Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.
Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
I’m unemployed due to disability (I volunteer my time to charities instead)
How long have you been blogging?
What made you start blogging?
I started blogging because I felt like an outsider at school and the blogging community provided me with friendship.
Who do you admire in the blogging world?
I really admire Jemma from DorkFaceBlog as she works so hard and is really committed to what she does as well as being a very talented artist. She really motivates me to work harder and better.
What’s your favourite post on your blog?
My favourite post is the one I wrote about the wheelchair space on buses and who gets priority. The Supreme Court Case finally prompted me to talk on the topic and I’m really proud of the post and the response I got: http://www.shonalouise.com/2017/01/the-wheelchair-space-who-gets-priority.html
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Originally I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up but when my condition began to affect me more this had to change and now I really want to set up my own charity and write about disability.
Do you have any pets?
I used to have 2 cats called Marmite and Bruiser but I recently moved away from home but my boyfriend and his brother have a lovely ginger cat called Deano who I love!
What does She Might Be mean to you?
She Might Be to me means giving a voice to those who are usually silenced and ignored.
Gatsbylady are one of my favourite brands and they have been for quite some time. Not only are they fully inclusive and cater from the smallest straight size to the biggest plus size, but they also continue on the most incredible quality throughout all their sizes. Not only do they cater for all, but in their catwalk shows they are always sure to have a diverse range of models to represent all of their customers. We asked the members at She Might Be what seeing a diverse catwalk like this meant to them.
Georgina (me!) – ‘Being able to see someone who looks so much like me on a catwalk is incredible. It means I can truly see what the piece will look like on me, how it moves, how confident the model looks it in, overall it’s such a positive and empowering thing to see. It fills you with a lot of joy and love seeing so many people being represented. It definitely makes me love a brand and want to support them so much more as it’s still incredibly rare to see.’
Carrie – ‘Seeing more diversity on the catwalk is encouraging and it’s fantastic to see a dress and KNOW how it’s going to look on my body, instead of having to squint a bit, and just use my freaking imagination!’
Nicola – ‘I love being able to see any kind of body in a designer’s clothes and get a real idea of how it’s going to fit on myself personally. So many times you feel you have to gamble on clothes and end up disappointed or don’t end up trying something you’d actually love because you don’t get to see any real representation. Can more designers follow this please??’
Michelle – ‘Proper representation is so important. I applaud the designers proactively seeing that there are designs are seen on a range of bodies. Most of us grew up in a world where we didn’t see enough positive representations of ourselves. That’s changing and that’s wonderful!’
Amanda – ‘I wish more brands did this! Major props for using a plus size model who has a relatively smaller chest. Small busted babes are VERY underrepresented (aka unrepresented) by plus size brands. I appreciate varying heights as well! Fashion doesn’t only exist for those 5’10” and up!’
The only way they could possibly improve is to showcase disabled models, Shona brought this issue up, ‘Whilst it’s great to see so many beautiful people of different shapes, sizes, heights, ethnicities etc rocking the same dresses for me I still cannot see myself in this. I love being able to celebrate when brands do improve their diversity but it seems that once again Disability has been left out. As a powerchair user I rarely see myself represented in fashion and this would have been a great opportunity to include disabled people so it’s a real shame that they haven’t because the dresses are gorgeous.’
Which dress is your favourite?
My favourite skincare products have always been microdermabrasion products so I was beyond excited to try out this Clarify Microdermabrasion System. It’s a salon experience at home all for the great price of £70. When you think of how many facials and microdermabrasion treatments would cost over a year, let alone a few. It means that £70 is a complete bargain.
Exfoliation is one of my favourite things to do, and it’s also one of the most important steps in skincare for healthy, glowing, and non-clogged skin. If you haven’t heard of a microdermabrasion treatment before then it basically takes away dead skin cells by exfoliating them away, this leaves visible and immediate results. Any lumps and bump are virtually gone and your skin looks brighter.
