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8 Plus Size Celebrities And Style Icons
Style Icons For Plus Size Women
Fashion is for everybody; every woman has the right to look and feel beautiful and confident with what she is wearing. If you are a curvy girl or you wear plus size clothing do not despair, there are plenty of fashionable plus size clothes for you. Just look around at the cinema, TV and fashion magazines for inspiration to look your best with what you have.
It is true that most of the media portrays sexy and fashionable women as young, tall and thin. But if you look carefully, you will find that there are also plenty of fashion style icons for bigger women. Actress, musician and model Queen Latifah is a perfect example of a style icon for plus size women. Sara Ramirez from the TV medical series "Grey's Anatomy" is another hot cake to keep an eye on for fashion and style. There is also the petite Nikki Blonsky with only 4”7’ she always looks stunning. Not to forget plus sized models such as Crystal Renn and Christina Schmidt and the new “chouchou” of Jean Paul Gaultier, Beth Ditto who opened his spring 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 2010.
Beth Ditto for Jean Paul Gaultier Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011
What Makes The Above Women Beautiful and Sexy?
The answer is simple; the plus size celebrities I mentioned above have got the attitude and the panache to pull of plus size dresses gorgeously. And why do they look so good? Firstly, because they make the most of what they have got. Let's face it, most men are "programmed" to like curves, so if a woman flaunts her generous curves they will be instantly attracted to her. But, as is not all about physical appareance, all these women have strong personalities and an intelligent strong woman can be like a magnet.
When we look at fashion magazines we are conditioned to think that is the normal size, so it is rather refreshing when you go to buy your favourite fashion magazine and find the cover image to be a full figured woman one that looks just like you with that little belly and ample hips!
Plus-size Singer Designs Clothes for Full Figure Women
Plus Size Celebrities and Fashion Icons
American singer-songwriter Beth Ditto has been recognized for supporting a positive body image, despite comments from doctors that she may be causing harm to public health by normalising obesity. Beth is proud and happy with her size and designers recognize her charisma by making her the star of their shows. Beth’s most recent modelling work involved being the opening star at the Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week 2010.
Beth’s views on fashion are so influential that she formerly contributed an advice column on body image to The Guardian newspaper. Beth has also worked on a plus sized collection for the UK retailer Evans to be sold both online, and in selected stores across the UK.
Beth Ditto on Plus Size Fashion and Her New Collection from Evans
Beth Ditto singing live in the finale of Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Show
Real Women Have Curves, a 2002 American movie starring America Ferrera.
America Ferrera on Body Image:
"It would be impossible to be a woman in Western culture and not have your own issues about your image and what you look like."
The Honduran-American actress who played the lead role in the television series Ugly Betty and also starred in the film Real Women Have Curves, in 2002 is also a pretty good example of beauty in plus size. Although America’s dress size has fluctuated from a size 10 to a 14, for her 5’1” frame, she always manages to look great because she knows how to make the most of her body shape.
America Ferrara is also a good example of career achievement and a role model for Hispanic girls. Her career achievements include a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series and the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series for Ugly Betty among many other prizes recognizing her successful career.
Queen Latifah is a perfect style icon for plus-sized women. She knows how to choose the most flattering outfits to suit her figure and enhance her attributes. Plus, she has the personality and right attitude to carry off those outfits.
To prove her support to curvy girls, Queen Latifah teamed up with Curvation and her longtime stylist Susan Moses to create Curvation Apparel, a collection of clothing from jeans to career wear for sizes 12-22. Her Spring line features lots of silks and jerseys that "silhouette the body instead of trying to hide a woman's curves"
"Every woman is a queen, and we all have different things to offer."— Queen Latifah
- The Curvation Project CONFIDENCE
Queen Latifah named Shelly Thomas the national award recipient in the second annual CURVATION(SM) PROJECT CONFIDENCE(SM) Awards. This is the culmination of a nationwide search to recognize women who project the power of confidence and encourage it
When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, 'You're either going to love yourself or hate yourself.' And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.— Queen Latifah
An imposing figure with her 5”9’, Sara Ramirez the Mexican-American Grey's Anatomy actress is always on top, looking great with whatever she chooses to wear. Sexy, raunchy and curvy that is Sara!
What Sara says:
"Nobody from the show said I was too heavy. Instead they wanted me to dance in my underwear."
Sara Ramirez was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age section, for age 31, in May 2007.
Sara RamirezClick thumbnail to view full-size
Kate Dillon on being sexy and beautiful
"I firmly believe that what makes you sexy and beautiful is not the size of your body or the colour lipstick you have on. What really makes you sexy is what you project, your confidence, and your self awareness, having a great sense of humour and being really smart."
Height:5'11" ; 180.5cm
Dress Size:(US) 14 ; (EU) 44
Kate Dillon is one of the most influential women in high-fashion modelling. Starting her modelling at an early age, Kate won the Elite Model Look in 1991 but after a long struggle with her weight and eating disorders, Kate decided to take the healthy path and be herself.
After a few years off the catwalks, Kate came back full figured and self confident which gained her the right to be the first plus-size model to appear in Vogue, and in 2001 she was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
Kate DillonClick thumbnail to view full-size
Girls with Curves Have an Advantage
- "Girls with Curves Have an Advantage" - An Interview with Christina Schmidt
have you ever wondered how you would feel if you were a gorgeous plus-size model on an exciting photo shoot for a major clothing chain? Popular Canadian beauty Christina Schmidt tells you about it.
A Canadian actress and plus-size model who started her career playing Terri MacGregor in the Canadian television hit Degrassi: The Next Generation. Her role in the series won her the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles, on 2005, for "Best Performance in a TV Series.
As a plus size model, Cristina appeared in the 2007 Fall campaign for MXM, a Canadian junior plus-size clothing line. After that, Christina’s modelling careers has seen no halting. She also stars as one of the professional runway models in the Canadian show How to Look Good Naked.
A poignant testimony that you don’t need to fit in the “mould” to be successful is Crystal Renn, a model who entered the modelling world at age 14 and become anorexic as a result of her efforts to keep up in the fashion scene. After recovering from anorexia and regaining her health, Crystal became a plus size model who has featured in Vogue’s U.S., Italian, French and German editions. And despite the pressure to use slim models for fashion shows in 2006 Jean Paul Gaultier called for Crystal services to model his Spring 2006 pret-a-porter collection.
Crystal Renn: Fashion's biggest model on why size matters
- Crystal Renn for The Independent
When Crystal Renn began modelling, she starved herself to fit the industry ideal. Then she had an epiphany, started eating again and, as a size 16, now has the world at her feet. Harriet Walker meets a woman whose figure is changing fashion.
Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves
Hungry explores the difference between the fantasy that society projects and the reality of what makes us happy. Crystal Renn's experience debunks the modern-day Cinderella story of the fat girl who loses weight to get happy. This is a new fairy tale, one in which a young woman embraces the size she's supposed to be and the world opens up for her
"I don't believe that all models should be size 16s, (...) That's discrimination the other way. And I don't want things to change overnight – that would be a trend. I do however believe we should have a variety of women."— Crystal Renn
The pretty Nikki is only 4”10’ but she makes the most out of every inch she’s got. Regarding her success and her figure, Nikki Blonsky has been quoted saying “I'm thrilled beyond belief to be different in this business. I pray that there will be more roles for bigger girls. I pray that the role of the love interest, the beautiful, sexy girl, will be played by a plus-size woman.”