Throughout this past year, there have been many Facebook’s “mistakes” when it comes to plus size women trying to share empowering messages on the social media site. Numerous posts were blocked or banned because their content was deemed “inappropriate” by the website. For at least a little while, it seemed as if the problem had ended. That is, until plus size model and body positive advocate Melinda Parrish had her own message blocked for being “inappropriate.”
It is a very challenging task most especially for plus size women to attain great body confidence and feel even more beautiful when the images of hot and sexy, beautiful women portrayed right in the main stream media as super models.
As a plus size woman, you have likely been negatively judged for your body. But, you should never let those opinions get you down. Why? Because there are some major perks you get as a plus size woman. Here are 5 of the biggest perks for your consideration.
By now, you have likely heard some of the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s more unsavory comments. Since beginning his campaign, his cruel comments–both new and old–have continually been put under scrutiny. Besides disgusting behavior with beauty pageant contestants, Trump’s fat shaming comments on his reality show The Apprentice have also been called into question. Most recently, negative comments he made about Khloé Kardashian off-camera were brought up with the media, reigniting some of the debate surrounding both him and his show.
Short. Frumpy. Disgusting. These are all words women used to describe their bodies to Taryn Brumfitt, the founder of the Body Positive Movement. Brumfitt is no stranger to being unhappy with her body, having struggled with self-acceptance herself for many years before finally learning to love her body at a healthy and beautiful size 12. But, other women still struggle, and Brumfitt wanted to do something about it, so the Embrace documentary was born.
When Netflix first premiered their hit show Orange is the New Black in 2013, the world went crazy, in large part due to the character casting. Not only does the show feature a number of characters of color, but the characters also represent an array of sexual preferences and gender identities. But, the boundary-breaking does not end on screen for most of these actresses—recently Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, has been deemed the “Voice of Curves”, thanks to her empowering words and pictures.
This year, it seems like body shaming is something that cannot be escaped; it has come from every source imaginable, even presidential debates. At the same time, however, the fashion industry has been taking steps to combat all of this negativity by creating countless body positive campaigns. From JCPenney’s #HereIAm to Lane Bryant’s empowering campaigns, brands are slowly trying to change the way they look at women’s’ bodies. Even Fashion Week has seen a change this year, with a number of brands introducing a more diverse line-up of women.
Lane Bryant has long been the most recognized name in plus-sized clothing for women, providing top of the line fashions for those women who are not catered to at most other clothing retailers. Their passion for fashion AND the right fit makes them a style leader. In a society where women are constantly belittled for being “too large” or “not the right shape”, Lane Bryant provides a shopping oasis that instead caters to all sizes and shapes.
Donald Trump is a divisive character. There are loads of people who love him and what he says, but there are just as many who hate him and disagree completely with his beliefs and policies. But, there’s one thing in particular that most of his opponents dislike, and that is his tendency to make fun of people, in particular fat shaming.
Every woman wants to stay body positive each day. They always love the feeling of being strong, powerful and sexy. Nevertheless, in our society today it has become difficult to feel 100% confidence and stay body positive at all times. This becomes a problem when you keep pressuring yourself to get into shape.