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Bringing #curvy back: Instagram lifts ban on search term after backlash from plus-size women outraged over ruling… because ‘skinny’ and ‘anorexia’ were still allowed

The ban on #curvy has been lifted by the photo sharing app Instagram
A spokesperson says they want people to be able to ‘express themselves’
The reinstating of the hashtag comes just over a week after the ban

A week after it found itself under fire for banning users from tagging their photos with #curvy, Instragram has reinstated the word after backlash from users.
The company outraged plus-size women earlier this month by preventing the word ‘curvy’ from being used as a search term, while it was still possible to search for the ‘skinny’, ‘thin’ and even ‘anorexia’.
However, following backlash from both plus-sized women and the use of substitute tags such as #curvee, it is allowing users to use the term once more.

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‘At the same time, we have a responsibility to act when we see hashtags being used to spread inappropriate content to our community.
‘In the case of #curvy, we don’t like putting restrictions around a term that many people use in very positive ways, so we have decided to unblock the hashtag while taking steps to ensure that it’s not used as a vehicle for bad content.

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The ban was originally introduced as a way of filtering ‘inappropriate content’ as the company claimed that the curvy hashtag often includes photographs that violate its nudity policies.
A representative at Instagram explained that there had been a ban on dozens of unlikely hashtags which had been perpetuating images that violated the community guidelines including #soles and #eggplant.
However despite the ban on these seemingly innocent hashtags several others that are probably more likely to include risqué images, like #noclotheson and #vaginas, are still acceptable search terms.

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Other offensive and worrying terms such as ‘fat’ and ‘fatty’ often related with body shaming are available to search. ‘Thin’, ‘skinny’, and even ‘anorexia’ also still available to search – though they do include a warning before users are able to see pictures.
As a way of demonstrating against the ban plus-sized women had been uploading images to their Instagram accounts with the hashtag #curvee in protest.
The Instagrammers who used to share inspiring quotes and body confident-selfies under #curvy are now promoting their body shapes and evading the new strictures with the new hashtag.

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Women Protest Instagram’s Ban On #Curvy With #Curvee

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Women and body positive activists are taking a stand against Instagram’s ban on the hashtag #curvy.

The social media network sparked outrage when they blocked #curvy as a searchable hashtag, saying the ban was part of their effort to crack down on sexually explicit content, which they say was being posted under the tag. Other tags including the word curvy (#curvywomen, #curvygirl, #curvychick, etc.), however, are still searchable.

And though they told Mashable that “the ban had nothing to do with the term ‘curvy’ itself,” individuals who used #curvy to tag their photos aren’t buying it. After all, hashtags #fat, #thin and #skinny are still searchable, along with a list of terms that might actually be considered inappropriate. And while searching #skinny does prompt a content advisory, Instagram hasn’t gone so far as to ban it.

But Instagram users haven’t let the ban stop them from flaunting their curvaceous figures over the social network. They’re protesting the ban by using the hashtag #curvee instead. Other tags being used include #bringcurvyback, #everybodyisbeautiful and model Tess Holliday’s famous #effyourbeautystandards.

And this isn’t the first time Instagram has received backlash for a ban. Toronto-based spoken word poet Rupi Kaur’s photo showing period blood was taken down. And photos featuring women’s nipples and public hair have been removed too.

We say Instagram should start re-thinking their bans, don’t you think?

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Lauren Conrad Bans Body-Shaming Terms From Her Website

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Lauren Conrad is making it official: Toned is the new skinny.

The lifestyle guru, 29, announced on Monday that “body shaming terms” like “skinny,” “slim” and “thin” are completely banned from her website laurenconrad.com.

“Starting this month, we’ll be banning any body shaming terms from the site, and replacing them with words like ‘fit’ ‘toned,’ and ‘healthy,’ ” she wrote in a blog post.

Conrad’s decision to band the terms came as swimsuit season approaches and the newlywed’s editorial team will begin sharing fitness content for the entire month.download

“My editorial team and I had a long talk about it, and we want to make sure that the focus is on being fit as opposed to a number on the scale,” wrote the former reality star who married attorney William Tell in September. “Every body is created differently – and healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes.”

But there is one fashion-related exception to the rule.

“The word skinny will now be reserved for skinny jeans,” she wrote.

