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 wonderful Georgette on Grown and Curvy Woman stops by!
What makes your body fabulous?
There was a time when I used to hate myself because of my size. I used to wear frumpy, dark clothes to “hide” myself until I lost weight which I thought would make me automatically happy. In 2011 I had major surgery and was home bound for eight weeks. During my illness, the love and support from my family and friends made me start to think “If they love me, why cant I love myself?” I spent those eight weeks doing some real soul searching and I decided to stop hating my body. The decision to accept myself freed me from self loathing. I know my full hips and thick thighs are fabulous. I appreciate my dark skin and natural hair as gifts. I still have days when I don’t feel so fabulous but I never lose sight of the love I have for myself.
What is your favorite thing about how you look? And why?
The favorite thing about how I look is my smile. Both my parents are deceased but when I smile I can see my dad’s almond shaped eyes and the curve of my mother’s full lips. My smile is a great tribute to the both of them.
What are your favorite things to wear to flatter your body or just help you feel good?
Wearing anything with color instantly makes me feel good. I love rich colors because they compliment my skin tone. Color blocking is the best thing to ever happen to me because I get to play with different hues and try new combinations.
When it comes to finding clothes, what are some issues you come across? And how do you solve them?
There is this belief that plus size women want to hide their bodies in unfashionable clothing. Its frustrating to to see dark colors as staples for many plus size clothing lines. Not all plus size women are sitting home lamenting on their size. We are living our lives to the fullest and want clothes that show this. How I solve this problem is supporting retailers like ASOS Curve, Simply Be and IGGI that understand this and provide quality clothing that allows plus size women to celebrate themselves.
What role do you think the media plays in body acceptance?
While I believe the media plays a huge role in how women perceive themselves we have the power to reduce that influence. We know that the media uses air brushed and altered images to sell a fantasy of perfection not reality. I think women today have a strong sense of self and are rejecting these unrealistic images.
What are your thoughts on female body acceptance and appreciation?
I think women accepting their bodies is wonderful but it is hard work. Self acceptance doesn’t mean you don’t have a bad day but having that appreciation for yourself makes it easier to get over those times.
Don’t you just lover her?! Not only is Georgette beautiful, but she radiates an amazing spirit! I love her last pint about self acceptance not being easy,a s we all have bad days. Self acceptance is about dusting yourself off after those bad days and loving all of you even harder.