Your Body Is Fabulous- Cathy

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. This week the awesome Cathy from  Minister of Style stops by!!
What makes your body fabulous?
It’s strong and relatively healthy! My body has had a lot of work to do…it grew and nurtured 6 children then guided me through the labor and birth (4 natural and vaginal) of those children.  It functions even when I don’t take very good care of it (working on that!) to allow me to handle my busy life.

What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
I think I am well proportioned for the most part, got a bit more thigh than I’d like but I found out that no matter what size I am my thighs stay. I am particularly fond of my legs. They are strong and shapely, brown and toned.

What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
I wear a lot of dresses because I love how feminine I feel in them and they flatter the best parts of me..my shoulders, waist and legs! Dresses are very easy to wear but give such an impact to the wearer. I always feel my best in a dress so when shopping my eye automatically starts scanning for the dress rack.

When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
I have large thighs and a big booty, lol. when I want to purchase pants it is sometimes challenging to get a proper fit.  The waist usually fits great but then I find that the thighs and butt are too tight.  I solve that by sizing up one size and if the waist is too big to camouflage with a belt then I head to the tailor for a little nip and tuck. I also find that more expensive trousers are cut more generous so when I need basics to round out my wardrobe, I spend the money for the well fitting but expensive pant. 

What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
The media is largely responsible for how most women view their bodies in my opinion.  When softer, rounder more womanly bodies were socially acceptable women felt good about themselves overall.  They did not try to conform to this unattainable standard of beauty that has become the norm.  If the media started promoting that bodies are beautiful at whatever size they are as long as they are healthy, people would place the focus on being healthy and fit not skinny.

What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
I have learned to appreciate my body at whatever size it is…I have been a size 8 and I have been a size 20.  I liked myself more when I was slim, but I was killing myself to maintain it. I had to step back and evaluate why I felt I was more deserving when I was smaller. I discovered that it was because of what other people thought I looked like, not what I thought I looked like. So now I am a typical size 14, working on getting fit and staying healthy as I get older.  We women have to stop allowing society to define our standard of beauty and define it for ourselves.  If you think you are gorgeous at a size 24 then baby that is what you are.  Who am I to tell you that you are not beautiful because everyone else thinks that being a size 2 is hotness. We must appreciate our bodies for what they are and can do, not berate ourselves for what they don’t look like.
First of all, I hope my body is that bangin’ if I have six kids, or even if I have one!! There was once a time when softer and rounder bodies were featured in magazines and such (Marilyn Monroe was no size 2); how lovely that would be if we could go back to that.  Cathy is right, we need to define our own beauty, if we did the female community would be so much better!
Now it’s your turn! Send in your answers and pictures telling me what makes your body fabulous so that I can feature you and further share the body acceptance/love message!

  • Cathy is such a dear heart. She’s so genuine and real. I appreciate her commentary as well as her outfits because they are practical. I don’t have to have labels and expensive things to be a minister of my own style. Really considering submitting for your feature.
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  • Go ‘head, Cathy!
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  • SO this is where Cathy has been hiding! Good interview, and she looks smashing, as always.

  • Such a great article, and Miss Cathy stays working it. She is one of my fashion inspirations, and I’m glad more people are seeing how fabulous she is.
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  • Yes! Cathy has great style! Great feature.
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  • Awww! Yay! Cathy is my Boo! And she works that TWA well! I love that she doesn’t sacrifice her style even though she is a minister!

  • Thanks Rocquelle, the feature is great! I appreciate the opportunity to be seen and heard.

    Much love always
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