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An Impact With Plus Size Fashion

How To Make A Impact With Plus Size Fashions!

 Impact With Plus Size Fashions!

Finally Voluptuous is making impact with plus size fashions. Because we lower prices while still providing you with  great savings on the latest styles. Giving you great plus size fashion at the best prices has always been Toronto’s trendiest store niche & specialty. For over 25 years, this trend sitting clothing store has remained timeless & accurate with the latest looks, while incorporating today’s trends. Therefore lower prices is a bonus to the savvy shopper on a budget, while saving big!!! It’s a great day for the plus size fashionista’s, knowing Voluptuous is now moderately priced compared to its competitors. So you can actually shop in stores or online and save big!  At Voluptuous you can now shop on at affordable low prices, buy sexy, & fashionable plus size clothing at reasonable low cost.

Wait there is more! Not only are prices now more affordable, but there 1000 square foot boutique store is one of the largest store of its kind in Ontario. Their upgraded boutique atmosphere is alluring & sophisticated. The experience you get while shopping at Voluptuous is truly a treat. As a shopper you get to shop a wide variety of plus size clothing. Including a large selection of plus size dresses & special occasion clothing at great affordable prices. However the most unique thing about Voluptuous Inc. is you can shop a variety of special occasion clothing without a large quantity of the same item. Which is great news for the very fashionable women who’s all about being unique & feeling special.

Voluptuous is located at the Heartland Town Centre Shopping Mall.  In a rural & urban location in the heart of Mississauga, Ontario. It is convenient & accessible from anywhere in Toronto or the greater metro Toronto area. If your an curvy girl, who wears a size 12+ , looking  for the best shopping experience? Then it’s time to experience the new Voluptuous Inc boutique & its new affordable prices. You will be surprised of there moderate priced extensive line of plus size fashions. Which includes the latest plus size designs & styles in dresses, tops, jeans, bottoms & trendy accessories.

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Slay At The Gym

Slay At The Gym With The Right Plus Size Workout Gear For Your Curves

At The Gym With The Right Plus Size Workout Gear

 

What you choose to wear to the gym

What you choose to wear to the gym might seem like a small decision, but it can have a big effect on your workout. In a study by Northwestern University, researchers found that when people wore lab coats, they performed better at tasks requiring attention. One of the study authors claimed that workout plus size clothing could have a similar effect because what you wear influences you. Plus size active wear can make you feel more active and motivate you to unleash your prowess on the track or treadmill. If you’re plus size, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find the right workout gear. Here are some tips to locate the perfect pieces so that you can get on with what’s really important – working up a sweat and releasing those endorphin’s.

Choose Spandex Over Cotton 

You want to wear fabrics that will make your skin breathe by keeping sweat off your skin, so spandex, polyester, and lycra are great choices. Cotton should be avoided because even though it feels comfortable, it absorbs sweat, can irritate your skin, and can cause chafing to your curve body.

Avoid Anything Baggy

Regular exercise is beneficial for your health but also your mind.  Keeping fit boosts your mood and reduces stress. Don’t let a lack of body confidence cause a drop in your mood and kill those endorphins before they can even do their job.  One of the biggest clothing mistakes women who don’t feel body confident make is to choose loose clothing. This is especially a bad idea when choosing active wear. Baggy clothing can get in the way when you’re working out and make your exercise routine difficult or uncomfortable. It can also cause you to become clumsy, which can lead to injuries. You want to choose clothing that follows the natural shape of your body without being too clingy, such as stretchy leggings.

Get The Right Support

It’s important to feel comfortable so choose a sports bra that’s right for your breast size and the type of workout you’re going to do. For instance, a low-impact sports bra would be great for exercise such as walking, while high-impact bras are suitable for more intense workouts. If you have a large upper body, your bra should have thicker straps so that they won’t dig into your skin.

