JOBY BACH FEATURED AS THE FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL FOR VICTORIA’S SECRET

(BY STYLE & CURVE MAGAZINE)

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!

CONSUMER ASKS FOR EXTENTED RANGE

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.

JOBY BACH IN THE FIRST PLUS SIZE CAMPAIGN FOR VICTORIA’S SECRET

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!

HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF HER RE-DESIGNING:

MORE IMAGES FROM HER SHOOT:

CURVY MODELS ROCK!!!

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.

GO BODY POSITIVE AND PLEASE DON’T GO DOWN

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.

COMSUMERS RULE

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 victoriasecret@customercare.com and to vsrequest@victoria.com. 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.

I will keep you updated about any information I get.

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

Website: www.stylencurve.com

Email: styleandcurve@gmail.com

SHOOTING CREDITS
Photographer: Laurie Godin-Rheault
Hair : Tania Triassi
Makeup: JF DUPONT
Agency : Next Models Canada

 

ARTISTIC IMAGE OF PLUS SIZE WOMEN GOT BODY SHAMED ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY OTHER PLUS SIZE WOMEN

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:

THE REACTIONS MADE ME WONDER ABOUT TWO THINGS:

WHY ARE PLUS SIZE WOMEN ACCEPTING CURVY MODELS, BUT NOT MODELS OF THEIR OWN SIZE?

WHY ARE PLUS SIZE WOMEN SCARED TO ACCEPT THEMSELVES AS THEY ARE?

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

YOUR 223 MOST FAVOURITE PLUS MODELS ON INSTAGRAM

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.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS FOR THE FAN VOTES OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLUS SIZE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM:

57 MODELS/BLOGGERS WHO GOT 2 OR MORE VOTES:

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

166 MODELS/BLOGGERS WHO GOT 1 VOTE:

(This selection contains of a lot of known names, but also many new and upcoming models/bloggers worth following.)
@barbramonteiro
@mariajimenezpacifico
@eva_believer
@irenecurvymodel
@telethiap
@missdivakurves
@rachelallenplusmodel
@tisaedge
@anitamarshall_
@ingrid_pmedeiros
@divandiamonds
@modelchristinamendez
@lexylu_pinup
@bertina_bertina
@karee.d
@musingsofacurvylady
@annamariacabezas
@thefluffygirlmovement
@chrlla_
@daniellevangrondellemodel
@curvyrocks
@tanya_gouraige
@bcuz.im.elena
@thelexistout
@curvynyome
@khahn18
@blakk_cocoa
@shadeyshay
@lyannalynette
@marisol_vasquez007
@charisma_monroe
@missalexlarosa
@thestylishreid
@cillasidd
@rinadotson
@catieli
@lacenleopard
@rosewood_avenue
@jadasezer
@mayralouise
@ebonyplusmodelwalker
@therealshannonmcdowell
@brittni.christine
@norvamichelle
@magdalenebullock
@lynnezombie
@lexkhenry
@ririebogar
@chooselifewarrior
@ihartericka
@desireejenkins
@curvesonabudget13
@darkthriller
@mizsthicknesz
@micuerponopidelechuga
@missskulin
@candicekellyxo
@juliehenderson32
@ivydoomkitty
@mia_kaiser_
@mustangsallytwo
@fwteinisouvlaki
@tiaprovost
@abbey_ries
@thesabinakarlsson
@alebaronplusmodel
@_kamora_
@lolo_plusxo
@kiarasherman5
@_the_b_word_
@jadeallwaze
@brittanywilborn_plusmodel
@iambarbeehima
@pluszizepinup
@labronca
@jennsgotcurves
@lusiluer_plussizemodel
@yoliswa_xo
@erikalipps
@oshawaiters
@brittneecblair
@franny_curvas
@itscrystalnicole
@alexkairington
@tifftiffrosee
@majoramarina
@melissa_masi
@allexadalessio
@thatssogermaine
@sarahbowles_
@gabriellalascano
@ceceolisa
@barbienox
@mynamesdiana
@louisvuittoncrocs
@benjaminmontanez
@abearnamedtroy
@curveella
@reneesha_official
@anyisandg
@theericalauren
@_hannabella_
@mommyslittlemonster_curvymodel
@naturallyfashionable
@lovecurvy__laurabrioschi
@khrystyana
@kheazy
@teaganbrookeplusmodel
@som3thing_sw33t
@felicityhaywardcurvemodel
@chubbybabe_
@ilovemisi
@laurennicolefk
@plussizebypaulaperez
@samantha_nivia_
@itsbrittanylea
@ysaaaabel
@miss_buxom_beauty
@kris_sy225
@lydiafixel
@romy_lea
@kmw_plus
@caterinamoda
@ophiliaenterprises
@marquimode
@aliciasweetiesweets
@just_zuri15
@krisyeo
@lovetolondon
@jazzurawesome
@megmodels
@__olakemi__
@alissbonyt
@mandee_neriah

