Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #82

This is where we share stuff we can’t share on our Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Read why here. Usually the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right?

Plus size women face their fashion fears

Sheridan: One of my best friends once described my style as “Olympic athlete going to a club in Europe.” It’s been five years and I’m still trying to figure out if that’s a compliment, but I’d say I lean toward clean silhouettes and am almost always wearing pants. And as someone who’s 6 feet tall and wears a size 13 shoe, I’ve had a long-lasting affair with sneakers.

Kristin: In my insecure mind, the First Commandment of having a tummy has always been “Thou shalt own 15 or so A-line skirts,” because it emphasizes your boobs and then yada yadas the rest of your body. It’s basically my uniform; my wardrobe looks like I’m the lieutenant in some sort of vintage pin-up army.

Jazzmyne: I would say that my style is unpredictable. Some days you can find me in a tutu and a huge cat eye, and the next day I’ll be wearing a backward hat and a baseball jersey. I also have a reason why I look the way I do and most of all it is for my satisfaction.

Artist’s Unapologetic Vagina Paintings Are A Force Of Body Positivity

Initially, artist Jacqueline Secor didn’t intend to show her series “The Diversity of Nature” to a public audience. Rather, she created her unapologetic paintings of vaginas (or, if you prefer the anatomically accurate term, vulvae) as a personal coping mechanism, part of her ongoing fight with body dysmorphic disorder.

After relocating from North California to Salt Lake City, Utah, Secor says she felt overcome with insecurity and shame, especially with regards to her physical appearance. “Living in Utah, there is still a widespread unspoken rule that women should conform to this really narrow little definition of ‘perfection,’” the artist, a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told The Huffington Post. “There is a really dark undercurrent to all those picture perfect Mormon mommy blogs and Instagram accounts,” she added.

Five years ago, Secor removed herself from the Church, but the impact the religious experience left on the artist was not so easily displaced. She began to channel the overwhelming mix of emotions ― pain, powerlessness and possessiveness ― into artworks that celebrated female beauty removed from any one idea of perfection.

Swimsuit Model Rocks Stretch Marks In Lane Bryant’s New Unretouched Ad

SI is making what some feel is another big leap this year, by again allowing a woman with a body you don’t normally see included in their coveted spread to appear on their pages. Once again, it’s an ad for plus-sized swim wear. This time, the model is flaunting an un-retouched body and stretch marks. But let’s give kudos where the kudos are due, shall we? Sports Illustrated may be accepting money from a purveyor of plus-sized suits. Big deal. It’s the company behind that ad that’s really making waves: Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant keeps kicking ass, and showing women in a real, positive light.

Lane Bryant’s Cacique swim line is being featured in SI’s swimsuit issue for the second year in a row. This year, model Denise Bidot stars in their ad. She slays.

Bold Nude Photos Celebrate The ‘Fat Love’ Affairs That Go Unnoticed

Since 2007, photographer Substantia Jones has celebrated Valentine’s Day by taking pictures of couples in love ― often in various states of undress. What separates her work from the barrage of lovesick images circulating the internet around this time of year, however, is that Jones’ subjects are fat.

“There’s this curious misconception that fat people don’t experience love, sex and romance,” Jones explained in an email to The Huffington Post. “Or perhaps that they aren’t worthy of having satisfying relationships.”

Jones’ ongoing photo series hopes to do away with this false impression by generating stacks of images that too often remain invisible ― images of fat people in love affairs. The series is called “The Adipositivity Project” (adipose meaning “of or relating to fat”).