CATERINA: THE CANADIAN BEAUT

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: https://caterinamoda.com/

A MESSAGE WITH NIKE’S PLUS SIZE LANGUAGE

Since Nike decided to launch its very first plus size range for their sportswear to honour the diversity of women’s bodies, it has received much critique which turned out to be both positive and negative. The outfits were modelled from the beautiful bloggers Danielle Vanier and Gracie Francesca; including models such as Naomi Shimada, Paloma Elsesser, and US Olympian Amanda Bingson.

Here are some posts about Nike Women on Instagram:

Did you catch yesterday's blog post?? JUST DO IT! . LINK IN BIO . Today I open up about some new lessons about fear and identity I’ve been working through the last few months and how I’ve –re-adopted the age-old @Nike saying – Just do it! I also talk a little bit about stepping up my workouts @hourglassworkout instead of being fearful. . . Oh…and did you hear?! @NikeWomen recently dropped a new plus size line – It's so nice to see brands like Nike listen to consumers and give us options to workout in – just cause we are plus, does not mean we aren't fit or active! . Hair makeup and photography by @katiuskaidrovoo 🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️ www.SarahTaylorsJourney.com #nike #goldenconfidence #iwontcompromise #skorchmagazine #volup2isdiversity #daretowear #tcfstyle #torontofashionblogger #fullfiguredfashion #ownyourcurves #bodyconfidence #fitness #plussizemodel #psfashiongawds #ashleygraham #fashionforwardplus #curvymodel #GoosFullFiguredFriday #celebratemysize #effyourbeautystandards #beautybeyondsize #mybodysmiles #nikewomen #niketraining #workout #gym #curvyfit #healthyatanysize #healthycurves

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And below are some images around this topic that we liked the most:

I would like to express to all the women who seek sportswear within the plus size range to not feel cut-off by the negative comments, what people don’t understand is that the whole point in launching this range is for unification and acceptance; so that you can feel comfortable in sports clothes whether you are heading to the gym, going for a walk, or wearing it in-doors, you deserve to feel the gratification in these garments. Coming from myself who participates in fitness activities a few times a week, wear what you want, and feel happy in your sports gear, because it’s not only fitness models who can exclusively wear this, or people who meet the ideology of what a healthy body looks like, anyone can.

I will not display the negative comments because I believe that you don’t need to be reminded of them, however – I still want to remind you that you are human just like everybody else. If you go to the gym or intend to go, embrace your curves in your new gear, don’t dissuade yourself into feeling like you’re not worthy of working out in them or that you shouldn’t be seen in public with them, as the feeling comes from within.

I am sincerely happy that there is finally a range of sportswear that target plus size women because it shows that we are moving forward in civilization; that we are creating a positive change, even if those that cannot comprehend the reason behind this are blinded by image.

So to all the women who can now shop for Nike sportswear because they finally have your size, you are the athletes too, you are the sports model to model the clothes too; every audience needs to be reached out to and the voice has finally made its way through the league.

I hope similar big brands decide to do the same.

Written by: Justin J. White

PLUS SIZE MEN ARE FLOURISHING

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

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

 

See below the male models mentioned above:

Zach Miko

 

Benjamin Montanez

 

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

A photo posted by Kelvin Of Notoriously Dapper (@notoriouslydapper) on

Kelvin Davis

 

Claus Fleissner

 

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

A photo posted by Troy Solomon (@abearnamedtroy) on

Troy Solomon

 

Arcadio Del Valle

 

And some of the bloggers: 

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

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Michael-Anthony

 

Riccardo Onorato

 

Alessandro Carella

 

Syed Sohail

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

Written by: Justin J. White

 

 

FORMER FINALIST OF MISS EUROPEAN 2011 JASMINE EL KTIBI BECOMES ASPIRING PLUS SIZE MODEL

Say hello to the former finalist of Miss European 2011, Jasmine El Ktibi. She is an exquisite Dutch Moroccan woman living in the Netherlands, aspiring to be a plus size model who will rock your world with her beautiful angular visage and dazzling story being her. At the age of 16 she discovered that she likes the idea of modelling and started taking selfies of herself on a camera her dad kept on top of his wardrobe. Eventually she opened up a Facebook account and started to upload photos of herself; it was through there she was discovered and asked to do what would be her very first photoshoot in Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands. After the shoot, all kinds of people recognised her unique and photogenic quality; edging her on towards becoming a professional model if she really goes for it — but there was just one problem, she wasn’t thin enough.

Jasmine developed her curves from an early age however, in the modelling business she was considered too fat, and started to develop insecurities which lead to her undergoing dieting. This didn’t help much as it was never good enough, although she got asked to participate in the Miss European 2011 Pageant in England, UK, where she stayed in a penthouse for one week with 89 other girls from the whole of Europe. After seeing how harsh the pageant was, she developed anorexia nervosa, starving herself and spending vast amounts of time in the gym to keep her weight as low as possible. She developed an unhealthy lifestyle taking fat burning pills, stacker diet pills; becoming exceedingly obsessed with her weight.

This led her to become the finalist of the Miss European 2011 Pageant contest, yet she could no longer look at herself in the mirror due to the build-up of guilt she possessed for being curvy. Despite going through all this difficulty to become extremely thin, she didn’t feel happy about herself even though she reached the so called “Beauty ideal,” and became quite depressed realising that she needed to do something about it. She knew that it starts with the mind, that self-love is important because it is inconvenient to cause damage to your health trying to fit in; she began to get her figure back, regained focussed, and now wants to make a difference on this planet.

