I fell in love with fashion as a young girl. As I immersed myself in the pages of my beloved fashion glossies, I absorbed the poisonous belief that I had to be skinny to be beautiful. As a young girl, I fantasized about fitting into a size zero, and resented my naturally curvaceous body, hiding in baggy, unstylish clothes that only made me feel more unattractive.
One year, my aunt who lives in Central America told me that if I lost 50 pounds by Christmas she would buy me a brand new wardrobe. As the impressionable 12-year-old, I spent that year dieting, restricting and inevitably failing to lose 50 pounds, leaving me feeling even worse about myself and without that new wardrobe I had been dreaming about.
After spending my entire childhood and most of my adult life dieting and gaining and losing weight, I had a life-altering realization: I am enough.
I don’t need to be a size zero to feel beautiful. I am tall, I am curvy, and I am beautiful exactly the way I am.
Today, I love and embrace all my curves. There are still days when I look in the mirror and find a million things wrong with my body, and I still have crappy days when all I want to do is eat a pint of ice-cream, but I have learned to feel the feelings rather than run away from them or bury them with food.
Self-love and acceptance is an everyday practice and not always an easy one. But since I decided to love myself and love my body exactly the way it is, I’ve been empowered to live my life to the fullest. I eat to nourish my body, exercise to move my body, and dress to celebrate my body every day.
As a curvy style expert and positive body advocate, I am excited to be a part of a new generation of true role models who are defying beauty conventions and revolutionizing our relationship with the mirror. If you are a curvaceous woman who craves vivacious style and an audacious life, I hope to be your ROLEMODEL.