BRIGHT & COLOURFUL – ANNA SCHOLZ TALKING ABOUT HER COLOUR POP COLLECTION

I always follow the international fashion designers and their new collections. And this year Anna Scholz created a collection which I found very interesting. Anna is known for her designs with prints and I was interested which prints she will choose this year. But this year she came up with a new idea for the collections and we need to show you what you can expect from Anna in 2016.

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Read below your interview with Anna about her collection:

1. What is the name of the new collection?

The collection is called Colour Pop, the Heroines in Action subtitle was referring to the superhero in all of us and the cartoonish quality of the collection.

2. This collection is still very colourful with the colourblocking, but why are there no classic Anna Scholz kind of prints?

We have changed our business model this year and we are going to sell our new collections #exclusivelyatannascholz at a better price point for our customer. We are now launching 5 mini capsule collections a season and have just launched the second hit ‘street style’.

I wanted to start the new year with a bold fresh look and something unexpected from us, but there are plenty more amazing Anna Scholz prints to follow this summer.

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3. What are your key considerations when you design clothes for plus size women?

The mood of the collection, colour and prints always come first. Then I adapt the shapes to a curvy customer and make sure that different shapes suit the varied body shapes of our plus size customer. I strongly believe that plus size women have the same varied fashion needs as their skinny sister. There are no rules as everyone is so different.

4. Your journey to become a successful designer was surely not easy, yet it is still very inspiring. What is your advice for young designers to become also successful?

To follow your dream and stick to your gut. I have been told NO so many times when I started, but I worked through the hard times and broke lots of boundaries to get where I am today.

And here now enjoy below our gallerie about the colour-pop collection by Anna Scholz:

I must say I like her idea to present 5 mini-collections per season (10 collections a year). This way each woman can find the style she likes the most. For me the colour-pop collection is my favorite. The colours are perfectly combinated together and it makes you enjoy the sunny days in spring even more. So go to the website and have a look also at the other new collections called ‘street style‘ and ‘spring into colour‘.

Order the collection here.

Follow the models: Georgina Cox from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and Chloe Pierre from ChloePierreLDN.

And always remember to #LoveYourself & #LoveYourBody so that you can go out and wear this collection like a heroine!

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Ashley Graham an official Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model for 2016

When dreams come true! I can only imagine how happy Ashley Graham will be feeling right now. She just announced a hour ago that she will be an official Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model for this year. She will be in the selection for Rookie of the Year 2016 and yes, we can all vote for her to help her win this award. At the moment you can only see the models from 2015, if the voting is online we will share with you the link.

It is amazing to see all the things Ashley Graham achieves in her career. Although she was only included in the Sports Illustrated magazine as a commercial for Swimsuits For All, for us she is still the FIRST curvy model to be seen in this magazine.

At least this year she can also become an official model for it.

See also this video of her intruduction by SI:

 

RACHEL ROY OFFERS NOW ALSO PLUS SIZE CLOTHES

The last thing I heard about Rachel Roy was that her fashion label had some trouble. But today’s news, that she will also offer a plus size collection in 2016, is great news to me. This is such a great decision of her to make. This way she can add more new consumers to her brand. The plus size collection will offer clothes from sizes 14 – 24. She choosed Candice Huffine as her model.

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When asked about why she wants to offer plus size clothes now by Refinder29, Rachel answered this:

“My customers have actually been asking me for years for plus-size, which we like to call ‘curvy.’ I think [the term] is just more modern and doesn’t sound as old-school. We wanted to do it for a long time and now just made sense.

“It’s not that it’s any different [than the regular line], it’s just that we got the fit right. And as soon as I could pull together the correct team to do that, we did it. I believe an in-house team has to work with it, hands on it, try it on, and ask questions until everyone’s comfortable. I mean, we have the designs, that’s not a problem. It’s just getting the correct fit, so it’s what people want to wear.”

Read the full article here.

Here are the first pictures of the collection:

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I told you already that this year will be even more amazing than the news of last year. And I must admit, that I see everyday some great new information to share with you. Now I am sure after all the stress she had with her ex-husband and former business partner, that this time it’s going to be a lasting success.

