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The Women at this Plus-Sized Pool Party Have a Message to Share

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This past Saturday, Torrid, a brand specializing in plus-sized clothing, held their second annual pool party as part of its #TheseCurves campaign.

The party, hosted at a private mansion in Orange County, California, was full of plus-size bloggers, curvy models, and TV personalities.

The event’s host, comedian Nicole Byer, blogger Gabi Gregg, and five other women at the event wanted to send a message out to anyone who’s struggling with “summer body” insecurities.

These women radiate confidence and advocate for body-positivity for all body types.

Natalie, @nataliemeansnice: 

“I think the thing to do is take [the ads and headlines] with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, I think that that kind of saturation is never going to end. You’re always going to see those kinds of ads. And it’s just the culture that we live in. The diet industry makes money off of women hating their bodies. And I think the most radical thing you can do is be comfortable in your skin and realize that, you as you are right now — whether you’re thin, you’re fat, you’re super fat, you’re super thin, and everything in between — that you are swimsuit-ready. And that, in all honesty, nobody else matters but you, whenever you’re wearing that swimsuit. Feel good in your skin.”

Nicole Byer, @nicolebyer: 

“If you are too afraid to wear a bathing suit or a bikini, buy one, put it on, and go live your life and have fun. You don’t have to have a certain type of body to wear a bikini. You don’t have to have a certain type of body to have a bathing suit.  You don’t have to have a certain type of body to have sex. You can just be in your body. Grab your fat and be like, “If I don’t like it, I’ll change it.” But for the moment, live your life, embrace it and fucking love it.”

Anna, @glitterandlazers:

I don't think I've ever told the story of this account… how it got started, why I did it and what it means to me. See around two years ago, I was obsessive with my work. It's all did. All I talked about. All I was. And when you put every part of yourself into something, your emotions become a weird reflection of the ebbs and flows of your work. A wise friend told me I needed to find space, time and energy for myself. I'd pretty much given up on a lot of self care in favor of staying up all night to work on spreadsheets, power points and emails. I'd lost myself. So I committed to make time every day for myself and to hold me accountable, I took pictures. My love of storytelling, my sassy fashion and my quirky humor found their way back into my life. And suddenly I was more than work, I was me. Owning and knowing yourself means creating space for you to form your own ideas and opinions. In an internet world, it is so easy to get drawn into the popularity race of it all. But don't. Be still. Find yourself. Know who you are and you'll be amazed at what you can create. Who would have thought a commitment to a simple act of self care would have led to all this? #selflove #selfcare #inspiration #instalife #liveauthentic #loveyourself #plussize #bodypositive #positivevibes #goodvibes

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“Let me break it down for you very simple. Let’s not even talk about self-love in this equation. Would you rather be fully nourished and have a super fun vacation in a swimsuit or would you want to go on a vacation, half-starved with no energy and constantly worried about your body? Those are your options. So if you chose the “summer slim down,” you’re literally just setting yourself up for the worst vacation ever. Where if you just say, “Hey, screw it, I’m just going to buy a suit in the size I wear now and whatever,” you’re just going to be the same person but now on vacation.”

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Ashley Nell Tipton, @ashley_nell_tipton:

“Why are you afraid? There’s no one that you have to worry about when you put on that bathing suit. You don’t have to be perfect. You still need to live and you still got to put on that bathing suit. So we got to do it here or later, but it has to happen. I think just embrace yourself because you don’t have to worry about anyone else but yourself.”

Gabi Gregg, @gabifresh: 

“I think my biggest piece of advice to any woman looking to wear swimwear for the first time in a long time is just to realize that everyone at the beach is having fun and worried about their friends and themselves. They’re not really there to look at other people. And the first time you go to the beach and you look around, you realize you’re not the only one who has cellulite, you’re not the only one that has rolls and no one really cares, they’re just enjoying themselves. They’re not there to go and judge everyone else. They’re there to have a good time. So when you realize you’re not going to be the center of attention, that’s when you can really have a great time and realize that you can find a good swimsuit you like that’s supportive.”

Simone Mariposa, @simonemariposa:

“Literally your body doesn’t change regardless of the weather, so you shouldn’t have to change it. It’s OK to love your body through whatever season and I understand summer, it advertises, you know, not having as many clothes on, the sun’s shining… But, just know your body is good enough the way it is. Don’t feel pressured to change because of what society’s telling you, because of what beauty standards are telling you.”

Torrid Model Search Winner 2017 Maria Gimena, @mariiagiimena:

I had a #slay moment 🖤 #torridpoolparty

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“For all of you guys out there that are kind of shy this summer to wear a bikini, a tube top, anything for that matter, just remember that Torrid has awesome stuff for you, and wear whatever you want. Whatever makes you feel good, that comes through with confidence and just show it through.”


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Brooklyn’s Fourth Annual Curlfest Celebrates Natural Beauty

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This past Saturday at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, #BlackGirlMagic was abound!

Thousands of black women attended the fourth annual Curlfest, which is the country’s largest natural beauty festival.

And these women have some serious style. Check out some of our favorite looks below – from waist-length braids to crowns to ornamental butterflies.

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The annual festival is sponsored by the five women of Curly Girl Collective. Curly Group Collective is a marketing group specializing in multicultural beauty. Their goal is to celebrate women all around the world by appreciating their natural looks.

Tracey Coleman, the director of events at Curlfest, stated in a press conference, “Curlfest was founded on the idea of you all needing to be celebrated. If you look around, and you see images of beauty, they don’t necessarily look like us.”

When Coleman was asked about the natural hair movement, she said, “The great thing about the movement now is that barrier is being broken down; there’s no good hair and there’s no bad hair. Healthy hair is what’s good, so that’s what we’re here to promote.”


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A Black Wonder Woman is Coming to the Big Screen

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With Black Panther coming out in February of next year, fans are pretty hyped about Wonder Woman’s twin sister, Nubia.

According to the DC Comics lore, Nubia was made in 1973 from the same clay that was used to make Diana. The only difference was that hers was black.


Nubia was created by the goddess Aphrodite. The backstory gets a bit crazy. At birth, Nubia was stolen by Mars, the god of war. He trained her to master the practice of hand-to-hand combat. When she was introduced in Wonder Woman Vol. 1#204, she Beat Diana in battle but stopped fighting when she met her sister at sword point.

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In the latest DC edition, Nubia portrays the Wonder Woman of Earth-23. But aside from having superpowers, she also served as the sole guardian of the River Styx, which depicts hell, and Floating Island, which is a community of all men.

Twitter is already pretty demanding that Nubia gets a role on the big screen. Some Twitter users are getting extreme – a few have already planned directing and casting roles. One suggestion was the Serena Williams play the lead, with Ava DuVernay directing. Others suggested Angela Bassett as the lead. Clearly, there are lots of people excited to hit the big screen.


Last month, much to Twitter users’ delight, it was announced that the movie actually would happen!

Lately, DC has been battling at the box office with Marvel Studies. The Averngers universe movies, which began in 2008 with Iron Man, have given Marvel mainstream success.

But with the Nubia movie in the not-so-far future, Marvel is sure to have some challenging competition!


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Deshauna Barbe Is Challenging Society’s Beauty Standards

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Deshauna Barbe spent her childhood moving from army base to army base. Born into a military family, Deshauna joined the military at 17 years old.

At the time, Deshauna had no idea that she would be the first woman in the country to win the title of MissUSA while on active duty.

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Deshauna entered the pageant world at 19 years old. Over the next few years, she make a name for herself in the beauty queen scene while simultaneously serving in the U.S. Army. She also completed her MSc in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maryland. On top of all that, she was serving as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

She wants to let the world know that beauty is meant to be celebrated in all of its diverse forms. And although we’ve come a long way, we still have a ways to go. Deshauna is proving that women can fight for their country and look good in a swimsuit at the same time. She did a lot of work with soldiers who suffered from PTSD.

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In an interview, Deshauna said, “In the past I have been very hard on myself about certain parts of my body, but I try to always remind myself that I was given this body and to remain positive.”

And her views on beauty are awesome:

“Beauty to me means more than something physical, and it’s definitely represented internally. I think beauty is about the way you treat others, being a humble and kind person that respects everyone. I think that really represents beauty.”

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She says she enjoys the fact that she can show how multifaceted women are – there is both a tough side and a feminine side within us. Hopefully society will continue to challenge its beauty ideals by showing forms of beauty that aren’t necessarily considered ‘mainstream.’

Deshauna plans to continue serving as an inspiration to women all over the world.

“I hope to continue what I am doing to help impact people around the world — particularly young girls and women,” she says. “I plan to never stop working to positively impact their lives by motivating them to always follow their dreams.”


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