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!
Have you gone through similar experiences or has your experience been completely different? Tell us Your Curve Story to be featured!! Send your name and social media handles along with your story to GoodCurvy@Gmail.com
On March 30, 2019 Good Curvy will exhibit a collection of art called, “The Shape Of Woman.” The collection features work that uses lines and contrast to express the beauty and uniqueness of curves on a woman. All the pieces have been created by our very own Tashmere Simmonds and feature, Ceecee Luv, Jonda Parker, Ceci Amore, and Chrisy Chris, some of the most amazing models and influencers in the South East.
Prints and canvas’ included in “The Art Of Woman” Collection will be available for sale.
We will also debut The GC Suite featuring the beautiful Nova Day The Nudist. The GC Suite is an experience Good Curvy created to awaken your senses and bring out your creative side... it presents a moment where art meets life and gives participants an interactive experience that will pull on your creative vibes. Participants will be have the opportunity to create their own masterpieces to take home with them.
“This is something I have always wanted to see. There have been shows that featured art with curvy women in it, but I feel that there is so much beauty in the body of a woman that the concept deserved its own focus.” -Tashmere Simmonds- Creator
Good Curvy is a body positive initiative used to promote positive images of curvy women. It was established in 2017 by Self Love Activist and Artist, Tashmere Simmonds, who has been an active participant in the plus size community since 2010. Good Curvy produces art that instills value in all curvy woman and encourages them to love themselves fully.
Mark your calendars and join us for a truly curvy occasion on March 30, 2019 from 7:30-10:30.
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Good Curvy is an initiative created to highlight curvy women in a positive light through art.
THE MISSION Our mission is to remove all barriers around negative body image by showing women how beautiful their bodies are so that they can be confident in themselves and find power in their place in the world.
THE BEGINNING Good Curvy began in a moment of clarity. There was a conversation about body shape and no one wanted to admit to being apple shaped. It was as if having wide round hips were good but having a wide rounded stomach was bad... It was clear to me at that moment that their is no such thing as a bad curve; we are all GOOD CURVY