Spreading the love: Thina of Beyond Sizes

by byanika on 13/03/2011 · 12 comments

in spreading the love,Thina of Beyond Sizes

Hi sweethearts!

Last summer I started my Spreading the love-series where I feature lovely bloggers of all sizes. I started this series as a response to some of the drama going on in the blogosphere about what women are real and not. It was important to me to actively do something, to be clear on where I stand in my life, on and off line. I welcome all people in my life and in my blog. All I ask that we be respectful of each other.

I am a self worth activist, supportive of everyones right to define their own worth and use what ever labels on them selves they choose, be that fat, curvy or straight sized, homosexual, heterosexual or transgendered. It is not the label I am interested in, my focus is the person. I have chosen to ask everyone I feature the same questions, regardless of their amount of followers and size, something that has caused some controversy, but that is ok. I welcome dialouge, that is what expands our horizons, love and understanding of each other. You can read my manifesto on self worth here: “Who gets to label my self worth? I do!” Go to the Spreading the Love-page to enjoy all of the features.

Today it is my pleasure to spread the love for the fabulous Thina of Beyond Sizes. This georgeous Swede had me at hello when I found her blog. A positive attitude, a fierce sense of fashion, lots of dresses? Yes, yes and YES! I love her blog, and I am sure you will too.  

Could you share with us your thoughts on fashion vs fatshion?

The way I see it, there’s only one difference between fashion and fatshion. I think a fatshionista needs to be a little bit more creative because it’s much harder to find trendy outfits for plus size girls. But that doesn’t mean that there is a difference when it comes to sense of style and creativity. Whatever size you have we still share the same interest in fashion and finding our own style.
Some people find fatshion as an offensive word. But I don´t see like that. For me it’s more of a political stand and a reminder to the industry that bigger girls love to spend their money on fabulous clothing. We can look as smashing as anyone, so they better give us some options, or even better start to make everything available in bigger sizes.

What is your philosophy with regard to fashion?

Fashion is one of the ways I express myself. Clothes don’t define you but it says something about who you are. I don’t get dressed to hide myself and I really don’t care about all the rules regarding how a plus size girl should look like. I love colors, floral print and stripes. It makes me feel wonderful and happy.

I would love for you to share some of your fave looks.

I really don’t know how many dresses I own, and I don’t dare to count them. It’s a passion, and I can’t help myself when I find a cute colorful dress with full skirts and narrow waist. I like a feminine style and to mix it up with something not so sweet like a jacket or some boots or other accessories.

How does blogging impact your life?

I’ve been blogging for 3 years and during that time I found some wonderful friends and got so many emails that really touched my heart. I never expected that my blog could change people’s feelings about themselves and their bodies. It’s really exciting to be part of the plus size fashion blogging movement.

Do you have a message for all the fashionloving ladies/gentlemen out there, whatever their size?

Love the skin you’re in and don’t let anyone else define who you are. Find your own way when it comes to fashion and just play around. Get inspiration from everywhere and translate it into your own style and what will work for your body. Make it work and look outside the plus size range. Some of the regular stores have clothes that fit bigger girls as well; you just have to dare try them on.

Thank you so much Thina!



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