Meet Diana Sirokai the Plus Size Model who re-creates famous shoots of stars like Kim Kardashian to prove that curves rock too

“Diana did it again!” That was my first thought when I saw the recent shoot she had with Photo Karizza. Diana Sirokai is known for re-creating famous shoots to show that they would also look well with a plus size model. This time they choosed to redo the Shooting of Calvin Klein with the Kim Kardashian and her sisters. Diana along with the plus models Daisy Christina, Denise Mercedes and Tammy B prove with the images below that EVERY BODY IS BEAUTIFUL.



#CurvesForKlein @calvinklein

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Yet, this is not the first time Diana and Karizza has such an idea. They already re-created an image of Gigi Hadid for Stuart Weitzman and a shoot of Kim Kardashian.

I was just wondering how a Model My Size would look on this 📸 @photo_karizza

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WE ARE BOTH WOMEN with DIFFERENT BODIES ❤️ #Slay. @photo_karizza

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My most favourite images of this dreamteam #DianaSirokaiXPhotoKarizza.



Can anyone explain to me now why plus size women are still under represented in the media, when we prove that we can kill any shoot there is? And just to inform you, having ONE big plus size model in the news alone is not enough improvement! We are the majority and we are still just treated like a minority.

This has to stop. I am thankful for inspiring women like Diana Sirokai and Photo Karizza to have such great ideas. I just hope they will also re-create a Victoria’s Secret shoot for my #AngelPlus campaign one day.


How do you like her ideas? Would you also re-create such a shoot?

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style And Curve Mag

-> All photos of Diana by Karizza Photographer

Curvy Models featured in the Sports Illustrated Issue 2018 broke the internet. but is this cast diverse enough for you?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit released yesterday the images for the 2018 issue and it broke the internet literally, even on our own page.

This issue will be the most diverse one so far, but is it also diverse enough for you?

“Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 features cover model Danielle Herrington
The issue includes hundreds of amazing photos from locations throughout the Caribbean, featuring returning models Kate Upton, Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham, Kate Bock, Barbara Palvin, Samantha Hoopes.
The 2018 Rookie class includes twelve fresh faces: Alexis Ren, Anne de Paula, Chase Carter, Georgia Gibbs, Jasmyn Wilkins, Kate Wasely, Raven Lyn, Robin Holzken, Sailor Brinkley Cook, Ebonee Davis, Hunter McGrady, and Olivia Culpo.
Athletes in the 2018 issue include Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, tennis stars Genie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens, Golf Paige Spiranac, and snowboarder Brenna Huckaby.” via SI SWIM

Here are the highlights of the issue:

Women of Colour

Cover Model Danielle Herrington


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit managed to create yet another record by choosing Danielle Herrington as their third African American woman. Before it was Tyra Banks, the creator of Americas Next Topmodel in 1997 and Beyonce in 2007. I really love their decision to have Danielle as their cover, especially since it’s Black History Month in the US.

Gallery Danielle Herrington

Jasmyn Wilkins


“The Atlanta native, a former Miss Georgia USA, has been modelling full-time for the past three years. Jazz (as her friends call her) is quite the athlete. She played lacrosse and ran cross-country in high school, where she was also captain of her track and field team. Her background in sports shouldn’t be that surprising, though. Her dad is former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and her uncle is NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.” – Source

Gallery Jasmyn Wilkens


Raven Lyn


Raven Lyn is signed under Storm Management and has modelled for some brands like Gap, Nike, Levi’s, Sephora, and Garnier.  She has also worked with some big names like Zayn Malik (in his Snakeships Music video) and The Weeknd for the Puma XO ad. Raven is an American model who grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She owes her exotic beauty to her African, Puerto Rican, Irish, and Native American roots.

Gallery Raven Lyn

Curvy Models

Ashely Graham

First Curve Cover Model Ashley Graham is also featured this year in the magazine and her images where the most shared ones on my feed. It is now the third time that the model and designer will be seen in the issue and she wears again her own collection with Swimsuits For All.

Gallery Ashley Graham

Tabria Majors


Tabria Majors might not get as much attention for being in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit as the curvy leader Ashley, but I want to point out for a second that she is the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CURVE MODEL to be featured in the magazine. Tabria, who is signed under Natural Models LA, said this in an interview with SI Swim about her education: “I went to the University of Memphis. I was a music business and piano performance major.”

