#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.

 

ABOUT THE CANADIAN CURVIES:

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 (http://www.ronnieleephotography.ca/)

 

MY COMMENT:

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:

Social Media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/canadiancurvies/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canadiancurvies

 

 

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

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Mag

 

 

WHO IS THE PLUS-SIZE QUEEN?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who would you give the crown to?

Written by: Justin J. White

Bullying and hating thyself: Let the truth be told

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

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

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

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

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

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

I get emails from men who are experiencing the same.

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

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

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

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Photo by: Cheyenne Gil

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

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

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

ALL PERCEPTION!!! 

Written by: Justin J. White

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

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

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

Support the #BODYLOVE campaign by Silvana Denker

When photographer Silvana Denker started her first shooting for the #BODYLOVE campaign in October 2015 she hoped to get some responce for her idea. She probably didn’t thought it will become so much wanted by the media.

Silvana Denker is an internationally known plus model and photographer from Germany. She already worked for great designers like Carmakoma, was published in many magazines and made herself a name as a photographer who shoots plus models. She created a charity calender called CURVeveS. The proceeds of the calender get donated to the German Breast Cancer Association. Silvana Denker already fights for many years for a more realistic image of women, for more tolerance and acceptance. And now she can show it with her #BODYLOVE campaign:

‘No matter if you are small, tall, big or thin, it only matters that you love yourself and our body. I want remind people how beautiful and diverse women really are.’ ~ translated quote from here.

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Silvana got a lot of support for her idea from women who wanted to model for her. She also got support by several fashion companies who allowed her, the make-up team and the models to get ready inside. But to make this happen, she needs to finance it all by herself.

THEREFORE SUPPORT THE #BODYLOVE CAMPAIGN BY SILVANA DENKER ON LEETCHI.

The feedback on the campaign is unexpectedly high in Germany and even worldwide. Currently the Cosmopolitan US People Magazine, french Marie Claire, Cosmo in Germany and the Netherlands are reporting and even in China, Poland, Mexiko, Italy and Spain first articles appeared.

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For Silvana Denker it is important to call a lot of attention to the campaign. She want’s to move and get people to rethink about sizes for both genders. In order to finance the tour through the cities, she has now started this crowd funding campaign: https://www.leetchi.com/c/bodylove.

‘It would be great, if everybody could contribute a small amount and make it possible to continue the tour. The more money we collect, the more cities we will be able to visit.’ ~ Silvana Denker

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Silvana’s vision is to do the #BODYLOVE campaign internationally. And for this she needs a lot more financial support from each one of us.

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Picture: Léon Valjé

#BODYLOVE for all curves from your Lyz Lupo

Love the real you – how Be inspired Boutique supports women of all sizes!

Michelle Brasher’s Campaign #beautyhasnosize shot in Puerto Rico!

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Every woman is beautiful no matter what shape or size they are and that is a fact! Designer Michelle Brasher owner of Be Inspired Boutique and sister company Notion + Grace from California has also joined the movement of celebrating each body type. Brasher is a firm believer that any women can look and feel sexy no matter what shape or size. Her designs range from S to 3XL.

Take a look at their recent collection: http://beinspiredboutique.com/new-arrivals/?sort=newest

The campaign is named #beautyhasnosize and was shot at Old San Juan Puerto Rico, a city characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets, and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings and beautiful parks. Plus Model Magazine also went to the beautiful Island to shoot a cover this year. The models who worked the campaign were Curvy model Ana Garcia who just wrapped up Sydney’s Closet Bridal Shoot 2016, and was among the 10 beautiful curvy bodies 2015 chosen by Style & Curve, Petite Model Naneishka Marrero, San Juan Beauty Show Image 2015 and Angelica Vazquez a Fashionista that feels confident with her body. Photographer Apolonia V. was in charge of the shoot.

The Designer put the models in the same outfit to show that each one looks beautiful, petite, curvy, tall, short whatever size they are.

We think more designers should promote their collection by presenting them in different sizes, because the consumer can relate more to the product. And the images are just stunning.

