#CURVESONTHEREDCARPET – People’s Choice Awards 2017

Last night the 43rd People’s Choice Awards occurred at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. I always like to check out the outfits of the stars and select my favourite ones for you. Unlike with the Golden Globes 2017, I found a lot more beautiful curvy stars and outfits to talk about this time.

Here are our most favourite #CurvesOnTheRedCarpet looks from the People’s Choice Awards 2017:

Melissa McCarthy

WOW! Seeing Melissa McCarthy wearing this floras outfit made my heart melt. She looked amazing in it. This rather daring outfit combined with her smile and positive attitude made her my favourite star of the night. I love to see how she dares to wear more colourful clothes and how great she combines them!

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz chose another wide dress for her look, but I think this works best for her. Finding an outfit in her size must be very hard. Therefore, I am happy that plus size brand Eloquii created this custom-made dress for her. She looks amazing and she inspires other women of her size to wear dresses too!

Sofia Vergara

‘Never in a million years did I thought with this ridiculous accent, I would be able to be a part of something so successful, so loved by all of you, like Modern Family.’ Sofia Vergara gave an emotional acceptance speech. She made me believe that her win is not only a success for her, but also for all Latin actors and actresses. Latin actors can achieve more nowadays than before and I am happy that Sofia won an award for her amazing work, even with the accent! I liked her outfit, because she chose a dress that shows her femininity in a beautiful way.

Fifth Harmony

Well, we have to change the band name into Four Harmony for now. It was the first event for the remaining four band members to appear and they did it with a statement. The combination of the colours white, cream and rose showed how they still want to be in harmony with each other. I liked their outfits a lot!

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is a garant for amazing style on the red carpet of any event! The Reem Acra dress she wore last night is also such an amazing piece, but there is something about her that I miss here. Where are her curves????? Her hips??? She looks more like having the hips of a man, then to have a female hip. She got famous for her curves and I am missing all that in this look. She had better outfits before!

See the full list of winners here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4129386/People-s-Choice-Awards-2017-red-carpet-live.html

I’m excited to see what the stars will wear at the next award show. Are you excited too?

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

 

MILLIONAIRE CURVES – THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PLUS SIZE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM!

20 years ago, the only future plus size models could hope to have was to end up in a catalogue! Today things have changed to the better and the Plus Size Industry is growing faster than the speed of light. Which is no surprise for me when you keep in mind that most women are plus sized! It started in New York with the Fuller Figured Fashion Week and magazines like Plus Model Magazine and today we got the Millionaire Curve Models, who are the idols for the younger generations. Everything is coming up roses, right?

I had the idea to make this article on Jan 10, after Ashley Graham became the first model to hit the 3M mark on Instagram. Two days later Iskra Lawrence followed her and right now she even leads. Nevertheless, their achievement is a success for the whole Plus Size Industry. The more successful the role models become, the more successful will the industry itself become! We still have a long way to go still, but I am happy to see how great we manage each step.

I’ve estimated 5 models who have over 1m followers on Instagram and figured out 5 reasons for their success.

1. Sexy Photos
We all know that sex sells, but these models manage to combine lingerie pictures with a positive attitude.
2. Great Marketing Choices
These models create their own movements, create their own top stories and they collaborate with good marketing pros.
3. Awesome Contacts
Contacts, contacts, contacts – This is an old and still true reason for a big success and these models have them.
4. Great Brand Selections
The secret to become a house hold name is to be favourite model of a brand. Everyone knows that Ashley works for Addition Elle and that Iskra works for Aerie.
5. Unapologetic Attitude
These models are not scared to show you their bodies with all their so-called flaws and are unapologetic about it. Tess Holliday is the pro in that section.

 

 

HERE ARE THE 5 MILLIONAIRE CURVE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM:

Ashley Graham                          3m

Ashley Graham for Sports Illustrated

 

Ashley Graham is without any doubt the most successful one. The reason for me to make her my number one is the SI swim cover and that she was the first one to achieve the 3M followers on Instagram. Bow down b***, the queen has arrived! Her success story will continue…

Followers Facebook: 1,8m

 

Iskra Lawrence                                      3m

 

Iskra Lawrence might be ahead of Ashley right now, but I know from the past that this can change again. Still, I love to name her as the second most successful plus size model on IG. She got very successful in a short amount of time, due to the 5 reasons above and it’s not the end yet. Can’t wait to see what the princess will achieve this year!

