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.

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

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

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.’

THEN vs NOW

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

FORMER FINALIST OF MISS EUROPEAN 2011 JASMINE EL KTIBI BECOMES ASPIRING PLUS SIZE MODEL

Say hello to the former finalist of Miss European 2011, Jasmine El Ktibi. She is an exquisite Dutch Moroccan woman living in the Netherlands, aspiring to be a plus size model who will rock your world with her beautiful angular visage and dazzling story being her. At the age of 16 she discovered that she likes the idea of modelling and started taking selfies of herself on a camera her dad kept on top of his wardrobe. Eventually she opened up a Facebook account and started to upload photos of herself; it was through there she was discovered and asked to do what would be her very first photoshoot in Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands. After the shoot, all kinds of people recognised her unique and photogenic quality; edging her on towards becoming a professional model if she really goes for it — but there was just one problem, she wasn’t thin enough.

Jasmine developed her curves from an early age however, in the modelling business she was considered too fat, and started to develop insecurities which lead to her undergoing dieting. This didn’t help much as it was never good enough, although she got asked to participate in the Miss European 2011 Pageant in England, UK, where she stayed in a penthouse for one week with 89 other girls from the whole of Europe. After seeing how harsh the pageant was, she developed anorexia nervosa, starving herself and spending vast amounts of time in the gym to keep her weight as low as possible. She developed an unhealthy lifestyle taking fat burning pills, stacker diet pills; becoming exceedingly obsessed with her weight.

Photo Credit: Ozgur Aksoy

Photo Credit: Ozgur Aksoy

This led her to become the finalist of the Miss European 2011 Pageant contest, yet she could no longer look at herself in the mirror due to the build-up of guilt she possessed for being curvy. Despite going through all this difficulty to become extremely thin, she didn’t feel happy about herself even though she reached the so called “Beauty ideal,” and became quite depressed realising that she needed to do something about it. She knew that it starts with the mind, that self-love is important because it is inconvenient to cause damage to your health trying to fit in; she began to get her figure back, regained focussed, and now wants to make a difference on this planet.

To this very day, Jasmine is one of the finest aspiring plus size models who is currently signed to Models Thrive Management, and is managed by Justin J. White who runs the management company. Jasmine states, “I am curvy, I have a big butt and I’m proud of it! I want to give a message to all young girls and women who are struggling with self-love and self-acceptance: Just be proud about who you are because you are good the way you are! Be your own body goals.” Jasmine is remarkable and her features stand out amongst many, her hips do not lie, and her eyes can leave you mesmerised if you stare in them long enough to see what such an enchantress she is, but that’s not all, she has so much to offer being in the right hands and can contribute significantly to the plus size industry.

Justin continues to motivate and direct her in the right direction regarding elegance, resilience, and good work etiquette to protrude. Despite her downfalls she continues to strive to be the best in what she does, and there is no holding her back when she is in her zone and committed.

For any inquiries please contact:

Justin J. White
Managing Director
Models Thrive Management
Email:
justinjwhite@mstmanagement.com

Written by: Style & Curve Magazine

Featuring:
Model: Jasmine El Ktibi
Photographer: Ozgur Aksoy
Website: http://www.aksoynet.nl/
Make-up by: Esma Amassio

 

 

INTERVIEWING MASSIEL HERNANDEZ

A wonderful woman and total sweetheart right from the heart; born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey — Massiel Hernandez. She is not just a plus size model, she’s jane of all trades, and that means she has acquired substantial abilities to prove her entrepreneurship. The Polyglot loves to dance, and sports a wide range of entertainment works from being an actress, writer, and casting director; and appears in the short fantasy/comedy “Sam The Vamp.” Possessing a powerful and winsome character, we have managed to whip up some great answers from the questions we used to interview her. See below what the beaut had to say.

1. You are a model and an actress. What did you do first?

I’ve been acting since I was a young child. I recently started modelling.

2. And how did you start with your second profession?

Another popular plus size model said I have a great look. So I decided to test with local photographers and submitted to different agencies.