So never give up and always remember to love yourself and to love your body!

Lyz Lupo

 

2015 WAS A ROCKING YEAR FOR THE CURVY REVOLUTION, BUT 2016 WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL!

The year 2015 was already a great year for curvy women. So many things happend that we never thought were possible a few years ago. But they happened and they changed important things regarding the perception of curvy women.

FIRST LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015:

ASHLEY PART 1 – ASHLEY GRAHAM WAS THE FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL TO BE FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Ashley Graham said about this achievement:

‘I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.

‘There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt. The world is ready for more curves in bikinis.

‘Swimsuitsforall helps women feel confident and sexy in swimsuits and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Curves in Bikinis campaign!’ ~Daily Mail

Even though Ashley was only seen on an advert in the magazine and her fellow model Robyn Lawley became the first official curvy model to work for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, for me her breackthrough is more important since she is bigger than Robyn.

ASHLEY PART 2 – ASHLEY GRAHAM COLLECTION ON THE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FOR ADDITION ELLE

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Ashley Graham has since a few years her own collection with Addition Elle and in the year 2015 she appeared with this collection also at the New York Fashion Week:

Now some people might hint out that this is not high fashion and these things don’t belong to the New York Fashion Week. I disagree! Every company that can pay the price of being part of the NY Fashion Week has to gain our respect for that, because it is a really expensive investment. And they would not be the only company making an overpriced show just to sell later “cheap” clothes. Just think about the money Victoria Secret spends on their show each year. The most expensive item on the show is only a bra with diamonds on it. The other lingerie is actually very cheap – just look at their website: https://www.victoriassecret.com/.

ASHLEY PART 3 -#IMNOANGEL & #PLUSISEQUAL BY LANE BRYANT

Let’s face it, Ashley Graham is the TOP CURVY MODEL of our time! She was already in the news with her first lingerie advertisement years ago, which was banned later. And she will always be in the news with any new campaign or collection she is doing, because she works with the right companies who know you need a message to sell your products. Lane Bryant is one of these great companies who had two important campaigns running to increase the media attention for plus size women. With these campaigns all the big magazines wrote about her, even the Vogue Magazine.

TESS HOLLIDAY GETTING SIGNED BY MILK MODEL MANAGEMENT AND APPEARING IN PEOPLE MAGAZINE

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This news was, for a model like me, just great to read. Tess Holliday is as tall as I am with almost the same size and she still got signed by Milk Model Management Agency. Robyn Lawley is also under this UK agency. So she is in good company! Tess is the plus model with the most likes on all social media pages, because she is not scared to be controversial. She might get bullied a lot, but this is what helped her to succeed!

#BEACHBODYNOTSORRY WITH DENISE BIDOT FOR SWIMSUITSFORALL

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After the #CURVESINABIKINI campaign with Ashley Graham, Swimsuits For All decided to make another campaign called #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY. They choosed for this curvy model Denise Bidot and showed a promo of her without any editing of the skin. They showed her natural body. We have to accept that every curvy body has flaws like cellulitis. But this doesn’t mean that a model like Denise is less good. She has proved for many years that she is a great model!

“There is no wrong way to be a woman” ~ Denise Bidot

See here our former post about the campaign here. And here is our album on facebook of fans supporting the campaign.

ASHLEY NELL TIPTON WINS PROJECT RUNWAY

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How cool was it to see plus size models walking at the New York Fashion Week for the Project Runway show. But it got even better, because plus size designer Ashley Nell Tipton even won in the end.

“It’s nice to see how much the mainstream fashion community has been so accepting of it,” ….”It’s very exciting to see that folks finally want to make plus-size mainstream.”~Skorch Magazine and People Magazine

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I was happy to see curve models I know, like Liris Crosse, Danielle van Grondelle, Chloe Marshall and Lornalitz Baez, walking the stage.

See all the pics here.

ADELE COMEBACK AND HER COVER ON THE TIME MAGAZINE

Adele had her comeback finally after all those years of being outside the public. Adele does not only have one of the best voices from the UK, but she is also already a plus size celebrity icon and I was so happy to see that she is back. Her song “HELLO” is still everywhere in the news and I know some of you can’t even hear it anymore. Well, I don’t care. Her album was breaking selling records already in the first week.  She even managed to get her first Time Magazine cover, so her comeback is a huge success after all.

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GREAT THINGS THAT ALREADY HAPPENED IN 2015 BUT THAT WILL ALSO EFFECT 2016:

AMY SCHUMER AND SERENA WILLIAMS FEATURED IN THE PIRELLI CALENDAR

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How cool was the decision of Pirelli to do something new for their calendar 2016. They choosed not to feature models as usuall. This time they choosed to feature the most inspiring women of the world. Women of all ages and races like comedian Amy Schumer, athlete Serena Williams, artist Yoko Ono, model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, actress Yao Chen who has over 70 Million followers on her chinese website. They all got photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

I loved the most that they showed the women in a natural and rather simple photographic way to show their natural personality. Especially the picture of Amy Schumer is ground-breacking in the fashion world. For so many years we are used to photoshop all flaws of women. And even women who didn’t like their body wanted to get photoshopped. But Amy Schumer didn’t mind to show her natural stomach. It only shows that it is all natural to have a stomach nowadays. Watch also the Behind the Scene video:

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN CASTS CURVY MODEL CLEMENTINE DESSEAUX

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Now a lot of great things happened already this year for curvy models, but having a model Clementine Desseaux as the face of the beauty range Rouge Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is almost ground-breacking. Critics said that it doesn’t matter if she became the face of the lipstick promo, because she only has to feature her face not her body. But I have to say that it is a great achievement for a curvy model. Clementine’s unique look with her curves and her freckles symbolizes in a perfect way natural beauty. And even if she doesn’t show her curves in this spot you can still see a face of a size 14 model and not a size 0 model. I think that Christian Louboutin made the most perfect choice to have her as the rolemodel for his beauty brand.

Order your own Rouge here.

BETH DITTO DESIGNS HER FIRST PLUS SIZE CLOTHING LINE WITH JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Just before the year 2015 was over the next amazing headline appeared. And I thought it can’t get any better. I am glad that I was wrong. Beth Ditto announced that she will bring out her own first plus size collection in co-operation with Jean Paul Gaultier. Now we already know that Jean Paul loves all women, no matter what size or age they have since even our curvy idol Velvet D’Amour was walking for him years ago.

But making a collection with Beth Ditto clearly is an amazing thing. The design they choosed is a t-shirt collection with the famous corset by Jean Paul Gaultier worn by Madonna – like in this link.

Sure the big t-shirt might not be figure-enhancing, but you can still  ake it more tight in the back. Overall I must say the idea is great, funny and has a great fashion rock style. I would surely want to wear it!

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN GERMANY FOR 2016:

SILVANA DENKER’S #BODYLOVE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES AND GOES INTERNATIONAL

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We already asked you to support the #BODYLOVE campaign by Silvana Denker. And the reason for this is that she needs to finance her trips all by herself. To make Silvana’s dream come true to go international show your support here.

Her campaign got international attention by the media already. This shows how much people want to see natural women. Therefore I am sure with our support she will change the minds of the people worldwide. And we totally want to see more news of #bodylove like in the collection below.

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CURVY FASHION FAIR STARS THE YEAR 2016 WITH NEW FEATURES

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The Curvy Fashion Fair Berlin always takes place during the Fashion Week Berlin. I also attented the fair two years ago, because it offeres you to get to know many plus size brands directly at the event. The Curvy Fashion Fair is an established internation curvy fashion 3-days event, that advaces constantly.

So, if you want to get to know the people behind all the top selling plus size fashion brands, then you need to attend the event also. This year the fair even features 14 new brands and it also has a curvy young designer startup show during the event. To find out more about the event follow this link.

PLUS SIZE FASHION DAYS SHOW AND AWARDS 2016

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Plus Size Fashion Days already had a special award ceremony during the show in 2015. And I think it is a great idea to award the best blogger, the best fashion brand and the best plus size model national and international.

The show developed from a idea by CEO and Founder Tanja Marfo 3 years ago. I attented every show since then. I can tell you it got better every year. Therefore I am excited to see how much better it will become in 2016.

