Curve Appeal
Hi ! I am Meriem, 23, France.
After years of self-loathing, I am now living in peace with  my curves.
Self-belief was hard to conqueer, and bellydance helps me a lot in this process.
5ft7, 170 lbs. 39-35-44.
Photographer : Emmanuelle Millet

Hi ! I am Meriem, 23, France.

After years of self-loathing, I am now living in peace with  my curves.

Self-belief was hard to conqueer, and bellydance helps me a lot in this process.

5ft7, 170 lbs. 39-35-44.

Photographer : Emmanuelle Millet

Measurement’s 41, 31, 42 
Woman’s US size 10-12
23 years old 170 lbs.
I have not always struggled with my body image. I was a competitive cheerleader for 12 years from the time I was in elementary school up until the age of 18. I was always very fit, being 5’7 and a size 2. When I turned 19 I seemed to plump up and gained 30 lbs. It took me a long time to finally accept the way I look now and love my curves. I am woman, hear me roar! <3

Measurement’s 41, 31, 42 

Woman’s US size 10-12

23 years old 170 lbs.

I have not always struggled with my body image. I was a competitive cheerleader for 12 years from the time I was in elementary school up until the age of 18. I was always very fit, being 5’7 and a size 2. When I turned 19 I seemed to plump up and gained 30 lbs. It took me a long time to finally accept the way I look now and love my curves. I am woman, hear me roar! <3

I used to despise my thick thighs, but now I can&#8217;t help but view them as incredibly sexy! No thigh gap in sight!
US Size 10
5&#8217; 7&#8221; 170 lbs
40, 29, 40

I used to despise my thick thighs, but now I can’t help but view them as incredibly sexy! No thigh gap in sight!

US Size 10

5’ 7” 170 lbs

40, 29, 40

Went to a concert in Tulsa this weekend&#8230; Felt like I killed it in this outfit.
5&#8217;3, 170 lbs

Went to a concert in Tulsa this weekend… Felt like I killed it in this outfit.

5’3, 170 lbs

5&#8217;9&#160;170ish
Every now and again I get full of myself and have to take a picture. Its how i save these fleeting moments. 
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5’9 170ish

Every now and again I get full of myself and have to take a picture. Its how i save these fleeting moments. 

aapplebums.tumblr.com 

Laura, 170lbs., 5&#8217;4, (38-30-41)

Laura, 170lbs., 5’4, (38-30-41)

This was a day after my 28th birthday, feeling pretty good about myself!
5&#8217;6&#8221;, 170lbs (i think).

This was a day after my 28th birthday, feeling pretty good about myself!

5’6”, 170lbs (i think).

size 12 US
hips: 42, waist: 32
5&#8217;10&#8221;    170 lbs
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size 12 US

hips: 42, waist: 32

5’10”    170 lbs

http://thesecondbreakfast.blogspot.com/

Allena. 19. US.

According to the US Standards for Body Mass Index, I qualify as &#8220;obese&#8221; because of my weight and height.  My weight fluctuates between 170-180lbs and I&#8217;m only 5&#8217;4. I have an average diet (sometimes healthy, sometimes not) and go to the gym about twice a week.  It&#8217;s crazy how something as arbitrary as a word can do so much emotional harm. I&#8217;ve finally realized that &#8220;obese&#8221; is just a word, and my size and weight are just numbers. I&#8217;ve completely come to terms with the proportions of my body and everyone else should too.
The media spends so much time telling us that we need to be perfect, while the other side of the battle is telling is to love ourselves 100% of the time no matter what. The truth is that despite coming to those positive terms, some days I feel like a 10, and other days I just want to hide from the world. I just want to say that I don&#8217;t feel guilty on the days when I dont feel 110%. Part of being human is loving yourself one day and picking yourself up off the floor the next. The trouble comes when that struggle begins to define everything about you. Remember that self esteem is more than loving how you look! 

Allena. 19. US.

