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Sophie Tweed-Simmons Launches ‘All-Size’ Clothing Line

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Life & Style Weekly(NEW YORK) — Sophie Tweed-Simmons is best known as the daughter of legendary rocker Gene Simmons and former playboy model Shannon Tweed, but she’s making a name for herself on her own.

The 22-year-old is taking on the world of fashion by designing a line that, she said, doesn’t discriminate. Her designs will fit every body type, she told ABC News’ Abbie Boudreau.

“We’re not trying to thin shame. We’re not trying to fat shame. We’re just saying that there’s not really an option for girls that look like me,” said Tweed-Simmons, who wears between a size 8 and 10.

Tweed-Simmons told Good Morning America that she was frustrated with how clothing fit her body, so she partnered with The Style Club online to launch a New Year’s Eve collection. She describes her look as a combination of rocker meets conservative.

“So it’s, like, a sexy grandma,” she said.

It’s called “an all-size clothing line. We don’t call it plus size,” she said.

Tweed-Simmons, who’s now starring alongside her mother on a new reality show, Shannon and Sophie, said she names each of her pieces after a strong-minded woman. The line includes pieces such as the “Oprah open back sweater,” the “Malala skirt” and the “Hepburn bowtie jumper.”

There are also pieces named for music superstar Taylor Swift and writer Emily Dickinson.

Tweed-Simmons, who grew up in front of the cameras on her family’s reality TV show, Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, said her body was constantly judged.

“You know, ‘Gene Simmons’ chubby daughter,’ or, ‘Gene Simmons’ whale,’” she said, recalling some of the comments that were made. “And so I had to become comfortable with what I had to work with at a really early age.”

Comfortable with her own curves — according to a recent interview with Yahoo Style, she stands 5 feet, 8 inches tall — Tweed-Simmons chooses not to have photos of herself digitally enhanced.

“I don’t want to lie to people about what I look like. …I’m not trying to pretend to be thinner,” she said. “Not trying to pretend to be more blonde or have smoother skin. Like, this is just how I look.”

Many celebrities have been accused of altering their own images online. Tweed-Simmons takes issue with that.

“You’re telling your followers, ‘I don’t think I’m pretty enough,’” she said. “So what is that saying to these young girls?”

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Sophie Tweed-Simmons Launches ‘All-Size’ Clothing Line

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Life & Style Weekly(NEW YORK) — Sophie Tweed-Simmons is best known as the daughter of legendary rocker Gene Simmons and former playboy model Shannon Tweed, but she’s making a name for herself on her own.

The 22-year-old is taking on the world of fashion by designing a line that, she said, doesn’t discriminate. Her designs will fit every body type, she told ABC News’ Abbie Boudreau.

“We’re not trying to thin shame. We’re not trying to fat shame. We’re just saying that there’s not really an option for girls that look like me,” said Tweed-Simmons, who wears between a size 8 and 10.

Tweed-Simmons told Good Morning America that she was frustrated with how clothing fit her body, so she partnered with The Style Club online to launch a New Year’s Eve collection. She describes her look as a combination of rocker meets conservative.

“So it’s, like, a sexy grandma,” she said.

It’s called “an all-size clothing line. We don’t call it plus size,” she said.

Tweed-Simmons, who’s now starring alongside her mother on a new reality show, Shannon and Sophie, said she names each of her pieces after a strong-minded woman. The line includes pieces such as the “Oprah open back sweater,” the “Malala skirt” and the “Hepburn bowtie jumper.”

There are also pieces named for music superstar Taylor Swift and writer Emily Dickinson.

Tweed-Simmons, who grew up in front of the cameras on her family’s reality TV show, Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, said her body was constantly judged.

“You know, ‘Gene Simmons’ chubby daughter,’ or, ‘Gene Simmons’ whale,’” she said, recalling some of the comments that were made. “And so I had to become comfortable with what I had to work with at a really early age.”

Comfortable with her own curves — according to a recent interview with Yahoo Style, she stands 5 feet, 8 inches tall — Tweed-Simmons chooses not to have photos of herself digitally enhanced.

“I don’t want to lie to people about what I look like. …I’m not trying to pretend to be thinner,” she said. “Not trying to pretend to be more blonde or have smoother skin. Like, this is just how I look.”

Many celebrities have been accused of altering their own images online. Tweed-Simmons takes issue with that.

“You’re telling your followers, ‘I don’t think I’m pretty enough,’” she said. “So what is that saying to these young girls?”

