Models sought by Ulla Popken


Women, take note: You need not be a Size 0 and subsist on celery and Evian to win fame and fortune as a clothing model. Baltimore-based plus-size retailer Ulla Popken is searching for Maryland women who are interested in becoming its newest full-figure model.

The winner of the statewide model search will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to the Ulla Popken store in The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson. She will also be photographed for the winter 2004 Ulla Popken catalog. Photos from the shoot are the winner's to keep in order to start her modeling portfolio.

To enter, women must send in a completed entry form (available at the Towson store, 410-494-8108) or by calling 800-245-8552, and four photographs of themselves in different poses. In addition, participants must also be a Maryland resident who is over the age of 25 and who wears a size 12 or larger. And finally, contestants must write a 200-word essay describing why they want to be a model and how they see themselves as a role model for plus-size women. Do all that and it won't be long before you'll be modeling with the best of them and complaining about what hard work it is.

Ulla Popken's clothing collection includes casual and career styles as well as sleepwear, coats and special occasion clothing in sizes 12 to 34. For a catalog or more information, go to the Web site,

A kingdom for body lotion

Bad-boy designer Alexander McQueen is expanding his fragrance empire.

He just added a bath and shower gel and moisturizing body lotion to his Kingdom line of perfume. The scent is a blend of woody, spicy and floral notes. The bath and shower gel ($30 for 6.6 ounces) contains Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant. The body lotion ($35 for 6.6 ounces) is light and non-greasy.

Both the bath gel and body lotion are available at

Bathing with crayons

One thing is true about being dirty: kids don't mind it, but adults don't like it. As a result, bath time can be wartime.

Make peace with the kids in your house with Crayola's new line of personal care products for kids that bring color and fun into the nightly bath. The line features such fun stuff as foaming hand soap, extra mild bubble bath and crayon-shaped hooks for the tub to hold kid-size colorful bath mitts. The containers looks like oversized crayons and the scents -- well, we're talking Tickle Me Pink and Wild Watermelon, here. What's not to like?

Crayola Personal Care products for kids cost $1.59 to $3.99 and are available at Wal-Mart and Target stores.

Denims to dye for

It's not you -- the jeans your high schooler is wearing definitely have that dirty look about them.

Squelch your desire to drag out the laundry detergent and perform an intervention -- that dirty look is what the kids actually want to wear this fall. Do us a favor instead and show your kid how cool you are by pulling out a packet of Rit Dye and making whatever denim they desire look like it hasn't been washed in years.

Rit Dye -- the stuff of tie-dye shirts and faded jeans -- can be used to overdye denim with a pair of rubber gloves and a washing machine. All it takes is one bottle of Rit Cocoa Brown Dye and one bottle of Sunshine Orange Dye. Add them to your distressed jeans, mini, shorts or jacket and voila -- instantly dingy. Want to know more? Go to

Rit Dye is available at grocery, craft and department stores for about $5 per bottle.

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