If you’re involved in the body positive community, the chances are you’ve come across the badass, lingerie-wearing, body confident babe that is Niamh Morrison (HCupChronicles). Not only does she post knee-quiveringly good lingerie posts with captions to boot, but she does a lot of work towards better visibility in the LGBTQI* community. Here, I interview her to find out more about what makes her tick, what ticks her off and what posing in your lingerie is really like… Continue reading
If 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
Unlike delicious Instagram-worthy oats, self-love is not something that can be conjured up overnight. After listening to society drone on about the ideal body image for most of our lives, 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. Continue reading
Growing up without body positivity on my side was tough and I, like many of my plus-size sisters, felt an undercurrent of fear running though my veins. Fear of judgement clouded much of my youth and I often restricted myself in an attempt to blend seamlessly in society: I wouldn’t allow myself certain experiences, I’d break plans, I’d make up excuses simply because I didn’t want to go outside and be faced with another day of worrying what a stranger might think of me. Continue reading
I owe a lot to the body positive community. The ability to look in the mirror and not cringe, the freedom to wear whatever I want, being able to acknowledge that I am worth my time, knowing that I can conquer my goals, but most importantly, finding the strength to push aside everything that society has told me and learning to love myself. When my body positive journey began you’d have found me hiding behind my hair, avoiding horizontal stripes and taking up as little space as possible. I began researching, reading and scrolling through the social media feeds of badass fat women and finally began to see myself for what I am – taking small steps I was able to throw off the cloak of shame and feel alive. Baby steps prevailed and here I am today. Fat AND beautiful. Continue reading
When you have been born and bred into a society that hails thin bodies as the only acceptable body type, it is difficult to shift this notion when you yourself do not fall within this ‘socially accepted’ body. But society and the media does more than just hail these bodies, it is frequently rammed down our throats every time that we walk the streets, every time that we hit the swimming pool, every time that we ride on public transport, flick through a magazine, watch a music video: all day every day we are fed messages that we are not enough, that we will never be enough. But I am here to tell you that you ARE enough, that these preconceived beauty image ideals are not set in stone and the ‘rules’ can be re-written. Continue reading
Last year, I wrote an article for The Independent discussing why the plus-size community shouldn’t be let down by its own brands. My comments were a reaction to Evans’ ‘body positive’ clothing campaign #StyleHasNoSize. Disappointingly, Evans seemed to take a severely lacklustre approach to diversity and completely missed a golden opportunity to make a prominent and progressive move for plus-size women. Rather than fulfilling their ‘Style Has No Size’ statement and representing a wide range of bodies to suit their size 14-32 target audience, the models that Evans used very much fell instead into the ‘One Size Fits All’ category. All were of a similar height, size and body shape. This isn’t the only problem; the majority are white and of a ‘desirable’ age, which begged the question – where was the diversity? Continue reading
As a body positive activist, I receive my fair share of messages on social media. I often receive messages of thanks and gratitude, messages from people expressing a desire to find confidence, I receive questions on how to sustain body positivity – but the least favourite message I receive (even less favourable than the occasional unsolicited dick pic, bleugh) is when someone messages me asking for my help because they’re being trolled. Continue reading
There’s no doubt about it, the rise in social media has become the pinnacle of the 21st Century. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have been revolutionary in providing individuals and businesses with the kind of success, that in previous years, had been almost impossible to come by. Continue reading
As Christmas is approaching you’d expect to see festive kindness in abundance – but for some London commuters, it seems that the season of goodwill has passed them by. This week, women on the underground were surprised by the handing out of cards – not celebrating festive cheer, but demeaning and bullying fat women about their size, apropos of nothing. Continue reading