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Thinspired: Mara Schiavocampo’s Amazing 90-Pound Weight Loss

Mara Schiavocampo/ABC NewsBy ABC News’ Mara Sciavocampo

(NEW YORK) — Most people don’t lose weight by accident. Especially not me.

I’m not naturally thin. I’ve never been athletic. I love sugar so much I have literally poured it down my throat.

I also have a very tortured and complicated relationship with food and my weight. As a child, a family member regularly ridiculed me and forced me to diet, including weekly weigh-ins.

As an adult, I’ve tried practically every diet and weight-loss program known to man. In my early 20s, I suffered a debilitating eating disorder, leading to depression. So, like I said, I’m definitely not the kind of girl who loses weight by accident.

But that’s exactly what happened. How much weight? Ninety pounds.

Ok, so it wasn’t completely by accident. I had a baby, and desperately wanted to lose the 40 pounds I’d gained, especially given that I was about 50 pounds overweight before the pregnancy. I refused to stay that size. So I made some major life changes, and didn’t give myself any outs or excuses.

The beginning was torturous. I mean, it was pure hell. But once I got through the initial phase, adopting new habits, it became effortless. The baby weight came off easily, and then more, and more, and more, all the way down to 90 pounds.

At some point, of course, people started to notice. I’d get questioned almost daily, by everyone from co-workers, to family members, to viewers sending emails.

“What are you doing?” everyone wanted to know. Though I didn’t start with a formal plan, looking back on my progress, I realized there was, in fact, a formula for lasting success.

  • Food: 70 percent
  • Sleep: 10 percent
  • Planning: 10 percent
  • Exercise: 10 percent

Food: This seems obvious, but what you eat and how much, is the single biggest factor in weight loss. Period. You will never exercise your way out of a bad diet. Never.

Conversely, if you make the right food choices, you can lose weight without any exercise at all. Don’t get me wrong, exercise is really good for you, for a number of reasons. But it plays a much smaller role in weight loss than so many of us believe.

Give yourself permission to focus on the food alone for a period of time. Changing your diet is hard enough as it is. For me, I eliminated all my trigger foods, including processed foods, flour and dairy. My rule of thumb was, if I abuse it, it has to go altogether.

Today, I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, beans, nuts and whole grains. Once I made that change, losing weight felt like rolling downhill.

Sleep: Sleep is a necessity, not an indulgence. Studies suggest that when you give your body the sleep it needs, you’ll eat less. You’ll have stronger willpower. You’ll make better food choices. You’ll have more energy for exercise.

Adequate sleep is the one thing that makes an instant difference in how you feel. Most people need seven to nine hours, though it varies. If you feel tired during the day, you’re not getting enough sleep. It has to be a priority. Put the phone down, turn off the TV, and go to bed!

Planning: Failure to plan is planning to fail. A lot of your weight-loss challenges are simple logistical issues that are easily solved with a few minutes of thoughtful planning.

Make sure you have groceries in your kitchen. Schedule time to cook. Put your workouts in your calendar, just like other appointments. Wash gym clothes before you run out of clean socks. Pack a snack when you head out to run errands. Just think things through.

Exercise: These days, I love to exercise (I used to hate it). It gives me energy all day, is a great stress reliever, it’s empowering and, most of all, it’s fun.

My favorites are a spin class called SoulCycle, and interval training at Barry’s Bootcamp. Find an activity you love. You may have to kiss a lot of frogs, but find that sweaty prince!

It should be something you look forward to, not dread. If you get bored with one thing, move onto another. Variety is great for your body. Work really hard. Push yourself. Studies show most of us overestimate our intensity anyway.

My mantra these days is eat clean, train dirty.

(Editor’s Note: Mara Schiavocampo is an ABC News correspondent and author of the soon-to-be-released book Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds — My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance. The book will be available Dec. 30.)

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County in Arizona Considers Not Hiring Smokers

iStock/Thinkstock(PIMA COUNTY, Ariz.) — Pima County in Arizona is getting ready to vote on a new policy that would refuse the hiring of any smokers.

Smokers already on the payroll will get a 30% health insurance surcharge, while those who are nicotine-free will be eligible for a $5 healthcare discount each pay period.

Health officials say the policy could lead to more than $1 million in healt care cost savings a year for the county.

About one-third of the work force are currently tobacco users, and some of them are calling a ban a “form of employment discrimination.”

