Fatshion: Living that Crop Top Life
Hi friends! I’m so excited to share these amazing photos that one of my partners, Mayra Cortez, took of me. She’s this great photographer living in Los Angeles. She’s self-taught which is just so inspiring. Plus, I’m wearing a crop top which is challenging me to step out of the box with my fashion. Dia&Co challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. They’re a plus size clothing brand that’s all about confidence!
I’ve always been fat but I’ve gained some weight recently which has led me to second-guess how I wear my clothes. Things that used to fit don’t or fit in different ways meaning I have to wear them differently. This transition is interesting but I’m rolling with it. I mean, I have no choice. Well, I shouldn’t say that. I could be dealing with it in a much different way but I am feeling ok. I’m still into my body and treating it as kindly as I can and I think that’s what’s important.
Plus my body positive journey has taught me a lot about changes in my body. So has my recovery from my eating disorder. With each change, it’s easier for me to feel confident in my body no matter what it looks like or how much I weigh. I am incredibly grateful to the fat activism community, my body positive fat friends, and those that helped me with my recovery. It’s been a journey for sure! 😉
Confidence to me is more than just body confidence (although that can be a big part of it). Confidence means to be into your brains, your beauty, your body, your insight, your intelligence, the whole package basically. When we stop putting so much importance on our looks, it becomes easier to fall in love with yourself. Because we are more than just how we look.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a style blogger – a big part of what I write about and show you is how I look. I know how we look can be important – especially when you live in a such a looks-driven place like Los Angeles. Plus it can feel good to look nice. I know I felt good and confident when Mayra was taking photos of me. Part of that is because I feel safe with her but another part is I was digging what I was wearing. I don’t have all the answers but I do believe that it’s possible to fall in love with yourself and glow with confidence no matter what your size is. Sometimes it’s just harder for some people than others. I could talk forever about this, especially how it intersects with class, race, ability, and just variances in plus size bodies but I’ll leave you with that.
A photo of me and Mayra! Like I mentioned, she’s this great photographer. She has this wonderful style, is innovative, and likes to take risks and do fun and interesting things with her photos. If you’re interested in working with her, send her a message on Instagram. She deserves the love and support!
Black wide-brim hat: Wet Seal
Vintage style glasses: Firmoo
Black strappy crop top: Forever 21+
Black striped button-down skirt: Forever 21+
Black flats: Ross