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Fans and the media come to Melissa McCarthy’s defense

“Not again,” I thought to myself when I flipped on the TV to ABC News and heard the teaser for a story on actress Melissa McCarthy (Identify Thief, Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly):

Size matters? The red hot controversy tonight. The actress that makes so many of us laugh and the critic making so many of us steaming mad.

I didn’t even want to think about what hateful ugly things were being said about this beautiful and talented actress because of her size. I didn’t even wait for the story to come up–I grabbed my phone and pulled up Google News to see the headline for the USA Today story, “Melissa McCarthy trashed in scathing review.”  I clicked right on it, expecting the typical–happy, successful fat people are bad health role models and should be chastised, or the like–but what I found was a defense of Melissa McCarthy against a vile and vicious attack from reviewer Rex Reed (I won’t dignify his remarks by repeating them. Click on any the USA Today link to get the full details). [Read more →]

February 9, 2013   No Comments

News Anchor Fights Back Against Criticism About Weight

A big curvy shout out to Jennifer Livingston, the Wisconsin news anchor who took to the air to respond to a viewer’s criticism about her weight, claiming, “Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain.”  (Article and video here.) [Read more →]

October 3, 2012   No Comments

LA Curvy Girls–TV Show Opportunity–Must reply by Monday, Sept. 23

For curvy girls in the LA area: a nationally syndicated TV show is looking for a teen who wants to sing who will get a makeover and confidence boost, and a curvy women who will get a makeover. Show tapes Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2012. Email me at info @ for show contact.

September 23, 2012   No Comments

Loving your body, even when you don’t

I love this article by yoga teacher Bethany Eanes, “I Love Yoga, But It Didn’t Help Me Love My Body.” I think that she expresses a common experience of those who are “supposed” to love their bodies–sometimes we don’t. Sometimes, we just aren’t feeling that great about your body. And because we are advocating body love, the subsequent feeling is guilt–feeling guilty for not feeling body love.

Here’s an excerpt from the article that I think captures this issue perfectly:

Here’s the good news: If you don’t fully embrace your body, you are not a failure. You are normal. Body image is extremely complicated on a psychological, emotional and very personal level. There are factors at play every day that can make you feel great in your body or, especially as a woman and especially on certain days of the month, really terrible in your body.  [Read more →]

August 28, 2012   No Comments

7 ways to Beat Body Image Issues in Business

Negative body image can hold us back in big ways in our careers. I’ve spent the past 4 years working with women entrepreneurs, and it’s amazing how body image issues can arise related to launching and growing a business.

It is not uncommon for women to avoid being photographed or video recorded, avoid making presentations, meeting new people, attending networking or other business development events, because of a negative self-perception. Even more disturbing, there are those who will delay even starting a business until they “lose some weight.”

Here are 7 ways I’ve used with myself and my clients to beat body image issues in business.  [Read more →]

May 29, 2012   2 Comments

Jen Davis – Using Self-Portraiture to Explore Body Image

Great article in the New York Times on Jen Davis, a plus-size artist exploring her relationship with body and body image through self-portraiture.

The article has samples of her work, or you can see her work on her website, Jen Davis Photography.

April 26, 2012   No Comments

How good hair helps my business

Body image meets entrepreneurship

Here’s a short video on the connection between body image and business, or how a good hair day can translate into a good business day.

February 15, 2012   1 Comment

Unleash Your Curvy Diva for Business Success


Visit our new page, The Curvy Entrepreneur, for resources on combining self-acceptance and positive body image with business success.  Join our mailing list and receive the free download 5 Steps to Unleash Your Curvy Diva.

February 8, 2012   No Comments

Sexy Lingerie for the Holidays

Hips and Curves - Red and Black Tapestry Corset - $49; Lace Trim Bustle - $35 ; 11" Shaper Skirt With Garters - $39; Opera Length Stretch Gloves - $16; Satin Pop-Up Hat - $20


Maybe it’s the long, cold nights, maybe it’s snuggling up by the fire, but there’s something about the holidays that puts me in the mood for frilly, sexy lingerie. Hips and Curves is one of my favorite online sources of lingerie, and they’ve got something there for both the naughty and the nice.

The outfit above is currently on my wish list.  My favorite part is the Lace Trim Bustle–seems like it could go with a lot of outfits. Most items at Hips and Curves are available up to size 24, with many items available up to size 28.

I’d love to hear about any sources you’ve found for cute, sexy plus-size lingerie.



December 15, 2011   1 Comment

“Ruby” Not Renewed by Style for Fifth Season

I just saw this on

The Style network has confirmed to that it has “no plans” to order a fifth season of the reality show, which chronicled the weight-loss trials of charismatic Savannah resident Ruby Gettinger….

The network released the following statement: “We thank Ruby for sharing her inspirational journey with the Style viewers, and we look forward to her serving as a ‘Fight with Style’ Ambassador in the fight against obesity.”

Ruby is rallying the fans on her Facebook page

So, while it looks like Ruby will remain in the public eye, she won’t be a regular on Style. I enjoyed the first few seasons, as the show chronicled a very large woman with a full and active life. I wasn’t as thrilled with this last season–it just didn’t resonate with me as much. However, I would have tuned in for a season 5.

Any thoughts on the end of this show?



December 14, 2011   3 Comments

Congratulations to our Playtex 18 Hour Bra winners!

Thanks to all who participated in our Playtex 18 Hour Bra giveaway. The winners have been notified by email and will be contacted directly by Playtex to receive their bras.

I’ll wrap this up with another cute Playtex video:

August 29, 2011   No Comments

Playtex 18 Hour Bra Giveway–15 Readers To Win

Playtex 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support (4745)

As I mentioned in my earlier review of the Playtex 18 Hour Bra line, Playtex and ALL YOU Magazine have partnered with The Curvy Life to offer 15 readers the chance to win her own Playtex 18 Hour Bra. In my test drive of two styles, the Ultimate Lift and Support (4745) and the Seamless Smoothing (4049), I was impressed with the amount of support provided by a wireless bra as well as the incredible fit and comfort of the straps.

How it works:

  • 15 Curvy Life readers (one per person) will receive an 18-Hour Bra in the winner’s size (sizes 36B to 46DDD in most styles).
  • See styles at
  • Contest open to US Residents 18 years of age or older (sorry to my international and junior readers).

How to enter:

  • Complete the entry form at this link. Only one entry per person.
  • All entries must include Name, Address, Email and bra size (visit Playtex to determine your size).
  • Registration will be open until midnight (EDT) August 28, 2011.
  • Winners will be selected at random.
  • Contact information for the winners will be provided to the contest sponsors, Playtex and ALL YOU,  and the sponsors will coordinate receipt of the bra.
  • Winners will be contacted by email.

Fine print:

This giveaway is sponsored by Playtex and ALL YOU.  Winners’ contact information will be provided to the sponsors, and prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsors. Contest open to US RESIDENTS only. Winners must be at least 18 years old at time of entry to qualify. Only one winning entry per person. Void where prohibited by law.

Winners selected through random number generation at


Contest Closed

About the sponsors:

The 18 Hour bra provides full coverage for long days.  This bra is for the woman juggling a busy schedule and looking for a bra that won’t budge, slip, or create discomfort.  It features moisture-wicking fabric for breathability, a soft underband to reduce chafing, and wirefree cups.  Visit:


ALL YOU is geared to the value-driven woman, published by Time Inc. and sold on newsstands at Walmart stores nationwide and by subscription.  One of the hallmarks of the brand is their connection with real women and their celebration of women of all shapes and sizes.  Visit  for money-saving recipes,ideas and coupons that help you create your weekly shopping list.Plus a Daily Free Sample!


August 13, 2011   7 Comments

My Playtex 18 Hour Bra Review and Giveaway

Playtex and ALL YOU magazine reached out to a group of bloggers to test drive bras from the Playtex 18 Hour collection, and to sponsor a giveaway of the bra line for their readers. I was very excited to have the chance to participate, not only to try out the Playtex 18 Hour line (which I’ve never tried) but also because I can offer you, the readers of this blog, a chance to try the brand as well. (If you want to skip the review and go straight to the contest: details and entry here.) [Contest now closed.]

While I’ve been a great fan of the Playtex commercials, as witty commentary and as one of the few brands that highlights curvy women in ads, I had never tried any bra from Playtex. Admittedly, I’m a bit of bra snob (see my post on my $200 bra as an example), but on a more practical level, I’ve never found a bra without an underwire that I really felt gave me adequate support.

The claim to fame on the 18 Hour line is wirefree support and comfort cushioned straps for all-day wear, so I was very curious to see if these bras really delivered.

I’ve been wearing either the 18 Hour Ultimate Lift and Support (4745) or the 18 Hour Seamless Smoothing (4049). I’ve been impressed with both bras, but my favorite of the two is the Ultimate Lift and Support. I decided to do a ” blind” test drive of the bras, without reading about the specifics of the bras. When I put on the Ultimate Lift and Support, I immediately noticed just that, lift and support, and thought to myself,” This is the most lift I’ve ever gotten from a wireless bra.”

The current commercials for the 18 Hour line focuses on the comfort straps, and I’ve got to say, they’ve nailed the straps. I’ve always had strap slippage issues (I’d rather have a loose strap than a strap that digs), and the straps on both models are amazingly comfortable and didn’t budge a millimeter. I can say, without hyperbole, that this may be the best strap design ever.

For extended wear, both bras were comfortable, and the Cool Dri fabric did a good job of reducing moisture on these 95-deg+ Atlanta summer days (not bone dry, but not dripping wet, either). The Ultimate Lift and Support gave more support (as might be expected) than the Seamless Smoothing, but both wore well.

Thus, I can definitely recommend the Playtex 18 Hour line when you are looking for all-day comfort with support. I’ve attached some specfics about the bras I tried below, but you can see the entire Playtex line at

So, how do YOU get to try a bra from the 18 Hour line? Visit this post for contest details and to enter. Registration ends August 28, 2011. [Contest now closed.]


Style 4745: Ultimate Lift and Support

Provides the girls with extra support and lift; cushioned straps alleviate dig-in


Style 4049: Seamless Support

Moisture management cups; smoothes back and side bulges! Cushioned, no-slip straps prevent dig-in.


Contest Details and Entry Here

About the Giveaway Sponsors:

The 18 Hour bra provides full coverage for long days.  This bra is for the woman juggling a busy schedule and looking for a bra that won’t budge, slip, or create discomfort.  It features moisture-wicking fabric for breathability, a soft underband to reduce chafing, and wirefree cups.  Visit:


ALL YOU is geared to the value-driven woman, published by Time Inc. and sold on newsstands at Walmart stores nationwide and by subscription.  One of the hallmarks of the brand is their connection with real women and their celebration of women of all shapes and sizes.  Visit  for money-saving recipes,ideas and coupons that help you create your weekly shopping list.Plus a Daily Free Sample!

August 13, 2011   5 Comments

Be Careful! Curves Ahead. Vogue Italia June 2011: “Plus-Size” Edition

Published: June 2011 Steven Meisel - Photographer

Friend of the Curvy Life, and blogger extraordinaire, Atiya King, of the blog Secrets, Lies and Margaritas, sent me these great shots from the current issue of Vogue Italia, and hipped me to a website that I hadn’t heard about: Vogue Curvy. I asked her to share her take on these images and the Vogue Curvy site.

Atiya writes:

Let’s face it. The fashion industry has no idea what sexy is. They seem to be under the impression that sexy is young, 6 feet tall, blondes, with bodies like teen boys. I know. I know. It takes them awhile to catch up to those of us in the real world. See, in the real world, we know that sexy is more than that. Sexy is quirky. Sexy is smart. Sexy is ambitious, and sometimes, sexy is a whole lotta woman!

Published: June 2011 Steven Meisel - Photographer

Vogue Italia has stepped up their game. Their glossy, black and white, June 2011 cover features sexy, plus-size models Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley. This is what most women look like. Soft, voluptuous and hot! We need to see more of this. Actually, we want to see more of this.

Published: June 2011 Steven Meisel - Photographer


A curvaceous beauty hasn’t graced the cover of Vogue since Sophie Dahl’s spread in April 2000. Clearly, it’s been too long. So, I’d like to thank Vogue Itlaia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani for having the courage to put these beautiful, buxom women on the cover. Hopefully, one day, this will not be such a novelty issue.

Until then, check out Vogue Curvy for more pictures of this sexy issue.

June 27, 2011   1 Comment

ASDAH Educational Conference 2011 in San Francisco

Our curvy friend, Jeanette DePatie, AKA “The Fat Chick,” author of The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that’s Fun and Feasible for Folks of all Ages, Sizes, Shapes and Abilities) gave us the heads up about a great event in San Francisco in August. Early bird ticket sales end this Friday, so make sure you check it out now.

Here’s the info:

The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), is hosting a two day educational summer conference, No BODY Left Behind – The Health at Every Size or HAES Model: Ensuring an Inclusive Approach to Health & Wellness, at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, in San Francisco, August 12 through August 14, 2011.

The conference will focus on the HAES approach to health – intuitive eating and pleasurable physical activity rather than dieting and weight loss. Panels throughout the day will address specific challenges to the HAES model in healthcare including, weight bias and discrimination, the need for HAES education for medical students, the need to unify the HAES and ED communities and avoiding healthism.

The ASDAH community is committed to promote education, research, and the provision of services which enhance health and well-being, and which are free from weight-based assumptions and weight discrimination. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet highly qualified healthcare professionals in a dynamic and interactive format to address the need for competent and compassionate healthcare for people of all shapes and sizes.

View the conference schedule here.

Register by June 25 at to receive the early bird rate of $30 off the conference rate. ASDAH have negotiated a terrific room rate of only $99 at the luxurious Sofitel in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Don’t miss out!

June 22, 2011   No Comments