Marie Southard Ospina
http://www.miggmag.com/
Marie (otherwise known as Miggle) is a freelance writer and fat acceptance activist. Her loves include: Writing about plus-size fashion and body politics, watching a lot of sci-fi, and listening to ungodly amounts of folk music. When she's not lingering on Bustle, she's probably working on her blog, trying to write her first collection of essays (because #Millennials), or experiencing a rage cycle about Breaking Bad no longer being in her life. As seen discussing body image on Good Morning America and StyleLikeU, with writings on Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and Volup2.

Latest Articles

Roxane Gay's "Hunger" Is A Different Kind Of Success Story

"I try not to be prescriptive in how readers approach my work," author and scholar Roxane Gay tells Bustle in an interview. "But I do hope people walk away from this book with a greater understanding ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why Cersei Lannister Will Never Be My Feminist Icon

In the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, Cersei Lannister sat upon the Iron Throne — and it was one of the most horrifying scenes of television I've ever watched. It wasn't brutal in the head-popping, ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Scarlett Bacchus-O'Callaghan On Her Legs

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project and Manchester-based photographer Paddy McClave, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

How Bralettes Helped Me Love My Big, Saggy Boobs

For much of my life, I rarely saw breasts like mine. After a few hours of flipping through glossy mags or watching my favorite teen dramas like Smallville or The O.C., adolescent me walked away convi...
By Marie Southard Ospina

This Collection Breaks Tons Of Plus Size Fashion Rules

Scrolling through images of Bethany Rutter's plus size clothing collection, Arched Eyebrow x navabi, may call to mind another image: that of the color wheel. You know, the good, old fashioned diagram ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Cynthia Rodriguez On Her Chin(s)

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project and Manchester-based photographer Paddy McClave, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

I Don't Feel Fat Some Days, I Feel Fat Every Day

As I made my way to the bathroom this morning, I caught my reflection in the hallway mirror. Two chins stared back at me at eye level. A couple of feet below them, a soft, overhanging belly lay nestle...
By Marie Southard Ospina

This Mother-Daughter's Style Book Is A Manifesto For Living Boldly

In 2009, Elisa Goodkind and her daughter Lily Mandelbaum were feeling equally disenchanted by mainstream fashion. Elisa, a former stylist, had seen a once-rebellious industry grow, to her eyes, toxic,...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Pipa Riggs On Her Eyes

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project and Manchester-based photographer Paddy McClave, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why Masculine & Androgynous Fashion Empowers These +Size Babes

Hyper-femininity is a recurring theme within the wardrobes of many plus size women. Often, the babes in question genuinely prefer classically feminine wears (which is totally cool, of course). But for...
By Marie Southard Ospina

15 Fat Babes Share Their Favorite Rules To Break

In an era when size acceptance activism is (thankfully) more available on the internet, it's not uncommon to come across lists that champion plus size "rules" to consider breaking. For too long, fat b...
By Marie Southard Ospina

The #MorePlusPlease Project Proves That +Size Women Look Fierce In Fashion Mags

Open up the web page for plus size brand navabi's #MorePlusPlease project and you'll be greeted with an image of plus size lifestyle blogger Chloe Pierre on the cover of Wonderland Magazine. She is we...
By Marie Southard Ospina

This Brand Lets You Swap Clothes If You Lose Or Gain Weight

On April 17, plus size brand Universal Standard introduced Universal Fit Liberty (UFL), a program that will allow its customers to swap out an item of clothing for a larger or smaller size within one ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why I Love Eating In Public

I love food. I'm not supposed to say this because I'm fat, but give me some Vosges bacon chocolate, a classic cheeseburger on a bun (no pickles), or some Cajun chicken pasta with mushrooms and red pep...
By Marie Southard Ospina

'Girls' Sex Scenes Took Risks, But We Still Have A Long Way To Go

When it first premiered in Spring 2012, Girls provided some of the first primetime sex scenes to feature a nude woman whose body was not the perfect picture of aspirational beauty. In her "imperfectio...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Bethany Rutter On Her Belly

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project and Manchester-based photographer Paddy McClave, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

This Plus Size Lingerie Show Made More Than One Political Statement

On the stage of Unmentionable: A Lingerie Exposition in Portland, Oregon in February 2016 stood seven plus size women wearing Chubby Cartwheels lingerie. They each walked the runway in luscious velvet...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Isha Reid On Her Face

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project and Manchester-based photographer Paddy McClave, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

You Have Fat Characters On Your Show. Now Do More.

When promos for NBC's original series This Is Us began airing in late 2016, I couldn't help but feel incredibly optimistic about Chrissy Metz's role as Kate. A total rarity, she was a visibly plus siz...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Natalie Deltonya's Middle

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project and Manchester-based photographer Paddy McClave, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Jacob In 'Beasts' Is A New Kind Of Fat Sidekick

When Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them's Jacob Kowalski first appears onscreen, I feel myself tense up. It's rare to see a fat protagonist in film and television, let alone in a major blockbuste...
By Marie Southard Ospina

An Open Letter To The Word Flattering

To The Word Flattering, I was 11 when you came into my life. A pre-pubescent tomboy more interested in comic books than Barbies, my older brother told me that my sweatpants and baggy Billabong T-shirt...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Where To Shop Plus Size Clothes In Sizes 3X & More

Many folks love to wax lyrical about how far plus size fashion has come in recent years, and in many ways, it has. But if you've found yourself wondering where to buy plus size clothes above a 3X as o...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Online Friendships With Fat Women Saved My Life

The first time I emailed Ragini Nag Rao, I felt like a fangirl. Butterflies invaded my stomach as I tried to find the words to tell the plus size blogger how much her posts had touched me: Posts about...
By Marie Southard Ospina

17 Women Who Want To See Sizes 28+ In Ad Campaigns

The day Vogue Italia released a cover featuring three plus size models is one I still remember vividly. The June 2011 issue brought Candice Huffine, Tara Lynn, and Robyn Lawley to the forefront. They ...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Jonquel Norwood On Her Stomach

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on the reality that "body positivity" is not a butt...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Where To Buy Plus Size Knee High Socks

When Gossip Girl was first released in 2007, it felt as though young women the world over became obsessed with preppy style overnight. Blair Waldorf was queen, and her throne was made of headbands, pe...
By Marie Southard Ospina

7 Women On Why They Embrace Their VBOs

Many people are taught about the "right" kinds of body fat and the "wrong" kinds of body fat from pretty early on. Existing at the top of the hierarchy of "acceptable" fat would probably be big boobs,...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Trump Supporters: We Don't Have To Be FB Friends

Like millions of people across the country, and undoubtedly the world, I have spent the last 24-plus hours feeling afraid, then angry, and then afraid again. That Donald Trump is president-elect of th...
By Marie Southard Ospina

These Curvy Disney Princesses Defy Stereotypes

"The Disney princesses basically embody the American dream, to the 10th power," body positive illustrator Jonquel Norwood tells Bustle in an interview. "If you can wish upon a star and you’re a good p...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why I Glorify Obesity

On an autumnal morning in 2013, a stranger emailed me. The subject line of her message succinctly read: "A Note About Your Work." Only a few months into plus size fashion and lifestyle blogging, I bli...
By Marie Southard Ospina

37 Plus Size Suede Gems For Transitional Weather

It can be easy to lament the passing of summer as you find yourself exchanging slip dresses and fruity cocktails for baggy coats and lukewarm mulled wine. In such moments of deflation, however, plus s...
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: André St. Clair On Her Penis

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project, Bustle is launching A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on the reality that "body positivity" is not a butt...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Viola Is A Much Needed Addition To +Fashion

Not all plus size bodies are created equally. And with the dawn of ELOQUII's Viola Capsule Collection, a 26-item line exclusively designed for babes who are one-to-two sizes larger at the hips than at...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Reasons Your +Size Body Looks Fab In That Costume

According to the gospel of Mean Girls, "Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." The same should be true when considerin...
By Marie Southard Ospina

How Embracing My Fat Has Helped Me In The Bedroom

I have few vivid memories from high school — I often prefer to block out those allegedly formative years — but one of the clearest is of a friend and I discussing what it would be like to be fat in th...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why Donald Trump's Fat Shaming Is Worth A Convo

Throughout this presidential race, Donald Trump has made very clear those types of bodies he believes are deserving of respect, and those that are deserving of contempt. During Tuesday night's vice pr...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Where To Buy Plus Size Tights For Fall

Most autumn lovers know that the months between December and the following September are just a countdown: A ticking time bomb to the return of the greatest season known to mankind. If you're plus siz...
By Marie Southard Ospina

35 Plus Size Babes Rocking Fall 2016 Trends

When it comes to fashion rules for fat women, the world is largely still hung up on "maybe when you lose the weight." As a result, "trends" can be a sensitive subject for a lot of full-figured babes —...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why This Fat Positive Coloring Book Is A Must-Have

I'm coloring in an image of Stacey, an alternative, fat WOC whose blue hair and green lipstick have mentally and sartorially inspired me on more than one occasion. When I get to her midsection, my han...
By Marie Southard Ospina