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8 plus-size fashion rules you should break this summer

Women often feel their bodies aren’t truly their own, constantly scrutinized with everyone from strangers to friends and family regulating how they should look.

For plus-size women, it’s especially difficult, as mass media tells them they aren’t as beautiful, healthy or vibrant as women with smaller statures. These assertions have very real implications on how this demographic feels about their own self-worth.

When it comes to fashion, plus-size women are often shamed the most.

The industry is intent on telling plus-size women what they should and should not wear. Many retailers subject these women to wear all black, or don’t carry plus-size clothes at all — as if saying the latest trends are not for them.

As a result, there’s an unspoken plus-size fashion rulebook that women have had to adhere to, minimizing their beautiful, full figures.

More than the obvious hate this perpetuates, notions that voluptuous women are anything less than sexy is just plain wrong.

We’ve compiled nine fashion rules plus-size women should completely break this summer. Practice body-positive activism through fashion — you can pull off these trends, too.

 

1. Wear shorts, no matter your thigh size.

Shorts are classic summer attire that fuller women are told to avoid. But you shouldn’t suffocate your legs in denim skinny jeans all summer long.

Bare your legs in a pretty pair of shorts, but do so with caution. “Chub rub,” or the unpleasant chafing caused by rubbing thighs, is a real problem for many women.

2. Exercise your right to bare arms.

Bare arms help make the sweltering summer somewhat bearable, but plus-size women are constantly told to keep their arms hidden to conceal any hint of fat.

Forget that rule and let your arms enjoy a bit of a breeze. In the heat of the summer, you definitely need it.

3. Don’t sweat your summer away in all-black everything.

The absence of color is supposed to have all plus-size girls captivated by its slimming properties. But dressing in all-black everything in the middle of August will have you keeling over with heatstroke if you aren’t careful.

Summer is all about bright colors that mimic the vibrancy of the season. You can give your wardrobe that extra pop, even if you are over a size 12.

4. The latest trends aren’t just for skinny ladies.

A bogus plus-size fashion rule is to always stick to the basics. Some people apparently believe your body is only safe with tried-and-true styles, meaning you should steer clear of any passing trends.

But trends aren’t only for runway models and the women who share their measurements. You can look flawless in sheer styles, gingham and even in all white this season.

5. Crop tops aren’t only made for thin women.

Having a flat stomach like Britney Spears circa her “I’m A Slave 4 U” days isn’t a requirement for wearing a crop top — you can show your belly, too. Ignore the summer fashion rule that says crop tops are off-limits.

6. Get loud with your prints.

Plus-size women are told to avoid patterns in order to appear slimmer, but banning patterns can make your wardrobe terribly bland. What’s summer (or any season) without a good pattern thrown in?

7. Don’t let clingy fabrics scare you.

Apparently, plus-size women should only wear ill-fitting black mumus 365 days a year.

If that sounds unappealing — and it probably should — don’t feel like you need to buy into this rule. If you’re into that form-fitting jersey dress, you should feel no shame in wearing it.

8. Rock that bikini on your ready-made beach bod.

Grab that bikini — or #Fatkini,  if hashtag activism is more your speed.

Bikinis have always been reserved for those with flat stomachs and high confidence. But there’s no reason a confident plus-size woman can’t slay in the sand while wearing a two-piece. Fashion rules were meant to be broken, and beach fashion is no exception.

TL;DR: Wear whatever you want, no matter your size.

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2016 Spring / Summer Makeup Trends

While winter is typically a great time to go bolder when it comes to the makeup world, spring is ideal for going a tad more natural. Lighter hues when it comes to lipstick and eyeshadow with light weight foundation being most women’s go to items for a flawless complexion. You can however break the mold and opt for trends spotted on the runway which tend to be more bold especially through the use of color. Each season is of course different but the trendy makeup maven always knows what’s hot. Look below to see this years hottest makeup looks for the girl who doesn’t like to shy away from top trends!

