationships are most characterized as "unofficial," meaning an assistant may double as a stylist, or someone may send FLOTUS looks to try out without necessarily drawing a steady styling paycheck.
Where can I get the amazing looking, moon-shaped cakes that Haagen-Dazs is supposedly making?
—OctiviXee, via Twitter
You speak of the spherical white or orange dream balls that the ice cream juggernaut revealed for the first time this week. I want to eat an entire planet worth of those things myself, so I called Haagen-Dazs. "Unfortunately," a spokeswoman tells me, "they are not available in the United States, only in Europe and Asia." Kill me now.
Should I watch Revolution?
—Brandy, via Facebook
Reviewers and TV fans largely dubbed the first few eps as bland, and our own readers seem mixed on it, too, but it has been picked up for a full season, so somebody out there must like it. For me, Breaking Bad didn't exactly sing for the first half of its first season, but cut to today, and I am totally addicted.