CONCLUSION

All the headlines from last year show that the fashion world finally recognizes plus size women as an important target. We are new hip and trendy, so either you follow us or use us for your promotion or you will be regarded as old-fashioned. And no teen likes old-fashioned stuff. The future for curvy women is bright and I am sure more brands will understand this in the near future!

Have a good time and always remember to love your body and love yourself,

Lyz Lupo

 

Herbsttrends Teil 1 – Langer Mantel

This is a “GERMAN ONLY” post. This means the main text is in German, but we include shopping links if you are from other countries below.

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Ich schaue mir ja immer gern online an was so die Models und Stars derzeit tragen, denn ich weiß das sie immer die neuesten Trends zeigen. Das liegt meist daran das die Firmen ihnen ihre Kleidung zusenden. Und je mehr Follower das Model hat, umso angesagter ist alles was sie trägt. Und so passierte es das ich in letzter Zeit oft Stars mit langen Mänteln in ihren Bildern gesehen hab. Ich habe gleich erkannt das dies der neue Trend in diesem Herbst/Winter sein muss.

Hier gibt es eine kleine Gallerie zu dem Trend für 2015/2016:

Wie ihr sehen könnt tragen nicht nur die Stars lange Mäntel, aber auch die Topmodels und Fashionistas. Und da fängt für mich der Trend an. Kim Kardashian trägt ja seit Jahren immer nur lange Mäntel, vor allem jetzt während der Schwangerschaft. Aber wenn Karlie Kloss und verschiedene Bloggerinnnen auch sowas tragen, dann ist das ein sicherer Trend.

Nach langer Suche habe ich auf Alba Moda endlich etwas gefunden das mir gefiehl. Es gibt auf der Seite mehrere länge Mäntel in verschiedenen Farben. Ich habe aber im Bild unten nur den Kurzmantel eingefügt, weil ich mir diesen auch bestellt habe. Ich steh ja derzeit total auf den Nude Look. Daher habe ich mir nun dieses Outfit zusammengestellt:

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Ich musste 2 Schuhe bestellen. Man will ja doch eine Auswahl haben und ich probiere eh immer gerne mehrere Paare aus. Ich musste mich sogar zurückhalten nicht noch mehr zu bestellen. 😀

Ich bin echt sehr gespannt darauf wie das mir stehen wird. Und vor allem wie ich es schminken soll wenn ich es für mein nächstes Date mit meinem Freund tragen werde in Paris. Ich weiß nur das ich auf jeden Fall wieder meine roten Lippen haben will. Ich bin da so eher für diesen Look:

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Ich war überrascht auf der Seite noch Kleidung zu finden in meiner Größe 48/50, aber es gibt auf der Seite auch Größere Größen. Und auch wenn der Preis teurer ist, so ist doch die Qualität eine viel bessere als bei anderen.

Dies war der 1. Teil einer “Herbsttrend” Serie die ich teilen möchte. Seid gespannt auf meinen nächsten Post und die Links die ich gefunden habe.

Liebe Grüße von Lyz Lupo, der Chefredakteurin von Style & Curve

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AUTUMN TREND PART 1 – LONG COATS

This is the first trend post that I am excited to write about. Ever since  saw Karlie Kloss in this picture wearing a long coat, I knew this is the new fashion trend. Then I found more info about this online with bloggers who wore this style also.

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Long coats are fashionable since Kim Kardashion wears them all the time and get’s shared with her look everywhere. I might also not like everything about her and her family, but I have to admit that her style is great. That might be, because Kanye created her style and I love everything that he creates.

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HERE ARE SOME COATS THAT I FOUND FOR YOU ON MY SEARCH:

Asos, Nordstrom and Simply Be UK

Update: After checking Forever 21 again I saw the khaki coat worn by Denise Bidot.

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We will share more fashion trend posts in the future.

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Kind regards Lyz Lupo, editor-in-chief of Style & Curve

WE WANT MORE PLUS SIZE BRANDS TO REPRESENT BIGGER SIZES!

