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Healthy At Any Size
21 minutes | Sep 21, 2018
Live Healthy at Any Size
Melinda goes solo in this episode to bring you up-to-speed on life with Baby Sammi, and the 28 Days to Freedom course. This is the last episode for 2018. The podcast will be back in 2019 with a new format and fresh, action-oriented content that you can apply to your own life! Key Takeaways: Your weight is going to fluctuate over time, this is normal! We should all try to be the best person we can be, and living healthy is a part of that! Mentioned in this Show: 28 Days to Freedom Kara Loewentheil’s episode My Bathtub Moment Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
38 minutes | Sep 7, 2018
Conversations with Melinda Parrish, plus size model and body positivity influencer. Melinda has sparked the #healthyatanysize movement through her social media advocacy for women of all shapes and sizes to live a healthy, aspirational lifestyle that is not centered on weight loss. Each week, Melinda Parrish is serving up a dose of inspiration, information, and insight alongside some of the most influential voices in body positivity, health, and wellness. Melinda believes that women were not put on this earth to stand on the sidelines of their own lives, waiting to be good enough to get in the game and start living. As a society, we are wasting far too much of our time, money, and energy on becoming serial dieters, and chasing impossible standards of body perfection. This podcast offers an insightful look at the impact of diet culture on the lives of women, and offers practical, how-to approaches for women to apply to living a more healthy lifestyle. This isn't about fitting into our skinny jeans. It's about freeing ourselves up to become the women we want to be, and living at full amplitude in all aspects of our lives!
39 minutes | Aug 24, 2018
Heal your Pelvic Floor & Diastasis Recti with Megan Anderson
Megan Anderson, Physical Therapist and yoga instructor, works with women of all ages who are ready to take an active role in their health and healing! Megan’s practice was created out of her passion and drive to make women's health care more accessible. In her many years of clinical practice, she noticed that busy moms struggled to follow through with Physical Therapy. And it definitely was not for lack of effort! Megan believes that a healthy, happy mom makes for a healthier, happier family! So she’s committed to focusing on busy moms in her PT work. In this episode, Megan explains her work with Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor problems, and her approach to healing them. Plus, some tips for all of us to unwind and feel better right away! Key Takeaways: Diastasis Recti isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Separation of your abs, especially after childbirth, is totally normal. Being a tight ass might be hurting you in more ways than one You can take charge of your own healing! Mentioned in this Show: Megan’s Website Refresh Yoga Studio Honest Soul Yoga Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
35 minutes | Aug 10, 2018
Binge (the series) with Angela Gulner
Angela Gulner is a writer, actor, and producer, as well as the creator of the series Binge, a dark comedy television series! She has taken her experience as someone in recovery from bulimia and put it into this darkly witty, heartfelt, and hilarious show! She and her team have raised the money to take their pilot and expand it into a full first season, which fans can’t wait to see. In this episode we discuss her personal history with eating disorders, how she went about turning that into a show, and what’s next for Binge (the series). Key Takeaways: It’s possible to take your suffering and turn it into amazing art! Eating disorders (and other mental health topics) are gaining recognition and representation in the media, thanks to people like Angela! Fixating on weight loss can consume our lives and take us out of the game in our lives, so go reclaim your time and energy for better purposes! Mentioned in this Show: Binge’s Instagram Binge’s Website Binge Pilot The Blind Girl (Binge prequel) Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
45 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Not Your Average Runner with Jill Angie
Jill Angie is a runner, author, and a running coach who is representing for the curvy-bodied athletes of the world! A self-proclaimed fat runner, Jill grew to love running when she stopped thinking about running as a means to offset calories, and started looking at it as a way to build up her confidence and strength. Running became a source of joy for Jill, even when it was difficult. That’s something we can all aspire to! In this episode, Mel and Jill talk about how Jill came to be a fat runner who loves running, Mel’s birth story, wearing a two piece even if you’re a fat woman, and how to use physical challenges as a launchpad to self love. Key Takeaways: You can be fat and still do things like marathons, triathlons, and other athletic activities Running is not just a way to punish yourself for what you ate Taking on physical challenges can be a launchpad to transform your thoughts and feelings for the better Mentioned in this Show: Jill’s book, Not Your Average Runner Jill’s Instagram Jill’s website Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
