body positive

How ‘This Is Us’ Did Wrong By Plus Size Women With Kate’s Storyline

Sometimes I look at my 11-month-old daughter and I cannot help but think of all the people who once insisted that she would never exist. People who truly believed that getting pregnant when you're plus size is always dangerous, and often entirely…
By Marie Southard Ospina

A Body Project: Sarah Martindale On Her Joints

With award-winning photographer Substantia Jones of The Adipositivity Project and Manchester-based photographer Paddy McClave, Bustle presents A Body Project. A Body Project aims to shed light on the reality that "body positivity" is not a button…
By Marie Southard Ospina

What It's Really Like To Be Plus Size & Pregnant Like Kate On 'This Is Us'

When the hit television show I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant aired in 2009, I used to joke about how that would someday be me. As someone who spends a lot of time in their own head, and is subsequently pretty unobservant, I just figured I wouldn't…
By Marie Southard Ospina

This Former Investment Banker Is Making The Fashion Industry More Size-Inclusive

For the third year in a row, Bustle's Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Every teen girl dreams of finding the perfect…
By Ayana Lage

'Fattitude' Is The Documentary On Size Discrimination That Everyone Needs To See, Activist Or Not

Like it was for so many advocates of size acceptance, the premiere of the new documentary Fattitude has been on writer and plus size style blogger Alysse Dalessandro's mind for years. "I think as a society, we view the mistreatment of fat people as…
By Marie Southard Ospina

These Women Used Glitter To Embrace Their "Flaws" & The Results Will Leave You Speechless

Body positivity is centered in the belief that all bodies are good bodies. While the movement can have deeply personal meanings for everyone, at it's core, it's about inclusivity and self-love. These three women are showing what unapologetic body…
By Shea Simmons

I've Been Told That A Thin Woman Lives Inside Me. This Is What I Need Her To Know.

Hey you, my thin woman within. It's been a while, but don't worry. I have not forgotten your alleged existence. First let's establish who, exactly, you are. You're a figure I'd wager most people of size are acquainted with — even if they never…
By Marie Southard Ospina

This Body Image Documentary Is Starting New Conversations About Diversity In Media

Not long into the start of body image documentary Straight/Curve, we see a group of high school students flicking through glossy magazines. They are each asked to choose an image of "beauty," as defined by American culture: An image of the kind of…
By Marie Southard Ospina

The Reason Why Getty Images Is Banning Photos Of Digitally Slimmed Models Is Kind Of Surprising

Digital retouching of women’s bodies is so commonplace in our society — from ads, to editorials, to TV — that Getty Images' recent decision to ban photos of digitally slimmed models is actually revolutionary. Despite growing support of diverse body…
By Elizabeth Enochs

29 Plus Size Caftans That Can Easily Transition Into Your Fall Wardrobe

Bustle and Coveteur are working together to bring you the best mix of the season's fashion and beauty releases, shopping tips, and service stories in ways that are both inspirational, and attainable. Check The Fall Style Edit channel weekly to see…
By Marie Southard Ospina

Gabi Gregg Wants Plus Size Women To Embrace Their Sexuality In Her New Lingerie Collection

Scrolling through images of the Gabifresh x Playful Promises plus size lingerie collection, it's clear that these are pieces Premme co-founder and style blogger Gabi Gregg designed with outspoken, unapologetic sexiness in mind. The 11-item line is a…
By Marie Southard Ospina

How JIBRI Founder Jasmine Elder Created A Brand That Fills A Gap In The Plus Size Market

Although JIBRI designer Jasmine Elder wasn't exactly studying the lack of trendy, upmarket plus size goods on the market when starting her brand in 2009, she did know that she wasn't seeing the kind of clothing she wanted to wear. "I always made my…
By Marie Southard Ospina

This 'Dad Bod' Fanny Pack Is Equal Parts Creepy & Offensive

This year has seen its fair share of unfortunate trends, but nothing is more cringeworthy that co-opting bodies for questionable fashion. Regrettably, the trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere, thanks an the equal parts creepy and offensive "dad…
By Shea Simmons

This Instagrammer Is Reclaiming The Toxic "Before & After" Picture Narrative

Picture the typical before and after photo. Usually, on the left stands someone in a bikini. On the right is that same person in the same bikini, but this time, they're thinner and more muscular. The implication, of course, is that the progression…
By Claire Warner

45 Plus Size Minimal Jumpsuits For The Most Effortlessly Perfect Fall Look

Bustle and Coveteur are working together to bring you the best mix of the season's fashion and beauty releases, shopping tips, and service stories in ways that are both inspirational, and attainable. Check The Fall Style Edit channel weekly to see…
By Marie Southard Ospina

This Designer Is Bringing Customizable Plus Size Leather Jackets To The Market

A couple of years ago, Jeff Cafone picked up his grandmother's old sewing machine from the 1950s. Having recently decided to eschew a career in music, he found himself in need of a new creative outlet. Sewing, he figured, was a hobby he could carry…
By Marie Southard Ospina

How I Instagram At 27 Is So Different Than I Did At 22, & That’s A Good Thing

I don't know about you, but my twenties have been a freaking ride so far. At 22, I was living with my now-ex boyfriend, working in retail, and earning a bachelor's degree in English. I’d only left the United States once, and I’d never lived outside…
By Elizabeth Enochs

Forever 21 Launched A Size-Inclusive Denim Line Designed To Celebrate Women's Bodies

Denim shopping is like trying to find the perfect glass slipper to fit into. Wouldn't it be awesome if the pants formed to fit you instead? Well, the fashion world is getting closer, and a favorite fast fashion brand is getting in on the size…
By Kali Borovic

Hello, I Am An Epidemic. Nice To Meet You.

Hello there. Thanks for stopping by. Before we do anything else, I'd advise that you don't get too close, as I may be contagious. Today, you could be innocently sitting here talking to me about whether Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen should get it…
By Marie Southard Ospina

13 Amazing Tweets About The "Curvy Wife" Guy Controversy

If you've been on Twitter at all in the past week, you're probably still reeling from the whiplash of watching Robbie Tripp go from rising relationship star to one of the most roasted men on the internet. After posting a picture of him and his wife,…
By Madeleine Aggeler