Plus Size Models and Bloggers Come Together to Promote Body Positivity in a Curvy Swimsuit Calendar

Posted by on June 5, 2014

Swimsuits For All + Plus Size Models and Plus Size Bloggers Promote Body Positivity

The ladies of SFA’s calendar pose together in a shot inspired by 2014 SI Swimsuit Issue cover.

Recently Plus Size Swimwear retailer Swimsuits For All created a buzz when they released the “Sexy At Every Curve” swimsuit calendar. Inspired by the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition editorials, SFA decided to move forward with this project after it was rumored that a curvy model would, for the first time, brace the cover of the annual issue of this magazine. When the magazine decided to move forward with 3 straight size models on the cover, SFA decided to take action.

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Plus Size Bloggers, Beyoncé and Body Positivity

Posted by on May 14, 2014

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Plus Size Bloggers Gabi, Nadia and Tess ban together to promote body positivity

Body positivity and self-acceptance are two things that are very important to us here at IGIGI, so when we heard that ultra-chic Plus Size Bloggers -Gabi of GabifreshNadia Aboulhosn and Tess Munster – had done a remake of Beyoncé’s “***Flawless” video to promote both of these things, we were excited to see it!

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Stupid Plus-Size Fashion Rules: We Can Wear Stripes and Whatever Else We Want

Posted by on February 14, 2014

There are a lot of people out there in the world who have very strong opinions about what other people should wear and how other people should feel. Some people call them “fashion experts” and some people call them by what is sometimes a more appropriate title, “jerks.” When you’re plus-size, the number of fashion rules that are imposed on you go up ten-fold. Plus-size women are often giving the same offensive restrictions that people above age 30 are often given when dressing. Even the “adorkable” Zooey Deschanel gave an interview in Lucky magazine where she essentially shamed women above age 30 who wear short shorts: “Daisy Dukes are not for people over 30,” said Deschanel in her interview. “I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that right now.”

In honor of all of those so-called experts who like to take the fun out of fashion and impose stupid rules on people who dress the way they like, I aggregated some of the fashion trends that plus-size women are told they should stay away from, but can rock every day, anyway. Here’s our list of the stupidest plus-size fashion rules.

1. Crop Tops

crop top

I will not let your stupid fashion rules censor my wardrobe.

I really, really love crop tops. I have more than I know what to do with. I also weirdly think that they may be one of the most flattering clothing items you can put in your closet. If you want to wear a crop top, try pairing it with a high-waisted skirt or pants. Your midriff is cute, I promise.

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A Letter To Myself As A 13-Year-Old Fat Girl

Posted by on December 9, 2013

I recently celebrated a pretty big birthday. It was one of those milestones where everyone has to finally, grudgingly accept that they are finally an “official” adult.

I mean, I pay taxes. Come on, now.

A little background: I am in my last year of college in Chicago getting a dual degree in journalism and art, but this semester I’ve been in New York City pursuing an internship at a pretty big media mecca and living it up as much as a 20-something (making just slightly above minimum wage) in a major city can. Life is good. I’m working in a industry that I adore, I have wonderful friends around me, I don’t have to start paying off my student loans yet, and I get to write about issues that are so important to me.

It’s easy to look at my life now and forget all of the struggle and all of the trauma that I went through as a young girl. It’s not always easy being the token fat girl in a group of skinny friends. It’s not easy finding homecoming and prom dresses in a US size 16. It’s not easy going through puberty and growing into your body. It’s not easy for anyone and it’s a really long road.

In honor of my birthday, I took some time to think about the advice that I would give my 13-year-old self on the cusp of high school. Before I had any comprehension of what body positivity was and before I realized how wonderful and beautiful my body really is.

Me at age 13.

Me at age 13.