3. What other things are you doing besides them?

I also produce films and I’m hosting a podcasts & YouTube channel.

4. What have you achieved as a model so far?

Recently, you can see me all over NYC in Ad for Blink Fitness Gym. I’ve been featured in various magazines, including Vibe, Manik magazine, Daily Venus Diva, Pose Magazine & Plus Model Magazine. I was on the Latin Network, Univision, modelling for the retail giant, The Avenue.

5. Please describe your personality by using 5 hashtags.

#curvygirl #freckles #fun #quirky #happy

6. Which life lesson was the most important one for you and how did you learn from it?

Loving my imperfections. Loving me for me. I’m happy who I’ve become even though I once didn’t love myself. It’s a process to truly see your true beauty. When you do, you’re golden.

7. Describe your perfect day.

Lots of sunshine and good friends.

8. What is your best and worst experience in life?

You’ll always have ups and downs. Life is full of lessons; it’s what you do with it that’s important.

9. What advice would you give to young models who have no idea how to become a model?

Do your research! Know what you’re getting into before you jump in.

10. What can we expect in the future from Massiel?

I moved to LA this year. I have several new projects in the works. You’ll be seeing my face a lot in 2017. 🙂

 

Having conducted a great interview with this princess, I can tell by her words and her works that she is composed yet energetic; upholds great motivation that will make her unstoppable regardless of what obstacles appear in front of her. Working as a fashion stylist and fashion production assistant has given her an insight into the modelling industry, in which she will bring her own flavour to the table. She has so much to offer in the new year, from acting and producing, to making a significant contribution within the plus size industry. We look forward to the work she’s going to bring about, and have high expectations for her. So look out for her and her modelling illustrations, because we are excited to see what desserts are in the works, and I hope you are too.

Written by: Justin J. White

IS IT A NO-GO FOR ASHLEY GRAHAM TO GET INSPIRED BY OTHER MODELS OR IS IT THE MOST HONEST FORM OF ADMIRATION?

Two days ago we got an email from a person complaining that we promote obesity by sharing an image of Ashley Graham and accused her of copying from other models. Plus, the person went on to say that it’s a no-go to copy other people’s ideas. ‘Are you kidding me?’ Was my first reaction when I saw the pictures in the email. I wanted to delete the email, but I said to myself, “I cannot allow anyone to talk this bad about plus size women,” and although we often get complaints about promoting an unhealthy lifestyle by sharing plus size models, I found the second part more interesting to discuss this time.

RIHANNA VS LACHAPELLE – copyright infringement lawsuit

I remembered when Rihanna was getting sued by Dave LaChapelle over her video for S&M a few years ago, because he accused her of copying from his photographs. Here is an article comparing LaChapelle’s photography with Rihanna’s video: Rihanna VS LaChapelle: Can You Spot The Difference?

Since a resemblance can’t be denied, he filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against her. This case never went to court, because they made an agreement so it didn’t escalate further. But since it is a good example to show you the legal side of this topic, here is the definition of it according to Wikipedia:

‘Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. The copyright holder is typically the work’s creator, or a publisher or other business to whom copyright has been assigned. Copyright holders routinely invoke legal and technological measures to prevent and penalize copyright infringement.’

As someone working for a lawyer’s office who also handles copyright cases, this made me think a lot. I don’t know what kind of problem this person has with Ashley Graham, but I myself can say that I don’t agree with it at all. Furthermore, I will explain why it’s not wrong to do so.

ASHLEY GRAHAM VS OTHER MODELS – Can you spot the difference?

The person sent us some pictures as an example. My reaction mentioned above was when I realized that some of the pictures look similar. We got pictures of Ashley put together with other pictures from the models Candice Huffine and Joby Bach.

Judge for yourself, can you spot a difference?

Some of the images were put together by us, because the pictures send by email were too blurry. Furthermore, we checked all images and the ones on the left where all published first.

Analysis

Some pictures show a certain resemblance, while others could be the result of a coincidence. The position of the arms in picture 2 and 4 look like coincidences for me, because I know many models who do the same arm poses. Picture 11 is also a coincidence, because Ashley was not the only SI swim model who wore a black bathing suit with her name on – See here a picture of Bo Krsmanovic. This means that SI swim made the design for this one and not Ashley herself.

