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Model Rosie Mercado Talks Body Shaming, Haters And Her 200 Pound Weight Loss

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices

Model Rosie Mercado expected to gain quite a bit as a result of her recent 200-pound weight loss, things like mobility, vitality and a new lease on li...

The Importance of Being Active

Melinda Parrish | Posted 11.06.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Get moving because it is the single greatest thing that you can do for your well-being, physically as well as mentally. Be active because you want to thank the Universe for imbuing you with a strong, healthy body that is capable of amazing things.

Live Your Life Like No One Gives a Flip

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.30.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

So go ahead. Have the side of fries you're secretly jonesing for, wear the crop top, sport your prosthetic leg in a pair of cargo shorts, or skip the mineral make-up today. Just worry about doing amazing things instead of caring if other people are going to judge your choices.

Your Vulnerability Is Beautiful

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.27.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

In order to succeed, you've got to put it all out there, and share all the parts of you with the world, not just the ones that are left when you cleanly tuck all the messy stuff behind the veil.

I Had a Cup of Coffee With Lisa Aviva

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.12.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

As with her spiritual life, Lisa wants to design a collection for women where the pieces flow together seamlessly. The pieces are designed as a capsule collection that can be worn together in a variety of combinations to create numerous, different outfits.

We Asked For More Diversity At NYFW, Here's What Happened

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 09.20.2015 | Style

This season, HuffPost Lifestyle asked for more diversity at New York Fashion Week. We wanted NYFW to be an inclusive event&nb...

So They Rejected You

Melinda Parrish | Posted 09.10.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

After a while, you realize that succeeding in any endeavor isn't about having a perfect track record and getting it right every single time. It's about evolving, leaving behind what doesn't work and holding on to the bits that do.

Healthy At Any Size

Melinda Parrish | Posted 09.04.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

You might never be a size 2 (or even a size 6 or 8). But if you make taking great care of yourself a priority, you're going to look and feel better, and that's going to fuel all kinds of positive changes in how you approach your life.

This Is How Many Plus-Size Models Appear In September Issue Fashion Editorials

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 08.21.2015 | Style

Sometimes it seems as though the fashion industry is more inclusive than ever before. In the past year, there's been an increase in the number of...

How to Stop Hating Sunday Nights

Melinda Parrish | Posted 07.24.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

If you spend Sunday nights with your stomach in knots and your mind racing about all the possible, terrible things that might happen to you in the week ahead, chances are that there's an area of your life that you're unhappy with.

Why I Model

Melinda Parrish | Posted 07.17.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Confession: I'm not in this for the clothes. Or the pampering, or the possibility of Instagram fame. Although all of that stuff is really fun!

Plus-Size Model Covers Running Magazine, Shatters Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Style

Of the many misconceptions that exist about plus-size people, the notion that they don't care about fitness is one of the most narrow-minded. Wom...

Confessions of a Recovering Fat Kid

Melinda Parrish | Posted 07.15.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Two days before my wedding, I was laying in the bathtub, crying because I felt bad about my body. "I am bad, I am wrong, I don't deserve the love of a great man, I don't deserve a spectacular wedding day," was the thought reel playing on loop in my head. Talking to my fiancé that night, something finally clicked.

Why Not You?

Melinda Parrish | Posted 07.16.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

I've shared before that I'm in my first year of modeling, having finally decided to buck tradition and pursue my lifelong dream.

I Don't Need Permission From Anyone To Love My Body

Ally Del Monte | Posted 05.17.2015 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Let's stop body shaming already, and embrace that we all have our own beauty. We don't need Sports Illustrated or anyone to give us permission to feel comfortable or sexy in any kind of bathing suit or clothing.

The Fashion Industry Is Getting More Accepting. Here's Proof

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 03.12.2015 | Style

The fashion industry has made great strides to become a more inclusive environment, particularly in the past year. In the last 356 days we have seen c...

Should We Drop The Term 'Plus-Size?'

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Nikki Gloudeman

I am far from the first woman to rant and rave about this loaded term -- and not surprisingly, many have tried to come up with something entirely different to describe women who don't conform to the thin ideal. Here are some of the most pervasive and interesting ideas that have been kicked around and what I -- as a "plus-size" woman -- think of them.

Plus-Size Model Is Just Right, Right?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

Your weight is subjective. Make your own decision about what is best for you and not what someone else says is best. Skinnier is not better. Being healthy should be the prime objective.

'Weightism Is Pretty Much The Last Acceptable Version Of Discrimination'

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 04.27.2014 | Style

To say that it's about time that there was a documentary about the plus-size modeling industry, like "A Perfect 14," would be the understatement of th...

Model: 'Plus-Size' Doesn't Mean What People Think It Means

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 02.25.2014 | Style

Calling out a model for being "plus-size" has the ability to instantly polarize people: Some think the label is offensive ("She's not plus-size"), whi...

Plus Size Model Georgina Burke Lands A Major Fashion Campaign

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Style

It's another wonderful day in the world of plus-size modeling. Women's Wear Daily reported Monday that plus-size retailer Torrid has named Australi...

'You Should Be A [Plus-Size] Model'

Jocelyn Giannini | Posted 04.06.2014 | Women
Jocelyn Giannini

She simply what she saw, a beautiful woman, and was moved to speak up. And the more time I spend trying to reconcile her vision with my own narrative, the less time I have for the elliptical and bacon cheeseburgers (because there is time for both).

FINALLY: Plus-Size Models Get The Industry Attention They Deserve

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 01.30.2014 | Style

Well, this is certainly a step in the right direction. IMG Models has signed on five new models to its label. Not stunning news for a modeling agen...

Plus-Size Model Is Kicking Cancer's Butt One Lingerie Shoot At A Time

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Style

25-year-old women typically feel like they have lots of problems to worry about, most concerning relationships and career. But those growing pains see...

H&M Under Fire For Labeling 'Medium' Models As 'Plus-Size'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style

It's official: The entire world is sick of the "plus-size" label. H&M came under fire last week when its latest catalogue landed in mailboxes, high...