At least 29 states have laws that protect smokers’ rights. The vote is scheduled for Decemcer 16.

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Two Killed by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in NJ

iStock/Thinkstock(PASSAIC, N.J.) — At least two people are dead and several others are injured in Passaic, New Jersey, following a carbon monoxide poisoning on Saturday.

The incident was at an industrial building often used by local musicians to practice.

Passaic Mayor Alex said, “I want to thank the police department, fire, EMS and prosecutors for their fast search and rescue mission that was done. If it wasn’t for their quickness, there would be more fatalities tonight.”

Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the U.S.

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Expert Tips for Navigating a Gluten-Free Holiday Season

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It feels like everyone and their mother is gluten-free these days, actual allergies or not. For some, though, it’s a legitimate allergy, and eating even a little can cause a severe reaction.

No matter your reason for not eating gluten, getting through the holiday season while gluten-free can be like navigating a minefield. Take some cues from Carol Kicinski, editor-in-chief of Simply Gluten Free magazine, and Shauna Ahern, founder of Gluten Free Girl, who have been gluten-free for more than a decade and make their living off the lifestyle. Their top tips are ahead.

First look for things that are already naturally gluten free.

“The first tip I always tell people is that there is so much food that has gluten, but there’s all this food that doesn’t,” Kicinski told ABC News. “So the most simple, basic thing if you’re going to a cocktail party, look for the things that are naturally gluten free like vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meat platters, shrimp with cocktail sauce.”

Bring your own dish to share.

“My mother always taught me don’t show up empty handed, so I use that as an excuse to bring something to share that I know is safe for me to eat. It’s always appreciated and I bring enough to share and I usually will do something that’s fairly hardy,” Kicinski said. “Obviously if you’re invited to someone’s home for dinner, you can’t bring a pot roast, but an appetizer or a dessert is usually appreciated, and that way I know I can have something to eat. And keep it really low maintenance for the host by making things that don’t need to be reheated and already putting it in a nice serving dish.”

Eat before you go.

“Especially if it’s a catered event, I eat before I go. It’s so hard to not be tempted if you’re starving. I don’t make a big deal about it,” Kicinski said. “The good news is that it also keeps you from mindlessly consuming 5,000 calories at a cocktail party. And I’ll always walk around with something to drink in my hand because it’s easier to not munch on something if you’re sipping. Obviously you don’t want to have five martinis, so sparkling water is a good thing.”

“Make the party about seeing people and conversations and connections and go with a pretty full stomach. A lot of it is about retraining our attitudes,” Ahern added. “So instead of thinking free food at a party, think connections and seeing people I haven’t seen in a while. And take yourself out to dinner beforehand.”

When you’re hosting, keep it easy for your guests.

“If you’re hosting a buffet or a pot luck, have an abundance of serving utensils so that somebody’s not putting one spoon in the gluten-free thing and then into the gluten thing and back into gluten-free, because just that little bit of contact makes it not gluten-free anymore. Even keep the dishes at separate ends of the table so it’s clear,” Kicinski said. “When people ask what to bring, I always will ask them to bring things that are gluten-free. They can handle the wine, fruit, vegetable and cheese platters. I’ll take care of the main dishes so that other people are bringing salads and side dishes and that kind of thing.”

Have open conversations with a restaurant.

“If the party’s at a restaurant, nowadays it’s pretty easy to talk to the server or someone in the kitchen about whether or not that food is safe. Without making a big deal, I’ll just ask the waiter if what I’m ordering is safe. I don’t make him explain the whole menu,” Kicinski said. “I try not to be that annoying person, but the thing is it’s the hospitality industry — they want you to be pleased, so you don’t have to be afraid to ask about it.”

Take it easy on yourself.

“If you’re new to gluten free, it’s going to be easy for you to psychologically feel left out, so anticipate that,” Ahern said. “Give yourself other treats or make sure you go to the party with one friend who gets it so you can turn to your ally and vent if needed. Don’t be blindsided by the fact that it might be a tough time for you.”

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Expert Tips for Navigating a Gluten-Free Holiday Season

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It feels like everyone and their mother is gluten-free these days, actual allergies or not. For some, though, it’s a legitimate allergy, and eating even a little can cause a severe reaction.

No matter your reason for not eating gluten, getting through the holiday season while gluten-free can be like navigating a minefield. Take some cues from Carol Kicinski, editor-in-chief of Simply Gluten Free magazine, and Shauna Ahern, founder of Gluten Free Girl, who have been gluten-free for more than a decade and make their living off the lifestyle. Their top tips are ahead.