On the other hand, the other pictures have a even bigger resemblance with each other regarding the pose and the outfit. A picture is a 100 % copy when there is a similarity regarding ‘the idea, the conception, the design, and the execution as well‘. So what do you think, did Ashley copy the shooting ideas from other models?

IS IT A NO-GO TO GET INSPIRED BY OTHER MODELS OR IS IT A FORM OF ADMIRATION?

This leads me to my final comment towards the person who send us the email below:

‘I don’t know who you are, since it looks like you wrote to us from a fake email account. I also don’t know why you had to accuse us of promoting obesity by sharing plus size models, but I know that you must be having a lot of problems with yourself if you think the women above are obese. Furthermore, I don’t think it’s bad to use the images of other models as inspiration. I myself did it, although in the end there was never a resemblance. The reason for it were the photographers. This leads me to the point that models usually follow the instructions of the photographers for a shooting, which could be the reason why some images look more alike than others. Plus, not every model can bring her own clothes for the shootings which means that some of the styles may also look similar in the end. Then we should not forget the stylists, the creative art directors and the brands themselves, they are all involved in a shooting. To repeat the point about the arms from the section above, all models copy the arm poses. There is not much else you can do other than replicate the same poses from time to time. Let’s face it, many ideas have to be copied, because there are so many amazing shootings happening every day. Coming up with a brand new shooting idea is difficult. For me, getting inspired by other models is not a no-go at all, it is my most honest form of admiration, and taking the works of other amazing models should make those models proud and confident — Especially if it is such a beautiful and successful model like Ashley Graham. I think you can’t be a model yourself, because a model would know that it’s ok to get inspired by other people’s work, plus, if Dave LaChapelle didn’t only had his business in mind, I’m sure he would have also been proud of Rihanna admiring his work.’ ~ Style & Curve Magazine

This is all we have to say about this topic. We see many shooting pictures daily, and we also see resemblances between them, but it is not only one model who uses other models for their inspiration. We can see that many of them do this. Should all models sue each other over shooting ideas? I think not, because the plus size movement will end immediately. This is not what should happen, instead we should all be proud of other amazing models that use each other for their inspiration. This is also what Joby Bach thinks as you can see in her recent Instagram post below:

Thank you @TheAshleyGraham for taking My picture as Inspiration !!!

A photo posted by I am Joby Bach 🌓 (@jobybach) on

We don’t know what Candice Huffine or Gigi Hadid think of being the inspiration for Ashley Graham, but we are sure they also like it.

ADRESSING THE REACTIONS

Right now this article was shared on facebook over 1,4k times and we think that we have to adress the reactions to it.

  1. We don’t want to criticize Ashley at all. We just thought that it might be a good idea to talk about this subject, after receiving the email mentioned above. We chosed to write about this, because we love the images of Ashley and what she achieved so far. We wouldn’t share her if we didn’t like her.
  2. Questions about Posing: It is not a crime to copy poses, unless we talk here about an image with a special pose that became a trademark or a pose that became iconic. Two famous cases regarding copyright infringement about special poses are the case Desmond Howard vs a photographer about the iconic ‘Heisman’ pose, which was solved through an agreement (READ HERE); and the case when Nike was sued by a photographer over the Michael Jordan Jumpman Logo, which was dismissed in court although it showed a lot of resemblance. See pictures HERE. Eventually, it is OK to copy poses and as you can see in the Nike case, the judge dismissed the case although there is a lot of similarity. Dave LaChapelle was, in fact, very lucky that he achieved an agreement with Rihanna before it went to court, because a judge would have dismissed his case anyway. So, you don’t have to worry about anything.
  3. Factor Photographer, Stylist, Art Director and Brand: They have a lot to say, because they make the shooting. The final poses and shooting ideas are mostly created by them. A model only has to follow their instructions in the end. So, if they choose to copy certain poses and shooting ideas, then only because they think it will be good in the end.
  4. Final comment to the reactions, it is not our fault if models like Ashley Graham have haters. We have them too. Therefore, we wanted to write this article to make clear that even if you take other people’s work as your inspiration, you will not have to fear getting sued. We wanted to make clear that we should regard this as a compliment and that we should continue to support each other.

