Point 3 Revolutionising Basketball Apparel

It Started with a concept to choose his wife’s kitchen towels and hang them on his waistband just like a quarterback.

Michael Luscher, today the Founder and Chief Executive Officer in POINT 3 Basketball had a difficulty that assails several basketballers – he’d play basketball for hours at a hot gym, his palms getting sweatier and sweatier. The frustration of needing to cease play to wipe off his palms eventually became enough of a hassle. Plus, it spawned the notion of producing his existing business, which places smart technologies such as terry fabric detailing in shorts and dominate loop sleeves which place silicone grips onto a participant’s hands. The idea to re-evaluate the basketball apparel sector came to Luscher at August 2009. From there, things moved quickly. POINT 3 filed its initial patent application in September 2009, went via a family and friends round of financing quickly thereafter, and officially launched as a completely operable firm with a craft web site in 2010. Luscher spent this year seeing factories and textile mills, attempting to discover a means to construct basketball shirts and equipment the “right way.”

Dubbed as the man you just don’t want to guard on the basketball court since he sweats heaps, Luscher went on a mission to make equipment that solved his very wet and uncomfortable problem.

POINT 3 today generates what it calls “The World’s Greatest Basketball Shorts,” including DRYV panels for ballers to wash their hands on, bonded pits (not stitched) so that they never cling or stick while running and leaping, heat transfer panels for easy venting and cool maintenance when playing inside and heavy, articulated pockets to keep valuables from falling out (and out of the way when running). Not merely are the shorts ideal for basketball, but they’re comfy for additional athletic applications too. What might be of all import into this consumer is that they’re also quite aesthetically pleasing.

The basketball shorts are just one of many advanced products now Offered by POINT 3 Basketball. The organization’s line of product includes comfortable basketball hoodies; comprising thumb loops at the sleeves which set silicone grips at the hands of the participant – ensuring that a pass is never missing, a “SNYPER” top with built in DRYV panels onto your shoulders and a “Base Tank” with compression technologies.

Luscher understood that there was a gap in the space for a brand focused primarily on the demands of basketball players. He noticed that when people consider basketball equipment, they think of product designed for the ankle and below. In his words, “There hadn’t been a basketball innovation in the basketball space above ankle since the tank top.”

While there’s lots of promise with this youthful three-and-a-half-Year-old firm, it’s already faced its own share of challenges. Initially, Point 3’s thought was to market its merchandise wholesale to retailers. In May 2011, Modell’s Sporting Goods became among Point 3’s earliest customers. But, Point 3 immediately recognized that its margins were reduced and its capability to develop through its current business model was slender. Therefore, it did a pivot and purchased all of its things back from every merchant under contract with them. It sells its revolutionary products directly to the user through four stations – its web agency designed e-commerce site, direct to basketball players in tournaments around the nation, an “Alpha Program” – 25 agents based around the USA that are fulltime coaches and coaches and sell Point 3 equipment to children they train and coach, and the organization’s own catalogue. Luscher has decided that his firm has the best opportunity to increase if he concentrates on grassroots outreach and places particular focus on the growth of his Alpha Program.

Point 3 also discovered itself filing lawsuits early in its own existence. But, it was a litigation that it hailed as a plaintiff. On April 21, 2011 Point 3 Basketball registered a complaint at Nike in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where it alleged that Nike infringed on the youthful firm’s trademark. Point 3 claimed that Nike’s “Jordan Fly Wade” lineup of basketball footwear and related apparel comprised a stylized “3” design emblem, which was almost identical to Point 3’s federally documented emblem. The situation resolved when the case was voluntarily dismissed by the parties on October 6, 2011. The lawsuit unintentionally served to increase the profile of Luscher’s brand.

The next challenge for Point 3 could be the increasing of funds, Although Luscher seems to have a grip on this too. While he couldn’t discuss specifics concerning the sum which his firm plans to increase, Luscher did disclose in a FORBES interview that his company is at the center of raising capital for a Series A round, that was established approximately April 1 and needs to be closed within 30 days. Point 3 isn’t yet earning a net profit, but it did record that a triple digit percentage earnings growth has been achieved within the last two years.

Luscher believes he has a fantastic product, with his biggest challenge being “getting the word out, scaling up and getting people to know who we are”. Luscher is by no means a newcomer and has had plenty of experience around the sports industry; he has spent 6 years at the MLB Commissioner’s Office and then worked for the NFL for 4 years.

Point 3 has invested a great deal of time building its brand on social websites (over 60,000 likers on its own FB page) and wishes to mimic the amazing project Under Armour has achieved in telling a wonderful story about what its own new brand signifies on a wide scale.

Point 3’s plan would be to redefine its own brand in the brain of this consumer as a company that’s evolving basketball equipment. It’ll focus mostly on the user in the upcoming few years of its presence. Meanwhile, the Point 3 includes 3-to-4 designs for new goods in the hopper which Luscher claims are equally as advanced as “The World’s Best Basketball Shorts” fabricated by his firm.

“If we can’t make a product that’s better, it’s not going to have our logo on it,” Luscher said as he finished an interview with FORBES.  “We will continue to push the bar in thinking what a basketball players needs around their body to help them perform at their best.”

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State-Of-The-Art Warehouse To Open In Dubai

Centre Point Logistics (CPL), a prominent company in warehousing, logistics and storage facilities, is set to cement its position in the regional and global markets even more with the new state-of-the-art warehouse that is set to be unveiled in Dubai’s Logistics District. The new warehouse is said to exhibit some of the worlds best features including impeccable interior design style and some of the best warehouse lighting in Dubai, which is adding to the prominence of this world class city.

The ultramodern warehouse facility is scheduled to open towards the end of 2016 in October, if everything goes according to plan. The 22,550 square-meter warehouse mirrors the philosophy to broaden its reach in the ever growing region of United Arab Emirates, who is dubbed as one of the most important logistical countries in the world, with it being the gateway to the world’s thriving markets of South-East Asia and Africa.

The new warehouse will be used for the storage, distribution, and other services that add value to both the business and customers. The Centre Point Logistics warehouse will be built with the highest quality temperature control system and state of the art network security to cater for all aspects of logistical cargo, offering many integrated logistics services including an asset tracking system, warehousing, transportation, equipment, skilled and technical labour and all other kinds of logistic operations management.

The forecasted turnover of CPL after completion of the new warehouse is forecasted to rise by an estimated 50 million (AED). This figure is supported by the already invested AED 100 million of logistics infrastructure already established in the United Arab Emirates region. For investors, this is a very promising and encouraging opportunity.

The new warehouse that will be finished towards the end of 2016 will enable CPL to increase its market share, increase operational efficiency with project management systems, and see profit margins rise dramatically. This heavy investment from CPL couldn’t occur at a better time, with global demand for solid logistics infrastructure in the UAE region to support the growing global logistics sector. CPL sees its major advancement with the Dubai South logistic District, which will provide the ideal platform to assist regional growth for CPL in the future.

A potential partnership between CPL and Dubai South will see CPL being able to extend its geographical reach to provide high quality services to the rest of the world. Such a partnership will create new jobs for locals in regions including Dubai and its surrounding regions by providing jobs as small as building new infrastructure such as new street lighting, to assisting in building the new state-of-the-art facility.

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Las Vegas Getting Brighter?

Las Vegas Getting Brighter?If you have been to the world famous lit up streets in Las Vegas, you may have thought to yourself what the power bill would look like to power so many lights in the city, let alone a few singular streets lit up like it’s midday. It is quite a sight for tourists but is surely costing an arm and a leg. Recently Las Vegas has set its sights on harnessing the sunny weather in the district and utilising that energy to power the street lighting that is draining the power grid.

Las Vegas city is now partnering up with a light specialist company in New York City to address this problem, a company known as EnGoPLANET. EnGoPLANET specialises in off-grid solar and pedestrian-powered state-of-the-art LED street lighting in Boulder Plaza. These lights feature photovoltaic panels on the top which absorbs the light energy from the sun, using and storing the energy when it is needed. Another feature of these lights is there are pads built into the sidewalk where pedestrians help generate energy whilst passing by. Motion sensors ensure that the correct lights turn on brighter as the pedestrian passes by whilst saving power when there are no pedestrians nearby. For extra visual pleasure, the lights can create a vibrant mood by changing colours in the tourist areas to maintain the lively ambiance.