 

Extremely Bold Eyebrows

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Red Hued Lips

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Blue Eyeshadow

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Bold Eyeliner

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Matte Lipcolors

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Long Bold Eyelashes

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Dark Lipstick

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Underliner

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Intense Color On The Lid

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Glowing Complexions

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Glossy Lips

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Body-Confidence Secrets From Plus-Size Model Crystal Renn

First, what inspired you to write Hungry?

I want women and the fashion industry to hear me and think, You know what—maybe there should be all different body types up on the runway, maybe that’s a really a great idea. I want women to be happy with who they are because I think that once they do that, all opportunities in their lives will get even bigger and better for them. Doors will be opened to them because they will be ready for it. Think about it: If you hate yourself, you don’t like your relationships, you don’t do as well at work, you don’t take all the chances that you want in your life. I would like to see women overcome that and take it to the next level.

I want women to be empowered, to be confident, to love life, and that’s why I chose the title Hungry for my book. Because it’s hungry for everything. And that’s what I want women to take away from it—to love themselves but also to accomplish your dreams.

Loving your body is one of those things that’s easier said than done. What advice do you have for women to put the thought into action?

Instead of focusing on all the bad things like, “Oh my gosh, I hate my thighs,” I say let’s look at the hair and say, “Oh wow, I’m having such a great hair day.” Or “Oh wow, my eyes are so clear today…I really like my lips….” And then eventually your mind will start to change and think of the positive things when you look in the mirror instead of focusing on the negative. It definitely takes time—it’s a habit—but just like anything else, over time, you can change the way your mind works.

So when you’re having a bad day and look in the mirror, what part of your body do you embrace to change your thought process?

There are a few things I look at on those days: I say, “Wow, I have full, great, healthy hair,” because now I eat healthy and I can see my health in my hair. That’s one thing. I also say, “Wow, I have great cheekbones. Let’s play them up, put some bronzer on them.” And then I might say, “Oh wow, I have a great waist; I’m going to show it off by belting my dress today.” Or I’ll put on some red lipstick and see how great I feel. I love wearing lipstick. It’s my feel-good-immediately move.

In your book, you talk a lot about being the size you’re supposed to be. How can women figure out what size they are supposed to be?

I refer to this as your body’s set point. Everyone is born with what they’re supposed to be. I think that you have to listen to your body, be very in tune and take the focus off the food. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, and when you crave something, have it. For instance, if you want red meat, have red meat—there’s a reason for it. If you want a cupcake, have a cupcake—and enjoy it. Start to listen to your body in that way, and I think that your body will even out to what it’s supposed to be, and you’ll be much happier for it. The second the obsession starts and the dieting starts, you’re immediately unhappy because you think you’re being starved. So when you do eat, you eat 10 times more than what you should, and you’re getting further and further away from recognizing what your body’s set point is.

What do you want people to think when they see your pictures—like the ones of you in a swimsuit or in the buff?

I want them to look at them and be like “Well, wow! She can wear a bikini, and she’s a size 12. I’m going to go wear a bikini. I’m OK. I’m OK and I’m an 8. Or I’m a 14, or a 16.” Whatever size they are, I want them to be inspired that a girl who they thought shouldn’t wear a bikini before is wearing one and looks great and healthy. I want them to feel inspired to do the same thing. I want women to be proud of their bodies, to be proud of who they are.

What is your goal for the fashion and media industries in terms of body types?

I don’t want to see only size 14’s, and I don’t want to see only size 2’s. I want to see all different women with all different shapes. I want to see all different races, all different hair colors, all different eye colors. I want to see a variety; I don’t want to be bored. And I think women will be inspired by being able to see themselves in these pictures. I understand that there’s a need for the fantasy, I completely do, but having images of girls who are so unattainable—that represent nobody—is not something that’s very positive. You can still have the fantasy, but I think the consumer wants to be able to touch it, if just a little bit.

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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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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!

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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!

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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?

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Plus-size model Philomena Kwao laments the lack of black women in fashion, as she reveals she used whitening soap because she thought ‘beauty meant lighter skin’

 

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  • The 26-year-old appears with Ashley Graham in the new Swimsuits For All campaign in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 
  • The Ghanaian-British model said people think of Beyoncé or Rihanna when they talk about beautiful black women, but darker skin tones are pretty, too
  • She added that the plus-size modeling industry has done a good job of spotlighting body diversity, but not skin tone diversity

 

With size 14 stunner Ashley Graham covering the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, it truly seems like the plus-size industry is making major strides in the media — but according to Philomena Kwao, it still has a long way to go.

The 26-year-old Ghanaian-British model says that in spite of the growing acceptance of curvy women in the fashion and modeling worlds, curvy women with her deep, dark skin tone are still largely left out of the picture.

‘I think that the plus-size industry has been great with size diversity, but it hasn’t really been great for skin tone diversity,’ she told Elle.com ‘I still feel segregation along skin tone.’

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Plus-size and dark-skinned, Philomena, who grew up in London, is pretty much one-of-a-kind in the modeling industry.

And while that uniqueness is partly responsible for her success — she’s done campaigns for Beth Ditto Collection, Torrid, Addition Elle, and, most recently, a Swimsuits For All campaign alongside Ashley Graham — it has also made climbing to the top harder.

When she was younger, she had a tough time loving herself because she looked different from the women she saw on TV.

‘Growing up, I had body confidence issues not really so much because of size, but my skin color. I had trouble recognizing that the depth of my skin tone is really beautiful because whenever people referred to a beautiful black-skinned woman, you’d see Beyoncé and Rihanna,’ she said. ‘So, you’d do harmful things to try and get to that color, like skin bleaching. I once tried those whitening soaps.’

Fortunately, she eventually gave up on those, and managed to break into modeling — which worked wonders on her confidence.

While some people might assume that being in an industry that focuses solely on looks could hurt a girl’s self-esteem, Philomena said it put her in position to celebrate what makes her different and unique.

It gave her perspective, too, since seeing herself in the mirror or in pictures all day, every day made her realize the world doesn’t fall apart when she doesn’t look ‘perfect’.

Whenever people referred to a beautiful black-skinned woman, you’d see Beyoncé and Rihanna

Booking that Swimsuits For All campaign, which is running in the current Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, was especially ‘self-affirming’, because Philomena never thought she could be a swimsuit model.

Despite her big break, though, she still insists there is much to be done for diversifying the modeling industry as a whole and the plus-size modeling industry in particular.

‘There’s not many models in the U.S. that have my depth, like, really dark skin, that are also plus size,’ she explained. ‘Skin color has been one of those things we haven’t really, really addressed on a large, widespread scale.

‘When I started, there was only one other girl that I could name that was even close to my shade. I didn’t understand why there weren’t more black plus-size models with darker skin tones. It feels like the final frontier of beauty is to be black, to be plus, to have natural hair.’

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Though she knows skin tone and race can be a touchy subject, she also feels important to talk about it so things get better.

‘Some conversations are difficult, but if we shy away from every difficult topic, we will never see change,’ she wrote on Instagram.

Things are changing, albeit slowly, and Philomena is happy to have some a major role in shifting the industry. In an Instagram post sharing her Swimsuits For All ad, she wrote: ‘It’s the golden age of body positivity and I’m so proud to be a part of it.’

But even though she’s breaking down barriers, she’s not a fan of labels. She told Elle.com that she doesn’t like to use words like ‘plus’ or ‘curvy’, since they come with certain connotations. She’s also averse to the idea that you have to be slim to be happy.

That’s because she’s perfectly happy, but she doesn’t obsess over her weight. Instead she does healthy things because they feel good, like starting the day with a green juice and exercising.

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How Body Positivity In 2016 Will Be Different Than The Year Before

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Body positivity is far from a new concept, but 2015 was arguably the year that body positive trends came to the mainstream. And now that the conversation has started, I am predicting that 2016 will be the year that body positivity stops being “news” in and of itself, and instead we start celebrating the individuality of body positive fashion. Mainly, I hope that people will finally stop policing what others want to wear and start celebrating personal freedom and autonomy through style at all sizes.

