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Authentic Fashion Advice from the beautiful Ashley Graham

Luckily, her experiences made her stronger, and she has blossomed into an admirable model and body activist. You can watch her TED talk to get inspired by her strength and charisma, and as an added bonus, you can also read her top 15 tips on fashion and beauty below:

  1. Start with a strong base. "Find the perfect bra to create a beautiful silhouette. Plus, you can show your lingerie off underneath your clothes-it will make you feel sexy."
  2. Don't worry about conventional style rules. "Wear white on white. Show your lingerie. I wear skirts above my knees-even if I have cellulite hanging out."
  3. Speaking of cellulite, get over it! "I was always told I can't wear silk because my cellulite shows through it. Guess what: I wear silk all the time."
  4. You don't have to belt everything. "I like baggy clothes. Curvy girls can look great in loose-fitting clothes; you don't always have to wear body-con. The trick is that if I'm wearing a baggy top and bottom, the top is short."
  5. Dare to wear crop tops. "I love crop tops! If you haven't worn one, try it paired with a high-waisted skirt or pant to keep you tucked in. My tip is to at least have my belly button covered, since I carry the weight in my stomach low and that's most flattering."
  6. Try flared jeans. "I always hated flares until we shot Month in Outfits. Now I'm obsessed! Again, make the top shorter to show off your figure and balance the outfit."
  7. Balance your body's proportions. "If you have bigger hips, a fuller pant or skirt will balance them out better than a skinny cut will-a strong and sharp shoulder can also do the trick."
  8. If you're busty, don't hide it! "My sister is busty but doesn't like to have a lot of cleavage showing. So, she always wears a V-neck shape. It looks better than a completely covered-up crew-neck because it breaks up the fabric between your chin and chest."
  9. Don't like your arms? Fine. "But if you're covering up your arms, you better be showing off those legs!"
  10. If you don't have a defined waist, make one. "Creating a waist is key on any body shape. Cross-body draping works to create curves through the midsection-like my favorite Vivienne Westwood dress."
  11. Know which materials work for you. "Thicker fabrics with really great stretch, like neoprene and spandex, are your friend."
  12. Step outside your comfort zone. "Sometimes plus-size girls are afraid to go into high-end stores and try clothes on because they think they won't fit into them and they'll get judge-y looks. But who cares what the store clerk thinks? Step outside your boundaries and go shopping!"
  13. Learn the brands that cut favorably. "You'll eventually find out who cuts best for your size and shape. For me, Elie Tahari, ALC, Robert Rodriguez, Black Halo, and Gucci are some brands that work super well."
  14. Explore the shopping space. "Sometimes it's about looking everywhere-from T.J.Maxx to Nordstrom to Addition Elle and anywhere in between. Brands like Mei Smith are reinventing the plus-size space by shooting editorially instead of with a catalogue-and making the content cooler. Online, Simply Be UK-where my lingerie will be sold-has fun options. For bigger sizes, so does Eloquii, which is based in the U.S."
  15. Last but not least, take a girlfriend when shopping. "I always feel more confident with a friend by my side."

There you have it! 15 tips from one of the coolest and most outspoken advocates for body positivity. While not all her suggestions work for me (I haven't been brave enough to try them all), I am in love with some others already. Dare to feel and look beautiful this month!

Submitted by: Kelechi

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Fat Positive Blogs

Blogs are a wonderful source of information. I have found them to be a useful Fat resource, especially when it comes to body positivity and fatshion. It is so helpful to see what clothes look like on bodies that are shaped like ours. It is also helpful to know that there are others out there who have the same life struggles that we have. You might get a different perspective on how to deal with things, based on the experiences of others.

I recently joined a group of plus size bloggers. We are taking one fashion topic a month and doing a blog hop. Our first topic was leggings. We all did a blog about it, linked our blogs, and published them at the same time. It is so great to see the many different ways an item can be worn on a fat person, from smaller plus to super plus.

Here is a link to my blog. In it, you will find the links to all the other blogs.

Here is a list of some fat positive blogs that might help you on your journey:

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