Followers Facebook: 800k

 

Jordyn Woods                            2,5m

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Jordyn Woods is Kylie Jenner’s BFF, with this simple information she was already all over the news by now. Jordyn surely started her career by already knowing the right contacts. This combined with her beauty and her unapologetic attitude made her so successful.

Followers Facebook: 26k

 

Tess Holliday                             1,4m

 

Tess Holliday rose to fame for her daring and unapologetic attitude. No other size 22 model received so much attention for wearing lingerie or nothing. Unlike many others who would step back, she embraced the love and hate and kept on doing what she can do best. This way she got hired by an international plus model agency, appeared in People Magazine and worked for many high ranked international brands. So, stop hiding and show your confidence to the world, it can still end well for you!

Followers Facebook: 1,6m

 

Ashley Alexiss                            1m

 

Ashley Alexiss is the first plus size model who became Playboy’s Miss Social in 2011. From there on her success story only grew bigger than many expected. Apart from being a sexy beauty Ashley also an MBA in Communication and her own brand called Ashley Alexiss Swimwear. Today she is working for many high ranked plus size brands and has a following of 6M (FB + IG). Ashley Alexiss can still achieve a lot more and I feel blessed to follow that on her social media.

Followers Facebook: 5M

 

WHY I FOCUSED ON INSTAGRAM?

I want to end this article by explaining why I focused on Instagram for this article. Ashley Alexiss surely has more followers than the other models, but Ashley Graham rules on Instagram right now. I wanted to focus on this side, because Instagram is the perfect platform for fashion. It is today more successful than Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, I experienced out myself how Facebook is trying to restrict plus size pages and models and I don’t want to praise this page for now; until they change!

The models above still give me hope though. More acceptance, more toleration and more love for plus size women can happen if we continue to support the role models!

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

 

P.S. More articles about other models will follow in the next weeks.

NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS?

As we’ve entered a new year and a new era for yourself, create goals that seem impossible and achieve goals that people once said you will never reach. It’s not about having something to prove to anybody, it’s about proving to yourself that you can do it. We have all been down in the dumps at times plus felt demotivated to do things, but life doesn’t end there, it carries on. Whether you’re an aspiring model/plus model, yoga teacher, writer, filmmaker, engineer, scientist, accountant, fitness instructor; the list goes on, take that leap. See the vision in your mind, take the required action and if things aren’t working out then re-evaluate and try again.

Paloma Elesser for Nike Sports

 

Love one another as you love yourself, if you don’t feel like you love yourself then look into ways that can make you feel better: meditation, yoga, reading, talking with loved ones, working out, going for a walk, listening to your favourite music and letting go are some of the things you can do to make your day feel better. One step at a time is the mantra, one day at a time is the aim, so keep your eyes on the prize.

Even though I am writing this article, it doesn’t mean that I live a very happy and everyday cheerful life because that’s not the reality of it. Sometimes I feel just like you, down in the dumps with the “What’s the point,” attitude, demotivated for days or even weeks, feeling like nothing is moving and that I’m forever stagnant, however, I still manage to get through and reach out to people like you by writing a positive article. All I’m doing is trying to prove from my own experience that the depressive feeling diminishes over time because time is a great healer. Old cliché? Yes, but it happens.

So pick yourself up on where you left off — especially to the plus size women out there, slay in every great way as possible, because we can all make a huge difference. 2017 is the year to feel assured more than ever, and to live in high spirits as much as we can.

Written by: Justin J. White

The pictures are from Nike Sports campaign promoting their first plus size line. It features Muse Management model Paloma Elesser.

 

Style & Curve’s Top 12 Featured Models 2017

First, we like to thank you all for all the reactions and support we received for making the 35 Nominated Models public in this article. It was not initially planned to publish them, but when I saw how many amazing models our jury of 5 people had chosen I knew I need to show them too.

Our jury contains of me Lyz Lupo as the editor-in-chief of Style & Curve, my co-admin Norman Spee, artist Fernando Ferreiro, Matt Gotowchikow who is the admin of the page Plus Size and Beautiful and Marta Rivera who is a freelance writer of the newspaper La Voz Hispana New York. I asked all jury members to send me over a list of their Top 12 Curve Models. My request was to choose models they like personally and that they deliver a list of international models.

We counted all the points of the selected models and then we made the final decision as the magazine. For us as a magazine it is important to choose models that support us, that follow us, that give us a positive feedback, that have already worked for many international brands and that are also involved in an organisation or movement for women.