Whilst providing light is the primary function, there are many new fancy extras that give a plain light post some life. These lights can also detect water, measure the air quality around it, keep an eye on citizens and even monitor the local traffic (great for cities). Other features also include USB ports for charging for the tech savvy and also wifi hotspots. What more could you really want from a light pole? And what next, carpark lighting will make carparks safer and these new light posts can even start generating power for nearby warehouse lighting

We are seeing a major shift from the Las Vegas council which is astonishing to see, one of the most iconic cities in the world taking a very large step to reduce its C02 contribution. The even more astonishing fact is that the city of Las Vegas has recently committed to harnessing 100% of its energy from renewable sources in the near future. The future is looking ‘bright’ for Las Vegas, with many large tech companies choosing to set up base here for their operations. Big things are coming.

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Never Released Before Pictures of Plymouth’s World-Class Attraction

I recently found this article on the web and found it to be a very interesting read. I can’t believe how much it costs to build such unbelievable structures and transform them into world-class masterpieces. I hope you enjoy the read.

 

Never Released Before Pictures of Plymouth’s World-Class AttractionEXCLUSIVE: Striking new pictures released of Plymouth’s £34million world-class attraction

 

Amazing images display how Plymouth’s £34million state of the art attraction will appear in four years time have been issued.

The impressive plans show how Plymouth’s Museum and Art Gallery will be transformed into a state-of-the-art history centre with world famous custom showcases, in time for the 2020 Mayflower celebrations.

Designed by architects Atkins, the centre will nestle behind the existing museum and art gallery frontage.

“We’ve got some of the best people out there working on this,” said Council leader Tudor Evans, “and the concepts look incredibly exciting.

“They’ve come up with a really striking building and some of the interior spaces will be jaw-dropping.”

The architectural plans feature a cantilevered ‘floating’ box with reflective cladding, which will form the heart of the impressive building.

Other existing buildings will be converted into interactive and fun exhibition spaces containing galleries that will include a giant mammoth, a flotilla of historic ships, massive original figureheads and interactive laminated maps that you can walk through.
Cllr Evans said: “This centre will be a complete game-changer for arts and culture in Plymouth. It will not only explore Plymouth’s amazing history in new and exciting ways but it will also bring world-class arts and culture right to our doorstep.”

The planning application is due to be considered in June this year, and the existing museum and art gallery will close in September.

Subject to permission, work will start early in 2017.

Earlier this year the project billed as the city’s equivalent of London’s Turbine Hall, was handed £4.2million from Arts Council England – propelling the project further forward.

The plans show how impressive exhibition and gallery spaces will be created to show off existing collections, as well as new flexible spaces that will host some of the best exhibitions from around the country.

The centre includes a space of 3,500 metres squared for galleries and exhibitions, this will include 11 temporary spaces (five for local and national touring exhibitions, six for specific projects), and 5 permanent galleries.

A major Mayflower exhibition will feature in one of the main galleries when the centre opens in time for Mayflower 400 in four years time.

“I can’t imagine that there’ll be anyone in Plymouth who won’t be able to get excited about exploring it,” added Cllr Evans.

“There’ll be something for everyone whether they are bringing their kids for a fun day out, exploring their family history or visiting a top class art event.

“We’ll have events and exhibitions right on our doorsteps that you’d currently have to travel hundreds of miles to see.

“It is also great for Plymouth and will create hundreds of jobs and boost the city’s economy by increasing the number of day visitors to Plymouth and overnight stays.”

Galleries will also celebrate and explore subjects such as Plymothians who have been influential on the world stage such as Drake and Scott of the Antarctic; the city’s relationship with the Royal Navy; life in Plymouth below the waterline, including marine life and shipwrecks made from timber products; Plymouth’s prehistoric landscape and the West Country’s artistic legacy, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Cottonian collection and the Newlyn School of Artists.

There will be also multi-media spaces using the latest technology to enable people to explore the thousands of images and films that form part of the South West Image Bank and the South West Film and Television Archive.

The proposals will turn Tavistock Place into a public square – something it used to be before the current museum and library were built in the early part of the 20th century.

