Controversy caused after posting an article where we asked: “Use the word ‘fat’: Yes or No?”

Due to popular demand, I publish this article* again. It created a controversy because of a false interpretation, which I will talk about below.

Original Article:

“Use the word ‘fat’: Yes or No? Tess Holliday and Joby Bach have different opinions about it. With whose do you agree?

A post of Joby Bach got me thinking a lot about this topic. The term ‘fat’ has like the term ‘plus size’ a negative connotation. I said in this previous article that for me the term ‘plus size’ is not bad at all. Yet, I am not sure if I think the same about the term ‘fat’.

We picked Tess Holiday and Joby Bach, both with very different opinions, out for you.

Tess Holiday’s Opinion

Tess Holliday thinks that using the term ‘fat’ is not bad at all. She even named her first book #TheNotSoSubtleArtOfBeingAFatGirl, because she wanted to change the way we think about the word. Furthermore, by using it and not making a fuss about it she herself is reacting less stressed about it. This is a good way of not getting hurt by the bullies on social media. We can’t change the trolls and their behaving, but we can change the way we react to that.

(Tess thinks that we should celebrate ourselves and using the word ‘fat’ is one tool to achieve this. It is one way of accepting yourself as you are.)

Do you agree with Tess?

Or do you have a different opinion?

Joby Bach’s Opinion

Joby Bach is against using the term ‘fat’. She thinks that if we are using the term for ourselves, then we are also degrading ourselves. She thinks that women should never try to do that and rather use other words, who have a more positive meaning. For her it’s important to have a positive outlook on things, therefore a word like “fat” is not a word a woman should ever use to describe herself. In her view, even if you say it’s ok to let others call you “fat”, your subconscious still has the negative meaning of it connected to yourself. Therefore, she could rather call herself “curvy” or “plus size”, than “fat”.

(For Joby it’s important to not use derogate words, because it doesn’t help you. Self-Acceptance and a positive outlook works for her by using words with a positive meaning.)

Do you rather agree with Joby?

My Opinion:

I, myself, have no problem with the term ‘fat’. Yet, as a depression patient I learned that how I regard myself is very important. During my therapy, I had to write down my thoughts and emotions about the horrible incidents from my past. After writing that down, I had to change my ‘negative’ thoughts into more ‘positive’ ones. This way it can help you to get over them. It didn’t turn down the sad emotions I had, but it did help me to get over with a few incidents. I am still working on accepting my past as it was.

So, from my therapy I learned that changing your mindset on you and your past, can have a positive effect on yourself. 

My question about this is still: “Do I need to turn my mind into something positive for it (turn the word fat girl into big girl), or do I need to name it for what it is and just let it go (call yourself fat, live with the negative connotation and focus on celebrating my life)? 

I think I will use for myself the words fat & fabulous. In this case both the negative and the positive connotation will end up balancing it out. (Plus I love this combination.)

Do you agree with Tess (Fat Acceptance) or with Joby (Don’t use the word Fat)?

I am interested to know your opinion on this topic.”

> The highlighted parts in the brackets have been added to the article later. <


So, let me write something about the false interpretation.

  1. Do you see in the article text above anywhere the N word? No. That is because my discussion is not about it at all, but about the question to use the F word or not. That’s all. Furthermore, as I wrote in my statement: “I am happy to see in my comments that women accept themselves (the way they are). All I wanted to do is to make people think and decide for themselves. It is my job to reflect the different voices of the community.” The only reason why the N word was seen in my article, was because I included the IG link of Joby from her statement.
  2. I can understand very well if people feel hurt by reading Joby’s post just by “reading the N word from the page of a white woman” (words of one commentator). A lot of tragedy is implied with this word, which is a sad part of human history. Yet, because of the sadness surrounding this word Joby included the word in her post. Because of the tragic history we shouldn’t try to keep using it. That is all what she wanted to say with it. She is the mother of a mixed child and her boyfriend is black too, therefore she chose to include it. There are also personal concerns involved in it and she know of the feelings people have with the N word. However, I can also understand if people don’t mind using it to accept this part of the ancestor’s past.
  3. Accusing me to compare the F word and the N word is a total misinterpretation of my article. I didn’t compare them at all in my text and I also don’t think it’s ok to attack someone like this. Especially, if I agree with the attacker regarding the usage of the word ‘fat’. I’m fat too and I don’t mind if other people say they are fat. If they love themselves the way they are; then I am fine with it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.


My last article was first published over a week ago, but the reaction is still significant. 1. My article was only about the question “use the word fat – yes or no”. Plus, this was also what the accused model talked about. She just added in her text examples of other words with a derogative meaning. The main context is only on the word fat. When I saw her post, it didn’t cross my mind that it could look like a comparison, because she never used both words together in a sentence with comparative words like “as bad as”, “worse than” or “just like.” Then it would have been obvious, and I would have cancelled the article completely. Nevertheless, I can understand now why people think it is a comparison, but this thought is not correct. We shouldn’t twist things around, because it creates ground for further legal actions. I believe “…when we are in the realm of Conflict, we can move from the Abuse-based construction of perpetrator and victim to the more accurate recognition of the parties as the conflicted, each with legitimate concerns and legitimate rights that must be considered in order to produce just resolution.” (quote from the book ‘Conflict is not Abuse’). 2. I didn’t choose the models to create a conflict, nor did I published the article to get used for sensationalism. I just wanted to share two opinions of models I respect and admire, because I saw that this is a current topic. 3. I am not against the word fat at all. I also have nothing against anyone using it. 4. The amount of negativity from the reaction has shocked me very much and I can’t believe that this is still the plus size community I started to love many years ago. 5. Furthermore, I just share the beauty of humans. Therefore, I can’t reject anyone because of different thoughts, looks and sizes. That’s why on my page you can see International Curvy Women and the progess of the Plus Size Movement in other countries too… (Continue in the comments)

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Well, this is all I have to say about this topic. I will not share further comments or posts of the accusers, because that chapter is now closed for me. I thank Tess for her reaction and for tagging me, she is an amazing social media star. I just think she misunderstood what I wanted to say. Nevertheless, she rocks with her beauty and her tremendous talent.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Mag



Headline Photo:

photo @jeremybobrow
makeup @kimcretonmua
stylist @surgeonoffashion
hair @t_triassi
retouch @retoucheclandestine

*Article first published on October 25, 2017

#CurvyProject: Canadian Curvies

I decided to pick the Ladies from the Canadian Curvies project for our cover image on our Facebook page, but I also want to introduce our fans to it.