First look for things that are already naturally gluten free.

“The first tip I always tell people is that there is so much food that has gluten, but there’s all this food that doesn’t,” Kicinski told ABC News. “So the most simple, basic thing if you’re going to a cocktail party, look for the things that are naturally gluten free like vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meat platters, shrimp with cocktail sauce.”

Bring your own dish to share.

“My mother always taught me don’t show up empty handed, so I use that as an excuse to bring something to share that I know is safe for me to eat. It’s always appreciated and I bring enough to share and I usually will do something that’s fairly hardy,” Kicinski said. “Obviously if you’re invited to someone’s home for dinner, you can’t bring a pot roast, but an appetizer or a dessert is usually appreciated, and that way I know I can have something to eat. And keep it really low maintenance for the host by making things that don’t need to be reheated and already putting it in a nice serving dish.”

Eat before you go.

“Especially if it’s a catered event, I eat before I go. It’s so hard to not be tempted if you’re starving. I don’t make a big deal about it,” Kicinski said. “The good news is that it also keeps you from mindlessly consuming 5,000 calories at a cocktail party. And I’ll always walk around with something to drink in my hand because it’s easier to not munch on something if you’re sipping. Obviously you don’t want to have five martinis, so sparkling water is a good thing.”

“Make the party about seeing people and conversations and connections and go with a pretty full stomach. A lot of it is about retraining our attitudes,” Ahern added. “So instead of thinking free food at a party, think connections and seeing people I haven’t seen in a while. And take yourself out to dinner beforehand.”

When you’re hosting, keep it easy for your guests.

“If you’re hosting a buffet or a pot luck, have an abundance of serving utensils so that somebody’s not putting one spoon in the gluten-free thing and then into the gluten thing and back into gluten-free, because just that little bit of contact makes it not gluten-free anymore. Even keep the dishes at separate ends of the table so it’s clear,” Kicinski said. “When people ask what to bring, I always will ask them to bring things that are gluten-free. They can handle the wine, fruit, vegetable and cheese platters. I’ll take care of the main dishes so that other people are bringing salads and side dishes and that kind of thing.”

Have open conversations with a restaurant.

“If the party’s at a restaurant, nowadays it’s pretty easy to talk to the server or someone in the kitchen about whether or not that food is safe. Without making a big deal, I’ll just ask the waiter if what I’m ordering is safe. I don’t make him explain the whole menu,” Kicinski said. “I try not to be that annoying person, but the thing is it’s the hospitality industry — they want you to be pleased, so you don’t have to be afraid to ask about it.”

Take it easy on yourself.

“If you’re new to gluten free, it’s going to be easy for you to psychologically feel left out, so anticipate that,” Ahern said. “Give yourself other treats or make sure you go to the party with one friend who gets it so you can turn to your ally and vent if needed. Don’t be blindsided by the fact that it might be a tough time for you.”

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“40 Days of Dating” Book to Reveal New Details of Couple’s Lives

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — They came, they saw, and they broke up.

So went the viral 40 Days of Dating experiment in which friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman tried committing to a relationship, and then documented their experience online in a he-said-she-said-style blog.

Though the confessional was derided by many, other fans were left wanting more when it ended. Soon, such cravings will be fed: This week, the friends-turned-lovers-turned-exes announced that their tome, due on Jan. 20, is now available for preorder.

So what can readers expect from a book built around a dating diary? While Walsh and Goodman didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, a message on the 40 Days of Dating website and emailed to ABC News provided some hints.

Apparently, the pages pick up where the couple left off, having ended their relationship. The story will reveal previously unread excerpts from journals kept during the year following the experiment.

There will also be “Q&As about our childhoods, and our lives before we met; a history of dating and a dating map; worst date stories and essays about love and relationships from our friends; tons of new artwork; and much much more,” the pair wrote. “You’re sure to find the before and after story as fun and deep and interesting as the blog. You’ll also find we added an extra layer to the blog, in the margins, that contains our personal remarks on each other’s entries.”

While the writers acknowledged that “some dismissed the blog as a side-effect of the too-much-information generation,” they asserted that “many more have been loyal followers of our journey– hating to love it, loving to hate it, or just simply loving it.”