Our finally decision was to choose these following model as our TOP 12 FEATURED MODELS for 2017:

MEANING OF THE FEATURED MODEL

We got a lot of comments complaining why we didn’t choose other models like Ashley Alexis, Jessica Milagros Guzman, Cassie Donahue. London Andrews or German models in general. The featured model list was created to follow models we like more closely and provide more updates about them. If you follow us regularly, you will see that we also like to share many other ones. Especially models like Ashley Graham or Tess Holliday provide always new stories, because they are in the news. We will also follow the nominated models and share if we see some great updates. For us this list was created to praise the great work plus size models are doing every day. Not being featured here, doesn’t mean we won’t share the other models at all, we just want to highlight some of them per year. I think we should celebrate life and the work of these women and not complain about them.

As mentioned above the meaning of the featured models is to have them as our profile picture on Facebook per month, to share them more often and to support them. Many models will get chosen for several years, but we also love to feature new models daily.

There are so many amazing models out there and if I had to make a list of the them starting with the best one, I guess it will be a Top 100! 😉

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

35 Nominations for Style & Curve’s Top 12 Featured Models List

Like every year, we make a list of the best plus size models. Last year I had to choose a list of Top 20 models because I liked so many of them. This year I chose to have a jury decide which models should become the Featured Models. The jury members are my co-admin Norman Spee, artist Fernando Ferreiro, Matt Gotowchikow who is the admin of the page Plus Size and Beautiful, Marta Rivera who is a freelance writer of the newspaper La Voz Hispana New York and me as the Editor-in-Chief of Style & Curve. I asked all jury members to send me over a list of their Top 12 Curve Models. My request was to choose models they like personally and that they deliver a list of international models.

I ended up with a list of 35 Nominated Models who must get selected in the end for the Top 12, because 5 people have different opinions on who are the best ones. I am so happy to see that there are so many amazing plus size models in so many countries. It shows that the movement grows bigger each year.

Here are the 35 Nominations for Style & Curve’s Top 12 Featured Models List:

 

 

I know you will enjoy our selection. Stay tuned, because in one week we will publish the list of TOP 12 Featured Models by Style & Curve Magazine.

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine

CURVES ROCK CHRISTMAS – INSTAGRAM SPECIAL!

I just finished my daily celebrity news check-up. I have no special news about a plus size model, but I already saw some Christmas pictures of celebrities. I know tomorrow we will see a lot more, but for us I want to do something different.

Since plus size women are our celebrities, I want to have our own Christmas special; but with our followers on Instagram. We get tagged in pictures each day and I found a lot of them perfectly fitting for this feature.

Check out the best Instagram posts for the ‘CURVES ROCK CHRISTMAS’ special below:

💃🏽🎄Sharing some of my favorite Christmas outfits from this season by @pigtailsandpirates @theoblongboxshop @heartofhaute @pinupgirlclothing @hellbunnyofficial @steadyclothing 🎄💃🏽 – – All pics by my sweet hubby @garyzface – – #pinup #curvy #1950s #rockabella #rockabilly #curves #pinupgirl #vintage #vintagestyle #doll #pinupchristmas #pinupgirlclothing #ootd #retrostyle #vintagemodel #modernpinup #pinupgirlstyle #fashion #christmas #fashionblogger #christmaspinup #pinupmodel #photography #hautehoney #classicpinup #midcenturymodern #vintagechristmas #aluminumtree #bichon #christmasjumper @ratrodz_n_pinups @garagepinups @la_vida_rockabilly @thepurepinup @pinupdamesanddolls @thepinupbible @pinupworship

A photo posted by Yasmina Greco (@crazy4me) on

On Tuesdays we wear red. #meangirls ❤️

A video posted by Your Big Sister's Closet (@bigsiscloset) on

You, Me And Friends weekend in SF x FTF 💛💛💛 #youmeandfriends #ftf #ftfselfie

A photo posted by Coco Marie (@cocoscurvycloset) on

Last years publication in Tres Jolie Magazine #nativemodel#empower#plusmodel#Christmas

A photo posted by DesireeTheModel (@nativeactress) on

Un'associazione nel cuore ❤. #ilsognodichiara #love #smile #loveyourself #love #cute

