One thing I hate are LABELS!!! They make me angry! 😡
(Check out the previous post to see woman who own the label curvy!) Labels can be suffocating and dividing. Take for instance using fruits to label different body shapes. Apple and pear... generally come out to mean bad and good, respectively. That should not be the way you look at your body. When this happens it opens the door for animosity amongst women over something that means nothing. We have to understand that we make the label... we can not give the labels we create the power to invalidate our bodies. Just like our individual personalities, the differences in our bodies are created to be celebrated and shared not shunned and hidden.
Besides having curves is universal to all women. Curvy is one of the only labels I’ll accept because it is technically all inclusive. I like to base my understanding of words and concepts starting with the Webster definition of such word.
Having a round shape... Curves of the body...
Sounds about right to me. Curves can be found at your waist... around your hips, your thighs, around your cleavage, or stomach... even your legs! Having curves is just as common as having a smile. Which is also a curve😊, and being curvy is something all women can be proud of, no matter how wide or narrow your curves are they all tell a story.
If you are still confused here are my too ten images to help drive home the visual for the answer to the question “What is curvy?”
What is the story behind your curves? Did having children a add chapter? What about depression? Have you put determination into your curves?
Atlanta is where I learned everything I know about accepting my body and my curves. I came in with insecurities about my height, my shape, and my personal style. I grew up with women who were no bigger than a size 8 and wore designer clothes. The women in my life over a size 8 wore church clothes. I was over a size 8 and I wanted to wear designer clothes too. I struggled finding clothes and styles that complimented my shape. I struggled finding pants that were long enough. I struggled putting outfits together period. I had to do something. I needed specific guidance. I began working with a local modeling group by this time, but these were things that I still had trouble coming to terms with. I began looking for women on Facebook and social media that I could relate to and who seemed to have figured these things out and it turns out I didn’t have to look too far.
I would often hear of women who were doing great things in Atlanta as far as plus size fashion was concerned and the ones who stood out most were Nedra Phillips, Telethia Penn, and Francie Maupin. These women became the model trinity for me. They had mastered some of the things I struggled with the most. Somehow the seemed to have mastered these things and I was ecstatic to see the possibilities. I had not met any of them in person but I was already inspired.
Nedra Phillips was shorter than most girls, but her shape was out of this world and she did not hide her body. I was inspired by how she wore and modeled clothing that accentuated her shape.
Telethia Penn was my height inspiration. I often felt tall and awkward but when I saw her I saw the light. She was tall shapely and confident. She knew her angles and she could walk the runway like it was a sidewalk she’d crossed a million times.
Francie Maupin was a combination of both... very shapely and also taller than average. She was beautiful and confident but what stood out for me was her personal style. She was very classy and ladylike. She had a classic style that just rose above the rest.
I used these parts of them to fill the parts of me I couldn’t see. What I gained from these women became part of my journey.
All of these women have since grown and given back to the community. Each one of them hosts their own workshops and seminars to empower and uplift women.
Phillips currently works closely with Shun Melson modeling and teaching the next generation of models. @NedraPhillips
Penn currently hosts model workshops with various photographers etc. @TelethiaP
Maupin has created a women’s empowerment series called Kurves Night Inn. @MissDivaKurves
It shows me that I was correct in what I saw in them all those years ago. Seeing how far they have come reminds me that my own journey is not complete and they continue to inspire me, now, along with many other women I have met along the way. Thes experiences help me put my best curve forward!
Who have been your curvy inspiration? Do you have women in your life who have made a positive inpact on you? I’d like to know your experience... Leave a comment.
Growing up was awkward because I didn’t know where my body fit. I couldn’t identify as neither “Skinny” nor “Fat”. I remember hearing my younger sister say I was “fatskinny”, and of course the contradiction confused me. I didn’t know where I fit in or if “fitting in” was even necessary. I felt completely lost; I needed a positive path.
I set my sights on a journey toward personal development, self-discovery, and positive body image affirmations. With prayer and meditation, I began to feel good about myself and accept my body with every delicious curve. With my new found grown woman freedom, I decided to do something new. I started modeling locally in Atlanta and I found a wonderful community of other Plus Size Curvy women who had the same concerns. What we had in common was we were all plus-size curvy women, determined to display the beauty of our unique shapes and sizes.
On my first audition for a model group, I didn’t get selected. At that time, In my mind, I thought they were THE BEST model group to be with.. Needless to say I was devastated, but before all hope was lost I discovered a new up and coming organization, Classic Curves. I casted for them and it turns out that they were a perfect fit for me and I was accepted immediately. Classic Curves was determined to build new models with all body types and this was the first time my height was referenced with positive purpose. I learned many of the fundamentals of modeling including; how to walk, apply makeup, how to pose, and we were even taught on how to be successful in future casting calls. For the first time in my life, I was getting the type of positive feedback I desired on a consistent basis. Classic Curves has since dissolved but I’ve met lifelong friends there and I cherish those experiences and opportunities given to me. Since then, I’ve attended all types of auditions and castings and I began to meet some of the most intriguing and interesting women who were also on the rise in the Atlanta Plus Fashion scene. This is how I truly began to see my own possibilities and understand that I now had a place and not only that, MY CURVES did too!
Good Curvy Lady
A woman who follows her dreams and goes after what she wants in life. She takes care of herself and it’s obvious in the way she dresses, looks, and how she carries herself. She is supportive of her family and friends and she emits positive vibes.
Sunday is a day for thanks and appreciation. Every Sunday Good Curvy will present ladies who exemplify the traits of a Good Curvy Lady. These are friends of Good Curvy, supporters of Good Curvy, or strangers I’ve noticed in passing that are doing great work. If you are a Good Curvy Lady and want to be shared just tag us in your photos!