Don't settle for less, when losing weight can be a journey worth sharing and prove to be less of a hassle and more of a fond memory. This is not a seasonal thing. My body is not just summer ready, I am committed to staying in shape and healthy year-round!
Maybe someone can create the Perfectly Imperfect Barbie? The one who doesn't always look pretty and say all the right things all the time. Who occasionally eats too much pizza, gains weight, gets pimples and says the wrong things (for which she can also be programmed to apologize).
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."
That voice - that rich, sultry, gorgeous voice was the soundtrack of my childhood. I used to gaze at The Mamas and the Papas album covers with fascination, flipping them front to back, reading every word.
"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."
The thing is that fat-shaming doesn't help people get thinner, and the stigma that it creates does more damage than good to people of size.
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.
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.
Fabulous women from all corners of the industry were in attendance at celebrity hair stylist, Ursula Stephen's Beauty & The Brand Bunch on Sunday, July 25th. A wide array of beauties in gorgeous get ups and fabulous hair filled the Sixty Hotel Rooftop.
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.
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!
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.
I've shared before that I'm in my first year of modeling, having finally decided to buck tradition and pursue my lifelong dream.
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?"
Confidence is aqueous and ever-changing. Just when you think you're grasping it in your hands, it can trickle through your fingers. I am reminded of this as I awkwardly haul a leg over the torso of my lover and sink into his chest as we sink deeper into the soft mattress in our room at the W.
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."