According to the US Standards for Body Mass Index, I qualify as “obese” because of my weight and height.  My weight fluctuates between 170-180lbs and I’m only 5’4. I have an average diet (sometimes healthy, sometimes not) and go to the gym about twice a week.  It’s crazy how something as arbitrary as a word can do so much emotional harm. I’ve finally realized that “obese” is just a word, and my size and weight are just numbers. I’ve completely come to terms with the proportions of my body and everyone else should too.

The media spends so much time telling us that we need to be perfect, while the other side of the battle is telling is to love ourselves 100% of the time no matter what. The truth is that despite coming to those positive terms, some days I feel like a 10, and other days I just want to hide from the world. I just want to say that I don’t feel guilty on the days when I dont feel 110%. Part of being human is loving yourself one day and picking yourself up off the floor the next. The trouble comes when that struggle begins to define everything about you. Remember that self esteem is more than loving how you look! 

I hate how I look so freaking much, and I wish I was thinner, I wish my thighs weren&#8217;t so sensitive that i get bumps no matter what, they have never been smooth, i wish i didnt have stretch marks, and i wish i would let my boyfriend pick me up without the fear of him not being able to. i hate how i look so much.
170 lbs

I hate how I look so freaking much, and I wish I was thinner, I wish my thighs weren’t so sensitive that i get bumps no matter what, they have never been smooth, i wish i didnt have stretch marks, and i wish i would let my boyfriend pick me up without the fear of him not being able to. i hate how i look so much.

170 lbs

18, Canada. 5&#8217; 5&#8221;, 160-170 lbs. 34D-DD, US size 12
This photo is from summer 2012, but I haven&#8217;t changed much body-wise. I often feel bad about my size and my body, especially when picking out an outfit to wear or trying on clothes in a store, but I&#8217;m getting better. I&#8217;m still young, and I have a lot of learning to do. I really want to thank my kind-hearted and loving boyfriend, who sees me as nothing but perfect and beautiful, and never hesitates to let me know.

18, Canada. 5’ 5”, 160-170 lbs. 34D-DD, US size 12

This photo is from summer 2012, but I haven’t changed much body-wise. I often feel bad about my size and my body, especially when picking out an outfit to wear or trying on clothes in a store, but I’m getting better. I’m still young, and I have a lot of learning to do. I really want to thank my kind-hearted and loving boyfriend, who sees me as nothing but perfect and beautiful, and never hesitates to let me know.

I don&#8217;t know my measurements but i&#8217;m 5&#8217;4&#8221; and 170 lbs. Feeling pretty happy about how I look these days&#8230;curve appeal has helped with that! marieghislaine.blogspot.ca

I don’t know my measurements but i’m 5’4” and 170 lbs. Feeling pretty happy about how I look these days…curve appeal has helped with that! marieghislaine.blogspot.ca

This is my second submission. It&#8217;s been a few years but I figured I&#8217;d give it a go again. My lovely (and incredibly comfortable) retro swimsuit is from Uniquevintage.com. I&#8217;m a 36DDD, size 12-14 depending on the day, and I weigh about 170. During my high school years I was a size 8 and after a few years of my body changing and morphing into what it is now, I feel like I&#8217;m finally at peace with it. Embrace the jiggle!

This is my second submission. It’s been a few years but I figured I’d give it a go again. My lovely (and incredibly comfortable) retro swimsuit is from Uniquevintage.com. I’m a 36DDD, size 12-14 depending on the day, and I weigh about 170. During my high school years I was a size 8 and after a few years of my body changing and morphing into what it is now, I feel like I’m finally at peace with it. Embrace the jiggle!

This will be my second submission, still 5&#8217;10&#8221; 170lbs and a size 12-14, except this time, I am feeling beautiful! 

This will be my second submission, still 5’10” 170lbs and a size 12-14, except this time, I am feeling beautiful! 

My name is Stephanie, I&#8217;m 19, 5&#8217;10&#8221; and a size 12 at 170lbs, surrounded by my best friends who are 5&#8217;3&#8221; and a size 4 or what have you. It&#8217;s hard to tell myself I&#8217;m beautiful. 

My name is Stephanie, I’m 19, 5’10” and a size 12 at 170lbs, surrounded by my best friends who are 5’3” and a size 4 or what have you. It’s hard to tell myself I’m beautiful.