@chloemarshall01

@chelsea_millerxoxo
@beautynotsize
@geneve.b
@anansasims
@klarakazmi
@goldiebow
@fluvialacerda
@misshelen_xo
@rosiemercado
@elke
@bichubi
@traprapunzel
@nolatrees
@jenniferfili
@ms__elise
@curvylicieuse
@_noemi_nina
@misslestrange_curvypinup
@tammybnyc
@karrra66
@crystallee_plusmodel
@msbonita_plusmodel
@ms_6ftsomething
@curvyology
kitchi cherokee
jade green
@viva_la_curvy
@chrisdxl
@thebigfashionguy
@chubstr

NAMES ADDED AFTER AN CHECK-UP:

@simplyhollywooddriven
COUNTING REGULATIONS:
  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

 

“I’m not ashamed of a few lumps,” says Ashley Graham, but why do parts of the society still don’t think so too?

Every time I share an image of a curve model showing her natural skin, Instagram goes crazy about it. Literally every single time you will find insulting and degrading comments. I myself don’t want to repeat them for now, because I am getting tired of hearing the same words on our page on Instagram!

I would rather like to discuss how to avoid such a behaving in the future by talking about the latest images Ashley Graham. The pictures were taken during a shooting she had together with Teyana Taylor and Niki Taylor at the Miami beach on March 1, 2017. It was a shooting inspired by the iconic serial Baywatch with David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. The images of Ashley took the online world by storm. The display of her butt, her cellulite, part of her tattoo and just herself in the most natural way without any photoshop was literally breaking the internet!

Here is the full collection of images I found so far online:

Pictures are not in chronological order and the source of them is the Daily Mail.

I would like to know now, why can some of you still regard this as terrible or horrible when the rest of social media loves it?

I would like to know, why can’t you just accept that women and men come in all shapes and sizes?

How much more unedited images do I have to post for you to finally realize that you have been brainwashed by the media and that you need to accept NOW everyone as they are?

Realize one thing, Ashley Graham loves your hateful comments, no matter which page shares her. She loves it because, by creating a constant stir with every image she stays relevant and trendy. She is even making more money from your insulting words. Ever thought about that?

Realize another thing, I also love your hateful comments. You give me the motivation and the drive to keep this website and my idea of my magazine alive. I would probably get bored if it wasn’t for you. You are the air I need to breathe. But to make this life better, you should just start to realize that every individual has a right to exist! Is that so difficult?

Ashley Graham said once in a Vogue interview this: “A little cellulite never hurt no body.” I believe that too. This society has come so far and yet we are not wiser than 50 years ago, we believe today that only thin women are regarded as beautiful, while since the beginning of human kind a plus size woman was regarded as the ideal body type. Why else were our forefathers taught that they should praise and admire women who have the body of fertility goddesses?

Nowadays a woman is immediately regarded as ugly and fat when she becomes pregnant and many women are even scared of gaining weight therefore.

What happened with admiring women for their natural beauty?

What happened with respecting any woman, no matter if pregnant, or what size or look she has?

