Last year our Co-Founder and Creative Director, Jessica Kane, showed us that baring your bod doesn't require bravery. "A family battling tragic illness, a mother trying to beat addiction, a person trying to break free of domestic violence, reaching out for help when you have already planned your suicide and feel like you can't breath one more day. THAT is brave."
Jess, along with some our other favorite bloggers, inspire us to conquer our fears, so we no longer need to feel brave to bare our legs, arms, and tummy, because when we stop caring about what others think, we can conquer our body confidence fears, and feel beautiful when wearing what we want.
1. Cailey Darling of Darling I Know
"Slowly letting go of my fears of wearing low back or backless things. My back is covered in scars from cystic acne from my teens, and i'm not used to people seeing my back rolls but then I remember people can look away if they're bothered by my body and that other people's snap judgements about me based on my appearance and body size shows their poor character, not mine."
2. Liz Black of P.S. It's Fashion
From her blog post so perfectly titled: "I WAS ON NATIONAL TV IN A BIKINI & THE WORLD DIDN’T END." She adds, "Yup, that’s me, filling up your screens with my fleshy figure – and looking absolutely fabulous while doing so!"
3. Emily Ho of Authentically Emmie
"Lots of laughter, body rolls, faded stretch marks, and a round belly. None of which made me feel bad. Quite the opposite – I saw confidence and beauty that even at a much smaller size, I’ve never been able to recognize. My outside matches how I feel on the inside. Imperfect and flawed, but also strong, accomplished, resilient, and beautiful."
4. Marcy Cruz of Fearlessly Just Me
"I wore a fitted dress that was mid-thigh. I always hide my thighs and never wear dresses above the knee so this was HUGE for me."
5. Maui Bigelow of Phat Girl Fresh
"It is so important to recognize fear, call it out and overcome it, because you are greater."
6. Margie Ashcroft of Margie Plus
"At first I was hesitant to wear such bold stripes around my waist but after trying them on for the first time I was hooked!"
7. Aarti Olivia Dubey of Curves Become Her
"A plus sized woman ‘should not’ show her cellulite or love handles, she should not display her flabby flappy arms, she should not show her double chin and if she is to be shown appreciation, the least she could be is pretty. Sorry not Sorry for the disappointment people."
8. Jeniese of The Jenesaisquoi
"It's sad that so many plus-size women relegate themselves to only wearing one shape or one type of clothing. This summer I challenge everyone to try something slightly oversized, shapeless or drapey."
9. Cece Olisa of Plus Size Princess
"It’s usually said as one word: “gethealthyandloseweight.” Statements like this make the assumption that fat and fit are mutually exclusive. They are not. Statements like this make the assumption that skinny and healthy are synonymous. They are not."
10. Leah V. Daily of Beauty and the Muse
"I have the right to be confident in my skin and in my clothes. I can strut whenever I want. I can speak with authority if I want. No, I don't think I'm better than you or anyone else, but I make decisions for me that are going to make me happy"