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I am thrilled to see how the most wanted plus size brand of the US featured a size 28 model for their newest lookbook. The plus size brand Eloquii started to feature bigger models for their lookbooks. This time they show plus model and blogger Emmicia Bracey. Though it’s not the first time they featured bigger sizes, it is for me the first time I saw it. And I loved it!

Shop the look: http://www.eloquii.com/
Second Model/Blogger: Reah Norman

If you ask me plus size brands should present more plus size women who are above size 16 also. I don’t want to exclude the smaller plus sizes, I just want to include the queen size women.
Why is this still so difficult to do?
Eloquii found them by asking bloggers to do this. Is this such a bad thing?
Honestly, bloggers are called the new fashion superstars for a good reason. Bloggers like me and many others we know how to pose. We try new poses with every look and we grow through our blogs. Bloggers are not only already proffessional enough to work with, but we represent also the real consumer. Mainly because we also consume like all the others. 😉 But yes, I like the idea of fashion brands using bigger sizes for their lookbook.

Eloquii is not the only brand who already did this. See below pictures of Tess Holliday who became a model for Monif C and pictures of German bloggers who presented their own designs for the brand Studio Untold.

Monif C is without any doubt also very trendy and everyone wants their looks, even we in Germany. Monif C and Eloquii proved both to be a hit for the consumers, because of their tredy styles.

Shop the look: http://monifc.com/
Models: Tess Holliday, Jada Sezer & Kris Yeo

Studio Untold is a new German plus size brand which is also very trendy. Studio Untold asked several German bloggers to design outfits for them and the result are 5 great looks. Some of the bloggers like Theodora Flipper, Conquore · The Fatshion Café and Lisa Mosch are even some of my favorite bloggers from Germany. I can already predict that they will become Germany’s answer for Eloquii and I am very excited about it.

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Shop the look: http://www.studio-untold.com/

Dear owners of plus size brands, please don’t be afraid to present bigger sizes in your lookbook. Your consumers will not hate or criticize you so much for this. They will rather think: “WOW, I am so happy to see a woman in my size wearing the dress I always liked from this brand.” And then the consumer will think that the model still looks great even with her big tummy. And that is so much more important in gaining trust! This was just an example, but as a consumer I know how other women feel.

Style & Curve stands for plus size diversity, therefore we want to feature different sizes in the upcoming magazine issue. I hope many more brands will also change their way of thinking and start to understand that fashion is for all sizes, all ages, all nationalities, all religions… – ALL WOMEN LOVE FASHION!

Cheers from Lyz Lupo :*

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Ich war hellauf begeistert davon zu sehen das eines der angesagtesten Plus Size Marken der USA ein Model der Größe 60 (US Größe 28) für ihr neuestes Lookbook gewählt hat. Und sie sieht toll aus! Die Marke Eloquii hat schon zuvor ein größeres Model präsentiert, aber ich habe jetzt erst etwas davon mitbekommen. Ich muss wohl nicht extra darauf hinweisen, dass sowas in Deutschland unmöglich erscheint….Aber ich liebe es!

Wenn ihr mich fragt, dann sollten sich mehr Marken trauen Frauen zeigen die grö0er als sind. Ich will damit nicht die kleineren Größen ausschließen, sondern nur eher motivieren die richtig Großen Größen in die Mode einzuführen. Warum ist das heute immernoch so schwierig?
Eloquii hat es doch auch geschafft, indem sie Blogger gefragt haben. Ist das denn so eine schlechte Sache?

Ganz ehrlich, Blogger werden nicht umsonst als die neuen Mode Superstars benannt. Blooger wie ich und viele andere wissen wie wir uns präsentieren müssen. Wir probieren immer neuere Looks und Posen und wachsen durch unseren Blog. Blogger sind nicht nur proffessionell genug, sondern wir repräsentieren die Kunden. Hauptsächlich, weil wir ja auch Kunden sind. Und ja, ich mag die Idee das Plus Size Marken auch Größere Models zeigen.

Aber Eloquii ist nicht die einzige Marke die das erkannt hat. Siehe weiter unten Bilder von Tess Holliday welches ein Model für Monif C wurde und Bilder von Deutschen Blogger mit ihren selbst designten Stücken für die Marke Studio Untold.