A photo posted by Paola Torrente (@paola_torrentereal) on

Merry Christmas Eve Eve my darlings… 'Tis the season to embrace being the glamorous queen that you are! I know I am! I'm here, embodying the essance of an old Hollywood starlet, lounging in furs while feeling unapologetically sexy and pushing the boundaries of classic beauty. 🙂 I hope everyone has a beautiful, happy and safe holiday weekend.. oh and don't forget to 'sleigh' 😉 xx lingerie from @torridfashion xx #effyourbeautystandards #celebratemysize #bigandblunt #plussize #plussizefashion #fatshion #plussizemodel #model #faithplusfashion #fullfigured #ootd #psootd #psblogger #blogger #lingerie #boudoir #styleandcurvemag #fatkini #plussizestyle #curvystyle #goldenconfidence #seethe67 #bodypositive #selflove #slay #iamallwoman #sweepstakes #luxurious #torrid #justgivemetorrid

A photo posted by Faith (@faith_plusfashion) on

SPARKLE AND SLEiGH✨🎁🖤 This holiday season🥀❄️🔥 Dress from @forever21plus @forever21

A photo posted by In•koi•yo🇳🇬 (@_nkoyo) on

Vestido by @xzmodafeminina que vc encontra na @rosachoqueac1 ♡

A photo posted by Babi Monteiro oficial😗 (@barbramonteiro) on

Tomorrow is a special blog post because it's my birthday tomorrow…. yes I am a Christmas Baby! Stay tuned for all the details on this cute little number from @wegotcurves (use coupon code SARAHTJOURNEY for 15% off). Photos by @craveboudoir. Hair by @xpression_the_salon. Lace bra by @theashleygraham from @additionelle www.SarahTaylorsJourney.com . #psootd #psstyle #psfashion #psblogger #plussizestyle #plussizefashion #plussizeblogger #plussizebeauties #torontostyle #torontoblogger #celebratemysize #christmas #daretowear #boldncurvy #lingerie #ownyourcurves #fullfigured #fullfigured_fashion #fashionforwardplus #stylefilesplus #styleinfluencer #styleissizeless #bodypositive #bodydiversity #thickgirlzrock #goldenconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #myphotoinvogue

A photo posted by Sarah Taylor (@sarahtaylorsjourney) on

And that was it – FOR NOW! 🙂 Maybe I can add more tomorrow, if I see good pictures.

I would also like to show you what I myself wore last year for Christmas. It was the dress below, but without the hat. I made the pictures with the hat, because I wore the same outfit in January for an fashion event in Paris.

 

My look was inspired by cardinal Thomas Wolsey from the TV show ‘The Tudors’, because I just felt in love with cardinal robes. 😀 Which outfit I will wear this year, will be revealed online soon.

I am wishing you a very happy christmas time with your loved ones.

Lyz Lupo

 

LOVE BABI

We love Babi; we love Brazil. She has a great taste for fashion, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, just a nice dress and some high heels; Babi can make anything look good. Although always putting things out there sporting all kinds of fine garments, fire in the building is what you can call Babi Monteiro, and she’s never leaving us with a drought of articles of clothing. This Miss Brazil Plus Size 2012 seems to never age, looking young and fine so I’m sure her fellow Brazilians are head over heels for her; gearing up for the fashion weekend that will commence summer 2017. From her lingerie suits, jeans and a jacket, to weddings dresses, skirts and maxis, she is flawless as ever — I hope she continues to create waves through Brazil representing the plus size women out there.

  • We love Babi for all that she is and all that she portrays.
  • We love Babi for her utmost confidence. But most of all, for her respectful character.

If you love Babi, then love Brazil.

Written by: Justin J. White

CURVES ON THE RED CARPET WITH MONICA BELLUCCI, ASHLEY GRAHAM AND MORE

Friday Nights are always a good choice to go out for me and it seems like some curvy starts also had the same idea. Today we present you the looks of the stars from the VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night and from the screening of season three premiere of Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’.

Here is our #curvesontheredcarpet review from the week 48, 2016:

The VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night was a start-studded event held in New York yesterday. Mariah Carey, who got the most media attention, was one of the starts of the night; just like Ashley Graham, Patti La Belle, Chaka Khan, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Williams, JoJo, Bebe Rexha, and Serayah.

The screening of the third season premiere of Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ took place at the Grove Mall in Los Angeles on Thursday. Now, these ladies above are already looking wonderful style wise, but there is one Lady who can top them all. Monica Bellucci is one of the few stars who embodied grace, style and sexiness in all her looks. She doesn’t need too much make-up or jewellery to achieve that, she owns that already with her personality. Just look at her amazing dress. Her look is my favourite ‘curves on the red carpet’ look this week!

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Source: Daily Mail

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine

GOODBYE NOVEMBER, HELLO DECEMBER!

