Balancing Fashion and Religion with Plus-Size Fashion Blogger Sakinah Azman

Posted by on January 3, 2014

Sakinah Azman, 21, is a sophomore psychology major at the University of Washington who is living in the states on a student visa. Originally, Sakinah hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her focus is general psychology but she has a keen interest in child development, neuro-behavior, and forensic psychology. Sakinah is a Muslim and was brought up in a religious, although quite liberal, background. She is also a plus-size fashion blogger and she frequently incorporates her headscarves into the outfits that she posts on her blog.

Sakinah says that she initially began wearing the headscarf out of obligation after attending a religious school for five years. However, her father did not want her to take it off after she started wearing it. While she does believe in certain aspects of Islam, she does not consider herself especially religious.

“I hated how Islam was institutionalized in Malaysia,” says Sakinah. “I think that the politics surrounding the religion, and how fear was used in the education of the religion made me resentful. That resulted in me doing things against the religion, like drinking [...] Recently, however, I’ve been trying to relearn the religion from another perspective and I’ll be taking some classes from the western view of Islam. The culture of my religion shaped a lot of my image. My feelings toward the religion are conflicting as of now, which is why sometimes I post photos with the headscarf on and sometimes without.”

Sakinah doesn't generally label her style, but she says she would describe it as a mix of punk, grunge, alternative and gothic. She's almost always wearing something black, and her palette is generally dark. Credit: Sakinah Azman

Sakinah doesn’t generally label her style, but she says she would describe it as a mix of punk, grunge, alternative and gothic. She’s almost always wearing something black, and her palette is generally dark.
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The Ongoing Debate Over Plus-Size Barbie

Posted by on January 2, 2014

Is the world ready for a plus-size Barbie? This image below posted to the Facebook page “Plus-Size Modeling” has sparked quite a lot of controversy in the last few weeks.

The shot of the iconic Barbie carrying a few extra pounds was initially created as a submission for  Worth 1000′s 2011 “Feeding Time 9″ competition, where artists digitally alter shots of celebrities to make them appear larger, ABC News reports. This image of Barbie was submitted by user bakalia and took first place in the bizarre contest, which also included manipulations of celebrities Mila Kunis, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and more.

Plus-size Barbie

This is the image that appeared on the “Plus-Size Modeling” Facebook page. As of January 1st, the post had 42,346 likes, 3,173 shares and 5,847 comments.
Credit: Facebook/Plus-Size Modeling

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Mastering The Colorblocking Trend For Plus-Size Figures With IGIGI’s Evey Dress

Posted by on January 1, 2014

Colorblocking is one of those trends that really is cyclical. It first became popular in the 1960s when fashion icons like Twiggy started playing with strategically placed color palettes in their ensembles. And before Twiggy, there were, of course, artists Mondrian and Rothko in the early 1900s. Most people are familiar with Mondrian’s abstract color fields. Designers started bringing back colorblocking in a major way on the Spring 2011 runways and for the last three years colorblocking has been everywhere.

There’s a lot of theorizing about the most flattering or successful ways to colorblock, but the most important thing is to have fun with it. Personally, I like it when garments do the work for me and include colorblocking as part of the design. So when I saw the IGIGI Evey Plus-Size Colorblock Dress in Black/Royal, I was drawn to the effortlessly chic look of the navy and black colorblocked design.

The 3/4 length sleeves and pockets make this dress comfortable, versatile, and practical.

The 3/4 length sleeves and pockets make this dress comfortable, versatile, and practical.

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Dressing Like an Alien Princess with Plus-Size Fashion Blogger Ingrid R. Taller

Posted by on December 31, 2013

Ingrid R. Taller, 22, is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bitchtopia, the collaborative online blog aimed at better defining feminism in an all-inclusive forum.  According to Bitchtopia’s mission statement, the blog wants to help educate the populace about the real message of feminism. “There is this (wrongful) connotation with that feminists are dirty, angry, privileged, white girls,” Bitchtopia’s ‘About’ page reads. “This might make up a part of our population, but feminism is also humanistic. It helps support all genders, bodies, sexuality, and the human ability to choose and exert their willpower.”

Ingrid is currently living in the New Jersey and New York City area, although she’s hoping to move to the Windy City soon. She’s a recent college grad from UAlbany, a licensed cosmetologist, and at the moment, she’s busy searching for a new long-term career to sink her teeth into. In her spare time, Ingrid is also a fabulous plus-size fashion blogger who defies beauty standards and pushes the envelope with her kooky, unusual, and incredibly inspiring ensembles.

Ingrid took the time to talk with IGIGI about her unique look, her feelings on shapewear, and her favorite IGIGI pieces.

Ingrid describes her fashion as somewhere in between "imaginary ghoulfriend" and "alien princess." Credit: Ingrid R. Taller

Ingrid describes her fashion as somewhere in between “imaginary ghoulfriend” and “alien princess.”
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The Power of the Perfect Plus-Size Wrap Dress

Posted by on December 30, 2013

I’ve been really drawn to wrap dresses lately. I’m not sure whether it’s because the silhouette is so flattering or just because they’re so easy, but I’ve been wearing more and more of them. It’s essentially turning into my new obsession!

There’s something really great in having a dress that works for you and can be pulled into the exact position that you want. With a wrap dress, you never have to worry about your bodice falling at the right place or belting it at the perfect part of your waist, because you have total control over the fit.

Naturally, when I saw the IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple, I knew that it was another wrap dress that I simply had to add to my closet.

The IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple has a flippy a-line skirt with a beautiful sheer overlay, perfect for a night out dancing.

The IGIGI Fayette Plus-Size Dress in Purple has a flippy a-line skirt with a beautiful sheer overlay, perfect for a night out dancing.

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