37 minutes | Jul 13, 2018
Big Things with Zach Miko
IMG’s first Brawn Model, Zach Miko, sits down with Melinda Parrish to discuss his background, his experience as a brawn male in our society, his journey in entertainment, and his recent rise to superstar status. Zach gushes about meeting Tyra Banks IRL as a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, his love of the new Queer Eye series, and ways that his wife nags him to take better care of himself. Zach’s paving a new way for men of size in the world and he has so much wisdom, confidence, and positivity to share with us all! Key Takeaways: Don’t shrink because you’re afraid other people won’t accept you at full amplitude Men experience pressure to become more attractive and lose weight, just like women You can feel like a failure even as you’re on a plane on your way to meet Tyra Banks Mentioned in this Show: Zach’s meteoric rise as IMG’s first brawn model Zach’s podcast, “Big Things with Zack Miko” Zach’s Instagram Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
60 minutes | Jun 29, 2018
Dietland with Jennifer Ponton
Actor, writer and producer Jennifer Ponton sits down with Melinda Parrish to discuss the AMC series Dietland. They also talk about run-ins with Real Housewives of New York, Jennifer's experience doing nude scenes as a fat actress, her journey as an actress of size in entertainment, and what's on the horizon for this explosive new show. Key Takeaways: Confidence & success don’t come from size The patriarchy wants you to diet You can be both fat and happy Mentioned in this Show: Dietland on AMC Jen's piece for Refinery29 Jen's Instagram Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
33 minutes | Jun 15, 2018
Daring to Live with Stephanie Nadia
Stephanie Nadia is an award-winning YouTuber and plus size fashion/beauty influencer. In 2013, Stephanie began sharing content. Since then, she has become an outlet for plus-size fashion, beauty, creativity, body-positivity and women empowerment. Stephanie’s goal is to bring about more diverse representation in the fashion/beauty industry. Coming from a mixed background, Stephanie seeks to represent both her South Asian and Latin American heritage. She is hoping to empower women of all shapes, sizes, age, and color to #daretolive (live creatively and spread positivity). Stephanie’s passion for life and the brand’s vision is evident in all the content she makes. She puts intelligent ideas at the core of everything she creates, developing content that is unique, relevant, captivating, share-worthy and above all, unforgettable. Stephanie Nadia’s videos have been recognized by several brands, public figures and social platforms including BuzzFeed and Ashton Kutcher himself. She has worked with several beauty & fashion brands to bring creative collaborative content to her growing viewership. Stephanie currently has an ongoing partnership with Gwynnie Bee (modeling, reviews & video) and Shape Magazine, creating the Blush Up with Steph beauty video series for Shape’s online platform. Sponsor This episode is brought to you by the Every Body Deserves Love Summer Body Meet-up “Dare to Bare II,” being put on by Alexa Phelece. Click here to learn more! Be sure to go back and listen to Alexa’s Healthy at Any Size podcast interview to learn more about her, and why she decided to start the nonprofit Every Body Deserves Love. ENTER TO WIN! One lucky Healthy at Any Size listener will be heading to the Every Body Deserves Love Summer Body Meet-up with a VIP Deluxe package FOR FREE! Just leave a review of the podcast and mention the Every Body Deserves Love Summer Body Meet-up to enter. NOTE: You must provide your own travel to and from the beach party in L.A., but we’ll make sure you have a fab time while you’re there! Key takeaways: Stephanie’s journey as an influencer, coming from the beauty world into fashion Why Stephanie had a hard time acknowledging her body, and the phenomenon of disassociation Princess Jasmine’s abs, and Stephanie’s journey to embrace her brown, curvy body Stephanie’s Ecuadorian / Trinidadian roots, and how she grew up being told to stay out of the sun and keep her skin lighter Stephanie’s love of writing and how her stories reflect her journey to accept herself Why representation in the media matters, and how we can rig our feeds to help us love our bodies more How Stephanie is using her writing and YouTube presence to try and showcase the economic and ethnic diversity of New York City life The rise of the side hustle, and why millennials are embracing the “gig” economy lifestyle How Stephanie found the nerve to step out of her comfort zone and accepting herself completely, from the inside out Mentioned in this episode: Stephanie’s Instagram Stephanie’s YouTube Stephanie’s website Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