– HOW TO OVERCOME A DEPRESSION ACCORDING TO MY EXPERIENCE

 

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@Milton Franklyn Goedhoop- Photographer / Amsterdam / February 2016

 

I am not usually sad when a month is over, and although I am happy when November ends, this year I am sad because it was the best month of this year. For so many years, this month was my most hated month weather wise, because it’s the most depressive month of the year, however, things have changed this year or should I say I have changed. Furthermore, I didn’t want to write about the topic of depression publicly, but my emotions and thoughts want to storm out of me.

 

Perfection causes Depression

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@Idona Photography / Hamburg / Octorber 2015

 

Depression is not a sickness of some crazy people anymore, it is the sickness of most people. We cannot all be crazy, but we can all make mistakes or break down from the problems in our lives. As a woman who suffers from PCOS I always had to fight with depression since I was 17, but writing became my therapy. I managed the depression periods myself, by changing something in my life for the better. When I had to apply for a new job, I was asked why I changed my workplace so often, but it was difficult to answer. The reason was that I didn’t like the jobs anymore and became bored because I had learned everything I needed to, in which there is nothing more worse for me than stagnancy! 4 years ago, I started in a totally new field than before, where you constantly need to learn new things, working in a lawyer’s office that dealt with people’s debts. I had to talk with the debtors and send them letters and found it great, because I could advise them with their problems. I had good and bad times in my company, but I still regarded it as my second home, although I didn’t realize how much I allowed my work to control my life. We were trained to find ways to get better, as well as never trusting others, and I had the pressure of becoming better each day. I worked 8 or more hours a day, went home, prepared dinner for myself and continued to work for another 4 to 6 hours online. I had no free time for many years and the last holiday I had was in 2002. I was a workaholic and I was never happy with my work, but I tried to remain calm whilst continuing to try hard. Then one day in July 2015 my team leader misbehaved towards me, it was just a normal check-up they do, so I had nothing to worry about, but this time, she was in a very bad mood and she chose me as the person to let her anger out on. The check-up was taking about an hour, but it ruined my life, all that I had achieved for myself regarding self-confidence was destroyed by her, and in the following week, I couldn’t go to work due to terrible stomach pains. That pain never really went away, it was just getting weaker, then in October 2015 it was getting more worse, but silly me I kept on working and doing things for the plus size community. I never received a thank you from my company, nor from the people within the plus size community for all my effort. I was an idealist, but since last year I became a realist because my work created too much negativity in my life and when I got confronted by the negative people within the movement, I was constantly getting angry. Up until today, I still don’t understand why people fight each other over petty reasons; growth is not possible with jealousy and hate. Forgive each other, as I have forgiven everyone, or it will destroy you!

 

A life of mortification increases a bad health condition

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@Milton Franklyn Goedhoop- Photographer / Amsterdam / February 2016

 

The stress at work caused me to collapse in November 2015, and I was not able to work since then. Furthermore, I was advised to never go back to this workplace because the effects of it on my soul might cause more terrible health problems for me. I gave too much importance to this job and ignored the down sides, but today I know this was my mistake. It was not my mistake to be the one who had to handle the verbal abuse of my team leader, that was her own fault and she must live with the consequence of her behaviour. It was too late for me to get out of this without any consequences, and I was in hospital several times, had tons of check-ups and was only surviving on painkillers in times of strong pain. I kept on fighting and doing my posts as usual, no matter how bad I felt; but I didn’t realize what was not right with me until my doctor said I have a depression. Then this year my old page partner Norman Spee became a member of my team again, and a few months later I had another member named Justin J. White who writes the most amazing articles, plus things got better within time. Nevertheless, my own life was not working well, on some days I was not motivated, and on other days I could just walk around with a sad face, because I couldn’t even cry anymore; on other days, I could at least go out for a short walk and then were the days where I was scared of leaving the bed, because there could be something out there. There was nothing even though I feared no single thing. I tried out psychopharmaceutical, but I gave it up after a few days since I couldn’t handle them well, and today I am happy that I didn’t take them again. The painkillers for all my pain were hard enough; it is safe to say that the year 2016 was horrible and I had to realize that this is not just one of the less harmless depressive moods I had before, this was a real problem that could have cost my life. Unexpectedly, my first bit of help came from books of a certain author. I don’t want to mention him yet, because his books might not only help me but might also help my family. My second help was God! It’s that simple! Well, it’s not only God alone that changed it, it was also my understanding of the world and the humans. I see many things from a different perspective than before, I had to deal with people who let their anger out on me everyday. This didn’t hurt me, because I know I am not responsible for their misery; but I lived a life that was ruled by mortification, people humiliated me for no reason and blamed me for their own problems. My team leader was the worse one out of all of them, because she was not happy with her life; the mortifications that I received and those that I gave to others caused me to live an unhappy and angry life. I learned that to receive love, you must give love and if the people try to hurt you then let them do that, because it will only affect them!