Test It Out

You should test out your workout gear before purchasing it to be sure that it not only looks great and makes you feel confident, but also enables your body to move around comfortably. For instance, your short-sleeved top should not be too restrictive in the shoulder and armpit area – you should be able to lift and move your arms around easily. Try do some lunges or stretches when trying on workout gear to be sure it doesn’t get in the way of your workout.

Dressing properly for the gym isn’t just about looking stylish, but also protecting yourself against injuries and being able to exercise freely and comfortably, so make sure you choose the right plus size workout gear that shows your beautiful body some love.

For Trendy Plus Size Clothing www.voluptuousclothing.com

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Over 50 and All About that Bass? Tips for Choosing the Best Plus Size Swim Suit

Over 50 and All About that Plus Size Swimsuit?

Tips for Choosing the Best  Plus Size Swim Suit

Meghan Trainor made the world realize that it’s “all about that bass” and with summer here, it’s time to flaunt that curvy figure in a gorgeous and fitting                            plus size swimsuit. Yet no matter what your size or age, we’re constantly over analyzing our bodies, so choosing the right bathing suit can be both challenging and nerve-wracking. While there are many guides out there to help accentuate and highlight your curves, many of these are geared to a younger crowd. If you’re over 50, you not only have curves to work with, but you also need to find something age appropriate. Here is a guide to everything you need to know to choose the best swim suit for you.

Two-Piece Suits
For some of us, we like to stay covered up when choosing a plus size swimsuit. However, covering up just calls more attention and will make you look old-fashioned. Who says curvy moms can’t wear bikinis? Nowadays, plus sized models are embracing the idea that anyone can wear a two-piece and you just simply have to find one for you. High-waisted bottoms are currently in style and provide the shaping effect of a one-piece while still embracing your curves. If you’re busty, you may want to find a top with underwire that will help lift and support. At most stores, you can mix and match plus size tops and bottoms so you can find that perfect match.

One-Piece Suits
If you’re more comfortable in a one-piece try to find one that doesn’t cover everything up. Find a swim suit that highlights other areas. A one-piece that accentuates your breasts, will distract from your stomach. You can also find one-piece suits with built-in control panels that are invisible from the outside viewer. When you’re shopping for your one-piece, hone in on those that have adjustable features such as halter necklines, removable cups, adjustable ties, or stretchable fabric. These swimming suits will let you tailor your suit to your curvy body and liking.

The Dos and Don’ts

• Color: You should pick sophisticated colors that match your maturity. Go for neutral colors or saturated brights. You should not wear anything flashy such as bright neon colors or metallic.
• Prints: If you’d like some interesting patterns for your swim suit, look for geometric shapes, stripes, florals, ombre, or paisley. These will keep you looking sophisticated and sharp. Do not wear anything catered for a younger crowd such as animal print or sparkles. It will make you seem like you’re trying too hard.
• Coverups: The most flattering cover-ups will consist of flowy beach pants or a long beach dress. Don’t try too hard.

More Advice?
If you’re still not sure what to buy, try checking out Instagram or fashion blogs and search for some senior fashion influencers that inspire you. Such influencers are predominantly celebrities and fashion icons in their own right who know how to pull off a look and make the most of their assets. By following the style advice of such inspiring plus size women, you will be able to find the perfect bathing suit for you.
Remember to embrace your curves and your age. Fashion is an expression of you, so don’t try to be someone you’re not. It’s all about that bass, even over 50.

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Sexy Swimsuits Season Has Arrivied

SEXY SWIMSUIT

The dreaded swimsuit season is upon us! it’s that time of the year to either get fit to fit into the perfect swimsuit or find a swimsuit that compliments your Curvy body.
I am choosing the second option, I am all for finding a swimsuit that  enhances & minimizes to give the perfect fit. Ladies to win this battle, I suggest you take the time and know your shape, be clear on what you love to show & what you want to minimize on your body.

Legs should be no where on the minimizing list, if it is a sheer see through wrap with a long opening should do the trick . The # 1 concern of most curvy woman is how to minimize the tummy area. I suggest trying on a one piece swimsuit  that has a spandex lining, it should work as if the swimsuit had its own control garment. For The women with the more adventurous sexy  souls, a high waist bottom 2 piece swimsuit,  again make sure its lined, should help to minimize the tummy area.