35 minutes | Jun 1, 2018
Eating Disorders in the Military with Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff
Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff is a Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University. She is an expert on eating disorders in military settings. She and I first met in the fall of 2017, when we were invited to speak on a panel about eating disorder stereotypes before Congress by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Because of my personal experience with having an eating disorder while in the military, I was very excited to meet her and learn from her. In this interview, Dr. Tanofsky-Kraff and I discuss her research. We talk about what factors contribute to a prevalence of eating disorders within the military, and what she and others are doing to further the research in this area. She also talks about ways we as a society can support those with eating disorders. Whether or not you’re personally impacted by the trend of eating disorders in the military, this episode will be eye-opening and informative! Key takeaways: The prevalence of eating disorders in the military The fact that instances bulimia and binge eating are especially high for military members Situational eating disorders, which can be brought on by a variety of factors inherent to military life Why eating disorders are harder to spot in the military, and at times even encouraged for a variety of reasons Why service members feel ashamed to seek treatment for eating disorders (or any medical issue, really!) Why eating disorders can be not only debilitating, but actually career ending for service members How genetics play a huge role in the development of eating disorders Military body composition standards, and how they sometimes penalize people with more muscle mass and those that are actually more in shape Solutions that the military healthcare system could consider adopting to reduce the prevalence of eating disorders in the military Ways that we as a society can begin to better support our service members Mentioned in this episode: Uniformed Services University National Eating Disorders Association Healthy at Any Size Episode 7: “Speak Out: I’m Sharing My History with Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder in the Military in the Hopes that You’ll Speak Out, Too” Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
41 minutes | May 18, 2018
Straight / Curve with Jenny McQuaile
This episode features Jenny McQuaile, the Director / Producer / Lady Boss behind the film Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image, which is available to rent or buy on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo on Demand from May 18th. Imagine if a quarter of a million women, mothers and daughters gathered in homes around the world for a real talk about body positivity and invited the men and boys in their lives to be a part of this conversation. What kind of change would be possible if women and girls everywhere...loved themselves? That's our goal for Straight/Curve - 250,000 conversations - 250,000 women and girls ready to spread the message about body positivity. You can go to http://www.straightcurvefilm.com to find a link to get the film and to download the FREE House Party Screening Kit so you can have the sometimes tricky conversations about body image in the safety of your own home with your kids/sisters/friends/coworkers. The Kit comes with discussion questions and fun activities for all ages. The Straight/Curve House Party Project, in partnership with CoverGirl and the Geena Davis Institute, will launch on May 22nd with an event in NYC. There will be a panel of exciting body image experts and advocates broadcast LIVE on Facebook Live so everyone around the country can tune in and ask questions. Check out the website for more information on this event. Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media usingTwitter the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
34 minutes | May 11, 2018
Bonus Episode! How to Talk to Your Daughter About Weight with Dr. Jenny Conviser
Jenny H. Conviser, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Conviser is Certified in both Sport Psychology and Child and Family Therapy. She specializes in eating and weight-related disorders, couples therapy, sports psychology and women's' health. In this special Mother’s Day bonus episode, Dr. Conviser and I discuss the importance of self-care for moms, how to create an atmosphere at home that supports your child’s love of their body, and how to be an advocate for your child in pediatric medical settings, particularly when it comes to weight and size. I’ve had my own challenges with my newborn daughter’s weight, and after this discussion I feel so much better equipped to navigate her healthcare! I hope you all gain as much from the conversation as I did. Happy Mother’s Day! Key takeaways: The importance of self care for new moms How dieting can be detrimental to new mothers Why you might not want to keep a scale in the house How to be the best advocate for your child’s healthcare Ways you might be passing on your own body image issues to your child Mentioned in this episode: Unweighted Nation “Why Dieting is Making You More Unhealthy with Dr. Jenny Conviser” podcast episode Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
40 minutes | May 4, 2018
Becoming the Best Version of Yourself with Shainna Tucker
Shainna Tucker is the blogger babe behind A Thick Girl’s Closet. She started her blog in college, and it’s grown into a very successful venture where she’s gotten to work with many prominent brands, be featured in campaigns (including one with me!), and many other, tremendous opportunities as a blogger. Shainna is a tall, thick woman of color who’s made her peace with her looks over the years. She’s got such strong, inner confidence that is infectious to anyone who meets her! And she prides herself on taking great care of herself and showing her body love regardless of her size. Shainna is actively growing her brand on YouTube, making her health a bigger priority, and all around becoming the woman she wants to be. In this interview, we cover all that and more. There’s so much we can all learn from Shainna’s journey! Key takeaways: How Shainna got her start in the blogging world What it’s like to be thick, black, and a blogger! The kind of content that Shainna’s focused on putting out via YouTube How Shainna’s overcome bullying and low self-confidence to become who she is today How Shainna cultivates confidence for herself every day Why Shainna wears whatever she wants these days Mirror talk and other tools that Shainna uses on her journey to body confidence Why Shainna’s made it her personal mission to show young women how to love themselves Why self love is one of Shainna’s biggest priorities this year Shainna’s struggle with anxiety, and how she’s overcoming it Shainna’s fitness journey, her favorite ways to move her body, and how she’s sharing it on social media Why size isn’t the ultimate measure of your health or your worth Why you shouldn’t strive to have any other body but the beautiful one you have right now! Mentioned in this episode: Shainna’s Instagram Shainna’s YouTube Shainna’s Fitness Account Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
30 minutes | Apr 20, 2018
Growing up Curvy with Caralyn Mirand
Caralyn Mirand got her start in plus size modeling as a high school student when she was selected for Tyra Banks’ Fiercely Real Model Search. Although she didn’t win the competition, it got her in with an editor at Seventeen Magazine, which launched her as a professional plus size model. Since then, she’s worked with loads of clients in the fashion industry, gotten her college degree, and has launched a successful lifestyle blog. She’s preparing for her wedding in 2018 and is chronicling her journey on her blog and social media! Caralyn has literally grown up in the industry, and while she’s been growing her career she’s also stayed true to her upstate NY roots, her own sense of identity, and her sense of self-worth! It’s awesome to hear how she got to where she is today, what she’s working on, and how she’s taking care of herself! Caralyn shares many insights and tips we can all apply to our own experiences. Key takeaways: Caralyn’s beginnings in the modeling world What it’s like to be a college student and a working, traveling model Growing up confident in your own skin Seeing yourself on packaging in department stores How Caralyn’s career has morphed as the fashion industry has become more size inclusive What Caralyn’s learned about the importance of a properly-fitting bra! Why it’s hard to be on the cusp between plus size and straight size How Caralyn stays grounded when she gets negative feedback about her appearance from modeling clients The ways that Caralyn stays on top of her healthy living routine while traveling The importance of positive self talk Caralyn’s experience at the Glamour “Woman of the Year” summit Mentioned in this episode: Caralyn’s blog Caralyn’s Instagram Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
31 minutes | Apr 6, 2018
Every Body Deserves Love with Alexa Phelece
Alexa Phelece is a plus size model, fashion blogger, and body positivity influencer and the founder of Every Body Deserves Love (EBDL), a non-profit. Through her own journey to self love, Alexa came to understand the importance of self acceptance, self confidence, and self esteem in order to reach your full potential in life. Alexa began modeling in 2016, which helped her discover even more newfound confidence and self love. Now, she finds herself at the center of the body positive community. She works with brands like Torrid, Rainbeau Curves, and Forever 21. She pairs her work in modeling with her education in mental health psychology in order to encourage others to love themselves even more. Alexa has made loving her body and being the best version of herself her sole mission in life, and it’s beautiful to hear all the ways that she’s putting that into action. We can all use a little more body love in our lives, and Alexa is happy to serve that up! Key takeaways: Alexa’s start in the modeling world Every Body Deserves Love (EBDL), Alexa’s non-profit The many different aspects of the plus size modeling world that Alexa works in How to build a career as a new model How Alexa has built her self confidence over the years Alexa’s weight fluctuations and how she copes with weight gain and loss How to measure self love and the growth of self esteem The importance of learning how to love yourself, and the EBDL mission Alexa’s YouTube channel, Sugar Plus Spice Mentioned in this episode: Every Body Deserves Love Alexa’s Instagram Alexa’s YouTube channel, Sugar Plus Spice Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
51 minutes | Mar 23, 2018
Men Get Eating Disorders, Too with Ryan Sheldon
Ryan Sheldon is the blogger behind Confessions of a Binge Eater. He’s bravely and openly shared his experiences with binge eating disorder (BED) as he’s navigated recovery. His presence in the blogosphere is shining an important light on how men are affected by eating disorders, despite predominant stereotypes about eating disorder sufferers. In this interview, Ryan and I go deep on what binge eating disorder actually looks like. He really opens up about the day-to-day machinations of the disorder, what a binge episode looks like, and the ways in which it becomes difficult to function when you’re a highly progressed binge eater. BED is a pretty new disorder, relative to other eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia that we’ve been hearing about for years. And yet, BED is the most prominent eating disorder and it’s highly prevalent among men. Ryan’s bravery in opening up this dialogue is doing so much good for the ED community, and for all of us in opening our eyes to what this disease looks like! And his ability to rise above his past issues in recovery is an inspiration to us all. Key takeaways: Ryan’s experience with binge eating The stigma against men who share their experiences with eating disorders The ways in which Ryan’s binge eating was overlooked by healthcare providers for years The difference between being someone who likes food and a clinical binge eater The common misperception about what eating disorders look like. Specifically, higher weight and normal weight people suffer from eating disorders too! It’s not just skinny white chicks. Body dysmorphia and the role it’s played in Ryan’s own experience What binge eating disorder looks like, in terms of Ryan’s interactions with food The importance of mindfulness in the recovery process How harmful media stereotypes about our bodies and dieting can be in encouraging unhealthy, disordered behavior around food and weight control Why dieting and medical intervention aren’t the answer, and dealing with the mental and emotional drivers behind binge eating is Binge eating as an act of rebellion How to bring up tough conversations about self-harming with food with your loved ones Mentioned in this episode: DC NEDA Walk, March 25, 2018 Ryan’s blog, Confessions of a Binge Eater Ryan’s Instagram Ryan’s new YouTube project, Mr. Confessions Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
66 minutes | Mar 9, 2018
Why Dieting is the Problem, Not Binge Eating with Isabel Foxen Duke
Isabel Foxen Duke is a Certified Health Coach and Emotional Eating Expert. She helps women make peace with their bodies, so they can stop obsessing about food and get back to living awesome lives! In our interview, Isabel gives an amazing account of her own personal experience with disordered eating, an the downward spiral she went on before she was able to heal herself through intuitive eating. Isabel’s experience in the healthcare system, and therapeutic settings, speaks to some of the shortcomings that lead to many women suffering for much longer than they need to with self harm and mental illness related to weight management. Ultimately, Isabel’s story is incredibly empowering and inspiring, because she’s made her mess her message, and she’s applied her own experiences to becoming a coach who helps other women heal their own relationship with their bodies, food, and themselves. She drops so much wisdom and insight throughout this conversation that can help all of us take our relationships with our bodies to the next level! Key takeaways: Isabel’s own journey with disordered eating The ways that Isabel’s eating disorder flew under the radar of the healthcare system How food was controlling Isabel’s life for many years Why bingeing isn’t the start of the binge eating cycle...deprivation is! The fact that binge eating is a normal, healthy, biological reaction to deprivation, not your lack of discipline The importance of releasing your expectations around what your food and your body should look like in order to heal Isabel’s attempts to control her behavior around her food and how it backfired, every single time Isabel’s “rock bottom” moment with dieting and weight control The period of “allowing” that followed, and what it’s like to eat an entire jar of Nutella in a day! How food stopped being a big deal for Isabel, and what that translated to in terms of her body and her life today! Mentioned in this episode: DC NEDA Walk, March 25, 2018 Isabel’s website I AM.Creative Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch Geneen Roth Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
37 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
Coming Out Curvy with Jessica Torres
Jessica Torres is a body positive fashion blogger, beauty influencer, and reporter who is best known for her work with Revelist. She’s built a huge following, become a very recognizable face in our feeds, and built an amazing community around her celebration of her body, and her own standard of beauty and fashion. In this interview, Jessica and I discuss her own personal journey to become body positive. Like many plus size women, Jessica grew up hiding until she got to college when she was able to come out to the world as her curvy, confident self. Jessica stopped waiting for approval and decided to begin living her life authentically and fashionably, and sharing that with the world through her blog. When she started working at Revelist, the visibility of her work was launched to a whole new level. Now, she’s focused on staying grounded, keeping her sense of humor, and holding space for the days when, even as a very prominent body positive influencer, she may not love her body. It’s a great reminder for all of us that body positivity is a journey, not a destination. And that journey is very individual. We can all take a page from Jessica’s playbook! Key takeaways: Growing up “closeted” as a curvy woman “Coming out” curvy in college How Jessica got started as a blogger How Jessica uses humor to cope with the challenges of navigating the world as a curvy-bodied woman Why being a plus size blogger is about way more than fashion Mirror work and other practices Jessica uses to stay grounded in a culture that can make us obsessive about our appearances, especially as influencers! The importance of having a community of strong, body positive women to support us on our journeys How Jessica’s boldness in presenting her life, and speaking out about her experiences, has paid off big! Why it’s okay to not love your body every single day Mentioned in this episode: Jessica’s website Jessica’s work for Revelist Jessica’s Instagram Jessica’s YouTube channel Melinda’s Bathtub Moment Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
41 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
NYFW 2018 Warm Up with Sarah Chiwaya
Sarah Chiwaya (the blogger babe behind @curvily, CurvilyFashion.com) discovered the world of plus size blogging around the time of her wedding several years ago. She learned firsthand the power of representation, and fashion, to radically transform a woman’s sense of self-worth! Sarah has built her own blogging empire since then and has used her voice and her image to create powerful representation for curvy bodies in the fashion world. She also happens to be my fashion week spirit guide--I’ve literally bumped into her every time I’ve attended shows at NYFW, and she knows all the insider tips and tricks for getting on the lists for shows and establishing yourself as a fixture on that circuit. She also knows the progression of plus size representation within NYFW first hand, because she’s witnessed it at the shows she’s attended over the years. Sarah is a pioneer and she’s paving the way for women to fall her into the world of high fash-un for plus! Keep tabs on Sarah to get the best insider’s POV on upcoming NYFW 2018, starting February 8! Key takeaways: Bridal body drama How Sarah discovered the world of plus size blogging The power of representation “Thinspo” trolls and follower politics for plus size bloggers Sarah’s journey with body positivity and why being unremarkably remarkable is now a goal The progression of plus in NYFW over the past few years Chromat’s use of plus models in fashion week Fashion week hacks for those who want to get into the shows Why fashion insiders resist size inclusion, and the controversy over the term “plus” Sarah’s favorite exemplars of plus size brands delivering high-end fashion Why brands are running out of excuses not to be size inclusive Mentioned in this episode: Chromat Universal Standard All67 leather jackets Rachel Antonoff’s collaboration with Gwynnie Bee CurvilyFashion.com Sarah’s Instagram Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
45 minutes | Jan 26, 2018
Building a Plus Size Fashion Empire with Stylish Curves with Alissa Wilson
Alissa Wilson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Stylish Curves, and a certified O.G. of the plus size blogging world! She started from the bottom rung of the fashion editorial scene and has risen to be the creator of her own fashion media empire. And she’s just getting started! In the interview, we discuss Alissa’s rise to where she is today. She’s grown the site from a side hustle, passion project to a full-time gig! Along the way, she’s witnessed the transformation of the plus size fashion world over the past eight years. Alissa’s managed to carve out a unique niche within the industry, and bring a unique perspective to the growing conversation about plus size women in the fashion world. Alissa’s never been one to allow her size limit her experience. As she’s raised her voice in representing plus size women, she’s learned that there is strength in numbers when we rally together as plus size women. From navigating sponsor relationships, to putting outfits together, to swimming upstream on behalf of plus women within the fashion world, Alissa is a force to be reckoned with. And hearing from her is a great shot-in-the-arm of body positivity and confidence for women of all sizes, and all walks of life! Key takeaways: What inspired Alissa to start blogging Growing Stylish Curves from a side hustle to a full-time gig How Alissa has carved out a unique voice for Stylish Curves in the blogosphere The evolution of plus size fashion from 2009 to now Learning how strong you really are as an entrepreneur The reality of size and racial bias in the fashion industry Alissa’s vision for the future of Stylish Curves Alissa’s tips for anyone looking to get started as a blogger Mentioned in this episode: The Stylish Curves website Stylish Curves on Instagram Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter ￼ ￼Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
53 minutes | Jan 19, 2018
The Essential #healthyatanysize Reading List for 2018 with Keyaira Boone
Keyaira (Key) Boone is a freelance writer, blogger, and all around great human who also created thecletter.com. She’s set out to carve out a space for herself online where she can share authentically about who she is, what she loves, and the things that are important to her, inspiring us all in the process! Like so many of us, Key has always wanted to have a voice, and create a platform for herself, but she’s struggled with the idea of being an “influencer,” and commodifying her personality. This includes being authentic about having more than one source of income and having to “side hustle” to make ends meet as an aspiring media maven. Key is super well read, and I follow her book recommendations via Instagram religiously. When I shared on social media that I had been placed on modified bed rest earlier in my pregnancy, she reached out to offer me some book recommendations. We decided to share the list and our discussion about them with all of you! Along with that, we discuss just about everything from latte art to the importance of being a good community member. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy getting to know Key as much as I have! Key takeaways: thecletter.com Resisting the urge to commodify your personality in order to have a voice Keeping it real about you side hustle(s) Key’s recent piece in Allure magazine Key’s reaction to Kelly Augustine’s interview on the podcast Key’s book recommendations for the #healthyatanysize community in 2018 Key’s personal takeaways on each book Keeping it real on social media, pimples and all! Why being attractive is not the ultimate measure of your worth The importance of being active in your community, and Key’s magazine drive for local hospital patients Mentioned in this episode: Keyaira’s blog, thecletter.com Key’s Instagram Key’s piece in Allure magazine Kelly Augustine’s episode of the Healthy at Any Size podcast Track 5 Coffee and Key’s Turkey Latte The reading list Key put together for me and the rest of the #healthyatanysize community! Share the Body Love! Share what you learned here via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter ￼ ￼Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. I love hearing what you have to say! Post your own experiences, thoughts, and feedback to social media using the hashtag #healthyatanysize!
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