12 Babes Proving That You Don’t Need To Be Thin To Be Beach Body Ready

beachSummer is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing. The diet tribe. As soon as the sun comes out, the airwaves are thick (like my thighs) with talk of diets, fitness regimes and achieving that ‘perfect Summer Body’. All of this means that society has fallen into the rhythm of believing that plus-size women shouldn’t wear/be seen in/even think about wearing, a bikini in public. But here are 12 plus-size babes showing us otherwise…

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Being Fat is Not the Worst Thing You Can Be…

fatbuttonThe media would have us fooled that being fat is the worst thing that you can ever be. Being fat is seen as one of the least desirable attributions in our culture, and growing up – I believed it. I would envy the girls at school for their slim figures and would have given anything to be the same as them. It didn’t matter if they were an unkind or mean person, because being slim was the thing to be if you wanted to be successful, attractive and respected.

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7 Plus-Size Burlesque Babes Who Will Inspire You To Love Yourself…

burlesqueBurlesque has long been a hip-swaying, shoulder-shimmying, bum-jiggling space that sparks self-love and confidence in the minds of many. It is a space that doesn’t accept hate or negativity, and encourages all manner of body diversity – in fact, burlesque is made from the confidence that it emanates. As if you needed anymore encouragement to take classes or get yourself a front seat ticket at a performance, here are 7 Plus-Size Burlesque Babes That Will Inspire You To Love Yourself.

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WHY THE BODY POSITIVE FIGHT IS STILL ON…

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While many body positive activists, myself included, exclaim as loudly as our caps lock lets us that, BODY POSITIVITY IS FOR ALL BODIES and that WE CAN WEAR WHAT WE WANT and that WE ARE WORTHY OF LOVING THE SKIN WE’RE IN – our words are still falling on ignorant ears. The fact is, while body positivity has made the mainstream a (slightly) more diverse and bearable place, the body positive crowd seems to have thinned out somewhat in recent months.

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Finding my ‘Plus Society’…

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“Eat up, fatty!” – the fries thudded against my side and splattered me in a slimy film of ketchup. Blinking back tears, I assured my friends that I was in fact okay and that my coat was getting old anyway.

In fact, this act of hate – and it was an act of hate – was something that would stay with me for a long time.  For what had provoked this car full of gaggling men to throw their uneaten fries at me from a moving car, jeering as they went?  Why did they feel the need to tarnish my memories? To them, I was rubbish and I was as disposable as their leftovers, all because of the size of my body.

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7 TIPS FOR SELF-LOVE IN ACTION…

tumblr_static_tumblr_m8z7snvl4b1r4d9kxo1_500Self-love, unfortunately is not something that can be conjured up overnight – after all we have been listening to society drone on about the ideal body image for most of our lives. So much so, that it will understandably take some time to undo the negative effect that the media and ‘friends’ have on our self-esteem.

There is more to learning to love yourself than just the ‘power of positive thinking’ (although this does help) – so here are my 7 Tips For Self-Love in Action.

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Body Lovin’ Burlesque | Q&A with the Expert…

14322720_10210675413621738_3115954432277712644_n.jpgIf you follow me on social media you’ll know that my most recent endeavour has been burlesque. For a long time, I’ve been interested in taking lessons but it’s only been since I’ve discovered body positivity that I’ve actually booked the damned classes! And what can I say – after winning a ‘gold star’ for the best come to bed eyes – I’m loving it.

If you’re still doubting the body positive benefits of burlesque – even after reading my post, ‘7 Reasons Why Burlesque Rocks the BoPo World’, then look no further! I cornered my burlesque teacher, the fabulous Lizzie Cheeld of Burlesque Jems and we enjoyed a little Q&A session… Continue reading