Find a swimsuit that has beautiful summer colors, the sun reflection off bright colours helps to minimize & accentuate your figure . This swimsuit season we are proud to launch the perfect swimsuit collection for the curvy body. From one piece  suits, to high waisted 2 piece, & bright summer colours, we are sure we have the right  swimsuit for you.

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How To Pick The Perfect Dress

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT DRESS

A dress is just a  plain simple dress until you bring it to life. A lot of women say there shopping for the perfect dress, But what does that mean?  Is there such a thing as the perfect dress just waiting on the hanger to be purchased? Absolutely not!  Any dress can be made into the perfect dress, by just adding your charisma, personal style & flare.

When getting into the mindset of looking for a dress start by asking yourself what are the things you love about your body, then find a dress that accentuates that particular part of you. Look at the type of event you are attending, ask yourself is it a casual formal, dressy occasion. Another question to ask is how do you plan on making your own unique statement.  Next, let’s consider what’s your personality like? Are you playful, adventurous, sexy,  or conservative etc?

Knowing your personality is very important,  this is how you will bring your dress to life, it is also how you will show how unique and beautiful you are. The final piece of finding the perfect dress is adding flare. This is how you will accessorize your dress and really add your personality to it, think about the color, style, type of shoe you will wear to make your outfit pop, the jewelry you will add, how eccentric or basic the jewellery piece will be.


lastly, Your hairstyle and makeup choices will complete the entire look making the perfect dress a hit & you simply outstanding.

 

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Cozy Up In Our Sweater Cardigan

The Winter Magic Sweater

Do you ever want to be fashionable, trendy, warm & cute all at the same time?   When buying a great fashionable piece this winter that’s exactly what you should be considering.
Yess! A great sweater should be all that, and more!

When looking for a sweater, look for a sweater that can be worn with almost anything not just your favorite pair of jeans. Buy a sweater that’s able to magically transform you into either a casual, dressy or a super chic dresser! This winter we are featuring our comfy, versatile adaptable sweater, it can be worn as a tunic sweater, a sweater dress, cardigan or just a fashionable duster coat.

Learning how to buy a staple piece is a great way to get the most value for your dollar. This season considers the many wears you can get out of our comfortable versatile sweater, also the many seasons you can wear it through is endless.

Lastly, think about how fashionable and on-trend you will look each time you change up or add your personality to our perfect versatile comfortable sweater.

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Hello 2017!

On behalf of the Management team and Voluptuous models, we would like to bid everyone a happy New Year! We are so excited to share all of our new adventures and upcoming fashions for 2017 with you. We wanted to start out with a blank slate to let you know how beautiful and unique you are without anything added. At Voluptuous we always observe the beautiful woman first, then we add the fashions to make her outstanding!

 

To start off our year we are introducing our Bralette & boy short set’s because we believe what’s underneath is as equally important to helping you feel incredible. Our Voluptuous models will continue to show you that we all bodies are unique & sexy.

SHOP THIS ITEM NOW!

By early spring we want to make room for the new in-between woman and how fantastic she looks in our clothing. She is just curvy & unique but does not fit into traditional sizes, we identify her as the #sexynewwoman.

Finally, we invite you to Shop our new Bralette set & start your new year off dressing sexy from underneath!

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10 Lessons in Self-Confidence From Plus-Size Models

Being heavier doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy and loving your body doesn’t mean you’re encouraging others to take up bad habits. These models are here to give our body-obsessed media a clue!

Despite all the amazing advancements in our society (the iPhone, Google glasses, stem cell research), our perception of beauty has, annoyingly not evolved with the times! In fact, it’s dwindled down to one ideal – skinny.

The widening gap between the female body seen on the street and the one seen in magazines is alarming. ​According to the National Center of Health Statistics, in 2013 the average American woman weighed 164 pounds. However, the average weight of today’s fashion models is between 108 and 125 pounds.

