When you are in a place where you want to look your best, you will find that there are plenty of styles out there that will celebrate your body shape rather than attempt to conceal it! If you are someone who shops in the plus sized stores, you will find that there are far too many styles that will try to conceal your body, but the truth of the matter is that no matter what shape you are, there are definitely styles that can flatter you and make you look great, just as you are. When you are getting ready to go shopping, whip out those coupons and keep a few of these tips in mind.

Get a good bra

When you get into the plus sizes, you will find that getting a well-fitted bra can be difficult. This is unfortunate, as having a good bra can really help your posture and improve the way that clothing hangs on you! Considering going to a specialty bra shop if necessary, but make sure that you have a bra that is both comfortable and supportive. This means getting a bra where you are not spilling out of your cups, where the strap lays comfortably around your body and where the support is not slung over your shoulders! These bras can be expensive, so keep an eye out for great sales and coupons.

Look for a good fit.

Remember that just because an outfit has been scaled up does not mean that it is perfect for you. The issue with a lot of plus size clothing is that it has been enlarged without any regard to the shape of the person who will be wearing it. Be patient and search out clothes that really suit you. Stay away from things hang on you like a bag and make sure that anything that you chose does have good space for your hips, your breasts and your stomach. Finding clothing like this can be challenge, so keep an eye out and don't hesitate to try on several different sizes of the same top.

Great colors

Remember that when you are thinking about fashion that you should think about color. If you are plus sized, too often you are told that you should stick to dark colors or worse yet, that vertical stripes are the only thing that you should wear. The truth of the matter is that there is a lot more out there than just dark colors. Consider jewel tones or pastels if that is what suits you, and make sure that you take the time to figure out what colors look great together.


When you want to clothes that look great on you, choose features that you love. Do you want a cute and sassy look with a low neckline, or do you feel like showing off curvy hips? Choosing clothes to emphasize rather than hide is quite important!

When you get ready to go shopping, go with determination and don't come back until you find something that really suits. Keep in mind that there are now lots of online boutiques that serve people of all body types, and finding great coupons is a great way to look terrific!

There are a lot of great deals for plus size apparel. Gross profits in the plus size clothing industry have been estimated to be $50 billion annually. Shopping today for plus size apparel is better than ever. There is an increasing number of retailers who offer a lot of clothing styles and options. Here are some ideas on how to get the best deals in the market.

1. Decide exactly which pieces you need and then make a list. If you are try to get more for your money, then using a list would certainly make it a lot easier to buy only the pieces which are necessary.

2. Try to buy your clothes for next year during the end of the season. This is because the retail seasons usually end around 6 to 8 weeks before the end of the calendar season. That way you would be able to save more since retailers usually have sales as the season ends. Items would usually be on clearance sale, making you save up to 90 percent from the original price.

3. There are a lot of great deals for plus size clothing, which are available at thrift shops in your neighborhood. You might want to visit such stores frequently since a lot of new items are regularly added to their inventory. You might be able to score yourself some great pieces at low prices.

4. You could also find good plus size clothing, which have been slightly used at consignment shops. They usually have fabulous deals for fabulous plus size clothes.

5. Try to visit outlet malls and online stores. These two places could both offer discounts for clothes for full-figured women.

The Pin Up Girl

Before we talk about the curvy, swervy, plus-size-bikini-clad Hilda, the stage is going to be set with a little history of the pin up girl. I'll take you back in time now, with a short story about a few of the most talented and popular Pin Up illustrators in American history.

Earl Christy, (1883-1961)
We'll begin with the prolific Earl Christy, who's porcelain-doll-like illustrations appeared on everything from Hollywood magazine covers and commercial advertisements to sheet music and postcards. His work can be found going back as early as 1906. His movie posters and covers he painted for "Photoplay" and other Hollywood magazines are now valuable collector items.

Earl Moran (1893-1984)
Earl Moran's artistic genius appeared on everything from Sears and Roebuck catalogs to Life magazine and millions of Brown and Bigelow Calendars. How he's remembered most is through his pin ups. Moran's stunningly rendered pastel "visions" offer more situational variety than any other major illustrator. Of his most enduring legacies are his 1940s paintings of a breathtaking young model named Norma Jean Baker. He painted more images of her than any other artist.

