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 I share with you the fabulous Jennifer of Comme Coco!!
What makes your body fabulous?
My body is fabulous because its healthy. Like every woman on this planet no matter what size, I have insecurities and flaws that sometimes make me sad, but at the end of the day I love that I am able to have the muscles needed to be tough on the football field (yes I play football) while still looking feminine and sexy in a pair of tight pants. My body is fabulous because it is the best mixture of my father and my mother’s genetics and that is unique.
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
My favorite thing about how I look is my youthful smile. Although its VERY cheesy at times, I think it lights up my face and has the ability to truly turn someone’s day around (or so I have been told). Even though I wish they were more toned (working on it), my legs seem to be the body part that most people comment on. They are “Barry Sanders” meets Popeye and I love that. I have very healthy calves and thighs and there is nothing slim about them. I really like the way my calves POP in high heels… they give me the “dont mess with that chick” look (hahahah).
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
If anyone follows my blog they will know the answer… LEATHER, LEATHER and more LEATHER. Im kind of addicted to leather actually. I love leather/ faux leather jackets and pants the most. The instant I pull on a pair of tight leather pants I feel uber sexy and so bad ass. Although pencil skirts are flattering, I prefer a more fit and flare or skater type fit skirt for me. I dont have wide hips and am shaped more like a swimmer or gymnast so I like something that give me the illusion. Fitted silhouettes dont work as well because they show my rectangular shape more so. I am also obsessed with deep V neck tops. I dont have huge Ta-Tas but they fit nicely in a martini glass (guess that is the french way of measuring what is plenty) and look great in that neckline! Plus the V-Neck draws away from my broader shoulders :).
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
ARGH the infamous pants issue. I can never find pants that fit both my thighs and my waist. I have a smaller waist than thigh so I always have far too much extra material in the waist area. I have been taking things to a tailor and having them put darts in the waist line in order to fit but it would be nice not to have to do that all the time. This is probably why I love Wide Leg pants so much. I can buy my true waist size and have enough room for my luscious thighs hahahahahaha.
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
The media sucks! Well more so the fashion industry still sucks in improving body image but its getting better. It would be nice to see more curvy women on magazine covers or even in the magazine spreads. It would also be nice if designers had larger sample sizes but alas it wont happen. I just think there are FAR more “bigger” girls on the planet than super slim ones. I’m glad that there are so many personal style blogs now showcasing all of us with more meat. I think ALL women of ALL sizes are beautiful but I just wish more sizes would get more exposure so that young girls would not feel the need to be super thin and instead embrace what they were born with!
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
It’s always a growing struggle. I believe that we ALL have flaws and insecurities, but at the end of the day you are still very beautiful. Wear what makes you happy because a happy person is a complete person!
I so <3 Jennifer! She always tells it like it is. I literally LOLed when I read “The media sucks!”. I couldn’t agree with her more that a happy person is a complete person. Happiness equals confidence, which is the key to great style!