August started out a little slow. The summer heat seemed to have everyone enjoying the sunshine, and then right around the middle of the month… BAM. Awesome content, exciting news and features, beautiful photos, everyone was absolutely rocking it just in time for an awesome SMB highlights post!
CALLIE THORPE WRITES FOR VOGUE
Last month Callie Thorpe was featured in an article in Vogue, which is just incredible. Sadly it led to a lot of trolling and online abuse, but Callie held her head high and she fought back, and now she can proudly say that not only has she been featured in Vogue, she has written for Vogue!
Danielle Vanier Named Digital Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust do important work helping 11-30 year olds get into work, education and training, and seeing them name a plus size blogger as an ambassador is so inspiring!
Beauty Redefined shared an important message on their Facebook page, about why you shouldn’t comment on someone’s weight loss. Most people have it ingrained in them that they comment on someone’s weight loss, assuming it is wanted, due to good health and something to celebrate. There are many reasons it’s not OK to comment on the changes to someone’s appearance, and it’s important to see this address on social media.
PREMME IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK
When bloggers supreme Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason made this special announcement, we at SMB were SO excited. Stunning fashion in sizes US 12-30, modelled by babes of every size, what’s not to be excited about? Their first line is now finally available internationally and we can’t wait to see what they do next.
CHLOE ELLIOTT LAUNCHES PLUS SIZE ONLINE STYLING SERVICE STYLE IN CURVE
Blogger Chloe Elliott introduced her new venture, Style in Curve this month. Style in Curve is an online styling service exclusively for sizes 16-32. By being online, this service is accessibly for everyone, not just those who are physically able to travel to Chloe, which is a fantastic feature! Accessibility isn’t always considered in new ventures, and seeing this be so key to Style in Curve is wonderful.
LEAH VERNON SHARES HER PHOTOSHOOT WITH VELVET D’AMOUR
I discovered Leah Vernon after she worked with SMB faves Navabi, and I’ve been obsessed with her style ever since. Her editorial with Velvet D’Amour is called ‘You Can’, and it truly gorgeous! While Leah is American, this shoot was done in London so I couldn’t resist sharing this in our community highlights round up. Leah started blogging because she wanted to see more diversity in blogging, and as a Muslim African-American she knew her voice needed to be heard. Check out her blog Beauty and The Muse for all the fashion inspiration you could ever need!
RAINBOW AND ROSES CREATES AN INFOGRAPHIC ON CONCERN TROLLS
Concern trolls are something all plus size bloggers face online at one time or another. Rainbow and Roses created an infographic and blog post about concern trolls and it’s brilliant!
AMANDA APPAREL ON STUFF FAT WHITE WOMEN SAY
Addressing our own privilege is something we all need to do to constantly be able to be a better ally to marginalised communities, and our own Amanda Apparel wrote a really important piece on problematic things fat white women say, and how we perpetuate stereotypes that are harmful to people of colour. She raises important points about how we as white women can be better allies to women of colour within the plus size community, so please do go and read it and raise up those voices around us that white voices often drown out.
TERRIBLE TUMBLES GLOWS IN NAVABI GREEN
Em of Terrible Tumbles always look immaculate, but she truly is a vision in green. When she shared her blog post wearing Arched Eyebrow x Navabi it was just total awe. Red heads and green are meant to be together! If you don’t already follow Em you are really missing out, especially if you are a fellow tall plus size babe.
BECKY BROWN IS A DELIGHT IN HOT PINK LINGERIE
Becky Brown of ‘Does My Blog Make Me Look Fat?‘ shared an incredible hot pink bralette set this month that led me to immediately buying the bralette for myself. Seeing plus size bodies in bralettes and lingerie is key to pushing the media to highlight more different types of bodies, and Becky looks so cool.
PLAYFUL PROMISES SHOW US HOW TO DEAL WITH TROLLS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Playful Promises are an independent lingerie company who have a long history of using a wonderful and diverse mix of models in their clothing. They are constantly working to expand their size range and do the most they can do without a big business backing them. Their social media has always been a key example of how to run good, body positive social media that is a safe space for all, but their recent post featuring a plus size babe in their lingerie showed just how exceptional they really are. Brands, pay attention and step up!