Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
Plus size blogger, fashion photographer, cat lady and wife.
Every month I have the pleasure of writing our Plus Size Community Highlights, and I think probably every month since I started writing them I’ve featured Stephanie Yeboah of Nerd About Town in some way. Last month Steph wrote so many important blogs that we decided she needed a whole post of her August highlights!
In ‘Facing the Fear‘ Steph talks about the importance of facing your fears, whether that’s a daring outfit, or returning to a physical place where trauma occurred, both of which she does in this post. I think this is one of my all time favourite outfits I’ve ever seen anyone blog ever, it’s all kinds of goals! All of Steph’s photography is by the incredible Fordtography and together they make a kick ass team.
‘Chocolate Orange’ features not only a gorgeous outfit that proves orange is 100% Steph’s colour, but that also shares a confession; that Steph used to bleach her skin. Reading her story of her teenage years spent hating her dark skin and wishing she could be lighter is heartbreaking. But reading how she overcame that to love her skin, and become the role model she is today is something all young women of colour need to read. Colourism within the black community is an issue you don’t often see in the media because the media is so white, and Steph tackles these hard subjects on her blog.
Next is ‘Black fat women matter too‘. Addressing how very white our UK plus size community is so important, and raising up the voices of those who are marginalised is essential. At SMB we believe it is our responsibility to help do that as a predominantly white group, we must use our white privilege to help black voices be heard. (As a side note, we are always looking for new writers, especially those from minority groups, so please get in touch!)
‘Fat black women are a forgotten demographic, especially in the UK. It’s ironic seeing as the body/fat positivity movement was spearheaded by black fat femmes years ago yet we are somehow erased from all of it. Fat black women do not only have to deal with fatphobia, we have to deal with misagynoir, racism and colourism from our own communities.’ (Stephanie Yeboah, 2017)
— Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) August 21, 2017
And finally, Steph spoke to Good Morning Britain about hate crimes on social media. While plus size people get a lot of abuse on social media, the abuse that Steph faces as a fat black woman online is beyond anything you can imagine. Being white online gives a lot of privilege and protection from trolls and hate. Steph is constantly vocal about the abuse that she faces to try and do something about it so that others don’t have to go through the same. As well as appearing on Good Morning Britain Steph also recently addressed the British Youth Council in Parliament! Standing up and fighting against internet hate crimes takes so much tenacity, and the inner strength it takes to deal with that on a daily basis is astounding.
We at SMB believe that Steph is truly remarkable, one of the most important voices in our community, and we want to do all we can to raise her voice up so more people can hear it. She’s one to watch for the future, she’s going to be everywhere and lead the way.
October is one of my favourite months, I love the change in the weather, the autumn leaves, and I definitely love Halloween! As ever, our plus size community have been doing amazing things this month, here are some of our highlights.
Plus size model and blogger Lauren Nicole FK wrote a wonderful and touching piece for Verve, ‘A Daddyless Daughter‘, on growing up without a father figure and the emotions that leaves behind.
October is Black History Month, and Stephanie Yeboah shared her favourite books by black writers with GQ Magazine. There’s a mix of nonfiction and fiction, and I’m ashamed to say of all the books on the list I’ve only read the classic The Colour Purple. Adding all these to my reading list asap!
Felicity Hayward talks about Kim Kardashian’s reaction to the unretouched bikini photos of her released in October. Felicity is a great role model who shares raw and unedited photos on her social media constantly, and she discusses what an impact Kim could have had if she had embraced her cellulite, instead of treating it as the flaw society tells us it is.
— JWL (@JewellWrightLtd) October 17, 2017
Our very own Michelle Chantelle Hopewell has been cast as Mrs Phelps in the UK and Ireland tour of Matilda! It starts in March 2018, so here’s to hoping it comes to a theatre nearby!
Navabi’s collections are always brilliant, and 2017 has really been their year. They released this preview of their new collection of the always gorgeous Chloe Pierre, Em of Terrible Tumbles and Becky Barnes. I am already obsessed with all that blue velvet and can’t wait to see the full collection!
Here at She Might Be we were super thrilled to see our creator Georgina Grogan announced as one of Lipcote’s new ambassadors! Seeing a disabled plus size body feature a in beauty campaign is so unusual, so often it is plus size bodies that are left out of the makeup world, so this is a great step.
Once again it is Stephanie’s month, and she wrote about ‘Why are women of colour left out of body positivity?‘ for Elle. Body positivity as a movement was created by plus size women of colour, but the movement has been diluted and warped and has become a movement for white women with hourglass figures. Stephanie talks to other black UK plus size bloggers about what they think the issues are within the movement. It’s an important piece that those of us in the UK plus size community need to read so that we can address the mistakes we are making as a community.
— Chanel Ambrose (@chanelambrose) October 26, 2017
Plus size Youtuber Chanel Ambrose called out new Youtuber event HelloWorldLive for their complete lack of diversity. The posters feature a single person of colour, and only one curvier Youtuber was invited to attend. It is 2017, and events simply must do better! The UK has so many incredible Youtubers of all different races, body types, sexualities and more, where is the diversity?
Plus Equals released their wonderful Autumn Winter collection in October, and just wow! As you would come to expect from Plus Equals, it is a flurry of faux fur, bright colours and sequins, pieces that demand attention and don’t apologise for taking up space. I want it all!
— Deathany (@bethanyrutter) October 31, 2017
Bethany might not have invented the Liptober hashtag, but there is no doubt that she is the reason it was such a massive hit this October! She shared her own daily lipstick selfies and encouraged everyone to join in, resulting in a flood of lush selfies and lipstick inspiration! It also leaves me in no doubt that there is not a single colour Bethany cannot pull off.
And finally, as has become tradition, here are some of our favourites photos from October.
Forget Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year, Autumn is mine. Crisp fallen leaves, golden hues, onesies, soup dinners and my wedding anniversary. Totally vibeing pumpkins in this @lindy_bop Lily dress in burnt orange 🍁🍂 🎃 #psbloggers #plusblogger #lindybop #mysizerox #loveyourcurves #plussizestyle #plusfashion #ootd #autumn #halloween #simplybestylish #honormycurves #bodypositive #bodypositivity #andigetdressed #effyourbeautystandards #alternativecurves
PSA: Fat people with small breasts and undefined waists exist and we are just as valid and worthy as anyone else. The acceptability of fatness shouldn't be hinged on your breast and waist size. Stop scrutinizing our validity through the male gaze and conventional beauty ideals #psbloggers #fatbabe #selfiesforselflove #effyourbeautystandards #fatacceptance #sizeacceptance #fatactivism
The staff at the British library were really into my nerdy outfit I wore for the Harry Potter history of magic exhibition . . . #alternativecurves #celebratemysize #volup2isdiversity #fashionforwardplus #stylefilesplus #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #fullfiguredfashion #psootd #psblogger #fatshion #fullfigured #fatbabe #styleandcurvemag #wewearwhatwewant #riotsnotdiets #visiblyplus #fat #fatshion #chubby #joaniegal
— CurvyCampbell (@_OliviaCampbell) October 23, 2017
I absolutely love Halloween. My fashion errs to the spookiest side of things, so Halloween is the time of year when I just have to snap up creepy accessories to keep me going for the rest of the year. Here’s a few of my favourite Halloween accessories to haunt up your look.
Sugar & Vice are an absolute favourite company of mine, and their Halloween every year is such a delight. This cauldron necklace is strangely adorable, and as with all S&V necklaces, it’s available in 16, 18 and 24 inch length chains. A truly body positive company who make jewellery to fit everyone!
For something a little more subtle, these House of Holland false nails are the perfect way to inject a hint of darkness into your daily life. I love an accent nail and these are fab. Here are more fav Halloween inspired nail designs that I love!
If something a little more elegant is more your style, this cobweb fascinator from Claire’s is just ideal for a Morticia Addams inspired look.
Sticking with hair flair, I couldn’t resist including these adorable Bride of Frankenstein bobby pins from Crown and Glory! I would absolutely wear these all year round, and you can choose whether they face the left or right depending on which side you’d rock your parting.
For a cheap and cruelty free makeup option for the goth look of your dreams, this Makeup Revolution Vamp Matte collection has a great mix of spooky shades to complete your makeup. At £8, you won’t feel bad for spending a few quid on 3 matte lipsticks.
Happy Friday the 13th 💀 We're not suggesting that our new Machete necklace will save you from a hockey mask wearing murderer, but you should probably get one just in case 😉 #sugarandvice #jewellery #jewelry #necklace #lasercut #friday13th #fridaythe13th #horror #horrormovies #jasonvoorhees #machete #hockeymask #friday #tgifriday #tfifriday #thatfridayfeeling
I love a horror movie inspired piece, and this Sugar & Vice machete necklace is awesome! They also have a Child’s Play necklace that I absolutely need!
And finally, I had to include this New Look silver skeleton hand chain. It’s so cool! You could easily work a pair of these into a skeleton look and rule Halloween.
I’m still eagerly awaiting plus size Halloween clothing, but in the mean time, the accessories are keeping me going!
Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain to all of our wonderful readers, from every single one of us here at She Might Be!
As well as being a plus size blogger, I am also on the tall side, and this leads to being on the giant-footed side too. I have UK size 10 feet, so one of my favourite things to share with the world is all the places that you can buy shoes above a size 9 for those of us that are more femme. Autumn is here and it’s my favourite, so here’s all the size 9+ shoe goodies I’ve been eyeing up lately!
Um, so, big feet klaxon, did you know that ASOS now sell size 10 shoes in their women’s section?! Because they do! They even sell both wide and regular fit shoes in a 10. I was so excited that I obviously had to order a pair for er, research purposes. Or something. These are the ASOS Rankin Wide Fit Zip Front Ankle Boots, and they are magic. They are a bit snug on my plus sized ankles, so the zips don’t quite reach the top, but I am 100% willing to forgive them for that. I adore them!
Still on the subject of ASOS, these ASOS Manic Wide Fit Brogues are top of my wishlist right now. I’ve never owned any brogues, but I think these metallic ones are going to change all that. Perfect for anyone who loves a more androgynous style and wants some shiny realness too!
Yours Clothing have been my go-to for size 9+ shoes for a few years now, and these Ballerina Pumps with Diamante Detail are a cute pair that would be perfect for the office as well as with skinny jeans on a night out. They come in 3 different colours too, so if ballet pumps are your thing then Yours have you covered.
Evans are a classic for size 9+ shoes for good reason, they consistently stock size 10 shoes in most products, but are also now bringing in size 11 in more and more styles which is brilliant. I’m a huge fan of these Black Studded Biker Boots (which are non-leather FYI). These are perfect for your inner rock chick (I can’t believe I just said rock chick either).
River Island only sell up to a size 9 so they aren’t big enough for me, but I can’t resist featuring these brown leopard print diamante court heel mules. Court shoes seem to be making a comeback, and these are adorable!
Where are your favourite places to buy size 9+ shoes from? I’m always looking for new places to window shop so please let me know in the comments your tips for places to look!
I’m a huge fan of makeup, but I’m also the first to admit that it’s not exactly my strong point. Makeup artists inspire serious awe in me, especially with their Halloween looks! I adore Halloween and seeing my favourite plus size makeup artists release their Halloween make up looks fills me with such glee. Here are some of my favourites to inspire you.
Galaxy mask for a collab with @vidamechelle! Lashes are Fay by @myonlybff_ , use code darling for 10% off! @looxi_beauty Duperstar, Berry Sexy, Omega, Disturbia, Halo, and Limelight @sugarpill Stella, Lumi, Poison Plum, 2am, Mochi, Velocity, Frostine, Heart Shaped Cookie, and The Inventor @tkbtrading Moon Dusts @litcosmetics Afternoon Delight and Magic Dragon @glitterelixirscosmetics Basilisk and Wyvern @nyxcosmetics Petal and White liquid liners @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow in Medium Brown @katvondbeauty @thekatvond Echo, Muse, and Thunderstruck @jeffreestarcosmetics Drug Lord and Blue Velvet for splatter @lotusandco septum clicker #me #selfie #makeup #makeupartist #makeupinspiration #galaxy #anastasiabeverlyhills #lotusandco #lotd #motd #eotd #fotd #sugarpill #shrinkle #tkbtrading #katvond #katvondbeauty #jeffreestarcosmetics #kvdlook #glitter #glitterelixirs #litcosmetics #looxi #wakeupandmakeup #blendthatshit #lipstick #eyes #eyebrows #eyemakeup
Cailey is one of my favourite instagrammers to follow. Her looks are always beautiful and bright. I can see this amazing galaxy inspired look with an alien themed look to give true intergalactic realness.
If you want Disney villain perfection then our very own GG is your gal. Here she treats us to 4 different Halloween make up looks that are all so brilliant, and she has a whole bunch more on her blog including everyone’s favourite sea witch, Ursula.
Chanel Boateng is a total powerhouse of the beauty world, she even has her own line Amby Rose. I couldn’t resist sharing this fun cat look, it’s a classic Halloween make up for a reason!
My first Halloween makeup video is live on my YouTube channel! Super sparkly and pretty easy, it's inspired by this incredible glittery blood drip necklace from @blackheartcreatives and uses @katvondbeauty liquid lipsticks on eyes, brows and lips, @wwwlovelemonade glitter and @t.c.o.l lashes! ❤️ Click the link in my profile to watch! #halloween #kvdlook #katvondbeauty #halloweenmakeup #youtube #tutorial #makeup #makeuptutorial #glittermakeup
For a more bloody but still glam look, our Nancy of Sugar, Darling? has you covered. I love the glitter and the matching accessories too – I feel like they should be included in every Halloween make up.
Patrick Starrr has so many Halloween inspired looks to choose from, but this Bride of Frankenstein look really grabbed my eye. It’s monochrome magic and a horror movie classic.
RawBeautyKristi is the Queen of Halloween. This ice cream unicorn is adorable and colourful, but if creepy and disturbing is your thing too you should definitely search her channel for the rest of her Halloween videos, some of them really made my skin crawl which is serious talent!
Cora of Vintage or Tacky is one of my favourite plus size youtubers, and this 1920’s flapper look is perfect for anyone who prefers to keep their Halloween costume on the more glam side. I could see this look with a Gatsby Lady dress for such a great vintage costume.
And finally, for the spooky souleater, this lip look by Pascale Rosemary is so cool. Pair this with a really muted pale skin and dark eyes to be a ghostly vision!
We hope you’ve found some inspiration amongst these awesome plus size make up artists, be sure to check out the rest of their social media for even more creativity.
It seems that every month our amazing UK plus size community are out there doing incredible things, and September was no different! There’s so much to share, I’ll jump right in.
MYM MAKES ‘YOU CAN BE BRAVE TOO’ TO CELEBRATE TALL PLUS SIZE WOMEN OF COLOUR
— M Y M (@MYMishere) August 31, 2017
Featuring entirely non-models, MYM created this beautiful film to challenge perceptions of plus size women, and to push the industry to examine it’s own prejudices and misgivings, particularly the lack of racial diversity in plus size fashion.
CHLOE IN CURVE JOINS THE BBC THE SOCIAL TEAM
Chloe Elliott joined the BBC The Social team, to produce content for their social media! She’s their new Body Image Contributor and we can’t wait to see what she makes next.
MICHELLE CHANTELLE HOPEWELL FOR HUFFPOST UK
SMB’s own Michelle Hopewell published a piece called ‘Ignorance is not bliss’ with Huffington Post UK. Michelle writes about her experiences as a black woman in the UK, and the stereotypes and racism she has faced, and her determination for a better future. It’s something we should all read and take to heart, and use to constantly question our own privilege.
GEORGINA GROGAN FOR BBC NEWSBEAT
Queen of SMB Georgina Grogan was featured in a BBC documentary about Generation Z, and the misconceptions we have about 16-22 year olds. It features a diverse group of young people and it was fab to see GG feature!
ROSIE RED CORSETRY USES GEORGINA HORNE AND OLIVIA CAMPBELL AT LONDON FASHION WEEK
— Rosie Red (@RosieRedCorsets) September 18, 2017
Rosie Red has always been incredible for featuring their designs on plus size bodies, and to see them use two plus size babes on the runway at LFW is incredible! They both looked incredible and Rosie Red’s designs are the real stuff of dreams.
BETHANY RUTTER ON WHY BANNING SIZE 0 MODELS DOESN’T HELP
— Deathany (@bethanyrutter) September 11, 2017
It seems that Bethany is always writing really important pieces and raising issues in thoughtful ways, and this piece on banning size 0 models for The Guardian is no exception. Her calls for true diversity and inclusivity are something we should all be striving for in the fashion industry.
BECKY BARNES ON LORRAINE
— Becky Barnes (@beckybarnesblog) September 21, 2017
It seems our plus size babes took over our TVs this month! Becky was featured on Lorraine after the viral story of a complaint about a teacher a parent felt was too fat to teach their child.
CALLIE THORPE FOR ASOS
ASOS are working really hard to be more diverse and show their clothing and beauty on different bodies, and honestly this video they made with UK blogger extraordinaire Callie Thorpe is too adorable.
And as is our new tradition, we’re going to finish our round up with some of our favourite photos of our UK plus size babes from September!
— Lauren Nicole (@LaurenNicoleFK) September 5, 2017
— Scantilly (@dearscantilly) September 5, 2017
I look *so* fat in this picture but that’s because I am, literally never see fat ppl sitting down so here you go. I’m fatter IRL. pic.twitter.com/q0KnPXQ853
— Fatty McBoo 👻 (@mellymeep) September 7, 2017
Feeling myself in this amazing Jasmin set from @tuttirougelingerie sister range Roguette. Affordable stylish and the fit is spot on. Felt absolutely incredible and the set is perfect for every day but adding a little bit of sexy to make you feel confident for the day ahead. If you're anything like me wearing matching underqear automatically lifts my mood and sets me right for the day • • • • • • • • • • #postitives #plusfashion #plussize #bbw #london #psblogger #curves #plus #thisisplus #lblogger #honourmycurves #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #effyourbodystandards #bodypositive #justmegorgeous #selflovebringsbeauty #curseofcurves #curvesfordays #iamsimplybeautiful #styleadvice #sexystateofmind #theconfidencecorner #bloggerstyle #volup2isdiversity #tuttirogue #roguette #lingerie #tuttiroguelingerie
Shout out to my girls with cellulite @volup2 photographer Velvet d'Amour hair created by @rachelhairmua and make up by @edvinmacmakeup. Bodysuit: @asos_loves_curve #volup2 #volup2isdiversty #velvetography #velvetdamour #curvemodel #curvyfashion #Plussize #plussizemodel #howtobeaplussizemodel #mixed #curves #wewearwhatwewant #ucantwearthat #effyourbeautystandards #thick #effyourbodystandards #goldenconfidence #honourcurves #iamsizesexy #beautyindiversity #happyisnotadresssize #bopo #nowrongwaytobeawoman #diversity #beautybeyondsize #stylehasnosize #plussizefashion #plusfashion #whatfatgirlsactusllywear #asoscurve
— Jessica Chelsey 🎃 (@Jessica_Chelsey) September 27, 2017
B I R T H D A Y G I R L 🎈 . . . . . #lastnight #dinner #birthday #birthdaygirl #virgo #september #datenight #curvemodel #model #fashion #instafashion #instastyle #ootn #outfitoftheday #positivevibes #celebratemysize #plusisequal #goldenconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #plussize #fatgirlsbewinning #honourmycurves #fullfigured #curves #slay #wearecurves #stylehasnosize #bbw #blessed
And of course, on the 14th of September, She Might Be turned one year old! Georgina and Daisy wrote up a fantastic piece about why SMB is so awesome, featuring some of our most popular articles, and we all received a custom illustration from Sophie as a ‘birthday present’. Suffice to say September was a very exciting month for all of us here at SMB!
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!
— 84 World (@84World) August 16, 2017
BEAUTY REDEFINED ON COMMENTING ON WEIGHT LOSS
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.
— premme (@PREMMEdotUS) August 17, 2017
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.
So let me introduce to you…
Online Styling EXCLUSIVELY for sizes 16-32 pic.twitter.com/vOK7zsEJie
— Chloe Elliott (@ChloeInCurve) August 18, 2017
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!
— Bert (@bethanyrutter) August 24, 2017
AUGUST IS A MONTH OF BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS
So many plus size dreams shared stunning photos of themselves this month that I just have to finish August’s highlights off with some beauty. Make sure to check each of these dolls out for more!
— Bert (@bethanyrutter) August 25, 2017
Serving goldilocks lewks for Carnival yesterday 🐻🐻🐻 pic.twitter.com/ilg2U3aPZi
— CurvyCampbell (@_OliviaCampbell) August 29, 2017
Fruit salad bitches 🍑🍓🍋 pic.twitter.com/sLdiK7uodK
— fattyboomtatty.co.uk (@ohmydorothy) August 29, 2017
— Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) August 23, 2017
— Mayah (@MayahCamara) August 19, 2017
We can’t wait for September!
July featured some amazing moments for our fantastic plus size community! This article really could have been a mile long, it seems like everyone is doing so many wonderful things right now. We’re so proud! So let’s dive right in and see what happened in July.
Plus size blogger Callie Thorpe was featured on Vogue’s website! She featured alongside mega stars like the Hadid and Jenner sisters, and supermodels galore in a piece about bikinis to wear this summer. Seeing a size 24 body in Vogue isn’t something we thought we’d ever see, go Callie!
I want to do something amazing for anyone struggling with body confidence and I need your help! Following recent posts of myself in swimwear I’ve had tons of feedback from people saying that they have been inspired to wear bikinis and swimsuits for the first time in years, which is absolutely amazing. Go on girls! But there are still so many women who don't have the confidence yet and I think that together, we can do something about it. I’m asking all of you wonderful people to share a picture of yourself in your swimsuit, using the hashtag #mybeautifulbody in the hope that we can all encourage each other to be confident around the pool, on the beach, or wherever it may be now, and forever, no matter what your size. I want to create a little space online where women can gain confidence and inspiration to be themselves and wear what they want this summer. In a world full of body bashing and negativity, let's give a big 2 finger salute to the "beach body ready" crap because we all have bodies and we are all ready. So here's #mybeautifulbody please join me, be brave for yourself, be brave for others and be brave for the next generation. How wonderful would it be for all girls to love themselves just as they are.
Jess started a fab new hashtag #mybeautifulbody and shared this inspiring message of self love. Be sure to check out the hashtag, it’s full of plus size babes rocking swim wear to give you summer inspiration.
•swipe• The transition of "I have stretch marks and this makes me ugly and I need to not eat anything until they go away" into "I have stretch marks and this is normal for everyone of every body type and I deserve to eat good food and love myself" is so important and I'm incredibly proud of anyone who has accomplished, or is still going through it. 💙 #effyourbeautystandards
Stephanie Yeboah of Nerd About Town shared this inspiring photo of her stretch marks on Instagram. People are sharing more and more stretch mark photos on social media, but so often the bodies we see doing this and being praised are slim, curvy, white bodies. Steph is a shining light of the plus size community and we cannot recommend her blog and social media enough.
In plus size fashion brand news, Lovedrobe and Topsy Curvy announced their new collaboration. Both brands have very different aesthetics so we are really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Topsy Curvy have always stocked up to a size 32, so it’s exciting to see a new range on the horizon!
— Felicity Hayward (@FelicityHayward) July 25, 2017
— Felicity Hayward (@FelicityHayward) July 25, 2017
Plus size model Felicity Hayward has been at the absolute top of her game this month! With campaigns for both Ann Summers and Katy Perry she is everywhere right now. Ann Summers have a limited plus size range so it’s brilliant to see it on a real plus size body, but seeing a plus size body in a perfume advert is even more unusual.
On National Nude Day blogger Becky Barnes shared this beautiful nude selfie with us all, what a piece of art!
Georgina Horne treated us to a sneak peek of Rosie Red Corsetry’s new ‘Wanderlust’ collection. Rosie Red always uses plus size models in her photoshoots and her pieces are absolutely divine. True bridal dream dresses!
Our own GG shared her chronic pain story. Having chronic pain can feel like a very lonely and isolating battle, so seeing other people share their own journeys with it can be so helpful to others in a similar situation. It’s good to know you aren’t alone, and to find out how others have pushed for treatment.
This post has taken a while to publish but I've had a gin and I'm throwing caution to the wind. When @curvykate asked me to take part in their #MyBodyMyBFF campaign my knee jerk reaction was to reply with a resounding HELL YES because I am all about encouraging women to be a bit kinder to their bodies and treating themselves with a bit of love. However, it soon sank in that I would have to do it too. Not only that, I would have to put a bikini (well, tankini because I like to bend the rules) on and show my squish and dimples to the internet. And I panicked. I've written about this before in a post for @huffpostparents but since having babies I've really struggled with my body image. Two back to back pregnancies have really taken a toll on my body and physically it's very different to the one I had worked so hard to love before. And emotionally it feels like there's a lot getting in the way of me feeling anything but negativity towards my physical form. I won't lie, the last couple of months have seen me in quite a dark place in terms of my body image. The worst it has been in a very long time. The idea of putting a bikini on quite honestly made me recoil in horror. So, I took my time. I read other people's posts and I sat and thought about why this campaign is so important. This campaign isn't about people having a perfect relationship with their body, it's about pledging to be a bit kinder. To treat your body the way you would treat a friend. To nurture it and treat it with respect. And so, instead of fixating on my jiggly arms, my saggy tummy and the odd shape of my hips, I'm trying my very hardest to focus on my glorious boobs that not only look majestic but have also sustained my daughter for nearly 11 months, my awesome thigh tattoo and the incredible body that grew and birthed two magical babies. *deep breaths* ps. Tankini is @curvykate's Hi-Voltage and it is a dream 😍 • • • #plussize #plussizeblogger #plussizefashion #psblogger #plussizemum #effyourbeautystandards #theconfidencecorner #fatshion #punkymoms #punkymomsuk #pmuk
Plus size parent blogger Elena Lucie shared her post baby body for Curvy Kate’s #MyBodyMyBFF campaign. Her honesty and her story of self love is something many new Mum’s can recognise. Plus size parenting blogs are really taking off and Elena has written some incredible pieces on her journey.
Navabi launched their new Plus Size Manifesto, promising to encourage self expression, a wide variety of options for plus size fashion, be more inclusive, showcase those at the higher end of the plus size spectrum and so much more. Navabi are a company plus size brands can really learn from, they consistently are the change they want to see in the fashion world and we at SMB are big fans of theirs.
Speaking of Navabi, they released the first of their influencer collections, the first being with SMB fave Bethany Rutter. It’s a collection of bright colours and bold statement pieces, and it has been a huge hit. It is a delight to look at and we are looking seeing all the different ways people are styling their pieces from the collection!
Bethany Rutter really is on top of the world right now, after announcing her book deal in July. ‘No Big Deal’ is the story of fat teenager Emily and her life growing up, loving her fat body. We cannot wait to get our hands on this book, Emily might just be the fat hero we’ve all always dreamed of!
And in more plus size babe book news, Tess Holliday announced her book, ‘The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl‘. Sure to be a big seller, seeing plus size writers be given the chance to share the words with the world fills us with glee, and hope for more of the same!
And finally, the stunning Nyome was signed as a curve model to Models Plus! We see big things in the future for Nyome, and we are so excited to see what comes next. Congratulations!
Let’s hope August is just as exciting for the plus size world. If you ever see something that you think deserves a spot in our monthly roundups, then email, tweet, or tag us in the post.