For those who fall in either of the former two camps, Walsh and Goodman will include a pointed accessory with each purchase: It will be “a dart to throw at our faces,” they wrote.

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WWE Superstar John Cena Grants Wish to Sick 10-Year-Old Boy

Paul Morigi/WireImage(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Alfredo Esquivel is only 10 but has been fighting all his life.

Alfredo was born with a congenital heart defect. Because he has just one ventricle in his heart, instead of two, the San Antonio, Texas, fourth-grader often struggles for air, must frequently use oxygen and tires easily.

“And he’s having arrhythmias that need to be controlled with medicine. And sometimes his heart rate goes to 200,” his nurse, Paty delPalacio, said.

Alfredo sometimes uses a wheelchair, but it has never stopped him from pursuing his passion: wrestling.

The boy’s wrestling idol is WWE superstar John Cena.

“I like John Cena because I think he’s a good wrestler and I like how he fights and everything. And I like that if he’s champion, he doesn’t go bragging about it,” Alfredo said.

Alfredo and his brother enjoy watching wrestling together and Alfredo himself has mastered many of Cena’s moves.

Alfredo was able to study those moves up close last month when Macy’s and the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled his dream to meet Cena.

This is the seventh year Macy’s and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the Believe Campaign to spread holiday cheer to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Nov. 23 trip to St. Louis was a surprise treat for Alfredo and his entire family. Alfredo was excited before his meeting with Cena, and when his idol greeted him and asked how he was doing, he was star-struck.

“Oh, my God,” he said.

The fun didn’t end with the meeting. Cena presented his fan with a WWE Championship Title belt, T-shirts and autographs and took him on a tour of the backstage area.

There were even ringside seats for Alfredo and his family, including his brother Mark, 11, to watch the wrestling action up close.

Cena may be Alfredo’s idol, but the boy is an inspiration to Cena.

“It is such a gratifying feeling, one, to have somebody say that their one wish is to hang out with you,” Cena said. “And then on top of that, to be able to see the end product, see the joy in the kid’s, and the family’s faces.”

The meeting made Alfredo’s ultimate dream a reality.

“If I’m having trouble in the future, I can always look back and say, ‘Today is the day I met John Cena,” he said. “I shouldn’t be feeling bad because I should just think about the time when I met him. Don’t be stressed out. And just relax.'”

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WWE Superstar John Cena Grants Wish to Sick 10-Year-Old Boy

Paul Morigi/WireImage(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Alfredo Esquivel is only 10 but has been fighting all his life.

Alfredo was born with a congenital heart defect. Because he has just one ventricle in his heart, instead of two, the San Antonio, Texas, fourth-grader often struggles for air, must frequently use oxygen and tires easily.

“And he’s having arrhythmias that need to be controlled with medicine. And sometimes his heart rate goes to 200,” his nurse, Paty delPalacio, said.

Alfredo sometimes uses a wheelchair, but it has never stopped him from pursuing his passion: wrestling.

The boy’s wrestling idol is WWE superstar John Cena.

“I like John Cena because I think he’s a good wrestler and I like how he fights and everything. And I like that if he’s champion, he doesn’t go bragging about it,” Alfredo said.

Alfredo and his brother enjoy watching wrestling together and Alfredo himself has mastered many of Cena’s moves.

Alfredo was able to study those moves up close last month when Macy’s and the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled his dream to meet Cena.

This is the seventh year Macy’s and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the Believe Campaign to spread holiday cheer to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Nov. 23 trip to St. Louis was a surprise treat for Alfredo and his entire family. Alfredo was excited before his meeting with Cena, and when his idol greeted him and asked how he was doing, he was star-struck.

“Oh, my God,” he said.

The fun didn’t end with the meeting. Cena presented his fan with a WWE Championship Title belt, T-shirts and autographs and took him on a tour of the backstage area.

There were even ringside seats for Alfredo and his family, including his brother Mark, 11, to watch the wrestling action up close.

Cena may be Alfredo’s idol, but the boy is an inspiration to Cena.

“It is such a gratifying feeling, one, to have somebody say that their one wish is to hang out with you,” Cena said. “And then on top of that, to be able to see the end product, see the joy in the kid’s, and the family’s faces.”

The meeting made Alfredo’s ultimate dream a reality.

“If I’m having trouble in the future, I can always look back and say, ‘Today is the day I met John Cena,” he said. “I shouldn’t be feeling bad because I should just think about the time when I met him. Don’t be stressed out. And just relax.'”

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