 

Review EVERYTHING, even your own thoughts and behaviour

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@Christphoto / Paris / January 2016

 

Interestingly, not only did I had to review everything, but the whole US nation did too. The win of the new president was meant to be an eye opener for millions as it was for me, and 2016 was not an easy year for all of us, but it is what we need. 2016 is God’s way of testing us, it is his way of helping us to protect us from the future. I know today that having a sickness is a blessing and I thank God for this, because only through this I managed to become stronger, wiser and more sensitive than ever before. To achieve this, it is important to review your life, your actions, your thoughts, your reactions and your own behaviour. Look for patterns, look for the cause and effect and start to analyse your life and the lives of your family. I learned that the worst thing we can do is to hurt someone; it doesn’t have to be me who got hurt, it could also be one of my parents who got hurt by a family member or by their partner. Unfortunately, this negativity stays in us and it is very difficult to find healing, unless you try to find it in God. I think that religions, no matter how much they seem to separate us, were given to us to help us, and you don’t need to become the perfect Jew, Muslim or Christian, but you need to learn from your mistakes. You need to forgive yourself, because if God can forgive you then so will you. Accept your mistakes and learn to love yourself with all your failures, because you are a beautiful soul!

 

GOD really loves you, no matter what

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@Christphoto / Paris / January 2016

 

It was hard for me to understand, why he helped me to stay alive, it would have been easy for him to take my life, but he chose another path for me. Is it because of the help you get from me and my magazine? I don’t know. I can only guess that I still need to achieve a few things for him. It might sound grotesque, but facing my own end was helping me the most, if I should have died, then he would have made sure it happened; but he would rather help me to survive and grow. I am not scared of dying anymore, because I know my soul will never die. I had my first good time this year in June and July, when I was in a rehabilitation facility; I couldn’t believe how many people suffered from depression like me. Being there without any contact of the outer world helped me to rethink my life. I realised which mistakes I made and I understood the effect of the cause of my life! The effect is very individual and you need to rethink it all, but what you need to do the most is pray to God; I have never felt such a huge amount of peace and happiness after I realised that God still loves me. You may think that you cannot achieve anything in life because others told you that or because they also think low of themselves; but this is not true. You can achieve everything you want to, if God wants you too. This is not just a saying, this is my honest experience. You need to understand that suffering is part of life, our mind learns from mistakes, but our soul learns from suffering, and God is the one who allows the suffering in your life because he loves you. This might make some people angry, but his love is the reason for your suffering, and yes, some people suffer more than others. I can’t change that, I can only try to understand that without the depression and the stomach pains I wouldn’t exist today, because my soul changed for the worst. This problem is solved now, but it doesn’t mean that it cannot happen again, we are as healthy and as happy as our thinking and behaviour; we need to understand that there is much more than a body and brain. The most precious thing about us is our soul and we don’t protect it at all, the soul is the energy that runs through you and this energy creates your life situation. God knows that and therefore I am happy to realise that he loves me so much that I had to go through a whole year of suffering to improve my life!

 

Embrace the Challenge and see the Improvement afterwards

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@Christphoto / Paris / January 2016

 

Besides posting I tried to organise new articles during the year. I know I didn’t answer many emails and I kept many articles back, but I will get back to those ideas when I feel better. It was very difficult to manage them before, it was difficult to keep on working on my first issue, which I started to work on last summer before the problems started. I couldn’t write nor evaluate what kind of problem I exactly had. I always said I didn’t see things clear because it’s like looking out of a window with a curtain restricting your view. I was very proud of myself that I went to London last weekend, it was planned for many months in advance, but I wasn’t sure if I would manage. It was not easy and I still had to rely on pain killers, but it was the second-best experience of this year. The best one is private and since family comes first for me, it was my best experience. Nevertheless, traveling to London and getting to know new people was not less amazing, it was like meeting a new family. I must say that the organiser of Ms Curvaceous UK contest and his family made sure I was all well, which is the most important thing for me. Traveling there and meeting new people was a difficult challenge for me, but I am happy that I dared to do this. This is how I was before, I embraced the challenges; achieved my goals and I was proud of myself, and for about 2 years prior, I didn’t achieve any of my goals and whenever I tried to do something new it failed horribly. You should never give up, you should always keep on challenging yourself, there will be many failures and many people will hurt you, but you should never allow them to get too close to you; these people might have a whole bunch of problems, because people who speak and think negatively have a lot of unsolved issues within themselves. Therefore, it’s better to stay away from them when you are not strong enough. I couldn’t even speak to some of my oldest friends because I was not strong enough, things have changed since I managed my travel and jury challenge in London, and I am a lot more positive right now. I can plan, I can organise again, and I can cry as much as I can smile at the same time. I am re-connected with my soul and with mother earth!