So there we have it – the proof is in the numbers. Curvy women ARE the norm and deserve to have positive representations in the media! Luckily, as plus-size models achieve more notoriety in fashion, they’ve showcased the many gorgeous shapes and sizes women come in (and psst – they’re healthy women too! Crazy, riiiiight?).

In an industry that privileges a specific idea of what a woman should look like, these ladies have to remain confident. Here are a few life lessons we could all learn from these models.

Lesson #1: Your character is what people fall in love with, not your hip size.

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Kate Dillon is a veteran of the modeling game and has been stomping runways for two decades now. However, behind the glamor of her early career as a 17-year-old model was an eating disorder that got so bad she had to take a break from the overly critical industry. During her hiatus, she learned to accept her healthy body, which was forty pounds heavier than her 120-pound days, and entered a new era of her modeling career.

 

Lesson #2: You have to be your biggest cheerleader

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Tiffany Bank turned heads and stereotypes when she posed with Atlanta Falcons player, Ray Edwards, in a stunning editorial for Plus Model Magazine in October 2013, but she’s got a lot more up her sleeve! Bank’s models, acts, writes, and gives lectures on positive body image. She’s absurdly gorgeous proof that women – no matter what their size – can accomplish their dreams.

 

Lesson #3: Healthy doesn’t exclusively mean skinny

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Toccara Jones didn’t win her cycle of America’s Next Top Model, but in the ten years since the third season ended, Toccara has been steadily working as an in-demand model. She received a FOURTEEN page spread in Vogue Italia in 2008, showed off her acting chops in 2011’s Think Like a Man, and was the face for the “I Will Not Lose” plus-size line campaign under Rocawear.

 

Lesson #4: Don’t surrender to disordered eating just to say you’re a size 2

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Barbara Brickner radiates elegance and confidence – qualities that won her the admiration of numerous plus-size designers and a lengthy career in fashion. She’s modeled for Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom, and Mode magazine. In 2001, the Italian clothing company, Elena Mirò, chose Brickner to model solo for that year’s calendar because the execs considered her a true representation of “twenty-first century womanhood.”

 

Lesson #5: All women deserve recognition and praise

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The upstate New York native, Marquita Pring, has been modeling with Ford Models since her early teens. She’s shot several Levi campaigns, walked the runway for Jean-Paul Gaultier, and was featured in Italian Vogue.

 

Lesson #6: There is beauty in our differences

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Whitney Thompson is a blonde bombshell and the first and only plus-sized winner of America’s Next Top Model. She earned the coveted title back in 2008 at 20-years-old and hit the ground running. Thompson has donned the cover of Plus Model Magazine, was the most recognizable face for Forever 21’s plus-size line, Faith 21, and shot a CoverGirl commercial with superstar Rihanna.

 

Lesson #7: You WILL learn to love your body

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Emme Aronson, real name Melissa, paved the way for plus-size models. She took her athletic rowing body into a groundbreaking career in modeling through the 90s. Since then she’s become an outspoken advocate for positive body image, penning a book True Beauty: Positive Attitudes and Practical Tips From the World’s Leading Plus-Size Model in 1998.

 

Lesson #8: Negative thinking will damage you more than fashion mags

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Christina Mendez has forged an inspirational career in TV and fashion. She’s posed for Glamour, Latina Magazine, and Source Magazine, as well as appearing on BET’s model search, Rip the Runway. In case you still aren’t impressed, Mendez is a mother to a son with autism and is a dedicated advocate for autism awareness. Also, she’s gorg!

 

Lesson #9: Ignore the haterz; don’t let them block your shine

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Tess Munster has endured harmful criticisms from Internet “trolls” since she started modeling professionally in 2010. She started Tweeting her hashtag “effyourbeautystandards” last year because of the “intense pressure I felt from everyone to be something/someone I’m not.” Tess has an enviable amount of talents; besides being beautiful, she’s also a make-up artist and blogger who only launches positivity into the world.