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Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham Poses in a Semi-Sheer Bikini: “I Have No Reason to Hide”

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Baring her body—and her soul!
Plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham worked her bikini body for the inside of Elle UK’s July 2015 issue, and she shared some words of wisdom, too.
PHOTOS: The sexiest bikini bodies of 2015
The brunette stunner—who rose to fame earlier this year when she spoke out against Hollywood’s impossible body standards—modeled a black, semi-sheer two-piece, a white jacket, and a baseball cap for the snap, giving the camera her best Blue Steel.
PHOTOS: Hollywood’s best booties of all time!
But Graham, 27, did more than just pose pretty! She sat down with the magazine, too, and shared some inspiring thoughts on body confidence. “I hope women see me embracing my curves in my bikini and feel empowered to do the same,” the model shared. “I have no reason to hide, and neither should any woman. Curves and confidence make a sexy combination.

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On an even more personal note, Graham also made a surprise confession: She’s decided to give up sex before marriage. “I had to reclaim my body, my sexuality, and my image. It was the best thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “You don’t wake up with regrets. I’m not having a man decide what he’s going to do with my body; I’ll decide.”
The full interview appears in the July issue of Elle UK.

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The Belly Is The Last Taboo For Women’s Bodies

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Last May, Marie Claire ran the following headline: “Butts are in.” Meanwhile, according to September’s issue of Vogue, “We have officially entered the age of big butts.” All this is somewhat ironic, coming from fashion magazines whose pages are hopelessly empty of big behinds.

It’s no surprise that critics have pointed out — and rightfully so — that people like big butts, and they’ve always had success in Black and Latino culture, even if Vogue is apparently the last to know. But it’s true that butts, and by extension, thighs, are enjoying the limelight in today’s media. They’re celebrated pretty much everywhere: by Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea in their last video, Queen Bey, Nicki Minaj in her video “Anaconda”… We almost talk as much today about women’s butts as we do their breasts, the other female attribute that the media wants bigger and bigger, and ever more exposed.

So the perfect woman has to have big boobs, a big butt… but why doesn’t she have a big gut? The stomach remains the big taboo of the female body; it can’t exist, it has to be as flat as possible, with the waistline perfectly defined and no disgraceful flab. This is even more blatant when we look at the fashion world and its models. Slowly, the fashion world is diversifying what we see, with labels that haven’t traditionally catered to other body types including more and more “plus size” models on the runway, like the sublime Denise Bidot (size 12) during the last Fashion Week in New York. Yet, none of the visible plus size models have any stomach. All of them have an hourglass figure with a full chest and thighs, but still a slim waist and flat stomach.

In reality, only 8 percent of women are the happy owners of an “hourglass” figure, according to a study published in 2005 by North Carolina State University, while 46 percent of participants had a “rectangular” figure, without a defined waistline. The unseen belly has really become a source of worry and judgment about beauty. In a study conducted in 2012 on this subject, the Ipsos Institute showed that 41 percent of French respondents surveyed don’t like their stomach, and that within this group, 57 percent find it their biggest body worry. Working in women’s lingerie, particularly in plus sizes, every day women come to me asking specifically for something that can hide their stomach only. You can live with your hips, round behinds are all the rage, full thighs are sexy. But you still have to pack your gut into a reinforced corset and flatten it to make it presentable. Why is it that we’re so concerned about our bellies?

A flat stomach: the sign of a healthy body?

We avoid a big stomach today for reasons of health. Abdominal fat is considered dangerous because of its link to cardiovascular diseases, so having a flat stomach isn’t just a question of aesthetics: it’s a sign that we take care of ourselves and care about our health. Those who show a chubby tummy are quickly accused of letting themselves go, instead of rigorously doing sit-ups or working out on the elliptical to sculpt the middle of their body.

However, our stomach is more than just a (small or large) ball-and-chain. Modern science concurs with traditional medicine on the importance of the paunch. In traditional Chinese medicine, the stomach is source of the Qi (or chi), where our spiritual energy meets our physical body. In Hindu philosophy, the stomach is the seat of the soul. For Buddhists, the laughing Buddha’s big stomach symbolizes fortune and happiness. So our stomach is the source of our life-energy, our well-being, but also of our emotions. Pain in this area often has a psychological dimension, as Mathilde Faivre explains in her essay The Symbolism of the Stomach. Conditions like Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD) are strongly linked with stress. Recently science has shown that our intestines are the only organ in our body, other than the brain, where neurons are found. Eighty percent of serotonin, the hormone that most affects our mood, is produced in the gut. Thus, the stomach plays a crucial role in our equilibrium and overall health, and not just because of cardiovascular risks.