Meet Sarah, Daniela, Yolanda and Catherine – four Canadian women and models from different walks of life that have come together to create a special project entitled, Canadian Curvies. These women united stand for body positivity and diversity, self-love and confidence with a passion for fashion. Their mission is to inspire women and young girls everywhere to love their bodies just as they are, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They believe that beauty starts from the inside, and that confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear. The project was officially launched on social media July 1, 2017 on Canada’s 150th birthday, with a Canadiana-inspired photoshoot by renowned photographer, Ronnie Lee shot at Woodbine beach in Toronto, Canada. As it’s officially summer, the shoot features Ashley Graham swimwear from SwimsuitsForAll and as the women wanted to demonstrate that cellulite, rolls and tummies are natural, acceptable and healthy parts of the body that shouldn’t be hidden or edited out – all of the photos from the shoot are completely unretouched. It is their hope that seeing unaltered bodies will help other women see the beauty in their own.

We asked the Canadian Curvies several questions about their project.

Why did you create this project?

Sarah DeMelo: “I co-founded Canadian Curvies because it is important to me to instil self love and confidence in girls at a young age. Growing up I was only exposed to one body type that was defined as perfect. I want to reiterate that there is no ideal body. Bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and we are all beautiful in our own way.”

Daniela Lombardi: “If a woman does not fit into society’s “norm” she’s considered unhealthy, she’s considered obese, she’s on the couch all day eating donuts.  We have to put an end to this stereotype. By creating Canadian Curvies, we are able to get that message out. I may not be a size 6, but I rock my size 16 proudly.  I have battled my weight my whole life; I watch what I eat, I am active, and I am healthy.  You can be curvy and fit, as much as you can be slender and unhealthy. Healthy lifestyles come in all shapes and sizes…as does sexy!” 

Catherine Field: “There is an important differentiation to be made between being curvy and being obese – we founded the Canadian Curvies because we want to defy stereotypes about what a healthy body is, and role model that a healthy lifestyle does not result in the same shape and size for every body.” 


You are 4 women of different sizes, differend hair and skin colours, why do you want to promote body positivity?

Sarah DeMelo: “I believe the body positive movement, and showing body diversity in the media is really important. It’s important to the four of us that we can utilize Canadian Curvies as a platform to show young girls and women that there is no ideal body. We are all perfect in our own way.”

Yolanda L.: “Growing up, diversity was never prevalent in the media the way it is today. I always believed I had to be a certain size, skin colour or shape to be accepted. Co-founding Canadian Curvies, is my way of giving the younger generation someone to look up too. The greatest joy that I have received since starting this project, is hearing my nieces tell me I’m ‘#goals’.” 

Daniela Lombardi: “Meeting Catherine, Sarah and Yolanda has been truly life changing for me.  We are all diverse and at all different stages in our lives. Each of us brings something different to the table and it just meshes poetically.  A friendship and support system we all least expected and are extremely grateful for. Just made sense that we did something together that we were all passionate about. One of the reasons why I helped co-found Canadian Curvies, is to have a platform for self-love and self-confidence.  We have to teach girls and women that they have to embrace themselves.”


Why is it important to have such a Body Positivity/Diversity project also in Canada?

Daniela Lombardi: “Being new to plus size modeling, I realized that there is a lack of Canadian representation in the plus size market in North America. We want to use Canadian Curvies to bring attention to this. There are a lot of plus size models in Canada; but it seems that if you’re south of the border, your chances are better to be hired… even in Canada. We want to showcase to the world that confident, curvy Canadians can and will rock this industry too!” 

Catherine Field: “We’ve seen an underrepresentation of Canadians in the North American plus size industry, and felt strongly about creating a group to give a voice to Canadian Curvies and bring more awareness to the amazing talent that we have here in Canada.”


Meet the Curvies:

Sarah DeMelo – IG: @sarahdxoxo

Yolanda L. – IG: @yolieyolandaxo

Daniela Lombardi – IG: @_danilombardi_

Catherine Field – IG: @hourglasscath

Photo Credits:

Swimswuits: SwimsuitsforAll by Ashley Graham

Photographer: Ronnie Lee Photography (



On a personal note, I must say that I love the models and the brands of Canada a lot. I even can’t tell you why, but I think that comes from the love my father had for Canada all of his life. He always wanted to go there one day and he was even thinking of moving there with us, but it didn’t happen. I am happy that I could highlight with this article of the Canadian Curvies their issues at least.


Follow them here:

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Make sure you follow them to find out more about them.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Mag




I asked Joby Bach last month if she is interested in doing a personal interview with me and she agreed. I was delighted by that, because as an editor of Style & Curve I wanted to give our fans the chance to know how the people really are. Social Media is a great tool to connect with a lot of people, but you can’t know how a person really is unless you meet them in real life. With the new #GetToKnow interview segment we give you a chance to see who the person behind-the-scene is. Joby loved the idea so much that she even provided us with BTS video teasers and a full shooting story. Find full video and the pics from her ‘STRANDED WITH JOBY BACH’ shooting with Martin Perreault below. Enjoy the interview I had with Joby Bach.

