And your sugar and spice, and everything nice
You got Monroe hips, your poison lips and knives
And your sugar and spice, and everything
Open wounds and a young boy’s pride
~ The Gaslight Anthem - Film Noir
Gorgeous fat nudes!
Stupendous series by Katie Soze.
She’s also on Tumblr so I suggest you go follow her this instant.
Hey it’s us again. This keeps coming back around!
(Laura, Lisa, Franzi, me)
Hey look, it’s us! Every time this photo comes around I feel like I should write about the shoot and about how amazing it was, and about how talented Katie is, and about how beautiful we are, etc etc.
But then I just see all the lovely notes and I feel all shy, because I’m not the type of person who gets her kit off and has photos plastered all over the internet, only this year I’ve become exactly that type of person, and it’s partly thanks to women like my three companions here.
When I showed my BFF Sam this photo, she said “How did you decide who turned around to look at the camera? Rock paper scissors?” Only, it wasn’t planned. Katie asked us to look at the wall, and clicked away, and then said something funny. I turned around and laughed at her, and didn’t realise until I saw this photo that she’d managed to capture that. I love it, I love my fucking smile and I love my cellulite and I love my wide hips and I love our fat beautiful selves.
Photo is of me, a death fat white woman wearing a purple maxi dress from Forever 21+ and a white cardigan from New Look Inspire. Red face is courtesy of the fact that I cried! Occasion was my husband’s 30th birthday yesterday. He is next to me and wearing a black Random Hand t-shirt.
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I’ve just bought this gorgeous green and white print dress from Yours Clothing (still available as I write this from £25.00!) and I think I may have to submit to the dipped hem trend.
I’ve been seeing it a lot, mostly on non-plus-sized women (yesterday at a wedding I saw THREE) and I don’t particularly like it. I can’t really explain why, but I didn’t think it was for me. I have to admit that when I saw this dress I thought I could easily make it a straight hem ~ which I may still do.
But I’ve just tried it on — and I may like it. At the front it hits my knee (for reference, I’m 5’5”) and at the back it’s the middle of my calf. I usually wear dresses with leggings underneath, because I don’t really like baring my legs. I don’t mind them if they’re shaved, but I don’t often do that as it irritates my skin. I don’t mind the fronts of my knees, but I HATE the backs of my knees. I’m good at body positivity, but the backs of my knees…. *Shudder* I can’t even really explain it, but I hate the idea of people looking at them.
I’ve bought this dress with the intention of wearing it in 2 weeks for my husband’s 30th birthday party, and if the weather stays it will be a lovely day. I don’t really want the extra layer of leggings. I can shave my legs for sure. And, with the dipped hem, I can wander around knowing that no one will be looking at the backs of my knees. I can embrace a trend I’m not sure about if it means I’ll feel even more gorgeous, and that, surely, is the important thing.
Picture is of my husband, a white man wearing a black shirt, black jeans, he has black hair and glasses. I’m a fat white woman, wearing a brightly coloured and patterned dress with a thin black belt. I’m holding a glass of champagne. We’re both smiling.
My dress is from the Clements Rebeiro collection at Evans, I got it a couple of weeks ago in the sale for £10! I was thrilled.
The picture was taken at my husband’s dad’s wedding on Saturday, by my lovely sister-in-law.
When I saw that Simply Be were sponsoring Plus North and putting on a catwalk show for which they wanted models, I volunteered straight away. I know others who’ve had great experiences modelling for Simply Be, so I thought “Fuck it, I’ll do it too”.
When I went upstairs to the Simply Be area, the dress I’d chosen was out of stock, but Charlotte pulled out a few things for me to try. One was a long-sleeved Joe Browns dress with a funky pattern on it, so I decided that would be grand!
I wasn’t with the other models for long as I went back to painting nails, but I did get my make up done by a lovely girl from Benefit, and I had a lovely conversation with Hanna about the heart-print dress I was wearing. Charlotte and the other Simply Be staff got us all lined up in order ~ I was last as most people were modelling two outfits or more. I made another friend in the line, too, the gorgeous Nicola who looked amazing in a Grazia dress.
I don’t remember the catwalk much itself ~ I was really nervous and probably went too fast. I did twirl though, and I definitely heard my friend Chloe cheering for me!
Because the dress was long-sleeved I was absolutely boiling so I changed straight away and missed the final twirl of all the models! Whoops. I did have to put the dress back on though because Simply Be wanted to take photos!
I was thrilled to be told that we could keep our clothes! I love Joe Browns clothes but can rarely afford them, and this dress is really thick and will be lovely in the winter with black leggings! It’s a great length so I would wear it for work, and doesn’t show my cleavage.
Simply Be also gave all the models a goodie bag which had some exclusive goodies in it, as well as a Mars Bar and a little can of Coke which I enjoyed this weekend ~ a rarity for me as I don’t drink caffeine!
Here I am on the end of the catwalk. I love the pattern on the dress.
Here I am in Simply Be’s area, looking more relaxed here!
Dress ~ Joe Browns at Simply Be
Leggings ~ Yours Clothing
Shoes ~ Dr Martens
Here are all the models. Everyone looked amazing but mad props to Cyn (on the very left) and Nicola (next to Cyn). Here I’m changed back into my Yours Clothing heart print dress and New Look cardigan.
Simply Be’s staff were absolute delights and must be commended, and thank you so much for the opportunity to do this, and thank you for the dress!
On 7th July Plus North was held in Leeds, and I had a thoroughly wonderful time! It was organised by Becky and Toni, and it was obvious that a LOT of love and hard work had gone into it. There were lots of clothing brands involved, including Simply Be who were hosting a catwalk show, and other things like my brilliant friend Chloe/Life’s Big Canvas, and also, my friend Stacey and I had a stall!
Knowing how shy I can be, and not knowing anyone available to go (my default friend Sam couldn’t go), I thought that Stacey and I could have a stall and paint nails for free, and that way people would come to talk to us! We both love nail polish and have so much of it that it wasn’t a hardship to share, and we thought that people would like to have their nails painted for free. A friend of Stacey’s said why didn’t we have a donations bucket for charity, so we decided we would, and would raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
On the day itself I was really nervous and stressing, but once we picked Stacey up and got to Aspire I calmed down ~ as I always do once I actually arrive. We had a stall just near the entrance, and lots of people were already setting up. I had volunteered to model for Simply Be so I went upstairs straight away and left Stacey making our stall look pretty.
(Photo by Stacey)
I know it wasn’t super-professional ~ I coloured the signs in the night before, and we used beauty boxes to keep all the polish in view for you all. I wasn’t sure how many people would come, but we were inundated ~ we ended up having a ‘queue’ where people wrote their numbers down and we phoned them when we were free. Thank you to whoever came up with that idea!
The first person I did was a lady who works from Florence + Fred at Tesco, and we had an interesting conversation about plus-sized clothes and how it’s not just a case of making them bigger but cutting them differently too. This lady was not plus-sized, so I’m glad I had the opportunity to get my opinions across.
Here’s Stacey painting Cath’s nails:
Here I am doing someone’s nails:
(Photo from here)
Between Stacey and I we did the nails of about 40 people, talking to everyone and meeting new friends. We were not professionals (and with me you can tell!) but we had a great time and raised over £60! Thank you so much!
Also, yes we are available to do this in the future!
To be continued…
Exuberantly Obese = new life motto
From PostSecret this week
This is a picture of me standing on the waterfront in Conwy, North Wales, yesterday. My friend Sam and I went to the North Wales coast, staying one night in Rhyl and one night in Rhos-on-Sea. We had a great time driving round yesterday, visiting Conwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanfairfechan, and Llandudno.
I’m wearing a pointelle knitted jumper from New Look in mint green, and a flower print green/blue/yellow top underneath that I got at a clothes swap for free. I have a clip in my hair and red (prescription) sunglasses. I’m a fat white woman.
In the past I would have shied from posting this photo online, definitely not on Facebook or Tumblr where this one now is, because, ewww, gross, you can see my fat arm and my double chin! Who wants to look at that!??!
Now, however, I’m trying very hard to get used to looking at parts of my body, and parts of other people’s fat bodies, in order to normalise us. We are not freaks, or gross, or disgusting, or anything else negative, we are all beautiful.