A pedestrianised piazza will provide a space for events and street entertainment and high-quality food outlets with plenty of street lighting making this an event not to be missed.

The council says this will enable the museum to include a refurbished St Luke’s to be converted to a large art gallery with modular exhibition spaces that will open up Plymouth and the South West peninsula to major touring exhibitions.

Councillor Peter Smith, deputy leader, said the history centre is the “biggest and most exciting culture and heritage project” the South West has seen in the past decade.

“Plymouth has played an incredible role in the history of the region,” he said, “and the world and this is something we need to shout about.

“But it’s not just about attracting visitors to spend money in the city. This will be an incredible resource for our residents, our schools, local historians. We are working with our partners to create somewhere people can learn, research and feel a sense of pride in Plymouth, as well as just have fun.”

 

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Sydney Introduces A New Winery With An Urban Twist

If it wasn’t for having to travel a long distance, most of us would probably visit cellar doors and wineries more regularly, for both the interior style and the wine. The wine maker behind the wine label A.Retief, Alex Retief, is saving you the trouble of having to travel by bringing the winery to you. Retief wants people from Sydney to appreciate the wines from NSW more.Sydney Introduces A New Winery With An Urban Twist

Urban Winery Sydney is a new business venture and it is now Australia’s first large winery in a city. In the Bordeaux region in France, a cultural immersion and winemaking stint was the inspiration for this idea. Retief states that “everyone had that knowledge and passion for wine, whether they were in the industry or not,” and he then came to realise that the people in NSW didn’t share the same mentality and that drove Retief to want to make a change.

One of the main missions that the Urban Winery Sydney faces is to boost NSW’s reputation for quality wines that stand up to their competitors in Victoria and South Australia. It is known that people who live in Victoria usually drink wines from the local wineries in the Yarra Valley, and the people who live in South Australia drink South Australian wines. But the frustrating thing for Retief is that the people of NSW’s drink wines from Victoria and South Australia and not their local wines from NSW.

They are working towards changing that mentality of the population in NSW and of the 14 growing wine regions in NSW, the ones that people really only think of are the Riverina and Hunter Valley regions. However, Retief is proving that the smaller regions producing wine throughout the state are very capable of making great wines, including his hometown of Gundagai.

At the Urban Winery Sydney, Retief will be basing his wine tasting around the fact that grape variety can differ from region to region and how and why that is so. “I’ll be showing other people’s wines as well, almost like a NSW wine centre. You can buy a flight of five wines, one of which will be mine, shown against four others from different regions to see how the growing conditions affect the wine,” he states.

The winery will call the newly revived Precinct 75 ‘home’. The Precinct 75 is well known as a creative hub for very unique businesses, such as Sample Coffee and Willie the Boatman. The interior design of the industrial space allows for heaps of natural light that shines on the resting barrels leaving a nice warm feeling throughout the building. Retief says how the building reminds him of the wineries in Bordeaux with the big concrete walls.

There are daily winery tours that are available and they usually take one-to-two hours. You also have the opportunity to sign up to a wine-blending masterclass. Each group will try five different barrel samples before they get the opportunity to blend their own wine. They will then go on to participate in a blind tasting of everyone’s blend. The winner of the blind tasting competitions will receive a dozen bottles of their own wine as the prize. Retief talks about how it will bring a very fun and a bit of a competitive twist to the process of wine learning.

With this new business venture starting up, hopefully it wont be long until the local wines of NSW can start competing with the South Australian and Yarra Valley wineries

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Russian Daredevils Hanging On For Life With One Hand

Russian Daredevils Hanging On For Life With One HandThe heart stopping moment two daredevils were hanging hundreds of feet above the ground from one of the largest cranes in the world with one hand has been captured on camera from a nearby drone.

The daring men who choose this over any IT support job or other career climbed up the  skyscraper located in Moscow, which is still currently under construction, with cameras attached to their heads.

The footage then shows the men tiptoeing across the beams on the edge of the building. Then, they slowly climb the interior of the building before going out onto the unfinished frame of the building.

They both walk toe to toe across the metal beams used for the buildings exterior before mounting up to the crane.

The cameras that are on the heads of the daredevils shows viewers just how high up they are then they reach the top of the crane.