Cheers your Lyz Lupo from Style & Curve :*

STYLE & CURVE SUPPORTS THE #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY CAMPAIGN BY SWIMSUITSFORALL

I shared on Style & Curve the newest post of blogger Lu zieht an, where she tells her opinion about the #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign from swimsuitsforall a few weeks ago already. But since we changed the website, it was gone. This is now the #Repost.

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Here is what she said:

“The → #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign by swimsuitsforall is probably the best thing of the whole year. Denise Bidot is one of my favorite plus models, she’s just gorgeous! Not only is she beautiful but also a mother, so her body has already gone through a wonderful story of love. So there are a few “love marks” (yes, I want to call them that!) on her tummy. She also has cellulite like probably everybody on this planet (yes, even boys and men can have it!). swimsuitsforall did this “Beach Body. Not Sorry.” campaign with her and used absolutely no Photoshop. And OMG – she’s looking sooo hot! I don’t even look at any “imperfections” (why would we call them that?), all I see is one of the world’s most beautiful women, wearing sexy swimwear … and looking like a goddess in bikinis and swimsuits.” read more here: http://luziehtan.de/2015/07/beachbodynotsorry/

And what Lu writes is exactly what I also think about this campaign. This campaign was made to empower plus women and it is the response of the promotion of Protein World called “Are you beach body ready?”, which basically pissed everyone off.

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Well, swimsuitsforall created then the hashtag #curvesinabikini and curvy fans shared pictures of them in a bikini. It started with this picture of Ashley Graham:

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The social community likes to use the hashtag #curvesinabikini, but I see no one posting a pic with the hashtag #beachbodynotsorry. And we think something should change about this.

THAT’S WHY STYLE & CURVE WANTS TO SUPPORT THE #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY CAMPAIGN AND ASKS YOU TO SHARE YOUR SWIMSUIT PICTURES WITHOUT ANY EDITING OR PHOTOSHOP AND THE HASHTAGS:

#STYLENCURVE

#BEACHBODYNOTSORRY

#CURVESINABIKINI

The pictures that include our name will get shared on our page. Or you can email it to us to styleandcurve.com.

I love the power of social media and I hope you also think that we need more women who are proud of their “love marks”. I also shared some pictures like this on my blog Curvy Style Rocks:

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THERE IS NO REASON TO HIDE YOUR BODY!

THERE IS NO REASON TO BE INSECURE!

ONLY YOU DECIDE IF YOU LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVITY OF OTHER OR NOT!

START LOVING YOUR BODY TODAY AND SEND YOUR #BeachBodyNotSorry picture to styleandcurve.com!

We finish our appeal with the beautiful Denise Bidot for swimsuits for all and her words to each one of you:

“There is no wrong way to be a woman”

SEE HERE ALL THE CURVY WOMEN WHO ALREADY SEND US THEIR PICTURE TO SHARE IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.847367128679066.1073742145.442532575829192&type=3

Cheers your Lyz Lupo from Style & Curve :*

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MAXIME MODELS SUPPORT THE #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY CAMPAIGN PROMOTED BY STYLE & CURVE

We are happy to get a great feedback from the #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign by MaxiMe Models. We promote this campaign by swimsuitsforall, because we think there should be less photoshop done on plus size models. Read here our previous post about it: https://stylencurve.com/style-curve-supports-the-beachbodynotsorry-campaign-by-swimsuitsforall/

MaxiMe Models is a young, ambitious and precise agency, that have the models you seek. It is also the leading plus size agency in the Netherlands. Read more: http://www.maximemodels.nl/

The #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign was made to empower plus size women, by showing your natural skin even if you have cellulitis. We are all beautiful – read more about the campaign here: https://stylencurve.com/2015/07/05/beachbodynotsorry-campaign-send-us-your-swimsuit-pic-too/

We are proud to feature in this post the plus models:

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There should be more picture of plus size women showing their natural beauty. We have been like this for thousand of years, now the fashion industry also has to accept this and accept our natural bodys.

We hope the #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign gives you more confidence to accept your body, to love your natural body and to help you develop body confidence.

Cheers from Style & Curve