Rolf Armstrong (1889-1960)
Rolf Armstrong was another famous Brown and Bigelow calendar artist. After arriving home from a trip to France in 1919, he opened a studio in Greenwich Village where he painted the Ziegfeld Folly girls. Later, while in Hollywood, all the great stars of the era posed for him. Popular actresses like Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn were all painted by him. He even talked Boris Karloff into posing for him on the set of the original "Frankenstein".

He refused to work from photographs and was always on the quest for the perfect model. When asked why he preferred a live model over a photograph, he said, "I want the living person in front of me. As I look at her again and again and again while I work, I get a thousand fresh, vivid impressions... all the glow, exuberance, and spontaneous joy that leaps from a young and happy heart."

Armstrong's pastel pin ups of his idealized, scantily clad,"girl next door" have a distinctive, luminous and shimmering quality to them. His paintings of healthy, nubile young women are some of the most memorable of all the famous illustrators. He was truly a man of rarefied talent.

George Petty (1894-1975)
The Pin Up finally exploded into the popular culture with Esquire Magazine's introduction of s"Petty Girl" in 1933. Slender, flirtatious and extremely shapely, the Petty Girl became an American institution, capturing our hearts and minds for more than twenty years. From 1933 to 1956, her images were seen in tens of millions of places; every where from magazines and billboards to playing cards and match books, even aircraft "nose art" in WWII. In 1950, she was made into a movie starring Robert Cummings and Elsa Lanchester.

Gil Elvgren (1914-1980)
No pin up gallery is complete without displaying the breathtaking talent of Gil Elvgren. His enchanting, dreamy renderings of the nubile female form cannot be eclipsed in genius by any other artist. He was sublimely talented! A student of the Minneapolis Art Institute, he liked to paint girls who were new to the modeling business. He believed the ideal pin up was a girl with
a fifteen year old face on a twenty year old body, so he combined the two. During the forty two years spanning 1930-1972, he produced over five hundred paintings of beautiful young women, nearly all painted on oil and canvas. Today, his fully developed, finished works of art are second only in value to the paintings of Alberto Vargas.

Alberto Vargas (1896-1982)
The most prolific and famous glamor illustrator of all time is Alberto Vargas. The son of Max Vargas, a famous and talented photographer in his own right, Alberto learned to airbrush from his father before he was a teen. Most don't realize he was actually born in Peru, and didn't come to the US until 1916. He arrived on Ellis Island via Europe, where he had been since 1911. While there, he had studied in both Geneva and Zurich, and by the time had made his way here, he was already a gifted talent coming into bloom. Within three years he had hung his own shingle and was painting store fronts and window displays for New York City merchants.

One warm afternoon in May 1916, while painting a window display for a downtown merchant, he was approached by a employee of the Ziegfeld Follies and asked to show his work to the great Ziegfeld himself. Within forty eight hours, he was commissioned to paint 12 portraits of the leading stars of the 1919 season of the Ziegfeld Follies. They were for the lobby of the New Amsterdam Theatre.

From that first commission on, Alberto Vargas was an artist in high demand.

He painted every major star of the Ziegfeld Follies and later major Hollywood stars like Betty Grable, Jane Russell, Ann Sheridan, Ava Gardner Linda Darnell, Marlene Dietrich, Loretta Young, and even Marilyn Monroe all posed for him.

In 1940 he replaced the great George Petty at Esquire magazine and by 1945 was the most famous glamor illustrator in the world.

Baby boomers all know him as the creator of Playboy Magazine's Vargas Girl. He painted over 150 of his Vargas Girl masterpieces for Playboy.

He was married over forty years to the love of his life, Anna Mae Clift. When she passed away in 1974, he lost most of his creative drive and worked just a few more times doing The Cars "Candy O" album cover and two album covers for Bernadette Peters. He passed away in Los Angeles in December, 1982.

Now, the reason this article was written...to talk about the most shapely, wondrously round, perfectly proportioned, plus size, pear shaped beauty in Pin Up girl history: Duane Bryers' "Hilda"

One night, while prowling "Google Images" for curvaceous content, I found myself at Les Toil's Big Beautiful Pin Up Gallery. I clicked through and followed his fun and curiously titled links looking for the well-nourished, feminine imagery I had started out that night looking for.

After I got done admiring Les' talent, I went back to his homepage and clicked on a cheerful teal and yellow banner with the name "Hilda" written across it. I clicked on it, not prepared at all for what I was about to see.