There have been a lot of body pos trends getting traction in the media, with movements and campaigns such as #IWontCompromise or #DontHateTheShake that challenge the idea that plus size women can’t do yoga or show plus size bodies dancing and shaking, respectively. But the fashion lover in me can’t help but notice that 2016 is poised for some big advances in body positive style, too.

In 2015, the plus size community fought back against brands that claimed body positivity without an in-depth understanding of the concept. This was seen in the #AskLaneBryant Twitter chat, where a lot of the questions posed focused on giving the plus size community more options and better representation. Notably, blogger Gabi Gregg of GabiFresh posed the question to her followers, “What would make you actually spend more money at Lane Bryant?” and the answers showed that more options and models sizes 22 and above are what the community wants.

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WooPlus Is A Dating Site For Plus Size People That I’m Not Mad About

A couple of years ago, I decided I’d never date anyone else who was interested in me “despite” or “regardless of” my body. After years of humans who — no matter how kind or clever or fun they were otherwise — always seemed to have the kind of superiority complex that told them that, deep down, they were doing me a favor by dating a fat girl, I was over it.

I’ve been in a relationship with my current partner for over four years. But if anything ever happened, I’d want to be with another someone who actually loves my body. Ergo, someone who is turned on by it. This isn’t to be confused with “someone who loves me for my body,” and only that. But rather, someone who, like me, actually believes that fat can be beautiful and sexy and fuckable. Much like someone could believe that thinness can be beautiful and sexy and fuckable.

 

 

 

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Someone first told me about WooPlus back in Nov. 2015, but the app has recently skyrocketed to the press’ eye, and to its fair share of criticism.Refinery29’s Liz Black took note of the app’s “condescending ads,” tweeting, “Like a plus size woman would be shocked a man thinks she’s hot.”

Blogger Callie Thorpe of From The Corners Of The Curve told ASOS, “It feels that instead of addressing the way plus size women are treated in society — and most certainly on the dating scene — we are having to further separate them.”

In the same article, curve model Felicity Hayward said, “To then make a separate dating app for bigger girls is a completely backwards step. There are no apps for girls under a certain weight, so creating something for bigger girls is basically segregating them from the norm. What’s wrong with using Tinder?”

SLiNK Magazine Editor Rivkie Baum told Huffington Post that WooPlus’ approach was “animalistic,” adding, “I can’t help feeling that continuing to make bigger bodies into a fetish by segregating them continues to make falling in love with someone above a size 18 seem unusual.”

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9 Plus Size Fashion Rules Our Favorite Celebrities Taught Us To Break

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With any body shape comes an unnecessary set of so-called fashion rules full of shaming commentary meant to help “best flatter your figure,” and when you’re plus size, the list seems never-ending. Disregarding plus size fashion rules is not only fun, but liberating. Because so what if this outfit makes my belly more prominent? God forbid I actually like seeing my tummy in that way.

When it comes to breaking fat fashion rules, many of us might think we’re one of the first fat babes to dare to wear a bodycon skirt, but I can promise you that we’re not. History is full of women eschewing expectations in the sartorial kingdom, and the women who paved the way for us fatshionistas deserve recognition. In terms of the plus size movement, many fat women who break the rules publicly are actually celebrities.

Artists like Beth Ditto and Queen Latifah were among the first to present us Millennials with plus size bodies that weren’t adhering to the so-called rules we’d been forced to accept for so long. They were celebrities who we could see online and in magazines openly breaking boundaries and helping us love our bodies as they were and how they appear in all clothing, not just shapeless black tunics.

This is a thank you to the amazing people who are publicly flighting the fight for inclusive fat fashions. Here are the rules they taught us to break.

1. Hide The VBO

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Velvet D’amour changed the game for fat beauty in 2007 by walking the runways for John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. In the time since, she’s worked tirelessly on her size inclusive magazine Volup2. So it should come as no shock that this woman helped lead the way for proudly presenting your VBO (visible belly outline) to the world.