Monif C ist ohne Zweifel auch eine sehr angesagte Marke und jeder will die Stücke haben, sogar wir hier in Deutschland. Monif C und Eloquii haben bereits bewiesen das sie ein Hit bei den Kunden sind, da sie so sehr gefragt sind.

Studio Untold ist eine neue Deutsche Plus Size Marke, aber genauso gefragt. Studio Untold fragte verschiedene Deutsche Blogger ob sie für sie designen wollen und das Ergebnis sind 5 richtig tolle Looks. Sie haben Blogger gewählt wie Theodora Flipper, Elisabeth von Conquore · The Fatshion Café und Lisa Mosch, welche ich auch selber gerne verfolge und mag. Ich kann der Marke jetzt schon voraussagen das es die Deutsche Antwort auf Eloquii wird.

Meine lieben Geschäftsführer der vielen Plus Size Marken, bitte habt keine Angst ein Model mit einer Übergröße zu wählen für euer Lookbook. Eure Kunden werden euch nicht zu sehr dafür angreifen. Sie werden eher denken: “WOW, Ich bin so froh eine Frau in meiner Größe zu sehen die mein Lieblingskleid dieser Marke trägt.” Und die Kunden werden auch eher denken das sie immernoch toll aussieht auch mit einem großen Bauch. Das ist in meinen Augen sehr wichtig um das Vertrauen der Kunden zu gewinnen. Das war natürlich nur ein Beispiel, aber da ich auch Konsument bin kann ich es eher verstehen was eine Frau so fühlt.

Style & Curve steht für eine Größenvielfalt, daher werden wir in unserem anstehenden Magazin verschiedene Größen präsentieren. Und ich hoffe das mehr Marke ihre Meinung ändern werden und Anfangen zu verstehen das Mode für alle Größen, für alle Alterklassen, für alle Nationen, für alle Religionen…. – ALLE FRAUEN LIEBEN MODE!!!!

Liebe Grüße Lyz Lupo :*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers from Style & Curve

MODEL SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Nedra Philips from Arden’s Closet

We are having a new model spotlight feature for you. This time it is NEDRA PHILIPS from Atlanta, USA.

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1. How did you got into modeling?

A friends told me about this plus size contest that she insisted that I try out for. So I did and I found a whole new world and have been modeling since 09.

2. What do you habe to do with Arden’s Closet?

Arden’s Closet is actually my company. It is a pull closet for styling real size women for events, photo shoots or just everyday wear. I also offer personal shopping and Closet’s Cleanups. Every 3mths Arden’s Closet puts on a Sip n’ Swap where the FAB Plus Fashionistas of Atlanta get together and sip on Moscato and swap gently used or new clothing, shoes, hand bags and accessories. 

3. Do you also offer shipping? In which countries?

No Arden’s Closet doesn’t provide shipping but when I have the yearly closet cleanup I do put Items up for sale and will ship anywhere.

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4. What are your wishes for 2014?

In 2014 I want to push my self to the next level and work out side my box.

5. What was your best and worst experience in your life?

The worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life is losing my father at the age of 13. The best experience is when I realize that I have the best mother in the world and she is my best friend.

6. What do you like about yourself the most and what do you hate about yourself?

I love my determination the will to keep going even though people think I shouldn’t. I hate that I wear my emotions on my shelves.

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7. Do you think the plus size industry need some more inprovement? which ones?

I feel this industry is improving but I wish the industry was more open to petite plus models in high fashion and mainstream and would not be so quick to shut you down because of your height. 

8. What do you like about Style.& Curve?

I really enjoy Style & Curve because it celebrates women with curves in a positive way. It shows that women with curves have beauty & Style!!

LINKS

website: http://http://www.nedraphillips.com/

fanpage: http://https://www.facebook.com/ArdensCloset

modelmayhem: http://http://www.modelmayhem.com/2343446

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ALL PICS WERE TAKEN FOR ARDEN’S CLOSET.