Lyz Lupo: Firstly, tell us some basic information about yourself?
Joby Bach: Well, I am from Montreal, Canada. I spent my childhood in Saint-Bruno; a little city off Montreal. I am 31 years old and I have a wonderful son of 10 years old.

Lyz: Tell us how your life was?
Joby: I had a difficult childhood. My mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol; besides that, she was also bipolar. Luckily, she had this deep desire to get out of this situation and get better, and since 1998, she’s been sober and is functioning very well.
My parents were already divorced so I lived with my mum. It was very difficult, especially between the ages of 4 to 9 years old because of her problems. Positive prospects took place when I went to a private college, because I was surrounded and well guided by the professors. And I could happily say that, “THIS SCHOOL SAVED MY LIFE.”

Lyz: How was it for you as a kid to see your mother being addicted?
Joby: I knew it was not normal! My mother told me that at the age of 3, when she was drinking; I took the bottle from her hands and said: “poison mom poison!”
So, I was pretty much aware of it as a kid.
For some reason, I kept my head cool although I knew it was not normal. Therefore, I never identified myself with this lifestyle. Did I have scars from that time?!!! OH, YES!! Many! And as a result, I sympathize with all those who have had similar experiences to me.

Lyz: That must have been hard, but I’m glad you managed it. How did you learn to not let it affect you? Or, how did you learn to be disciplined and work on your plans?
Joby: That’s a good question!
I believe that my spiritual side embarked here, to answer this question.
I have always said that there are two reasons as to why I could cope.
The first one: Being young, I was NOT raised in a religious family who practised the religion, but for some reason, I always believed in God! At a very young age, I was praying without anyone showing me how to. I felt that someone was watching positively over me in the sky.
Secondly: I saw my mother put loads of effort into getting out of the situation she was in. Unfortunately, damage had been done to me, but it’s NEVER TOO LATE to get out of it. Her recovery gave me a BREAK.

Lyz: Did you continue to be disciplined, or did you also make your own mistakes in life? Describe what happened.
Joby: Oh, jeez!!! YESS, I have made mistakes, but these mistakes have taught me. Because I grew up in difficult conditions, when I was 17, I was selling drugs and I fell myself as a drug user. For me, my thing at that time was Amphetamines, and I loved the night life. My boyfriend at that time was a drug dealer; we had the big life; but it was all illusionary. I lost myself in this universe for 2 and a half years. And I can tell you this, for you to understand that no matter how difficult your life is; there is ALWAYS a way out and you can do something about it. We are powerful and we are the masters of our lives.
By chance, when I was 20, I got out of this world which was extremely unhealthy. I left the boy whom I was with, moved to my father’s house and started to work in a FUTURE SHOP store. It was a new beginning for me.

Lyz: Continue how you became a mother and model.
Joby: I have always been artistic. As a kid, I amused myself by recording myself singing or playing radio presenter. Also, acting as a DJ lol…Yes, I did that!! (laughs), so I am not surprised that I ended up being a model, because I always had an interest in photography and art. On the other hand, my mother role began in 2007 when I had my son, and I can say open-heartedly that giving birth saved my LIFE somehow. I did not want my son to suffer as I had suffered as a child! So, I used ALL possible ways to make sure he would not have the life I had as a child. 🙂 My son is a blessing and the moment I saw his little eyes, I knew I was going to do everything in my power to protect him like a ‘mama wolf’.

Lyz: Being a model is a hard job sometimes, but what about the times when you don’t have a job. How do you manage to stay positive and motivated in those times?
Joby: As you know, being a model means working for oneself. Like all things, when you are self-employed there are strong periods and sometimes slower. This is part of the game as they say.
Personally, during my periods of tranquillity, I take the opportunity to recharge:
Walking in nature, writing, meditating and polishing up on other spheres that turn me on! As for example, spirituality or to create artistic projects. I am also a good life coach! I like to help people in need and to help them see clear through difficult situations. I think I’m a good guider.

Lyz: Why do you think you are a good life coach? What gives you strength to stay positive?
Joby: To be humble and sincere towards all my fans who read me, sometimes I am discouraged in the society in which we live. It’s like a race of the ego.
Who has the most beautiful house, the most beautiful body, the most beautiful career etc, and as a model this game is very present between girls; despite that they are PLUS SIZE, this does not change anything at all.
There is a lot of competition in the fashion industry and that personally turns me off!
I love my job, but I realized that we do not save lives.
Therefore, the best I can do is to try to help my friends and fans realize what’s really important in life. WELL-BEING is real important in-itself, and how to achieve it.
Now you probably wonder yourself, “Why do you continue to be a model.” It’s simply because I love the art behind it. I love to create photoshoots and I love to receive emails from fans saying, “Thank you Joby, you are a real inspiration, you helped me to love myself and to accept myself the way I am. Thank you and please don’t stop!” To be 100% real with you Lyz, it’s my main reason. Plus, why do I find my craft so difficult? It’s because I do not want to act like other models out there. Unfortunately, I find that many of them do it for selfish motivations. Personally, I want to make it in the right way! Without falling into the trap of appearance and lust. I try to keep it real and to focus on the goal to help others instead of being seduced by the assets that the job of a model can bring, or to become A CELEBRITY!
That’s why I think it’s important for me to associate myself with THE RIGHT CLIENTS, because I want to give THE RIGHT MESSAGE to the population. I want to associate myself with those who worry about others and care about others.
Most of my bookings are strategically selected because I like to partner with people of hearts; who take good care of the models. It’s happened to me a few times where I refused big bookings, SIMPLY because my intuition told me: “No, Joby do not make this booking!” I always consider myself and listen to myself.

