Plus-Size Fashion Blogger Rebecca Panayiotou-Sante Talks Self-Care

Posted by on February 17, 2014

Rebecca Panayiotou-Sante, 24, is a violin teacher and a freelance studio musician living in Oklahoma. When she’s not working, she is at home with her partner and their five pets.  As a plus-size fashion blogger, Rebecca loves clothes and fashion in addition to cooking and crafting. In fact, she has a second blog completely devoted to any and all DIY adventures. “I enjoy suburban domesticity way more than I am comfortable admitting,” says Rebecca.

Rebecca took the time to talk with IGIGI about the importance of self-care and how a perfect outfit can make everything better.

Plus-size fashion blogger Rebecca Panayiotou-Sante

Rebecca says that she fully embraces the title of “diva.”
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Chatting with Online Shopping Goddess and Plus-Size Fashion Blogger Dominique Ouellette

Posted by on February 11, 2014

Dominique Marie Ouellette, 22, is a cake decorator and pastry chef living in the Poconos. Her hobbies include sewing, wood carving, special effects makeup, making decorative cat pillows, writing, playing the ukulele, kicking butt at Mario party, and plus-size fashion blogging.

Dominique took the time to talk with IGIGI about her love of online shopping and her eclectic style.

Plus-size fashion blogger Dominique Ouellette

Dominique loves to spend her days eating chocolate, watching Netflix, and instagraming pictures of her cat.
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Talking Vintage Plus-Size Fashion with Entrepreneur Amarina Norris

Posted by on January 9, 2014

Amarina Norris, 32, is a fashion designer living in Toronto, Ontario, where she runs the awesome online vintage plus-size boutique Ursa Major+. Amarina describes herself as a fun, positive person who uses fashion to put out as much good energy into the world as she can, starting with what she puts on in the morning.

She is also a plus-size fashion blogger and creative entrepreneur who says she finds her biggest motivation in the fearless women who go out every day and challenge beauty standards and what the mainstream media say women’s bodies should look like.

Amarina took the time to chat with IGIGI about her love of vintage clothes, why she started her business, and her carefully curated wardrobe.

Amarina is really inspired by prints – when she comes across a cool piece, her mind starts racing with all of the combinations and outfit possibilities. Credit: Amarina Norris

Amarina is really inspired by prints – when she comes across a cool piece, her mind starts racing with all of the combinations and outfit possibilities.
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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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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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