 

Lesson #10: Conformity is to lose all your power!

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Ali Tate is a newbie model; she used to play soccer and was then recently signed with Ford and Muse modeling agencies. We love her unwillingness to change herself. This woman has got a great head on her shoulders, and we can’t wait to see how far she goes!

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Loving Your Body Matters

Lets talk about   National Eating Disorder Association Awareness Week, and how it’s great to see so many people sharing openly about their experiences with their bodies and bringing so much awareness to such an important issue for women and their bodies.

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One question that often arises in the body positivity conversation is: “Why are you so focused on appearance? Isn’t it what’s on the inside that counts?”

I get why people ask this question. It seems superficial to spend so much time talking about our bodies. However, I see inner and outer beauty as inextricably linked. You have to heal one so that you can bring the focus to the other. I think most people who have had a violent relationship with their body would agree.

By “violent relationship,” I mean you’ve got a history of constantly trying to change, mutilate and tear your body apart because it doesn’t meet the standard of perfection you’re ascribing to. That describes me and most of the women that I know, even the “skinny” ones.

When you’re caught up in this violence towards your body, it drains your energy and divides your focus. Instead of waking up every day and living at full amplitude, you spend countless hours fixating on food choices, punishing yourself for failing to meet the impossible standards you’re holding yourself to, staring at your reflection and willing entire parts of yourself to disappear, and otherwise beating yourself up because of what you are or aren’t doing, and the way that you look.

I and many women I know will admit to spending thousands of dollars on diet programs, fitness classes, miracle devices and “snake oil” solutions that promise to give us the body of our dreams. We have declined social invitations, or been unable to be fully present at social events, because we’re caught up in hating our appearance. We’ve turned away jobs, suitors, friendships and opportunities because we’re ashamed of how we look. We’ve made “gym widows” of our partners and families because we HAVE to get that workout in. We’ve tortured ourselves and punished the people around us for the sake of striving to have a “perfect” body.

THAT’S a superficial existence.

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The way to heal your relationship with your body and begin cultivating the beauty of the woman within is to make a choice to embrace your body as it is (side note: if you’re someone with a history of clinical eating disorders, you probably need some outside help with this. And even if that’s not you, working with a physician or a mental health professional on this stuff is always a good idea).

Once you make the choice to transform your relationship with your body, you can begin exploring avenues for self-care such as showing your body love through movement (my self-love driven way of describing “exercise”). You free up energy to start creating goals for yourself that go beyond measuring your worth on the scale, and instead are driven by defining the woman that you want to be in all aspects of your life. You can start designing a life that is fulfilling because you’re able to share your natural talents and abilities with the world in a way that benefits everyone around you! I call this “living at full amplitude.”

Spending time taking care of yourself and affirming love for your body are NOT self-indulgent, vain pursuits. They are critical to ensuring that you don’t allow body issues to divert your efforts away from living at full amplitude. And anyone who tells you different is just being superficial!

If you’re looking for a place to receive support, inspiration and to connect with like-minded women about transforming your relationship with your body, check out the#healthyatanysize community!

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorder Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.

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HOW PLUS-SIZE FASHION IS TRANSFORMING THE INDUSTRY

 

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After countless years of the media showing curvier women like myself that we’ll never be pretty enough to be a model, full-figured women are taking matters into their own hands. The plus-size movement is gaining great momentum, and the gorgeous women behind it are crushing the unrealistic societal standards of beauty.

According to the University of Texas at Austin, the average size for women in the U.S. is between 12 and 14, so how is it that the images of beauty we are shown fall between a size 0-4? We need to call out the fashion industry on this BS, and many models are.

Jennie Runk, who was the first plus-size model to appear in H&M’s summer campaign in 2013, and Tess Holiday, the first model to land a major contract at a size 22, are helping promote body positivity on and off the catwalk.