It’s a world upside down and this world is ruled by negativity, but my page, many other pages and models like Ashley Graham are here to show you that we are all beautiful and perfect the way we are!

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

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INTRODUCING THE FIRST PLUS SIZE AGENCY FROM CHILE!

A few weeks ago I found a new amazing Instagram account. I was just checking the interesting IG page of a fan who left a nice comment under one of my posts and I saw that she has some really good images. I kept on looking and found out that she is a model from the Agencia y Academia Plus Size en Chile.

The Agencia y Academia Plus Size en Chile is the first ever plus size agency in Chile. I immediately realized that this is great information I need to feature on my website. It is special, because besides Brazil the other countries in South America are so far behind in the plus size movement. A female fan even once commented that she cannot find any clothes in her country so she has to import them. Another female fan wrote that she only buys bras in the US when she is on holiday in Miami, because she finds none for her bust in bigger sizes. As you can see the need for plus size clothes is there, but the supply isn’t. An agency like Agencia y Academia Plus Size en Chile can change that by promoting the needs and the beauty of curvy women.

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To let you find out more about the agency and the situation in Chile, I asked a representant of the the agency to do an interview with us. Here are their answers:

1. Since when did your agency exist? In which city?
Agencia y Academia Plus Size en Chile starts on December 2015 in Santiago de Chile.

2. Why did you want to create a plus size agency for Chile?
In Chile, like most countries, there were beauty standars that you were only beautiful if you were skinny. Well I’ve always felt pretty and happy with my body, but I realized the low self esteem the women had and that’s just wrong. Women thought that because they were plus size women, you were not able to feel pretty, sexy or even wear high heels. So from that this whole idea started wanting to help women, teach them to dress their bodies, to accept themselvs, to gain confidence, to love who they are and what they got is perfect, and to show Chile and the world that here are confident women who can represent the word Plus Size. We know that there are not ugly women, just women that are lost in loving who they are.

3. Is there a need for plus size models in Chile?
Yes, as the times has gone by, there is a need for the Chilean women to be represented by a real person, meaning a woman with a belly roll, with cellulitis, big hips… the whole package. The brands bring products that are for “big girls” but they use models from 2 years ago and people don’t even know who they are, like if they are going to look up to somebody, why not a person that lives and shares their reality here in Chile.

4. What size does the average woman in Chile have and are there many plus size women?
From size 12 to 22. In Chile 4 out of 10 women are Plus Size.

5. What kind of training or preparation do you offer your models?
Since the beginning I always wanted to have professional people working with me and if we wanted to get out there the idea was to do it right. We prepare workshops, teaching them catwalk and photography. We also work with their self-esteem and confidence.

6. What are your plans and hopes for the future?
First of all, we want our models to be valued as real models and be treated just like any other “normal size” model. And we want to incorporate the Plus Size beauty to different places, like fashion, art, movies, tv, editorials, etc.

7. What can we expect from you this year?
Agencia Plus Size has big dreams, but we want to go step by step. Our big success will be having our first Miss Plus Size in Chile.

Below you can also get to know the models of Agencia y Academia Plus Size:

Photographer: Javier Moreta
Director: Vanessa Isla

FOLLOW THEM HERE:

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

For more information about them, contact them here: plussizechile2016@gmail.com

We from Style & Curve Magazine wish the Agencia y Academia Plus Size all the success to create a true and lasting movement in Chile and worldwide.

Kind regards,

Style & Curve

COVER PIC CONTEST ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM FROM APRIL 1 – 2 IN COOPERATION WITH PLUS ELEGANCE

 

The next Cover Pic Contest will happen from April 1 – 2 in cooperation with the page Plus Elegance. This time we want to try to see how working together with another page will be like. We are very excited about this.

Goldie Bow from Finland is until this day the winner with the most likes. She achieved over 2200 likes only through the support from the Finnish community. It was the first time that the international plus size community heard about the power of the finish plus size women and their male fans. In retrospect, we should have known that the descendants of the Vikings are always fighting for their own people and that there are a lot of them. 😉

Here is a collection of the images she had published during that time:

 

The contests are what I totally miss about my page on Facebook and I want to have that back, but most of all help new models or bloggers gain followers though that. The more you grow, the more I and the community grows.

Never forget that a movement doesn’t happen only by a hand full of people!

Here is how I will be organising it:

  1. From Feb 15 – 27 I will publish several posts on Facebook and Instagram shouting out that models and bloggers can apply to us vial email to styleandcurve@gmail.com.
  2. Then in the morning of Feb 28 I will create an album on Facebook with the pictures and inform every contestant that the contest has started. I will send each one them the link of their exact picture to share.
  3. Furthermore, I will also share each contestant on Instagram and tag them, if possible.
  4. The contest will be held from Feb 28 til Mar 1, 10pm CET.
  5. I will announce the winner by changing the cover picture with the winner’s image. This image will remain uploaded there for a month, unless I must change it for special or unexpected reasons.
  6. Then on March 15 the search for new contestants will start again with a new article or simple announcements in different posts. This will happen every month on the 15th, unless we are too busy with other stuff or sick.

Here are the requirements for models or bloggers:

  • The models/bloggers should send in a rectangular picture in a very good quality. The image should not be blurry at all. (SEE EXAMPLE PICTURE BELOW)
  • The models/bloggers should have a Fan page or at least a public Instagram page for reference.
  • The models/bloggers need to tell us the following information of them:
  1. Name 
  2. IG account name (@…)
  3. Links of Facebook Fan page, Website and of Instagram page
  4. Location, Country
  5. Picture Details about the submitted image (photographer, mua, stylist and if the image was already published elsewhere)

Further information for the contest:

  • The models or bloggers can be both female or male.
  • This contest is free for everyone from every country of the world!
  • The contest will be held ON FACEBOOK AND ON INSTAGRAM and the likes will get counted by my on Mar 1, after 10 pm. After that the posts in Instagram will get removed.
  • The models or bloggers participating in the contest agree to share their image on all their social media pages with the link (also in bio) while asking their fans or friends to like their image on our pages.
  • 1 Like = 1 Vote. This means that you alone are responsible for the success during the contest. You are also allowed to share your image in private groups if you want or you can even make a paid promotion for it (if you like to).
  • Everyone that already participated in the past in the Profile Pic Contest can apply again for the Cover Pic Contest.
  • Please note that if the image or information submitted is not good enough (not rectangular), we might have to decline your participation. As a magazine, we must make sure to deliver a good picture quality. Edited images are welcome, but also unedited ones that show your natural skin. HERE IS THE PICTURE EXAMPLE:

 

Photo Sini Hollström for www.pin-up.fi

 

We the admins and editors of Style & Curve are not allowed to intervene in the contest, not even by sharing the album on our private pages. We can only share an information on the Style & Curve social media pages.

I hope you like this idea as much as I do and I am excited to read your emails with your pictures sent to me via styleandcurve@gmail.com.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Mag

GRAMMYS 2017 – 2 Queens & 1 King

This years Grammys were very interesting and surprising!
You would have expected that Beyonce would win again, but….WRONG!
You would have expected that Kanye and Kim would show up again, but….WRONG!
You would expect that every performance will work out well, but…WRONG AGAIN partially!

But first, let’s talk about the most important people of last nights show:

ADELE

Adele became the winner of Album of the Year, but she said that she cannot accept the award when Beyonces album was so much better. Adele turned out to be a huge fan of Beyonce and even ripped her award in two pieces to give Beyonce on part of it. I must say I never saw a female winner being so nice and kind as Adele was last night!

Beyonce’s reaction to Adele’s speech was also very touching.

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Which is why Adele became the first queen of the night! She wore a dresses from the fashion label Givenchy.

 

BEYONCE

Beyonce herself became the second queen of the night! Presenting her beautiful pregant body the way she did it was amazing. I loved her red dress, I loved her outfit for her acceptance speech and all her looks from her performance. She looked like an acient african or egyptian fertility goddess. All the outfits she wore were done by Peter Dundas and the headpiece was from House of Malakai.

