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Nancy Upton

December 21, 2011

Nancy Upton

For us at 12?s, smart Texas lady Nancy Upton is a hero. When a certain LA-based, hipster-centric clothing company issued an offensive call for plus-size models, Nancy decided to take them on, entering the contest with a set of photos that ferociously satirized the company’s stereotyping of larger women. When she won the online vote, the clothier decided to deny her the prize, choosing less confrontational models, and calculatedly smearing Nancy in a series of emails. When the story hit the internet like a tidal wave, Nancy’s class, style, and dignity won the day.

While Nancy won’t be modeling for that company anytime soon, we say so much the better. Thanks to Nat & Marie for recommending Nancy to us. We’re proud to feature this brave, beautiful woman on 12 Questions. A feminist icon in the making? We think so. Now read on…

1. What is your hometown?

I was born in Waco, Texas. Believe it.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Francine Peters from Terry Moore’s “Strangers in Paradise”.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Paul Giamatti.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Amanda Palmer’s solo album, “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?”

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I’ve picked back up Stephen King’s Dark Tower series (a love affair revived by my dear friend Joe) and I’m currently finishing the sixth book, “Song of Susannah”. After that, I’m going to check out Jasper Fford’s “The Eyre Affair” (recommended by my dear friend Toni) and finally finish Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” (gifted by my dear friend Patty).

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

I’ve been listening to The Kooks “Junk of the Heart”, DeVotchKa’s “100 Lovers” and Jonathan Coulton’s “Artificial Heart”.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Oh God, I cry at everything. In theaters, the last Harry Potter film. At home, probably a terrible episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”. I saw “Amelie” for the first time a few nights ago and ALMOST cried. Almost.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Both! I live with a papillon and a very old cat.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness, if it comes from a true place. (See what I did there?)

10. How do you define sin?

“Sin” isn’t really a word I throw around, I’d be much more likely to classify an action as “lacking in moral judgement.”

Something that, when the stakes are high, you know you most definitely shouldn’t do, but you do anyway because you want to, damn the consequences. Eating that extra slice of cake? Not a sin. Eating that extra slice of cake off of the naked back of your best friend’s wife? Probably a sin.

11. How do you define virtue?

Loyalty to good.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

“Here lies Nancy Upton, who really hopes she’s a ghost right now.” It’s a giant rock with a stone lion sleeping on top of it.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Hmmm…I’d like to see Lisa Petty’s, she’s my editor at DFW Style Daily, and maybe Cynthia Von Buehler’s or Kim Boekbinder’s.

Nancy Upton

4 Comments leave one →
  1. ellen permalink
    December 24, 2011 11:10

    Well, American Apparel has always struck me as extraordinarily douchey. This story just provides more reinforcement.

  2. Whiskey Nikki permalink
    December 21, 2011 13:12

    Seconded on getting Kim Boekbinder! Maybe Amanda Palmer!

    • Spencer K. permalink*
      December 21, 2011 13:25

      We’d love either of them! (But especially Amanda Palmer!)

  3. December 21, 2011 09:16

    Great interview, Nancy! I hadn’t heard about this particular AA debacle, but I’m not surprised in the least. What a shady company.

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