 

Love and Hope

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@Milton Franklyn Goedhoop- Photographer / Amsterdam / February 2016

 

When I was younger, we travelled back home to Romania during the summer holidays. On one of these trips I asked my Romanian grandmother ‘what does God mean to you?’ She answered ‘Love and Hope.’ I didn’t understand back then what these simple words meant to her. We always regarded my grandmother as a crazy religious fanatic in some ways, because she would do everything for her Orthodox church, especially giving them more money although they already had tons of that. It made me angry back then, but today my perspective has changed. I finally understand her and I know what she went through, I also understand what God’s love is and how amazing the feeling of hope he gives you is. My brother learned this at a very young age and even though I followed him to church I didn’t realise it until I was live on the razor-edge. I will never forget the feeling of the needle in my arm whilst I was in the hospital feeling helpless knowing that only God could help me. With his help I also survived the most difficult year of my life!

I learned a lot of things this year and you should also learn the following:

You have to let go,

You should really forgive the people who hurt you deliberately or unintended,

You must really analyse your behaviour and your thoughts,

You should really change both to avoid a negative effect,

You must really accept your mistakes and failures and see yourself in a positive way again,

You should really understand why you are alive and what purpose in life God has for you,

You must really accept the suffering and embrace the challenges,

You should really lose your fear over the future; whatever happens lies in Gods hands,

You must really believe that if other people want to do you wrong, then it will only be them who suffer the most – not you!

You should really love your soul and the people around you no matter what,

You must think, speak, behave and suffer in a positive way!

 

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@Christphoto / Paris / January 2016 / Standing at a bridge in front of Notre Dame

 

Goodbye November! You surprised me by being the best month of the year in 2016. You also surprised me with your wonderful sunny weather this year, but now I say hello to December 2016. Let’s see what improvements happen this month for my soul! <3

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

 

SHOULD VICTORIA’S SECRET HIRE CURVY MODELS NEXT YEAR?

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Kendall Jenner for VS

 

Tonight was the Night! The Victoria’s Secret show was held at the Grand Palais in Paris tonight! The most wanted top models were gracing the catwalk at tonight’s show, including the celebrity supermodel Kendall Jenner and Gigi + Bella Hadid.

THE SHOW WAS AGAIN ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS IN THE WORLD, BUT I COULDN’T CARE TO WATCH IT AT ALL!!!!

The reason for this is not because the models aren’t amazing, and not because they are too thin, it is because a brand is just doing a presentation showing their products only on smaller sizes. I know that VS has bodies in XL, because some plus size models already wore their lingerie for shootings. Furthermore, in this case I do not accept the stupid excuse that they only chose thinner models to save money on the materials. The models are wearing cheap lingerie, except for the super-expensive bra they are presenting at the end. Let’s face it, they don’t want to use curvy models because many viewers out there would still consider them as ‘fat’ or ‘obese’. These comments and flimsy excuses are ridiculous!

WHICH IS WHY WE WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU WANT VICTORIA’S SECRET TO ALSO CAST SOME CURVY MODELS NEXT YEAR????

To simplify the descisions, we already chose some models for you. We have put them next to known VS models to let you see that there are no differences, except for their sizes. This is not a comparison, and we don’t want you to disparage the other models. All sizes are beautiful for us and it should be for you too.

Tell us what you think, should VS hire curvy models?

 

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Taylor Hill / Joby Bach wearing a VS body

 

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Candice Swanepool / Iskra Lawrence

 

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley / Ashley Graham for Grazia UK

REACTIONS TO THE LATEST SHOW

Twitter:

‘I don’t really like that Victoria’s Secret models are all skinny with no curves. That’s not what the average body looks like.’

‘I want a girl with an actual booty to model Victoria’s Secret panties. Too much to ask?’

‘But why are all the Victoria’s Secret models flat chested? I mean you’re selling bras.’

‘Victoria’s Secret models literally have nothing on Ashley Graham or Iskra like are you kidding me?’ 

Daily Mail:

‘Twenty years ago, supermodel Karen Mulder sashayed down a makeshift catwalk at the Plaza Hotel in New York wearing just a pretty white babydoll nightie, all honeyed limbs and glorious blonde hair.

This was a very early Victoria’s Secret lingerie show, which sent shock waves through the industry for its risqué ensembles and generous helpings of glamorous, golden flesh.

The American lingerie brand, then in its infancy, had struck upon a potent formula: send beautiful women down a catwalk in their undies and you’ll attract attention.

Nowadays these are the kinds of outfits the models wear just to travel to the shows; the stuff they actually wear on the catwalk is so revealing you can practically glimpse their internal organs.

There’s something else striking about the pictures from 20 years ago, too. The girls have curves. Not excessive ones, of course —this is still a catwalk, they’re all slim as pins. But they don’t look like they’ve been surviving on nothing but chamomile colonics and tissue paper for the previous three weeks, like the current lot.’

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I think the only model who rocked her curves in a wonderful way was Irina Shayk, but that could also be because she is pregnant!

I hope to see a change soon for VS, because it is finally time for you to also listen to your consumers on social media. Sorry Victoria’s Secret if I was ill-mannered, but I really think you should change things within your marketing because you will lose the popularity in the future!

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine

MS CURVACEOUS UK – REVIEW AND WINNERS!

It has been 3 days, but I still have the event on my mind… 🙂

Ms Curvaceous UK hosted the biggest live modelling competition in the UK for curve/plus size models. It is a model management company dedicated to sourcing, recruiting and training the best plus size models the industry has to offer. Alongside their highly successful annual modelling competition they aim to create longstanding careers for top class curvaceous models.

The show was amazing and for me personally, it was the best show for a plus sized audience that I saw live. I could clearly see that many models trained hard before this, and I also found out that the organiser of the Ms Curvaceous UK show offers the models a proper training long before the show starts.

It was an honour for me to be one of the judges for this event. Sitting next to people who are known in the plus size community was very exciting, but it was most amazing discovering that they are nice and kind people like me. Judging was not easy for all of us and we wanted to choose a model that would have success in the industry; we all had pretty much the same opinion of the models.

The winners are:

  1. Danielle Gardiner
  2. Savanna Thomas
  3. Danielle Esprit

I think all the judges will agree with me that all the winners were equally strong and beautiful. I myself had someone else in favour before the show and within the show I changed my mind, but I always had in mind that there was something about Danielle Gardiner that I liked. As you can see, in the end she obtained the most votes from the judges and when she talked about her life struggles as an abused woman and how much confidence she gained through this experience, I knew that we made the right choice. Congratulations Danielle you are an amazing and inspiring woman!

Apart from the models, we also had live acts like Che Lingo and Kyle Lettman with Nemesis K.N.E. I was mostly excited to see Diana Sirokai though. She is a plus model from the UK who attended the show to talk about her struggles and how she gained confidence. It was very inspiring too.

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FUN FACT:

Although we the judges each had a different favorite model, the TOP 3 were all part of our selection, but there was one man who seemed to know who the winners would be…. 😀

 

LOG IN AND WATCH THE FULL SHOW HERE:

https://www.live.comeseetv.com/video/1154/ms-curvaceous-uk-2016-vod/

This show was so great that me and my co-editor Justin J. White have several articles coming up for you, so stay tuned! 😉

Lyz Lupo

Editor-in-Chief and Owner of

Style & Curve Magazine

 

 

 

 

MS CURVACEOUS UK – LIVESTREAMING OF THE GRAND FINAL ON STYLE & CURVE TV

MsCurvaceous UK hosts the biggest live modelling competition in the UK for curve / plus size models. It is a model management company dedicated to sourcing, recruiting and training the best plus size models the industry has to offer. Alongside their highly successful annual modelling competition they aim to create longstanding careers for top class curvaceous models.

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Style & Curve will be livestreaming for you the Grand Final of Ms Curvaceous UK on Sunday 27th November at 229 The Venue, Great Portland St, W1W 5PN from 6:45 – 10:30pm GMT.

 

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Our editor-in-chief Lyz Lupo will also attend the show as a judge for the event.

We are excited to present you our first plus size event though our own channel here.

If you are from London too and want to attend the show too, then click here to buy your tickets.

This is what you can expect to see at the show:

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Hungarian plus size model, who lives in London, will also attend the show.

 

Some models who from the last years award shows:

 

Save the date, because this sunday you will be seeing the next generation of curvy models from the UK live on stage.

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine