I’ve always been a magazine lover. Seventeen was a staple in my life, and now it’s moved on to Cosmopolitan for the past few years. I love reading the articles (especially even in Maxim) but I always seem to flip right through the fashion sections without looking twice. As I wrote about yesterday in ‘#REALTALK – We All Secretly Want To Be A Model,’ even most plus size models don’t fit most real plus size girls image. In modeling, if you’re size 6/8 or under you’re called “straight size,” and anything over that is “Plus Size.”
Most editorial-geared plus size magazines, such as say, EVOLVE, UK’s #1 plus fashion online, tend to use smaller plus models, like the gorgeous size 14 up-and-comer and reader of Curvy And Curious, Annoula Dritsas who is currently competing in the top 5 contestants to be on the cover. Like her picture on EVOLVE’s Facebook page to vote for her!
More and more plus magazines are popping up, especially online. Plus Model Magazine is probably the most popular right now, especially since the stunningly gorgeous and star of NUVO TV’s hit show ‘Curvy Girls,’ Rosie Mercado hit the cover as a size 22, making plus model history. I was blessed enough to meet Rosie at Catherine Schuller’s Runway Bridal Brunch in June, and I gotta say…. it was like the world moved in slow motion when she walked in the room. She is even more beautiful in person! [ #GirlCrush ] We all love Rosie, but I can’t rock this dress like you! Us fat chicks just can’t win when it comes to magazines… The pieces in plus magazines are much too mature or risque for younger girls to relate to.
See my green eyes of jealousy???? hehe
Lets GET REAL magazines! I want to see something I can wear, like every day. Not super skinny bright colored jeans, not maxi dresses or mini dresses, not evening gowns. REAL clothes for REAL girls!
Full Blossom Magazine seems to be on the right track…. Keep it up!
Anyone think after Vogue Magazine banned anorexic-looking and underage girls we may see some plus models in the big [drum roll please]…… SEPTEMBER ISSUE! I’d love to see that.
Let this site be our new resource for real clothes for real girls!
Stay Curvy and Keep Curious
….but one thing is holding you back. That muffin top doesn’t look very cute in those band-shirt-skinny-jeans-and-converse getup. That chubby face looks ridiculous with a shag haircut and rainbow stripes and a tiara. Wouldn’t you love to look like this?
Well… Try it and you’re may end up like this:
We can’t even fit into Hollister or Abercrombie, and they don’t want us curvy girls wearing their clothes anyways! Check out this statement from a 2006 interview with Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch:
“That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that. In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either.”
Fucked up, right?
Well here are some stylish and affordable options:
2) Learn Where to Shop! shopping is fun, until you look at the price tags at some of your favorite boutiques. If you’re young, stick to discount clothes. In urban neighborhoods (such as mine) there are tons of discount stores that sell designer clothes at deep discounts: Shoppers World, Foreman Mills. Then there’s the classier and more affordable Marshals (TJ Maxx in my experience doesn’t have a lot of plus size). Old navy is a little pricier and has weird sizing but some great finds. My #1 pick for young, stylish, plus size clothes at super low prices is Rainbow.
3) Learn How to be Yourself! Vintage is fun and sexy. Everyone loves a pinup girl! Dress in silhouettes that suit your shape. A-Line dresses are flattering on most full figured girls, and boy do Pinup/Rockabilly designers looove A-line. You don’t need to go full-on Betty Boop, but take some tips from her and Marilyn! Ain’t this freakin’ adorable?
I did the goth thing, the punk thing, the scene thing, even the ‘hood scene (#boutdatlife) … And eventually learned how to blend these styles to become ME. I didn’t find ME until I was forced to go looking – a 19 year old teenager entering the corporate world. I came to my first meeting in a hoodie and sneakers. I realized after I started dressing better, people actually noticed me for the right reasons. I felt good inside because I knew I looked good on the outside. Sometimes you don’t now what your body can do until you try! Dress right and you will get attention for all the right reasons 😉
Lets take a look back at my [sometimes embarrassing] styles from age 16 till now, 24: