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A few weeks ago, the Boston Globe asked readers for their thoughts on a phenomenon known as "vanity sizing" - where clothing sizes are getting smaller and smaller, even to the point to sizes "zero" and "double zero" - even though people are staying the same size (or even getting larger). I wrote a vignette about shopping with a "size zero" co-worker, which they really liked and wanted to incorporate. Many phone calls and emails were exchanged, and a photographer was dispatched to my apartment for a photo shoot.

The article came out on May 5, 2006, on the FRONT PAGE of the Boston Globe. An unrecognizable photo of me appeared on page A15, but instead of using anything I wrote, I was quoted extensively (and somewhat inaccurately), and was noted to have "gained 15 pounds." Sounds pretty bad, and what I "said" sounded stupid to boot.

I found redemption in a commentary from The Virginian Pilot: "When we're done hating her for being both smart and skinny, we might consider the fact that Chao may be on to something."


So, here is what I REALLY said - and below is the article as published in the Boston Globe.



0 is the new 8
As waistlines grow, women's clothing sizes shrink incredibly

By Kate M. Jackson, Globe Correspondent | May 5, 2006


Inside the dressing room at Ann Taylor, Wendy Chao found herself at a loss.

''I tried on a size 0 skirt and it was too big," said Chao, a 30-year-old graduate student of molecular biology at Harvard University. ''To me, a size 0 is antimatter; it's something devoid of any physical reality."

Chao was already mystified by how she'd shrunk from a size 8 in high school to a size 2 today, despite gaining 15 pounds in the interim. But now at size 0, she realized something curious was afoot.

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Wendy Chao showed two skirts that fit her, a size 2 from The Limited and a size 8 from Ann Taylor that she bought in 2000. (Boston Globe Photo / Laurie Swope)


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