Over in this corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, as a lifetime ginger, we have…me. You’re average size 12/14 woman, with hips that stick out like wheels on a bicycle. My body is that of your typical American Woman.
Unfortunately, I spent my entire life up until a couple of years ago, hating this body…hating my body.
(one of my first shots by Marc Andrew Fitzgerald Photography)
Then, last year, I fell into plus size modeling through a wonderful group of people in the local fashion scene. I’ll be honest, at first I was scared. All of those old insecurities began to repeat in my mind…over and over again. For me though, it was the people that made everything seem wonderful.
I have met and continued a connection with almost every photographer, makeup artist, and model that I have worked with in the past. I’ve even been welcomed by professionals from across the nation, via facebook and other networking sites.
In the plus size modeling community, it’s a family.
With other big plans in tow, I feel as though being a plus size model has allowed me an opportunity to help young girls love their bodies as they are. Being a teen is hard enough, without waging a war on your self-esteem.
Curvy models have a better chance than anyone, to teach and campaign for girls and women alike, letting them know that we are unique. Our bodies are unique. We are not created without flaws, and we definitely do not all grow up to be a perfect size 2.
As sisters we can help each other overcome body hate. Teach younger girls that physical traits are not fair game for bullying, and that not everything you read in Seventeen Magazine is true.
Fall in love with your body today…I promise, you’re beginning a revolution.