We would like to end this article with a quote of Charles Caleb Colton: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine

CASSIE DONAHUE

Plus-size model Cassie Donahue can not only swim thick but can swim sexy. The seductive-smoky, olive-green-eyed IPM model shows a great deal of curvilinear edges. People are admiring her bonny hips, men are melting behind their keyboards, whilst her 37.5-inch waist and 50-inch hips whip up a good piece of lingerie. And she’s moving forward, up and onwards. Cassie serves with great importance in her life by taking care of those in need, proving her to be multi-talented. Doing both is a big deal, it shows a woman who’s caring, humble, and willing to give up her time for the sake of others; when it’s time to heat up the space, she fills it with fire and a majestic grandeur.

She’s already modelled for Jibri, twelve 26 plus, and was shooting ahead for Sydney’s closet 2017. I cannot imagine what’s more to come, but I know it’s going to be great with her curvaceous posts.

For what meets the eye can be tasteful, but there is more to plus-size women than an enticing body. They have a powerful mind to turn shame into pride, hate into love, and hurt into a gift.   

Written by: Justin J. White

Cassie Donahue’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassieleedonahue/

Left photo credit: Stanley Desbas

Right photo credit: Angela Latimer

WHO IS THE PLUS-SIZE QUEEN?

I have been asked who I would give the “Plus-size crown,” to. So I decided to put 15 names into a hat and pick five by random, starting with a description of what I thought about each one. This was fun, so here it goes.

Rosie Mercado – Although I’m a sucker for wide hips, she is one of a kind, showing to be graceful with great persistence in reaching her goals. She is a woman with courage and a need to show what plus-size fashion is all about. With a high rise smile her cheek bones stand out, and to add the cheery on top, her teeth are as white as snow. In my eyes, there’s no such thing as seeing too much of Rosie.

Rosie

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Alex La Rosa – The caramel voluptuous princess, long hair don’t care — shines bright in her dress. To me, she’s so smooth that she can walk a catwalk and make everything look groovy that even straight-size models would look up to her. Having said that, she always smiles with a body positive credence, showing no slight form of doubt within herself. Something that I love to see in all plus-size women.

Alex La Rosa

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Joby Bach – Tall, thick, seductive, with good dressing etiquette. I can tell you that I honour her, that she looks good in every bit of garment she puts on, and I can tell she’s such a strong woman from her persona. Yes, I am receptive to peoples’ energy whether that’s through pictures or meeting them in person. Joby is eye-catching in every direction.

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Laura Lee – This beauty, always shows what she’s got in her wardrobe, those endless sets of finery will never cease to exist. Her taste from tops to bottoms, and not to forget, her shoes makes me always wonder what she’s going to put on next. Logging on to social media, that inner voice in my head says, “surprise me,” and guess what, she invariably does. Laura Lee sends tingles down my spine.

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Philomena Kwao – Say hello to the sweet mother of chocolate — the African dame to kill for, the lady in the high-rise skinny jeans. Not many women have the style she has; being so humble and curvy with it is a huge attraction for me to feel that she’s one of the most remarkable plus-size models around. She is a glorious goddess with a bonus of curves.

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So who would I give the “Plus-size crown,” to? Well, I cannot decide because they are all beautiful and each have something unique to offer to us. They are all winners in my eyes, all can walk the catwalk with great style and curves, and I love how they make social media a better place; without these models I would feel as if something’s missing in the world full of plus-size women. They bring out the artistic side of things to show that they have an equal-eloquent flavour just like straight-size models.

Who would you give the crown to?

Written by: Justin J. White

Bullying and hating thyself: Let the truth be told

Bullying and self-hate is a very sensitive topic to handle no matter what age you are. You may find that it applies to teenagers the most but it’s worth mentioning that adults experience this from time to time. Everyone is battling demons within, and so without, even the bullies themselves are struggling to get through their day-to-day major issues, causing them to throw their negativity onto specific people around them.