Lyz: Apart from the motivations of your fans, where do you get your positive outlook of life from?
Joby: It’s a choice
(I don’t have anything else to add) lol

Lyz: Ok, so we already heard that your childhood wasn’t easy, that you also made your mistakes in life as we all did, and that your son changed your life. Can you sum up your life lessons in 1-3 sentences?
Joby: I think it’s super important to be well surrendered by people who have good intentions towards you and who sincerely want to help you. Unfortunately, often in life, it is the bad people who teach you the best lessons! The conclusion is here, do not fear the worst. You should TRUST the process 🙂 and know that everything will be fine in the end.

Lyz: Give me a quote of you that sums up your essence?
Joby: I like to expose the things that need to be exposed.
I’m a truth seeker, like a warrior of light from the famous book written by Paulo Coelho.









Joby Bach is a plus size model from Montreal, Canada for many years now. She works regularly for brands like Addition Elle, Le Chateau, Laura Petit Plus, Wonderbra, Curvy Couture with Vivica A. Fox and she already appeared Vanity Fair  Magazine in 2014.  She is represented by NEXT MODELS CANADA and the contact to book her is DIDIER@NEXTMODELS.CA.



photoshoot: Martin Perreault
model: Joby Bach @jobybach
bts video: Yanik Chauvin @yanikphoto
makeup & hair: Catherine Lavoie @catounua
assistant: Bruno Laporte @bruno.laporte.5
assistant: Pat Tremblay @pat.tremblay.1980
lingerie :  Victroria’s Secret @victoriassecret
location: Daniel Goyette Gas Station, Montreal, Canada
special thanks for location tip: Alexandre Monet @alexandre.monet.3
music: Interlude – Briovere Buffentis –


Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine



Can we just take a minute and relish the beauty of Caterina Moda, an aesthetically-pleasing Canadian plus size model. She loves to box away at the bag showing that she can pack a mean punch, as well as be sweet and flamboyant — all when the time’s right. She has a whole heap of photos, each one depicting a different style — a different sense of dressing; a different theme for almost every occasion. Promoting an array of red ruby, black sombre, sky blue, lilac, flaming-leopard, sassy-flowery, with a sometimes sportswear outfit. Caterina is eye-catching in every aspect.

Her curvy figure is the utmost tantalizing, leaving everyone with eyes of hearts and faces that are heavenly thunderstruck. She’s very important within the plus size industry because she shows what gaudy style is whilst embracing her anatomy. What more can you ask for from Caterina, when she approaches everything she does from all angles with credence. She knows what self-love is, she knows what sexy is, she knows what being a badass is, and she knows how to sport a healthy positive vibe which makes me always curious about her next move.

Looking forward, let’s see what the salsa lover has in her closet, because she always remains innovative in her art, and invents what style is without losing her sense of creativity.

Written by: Justin J. White

Caterina’s website:


‘The force is strong with this one.’ ~ Darth Vader

Is this what he would say about Ashley Graham too? I think so, especially on #MayTheForthBeWithYou day! Ashley slayed in the latest V Magazine issue while she talked about her own body confidence journey. Ashley said regarding cellulite: ‘It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like: “Who cares!”‘

Here is a segment from her interview with Tracee Ellis Ross:

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS Hi Ashley! How are you doing?

ASHLEY GRAHAM I’m so good! I’m so happy to be doing this.

TER Me too! First of all, you’re slaying everybody’s life right now with your fashion. I was spit out of a fashion womb, thanks to momma [Diana Ross]. I’ve been stealing her clothes for a lifetime. My mom was always like, “What are you doing?” Because she always thought that the costumes were incredibly important and worthy of archiving, but I’ve been explaining to her for many, many years, “Mom! Listen, with just your fashion choices in general, you defined an era. These T-shirts are a curated collection!” But that’s not the point. We’re here to talk about you!

AG Who cares! I like being able to talk to you.

TER There’s so much I want to talk to you about! Let’s just dive in. When did you make a decision to love the skin you’re in? Was it something that you found your way to, or was there a particular moment?

AG It would be so much easier to be like, “This is the date, time, and experience I had,” but there really isn’t one. It was more about experiences in my life of devaluing the fact that I was an average, normal girl living in the city. But being told, “You’re fat,” “You’re ugly” or “You’re just not good enough,” and trying to live in these model standards, that was my normal. I think I hit bottom around 18. I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And she told me, “No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.” To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite.

TER In our culture it’s a big, ugly word, but it’s such a normal part of the human body. As women, we’re taught to see through the eyes of other people instead of our own.

AG I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom, “Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.” She pulled her pants down and said, “Look, I have it, too.” And I was like, “Gasp!” She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue. It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, “Who cares!”

TER In high school, I came up with the Jell-O and earthquake test. I’d stomp my foot on the floor while staring, naked, in the mirror so I could watch how long my ass jiggled. If it made me uncomfortable, it meant I had more work to do.

AG I think you have one of the best asses in the industry!

TER Thank you. I never moved into being full-blown anorexic, but that was the sort of tenacious relationship I had with my body growing up. Do you have a mantra you say to yourself when things get tough?

AG Absolutely, I have many. I grew up in a very Christian home, so words have power. I took that with me into every area of my life. If you say, “I’m fat,” that’s how you’re going to feel. If you say, “I’m stupid,” that’s how you’re going to start your day. I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I’m not going to let that affect the rest of my day. Say to yourself, “I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.” For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart.

TER I do the exact same thing! I get clear on what the specific thing is that is frightening me and then I can turn it around into a positive mantra. I keep little white index cards or put it on the home screen of my phone. You want young girls to start with these good thoughts. But I’m 44 and every day is [still] different. How old are you by the way?

AG This year is the big three-oh.

TER I don’t know why people are afraid of getting older. But we should have a conversation about the areas you have to moisturize, and what to do with the armpits as we get older.

AG Should I be moisturizing my armpits?