Dear Angsty, Emotional, Perfect 13-Year-Old Fat Girl,

You are beautiful. For real. Your buck-teeth, frizzy hair, acne, and total lack of makeup are perfectly acceptable, and no one will ever judge you for this awkward stage because it builds character. Eventually you will discover braces, hair products, Proactiv, and the Clinique counter at the mall, and everything will change. Maybe for the better, but maybe not, because all of that stuff is really only skin-deep and makeup will never be a substitute for confidence, although dear god it can help.

Stop wearing giant oversized t-shirts and baggy jeans. You deserve way more than that. You deserve beautiful printed swing dresses, chiffon skirts, luxe sweaters, skinny jeans, crop tops, form-fitting leather jackets, bikinis, and every other clothing item that you’ve secretly lusted after. You don’t need to have the “right” body to wear those clothes because there is no “right” body. There is only your body and it is perfect.

That boy is bad news, none of your friends like him, you deserve better, and you should stay away from him.

You can break up with friends the same way that you break up with lovers and it can happen just as frequently. Don’t buy into all of the BFF-hype and never feel bad for cutting toxic people out of your life.

Never regret having dessert and coffee and taking the time to linger after a meal. Those are the times that you will remember and laugh about when all of your best friends live in different time zones and you’re feeling lonely because you just moved to a brand new city.

Some of the best people I'll ever meet.

Some of the best people I’ll ever meet.

You don’t need a credit card in college. There is literally nothing in your life right now that you need badly enough to pay interest on it. Also, you have to pay credit cards back.

There will never be a time when tequila shots are a good idea and ultra-sugary cocktails, while they are delicious, are not worth the hangover.

Moments will always be superior to things. Don’t blow a paycheck on an expensive handbag when you’re trying to save up for a fun vacation with your family. That is something that you are still trying to work on, but you’re getting there. I promise.

Bag-check fees are a total ripoff. Try to travel light in the future.

It’s not bad to like things or even to be “obsessed” with things, as long as it’s not hurting anyone. Don’t be ashamed of being a fan, even if the object of your obsession is nerdy or embarrassing. Fangirling can be wonderful and you will meet some of your best friends that way.

Your mom is a legit genius. She made it through all of the same, crappy stuff that you are going through/will go through, and her advice is invaluable. She will drive you crazy sometimes, but never go to bed angry, because you’re really going to miss seeing her everyday when you move away. And be nicer to your younger brother because he’s going to get really cool.

My mother (right) and myself on a trip.

My mother (right) and myself on a trip.

You don’t need to prove anything to anyone. No one expects you to be perfect and messing up is good (and you will a lot) so you might as well lean into it and appreciate the lessons that you will learn.

It’s okay to be fat and that word is okay, too. You don’t need to use any thinly-veiled euphemisms like “curvy,” “plus-size” or “full-figured.” Fat is a descriptive word and that is it. The same as skinny. You are not any less valuable, important or beautiful as a fat person. You are valuable, important, beautiful, and fat. Don’t you dare let anyone tell you anything different.

Love,

Me

 

If you could go back in time, what would you say to your younger self? Share your pearls of wisdom in the comments.

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The Problem With Digital Manipulation in Selfies and the Media

Posted by on November 22, 2013

Now, I love a good Instagram filter as much as the next girl. It makes my skin look clearer, my eyes bluer, and it can hide some of those pesky roots in between dye jobs (that “Amaro” filter is killer, amirite?), but every once in a while I challenge myself to not use a filter for my selfie. To just go digitally “au natural,” as it were. Well, sort of.

Just to give some perspective, here is a picture of me (very late at night) with and without a filter.

Just to give some perspective, here is a picture of me (very late at night) with and without a filter.

Not to sound (too) arrogant, but I’m kind of used to being called beautiful on the Internet. I’m a big, big fan of selfies, so there are an insane amount a lot of pictures of myself on my blog, my Instagram, and, of course, on my Facebook. As a result, I somewhat frequently get messages with sweet words like, “Wow, you’re so gorgeous,” or “Gee, I wish I looked like you,” and while those messages are certainly flattering, I usually have to shake my head and laugh cry a little.

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