Gallery Tabria Majors

Hunter McGrady


Hunter Mcgrady, who is signed under Wilhelmina Models LA/NY, is the second time featured in the magazine; but for the first time a Rookie. For the 2018 issue she participated in the “In Her Own Words” project, after “Jamie Frankel came up with the brilliant idea of doing the shoot with words written on our bare bodies. Words that were personally meaningful to us. Words that we thought embodied our story, our truth, and our viewpoint.” – Source

Gallery Hunter McGrady

Myla Dalbesio


Myla Dalbesio is an American model, artist, and writer. She is signed under Next Models and most known for her campaign as the first curve model working for Calvin Klein in 2014. Myla also participated in the “In her Own Words” shoot in which she showed solidarity for the #MeToo movement. She is regarded as a plus size model, because with her size 10 she is not a straight size model for the Fashion Industry anymore.

Gallery Myla Dalbesio

Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley is a Curve Model from Australia, that is living in New York. She is most known for her feature in Vogue Italia alongside with Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine. She sparked a lot of controversy for being named a plus size model, because as a size 8 model she is too big to be a straight size model. She was also part of the “In Her Own Words” shoot photographed by Taylor Ballantyne.

Gallery Robyn Lawley

Kate Wasley

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: Yu Tsai

Kate Wasley is known as being one part of the model duo “any.body_co”. She and her friend Georgia Gibbs are both featured in the issue of 2018. Their project presents size diversity, because to them beauty has no boundaries.

Gallery Kate Wasley


Aly Raisman

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: Taylor Ballantyne

Aly Raisman is an American gymnast and two-time Olympian. She was a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics which won their respective team competitions. Raisman is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor silver medalist.  Raisman is Jewish with roots in Romania. She recently joined UNICEF Kid Power as a brand ambassador Kid Power Champion. In November 2017, Raisman came forward as one of the many victims sexually abused by the former Olympic team physician, Larry Nassar, starting from the age of 15. On January 19, 2018, Raisman was one of several victims that read impact statements at Nassar’s sentencing. (Source)

Due to her own experience, she contributed to the #MeToo movement also by participating in the “In Her Own Words” shoot.

Gallery Aly Raisman

Sloane Stevens

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: James Macari

Sloane Stephens is an American tennis player. She has won five singles titles, including her first Major at the 2017 US Open. With that victory, she became the lowest ranked player to ever win the women’s singles title and the first American woman apart from the Williams sisters to win a Grand Slam since Jennifer Capriati in 2002. Stephens was awarded WTA Comeback Player of the Year in 2017. (Source)

Gallery Sloane Stevens

Brenna Huckaby


@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: James Macari

Brenna Huckaby is the First Paralympian to appear in SI Swimsuit. She is a pro Paralympic snowboarder, and this is her wish for the readers when seeing her in the magazine: “I hope women feel empowered by it. Everyone should feel sexy. It doesn’t matter what your body looks like, when you feel good in your skin it shows. Let me tell you, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t feel good in your own skin!” – Source

Gallery Brenna Huckaby

Other Models

Kate Upton

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: Yu Tsai

Kate Upton an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Appearing in the issue of 2011 as a Rookie was her breakthrough as a model. Kate is known for her curves and is signed under IMG. (Source)

Gallery Kate Upton

Paulina Porizkova

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: Taylor Ballantyne

Paulina Porizkova is a Czech-born Swedish model, actress, author and feminist, who holds dual U.S. and Swedish citizenship. At 18 years old, in 1984, she became the first woman from Central Europe to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She is also known for appearing in the song “Drive” by the band Cars. (Source)

In 2018 she decided to get back with Si Swimsuit at the age of 52. Here is a quote from her “In Her Own Words” article: “For years now, I’ve had nightmares about being once again photographed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In those dreams, I’m in a bikini in some fabulous place, a sandy beach with palm trees and a glorious sunset. Although I’m ready for the photo shoot—makeup and hair in place—I just sit there and watch other young models pose. The photographer is yelling “fabulous” and “beautiful” while I wait and wait and the sun is going down. The truth is that I know I am a middle-aged woman and I can’t compete with these beautiful young women. I have other things to offer, but not in this setting. Here, on a beach in the sunset, the only thing that matters is how I look. One doesn’t have to be Freud to get the gist of it. In my opinion, nothing ages as poorly as a beautiful woman’s confidence.” and about the other women from the shoot: “They were beautiful. Women of all different sizes and ages, naked, their skin shouting words they wanted the world to see. Fierce. Human. Lover. Real. Mother. Optimist. Genuine. Strong. None of it was sexy or coy, just vulnerable and honest. The beauty lay not in the perfection of the bodies, quite the contrary, it was in the confidence and bravery it took to reveal their imperfections. I realized the word that I was so proud of having picked wasn’t just mine. Although none of the other women had used it, they had the outcome of that word scribbled all over them. One word that demanded we gather our confidence. Demand we be seen. Demand we speak. Demand we are heard. TRUTH.” – Source

Gallery Paulina Porizkova



After spending the day doing my research for the images I am finally able to write down my questions for you:

  • Is it ok for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to only pick an African American woman every 10 or 11 years for their cover? Or should it be more often?
  • Do you think the issue has enough curve models or do you want to see more next year?
  • Regarding the Athletes and the selection to also include an mature model, do you like these ideas?


Tell us your opinion.

Kind regards,

Style And Curve Mag


7 Diverse and Body Positive Images that caught our attention

We’re back from our holiday break with new plans, new ideas, new articles and a few new topics to share for the website. Topics like Diversity and Body Positivity will get continued to be shared by us.

We saw a lot of improvements happening for the plus size community in 2017, but we think that is still not enough.

Therefore, we picked these 7 images promoting Diversity and Body Positivity, because they caught our attention. You will see in the our selection below women of different sizes, different skin colours, different ages and even different nationalities; all this because #AllWomenRock.

Beauty Beyond Size Chile

Flux Panties

FLUX PANTIES are at the moment available via Kickstarter.

“Throw away your pads and tampons! FLUX is period proof underwear that completely replaces pads and tampons and can be worn alone during your period.

They also aim to break barriers and smash taboos by representing women of every shape, size, colour and ability, to celebrate the beauty in every body.

You can pre order your period proof underwear by going to”

Official Libella

Leidyn Bernardez

“~ #RockYourCurvesXCoconat ~
More than a movement, It’s a state of mind that wants to break the unrrealistic paradigms of beauty standards and self acceptance. @coconatswimwear, these beautiful models and I have come together to show you the beauty that exists in diversity. We seek to leave in you that seed so that you can believe in yourself, understand that you are enough and capable of being who you propose to be, of loving yourself without limitations, and of accepting that there are always going to be obstacles, situations and people who will not agree, not because you’re not capable, but because they are not able to believe in themselves, so don’t let this block you because if you’re aware of who you are, what you want and where you are going, NOTHING IS GOING TO STOP YOU🔥”

Photo: @the.private.lens

~ #RockYourCurvesXCoconat ~ Más que un movimiento es un estado mental, que busca romper con los paradigmas irrealistas de belleza y aceptación personal.
Me he unido en esta ocasión con @coconatswimwear y estas hermosas modelos para a través de esta campaña demostrarles la belleza que hay en la diversidad y más aún cuando sobreabunda el amor propio.
Buscamos dejar en ustedes esa semilla para que puedas creer en ti, entender que eres suficiente y capaz de ser quien te propongas, de amarte sin limitaciones, y de aceptar que siempre van a haber obstáculos, situaciones y personas que no van a estar de acuerdo, no porque tu no puedas, sino porque ellos no son capaces de creer en sí mismos, pero que esto no te detenga porque mientras TU estés consciente de quién eres, qué quieres y a dónde vas, NADA NI NADIE PODRÁ DETENERTE.🖤 📸: @the.private.lens

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#TheRealCatwalk by Khrystyana

#therealcatwalk VIDEO!!!!! ITS FINALLY OUT!!!! Thank you @dzcs4u for Filming and Editing !!!! And all of you for seeing and believing that each and every one of you is a Beauty in your purest of Forms !!!!! Thank you for being real, for being yourselves, even though some days it’s not as easy – We get up and go, with all all our insecurities, we still shine !!!! Thank you for being TheRealCatwalk all of you !!!!! Orlando and La, we are coming to YOU NEXT ASAP! Casting call with auto admission – every person is a beauty. Don’t care if media told you otherwise. Let the lie. You choose to believe in your power, your voice. Your infinite beauty! LOVE you with all my heart !!!!!! #bodypositive #bodyimage #effyourbeautystandards #everybodyisbeautiful #onelove music cover by #beyonce #whoruntheworld

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I must say that I love the topics Diversity and Body Positivity the most. I love to present to you all the unique beauty of this world, because I know that’s where we all should really put our focus on.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style And Curve Mag




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:

Social Media:





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.



The images made by MARIO SORRENTI show a nude, but very strong and confident Ashley.

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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




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