TER Moisturize them. Talk to them and make sure they should be doing what they’re doing, but do not forget them. Let’s shift gears. How does what’s happening in our country right now connect to your sense of activism and responsibility?

AG I have never had so many political conversations with my girlfriends. If this year has done anything, it’s brought my friendships to a closer level. We’ve been able to get things off our chests and understand things better. We’ve become closer, even just my inner circle. I feel like a lot of American women have gotten closer and tighter and listened to each other more—and been more supportive of each other. It’s not just about the industry we’re in, but the world we’re in. Women have always had a stereotype of being catty or malicious; I think now we’re willing to bring our sisters up and fight for one another. At the end of the day, we just want equality and our rights.

TER It’s a strange time, but I think it’s awakened a lot people. What are your thoughts on social media? You use it as a wonderful tool.

AG I think there are negative attachments to it as far as the face tuning and flawless face and big round butt and tiny waist. It’s like, We get it. But I honestly think social media has been a really great platform for young adults that haven’t been accepted. If nobody in their small town looks like them or is doing the same things as them, they can find people on the Internet.

TER I agree. It’s a way to connect to a like-minded community, but it can obviously go either way. Who are your role models?

AG Growing up, I idolized Beyoncé, J-Lo, and the Spice Girls. I was a mix between Ginger and Scary Spice. I wore the Scary buns and Ginger’s slutty, leopard outfits. Today, I have two role models. One of them is my mom. Just seeing how happy she has been going through [life] and how she’s handled every curveball is like, That’s a women who has integrity and dignity and has been kind and generous to people around her. Business-wise, it’s Kathy Ireland. She’s OG. When she was younger and in Sports Illustrated she was like, I’m going to sell some socks and make a business. Now she has a billion-dollar company. Kathy Ireland, if you’re out there, I’m still trying to be your best friend. You’re on my vision board.

TER Anything you want to say that I didn’t ask about?

AG Buy my book! It’s called A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like and it comes out May 9th.



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Cellulite, stretch marks or tiger stripes and natural unedited skin never looked better in a magazine before.

Do you agree?

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine



This year’s Met Gala celebrated the designs of Rei Kawakubo‘s high fashion brand Comme des Garçons. An exhibition from May until September will continue to feature her, sometimes ‘distressed’ and ‘punk’ oriented, designs.

No wonder that some outfits seemed strange for us. To show you what I mean with that, I should present you the worst dressed list.


The worst dressed has been Katie Perry wearing a custom Maison Margiela piece, which was designed by John Galliano. That dress is scary, it reminded me of the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones.  Madonna’s is from Moschino’s designer Jeremy Scott. Scott is famous for his crazy and colourful designs, but Madonna looked rather boring to me in this creation.

Helen Lasichanh, Pharrell Williams wife, and Caroline Kennedy both wore designs by Comme des Garcons. I added them to the worst dressed list, but I think they are less horrible then Katie’s and Madonna’s dresses.


I’m not surprised that she made it to the best dressed list, but Ashley Graham achieved that also because of the great work H & M did on her dress by staying true to her figure.

Zendaya is the second Lady who made it to our best dressed list. She looked like a princess in her colourful dress, which had parrots printed on it. The dress was designed by Dolce & Gabbana.



Serena Williams attended the gala with her fiancé Alexis Ohanian and Blake Lively with her husband Ryan Reynolds. They both wore Versace, but the reason I had to pick them for the cutest couple list is their happy faces. The only thing that is better than being happy at the beginning of your relationship, is when you are still happy years later.


Even if you don’t believe me yet, you will see in the next days and weeks a lot of images and videos of artists re-creating this look. Rihanna rocked the pink highlighter look amazingly!

Plus, Rihanna is the only star who can make an over-the-top outfit look great. I don’t know how she does it, but I’ve got to tell you I love her for that. She also wore Comme des Garcons.

I know many of you will love the PINK HIGHLIGHTER look, therefore I searched for you for links where you can get them and what I found so far on Instagram to shop for you. I rather think she products she used is from her own Fenty Beauty brand, but those products aren’t available until September.


Etsy Fuschia Make-up Search

MAC Cosmetics

Makeup Revolution USA (my favourite selection)

Nars Cosmetics

BeYu Cosmetics Blush + Highlighting Powder

Urban Decay Blush +  Highlighter 

Have fun re-creating her look and don’t be shy. With this look you should go over-the-top like Rihanna.

That was it for our review. You might saw that we didn’t feature Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner or Kendall Jenner this time and the reason is that I didn’t like their outfits at all. None of the top social media models like Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid or the other ones were chosen for this year’s list, because I am getting tired of the nude look in today’s fashion. I find images of women showing cellulite and stretch marks a lot more beautiful.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

Image Source: Daily Mail



The images of Kim Kardashian showing her cellulite are storming social media like crazy. Every day I see these images of her.

Even if the press praises her for her unapologetic attitude about her look, she is not the first one to be brave to show her natural unedited skin to the world. Furthermore, Kim didn’t revolutionise the way we see cellulite, nor did she start a movement as the press tried to point out.

I applaud her for being brave and confident enough to present her natural skin to the world. I’m also happy to see that she joined the body positive movement, but we know it started long before her.

We from Style & Curve Magazine follow this movement for a long time now and we are used to images showing cellulite, stretch marks, thick thighs and belly’s.

