A New Model By Ashley Graham: Book Review

A New Model By Ashley Graham: Book Review

A New Model Book Cover Courtesy of Dey Street Books Ashley Graham For those that don’t know, Ashley Graham is a plus size model, fashion designer, TV personality, and body positivity advocate. As the first plus size model to cover the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, she has quickly become the “It” girl of the plus […]

Cultural Appropriation: ‘Maybe’ is Not Enough

Cultural Appropriation: ‘Maybe’ is Not Enough

Photo by Hype Williams/InStyle Cultural Appropriation If you follow fashion like I do, you probably remember Marc Jacobs’ 2017 fashion show. He sent White models down the runway in dreadlocks. Also, in 2015 he sent White models down the runway in bantu knots, which were renamed “mini buns.” As a result of the 2017 show, […]

Dismissing Stress and ‘Reclaiming My Time’

Dismissing Stress and ‘Reclaiming My Time’

Stress Different things cause stress in different people. For me, it’s my job. I wake up dreading the thought of going to work. When I’m there, I’m miserable. When I get home, I’m disappointed I have to go back. I felt obligated answer every phone call when I wasn’t there, or come in to work […]

‘What The Health’ from a Fat Girl’s Perspective

‘What The Health’ from a Fat Girl’s Perspective

‘What the Health’ is insightful but misses the mark on one aspect. By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the social media buzz regarding the documentary “What the Health.” It is a film discussing the correlation between health and the foods we eat. It encourages a whole food, plant based diet as a solution to most […]

Body Positivity In Depth

Body Positivity In Depth

Confusion in the body positive community. One of my favorite things to do is watch Youtube videos. Recently, one of the Youtubers I subscribe to admitted that she had weight loss surgery. Almost immediately, there were videos and comments about how she was no longer “body positive.” For some reason there is a notion that […]

Diversify Media With Women of Color: Representation Matters

Diversify Media With Women of Color: Representation Matters

Diversify Media. Women of color need more representation. My illustrations in college were once called “distracting” because they had dark skin! The fashion industry must share this thought process. Across the board, they have failed to accommodate women of color. Can you name five black models from the last 10 years? In the plus size […]

Wedding Positivity: Here Comes the {Fat} Bride

Wedding Positivity: Here Comes the {Fat} Bride

Embrace your body and enjoy your wedding day.      From the moment I got engaged, I knew I wanted a small wedding. I always say that I am missing the bride gene because I didn’t spend my childhood planning out my big day like most girls. My wedding plans consisted of “Small wedding, no reception, Dad must […]

Trends and Exclusion in the Body Positive Community

Trends and Exclusion in the Body Positive Community

Trends are not body positivity.    Scrolling through Instagram, I noticed six consecutive posts about hip dips. Curiously, I decided to do some research on the topic. Instantly I noticed tons of articles proclaiming hip dip as “The new trend in body positivity.” Seriously? Who comes up with this stuff? Hip dip is simply an indentation caused […]