Excessive sexualization of female sexual attributes

If our stomach is where our spirit and emotions reside, why are we trying to make it disappear at all costs? For women, it’s mostly that it’s eclipsed by the other sexual attributes of the female body — the breasts and the butt — where “the bigger, the better” is happily the rule. But who declared that big breasts are more appealing than small ones? Mainly the “male gaze,” a concept developed by the (feminist) film theorist Laura Mulvey in 1975. She uses the term to refer to how heterosexual men gaze, or look at women in society and in mass media. As Mulvey says, “because most films are made by heterosexual men, they are shot from the perspective of a straight man and force that perspective on the audience.” The example of the male gaze explains why women’s bodies are frequently, even systematically, shown and filmed in a fragmented way: curves, cleavage, legs… In the same vein, it’s because of the male gaze that female characters are regularly eroticized without reason in media and film, or that their bodies are used in ads to sell anything and everything, from cars to yogurt.

When we break apart the female body to focus on breasts and butts, we forget about the stomach, which in turn becomes something forgettable and undesirable. In the West, the stomach isn’t seen as a sexual attribute. It doesn’t have the same erotic dimension as does the chest or the butt. With the constantly eroticized conception of women that rules today, the stomach has to shrink and become tiny enough that it can show off the comparatively dramatic volume of the breasts and the butt. And it’s all for the pleasure of the heterosexual, male spectator/reader.

Rejection of the natural evolution of the female body

It’s well known that when a woman gains weight, it goes directly to the hips and thighs and that in men, it all goes to the gut. The fault lies with male (testosterone) and female (estrogen and progesterone) hormones that distribute fat in different ways across our bodies. However, during a woman’s life, hormone levels change, and the figure does, too. During pregnancy, the stomach grows round and perfectly embodies the symbol of the mother who nurtures her offspring. Even postpartum, it’s quite common for a woman to retain somewhat of a stomach for several months, or even longer. Unlike celebrity news coverage, which shows young women displaying flat stomachs mere weeks after giving birth, American photographer Jade Beall published a book of photos entitled The Bodies of Mothers. In these photos we see mothers of all ages and body type proudly carry the stomachs that society refuses to accept, even after pregnancy. Sometimes their skin bears the trace of stretch marks or C-sections, and this reminds us, a woman’s stomach is also a history.

Likewise, once in her forties, a woman’s hormone levels begin to fall rapidly. Naturally this brings about a change in figure: fat develops more easily around the abdomen, as it does in men. It’s a process that’s perfectly natural and biologically inevitable, and yet it generates a complex: we move away from the so-called “feminine” figure, the famous hourglass shape deemed ideal. But why should we really care?

Our stomach is so many things: a universal symbol, an organ working for our health, a source of delicious delight… but it’s also the witness of a life, our life, and of the events that have marked it along the way (pregnancy, childbirth, menopause). If we’re to believe the doctors, we need to take care, rub it regularly, tame it and make peace with it to make peace with our whole body. It remains noticeably absent from the Fashion and Beauty pages and the red carpet, but maybe it’s time to stop caring so much about what we’re told. A well-rounded stomach can be pretty, erotic, feminine — and if it’s ours, all the more reason to learn to love it!

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SPRING 2015 COLOR TREND

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Spring 2015 Color Trend Report

I do love a great palette to work with at the start of a new season. It helps me see where the trends are moving towards, the overall directionality of trends, designer’s inspirations, and guides me in my new purchases- AND sometimes helps me understand why the prints, hues, and silhouettes are fashioned the way that they are (kind of like how more than a few of you asked why there are a gazillion floral prints).

Voluptuous checked out Pantene’s color trend guide and pulled out a few key notes about the top ten hues that we will see variants of for the spring season inside our stores! But to talk to the overall palette, the executive director of Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman shares:

This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.

Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Trend Report
All quotes are from Leatrice Eiseman
Aquamarine
THIS, is the lead color for spring. I can dig this especially when paired with khakis and contrasted with varying shades of pink or sleek against white! MMMM. Yes. “Cool and calming, ethereal Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel.”

Scuba Blue
Blue and most of its varying shades are my favorite color. This hue for me presets a softness that I can see being very feminine. I dig it. “Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette.”

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Lucite Green
“Fresh and clarifying, cool and refreshing, Lucite Green has a minty glow.” I am curious about this color and how it will play against my newfound favorite haircolor! I can see this is blouses and quite a few lady-like dresses!

Classic Blue
Classic Blue is a shade that is strong and reliable.” We could not agree more!

Toasted Almond
I love this color for a great base for dresses and a great way to contrast or accent the pastel hues for spring! I am thinking safari inspirations- yes? “Timeless and versatile, Toasted Almond is an organic shade that speaks to authenticity and all that is natural.”
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Strawberry Ice
“Both tasty and tasteful, Strawberry Ice is a confection color that evokes a feeling of being “in the pink,” emitting a flattering and healthy glow.” A warmer shade of pink that I can get behind without feeling too girly. I can dig this.

Custard
I already have my eye on two yellow pieces that I need in my closet. A leather yellow bomber and this tea length midi. I am ready for it! Spring, cometh to me. “Just as the name implies, PANTONE 13-0720 Custard is a delicious and delectable yellow.”
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Tangerine
“Spontaneous and gregarious, PANTONE 15-1247 Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye.” I immediately think fun, playful, and sassy. I can imagine a few sleek dresses, ohhh maybe even a pantsuit in this color. Ha! Yes.

Marsala
This is Pantone’s color of the year! It is very sophisticated and classy feeling to me. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
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Glacier Gray
I was not expecting this one, but I definitely get a cool vibe from this shade. I am quite curious how this one will play out into clothing for the spring! “More dominant for men than women in Spring/Summer 2015, PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray is an unobtrusive gray that contrasts and enhances; bouncing off other shades without taking away from them as it slips into the background to allow other colors to take center stage.”

So these are the colors that we can anticipate for the spring season inside Voluptuous stores! What are we thinking? I am all about the Custard, Blue, Green paired with Toasted Almond! I am also feeling inspired by all white popped with these top ten colors!

Make sure you pin, bookmark, and share this so you have a cool reference point!

Which colors are your favorite? Can you see yourself in a few of these? Happy Spring Shopping at Voluptuous

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Health Controversy: Can You Be Fat and Healthy?

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“No. Most people who are fat are less healthy than they should be. Obesity is one of the most urgent public-health threats today. Being overweight raises your risk for virtually every major illness: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic arthritis and most cancers. When researchers at the American Cancer Society followed one million people for 16 years, they found the higher their body mass index, or BMI, the higher their risks of breast, uterine, stomach and liver cancers. Experts are still debating whether obesity takes years off your life; it most certainly takes life out of your years, making everyday things—biking, running for a bus, even shopping—more difficult. The point is, if you want to be vital and active now and into your future, you’re far better off maintaining a healthy weight.”

— David Katz, M.D., director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and author of The Way to Eat: A Six-Step Path to Lifelong Weight Control

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“Absolutely. It’s well documented that overweight people can lead long, disease-free lives. In fact, BMI is almost irrelevant, according to a study by the renowned Cooper Institute in Dallas. If you’re fat but fit—meaning you can be active for 20 to 30 minutes—you can live longer than people who are thin and out of shape! Putting all the emphasis on weight, regardless of diet or fitness, is harmful to everyone. It can lead thin people to believe it’s OK to eat junk and be unhealthy, and it implies that the best thing you can do if you’re overweight is diet. The truth is, the vast majority of dieters regain their lost weight, with some ending up heavier—a pattern that’s a big risk factor for many diseases that are too quickly blamed on weight. If you eat a good diet and exercise, you’re likely to be healthy, no matter what the scale says.”

— Linda Bacon, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at City College in San Francisco and author of Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

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“That’s me, above. I’m a size 12 to 14, and I’m fit, happy and healthy. I wasn’t always this way. In fact, the most unhealthy I’ve been was when I was 40 pounds lighter. My mom, Beverly Johnson, was the first black model on the cover of Vogue, and when I was a teenager, I decided I wanted to be a model too. So I starved myself, took laxatives and overexercised to fit into the clothes that models wear, and then signed with a major agency. People said I looked great, but I felt miserable because I was depriving my body of nutrients, and the more weight I lost, the more my self-esteem fell. Now I’m a plus-size model, and I’m the size I was meant to be. Everyone’s body is different; you can be unhealthy if you’re skinny or heavy. The key is to find the weight that’s best for your body and stay there.”

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IS THE REPRESENTATION OF PLUS SIZE WOMEN ON REALITY TV FINALLY CHANGING?

2014 was such an exciting year for plus-size fashion and it looks like reality TV has finally taken notice! Multiple networks are producing shows and plus-size women will have more opportunities to star in their own reality series. Will it be the same old stereotype or something fresh and exciting and positive? Will we see the fashion forward, complex, layered, playful, and loving life ladies that we know YOU to be?

We mentioned Whitney Thore on the list of Plus Size Women to watch for 2015. She is the star of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life which just debuted!

whitney thore The show chronicles Whitney’s love of dance, and her fresh outlook on life after rapidly gaining 200lbs due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). She started the #nobodyshamecampaign movement and has become known for the success of her “fat girl dance videos.”

Lifetime recently started airing a new docuseries called Big Women: Big Love.

Big Women Big Love CastThe series which premiered this month, takes us behind the scenes of the dating lives of five plus-sized women, their experiences with bad dates and navigating the tricky, sometimes harsh dating scene. I am sure this is something we can all relate to and it’s actually refreshing to see a different point of view from curvy women on experiences in love and life. I am curious how this win pan out though. Can we talk about this? This show and dating?
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Plus Size Model Bo Stanley made an appearance on the ABC’s Bachelor- did you catch that? We still have Curvy Brides that is coming back this Spring for season TWO! How awesome is this?!

What is also really cool?“The Original Runway Diva,” Sharon Quinn has landed a show on a local New York station! Model Behavior is an Educational Talk/Variety series that focuses on all things in the Fashion/Entertainment Industry.

Model Behavior (like her page on FB here) is all about educating people who aspire to have a career in fashion and/or entertainment, be it out in front as a model or backstage in production! You ever wondered how or why? Well, the show focuses on the proper steps to follow to have a successful career in the fashion industry from industry veterans who have already achieved that goal! How about that?!?! Well, for example, for all of you aspiring models, here is the show:

Learn more and watch Model Behavior here!

I am loving all of this growth, the business of, and the opps that are happening across the industry and on TV! I know other things are coming so it will surely be exciting to see!

Are there more opportunities for curvy women on reality TV and who will you be watching? Are there any other shows that we have missed?whitney-thore-800x420

 

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Christmas Gift Giving for the Difficult People on Your List

The holiday season is well under way, and before we know it, it’ll be the morning after Old St. Nick’s visit and presents will be devoured under the tree. It’s so easy to find gifts each year that our kids, friends, and mother’s will love. However, when it comes to gift-giving for the people in your life who aren’t quite so close to you, like co-workers, distant relatives, friends, and the ever present difficult-to-shop-for dad or uncle, we agonize over what to give them.

It’s ironic that the people we have least intimate relationships with often cause us the most stress during the holidays. Office parties, grab bags, raffles, and the co-worker who just insists to buy you something generous every year are bound to make their way into your life over the coming weeks. Here are some ideas about how to be prepared with neutral gifts that most people will love.

ACCESSORIES: Fashion accessories like jewelry or scarves are a great gift for friends, whether they’re close to us or not. You can include them in office grab bag or secret Santa gifts; if a man happens to pick it out of the bag, he can always re-gift it to his wife or sister Christmas morning.

FRAGRANCE & BATH: Try to find sampler packs of fragrance or bath supplies that are already in a pre-packaged gift box or bag. Often, high-end brands will put together reasonably-priced holiday deals in compilation packages that give a little of everything to the recipient.

 HOME DÉCOR: Personal items like picture frames, photo albums, canvas prints etc. make for great neutral gifts for co-workers, neighbors, or friends whom you don’t expect to get something from.

WINE, BEER, & TREATS: Everyone loves alcohol or food gifts, particularly during the holidays. Most liquor stores will have pre-packed boxes of various beer selections from around the world and discounted bottles of wine. Better yet, rather than standing in line all day, simply order from an online voucher site and save money while you’re at it. Even discount sites online offer deals on food and alcohol packages and gifts.

DINNER GIFT CARDS: Everyonr needs to eat, if you can afford it, try giving a gift card for 2 to dine.

 Throughout the year if you see things on sale that are nice, yet not too personal, put together a collection of gifts you’ll choose from for when you receive the inevitable unexpected present each Christmas. Stash the items and products away in your closet, and come back to them when an unexpected aunt shows up on Christmas Eve with gifts for all the kids.