Therefore, I picked the most known plus size models and bloggers who were unapologetic about their bodies before Kim Kardashian in the collection below:




















































All these women and Kim deserve our respect for showing their so-called flaws to the public. I also showed my own cellulite in shootings from the past as you can see in the post below:

Always be unapologetic about your look. I was so insecure as a teen about my #booty, my #thickthights, my #strechmarks and #belly. I tried to cover up as good as possible, but you can't cover up what's meant to #shine! Today I am much more #confident about myself and my #body. I don't mind to show my #naturalskin anymore. I love my body and my personality. I am special and precious in my own way. Now I only feel bad for following the rules of the society, the media, my friends and family for way too long. I am perfect the way I am and the man who loves me, does this cause I am like this! #loveyourself & #loveyourbody! You rule over your life, but trust me you can't do it if you hate yourself or if you try to please others. Please your own wishes for your life first and the people who love you will still follow. Trust me, I know this for sure! Kind regards, @lyzlupo from #styleandcurvemag. 😘 Photo Left – 2016: By @mfg_prophoto with graffiti style #bodypaint by @esoneart_ for @idaremagazine Photo Right – 2015: Done by myself for my blog on

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At the end of the day, why should we hide the cellulite when it was meant to shine?

Silvana Denker, German body positive activist, photographer and model, thinks we shouldn’t hide our flaws as she shows in her post:

#wokeuplikethis when I was in Madrid after a short night. #nomakeup #nofilter #nophotoshop And please register the beautiful toilet in the background, it is very important for the message of the picture 😂😂😂😂 I have big thighs, a belly with rolls, I have bumps, stretch marks, dark under-eye circles and I have to wear glasses or contact lenses because I can't see very well and I have scars. That's me, without styling, without any beautiful fashion, not retouched, just me the way I am. My life wasn't always easy, I went through some very hard years but I never gave up and became the person who I am now. I'm proud to be me, proud I never gave up no matter what happened. And my body tells the story of my life, I learned to love my body with all the "flaws", I learned to love myself and now I'm happier than I ever was. Don't hate yourself, life is too short ❤ #bodylove #bodypositive #loveyourself #loveyourbody #spreadlove #nobodyshaming #nobullying #selflove #acceptance #love

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Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine




Since Nike decided to launch its very first plus size range for their sportswear to honour the diversity of women’s bodies, it has received much critique which turned out to be both positive and negative. The outfits were modelled from the beautiful bloggers Danielle Vanier and Gracie Francesca; including models such as Naomi Shimada, Paloma Elsesser, and US Olympian Amanda Bingson.

Here are some posts about Nike Women on Instagram:

Did you catch yesterday's blog post?? JUST DO IT! . LINK IN BIO . Today I open up about some new lessons about fear and identity I’ve been working through the last few months and how I’ve –re-adopted the age-old @Nike saying – Just do it! I also talk a little bit about stepping up my workouts @hourglassworkout instead of being fearful. . . Oh…and did you hear?! @NikeWomen recently dropped a new plus size line – It's so nice to see brands like Nike listen to consumers and give us options to workout in – just cause we are plus, does not mean we aren't fit or active! . Hair makeup and photography by @katiuskaidrovoo 🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️ #nike #goldenconfidence #iwontcompromise #skorchmagazine #volup2isdiversity #daretowear #tcfstyle #torontofashionblogger #fullfiguredfashion #ownyourcurves #bodyconfidence #fitness #plussizemodel #psfashiongawds #ashleygraham #fashionforwardplus #curvymodel #GoosFullFiguredFriday #celebratemysize #effyourbeautystandards #beautybeyondsize #mybodysmiles #nikewomen #niketraining #workout #gym #curvyfit #healthyatanysize #healthycurves

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And below are some images around this topic that we liked the most:

I would like to express to all the women who seek sportswear within the plus size range to not feel cut-off by the negative comments, what people don’t understand is that the whole point in launching this range is for unification and acceptance; so that you can feel comfortable in sports clothes whether you are heading to the gym, going for a walk, or wearing it in-doors, you deserve to feel the gratification in these garments. Coming from myself who participates in fitness activities a few times a week, wear what you want, and feel happy in your sports gear, because it’s not only fitness models who can exclusively wear this, or people who meet the ideology of what a healthy body looks like, anyone can.

I will not display the negative comments because I believe that you don’t need to be reminded of them, however – I still want to remind you that you are human just like everybody else. If you go to the gym or intend to go, embrace your curves in your new gear, don’t dissuade yourself into feeling like you’re not worthy of working out in them or that you shouldn’t be seen in public with them, as the feeling comes from within.

I am sincerely happy that there is finally a range of sportswear that target plus size women because it shows that we are moving forward in civilization; that we are creating a positive change, even if those that cannot comprehend the reason behind this are blinded by image.

So to all the women who can now shop for Nike sportswear because they finally have your size, you are the athletes too, you are the sports model to model the clothes too; every audience needs to be reached out to and the voice has finally made its way through the league.

I hope similar big brands decide to do the same.

Written by: Justin J. White


The women and men featured in this article are all bloggers and models who regularly use one of our hashtags #STYLEANDCURVEMAG or #STYLEANDCURVE. We decided to feature the best post in an article each month. Their posts can be about fashion, looks, selflove, bodypositivity or any other topic that we found important to share with you. We won’t comment much about the images, because we believe that the images speak for themselves.

Here are the 20 Best Curvy Style Gods & Goddesses on IG of March 2017:

(P.S. – If I have their website or FB links, I will tag one of them in the headline, preferably. Plus, the numbers are only there to keep track, it doesn’t mean that Nr. 1 is better than Nr.20. They are all equally good enough to be in this list)


1. Daniela Sesay

2. Natalie In The City 

3. Hourglass Cath

4. UK Model Olakemi and her joint campaign #PlusIsDiverse

5. Note Blair

It is a very gloomy day for spring , but nothing will stop me to dress up spring appropriate 💐 In love with this floral shirt from @asos

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6. Elena Egea from Kokkoele

7. Crazy 4 Me

8. In•koi•yo🇳🇬

9. Lora Lyee

10. Suzie Stevens

11. Abia Curve Model

12. Anansa Sims

13. uominidipeso

14. Nindhita Insani

When i count my blessings, i count you twice.

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15. Henrique Huerta

16. Isabel Ruiz from En Mis Curvas

17. Ela from Conquore

18. Asia Mone’t

19. Colorful Curves

In Love with this Outfit from @happy_size_versand

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20. Jaime Je T’aime

We enjoy to see how many accounts use our hashtags each day, and we love checking the images whenever we have time for it.

If you also want to be featured, then you only need to use #styleandcurvemag or #styleandcurve. Maybe next month we will find your image most interesting and share it too.

Style & Curve Mag





Wouldn’t that be an amazing headline?

We already shared several times requests towards Victoria’s Secret to go plus. My idea to do this started after seeing how amazing plus size model Joby Bach from Canada looks wearing VS bodysuits for her shootings. Until this day, Victoria’s Secret did not announce plans to extend their range. We still have hopes thought!


A few weeks ago our fan Kayla Eterni send us a link of the email she send to Victoria’s Secret:

As you can see Kayla has a great body, she just grew a bigger chest naturally. As a big fan of VS she surely would prefer to continue to shop from her favourite brand, but she can’t do that now anymore because they don’t offer clothes in her bra size 34DDD. This would change if VS started to add bigger sizes to their range.

Furthermore, as girls grow older into women their body always changes. It is a natural progress, like it happens again with a female’s body after she gave birth to a child. I myself see this natural process as a problem for VS though, because they will lose their former clients if they stick to the sizes they have now.


To make things easier for Victoria’s Secret we asked Joby Bach to do a shooting for us wearing only their clothes and she agreed! Joby had to change some of the clothes in the VS shop to make it fit her size and to change the look. So, she changed the text of the black shirt from the PINK COLLECTION from “Sorry but I actually Can’t” into “Sorry but I actually Can”. She also designed the Black T-shirt saying: “Definitely and Angel” for the cause, because she really believes that she is an “angel” and size doesn’t matter!




I believe that these words are 100 % true. We are not scared to demonstrate Victoria’s Secret or any other fashion brand, that doesn’t offer plus sizes, how such a campaign could look like.

We know that not every brand will follow our request and we won’t be angry with them on that. We know that a change means also investments, which needs funding first. Nevertheless, we ask brands to think outside their box and think about their future.


In the recent years, I saw so many body positive Instagram accounts growing bigger and better than any other accounts. The reason for their success is a change in the people’s minds. We admire women showing their belly, their cellulite, their stretch marks or any other flaw to the public more than anything else. Showing the world that you are imperfect, but still happy with yourself is a strong message. Therefore, we regard those women as brave. But this is not the end, what has started on social media, will become more and more relevant for our real life. This counts also for the brands we prefer. I picked out Kayla and Joby as those consumers, who would love to see a change in the range and promotion of Victoria’s Secret; but I am sure there are many more who would love a more body positive approach of VS by extending their range combined with the promotion of plus size models.

I say that this is important, because I believe that brands will sell less each year if they stick to their old marketing ideals.

Just look at Sports Illustrated! By choosing plus size models last year and this year, they made sure to succeed again. We the consumers love SI again and we are very excited to see which models they will pick for next year’s issue. The reason why more and more brands and magazines hire plus size models like Joby Bach is, because they see how much they can increase their income through this. As you can see, the body positive approach is already succeeding and it will continue to do so in the future.


I know a single article might not change things, therefore I kindly ask you as our fans to write to VS and ask them to extend their range. Please refer to this article by using this link and write “EXTEND YOUR RANGE AND GO PLUS SIZE – GREETINGS FROM STYLE & CURVE MAGAZINE AND ME”. You can send your email to and to It would be better to use both emails to get heard. Both emails are public.

I believe that consumers rule. If you want a change, then we as the consumers must ask for it. Don’t believe that you have no saying in this world. Every brand listens to their consumers, they have to!

I believe in your power! Kayla, Joby and my team from Style & Curve Magazine also believes in YOU!  Therefore, write an email to Victoria’ Secret today!

I will also write to them in the name of Style & Curve Magazine and ask for an official explanation why they don’t offer bra’s in XL anymore and when they plan to extend their sizes for their consumers.



SHARING RESULTS (Our posts and Joby’s posts)

Website – 2,43k

Facebook – 181,3k (6727 likes)

Instagram – 425k (23924 likes)

Total People Reached: 606,3k (30651 likes)

We had to use the first title to see if this news will create a hype. The sharing result shows that it was a huge success already and I am very happy about that. Victoria’s Secret is a Million Dollar brand, so you won’t get them to change anything if you don’t show them what people want.

Regarding the comment that Joby is not even ‘plus size’ and rather just a normal sized woman. For the fashion industry she is regarded as a plus size model. The plus sizes start at size 8 for the industry. Joby herself is a size 14. Now if you wonder why does she looks so thin and fit, then this is due to her fitness regime.

Furthermore, I know that some people don’t like Victoria’s Secret, because their models look too skinny; like young girls. The reason why they look like that is because VS wants to attract young shoppers, but as I said above they will lose them when the girls become women. With an extended size range and with hiring plus size models for their brand, they can connect again with all women. Don’t you think it is important to show young girls that women come in all shapes and sizes? You might not like VS, but you have a responsibility for the young girls of your society to teach them better.

To make a change you only need to send an email to VS as I said above. Use this chance!



After publishing the article Joby Bach was asked by a newspaper and a TV channel to talk about herself and about this article. Furthermore, other online pages that follow us and her shared also the story.

