I’m a girl with curves. Yep, I admit it. I confess that there’s very little about my body that isn’t amply endowed in some way or other. And yes, my feelings about that are complex – and don’t worry, I’m not going to go into them here and now, without warning your first :-).
I am delighted to say however, that there are some people out there who not only don’t mind their curves, but they are ready, willing, able and already active in doing something about it that will help the rest of us.
In the last few years, there’s been quite a bit of movement in the area of body shape and how both society and the clothing/fashion industry addresses (or completely fails to) concepts of body image and self-esteem. Unfortunately, it’s still totally normal to insult (mostly) women who are overweight, as though being big isn’t already enough of a burden that you need to deal with people’s rudeness as well. Which is why finding this particular lady is so refreshing. Her name is Janine Mison and she’s a force to be reckoned with.
She’s a plus-size style and fashion expert – but she doesn’t just sit back and mind her own business. Rather, she’s actively working to help provide ordinary women with ordinary curvey figures with access to beautiful, properly-fitting clothes – without the experience leaving them frustrated and feeling bad about their bodies. This is a philosophy I heartily agree with. Regardless of whether a big person wants or needs to lose weight, there’s absolutely no reason we should have to look like drab, daggy, shapeless sacks while we do it. We have every right to look as fabulous as possible. In fact, feeling good about how you look helps boost your mood – and in that frame of mind, you could be less likely to eat for comfort.
Janine, under the banner of her website Love Your Shape, schedules events where women can get together to see a fashion show, or browse a plus-size lingerie shop. These events are usually free – with the prospect sometimes of even winning a prize to turn up. Alas, she’s only in Melbourne at this point, but if she continues to grow her projects, who knows where she’ll end up.
I’d love to see more people out there like her, advocating for those of us who have effectively been discounted both physically and emotionally. It’s great to have somebody speaking up when we’ve had to be silent for so long. I hope to see you at the next event. I’ll certainly be there.
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