I think self-love is one of the strongest types of armour you’ll ever need. It protects you in an emotional battle. It helps you recover from depression, anxieties, addictions, demons; without self-love, it’s almost impossible to go up against an opposition. However, it’s also important to realize that it is unrealistic to expect to always be able to give 100 percent with every relationship, including the one you have with yourself.
Fashion can be a tricky field to navigate -- and it was even more unforgiving when the industry only accepted and designed for one particular body type. Fortunately, the world of fashion is changing in a positive way, in part prompted by online enthusiasts who promote stylish clothes for all women. In line with body-positive philosophy, the following Instagram hashtags are proving that great fashion sense comes in all shapes and sizes -- while providing amazing style inspiration for all followers.
by Stephanie Mallick
As we’ve begun the New Year we are always struck by a sense of new beginning. We are asked to make resolutions vowing to work on new goals with a “New Year, New Me” mentality. But, just as we are on the road to self-improvement, we are hit by another evaluation: February, the month of LOVE. This can push us to put our love lives into perspective. Do we have someone special to celebrate one of the biggest days of romance with? Do we need that someone to celebrate the day?
With Valentine’s Day upon us, it can be a lot of pressure for some. Those attached versus those that are unattached; Many may look forward to the day while others may feel a sense of dread as it approaches. I began to ponder over this and quickly enlisted two fellow plus-size models Alexa Phelece and Rae Williams to get their perspectives. We recently participated in an “Every Body Deserves Love” photo shoot, alongside other plus-size models, which gave us time to get to the heart of the matter. It was refreshing to learn what each of us expected from this romantic holiday.