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WIW2B: Lexi Placourakis

Melinda Parrish | Posted 02.10.2016 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Lexi Placourakis may be the closest thing we have to a Greek Goddess walking among us today! She has a smile that could melt an iceberg, and a killer figure that she routinely shows off both in her social media presence and in her work as a face on the #TRUEcurves board at TRUE Model Management.

Barbie's New Chapter

Emme | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Emme

Thank you Mattel for turning a page and adding a new chapter in your long successful history to compassionately consider more of your little customer's developing sense of self and how they feel they fit in the world around them.

WIW2B: Danielle Braverman

Melinda Parrish | Posted 01.29.2016 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Though the pressures of trying to stay thin enough to get booked out as a straight size model drove her to unhealthy habits, Danielle eventually decided that enough was enough.

WIW2B: In Loving Memory

Melinda Parrish | Posted 01.25.2016 | Style
Melinda Parrish

As most of you know, this January I have dedicated my blog to profiling some of the women in my life and encouraging the #healthyatanysize community t...

WIW2B: Joby Bach

Melinda Parrish | Posted 01.19.2016 | Style
Melinda Parrish

As a veteran of the plus size fashion world, Joby has made a name for herself as a sexy, fashion-forward model who isn't afraid to push boundaries and do things that other plus size models have been afraid to do.

WIW2B: Rosie Mercado

Melinda Parrish | Posted 01.14.2016 | Style
Melinda Parrish

It was a beautiful, sunny morning in the Hollywood Hills. Rosie and I were on set together in a beautifully designed home, shooting for SLINK jeans. W...

These Three Wonder Women are Breaking Taboos in Macedonia

Kosta Petrov | Posted 01.08.2016 | Women
Kosta Petrov

Frosina Angelovska, Irina Kiridzievska and Maja Sazdanovska, were all featured in Portret Magazine's newest edition as three successful Macedonian women that love their bodies.

WIW2B: Lornalitz Baez

Melinda Parrish | Posted 01.05.2016 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Lornalitz beams from the inside out when she talks about the women that she is able to inspire. Now, rather than sweating what clients will or won't accept her, Lornalitz is using her success to build a platform that allows her to empower and inspire other women facing body issues.

Fat Profits: Watching Oprah's Weight

Dr. Felicia Clark | Posted 12.28.2015 | Women
Dr. Felicia Clark

Say the name "Oprah" and you think of authenticity, integrity and living your best life. Ms. Winfrey has always advocated for living your best life "now" instead of later. Oprah is trusted. That is why her brand carries weight.

The Body Positivity Epidemic

Melinda Parrish | Posted 12.22.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Finally, we are beginning to interrogate those marketing messages that have told us that in order to be beautiful and have value in this world, we have to be impossibly thin.

The Woman I Want to Be

Melinda Parrish | Posted 12.21.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

I'm not going to let anyone else define who I should be -- I'm going to actively define it for myself, and rather than dumping all of my transformative efforts into perfecting my body, I'm going to think holistically about the woman that I want to be.

David's Bridal Features Size-14 Model in New Wedding Dress Ad Campaign

BRIDES | Posted 12.15.2015 | Weddings
BRIDES

By Jennifer Casson Tripucka, BRIDES When it comes to wedding dresses, it's safe to say that one size definitely does not fit all. Women come in so ...

What Are You Waiting For?

Melinda Parrish | Posted 12.02.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

In the past few weeks, I've stretched my boundaries. I've taken on big initiatives, courted some MAJOR "big shots" to collaborate, and put myself out...

Treat You Right

Melinda Parrish | Posted 11.23.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

As women, we tend to build our lives around our commitments to others and the very high standards we set for ourselves.

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.

Just the Way You Are

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.23.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

Whether or not you believe it, you deserve love, just as you are. No, not you minus twenty pounds or plus two cup sizes. Not you with more money or less body hair. Not you with more accolades or fewer past failures. The very raw, unedited version of you.

Why I'm #PlusPositive

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.22.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

I don't like the idea of women above a size 2 being made to feel ostracized because of their size, but I think that the label of "Plus Size" is a great one, and I'm proud to call myself a Plus Size Model.

Plus-Size Model Wins Beauty Pageant That Celebrates Curves

Janice Celeste | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women
Janice Celeste

"Don't wait to lose weight or until your life is just perfect to make changes. Pursue your dreams right now."

Why You Shouldn't Take Those "Fatso" Comments to Heart

Melinda Parrish | Posted 10.14.2015 | Women
Melinda Parrish

I just really want to share the truth of the sadness that I carry with me, and how it shows up in my life. I hope that little girls will get to grow up in a kinder world, and have more body positivity present in their lives as a result of body advocates like Ashley Graham stepping into the spotlight recently.

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.

An Open Letter to Lane Bryant: Five Lessons Learned From the #PlusIsEqual Campaign

Sarah Sapora | Posted 09.23.2015 | Style
Sarah Sapora

As a plus size woman, I can say that when a slender woman stands in front of you and utters your battle cry, your first reaction is usually a knee-jerk, "What? There is NO way you can understand me."

Denise Bidot: ‘There’s So Much Pressure As A Latin Woman To Be Perfect’

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.21.2015 | Latino Voices

Denise Bidot is a known advocate for a more inclusive fashion industry, and for the second year in a row, the 29-year-old plus-size model walked the F...

8 Curvy Models You Need To Know

Allure | Posted 09.17.2015 | Style
Allure

"Beauty is an air of confidence. It's the way a woman carries herself and takes pride in who she is, who she surrounds herself with, and the life she lives. Beauty is the courage to stand out and stand up for what you believe in, even if it doesn't suit the norm."