Plus Size Highlights of 2018

What a year for the UK plus size community! It was so easy putting together this post as there’s just so much we could add. If we have missed anything out you think should be in this post, then let us know below and we’ll be sure to include it!

January

January started with the Bethany Rutter‘s Plus+ Book Launch Party. Plus size babes from across the globe are featured in this incredible coffee table book. Haven’t seen it yet? Buy a copy here.

 

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The Yours Clothing 2017 Awards were announced in 2018 and the winners were sent beautiful glass awards. Winners included our very own Georgina Grogan for Outstanding Achievement in The Plus Size Industry, as well as Chloe Pierre, Grace F Victory, Michelle Elman, Callie Thorpe and many more.

Yours Clothing #takethepledge to love yourself campaign was a huge hit with a life drawing, featuring bloggers Hollie from Pretty Big Butterflies, Kat Henry, and What Laura Loves.

 

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Marks and Spencers launched a plus size range with Danielle Vanier as the face of it, including two beautiful dress designs by Danielle.

Pretty Little Thing finally launched a plus size range.

February

The Goddesses of Self Love By Linda Blacker starred Body Posi Panda, Grace F Victory, and Enamasiama.

 

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New Plus Size Brand Love4All Launched with plus size bloggers Kirsty Leanne and Violet Glenton, as well as plus size model Nyome.

 

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Throughout the Year Lovedrobe have been interviewing and shooting with plus size babes around the UK as part of their Lovedrobe Loves series. It’s been so amazing so see the beautiful photos from Olivia, here’s a list of the bloggers who took part:
Michelle Hopewell (Our very own!), Emma Millard, Taylor Jayne, Gemma Jamieson, Nina Blakemore, Hayley Stewart, Zandina, Dennetta Mckain, Poppy Adams, Lollo Wilson, Diana Thompson, Zoe Meers, Kelly Fletcher, Bethan Tew, Wandi Jama, Michaela Gingell, Kirsty Leanne, Kayleigh Wilkinson, Nikee Rayner, Hayley Harris, Sam Rowswell, Laura Johnson, Jessica Lowndes, Violet Glenton, Steph Lawson, April Chapman, Charl Pearce, Becky Barnes, Jess Millichamp, Katey Hayward.

 

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Becky Barnes was signed to modelling agency Zebedee Management! How stunning are her photos?

March

Danielle Vanier fronted the Matalan Papaya Curve Campaign.

ASOS Praised for using a black plus size model.

Bustle created their own beauty campaigns with plus size bloggers.

Not only did Navabi do their own ‘beach body ready campaign’ but they also stuck it on a huge billboard and drove it around London. Featuring Bethany Rutter, Stephanie Yeboah, and Lauren Tallulah.

 

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Olivia Campbell was nominated for the Cosmopolitan Award for Disruptor/Change-maker of the year!

Very launched the #EveryDayLifeGoals campaign for #InternationalWomensDay featuring Pretty Big Butterflies and Lauren Nicole.

April

Navabi Influencer Campaign featuring Chloe Pierre, Em Smyth, and Becky Barnes was absolutely stunning!

 

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May

ChloeinCurve and Scarred Not Scared headed to Rome with Simply Be!

June

The body positive Azure Retreat with Hayley from Curves’n’Curls and Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust flooded our feed with bikini and sun shots.

 

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The first Arched Eyebrow x Navabi collection launched as part of Navabi’s Influencer Collections and it was a huge hit.

Snag Tights has taken the plus size world by storm. Using a size positive campaign, including Callie Thorpe, everyone is talking about how affordable and amazing their tights are.

 

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ChloeinCurve won the Blogosphere Fashion Influencer Of The Year! 

July 

Navabi showed us the winners of their Global Talent Fund which awards people with grants to create things, like this awesome music video. Featuring Navabi clothing too!

August

Curvy Kate #MyBodyVictory Campaign featured Hayley Hasselhoff, and plus size Youtuber, Chanel Ambrose.

Interrobang Art proved that bigger retailers really have no excuse as she told the world all of her designs go from a size 6-36.

September

September started with the launch of Your Size Your Style by Em Smyth! An incredible group of bloggers and plus size women work together to run the pages.

Size16Style ran by Violet Glenton
Size18Style ran by Em herself!
Size20Style ran by Ginger Girl Says
Size22Style ran by Becky Barnes
Size24Style ran by Poppy Adams
Size26Style ran by Naomi G
Size28Style ran by Lolly Likes
Size30PlusStyle ran by U Can’t Wear That & Wannabe Princess

Sam Rowswell of FattyBoomTatty walked the catwalk for Plus Equals at #LondonQueerFashionShow!

Yours Clothing has started to sneak in a few items up to a size 40, this is huge news and the first retailer we’ve seen do this.

Lovedrobe shot a beautiful campaign with StephanieDJL,VioletGlenton and Jess on the Plus Size.

 

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Gloria Shuri Henry in her first editorial shoot for the breath-taking designer Rosie Red Corsets. Probably the most stunning photos of the year?


Pretty much every plus blogger has posted photos in the Playful Promises x Gabi Fresh collection. Playful Promises continues to be incredible across their platforms, fighting off the trolls and continuing to post people of every shape, size, gender, ethnicity, and ability.

 

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Stephanie Yeboah announced that she has signed a book deal! We are seriously excited about this.

Even though Oasis Curve have been selling on the Simply Be site for years, they launched a curve range fully in September. With Lauren Nicole modelling, the collection has been a huge hit.

 

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October

Although not a UK Blogger, Tess Holliday was on the cover of Cosmopolitan UK!

 

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Chloe Pierre had a launch party for Thy Self, be sure to check out their future events via the Instagram page!

Three Queens by Linda Blacker was a serious highlight of the year. With the beautiful Scarred Not Scared, Stephanie Yeboah and Lottie L’amour starring in these mesmerising shots.

Sculptresse AW18 Lingerie Launch featured plus bloggers Charli Russon, Em Smyth, Lauren Dunge, and Georgina Horne, in a bold but natural campaign.

Stephanie Yeboah and Lottie L’amour talked about the pay gap between overweight workers and straight size workers with Linkedin, which was then featured in Insider!

November 

Blogosphere featured Stephanie Yeboah in a huge spread of their latest edition. November was also the month that Steph became a freelancer!

ChloeinCurve shines whilst modelling for mainstream handbag company, Fiorelli.

 

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Lucia from U Can’t Wear That was published by the Independent Online talking about Rebel Wilson and black women. had an article published in the Independent online

Bloggers signed an open letter to the British High Street about their plus size ranges, or lack of, in stores. This included Callie ThorpeLouise O’ReillyTess HollidayMichelle ElmanLauren NicoleBethany RutterJada SezerLaura CaponChloe ElliottLottie L’amourAmy HarrisonOlivia Campbell, and Grace Victory.

It’s a little difficult to talk about Curve Fashion Festival without bringing the tone of this post down, but it did open up some great discussion of accessibility at events in the future, and about diversity at events too. Let’s hope in 2019, these issues have been addressed.

December

Georgina Horne of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust shows us a sneak preview of her upcoming collection with Playful Promises! We love it!

I’m not sure exactly when Georgina Horne and Hayley from Curves’n’Curls announced their upcoming collection with Voodoo Vixen, but it’s safe to say we all know it’s happening and we’re super excited!

Calvin Klien go plus and feature Olakemii! Not only is it a big deal that they’ve launched plus sizes, but they reposted plus size model Olakemii and the amount of likes speaks volumes. Love this!

 

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Hollie from Pretty Big Butterflies and Chloe Pierre were featured in the recent issue of Fabulous Magazine!

 

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Last but certainly not least, at the very end of the year Topsy Curvy, a brand we all know and love, launched their own slogan tee range in up to a size 34! They’ve always talked about being inclusive and this really shows that they mean it!

Here’s to another amazing year in 2019!

Georgina Grogan

Georgina Grogan

Creator of She Might Be Magazine, Mother of Cats, Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, & Disability Blogger.
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