This DermaTx Clarify Microdermabrasion System is super easy to use, you simply add the cream to the facial tool and then turn it on. The foam applicator combined with the micro-pulses that vibrate allow the cream to gently massage into your skin and buff away any dead skin. Clarify cream has 2% Salicylic acid and Retinol, meaning that it’s perfect for oily, spotty skin like mine. But there are other combinations for different skin types. 1 bottle of 75ml cream can do up to 30 treatments! There’s also a 1 year warranty on the devices.
We understand that not everyone is in the same place when it comes to self confidence and body positivity, so we asked a few members of the She Might Be team to talk about their own self confidence. It can be a very long journey, even the most confident of people still have blips, but by sharing our experiences and advice we can help each other, raise each other up, and let others know that they’re not alone. Do you relate to any of these bloggers? We’d love to hear about your own self confidence journeys in the comments below!
‘When I left secondary school and went to College, I noticed the little remarks in the corridors from people had completely stopped. I think it was a case of people just being older and more mature so this helped a lot with the day to day, but I’d still hear negative comments about bodies and being fat from the people I would surround myself with. Due to other circumstances I stopped talking to these people after College and started blogging, it was there that I found the plus size blogging community and my world changed completely! Slowly and step by step I went from being surrounded by people who would call me names and bully me, to having messages from younger girls who were struggling saying how they wished they looked like me. I was like a phoenix rising from the flames, I was so ready to be confident and love myself, I just needed that final push to be really open about it.’
The first step for me was to stop buying fashion magazines. I used to buy a copy every month and hate myself for not looking like the models on the runway or pictures of the street style women looking so sleek and “perfect”. It’s amazing how that one small step helped me feel better about myself almost immediately and that led to me finding the likes of Live Journal and Tumblr for inspiration instead. Even then, I would use search words on Tumblr like “plus size” or “full figured” because I wasn’t ready to use the word fat, but little by little my confidence increased and there was no looking back from that point on. The first step is the most important in anything so it’s important to remember to go at your own pace and that no step is too small.’
‘Yes, this! Recalibrate your mind. I spend so much time now looking at bloggers with a variety of bodies – especially those more like my own – that I’m now much more aware of when I’m confronted with a photoshopped image of an unnaturally slim model.
Whereas before, because that was so common to me, I couldn’t see it for what it was. I thought it was real and achievable, and hated myself for being nowhere near it.’
‘In her book Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls (which you should definitely read because it’s BRILLIANT) Jes Baker shares how changing your social media feed can change your life. This was absolutely the case for me. I followed every plus size blogger/model/person I could find. I started following people who were shaped like me, and I was constantly admiring how beautiful they were. All too often we are our own toughest critic. If we see beauty in those who look like us then it’s easier for us to recognise that we’re beautiful ourselves. The media is constantly bombarding us with two options for women: slim or curvy. On top of that, those slim/curvy women are mostly white, cisgender, and able bodied. By curating a beautifully diverse social media feed we can truly learn to love others, and in turn love ourselves.’
‘For me it got to the point where my mental health was so closely tied to my body that I knew I had to get help to properly face some of the body issues that I had. So I went to my local GP and put myself on the referral list for counselling. It’s long winded and an investment of time but worth it if you’re really struggling and in a low place. Just having someone to talk to and being able to vocalise your pain helps take you so much further. I also had to start stripping myself of all the unhealthy and damaging things I was surrounding myself with, be that movies, music, films, books, people, social media etc
The moment I took the steps to take care of myself and love myself the world changed. It’s not as if it’s perfect and sometimes we all have our days when it’s hard to love ourselves but when you search for your worth and you dare to love yourself…the world is so much brighter.’
Multi-masking: what is it and what are the benefits?
It feels like there is a new fad every week when it comes to skincare, and almost all of them go completely over my head. I’m not even 100% sure what kind of skin I have, so when I heard about multi-masking I figured it would be the perfect way to make sure my face got the pampering it (very badly) needs, and I wouldn’t have to actually know what I was talking about.
What is Multi-Masking?
Your face is like a puzzle covered in different spots that require unique attention. Some of it may be dry, like the area around and under your nose and cheeks, while in the T-Zone (from your forehead down your nose) it may be easily affected by grease and an eventual spot and blackhead attack. A multi-mask consists of taking different skin toners, masks, creams and beauty cleansers and rightly applying them to different areas of your face. This way your skin care can include all the benefits of different products applied into one, and thus rejuvenate your skin back into its glowing state.
Customised just for you
Using a single product can only provide so much revitalised protection to different parts of your skin. A woman’s skin is unique to her, and her alone, and can have a plenitude of problems that remain unsolvable when using a single product. Multi-masking ensures that each part of your face receives specific attention to make sure it glows – whether enhanced with makeup or left bare and completely natural. Your skin deserves the best treatment and cannot be sustained by ignoring patches which might become dry or irritated. Multi-masking will provide the perfect treatment to solve any skin related issues.
Fun Means of Experimenting
It’s always a treat to spoil yourself with new products. With Multi-masking, an opportunity appears to go on a spending spree to buy the best products to enhance your appearance in specific areas with new combinations. Some even enjoy Multi-masking with sheet masks combined with creams and clays to soothe their skin. Have fun picking out your products and be sure to invest in the products you know will help you rather than deplete your skin, this includes any toners that may contain alcohol or SD.
Sensitive skin can be an issue for anyone looking to enhance their appearance. Whether this is due to the weather, overly fragranced products, toners or cheap creams, using one product may do practically nothing to help, or even worse increase any blemishes or red patches upon the skin. A Multi-mask can help avoid this through choosing various products that can aid lessen this blotching while tackling the overall problems of the skin itself. For each Multi-mask is unique and is made by its user to help rather than to deplete from their physical appearance.
While you may think it must take a while to create a Multi-mask, this is only when selecting your products in your primary try. If you succeed in finding the right products then, after a little bit of practice, you will be applying them to your face in no time. This can help you de-stress and also give you the pampering you deserve. After all, your face is important and deserves to shine.
She Might Be was never intended to rival or compete with anyone, we just simply wanted to exist. And so it’s important to us to send love and praise to other online publications trying to send out a body positive and fat positive message, like Lifesize Magazine. They want to use their voice and content to continue to prove that ‘every body matters’. How amazing is that? We decided to pick out a couple of our favourite articles to share with you, we hope you love them as much as we do!
Sophie – ‘I feel like I could have written this piece! It’s totally written in the style I’m most familiar with: straight talking facts with a comical twist to make it easier to swallow. And it has gifs, which immediately makes me love it. The info itself is clear and totally accurate. I definitely smirked more than once reading it because its so true!’
Kitty – ‘Shay Neary is a transgender plus size model fighting for diversity and has been working with Yours Clothing most recently, I love seeing more diversity in campaigns and always want more!’
Daisy – ‘I love this one, it underlines the importance of getting comfortable in your own skin (REALLY comfortable!!) and for this amazing line – “I weigh the most that I’ve ever weighed, but I also love my body more than I ever have.” – when someone says they are “fat and happy” – please, please BELIEVE THEM!! Live and let live!’
Zoë – ‘This write up of the Navabi #moreplusplease campaign is great! I love that the community are coming together behind Navabi for this one.’
Carrie – ‘I think nodding and saying ‘yes, this! Exactly this!’ as you read an article is usually a good sign. Really good summary of the baffling practice of brands not using plus size models for plus size clothes.’
Lucy – ‘This has really helped me to keep going with Yoga, I’ve been finding it more difficult recently and feel just how Jessamyn describes some classes, it’s helped me to realise I can keep going and I’m looking forward to reading her book!’
Here at She Might Be we want to celebrate everyone in the community, so we’ve rounded up our favourite Plus Size Youtubers! Some have been on Youtube for years now, building up quite the range of videos! The most popular seem to be the hauls – whether they be fashion or makeup – as well as the plus size try ons. They’re my personal favourites to watch too as they inspire me to shop and try new things.
We’ve also added a few US based Youtubers for our American friends. Be sure to like and subscribe to their videos to add some awesome fats into your life. These lovely folks also blog, so make sure you check out their links too!