It may be something you’re experiencing due to your weight; a specific condition you have or the way you look. But I can tell you that even the person you regard as one of the prettiest people around feel that they have flaws within themselves, whether that’s in their body or facial features. So don’t be so hard on yourself.

Below is a statement from Dana Falsetti, an important one which proves that many people are experiencing bullying and self-hatred which also stems from bullying too.

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

“I get emails every week from teenage girls who are being severely bullied, called terrible names, made to feel lesser because of how they look.

I get emails from women 50+ who are just starting to understand that they are allowed to be kind to themselves.

I get emails from men who are experiencing the same.

Most tell me they’re depressed and just trying not hate themselves. Looking for guidance and assurance that they are worthy as they are. We spend so much time trying to be what everybody else needs us to be that we can get lost along the way. But you have the authority, we all do, to be free from that burden.

What’s more – you may feel isolated in your sadness or pain, but you are not. I’ve come to realize more than ever that we all experience pain and loss and hurt just the same. In fact, that kind of darkness or emptiness is what brings many of us to the practice. There is somebody else who feels alone for the exact same reason you do. I felt so alone in my misery until I shared it openly here, and saw that thousands of you felt the same. So now I share all the love I have to give and hope that it will continue to spread.

As one of my friends said earlier, our superpower is love. I believe that wholeheartedly, and I believe it needs to come from within, from a place of love for yourself. This is just one of the reasons I practice. Asana literally means seat. If I can sit with myself in the most challenging moments on my mat, if I can have a home in my body no matter what is going on outside of it, I am ready for anything. Don’t fight those uncomfortable moments. They’re teaching you how to live. How to be ready to embrace the truth, that we all have the power to turn off the voices that tell us we’re not enough, and just be.”

Dana

Photo by: Cheyenne Gil

I love the words of Dana, it teaches you not to give control to those who call you names because of the way you look, that you cannot please everyone and that is true for each and every one of us on this planet. There is always someone you can relate to and talk to, there is always someone who has been through the exact or similar scenario that you have been through that walks amongst you with confidence which was once invisible to many. So whenever you feel down in the dumps, I encourage you not to be afraid to pour your heart out to someone, especially those who are close to you, and if there is no one close to you then reach out with a private message on social media to someone who’s indirectly defending your battles. Just like those who have reached out to Dana.

Guidance is everywhere — look all around you, the direction to head towards has been in front of you all along. Love is endless, a click on a few buttons to reach out is close by; many love you, so don’t feel belittled by the minority that speak with miserable judgement. Instead, look at yourself and think about all of the good things you have about yourself, because I can be sure that most people lean towards finding more bad things about themselves when really and truly they have many good things to say.

With all this, life will be much brighter. You could be male or female, transgender or transsexual, twelve or sixty, chubby or skinny — it doesn’t matter, because you’re not the only one, plus there is no definition which supports what is “Normal,” or beautiful. It’s just……………………

ALL PERCEPTION!!! 

Written by: Justin J. White

Dana’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nolatrees/?hl=en

Dana’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nolatreesyoga/

Photographers Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ourbodylovetribe/

SELINI ANGELINI – NEW CURVES OF A NATION

Selini Angelini is one of the newest Plus-Size models to hit the scene and already has a load full of Instagram followers yearning for more. Her unique style of print in colour and black and white gives us a flavour of what’s more to come; the petite-Greek-powerful goddess has alluring curves — something to make the industry go wild for, and it won’t be long until she makes a huge impact across mainstream media for those anxious to see what she’s offering next. Her style depicts good taste, putting on a show for all of her fans across the waters from California to London, Europe and Asia. What more could the industry ask for from such a beauteous young woman who is confident about her character, who strives to be different; who can make any head turn in any direction — even on a dull day.

So get your plus-vision on, because she’s going to create a whirlwind of noise across the globe.

Be sure to follow her Instagram page to feed you with her latest glory. Selini’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/seliniangelini/

Written by: Justin J. White