I’m Somebody’s DUFF




Top: Modcloth; Jeans: JCrew; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik; Hat: Karen Rancher; Sunglasses: Prada; Rings: Vintage; Purse: Louis Vuitton; Bracelet: Vintage

Friday night my friend Andrew and I went to see the movie DUFF, starring Mae Whitman (I loved her in Parenthood and am still in shock the show is over). Anyways, prior to seeing this movie, the only time I had ever heard the phrase was when Kylie Jenner wore a shirt that said, “I’m somebody’s DUFF.” Naturally, I had to look up what “DUFF” stood for and well, it stands for, “Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend.” Yep.

Knowing what it means, I was surprised to see Kylie Jenner wearing a shirt that said DUFF because we all know she is beautiful and definitely not fat. I read a few articles about how people were reacting to her wearing a DUFF shirt, and overall the reaction was positive. Kylie wearing the DUFF shirt was a statement that everyone is someone’s DUFF. That we all have insecurities. There is always going to be someone prettier, skinnier, smarter, richer, funnier than you and that is okay. You just need to find your niche, own it and be happy. Overall, this sentiment was echoed in the DUFF movie. Mae Whitman’s character, Bianca, finds out that she is her friend’s DUFF, from, of course, the most gorgeous guy in school. She has a meltdown about the revelation and decides she wants to shed the DUFF label with the help of the gorgeous guy in school. Beyond that, I will not spoil the plot, but it is very predictable. Its more of a modern “She’s All That,” than anything else. Overall, the movie is not the next “Mean Girls,” definitely not that smart of a comedy, but it was a fun escape with a few cheap laughs, and a nice spin on the concept of a DUFF.


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    • Thanks Melanie! Cannot wait for our breakfast date soon!

      It is another piece borrowed from my Mimi! She has a wonderful and stunning purse collection!

  1. I’m not sure how I feel about the whole “DUFF” thing. When I first heard of it, I did a big eyeroll but I love the way you explained it. That makes a whole lot of sense. My husband and I are getting a date night this weekend and we were thinking about a movie…maybe we will check this one out

    • Hi Julie!

      I can totally relate to your eye roll. I felt the same way when I saw Kylie in that DUFF shirt, but after learning a little bit more about the phrase, yes, I still had the eye roll, but it made a little sense. I am not sure I would recommend the movie for a date night. Your husband might hate me 😉 It is definitely a movie for girl friends to see together!


  2. I read the book when it first came out and really loved it. I have to say though, the movie looks bad. I don’t think I’ll watch it. The book really wasn’t a comedy, which kind of upsets me that they turned it into one. It completely changes the tone.

    Midwest Darling

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment. I completely agree with you, the movie was not “Oscar worthy” and at times I was cringing because it was just so awkward and formulaic. But the theater was filled with high school age kids, so it was funny watching them react to it. I think I will have to read the book now based on what you have said. Thank you for telling me the differences between the book and movie! I have added it to my kindle queue. Happy Friday!


  3. Love your outfit and agree with Dawn Lucy that you’re nobody’s “duff.” Still, I think it’s sad that we have to have silly statement shirts about weight, and the criticism and often downright bullying that women of a certain size have to endure. I’d say that nobody should be anybody’s “duff!”

    • Hi Susan,

      Yes, you are completely correct. It is sad that people have to wear statement shirts about weight, or regarding body image in any capacity. As a kid growing up with very red hair (the color has definitely faded since moving to SF, working in doors all day and never seeing the sun), I was on the receiving end of ridiculous “ginger” bullying. Not exactly the same thing, but I can relate to the criticism. I’m lucky I had my dad’s fellow ginger support to tell me he went through it too and survived and I always had my mom telling me she was spending an arm and a leg to have my hair color, so to be proud! Thank you for your comment and not being hesitant to be honest. I wrote this post more as a commentary on a movie, and it morphed into a larger, more important conversation. So thank you Susan!

      Did you see the beautiful Modcloth bathing suit campaign? My best friend works at Modcloth and it is a wonderful company inside and out and so happy to see them receiving such beautiful coverage.

  4. that blouse, Great Look, so very sorry I am so late responding, stuck on the road in the North, way north. Thanks so much for linking up and I hope to see you tomorrow

    • Hi Jean! Thank you for stopping by! It is unfortunate that it is a term that even exists but it is always good to be in the know. The movie is pretty silly, and lighthearted, so it puts a lighter spin on a not so flattering term.

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