This is my second submission because I absolutely love the message of this blog. Growing up I adored movie stars like Janye Mansfield, Ursula Address, and Marilyn Monroe (but who doesn’t love Marilyn). In high school I suffered from bulimia and compulsive over eating, which had a huge effect on my body. Since then I have dropped almost fifty pounds by exercise and eating right. I’m now 36-30-39 and 155 pounds. I even tried out for Miss Philadelphia 2013 and ended up competing! While my platform was Arts Education, my goal was to promote a healthy image for the young ladies of Philly. I hope to compete again next year and use my career as an actress to spread my message of self-confidence!
24 yrs, 5 feet, 150 lbs, dress size 10
Two hours before this photo was taken, I was standing in the shower crying my eyes out wishing my mother were alive to tell me how beautiful I was. Instead my fiancé was nervously standing outside the shower stall reassuring me that I was not a disgusting blob of a human being who did not deserve his love. I felt such self-loathing because six months after purchasing my dress, it would not zip up all the way.
I could go on about how as I child I was taunted on a regular basis about my weight and how it has negatively affected my self-image, but the sad fact is I am still being taunted to this day. Only now it’s the endless bridal magazines that only feature women who are 50 pounds lighter and a foot taller than me. It’s the middle-aged women at my work that are constantly giving me weight loss tips without having asked for them. It’s my personal trainer reminding me that they can take my dress in two sizes when I have made it clear my ultimate goal is health, not weight loss. It’s my grandma who was adamant that I should not get a wedding dress one size up to be more comfortable because six months is a long time to lose 10 pounds.
WELL GUESS WHAT SOCIETY! I HAVE CURVES AND THEY ARE DAMN SEXY. Why is it that on the happiest day of my life I should be a starving skeleton like version of myself? I want to be round and soft so I can embrace my family and friends with an abundance of my being. Why are women expected to look like coat racks and give their wedding dresses all the attention? I am wearing my wedding dress it is not wearing me.
I just really want to know, who decided that becoming a bride means giving permission to be scrutinized by society? Being a bride, does not give you permission to talk about my weight. There is this revolutionary concept that all women are allowed to love the bodies they have and not be expected to change them to meet your narrow definition of beauty.
I’m two years into recovery from anorexia and am struggling with body image issues at the moment. Instead of giving in to those negative thoughts and hiding myself away I decided to face it head on: I got into my bathing suit, took a photo and am now submitting it here (and then I got into the hot tub which is at our holiday house that we have rented for a week and relaxed in there for an hour). Even in the face of strong negative thoughts about my body, I’m trying to own my curves rather than reject them, and so here I am.
I’ve been told that I’m too self deprecating, and that I should really learn to celebrate me and everything I have to offer. People will notice confidence. Easier said than done. In my experience confidence is often seen as a threat, and others that I know have been looked down upon for it. I have days when I look at myself in the mirror and say, “Damn, I look good!” and others where I just want to shatter the mirror in front of me, or invent a way to shave the fat from my body in a less invasive form of liposuction, or something of the like.
I’ve been told numerous times that I’m beautiful, gorgeous, and amazing, but every time I hear such a compliment, I honestly can’t accept it or see why they would say such a thing. My friends and I say that’s a “me” problem, and that is certainly a true fact. I feel as though I should try to invent a better version of me; I’m still trying to figure all of that out. I think sort of pouring out my thoughts here in an accepting space of love will help me and others like me to see my flawed logic and to realize that we’re ALL beautiful, gorgeous, and amazing, just the way we are.
42-32-42 - This dress makes me feel incredible.. and so does my daily dose of curveappeal. Thanks crew x
Thighs! Thighs! Thighs!
Le Clothes Size: 10-12 (AUS)
Le Bewbs: 12-14D (AUS)
Le height: 5’2” (158cm)
Le feels: Chill & Happy :)
This is my first time submitting to curveappeal and before this I had my reserves but thought, “dude, just go for it!”. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life (21 now) and for the last couple of months I’ve made some pretty crucial steps towards the journey of self-love. I’ve realized that my body cares about me so much. It does everything in its power to keep me alive and it loves me, so why shouldn’t I love it back??
I love this text post and thought I’d share it, since it’s helped me a lot:
i think freckles, stretch marks, tattoos, bruises, birthmarks and scars are probably the coolest thing, you started with almost a blank canvas and look at u now, all this evidence that you’ve lived and the sun has shone on you and you’ve grown and maybe tripped up a few times and liked an image so much u made it a permanent part of u!! beautiful!!! (x)
Bra size: 36G
Pant size: 8-10 (CDN)
Measurements: ~ 41-30-39
I’ve always been “too” something. Too tall, too pale, too big in some areas, too little in others—well you know what, fuck all of that. I’m 5’11” and I’m proud to be 40-38-45! It’s taken me a while to get there, but I love my figure :)
Hi! First submission. I love, love, love this blog!
I am 17 years old, 200lbs, 5’0”, 40C, and I usually wear a size 18/XXL US.
In the left photo I am wearing a XXL sweater and size 18S skinny jeans, both from Target. In the right photo, I’m wearing a men’s XXL hoodie sweatshirt from god knows where and size L shorts from Walmart. No makeup or editing in the right-hand photo.
Know that you are allowed to love yourself and you are allowed to love your body, no matter what size.