“Plus Size”

Sports illustrated is breaking the Internet.  For the first time in its history the cover features a curvy model, Ashley Graham. 

While I am glad that the media is finally starting to portray more body positive images, less photoshop and real curves. It is disappointing that women sized 10-12 which is the average American woman size, are considered to be a “plus” size. In that case what would they call someone that is a size 6? 4? 0? 
This is not about pinning women against each other or comparisons skinny vs. curvy.  

Can we just for a moment stop with the labels, a woman is a woman at any size. 

You are beautiful at any size…love your curvas! 

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Empowered 

  Where there is a will, there is a way

This image empowers me to be my best and know that anything is possible. I will succeed with my journey once I support others in reaching their destination by finding my own. How ironic is it that we only find ourselves by being of service to others.

That our dreams are all intertwined somehow…that my struggle, my journey one day may benefit many.

Before & After

Here is a picture of me in 2003 when I was 9 months pregnant with my son vs. me earlier this year at my first bikini competition. Needless to say it took a tremendous amount of courage to stand on stage in a itty bitty bikini with stretch marks and imperfections for the world to see. I am proud of my accomplishment. If I can do it so can you!