Don’t let gifts to the “secondary” people on your list cost you an arm and a leg.  While you’re at it, pick up some extra stocking stuffers for the people you love most, and gift yourself with a purchase or two this holiday season.

GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE  NOW AVAILABLE  IN VOLUPTUOUS CLOTHING STORES FOR THE HARD-TO-SHOP-FOR VOLUPTUOUS WOMEN ON YOUR LIST!

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Keeping up with Embellishments for Spring Fashion 2014

Keeping up with embellishments for Spring 2014, we saw them make a big return! Although embellishments have always been around, they usually makes an appearance during the Fall and Winter months. However this Sprint, it was seen all over the runways! Designers like Valentino have shown off embellishments during their recent shows.

Embellishments were birthed by the Kings Louis, adorning themselves with intricate pieces to better accentuate their outfits and make them stand out -they have always symbolized Grandeur and luxury. When I wear embellished fabrics, I feel like a million bucks because while it looks like I spent a lot of time of making my outfit look grand, it is really easy to do and can make the difference between an ok outfit and an outstanding one!

Voluptuous women are being introduced to this luxurious material with this A-line dress. Plus size women can keep trendy for Spring, whether you purchase in stores or online!

Voluptuous inc is working to bring you the hottest trends for the Spring 2014 season. Stay tuned for more trends and tips that will make you the most fashionable plus size woman!

 

 

 

 

 

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Plus Size Modeling: Words from Voluptuous Clothing Models

If you’ve seen photos of our latest clothes and trends in store, then you’ve seen our beautiful plus size models. We are proud to say that these models are everyday, regular women who love their curves and aren’t afraid to show them! Voluptuous Clothing offers a unique opportunity for its models to develop their portfolio and get discovered; our photo shoots have been known to launch many modeling careers. We encourage all women to apply for this opportunity, no experience is necessary and we look at everyone.    We wanted to share with you some of our models personal experiences in their own words.

Meet Cat, a previous Voluptuous Clothing employee and a hour-glass shaped body to die for! Here’s her experience:

My experience modelling for Voluptuous was an unforgettable one.  I had a great time trying on Voluptuous’ gorgeous clothes, shoes and accessories.  The other models and staff were very sweet and helpful, they made me feel welcomed and part of the team.   It was interesting to see particular pieces on me, that I would never originally try on because I thought they wouldn’t look good on me… but they actually did!  It made me think about how much I’m missing out on, and how much more fun I could have with clothing if I just keep an open mind (it’s a lot easier when you have the sexy selection that Voluptuous does).  Sometimes we have to try new things and get out of that box we keep ourselves in.  I think if I learned anything from this experience it’s to celebrate your body because it’s beautiful!  

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Meet Catherine, a dedicated Voluptuous Clothing customer with a bubbly personality who was once scared of her curves and now embraces them!

I saw a tweet on the Voluptuous Clothing Twitter page that they were looking for models and figured I’d apply… because what did I have to lose? I distinctly remember a time when a friend of my mother’s, a clothing designer said to me, “You’d be a beautiful model if you lost 50 lbs.”… it crushed my hopes. I’ve always been this shape, for as long as I can remember -there have been slimmer times and thicker times, but always the same shape…. And then I got an e-mail from Angela asking me to come in for a fitting at her Dufferin store location. I was so excited at the opportunity and when I went in for the fitting, I wasn’t disappointed! Angela and her team were absolutely wonderful… I never felt so proud of my curves and so beautiful -all the outfits I tried on were so exciting! At my first shoot, I felt like a fashion goddess with a hair stylist fixing my hair and having a make up artist glamorize me! During the shoot I realized how shy I was and how little confidence I had in my body and shape. Angela coached me through it and really helped me to see how beautiful I was… and it wasn’t hard to see that in the stylish clothes I was wearing. Things I had never thought I could wear before -let alone even had the courage to try on -looked amazing on and I felt great in. It made me take more risks about what I tried on and bought… and even made me walk a little prouder and smile more.  I would highly suggest that anyone try this opportunity, even if you aren’t looking to launch a modeling career -it’s a wonderful and fun experience.

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There are more Voluptuous Clothing model stories to be written and maybe you’d like one of them to be yours?! We want you to show us that you have the confidence to show the world that you are a Voluptuous Doll! E-mail your photos in to info@voluptuousclothing.com. Send us a head shot and a full body shot, as well as a blurb about yourself detailing your height, age and shoe size.