Posts in Beauty & Body
Deck the Halls with Body Positivity

During the holiday season, there is a huge increase in body shaming and diet culture due to the amount of eating that is emphasized. As a culture, we acknowledge that eating is a central part of many holiday festivities. The most important thing this holiday season is checking in with yourself and your habits, and making yourself a priority.

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Ameni Esseibi: the Arab World’s First Plus-Sized Model

When the US-based size-inclusive retailer 11 Honore launched in Dubai, it wanted curvier Arab models to show how the clothes fit on a plus sized model from the area, and they found Ameni Esseibi. Esseibi encourages girls who are plus sized to never believe anyone who says they can’t do something because of their weight, pointing to her growing success as proof. She says that plus sized is beautiful and full of possibilities.

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How My Friends See Me Versus How I See Me

A constant argument that I’ve had with virtually every close friend of mine occurs whenever I love a photo of them that they hate, or vice versa. I once posted a picture I loved of a friend on Facebook, and she rang me within five minutes to demand I take it down. I decided to explore the difference between how we see ourselves and how others in our lives see us.

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Where’s the Positivity for Full Faces and Double Chins?

While we may be seeing more plus-sized people on the runways and in beauty advertising campaigns, two features that many people of all sizes possess have been completely ignored: double chins and full faces. Without representation of all kinds of body experience, not just those that are acceptably fat and white, body positivity fails, and our beauty ideals remain as narrow as ever.

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Rona Tai Celebrates her Strong, Pregnant Body

Rona Tai, Instagram influencer, has used her platform to promote body positivity for plus-size pregnant women. Tai celebrates how after enduring multiple knee surgeries, an ectopic pregnancy, and aches and pains, her body still continues to fight and now support a growing baby. She hopes that other mothers out there will look at themselves in the same light.

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Blac Chyna Promotes Skin Lightening Cream

Blac Chyna is currently in Nigeria promoting Whitenicious X Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening Cream with business partner and Nigerian-Cameroonian entertainer Denica. Similar products have been banned in African countries because they contain hydroquinone, a harmful chemical that stops the productions of melanin. As such, influencers are urging people to ignore the harmful messages these kinds of products promote and to embrace their blackness.

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Charity Holloway Starts Plus-Sized Dance Group

Charity Holloway, 33, of Charlotte, North Carolina has always loved dancing, but the dance world has not always loved her. Despite this, Charity become founder and choreographer of a plus-size dance group, 4Thirty-Two, and has reconnected with her body and loves it as it is. They hope to spread the message that being a larger woman does not necessarily make you unhealthy.

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Angela Johnson and Jessamyn Stanley: Inspiration for Plus Sized Yoga

Jessamyn Stanley is curvy, Black, and creative—everything yoga has never been. Angela Johnson, a plus-sized health and body positivity blogger, used Stanley as an inspiration to tailor her yoga to fit her life, in the comfort of her own home. Stanley inspires people just like Johnson to implement props and necessary modifications and to use yoga as a way to focus on how they feel, not how they look.

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