As soon as the page opened, I stopped and looked in wonder. It was one of those moments when you're seeing something with which you're completely taken; the world around you seems to disappear, and everything goes completely silent as your focus narrows, taking in what's in front of you.

Discovering Hilda was like discovering lost treasure. I recognized her right away. I remembered her as a perfect likeness of what I had for years idealized in the feminine form; round, soft, pear-shaped, plump, and shapely to the extreme.

If one's natural male instinct is to respond to the rounder, softer, more generously proportioned woman, you will understand why there is so much to like about her. From her long, soft legs, girlish face, plump, inviting arms, to her hips, round and wide, you see a vision of femininity forming in front of you. Add to all that her ample, well-developed breasts, soft, yielding tummy and glorious hip-waist ratio, and you discover she is an ideal example of full-figure perfection. The perfect plus size, pear-shaped,
nubile beauty.

Unlike the stick-thin, female icons so popular today, Hilda has not one angular feature. She sublimely embodies the old fashioned womanly ideals of "round and soft". She is feminine to the nth degree.

Duane Bryers was the first illustrator to use plus size models as subjects in his pin up art. Sometimes he didn't use a model at all and painted from memory or fantasy. A feat, according to pin up artist Les Toil, "most impressive!"


"Hilda" is owned by Brown and Bigelow

This article was made possible through research from various sources on the web including Google images, The Pin Up Files, and the Hilda page of Les Toil's Big Beautiful Pin Up Gallery.

To view it in it's proper and original context, it's accompanying pictures are a necessary ingredient. Please visit http://top-plus-size-beauties.com/plus-size-models-pin-up-girl.html

You are 31 years old, single, a career woman working with different people your age. You want to look and feel good every single day that you go to your office and do your daily work.

What should you do? What should you look for when you are a bit on the heavy side? You are five feet seven and weight more than what you should at 150 pounds. What should you look for when you go shopping for your clothes?

Here are a few tips for those who are a bit overweight in looking for the right clothes for them especially during the summer months when skimpy outfits are very much common in vacation destinations.

1. Wear plain clothes with darker colors to hide bulges on you body.

If you are a bit on the heavy side and wears the plus size, it's likely you have those noticeable love handles on your waist line. It is better to hide those bulges by wearing darker hues of the colors you love to conceal them a bit and show an illusion of a slender body.

Darker colors would also highlight you beautiful skin should you have a fair skin. It would allow you to highlight your flawless skin and remove the attention from the bulges on your body.

2. Wear vertical stripes and not horizontal ones.

With your plus size, if you want to wear stripes, you have to wear the vertical ones and not the horizontal ones. Verticals will give the illusion of thinness as well as it's variations like diagonals. Horizontal stripes would only make you look even heavier.

Horizontal stripes could also highlight the bulges on your body making you look heavier. If you wear stripes, do not wear horizontal ones, wear the vertical or diagonal ones to give you an illusion of lightness and thinness or curvaceous ness.

3. Wear flowing clothes that would give the illusion of curves.

If you would like to go along with the rest of the group, even with your plus size, you may way the floral colors of this summer. You may choose to wear flowing clothes that does not cling to the body and give the illusion of thinness just like vertical stripes on stripped clothes. Flowing clothes gives the illusion of a curvy body and thinner figure.

For exotic looks, ethnic fashions are wonderful alternatives for the plus size woman. For instance the the ao dai (pronounced "ow zai" in North Vietnam and, "ow yai" in South Vietnam), Vietnam's national dress, has a styling that looks fabulous on almost anyone. It consists of two elements: a long tunic with a close-fitting bodice, mandarin collar, raglan sleeves, and side slits that create front and back panels from the waist down; and wide-legged pants, often cut on the bias.

While in the distant past both men and women wore the ao dai, in the twenty-first century it is almost exclusively a women's garment. While the ao dai is now seen as symbolizing traditional Vietnamese identity and femininity, it in fact has a relatively brief history marked by foreign influence. The ao dai provides a outstanding example of how the Vietnamese have responded to both Chinese and French colonization by adopting elements of foreign cultures and modifying them to be uniquely Vietnamese. Prior to the fifteenth century, Vietnamese women typically wore a skirt and halter top. These were some times covered by an open-necked tunic (ao tu than) with four long panels, the front two tied or belted at the waist. Women's garments were brown or black, accented by brightly colored tops or belts on special occasions.

From 1407 to 1428, China's Ming Dynasty occupied Vietnam and forced women to wear Chinese-style pants. After regaining independence, Vietnam's Le Dynasty (1428–1788) likewise criticized women's clothing for violating Confucian standards of decorum. Since the policies were haphazardly enforced, and skirts and halter tops remained the norm.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Vietnam was divided into two regions, with the Nguyen family ruling the south. To distinguish their subjects from northerners, Nguyen lords ordered southern men and women to wear Chinese-style trousers and long, front-buttoning tunics. After the Nguyen family gained control over the entire country in 1802, the conservative Confucian Emperor Minh Mang banned women's skirts on aesthetic and moral grounds.

Over the next century, precursors to the modern ao dai became popular in cities, at the royal court in Hue, and for holidays and festivals in the countryside. The outfit basically consisted of pants and a loose-fitting shirt with a stand-up collar and a diagonal closure that ran along the right side from the neck to the armpit, with some regional variations. These features of the ao dao were copied from Chinese and Manchu garments. The upper classes often layered several ao dai of different colors, with the neck left open to display the layers. Among peasants and laborers, however, the skirt (va) and halter top (yem) remained popular for daily wear.

During the 1930s Hanoi artist Nguyen Cat Tuong, also known as Lemur, presented ao dai styles inspired by French fashion. He designed them with light-colored, close-fitting tunics featured longer panels, puffy sleeves; asymmetrical lace collars, buttoned cuffs, scalloped hems, and darts at the waist and chest. Lemur's Europeanized flared pants were white with snugly tailored hips. Criticized by conservatives, Lemur's designs nonetheless marked the materialization of contemporary ao dai blending traditional Vietnamese elements with Western tailoring and bodily aesthetics.

French colonialism ended in 1954 with the division of Vietnam into North and South. In North Vietnam,
Communist leaders criticized the ao dai as bourgeois, colonial, and impractical for manual labor, although women continued to wear it for special occasions.
When the ao dai fell into disfavor in socialist Vietnam, Vietnamese who had immigrated to the United States, Canada, Australia, or France preserved it as a symbol of their ethnic heritage. Ao dai were seen at fashion shows, Tet (Lunar New Year) celebrations, weddings, and musical performances throughout the Vietnamese communities of the world, which numbered approximately 2.6 million in 2006.

Meanwhile, in capitalist South Vietnam, modifications of the garment continued. Madame Nhu the sister-in-law of President Ngo Dinh Diem, became notorious in the 1950s and 1960s for the very plunging necklines of her ao dai.

In 1975, the Vietnam War ended with the reunification of North and South under communist rule. Leaders derided the southern ao dai as decadent and promoted simpler, practical clothing styles. But austerity proved short-lived. By the 1990s, economic reforms and improved standards of living led to a revival of the ao dai within Vietnam and to growing international awareness of it as a symbol of Vietnamese identity. In 1989, the Women's Newspaper in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) hosted the first Miss Ao Dai contest. Six years later, Miss Vietnam's blue brocade ao dai won the prize for best national costume at Tokyo's Miss International Pageant. Simple white ao dai have been reinstated in many cities and towns as uniforms for female high school students, while Vietnam Airlines flight attendants wear red ao dai.

The ao dai has also inspired non-Asian designers. Following the 1992 films "Indochine" and "The Lover", both set in the French colonial period, Ralph Lauren, Richard Tyler, Claude Montana, and Giorgio Armani presented ao dai–inspired collections. While "Indo-Chic" fashions can be Orientalist in their celebration of a demure, sexy, and exotic Vietnamese femininity, they are typically welcomed in Vietnam as evidence that the ao dai has entered the canon of international fashion.

Some current designers employ novel fabrics, abstract motifs, and ethnic minority patterns, while others alter the tunic by opening necklines, removing sleeves, or replacing the long panels with fringe. The once scandalous white pants now seem outmoded, and women instead favor pants the same color as the tunic.

So the ao dia has an interesting history. But with the selections of materials and cuts, the ao dai allows the fashion-conscious plus size woman to be simultaneously trendy and fabulous throughout the year and on special occasions.

There is a very well known saying "old is gold". This is applicable for women too. The older a woman gets, the more wisdom and confidence she gains which makes her look more beautiful and mature. There is an inner light in her which makes her look radiant as the years pass by. No wonder, women and vintage wine is compared often!

With maturity, the fashion sense of a woman undergoes a sea change of maturity. They don't just pick and chose what's in vogue. Instead they choose clothes which look good on them. They choose clothes which are good and comfortable to wear but may not be completely trendy. However, there are many other women as well who completely give up fashion as they age. They look for clothes that may not be so good looking but are convenient. However, that should not be the case. Good clothes can defy age and even make you feel young. Here are some fashion tips which can help well built women who have crossed the half century of their lives.

• Remember, whatever you wear must fit you well. You should not look too trussed up or on the other hand too baggy. Wear clothes that enhance your strengths and hide your flaws. If you wear fitting clothes, make sure that they accentuate your curves and it doesn't look as if you are spilling out of them. On the other hand, avoid looking like a tent simply because you are plus size and more endowed than the others. Choose the right size to make your body look good.

• Don't go in for fussy prints and fussy fabrics since these will make you look bigger than what you actually are. Choose prints that enhance your curves rather than making them look bigger than what they are.

• Clean cuts and classic designs work well every where. Frills or fussy fabrics don't really make you look good. They give you a childish appearance which looks weird. Instead, sticking to some classic designs and clean cuts can enhance your appearance and make you look chic and elegant.

• Avoid very short skirts or shorts. Don't wear anything too short since it doesn't look that good. If you have great legs, show them off with some style and panache instead of wearing minis and micros. Wear moderate length skirts rather than short skirts.

• With age, many body parts can turn flabby despite all the care and attention you may bestow on them. In such situations, you need to use under garments with proper support and grip. Arms tend to become flabby hence you should avoid exposure.

In today's world, being a woman at 50 means that life has just started again. Most people call 50s as their second innings. Fashion at this age can really make you look elegant and stately. There are many options available. You can buy great designer clothes on discounts and with coupons. All you need to do is to watch out for such opportunities!

Preparation is the key to a successful photo shoot for those aspiring for, or embarking on the journey to become a plus size model. Confidence is always visually apparent; being well-prepared, well-groomed and relaxed equates a happy model, with shines through in print! The following is a series of steps to begin one week prior to your shoot, that'll help make the most of your shoot.

One week prior to your shoot:


Make an honest inspection of your hair. Does your color need refreshing, or do your roots need a touch up? Schedule color three or four days prior to your shoot to allow time for settling, or a re-do if something catastrophic happens. PLEASE do not make major color or style changes without speaking to your agency!! Remember you've been hired for your already determined "look" and discussion between the agency that represents you is essential prior to changing it. Plus they're in the business of beauty. They'll be able to give you excellent, professional suggestions if you're looking for a change. It goes without saying, but make sure your hairs trimmed and as split-end free as possible. If you have a fringe, or bangs, make sure it's trimmed appropriately. Consider having your stylist apply a shine treatment, as shiny hair equals healthy hair, at least in appearance!


Make waxing appointments for two to three days prior to your shoot. If you wax regularly already, schedule your waxing appointment for 2-3 days prior to your shoot to avoid any irritation on your test day. I don't recommend preparation for test shots to be an occasion to try waxing for the first time. Until your certain how your skin reacts to the treatment, consider a professional applied depilatory cream to rid yourself of any unwanted facial or body hair.


Tend to your skin. Drink plenty of water, avoid excessive alcohol and wheat products if your prone to bloating. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Avoid any drastic, or medical skin treatments prior to your shoot, instead use plenty of moisturizer and good exfoliator at least twice in the before your shoot.

The day before and of your shoot:

1. Get plenty of sleep!

2. Consider your ability in styling your own hair. If you have challenging hair, consider a professional blow-out or curl enhancing treatment prior to your shoot. If done the day before, sleep with a silk handkerchief tied over your hair, it'll still look fab on day two. Do NOT arrive to your shoot with damp or wet hair expecting it to be completely styled!

3. Exfoliate your entire body and face and moisturize using a non-greasy, non shimmering lotion.

4. Inspect your nails and toes. Make your hands and toes are well manicured and natural. Chose a natural or clear polish, or if you wear a French manicure make sure it has a softly colored topcoat. Avoid blinding white tips! TRY to avoid acrylic nails, but if you must wear them make sure they're fairly short and oval, no long square talons!

5. Make your body modifications invisible. Bring a good concealer if you have tattoos, "derma blend or Mac body are excellent" as you will be expected by clients to cover your tattoos. Remove any piercings, studs or barbells. Most clients are steadfast in their preference that models remove all piercings, be prepared for your "holes" to possibly close in the name of landing jobs!

The previous tips are a general guide to help you look like the best version of "you" on a test shoot! Remember to send the message with your appearance choices that promote the mantra, "I'm beautiful, whatever my size may be!"

The explosion of the plus size fashion industry and plus size modeling industry has the demand for photogenic, size 12-16 models exceeding the current supply. The following guide contains a few general tips to optimize your success in pursuing a career in the industry.

1. Professional photographs certainly aren't required by any agency representing plus size models and shots taken by a friend or family member will suffice till a portfolio is created. Make sure your shots are current, and clean meaning with minimum makeup and natural hair. Include at least one full body shot and make your pictures tasteful. Save the boudoir shots for your honey!

2. A reputable agency will not require money upfront to represent you, however anyone with modeling aspirations must expect to incur some expenses. The creation of a portfolio will include photographer's fee's, possibly stylist, hair and makeup artist fee's. Make sure you're able to shoulder minimal expenses prior to electing to pursue a plus modeling career.

3. Please accept industry standards. 5'8" is the general height requirement in plus and standard size modeling. This standard simply does not vary in high fashion genre's! A few clients, such a Torrid elect to employ girls below 5'8", however they truly are the minority. Clothing is made and preferred to hit the body at a certain point regardless of size. Designer's create samples for 5'8" plus women, thus there's no demand for shorter models.

4. The most effective model is healthy and fit, regardless of size. Crash dieting, yo-yo size changes and poor diet wreck havoc on your health/appearance and frustrate your clients. Consistency is essential in the fashion industry. Maintain your size, places an emphasis on fitness, muscle tone and health. You're proud to be fit, healthy and well-fed, show off that glow you were hired for!

5. Be professional. Modeling is a professional industry, not a lifestyle or status club. You're hired as a commodity and a professional one at that. Arrive to shoots on time, keep phone calls and text messages to a minimum and be willing to work hard. Standing on your feet in often uncomfortable poses for hours on end is hard work! Be prepared to be challenged when entering the industry; happy clients equal a successful model.

6. Avoid self-criticism. A client or design house has a specific look in mind to represent their company prior to your attending a go see. Recognize that often, you may not fit that product, or look. Not getting a gig is not a reflection of a personal defect, it simply means you're best suited elsewhere. Be true to yourself, love yourself and your clients will love you!

7. Focus on fitness. Industry standards for a plus size model range from size 8 to 16, with agencies specializing in plus modeling seeking 12 to 16's. Regardless of size, you will need to be fit and toned. Focus on cardiovascular fitness and core training to improve posture and body fat/muscle ratio. Pilates is a wonderful exercise for elongating muscles and promoting tone. Excessive weight-training can be counter productive, focus on flexibility, cardio and body-weight resistance training. When in doubt, consider employing the services of a personal trainer making sure to express losing excessive weight is not your goal.

With the explosion of the industry, the role of the plus size model is ever increasing and shifting. Remember to speak up. With the majority of American women wearing a size 12 or larger, expressing the need for diversity may be just the key to landing spots previously unseen in local runway shows and magazine editorials. Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude and success in plus size modeling will be yours!

Okay so we have all seen the fashion shows on TV, or the pictures from them in the magazines and thought about how unbelievably and unnaturally thin the models are. Personally I find it very depressing. I look at these beautiful clothes on these beautiful girls and know that even if I had the money to buy the clothes, they would never look like that on me. I am not a large girl and actually wear a fairly small size, but I still find the fashion industry massively depressing.

This made me wonder for a while about plus size women and their fashion. I mean they must have the same types of thoughts right? Well now they have their own plus size fashion industry. I have seen some of the shows and the models, and these are beautiful women and beautiful clothes. I mean there are beautiful larger women that make their living as models, defying all the stereotypes that society has set about that bigger women aren't as beautiful as thin women.

Now I do have to say though, that while I admire this fashion industry that has sprung up, I am a little confused as to where the designs are being implemented. I mean for other clothes the designers prance them out and then other smaller companies start imitating the styles and soon a new trend starts and they are available in all the stores. However, I have yet to really see this in the plus size fashion world. It still seems as though there is a lack of beautiful clothes for plus size women. I would really like see more stores and boutiques built around these fashions out there for plus size women. I think it would help make people more proud of themselves and their bodies.

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