To this very day, Jasmine is one of the finest aspiring plus size models who is currently signed to Models Thrive Management, and is managed by Justin J. White who runs the management company. Jasmine states, “I am curvy, I have a big butt and I’m proud of it! I want to give a message to all young girls and women who are struggling with self-love and self-acceptance: Just be proud about who you are because you are good the way you are! Be your own body goals.” Jasmine is remarkable and her features stand out amongst many, her hips do not lie, and her eyes can leave you mesmerised if you stare in them long enough to see what such an enchantress she is, but that’s not all, she has so much to offer being in the right hands and can contribute significantly to the plus size industry.

Justin continues to motivate and direct her in the right direction regarding elegance, resilience, and good work etiquette to protrude. Despite her downfalls she continues to strive to be the best in what she does, and there is no holding her back when she is in her zone and committed.

For any inquiries please contact:

Justin J. White
Managing Director
Models Thrive Management
Email:
justinjwhite@mstmanagement.com

Written by: Style & Curve Magazine

Featuring:
Model: Jasmine El Ktibi
Photographer: Ozgur Aksoy
Website: http://www.aksoynet.nl/
Make-up by: Esma Amassio

 

 

THE PLUS-SIZE POEM: GRETA’S CRUSADE

Greta grew up in a headless cold world,
The love is present, only through the unseeable veils.
She’s told she would fail,
And to be doomed and out of tune to lose with no avail.

School was tough, bullied in smut,
Just one friend,
With one bench,
But cannot quash the evil guts.

Teased and water’s like mountain on cheeks,
“I’m not like everybody else.”
Slim and petite.

No warm arms on cold nights, and no love for a cub,
Stacey’s there, often begrudge.
Greta’s confused, “Why like me, I’m ugly and podgy.”
But the comfort of joy is one to enjoy.

Sixty beats a minute,
Taken through a thousand stinging nettles.
But she will laugh the loudest, when the disgust declutters.

She grows and she blossoms,
The flowers bud and the dirt’s no longer rotten.
Beautiful, bootyfull, victorious of them all,
Confidence is all she needed, and now she’s leading.

Those pop eye buffaloes,
Bellucci walks and the thunder strikes,
Hips curvy mean a sunny delight.

She’s a brave maiden, although trembles of past,
Her hair grew dark, boldly and fierce.
And as time goes on, chesty and lark,
Eyes big and blue, radiant sky clear.

She’s a morning star,
Men spin around, pave the way with gold in her crown.
The owls are out, pink is the colour that’s hidden in mouth,
But the droopy jaws are getting ignored.

The journey of size and the ending of lives,
Time waits for none when the years are polite.
A reflection of the spectrum, and quick flick refractions,
Means it’s brighter, on the other side of the section.

Judgement is all, when time escapes with a catastrophic befall.
So don’t be quick for words can make you sick,
The tables can turn and the needle can prick.

 

Written by: Justin J. White

Photographer: Kaapone Fotografia

Model: Lyz Lupo

CASSIE DONAHUE

Plus-size model Cassie Donahue can not only swim thick but can swim sexy. The seductive-smoky, olive-green-eyed IPM model shows a great deal of curvilinear edges. People are admiring her bonny hips, men are melting behind their keyboards, whilst her 37.5-inch waist and 50-inch hips whip up a good piece of lingerie. And she’s moving forward, up and onwards. Cassie serves with great importance in her life by taking care of those in need, proving her to be multi-talented. Doing both is a big deal, it shows a woman who’s caring, humble, and willing to give up her time for the sake of others; when it’s time to heat up the space, she fills it with fire and a majestic grandeur.

She’s already modelled for Jibri, twelve 26 plus, and was shooting ahead for Sydney’s closet 2017. I cannot imagine what’s more to come, but I know it’s going to be great with her curvaceous posts.

For what meets the eye can be tasteful, but there is more to plus-size women than an enticing body. They have a powerful mind to turn shame into pride, hate into love, and hurt into a gift.   

Written by: Justin J. White

Cassie Donahue’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassieleedonahue/

Left photo credit: Stanley Desbas

Right photo credit: Angela Latimer

Bullying and hating thyself: Let the truth be told

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

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

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

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

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

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

I get emails from men who are experiencing the same.

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

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

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

Dana

Photo by: Cheyenne Gil

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

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

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

ALL PERCEPTION!!! 

Written by: Justin J. White

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

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

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

SELINI ANGELINI – NEW CURVES OF A NATION

Selini Angelini is one of the newest Plus-Size models to hit the scene and already has a load full of Instagram followers yearning for more. Her unique style of print in colour and black and white gives us a flavour of what’s more to come; the petite-Greek-powerful goddess has alluring curves — something to make the industry go wild for, and it won’t be long until she makes a huge impact across mainstream media for those anxious to see what she’s offering next. Her style depicts good taste, putting on a show for all of her fans across the waters from California to London, Europe and Asia. What more could the industry ask for from such a beauteous young woman who is confident about her character, who strives to be different; who can make any head turn in any direction — even on a dull day.

So get your plus-vision on, because she’s going to create a whirlwind of noise across the globe.

Be sure to follow her Instagram page to feed you with her latest glory. Selini’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/seliniangelini/

Written by: Justin J. White