 

JAMES CORDEN

James Corden really rocked the show in the beginning with his performance. It was really funny and his attitude to still rock the stage only while wearing a smoking, a shirt, shorts and socks was awesome. He slayed! I found his look so great and since the band Twenty One Pilots also wore this look for their acceptance speech, but in their case it was just a promsie they gave themselves to show up like that if they ever win a Grammy.

Nevertheless, I am having the feeling that this could become a trend. 😀
Which plus size male blogger wants to try out this looks too for fun???

 

CURVES ON THE RED CARPET LOOKS

These are the other looks of the stars which I liked a lot! Rihanna might not be plus size, but I still love her look a lot.

 

TRYING WAY TOOO HARD LOOKS

I decided to rename the the section of the bad or failed looks. I have learned by now that everything is fashion and art. Litterally everything! That is why I decided to rename this just in the ‘Trying way too hard’ looks. The stars who end up in this section just don’t look good or choosed the wrong message for their look, which ended up in social media ridiculing them. The reason for them to choose these outfits is to get some attention. I can respect that they want the attention and I don’t mind to give them that, but luckily I don’t need to agree with them on their decision. Besides that I still love the ideas they had.

 

Which star touched you the most last night? Who was your favourite?

This is it! What more can I say to pay a tribute to Michael Jackson. I loved that the stars made tributes to so many stars and even if Adele had to restart her tribute to George Michael it was still better afterwards!

Now I am excited to see what Beyonce will do next year. 😉

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

Picture Source: www.dailymail.co.uk/

 

ISKRA’S SELF MAGAZINE CONTROVERSY

Iskra Lawrence is the new promo model for a fitness plan of SELF Magazine. This might be a great success for her to be chosen, but it also came with consequences that caused uproar within the public — especially by body positve activist and blogger @Bodyposipanda and others who have previously suffered from eating disorders.  Iskra said in a statement that she knew about an eating plan, but did not know that it contained such low calories. Regarding my opinion as a personal trainer, it’s really hard to say because firstly, the recommended daily intake varies from person to person depending on their requirements, that could be to lose weight or gain weight. Secondly, you need to determine whether someone is active or inactive to determine how many calories they need. Thirdly, it depends on where you’re getting those calories from, whether it be carbohydrates, fat, protein or alcohol.

What should have happened is that SELF Magazine should have stuck to the recommend daily intake: 2500 calories for men, and 2000 calories for women. Then include a suitable amount of calorie intake ranging from carbohydrates, protein, and fats (although a qualified nutritionist can only give you an exact nutritional profile). This is where it gets a little confusing (although these figures tend to slightly vary from time to time), the government guidelines recommend : fruit and vegetable (33%), starchy food which includes potatoes, rice, and pasta (33%), milk and other dairy products (15%), non-dairy sources of protein which includes meat, fish, and beans (12%), foods and drinks high in sugar or fat (7%). Some people will argue that these figures are not realistic or are not good for your overall health, whereas some people will agree to those figures.

SELF Magazine should have given a “Healthy,” eating plan and not a “Diet,” plan which is less than the recommended daily allowance. I think that’s where the problem starts where it sends out a message to lose weight even if people are at a “Healthy,” weight and sticking to the recommended daily intake. As far as I’m concerned the calories within the meal plan added up to around 1500 calories per day, which is 500 calories below the recommend daily intake for women, and 1000 calories for men. Calorie intake also depends on each individuals lifestyle, age, height, weight; how busy you are within your daily job also affects calories being burned, etc. That’s the only way to determine true physical fitness, but let me not shy away too much from the main point which is that the plan promotes weight loss and not a healthy eating habit. See here

Is it okay for a curve model to promote fitness? It is completely okay, and all sizes can participate in fitness which also contributes to a good and overall well-being.

To conclude, SELF-Magazine along with Iskra should have included a “Healthy eating plan,” that they both agree with which complies with the recommended daily intake guidelines along with a balanced diet to round it off. This would have avoided the conflict between the public about Iskra and her work with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA).

