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:
Today was a very sad day for Style & Curve. Everyday, I post pictures of plus size models on Facebook, but today Facebook started to restrict the visibility of those pictures. No one has reported my page, because no picture was removed by Facebook. I also have no information as to why they need to restrict my picture posts, plus, most of all, I see no violation of any Facebook rules at all. All models shared wear at least underwear, swimwear or dresses. We show no vulgar picture and if we share images of plus size models wearing only lace and no bra, then I can asure Facebook that those pictures are edited. No model nor photographer that we share wants problem with Facebook about free nip***! We are a page who takes care of what we share, because we are a magazine that offers online promotion for plus size models or brands and that wants to improve the self esteem of our plus size fans. Vulgar nudity is not welcome on our page!
RESTRICTING VIEWS ON PLUS SIZE MODELS = CYBERBULLYING & BOYDYSHAMING?
Therefore I don’t understand why the picture posts are restricted. Previously I’ve shared images of Eva Believer plus Daniela Sesay, and Facebook started to restrict them, but I removed them myself. Today I shared the plus size models Laura Lee, Morgan Louise, Myself (@lyzlupo) and the same picture of Eva Believer again, but all of these posts got NO LIKES. Forthermore, only 20 – 30 people were able to see these posts. All 4 picture posts are restricted and I have no clue why! This looks to me like we are getting body shamed by facebook.
Since Facebook was not showing my posts, I used my Instagram account @styleandcurve to publish my thoughts as you can see below.
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This tactic of Facebook to restrict the visibility is unfair and discriminating, because they only blocked the view of the posts of plus size models. All other posts and reposts are still visible as usual. What Facebook makes looks like #bodyshaming! It hasn’t only happened to my picture, but also to the posts of the other models, therefore I made screenshots to document their treatment. Find the files below:
Now, I could either calm down about this, ignore it and just keep on posting as usuall. Unfortunately, this is not why I became active in the plus size community. I want to achieve a change, I want to stop the discrimination on plus size women on social media. I know there are many more plus size women who have suffered from this and I know how they feel, because this is when all the insecurities about our bodies come back. In my case, as the owner of a magazine that works hard on promoting plus size models and improving the self esteem of our plus size fans, it feels like a slap in the face to see that I can post as much as I want to, but no one will see it. To me this looks indeed like cyberbullying and body shaming towards plus size women, done by facebook directly. I am very hurt and dissapointed by Facebook. I wished they would comment on this and explain at least what I did wrong. I know I did not do anything legally wrong, so therefore this treatment is cruel. It hurts my heart to see how my work is getting treated, while there are so many pages out there that show content that shouldn’t even be made public. This is not freedom of speech anymore!
OTHER PLUS SIZE VICTIMS WHO SUFFERED FROM BULLYING BY SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
Unfortunatly, this is not the first time social media pages were bodyshaming plus size women.
– UPDATE (08-22-2016) ON TESS HOLLIDAY vs FACEBOOK:
‘Tess Holliday was blocked from Facebook for calling out her harassers’ – Article by Revelist.com
‘Plus-size model Tess Holliday says she’s been blocked from her own Facebook account for the past four days.
According to the model, the block happened after she posted screenshots of harassing messages she’d received on the platform.
She says she initially posted the screenshots to Facebook both for awareness of social media bullying and because Facebook doesn’t do enough to help stop it.
“This time it really upset me because they banned the person getting abused [Holliday], which clearly shows that they just block anyone whose image gets reported instead of looking into it … I honestly just think that if they’re going to take such initiatives against bullying and harassment then they really need to do their due diligence,” she said.’
– UPDATE (08-23-2016) – LYZ LUPO NOW EVEN RESTRICTED ON HER OWN PROFILE PAGE
The sad truth is that although I thought the restriction is finally over, I had to realize this morning that it is still active. I shared this link on my fanpage and I got no more likes, nor comments. Then I shared the link of this article on my profile page already 3 x times yesterday night and 2 x again this morning, but everytime I got the notification that something didn’t work out correctly and that the posting was not successful. I made then a screenshot of my post of this article on my fanpage for Style & Curve shared it on my profile and on the fanpage and all of the sudden it can be seen. This made me realize that facebook is now blocking me from even posting my website link.
So again I had to go to Instagram to make it public:
This kind of treatment is something I would expect for a page that shares porn or related things, but not for a body positive online magazine. The incident on my page and on Tess Holliday’s page makes me wonder if there are more plus size pages who suffer from this restriction right now?
All I want to do is to help plus size women to become more confident. Nothing more! I dont even share heavy BBWs, althought I should also think of them. But everytime I did this, Facebook remove it cause someone reported it.
I really hope this prejudice is over soon and that I get an answer for all of this.
I am emotionally so much down and I can’t take it any longer.
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
‘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
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
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
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.
“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
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.
GREAT THINGS THAT ALREADY HAPPENED IN 2015 BUT THAT WILL ALSO EFFECT 2016:
AMY SCHUMER AND SERENA WILLIAMS FEATURED IN THE PIRELLI CALENDAR
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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!
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.
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.
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 :*
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!!!!