Velvet D’amour changed the game for fat beauty in 2007 by walking the runways for John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. In the time since, she’s worked tirelessly on her size inclusive magazine Volup2. So it should come as no shock that this woman helped lead the way for proudly presenting your VBO (visible belly outline) to the world.

2. Don’t Wear Anything Too Revealing

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Beth Ditto is my ultimate fat fashion icon. Although plus size rules may urge you to cover up, Ditto’s comfortable demeanor when it comes to revealing as much of her body she wants is incredibly liberating to watch.

3. Avoid Bright Colors

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IMO, plus size people can rock a bold, bright color anytime, anywhere. And Queen Latifah only proves my point.

4. And Definitely No Bold Patterns

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Plus size model Whitney Thompson broke boundaries by winning America’s Next Top Model in 2008 and proves that plus sizers can pull off bold patterns as well as anybody else.

5. Don’t Ever Wear Bodycons

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Jill Scott is evidence that plus size fashion doesn’t have to equate to shapeless clothing.

6. You Must Always Wear Tights

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of course Beth Ditto was going to appear in this list twice, since nobody else embraces their bare, cellulite-toting legs in quite the same way. Sometimes plus size women opt for tights simply to avoid chafing, but I’m willing to bet that the “rule” is rooted in hiding our legs. Invest in some anti-chafing products and you’ll be set to rock this look.

7. Crop Tops Are Not For Fat Bellies

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No matter who you are or how you look, you can totally rock a crop top. I just can’t guarantee you’ll look as angelic as Rebel Wilson.

8. A Bolero Or Shrug Over Chunky Arms Is Essential

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Amber Riley looks undoubtedly beautiful in this sleeveless look, proving that plus size women can totally bare their glorious arms.

9. Never Be Seen In Minimalism

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There exist two seemingly opposing plus size fashion “rules” in this world. 1. Don’t wear anything too tight unless you want people to know how fat you are. 2. Don’t wear anything too slouchy, unless you want people to think you’re lazy. I love that Gabourey Sidibe disregards them both.

Hopefully these babes have given you some inspiration to break those make-believe fatshion rules and experiment with your wardrobe more. After all, rules were made to be broken.

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Holiday Party Dresses That Will Turn Heads

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he best thing about the holidays is that it represents party season. From office soiree’s to late night clubbing, everyone is looking to cut a rug and look good while doing it. In honor of holiday party season, Voluptuous has fabulous dresses that will turn heads and have all eyes on you. One of the hottest holiday dress trends is metallic and we found some snazzy metallic dresses. We’ve also found classic sequin dresses. If you’re not into sequins, then checkout some smooth velvety styles we have available online and in stores.

Needless to say, we have you covered for all your holiday party dress needs.

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Holiday and New Year Party Makeup Tips

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Looking for a last minute means to spice up your Holidays and New Year? Look no further than Dolce & Gabbana’s iconic looks from the autumn winter 2014, from Scarlett -once a jewel of Sicily collection for inspiration. The Christmas tree is decorated and so is the house with warm berries, pineapples, oranges, and scented with cinnamon. Snow is falling outside and the turkey has been ordered. The warehouse is full and the candles are lit. It’s time to think of you now.

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Here are some tips are given to make beautiful holiday:

Apply Smooth Eye Colour Quad in the desert and then apply gentle evocative Duel Eye colour, layering the shade of pink on the brown. Extend the colors to the outside and below the lashes to create a sexy smoky eye. Define eyes with Crayon Intense in Imperial Topaz before applying multiple layers of Passion Eyes Mascara Duo Nero. Summarize cheeks sweeping Eve Glow Illuminating Powder on top of the cheekbones and bright Cheek Color in Naked below. Classic Cream Lipstick Apply Rubino then apply Intense Color Gloss in Ruby for added intensity. Complete the look by applying nail polish on the nails deeply.

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