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Plus Size Models

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

"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."

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!

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.

The Freedom to #SimplyBekini

Melinda Parrish | Posted 07.01.2015 | Style
Melinda Parrish

But how many of us are really feeling free this Fourth of July? And how many of us are feeling ashamed to get out there and be who we are because of the number on the scale? Shouldn't we all feel free to rock our stars-and-stripes bikini, even if we don't have the perfect "bikini body?"

Finally, A Realistic Look At The Plus-Size Fashion Industry

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Style

"We have a problem." That sentiment from Jennie Runk, a plus-size model, is shared by both plus-size women and people working in the fashion indust...

This Model's Body Image Advice Is Truly Inspiring

Teen Vogue | Posted 06.11.2015 | Women
Teen Vogue

After Ashley showed off all of her magazine covers that the people in the fashion industry told her she'd never get, she left the audience with these inspiring words: "Be you. Be real. Be authentic. Be your favorite kind of woman. And remember, this is the generation of body diversity."

This Model's TEDx Talk Is A Lesson In Body Love

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Style

Ashley Graham, body activist, model, lingerie designer and all-around beautiful human, is taking her message of body love and acceptance on the road. ...

Why Healthy Needs To Be The New Skinny in The Fashion World

Uloop | Posted 05.21.2015 | College

Although they may not look like the everyday woman, they promote an attainable form of beauty that can be achieved through a healthy lifestyle.

Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Debuts First Agency Shoot, And It's Stunning

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.12.2015 | Style

Tess Holliday has officially made her debut as a MiLK model. The plus-size stunner, who signed with MiLK Model Management in January, shared her f...