Also, to any plus size model who does work for any type of magazine/organisation, please make sure you check with the company what the advert entails: if it meets your requirements, if it meets customer satisfaction (although it is impossible to satisfy everyone), and that it wouldn’t damage your reputation and jeopardize your career by sending out the wrong messages. We all know mistakes can happen but some come at a heavy loss.

Chronology in Iskra’s posts:

No eating plan information, but a picture eating chocolate.

🍫 Happy New Years everyone😘 if you're feeling the pressure to do the whole new year new you diets, think about what reason you're doing it. It's gotta be for you. And it's not about changing yourself because you're not good enough we can make healthy choices of moderation and self care improving our health rather than just changing a number on a scale. I will set myself new goals and challenges in Jan to try and be the best version of myself. I will never feel guilty for eating chocolate or pizza but I also want to keep finding new ways to challenge my body and mind. Eating what I want in moderation but also nourishing myself and trying new exercises to improve my fitness, strength & even for stress relief. Tomorrow is the start of my Jan challenge with @selfmagazine we spent time thinking of a way to create a healthy challenge that you can learn from and it's about you feeling good about yourself because health is so much more than just a size or weight. The links in my bio👆 to sign up and I'll post a pic for the first move tomorrow😝 wearing @aerie undies in this pic by @gavinglave #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful

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Statement:

I want to first thank you all for voicing your concerns about the New Year’s Challenge. I know nothing I can say will undo the damage that was triggered, but I'm thankful to have you all to learn from. Your voices have had such a huge impact and that makes me so happy. After seeing many of your comments and DMs, I spoke with SELF's editor-in-chief, Carolyn Kylstra. We had a meaningful conversation about the Challenge, after which she made the decision to remove the meal plan. My involvement with the Challenge from the beginning was the fitness aspect—I wanted to share some of my favourite workout moves with you all that aren't for weight loss, but to feel healthy, strong and to look after our bodies. I knew that there would be recipes involved but did not know that they would be put together in the form of a meal plan or be so restrictive / low cal. I don’t believe in diets, haven't controlled my food since recovery, and would never mean to advocate for them. So thank you to @selfmagazine for hearing us – this truly shows the power of our community and the importance of the work the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is doing. We are stronger together and we are enough! Thanks to my bf, fam, my team, @nourishandeat @ddlovato and all of you who support me & @nedastaff 💚💙💚

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Written by: Justin J. White

 

Reference:

http://www.newhealthguide.org/The-Eatwell-Plate-Percentages.html

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/528193/Eatwell_guide_colour.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/547050/government__dietary_recommendations.pdf

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3496574/What-eating-day-according-Government-Two-slices-toast-jacket-potato-plenty-fruit-veg-t-rely-smoothies.html

 

 

 

 

 

PLUS SIZE MEN ARE FLOURISHING

Male plus size models are steadily stepping-up, although still fresh, they are up and coming, plus it’s something that I’m looking forward to, seeing them make their mark in this fashion industry. I have been seeing a lot lately, neatly dressed from head to toe — looking dapper, from the likes of IMG model Zach Miko, Benjamin Montanez, Kelvin Davis, Claus Fleissner, Troy Solomon, and aspiring brawn model, Arcadio Del Valle, to plus size male bloggers Michael-Anthony, Riccardo Onorato, Alessandro Carella, and Syed Sohail. It’s a prominent journey for this blooming territory, there must be so many questions like who’s next, how big can this get, what does this mean for the fashion industry, and what do they plan to implement regarding plus size modelling for men.

This was something that was thrown in the deep end, but looks like it’s working wonders for the fashion industry. People are hoping to see more of this and I mean significantly, to the point that it sends the industry into a great deal of enthusiasm; something that could eventually happen overnight or gradually depending on the industries future interest and how many people are intrigued overall. I believe it will bring great business and opportunity to many people and designers, as they will be able to design new clothes that are fit for purpose for plus size men.