Here are the links of the article/shows/posts who mentioned our story:

Le Courrier du Sud – Canada

 iHeartRadio – Canada

Krągłości – Poland (liked by 171 users)

Plus Girls – Poland (shared 282 times)


Thank you very much for your attention and inform us if you get an answer from Victoria’s Secret.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine



Photographer: Laurie Godin-Rheault
Hair : Tania Triassi
Agency : Next Models Canada



Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. ~ Henry Ford

Unfortunately, most people don’t think before they comment on Social Media. Yesterday this image of Ullision Photography was shared in private groups to show off the result of his latest shooting with 8 different models. Ullision is known for shooting bigger sized women nude, but in a very beautiful and artistic way and he also puts a lot of work in this images.

So, I was not wondering that he shared this first image in different groups:

Photographer: Ullision Photography Models: Alexandra Ehlert, CutieFruity, Kullerkeksin , KuLLerMieTze (BBW), Shavonne67, Sunny G., Stella, Zaubermausenfrau.

He also shared it on Plus Size Beauty, which is Germany’s best community page and also has its own private group page. Since this page is all about plus size women you would expect more acceptance for bigger women, but this is not true for Germany! It turned out that many plus sized women didn’t like this image and even body shamed the models.

Here are a few translated quotes from the comments of the female fans:

‘Curvy?Das ist nicht mehr curvy das ist fett.Das Bild ist alles andere als schön!!Ich bin selber auch fett.Finde es ist ein grauenvolles Bild.’ / Curvy? This is not curvy anymore, this is fat. This image is not beautiful at all!!! I myself am also fat and I find this image horrible.

‘Zu viel “Fleisch ” auf ein mal …wirklich wie eine Fleischberg.’ / Too much “meat” in one place…like a whole lot of land.

‘Null Persönlichkeit’ / Zero Personality

‘Es sieht aus wie beim Schlachter.’ / Looks like in a butcher’s shop.

Ich kann mir auch kaum vorstellen das diese fleischmassen als schön betrachtet werden können…Fett ist nunmal fett. / I cannot imagine how one can regard all this meat as beautiful….fat is simply fat.

Mir gefällt es nicht und ich finde es peinlich. / I don’t like it and I find it (the nudity) embarrassing.


I must say that now I feel embarrassed by my fellow German plus size women. You enter a group called PLUS SIZE BEAUTY, but as soon as you see real plus sized women you freak out. It is embarrassing that I must see this in a private group area, but I am not surprised by it. Honestly, Germans love to complain. We can do that all day. I know the photographer puts so much effort in this work. He edits them to create these ‘Illusions’. Anyone with a little intelligence must know that for him it’s all about that, since his name is ‘Ullision’. Furthermore, the models also didn’t have it easy. Some of them drove from the North to the South of Germany only to be part of this. You have to be brave to present yourself like this, but no one thinks of that.

That this can happen in a private group comes to my surprise. I thought you will only find body shamers on bigger pages for all women or even on plus size community pages, since all kind of people can follow them; but not in a plus size community group. Style & Curve also experienced this many times on our facebook page. Just recently we shared an post about the 223 Most favourite Plus Models on Instagram, which got voted by our fans; and we received a lot of negative comment about Tess Holliday‘s weight:





This incident showed me that Germany is still very much backward, compared to the US. It is understandable why, but I expect that people could be more respectful to another. I am happy though about pages like Plus Size Beauty and people like Ullision Photography and his models excist. All the negative reaction they get is worth the fight. I can see this every day in my posts. Only by talking about this and showing the natural beauty of women, will the other women also start to accept us more.

Body shaming is a terrible thing, but our motivation only grows through this. Thanks to all the body shamers for that, we fight for you!

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine


Photographer: Ullision Photography
Models: Alexandra Ehlert, CutieFruity, Kullerkeksin , KuLLerMieTze (BBW), Shavonne_67, Sunny G., Stella, Zaubermausenfrau.






I decided to publish a list of ‘YOUR FAVOURITE PLUS SIZE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM’, after receiving a lot of comments from you.  The image was originally a post from Joby Bach‘s page :

Let's go! #StyleandCurveMag #repost @jobybach

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It took me several days to count all the tags/votes and to figure out how to present you the final results.

I wanted to see if you (as the fans) can reflect with your votes who is trendy and who is up and coming at the moment; I must say that I am very pleased with the results. Of course, many of you also voted for people who are not that known yet, and I don’t mind that, because these are just fan votes in the end. Nevertheless, fans are consumers and they need to be heard!

Furthermore, I want to point out to the fashion world that the International Plus Size Community is growing bigger each year. More people in more countries are becoming active and the result I present to you this year is approximately 10 or 20 % of the total amount.



(This selection contains many big model names from the International plus size community, but some are new names with a very supporting following.)


(This selection contains of a lot of known names, but also many new and upcoming models/bloggers worth following.)


kitchi cherokee
jade green


  1. Only the votes on the post seen above on Instagram and Facebook count.
  2. Votes that followed after I announced that I will start the counting, don’t count as votes anymore. Therefore, they could not get added to this list; they are just your opinions of the best models on social media.
  3. Models/Bloggers that got tagged by the same person 2 or more times will only get one vote.
  4. Models/Bloggers accounts that are private could not get added to the album, since their images are not public. Affected by this are two accounts. The links of the private accounts who got one vote were added in the list of the people for 1 vote. 
  5. Some of the tagged accounts were not models, or were models which we would not share on our page. They were also kept out of the list. We understand that you like them, so we didn’t remove them from the original post.


I hope you (as our fans) are pleased with your result, I for my part am very happy to see that 5 people voted for me. This is the only time I am allowed to participate in a contest as myself, as this is just a fan voting system. Thank you very much for that. :*

To all the models who got 1 vote, I am sorry if I didn’t add you in the album. I tried, but I had to find out that an album with 223 people is too much for my website (for now). Therefore, I added your IG links so that the fans can check you out.

I love how the results reflects the current trendiest models/bloggers, and I love that I discovered many new accounts with your help.

To our fans: Thank you very much for making such great results. This is your work!

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine