STRANDED WITH JOBY BACH – #GetToKnow Interview

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.

 

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ABOUT JOBY BACH:

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.

 

SHOOTING CREDITS:

photoshoot: Martin Perreault @martinperreault.ca
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 – jamendo.com

 

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

25 UNAPOLOGETIC CURVY WOMEN WHO SHOWED THEIR CELLULITE BEFORE KIM KARDASHIAN

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:

 

JOBY BACH

 

ASHLEY GRAHAM

 

ISKRA LAWRENCE

 

TESS HOLLIDAY

 

LOEY LANE

 

LAURA LEE

 

GABIFRESH

 

DENISE BIDOT

 

MISS DIVA KURVES

 

FULLER FIGURE FULLER BUST

 

LAURA BRIOSCHI

 

CRAZY CURVY YOGA

 

CANDICE KELLY

 

GOOFY GINGER

 

ALLISON KIMMEY

 

NON AIRBRUSHED ME

 

DIANA SIROKAI

 

YOURS TRUELY MELLY

 

BODY POSI PANDA

 

JEWELZ JOURNEY

 

BABI MONTEIRO

 

LATEICIA THOMAS

 

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HUNTER MCGRADY

 

MARCIEL HOPKINS

 

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 www.lyzlupo.com

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WE CURVY WOMEN ARE UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT OUR BODIES, BECAUSE WE ARE FINALLY ENJOYING THE WAY WE LOOK AND WE ARE FINALLY CONFIDENT ABOUT OURSELFS!

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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DO YOU ALSO THINK THAT YOU ARE UNAPOLOGETICALLY CONFIDENT EVEN WITH CELLULITE, STRETCH MARKS AND BELLY; THEN SEND US YOUR INSTA POST LINK TO styleandcurve@gmail.com AND WE SHARE IT HERE:

#UNAPOLOGICALLYCONFIDENT #ALLWOMENROCK #ALLSIZESROCK

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

 

SHOULD VICTORIA’S SECRET HIRE CURVY MODELS NEXT YEAR?

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Kendall Jenner for VS

 

Tonight was the Night! The Victoria’s Secret show was held at the Grand Palais in Paris tonight! The most wanted top models were gracing the catwalk at tonight’s show, including the celebrity supermodel Kendall Jenner and Gigi + Bella Hadid.

THE SHOW WAS AGAIN ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS IN THE WORLD, BUT I COULDN’T CARE TO WATCH IT AT ALL!!!!

The reason for this is not because the models aren’t amazing, and not because they are too thin, it is because a brand is just doing a presentation showing their products only on smaller sizes. I know that VS has bodies in XL, because some plus size models already wore their lingerie for shootings. Furthermore, in this case I do not accept the stupid excuse that they only chose thinner models to save money on the materials. The models are wearing cheap lingerie, except for the super-expensive bra they are presenting at the end. Let’s face it, they don’t want to use curvy models because many viewers out there would still consider them as ‘fat’ or ‘obese’. These comments and flimsy excuses are ridiculous!

WHICH IS WHY WE WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU WANT VICTORIA’S SECRET TO ALSO CAST SOME CURVY MODELS NEXT YEAR????

To simplify the descisions, we already chose some models for you. We have put them next to known VS models to let you see that there are no differences, except for their sizes. This is not a comparison, and we don’t want you to disparage the other models. All sizes are beautiful for us and it should be for you too.

Tell us what you think, should VS hire curvy models?

 

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Taylor Hill / Joby Bach wearing a VS body

 

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Candice Swanepool / Iskra Lawrence

 

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley / Ashley Graham for Grazia UK

REACTIONS TO THE LATEST SHOW

Twitter:

‘I don’t really like that Victoria’s Secret models are all skinny with no curves. That’s not what the average body looks like.’

‘I want a girl with an actual booty to model Victoria’s Secret panties. Too much to ask?’

‘But why are all the Victoria’s Secret models flat chested? I mean you’re selling bras.’

‘Victoria’s Secret models literally have nothing on Ashley Graham or Iskra like are you kidding me?’ 

Daily Mail:

‘Twenty years ago, supermodel Karen Mulder sashayed down a makeshift catwalk at the Plaza Hotel in New York wearing just a pretty white babydoll nightie, all honeyed limbs and glorious blonde hair.

This was a very early Victoria’s Secret lingerie show, which sent shock waves through the industry for its risqué ensembles and generous helpings of glamorous, golden flesh.

The American lingerie brand, then in its infancy, had struck upon a potent formula: send beautiful women down a catwalk in their undies and you’ll attract attention.

Nowadays these are the kinds of outfits the models wear just to travel to the shows; the stuff they actually wear on the catwalk is so revealing you can practically glimpse their internal organs.

There’s something else striking about the pictures from 20 years ago, too. The girls have curves. Not excessive ones, of course —this is still a catwalk, they’re all slim as pins. But they don’t look like they’ve been surviving on nothing but chamomile colonics and tissue paper for the previous three weeks, like the current lot.’

THEN vs NOW

I think the only model who rocked her curves in a wonderful way was Irina Shayk, but that could also be because she is pregnant!

I hope to see a change soon for VS, because it is finally time for you to also listen to your consumers on social media. Sorry Victoria’s Secret if I was ill-mannered, but I really think you should change things within your marketing because you will lose the popularity in the future!

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine

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

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

RIHANNA VS LACHAPELLE – copyright infringement lawsuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge for yourself, can you spot a difference?

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

Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADRESSING THE REACTIONS

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

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

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

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine

WHY ALL MEN NEED TO MAKE SURE THEIR WIFES LOVE THEIR BODIES

‘One day when I came home from work, my wife was waiting for me in the living room with that certain look on her face. She wore a new white bustier, a miniskirt and her favourite heels. I was the happiest man on earth, but I didn’t know the reason for this pleasant surprise. I asked her: “What’s wrong? What did you do? What did I do? Why do I deserve this look?” My wife came up to me, hugged me and then kissed me tenderly. Then she said: “I had a meeting today in the office. I sat next to the most beautiful woman in our office. She is a former model and works now as the executive secretary. We all envy her for her beauty. But during the meeting she asked me if one can see her rolls in the back when she sits. I said no and that she looks great. But she kept asking and then I asked back why she is so insecure. She said that her boyfriend left her last week, because she got fat. She was a size 4 when she met him and now she is a size 8. She said she is trying hard to lose weight to get him back, but she hopes that he will stop harassing her for her bigger body. I told her that I am a size 12/14. I have breasts, hips and a butt, but my husband never complained about my body weight. He may not be saying that I am beautiful every day, but when we go out he always makes me believe that I am the most beautiful girl in the world. Plus, he never ever complained about my body, my tiger stripes or my back rolls. Also when I start to complain about my body, then he tells me that I am the most beautiful woman in this world and that he doesn’t deserve me, so I give up complaining. You should forget your ex-boyfriend, because he can never make you happy. You are still very beautiful and now with a size 8 you look even better with your curvier body. Find a man who thinks you are beautiful no matter what size you have and he will help you to love yourself more.” The husband smiled and kissed his wife back holding her close with his arms.

This is just a story that I made up, but it’s true for so many insecure women out there. It doesn’t matter if the insecure woman on the story is a former model who just gained a little weight or if it is a woman with a size 20 fighting hard to lose weight to fit in a superficial society. In these times where are thought by the media that only thin woman are beautiful, we need to make woman of all sizes believe that they also have a right to be happy.

We from Style & Curve Mag do this online and we made empower plus size women our agenda, but you men at home can do this in daily life too. As soon as you see your wife being angry about herself and her appearance, you need to stop her and ensure her that she looks great. And if she still doesn’t believe you then show her the page of Style & Curve Mag, we show women of all sizes and can help you also.

Here is a great example of our fan Michael:

‘Your page…and other like it…have done more for a woman’s self esteem and mainstream embracing of natural and real sizes then any book, seminar or celebrity infomercial. My wife loves your page and it has allowed her to see herself as beautiful as I have always seen her. She shares these pages and images with me because she feels a) “I am just as beautiful as they are” and b) “you think I am just as beautiful as they are”. The anonymous nature of the Internet causes even the shyest of individuals to become a brazen, vulgar, narcissist. The Internet is full of mis-truths, misconceptions and misunderstandings….but it is also a source of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Thanks to you choosing to show the world how life, body and beauty really is and should be my wife has finally come to believe that she is normal, that she is beautiful…and most importantly…come to believe in herself.

Thank you for all you do smile emoticon
A grateful admirer.’

If you also know such an insecure woman, then share this story with her and show her the truth. We are all beautiful!

Thank you to Joby Bach for providing us with the pictures for this post:

Model & Stylist Joby Bach
Now represented by NEXT Models Canada and Dorothy Combs Models
Shot by Jeremy Bobrow Photography
Hair Catherine Lavoie
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Retoucher Patrick Lavoie

 

I hope you all understand now why it is so important to motivate others and never forget to #loveyourself and to #loveyourbody.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

12 BEST CURVY INSTAGRAM SELFIES – WEEK 16 – 17

A new month started already, but I still want to recap the last two weeks on Instagram for  our Selfie spcecial. Here are my favorite snaps/ chats:

Rosie Mercado

It’s a selfie video where she talks to the people criticising her for not being #plussize anymore. Here is her responce:

Lexy Lu

#RedHotMama

Joby Bach

#CurvySexyCool

Little sneak peek of my PROMO ,shot last week 25/04/16 #JobyBach #Curves #DreamTeamProduction #Promo @curvy_women_are_the_best

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

Selini Angelini

Too how for you? Come on, you can handle her pictures….

When someone hot starting follow me part 2🔥😂 #bnw #fotd #portrait #black

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Hunter McGrady

#MeetingAttire

Meetings. 😼👊🏼

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Tamara Unterschuetz

Well, I could rather use a #Macaron, but a cupcake will also be fine. 😉

When people think you're healthy but you know you got a cupcake hiding in that box..#fatkidstatus #omnomnom

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Tess Holliday

Talking about the struggle to be pregant and plus size…

 

Having another baby has been a beautiful process & at times, frustrating. As I enter my 8th month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly & I'm okay with that. What I've had to be learn to be okay with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it's okay to comment on my body: "you don't look pregnant", "you must be have quadruplets", "you are putting your baby at risk" & a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality 🙄. When "celebrities" are pregnant in the press, they look glamorous, toned & are eager to talk about how they are going to get the baby weight off. While I've done my best to look as put together as possible, that's not real life, & it's not for most women. I'm not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby & share it with the world, & I certainly won't be the last. However I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child, & most importantly to find a care provider that doesn't shame you about your size. It's also okay to tell someone to fuck off when they give you unsolicited advice about what's "best" for you & your baby. As women, we know what's best & that's our business.. No one else's. 👑 #effyourbeautystandards #theresnowrongwaytobeawoman #32weeks #babyhollidayontheway

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Fluvia Lacerda

#MommyAndMe <3

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Ana Garcia

#BeautyOnFleek

Love it!! @makeubyraizamontes

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Laura Lee

Showing us how to rock white jeans pants.

Ashley Alexiss

Curvy beauty with brains.

Iskra Lawrence

I need this, just because it was so cold last week in Germany and I got sick. Let me dream….

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Always remember to #LoveYourself & to #LoveYourBody.

Lyz Lupo

 

Hottest Curvy Bodies 2015

This year (2015) has been an amazing year for the full figured women. Incredible campaigns promoting body acceptance (#BeachBodyNotSorry, #IAmNoAngel, #BeautyBeyondSize), beautiful shoots by Designers in exotic locations and so much more. We are getting to the point that it is about being comfortable in your own skin, and people accepting it, shapely women are the future! Curves are sexy and that skinny look is becoming a thing of the past, Once you have that confidence and you have your head held up high, then others will notice the change and compliments will start rolling in.

Here are our choices of the10 hottest curvy bodies 2015 that prove that being curvy is sexy. We hope you agree.

1- Ashley Graham

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2- Denise Bidot

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3- Joby Bach

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4- Liris Crosse

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5- Candice Huffine

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6- Ana Garcia

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7- Fluvia Lacerda

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8- Babi Monteiro

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9- GabiFresh

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10- Nadia Aboulhosn

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In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.” by Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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We couldn’t agree with the words of Edward. All these models / bloggers stand for the new curvy beauty. They get shared in the international media and inspire you curvy girls to be proud of themselves and their bodies.

Style & Curve promotes international curvy models since two years. And I am working on our first magazine issue with Silvana Denker as our cover model. Make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest updates:

https://www.facebook.com/styleandcurve

Cheers from Lyz Lupo :*

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: JOBY BACH

Canadian Plus Model Joby Bach Official is our second model to be featured for the MODEL SPOTLIGHT  from Style & Curve. She is represented by Natural Model Management.

Source: http://institutemag.com/2013/05/07/bold-beautiful/

1. How did you became a plus model?

An agency in Montreal spotted me at the age of 16 years for the regular size category. But physically, I was unable to hold this shape and weight. So few years after, I applied for the Plus size division! I’m completely in love with this category!

2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? what?

Since the age of 4, I knew deeply that I want to be a model. I always liked to be filmed and play the star in front the camera. For me this is the ideal time to let me go, fall into my magical world and share it with the world. 🙂

3. Why do you regard yourself as a plus size model?

I consider myself as being a plus size, because I have curves. I have a refined waist and predominant hips. I wear 14 and I train regularly to be FIT. Being plus size does not mean necessarily, say (Big), but voluptuous to me and comfortable in their own skin. Personnaly, it simply leads to be healthy, well in my body and God knows I eat as I please… lol

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4. What are your wishes for 2014?

WOW, this is a very good question. I like that. 
Firstly, I want to develop myself. I am a woman who works a lot on me. I like to learn about myself. I love meeting new people who have full of motivation, inspirations, desires ,always in search of success to excel and become better. So, I wantto  travel, meet positive people, reinforce my relationships with my loyal contacts and being recognized of my good work. 🙂

5. What was the best thing that happend to you?

There are many good things that happening to me. The birth of my son was one of the greatest moments in my life. A tuning point was beginning. There was also the day i choosed to get involved in fashion completely and doing nothing else than FASHION!! A big jump when you are a single mom.

6. What was the worst thing that happend to you?

When my father was diagnosed with a Lungs Cancer in 1998 and thereafter he survived 3 recurrences. He’s alive and I am very proud of him. 

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Pic by Jeremy Bobrow

7. What do you like about Style & Curve?

Style & Curve is a young Magazine.The structure is hypper professional.Their choice of publication is always on point and classy. Their posts and interviews are interesting and amazing. The Chief editor is warm, friendly and social with everybody . No discrimination for anybody. I like her and love Style & Curve.

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Modelinfo:

Height: 175cm/5’9″

Bust: 38″ C

Waist: 84cm/33″

Hips:  115cm/45.5″

Dress: 44 EU/14 US/16 UK

Shoe: 40.5 EU/9.5 US/7 UK

Hair: Auburn

Eyes: Blue/Green

Age 28

Agency: http://naturalmodelsla.com/portfolio.aspx?nav=1&subid=11699&mainsubid=11699&modelid=642007&sexid=2&a=22

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joby-Bach-Official/317721864906064

MODEL SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FORGET

Last week sunday we had our first Model Spotlight feature. On one special day we only share the model work or other work of one certain model.

The first plus model was ISABELLA FORGET from Canada. Isabella is not only a model, but also a make-up artist.

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Modelpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Forget-Plus-size-model/489715384427042

Make-up page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maquillage-BellaFor-Makeup/100409293355955

Here is her interview for  Style & Curve:

1. How did you became a plus model?
I started in the fashion industry as a make up artist, one day my friend told me about a contest to become the next plus size model in Montreal and said I should go try it out. So that’s what I did, I showed at the contest with no expectations and I was in the final 10…. And finaly win the contract with the model agency.
2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? What?
I never really tought I will became a model one day. I was always behind the camera. I always been an artistic person but my parents always wanted me to study and go to university. So that’s what I did, I went to school to do a bachelor in fashion marketing. I hated it… that was not really my thing but I wanted to be proud of myself by accomplishing and finishing something. I’m now in the proccess of finishing my master in communication. My subject is actualy the identity of plus size and regular model in the fashion world.

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3.What would you respond to the current discussion about size 8 models presenting plus size fashion and to the people who say they are not even plus models?·
Plus size fashion is a relativly new trend and I think people don’t really understand it. There is different categories in the cast plus size. I think and it’s regarding the size zero of the «normal» model. So everything above that would be called plus size. I’m not a size 20 either and people sometime told me I was not a real plus size… I have real problems to find stores and places that would sell pants and jeans that will actually fit me. There is girls with bigger breast, belly or legs… every woman is beautiful in a special way and that is what we need to have in mind.

 4. Why do you regard yourself as a plus model?
I think I look at my self as a model, I’m proud to reprensent my curves. I want to show the world I have curves and I’m proud of them so everyone should embrace themself and be confident as they are.

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5. Did you ever got bullied for your curves?
I called myself a plus-size but it’s just for the industry. I consider my body curvyliscious and that’s it. But it was not always been that way. I’ve been victim of intimidation when I was in elementary school. I was then obligated to construct a shell around me and grow stronger… and that’s what I did. So in secondary school, I went to a private school…. I gain on courage and made a lot of friend but I know I was different; all my friends was wearing 3-4 and sometime 0 of pants and skirt size… but I was wearing a size 8-9… at that time I thought I was fat and I wanted to look just like them. I wasn’t comfortable with myself and never realize that I was just normal and that I was really taller then all of them. It took my years to realize that I was proud of my curves and how I look and that most of the time, it’s society that make people feel bad about themselves. I’m now a sexy size 14 and it took me 50 pounds heavier to realize it. I like my body «as is» because that is who I am. I don’t want to change it, I don’t want to do diet, I just want people to respect me as I am. I think that is what make me beautiful, it’s because I like myself as I am and that can be disturbing for other people to see someone just comfortable in their own skin. So it took me year to realize it but now I’m happy.

6. What would you say to young girls who got bollied for their curves?
Been bollied teach me one thing, to be stronger. I stopped to focus on what those bad people told me and said to myself that i needed to show them I was better then that. Beauty is not only from inside, but in you’re mind. I’ve met a lot of people that emanate charisma and that is what make them crazy beautiful.

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7. What do you like about Style & Curve?
The fact that you represent really confident women from around the world. Fashion is hard game, specially in the plus size section and Style & Curve do it differently and in a great way.

The pics in the interview are from a special editional she did.

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL:

http://institutemag.com/2013/05/07/bold-beautiful/
Models:
Isabella Forget Plus-size model
Joby Bach Official
Photographer: Anthony Turano
Source: Institute Magazine

Cheers Lyz Lupo for  Style & Curve