 

See below the male models mentioned above:

Zach Miko

 

Benjamin Montanez

 

Smile, it may make someone's day! 😊(I've had this Jean jacket since high school, over 10 years) 💯 🙌🏾

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Kelvin Davis

 

Claus Fleissner

 

2017 is about stepping out of the fog…and into…an area with…less fog?… #Brave #Important #Inspirational #🌫

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Troy Solomon

 

Arcadio Del Valle

 

And some of the bloggers: 

|#TheBigFashionGuy| #TbT Styles "I stand on the shoulders of my haters" lol

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Michael-Anthony

 

Riccardo Onorato

 

Alessandro Carella

 

Syed Sohail

That’s it for now folks. Let’s see what the future holds for this sector, because I’m sure there are a lot of men who would never have thought this trend would be coming through anytime soon. A great thumbs up from our side to see this happening.

Written by: Justin J. White

 

 

SAY “NO” TO THE NOT-GOOD-ENOUGH PROGRAM!

This is a story of a woman I care for deeply. I am not directly related to her, but she is a part of my life. This is less a story, but rather a prayer for her to change for the better!

I love this woman and so does her family, but she tries too hard to fit in her perfect and ideal image of herself and life in general. She suffers from it, because deep down inside she thinks she is not good enough and maybe not worth to have a happy life. I tried to build her up several times and still she doesn’t change.

I guess the reason is her difficult life. If you feel all lifelong that you must do more to receive love, then you surely think that you are ‘not good enough’. This behaving is a program that gets created in your childhood and you suffer from it for the rest of your life.

This is what the ‘NOT-GOOD-ENOUGH PROGRAM’ makes with you:

  • You go on diets, because you think you will only be better when you are thin as the women on TV.
  • You become fanatic about having a clean apartment and spend several hours a day cleaning.
  • You become a perfectionist and everything should be perfectly organised, even a small party for your kids.
  • You only feel good when you strive to the ideal image of you and try to avoid admitting that you are not good enough.

The truth is that you need to admit to not be good enough to get over this evil program. Accept the chaos, because chaos is a happy life! Once you accept that you are not good enough, or that you will never be perfect you will realize that it’s not so bad to be imperfect. You are still alive! Your husband, kids and family still love you. They know you are not perfect and they also see that you try to be perfect too hard, but they can’t stop you. It ´must come within you. You have to realize it yourself. It’s your life, your thoughts and your challenges!

Just believe me, accepting that you are not perfect and seeing how your life improves afterwards is important for you. Otherwise, you will fail in whatever you try to do. You will also have to get sick if you don’t change, because your inner suffering is too much for your body to handle. Don’t strive to be perfect, strive to be you, O!

Epilogue
I know that this is not only of one individual, it is a story of many. Many women and men out there suffer from the ‘not-good-enough program’ and they clearly shouldn’t, because it causes too much distress to your life and loved ones. Life is hard and it sucks most of the time, but you shouldn’t make it worst by thinking you deserve to be like that, because you are not good enough. I can understand you and many other women can too, we all have this program in us; but we need to fight against it with love to overcome the negative view of us!

#allsizesrock #allwomenrock #loveyourbody #loveyourself

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

Middle image was done by Meg Gaiger (@Harpyimages)
Other Cover Models: Jennifer Fili (Photo by @tetty.k)and Jewelz Journey (Photo by @elephanttrailsstudio)

 

 

 

#CURVESONTHEREDCARPET – People’s Choice Awards 2017

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

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

Melissa McCarthy

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

Chrissy Metz

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

Sofia Vergara

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

Fifth Harmony

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

Jennifer Lopez

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

See the full list of winners here:

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

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

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

HERE ARE THE 5 MILLIONAIRE CURVE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM:

Ashley Graham                          3m

Ashley Graham for Sports Illustrated

 

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

Followers Facebook: 1,8m

 

Iskra Lawrence                                      3m

 

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

Followers Facebook: 800k

 

Jordyn Woods                            2,5m

By michellealexandraphoto.com

 

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.