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 isi mportant 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!”
Today it is my great pleasure to spread the love for the wonderful Vanessa of My Heart Blogged. This is one amazing and soulful woman I tell you, an absolute sweetheart and beauty. Enjoy!
Could you share with us your thoughts on fashion vs fatshion?
It took me a while to find the right words to say this, Fashion is for everyone period. It’s not one size, one race, or one economic status. I don’t believe the two should be separated.
On the other hand I personally have been on both sides of fashion. I was plus sized previously. I lost the weight for my health, and I was advised to by a doctor. It was a lot harder for me to find plus size clothing that was fashionable. I didn’t like the way it was cut, or fit. It was really frustrating. I think it needs to be acknowledged that while the average size (in the U.S.) is a 14 the industry isn’t catering to the plus sized fashionistas out there.
What is your philosophy with regard to fashion?
Wear what you love. I need to feel great in what I’m wearing, and a smile is by far the best accessory. I also don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to look fabulous.
I would love for you to share some of your fave looks.
My style is laid back. I’ve been trying to branch out and play with color more. I wear a little bit of everything though. I work a full time job, and I’m on my feet all day. So when I come home I like to dress comfortably but I still try to stay stylish.
How does blogging impact your life?
In more ways than I thought it would. I love having a creative outlet, and sitting down to write a post. I have met some amazing people, and they are so supportive. It’s crazy that you can get to know someone so well through the internet, and then read about their daily life. Also, I am a lot more confident in who I am. By putting myself out there for the world to see I feel empowered. Through writing I have gotten to know myself more. I didn’t expect for blogging to make me feel that way at all.
Do you have a message for all the fashion loving ladies/gentlemen out there, whatever their size?
Be yourself, and dress for yourself. Create a style that is all your own, and above everything love yourself. Confidence, and a smile is the most beautiful thing a person can wear. Start by loving yourself at every single size. You are beautiful the way you are, and you need to own it.
YES! Thank you so much darling Vanessa.
I would love to connect with you!