The YBIF series was started as a result of a book I started writing many years ago, “Your Body Is Fabulous: Dress Like It,” because I feel style and fashion is nothing if you don’t love the body you’re dressing. So, every Thursday I feature a lovely lady, bloggers as well as other gorgeous ladies I know or meet, who tell us what makes their bodies fabulous! The purpose is to empower women to to accept and love their bodies’ as they are by showing women with various body types, skin colors, hair textures, and more. Today the lovely Kiki of Styled BY Kalack shares with us!
What makes your body fabulous?
I think what makes my body fabulous is the fact that I love it just the way it is! I have a pear-shape body and its fun trying to find two different sizes of clothes to create an outfit! I don’t mind what people say or think and I am confident in my skin.
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
I love my body structure in general because it’s not really common and I think it makes me stand out. I love my skin color; I don’t feel pressured at all to lighten my skin. I also love my height (I’m 5’9) because I love being really tall, especially when I put on heels. When I was younger, I was always uncomfortable with myself. I hated my body shape and it really destroyed my confidence. Even though, people didn’t see anything wrong with it, I always felt so bad and different. But now, I have come to love it and I am very proud of it!
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
My favorite thing will have to be dresses and waist belts! I especially LOVE wearing straight dresses! They really flatter by body shape, in my opinion. Many people may say, for a pear-body shape, you should try to balance your upper half with your lower half. For me, it’s the opposite. I love to show of my ‘curvy’ lower half! That’s what makes me feel good!
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
The biggest issue is finding the right sizes of dresses. I would normally wear an ‘XS’ blouse and ‘S’ to ‘M’ bottom. When it comes to dresses, it’s messed up. I could find an ‘XS’ dress but when I try it on, it’s okay on the upper half but, the lower half is so tight, I can’t even walk properly. If I try a ‘S’ dress, the upper half is loose and the lower half is just right. My solution for this problem depends on the style of the dress. If it’s a straight dress, I can go ahead with the ‘XS’. If it’s a ‘ball-gown’ style, I go with ‘S’ and add a belt to the waist area.
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
I think the media plays a great role. The sad thing is, they handle this role very poorly. The media portrays the idea of having ‘an ideal’ body for both men and women. The media tries to portray the ‘ideal shape’ of a woman to be in the slimmer frame and for men, the muscular build! That’s just so wrong on so many levels. This affects the self-esteem of young girls and boys and I think this also plays a great role in bullying of children at school. Also, this has caused men and women to fall into the dark paths of plastic surgery. This has to stop and I’m really proud of celebrities who have decided not to be a part of all this because, these young children also look up to them.
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
Women are very conscious about their looks and it plays a huge part in our level of self-esteem. It’s so sad that the media uses their influence negatively. I think women should love their body just the way it is. Don’t try to ‘enhance’ your body features. Embrace yourself because you are beautiful and unique in your own way. Remember, anyone who TRULY loves you will love you JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!