In 2013, Denise Bidot brought much-needed diversity to a highly recognized fashion event when she strutted her stuff as the first Latina plus-size model to walk during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Just last year, Ashley Graham made waves on the catwalk when she led a show filled with beautiful curvy women to showcase her lingerie line at the 2015 NYFW. Throughout the show, viewers were encouraged to use the hashtag #IAmSizeSexy, helping spread body positivity into the fashion world.

What many don’t realize, however, is that this movement goes beyond just inclusion; it is teaching women that they are beautiful no matter their size. At last, the fashion world is finally beginning to catch onto this, and more women and girls of all shapes and sizes are able to see themselves reflected in campaigns they always dreamed of.

Just earlier this year, American Eagle, which has long made it their point to run un-retouched photos of women for their Aerie line, finally embraced a curvier woman: Barbie Ferreira. The size 12 model stood at the forefront of AE’s new swimsuit campaign, showcasing un-retouched photos of the unapologetically curvy beauty.

Victories such as this one serve as a great example for young girls and women across the nation, ultimately leading them to slowly embrace their own figures and join in on the change.

Just recently, 10-year-old Egypt Ufele, who was long tormented in her New York school, decided to take matters into her own hands by debuting her own all-inclusive clothing line during New York Fashion Week, putting all the bullies to shame.

This movement is a fight for equality. Models and women across the nation are even joining forces to drop the “plus-size” label. No matter what size you are, they argue, we are all women and shouldn’t be labeled differently. In 2015, Australian model Stefania Ferrairo set out to start a revolution, launching the hashtag #droptheplus. Ferrario posted various images of herself with the hashtag to help stop the alienation of curvier women and to help them embrace and love themselves as they are. The movement quickly went viral, with women all across the globe sharing pictures and stories through social media.

“’Plus’ implies bigger than ‘normal’,” Drop the Plus stated on their website. “Mixed with all the other body image pressures facing women, the implication that most women are ‘plus sized,’ not ‘normal’ is very dangerous to women and society.”

It should be noted, however, that not all full-figured women want to drop the “P” word. Many have also chosen to reclaim the term.

When it comes to body image, the fashion industry still has a long way to go. Whether women embrace “plus-size” or disassociate with it, the fight for self-love and body acceptance only continues to grow. And the catwalk better get ready, because models and women behind this movement are coming in with full force.

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Brittany Howard, Adele, Jazmine Sullivan and More Plus Size Red Carpet Magic at The Grammy Awards

I do dig awards season! My life is nowhere as glam as the ladies on the red carpet last night, so it is refreshing to see more than a few plus size celebrities, singers, and artists represent on the red carpet for the 58th Grammy Awards! Seriously, this years was a fashionably stellar night for plus size fashion!

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From the red carpet on the stage at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, there was all kinds of glam. Normally, the Grammys red carpet the is traditionally no-holds-barred, bold, and out there, but last night, our fellow Curvy Fashionista singers brought the glam and drama last night for the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center and we are here to share it all with you!

Are you ready to see what we are talking about? If you follow us on Facebook, then you already know a few of the looks that wowed us, but we have a bit more that we found!

Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes

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Nominated for Album of the Year, Best Rock Performance (Winner), Rock Song (Winner), and Alternative Music Album (Winner), Brittany Howard fronts the group being all kinds of regal and carefree at the same time!

Tasha Cobbs

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Nominated for best Gospel Album, this Georgia based Curvy Fashionista stunned in this custom dress!

Jazmine Sullivan

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Nominated for Best R&B Singer, Jazmine was snatched for the gawds and killed it, in a custom Michael Costello gown, styled by Timothy Snell! (Hey plus size stylist working it!)

Adele

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Goes sultry and dark in a Givenchy gown and we are digging the sleek and chic appeal!

Lalah Hathaway

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on Best Traditional R&B Performance for ‘Little Ghetto Boy’, got the cape memo and sparkles in her amazing dress!

See? Didn’t they bring it? All kinds of glam and I am here for all of this. I seriously LOOOOOOVED Brittany’s Cape look. It was everything! Who do you think was best dressed Curvy Fashionista for the 58th Grammys?