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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

Angelita’s Weekly Blog: Thrift Store Treasures

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1980’s Vintage Cache beaded dress purchased at Goodwill, Photograher: Johnny Richer

Hello Beautiful models and fans of Style & Curve, Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog.  Today I’m going to blog about Thrift Store, resale store and vintage store shopping.  Regardless of your financial resources, shopping at these types of stores can bring you wonderful treasures at unbelievably low prices.  You can certainly find one of a kind garments and accessories that are unique and beautiful.  The images you see in this blog are garments and or accessories that were purchased from thrift stores, resale boutiques or vintage shops.   Each garment or accessory pictured in this blog cost anywhere from .99 cents to $29.95 with most of them being under $10.

black gownVintage 1980’s beaded gown purchased at Goodwill. Image by: Johnny Richer

I have to be completely honest, before I started modeling and acting, I had a completely different perception about these types of shops.  Yes, I used to believe, only those less fortunate shop at Goodwill or The Salvation Army.  Those on a budge shop at resale boutiques and vintage shops just have “old stuff”.    About 10 years ago I performed in a musical theater production called “Spotlight on Broadway”.  We needed some period costumes for some of the different numbers we were performing so our director recommended we go to a thrift shop called Goodwill.  We needed a 70’s type of outfit, a cocktail dress, etc. and it would be very expensive to purchase these garments brand new.  Initially, the idea of shopping at a thrift store was quite foreign and uncomfortable for me but I went in to look.

vintage polka dot dress1980’s Polka dot dress and vintage purse from Romatic  Cultures, Image by Pro Photography

I remember walking into Goodwill for the first time thinking, “I wonder if people in here think I’m poor.”  Looking back, I realize it was such a silly thought.  Granted, I had to go through lots of clothes on the racks with some of them being garbage but then suddenly I would find something that jumped out at me and was such a great find.  I was finding high-end vintage designer garments such as Cache, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Channel, & Calvin Klein just to name a few.  I couldn’t believe my luck and how well preserved these garments were!

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Now, don’t pay attention to the size marked on the garment, only look at it and guess if it will fit and of course try it on.  I wear a size 14/16 but in vintage clothing I wear an 18 and 20 1/2.  Today’s clothing designers cut their garments larger and size them about two sizes smaller than they once were.  For example, everyone knows that Marilyn Monroe was a curvy size 14 but by today’s clothing sizing, she would be a size 10.  Another great example is if you wear a size 16 in everyday fashion but you’re about to get married and you have to purchase a wedding gown in a size 20.  That’s because wedding gown designers have never changed their sizing standards.  I will look at the size marked but I will determine whether it might fit based on the cut, style and fabric of the garment.

Anytime you are shopping at one of these types of stores, always inspect the garment.  Keep in mind that vintage garments will not be perfect but you will know whether or not it is a usable garment or not.  Believe it or not, I’ve received more compliments from my thrift store finds than many of my more expensive garments that I purchased brand new.  Although I will watch the trends, I like to purchase garments that are classic and ageless.  Some of the very trendy styles fade away as quickly as they came in.  It’s also fun to mix and match different time periods.  For instance, I purchased this colorful dress on clearance and I paired it with a 1960’s feather hat that I borrowed from a vintage boutique called Romantic Cultures to create this unique look.

feather hat1960’s Feather Hat from Romantic Cultures, Image by: Arts of Utopia

I have walked into a thrift store or resale boutique and have walked out with multiple garments and often with matching accessories and spend the same amount as I would’ve spent on a single garment in a regular retail store.  Not to mention, I now own unique garments that you won’t see everyone else wearing.

Christmas dressChristmas beaded gown from thiftstore

If you haven’t gone into a thrift store, resale store or vintage boutique,  I highly recommend that you do, you will be amazed at what you might find.  Keep in mind, if you go into a smaller store with limited selections, you will not always find a treasure so keep looking,  I promise, you will find something amazing for the cost of next to nothing.

vintage gownBlack and gold gown from Goodwill, Image by: Bloojay Designs

As always, don’t allow the negative people along the way bring you down and trust me; there will be negative people that will cross your path.  Take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Again, if there is a topic you’d like me to blog about, feel free to contact me.  Until next week, stay positive!

Firetruck1950’s vintage dress, passed down from family member, vintage hat and parasol (umbrella) from Romantic Cultures, Image by: Angela Parker

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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