After carefully making their way along the crane beam and reaching half way, they stop and stand up. Slipping down through the rungs of the crane, the daredevils decide to hang from the bottom.

Whilst hanging from the crane hundreds of feet above the city, the pair then decide to make their way along the bottom of the crane.

The strong men decide to give viewers even more of a heart attack by letting go with one hand to wave at the camera and also doing pull ups.

After hanging there for a while, the pair pulled themselves back through the crane and stand on top of it and look around to take in the impressive view of Moscow.

The drone zoomed towards the fearless pair to focus on them and they just laughed and pointed at the camera.

The impressive yet gut wrenching stunt was completed without the use of any safety equipment to save them if they were to slip and fall.

The video got mixed opinions online from viewers with some stating how the men’s actions were very dangerous and had the potential to lead to a devastating accident if they were to plunge to their deaths from the crane on the skyscraper.

Numerous comments like “I always feel sick watching stuff like this” and “hope they grow out of this before they all learn a hard lesson at the expense of one of their own” were getting thrown around on YouTube from unimpressed viewers.

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Map Worth The World Seeks Human Restoration

For fans, there are (as The Beach Boys famously sing) good, good, good, good vibrations. But there are only bad, bad, bad, bad vibrations when you are a delicate treasure more than 350 years of ages.

On Monday and down in the Quarantine cellars of the National Library of Australia (“Authorised Persons Only– Heavy Fines Use. Quarantine Act 1908” signs caution) one of the Library’s dearest treasures was getting ready for a journey, with security guards and network security monitoring the maps position 24/7 to ensure its safety..

Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus the 1663 map of New Holland was carefully set up in a specially-made-just-for-it vibration-defying cage. These shipping crates and its contents in turn are the precious freight (the only product aboard, and with its own special messenger riding shotgun) on a journey to the University of Melbourne. The map requires some specialised conservation analysis and so it is being sent moving southwards to where professionals await it.

On Monday the library (making us for an hour honorary authorised persons under the Quarantine Act 1908) welcomed us, and the ABC, to enjoy the dramatic placing of the map into its dog crate. Slightly nervous people present included the library’s manager of maps Dr Martin Woods, the manager of preservation services Denyl Cloughley, conservation laboratory supervisor Lisa Jeong-Reuss and Peter Faulkner (we will pertain to his rank and function in a moment). And, fittingly, they were the 4 individuals who reverently raised the huge map (it measures 1185mm x 1520mm) off a bench and installed it in the dog crate, their design reminding one of diligent pole-bearers bearing a casket from A to B.

The map fitted exactly into its inner rack in the cage.

“What if it had not fitted?” somebody wondered.

But absolutely nothing has actually fitted exactly what it was meant for quite so seamlessly since the well-known moment when Cinderella’s elegant little hoof moved into the glass slipper proffered by the Good-looking Prince.

Peter Faulkner, whose work and title everybody on Monday had a hard time to define, is the man who crafts the encouraging artful innards of the crates under the warehouse lighting in which any NLA treasure ever takes a trip. And to call Tuesday’s huge, flat, tangerine-coloured container a “cage” is to do it a severe oppression. It is like calling a Ming Vase a “container” or Cinderella’s crystal slipper a “boot”

To stamp out almost all threats of bad, bad, bad, bad vibrations Faulkner creates crate innards of foam-covered beams and struts specifically shaped pieces of foam. Monday’s crate for the popular map was a masterpiece in its own right. So too are his specially made containers (he showed them to me with quiet pride) for two valuable and fragile worlds of the world that have just come home to Canberra from travels to other Australian exhibitions services elsewhere. Dr Woods believes that of all the things the library ever sends on the roadway these sorts of globes position the biggest product packaging challenges.

Yes, after all they remain in shape and in fragility really like huge, fresh eggs. However Peter Faulkner’s fancy globe packaging’s rise to these obstacles.

Craftsmen who make wooden barrels are called coopers and artisans who make great wheels are called wheelwrights, however Faulkner’s craft, though essential to institutions like the library, appears to have no name. Packagesmith? Wrappingwright? He and his library associates had a lively go at specifying him on Monday, calling him things like “Pete the Home builder” and “Peter the exhibitions go-to man.” On the other hand, as you read this (particularly if you read it on Tuesday morning) Faulkner’s very dog crate and its valuable contents are being carefully rotated down the Hume.

Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (the eastern or Asian island chain), created for the Dutch East India Business by master cartographer Joan Blaeu, terribly requires this coming conservation assistance. The library encourages that “Verdigris, a dazzling blue-green pigment, was used as an ornamental aspect to decorate the surface of the map. However over the last 350 years the pigment has rusted to become a brown crust on the surface, damaging the paper beneath and surrounding the pigment.” Yes, on Tuesday the interesting map (it boasts the first reporting of New Holland and New Zealand in the Dutch language and includes, for the very first time, details of the sighting of Tasmania by Abel Tasman’s crew aboard the Zeehaen on 24 November, 1642) offered an unhealthy, pale greenish tone. It was suggestive of the colour of the cheeks of the poorer sailors amongst those whose trips it served.

It was obtained by the library after being discovered in 2010 suffering in a facility in Sweden where it is believed to have actually invested most of its life. The library obtained it in 2013, with support from the federal government. Specialist National Library staff stabilised it in 2013 so it could safely go on program during the Mapping Our World exhibit, and a crowdfunding appeal for funds with which to complete its stabilisation was extremely successful. That appeal has actually assisted to send it to university and be shown under the spectacular exhibition flood lighting, to the vibrant University of Melbourne where we hope it will arrive late on Tuesday after a vibrationless journey.

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Fears For Queensland Electricians as State Government Introduces New Electricity Business

Fears For Queensland Electricians as State Government Introduces New Electricity BusinessThe Queensland State Government has made a claim that the massive new electricity business that it has created won’t compete with electricians but that has been debunked by mobile data capture evidence that shows electricians and solar installers are already being spread across Queensland.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt defended the plans to unleash the business, which offers solar, metering, and other household electrical services on to the private market and is all state-funded.

Just recently, the Courier Mail revealed that it would offer services that are supplied by private electricians including lighting solutions for custom showcases in museums.

Mr Pitt has stated that the business will not compete with the licensed electricians and solar installers in the state and it will only operate where tradies aren’t. He goes on to say, “It is about trying to fill a gap in the marketplace where it is not commercially viable to offer those services, particularly in rural and remote parts of Queensland.”

“There is absolutely no suggestion of market failure or other conditions that would justify the State Government deciding to compete with small, local businesses and employers,” stated Malcolm Richards, chief of Master Electricians

Tim Nicholls from the opposition said that unleashing a monopoly on to private operators was absolutely “outrageous”, and Redcliffe electrician Klaus Coia said that his business will most definitely be hurt by such a big competitor who may possibly offer other services like online IT managed services. “It will be cut-throat, prices will go down and small businesses will be pushed out because they won’t be able to compete with the Government who will have to seek business coaching programs,” he said.

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Is This the Worst Ad for Plus Size Clothing Ever?

An online  shopping site called wish.com, was recently advertising some plus size leather look shorts at an extremely  low price of only $9. But what  caused some super reactions was how they were modeled on the site.

Unbelievably, they showed  images of a skinny model standing with both legs inside one side of the shorts, making it look like a skirt. What they should have done is find a pluz sized model to actually wear the shorts the way they were meant to look.

A recent article in Cosmopolitan.com.au had this to say:

“The brand of the pants isn’t actually listed on the site – probably just mass imported from China, which is what would make them so cheap – but apparently this isn’t the first time this tactic has been used by the image supplier, Herry He’s.

While the images themselves may not violate any rules of the site, they are just plain rude and insensitive, which begs the question, where do these mass online stores draw the line when it comes to human compassion and common decency? All of that fluffy stuff aside, what about customers just actually wanting to see how the shorts look on a body they were designed for so they can determine whether or not they should actually buy them? It’s all just a bit of a mockery, really

Is it not a standard practice that these types of site check the images before they are published on a site? Cosmo asked the question, “WHAT ON EARTH WERE THEY THINKING”?! While it is true that they cannot always control the way their products are shot, they certainly would have the last say when it comes to what goes live on a site and what does not. How hard would it have been to find a plus sized model to model those shorts?? Or was there more going on?

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