This powerfully important article turned labor-of-love, featuring a list of 20 of today’s most popular body positive social media moguls, explores alternatively sized fashion from a perspective not often featured or celebrated in its own goddess right. From the inside out, these soulfully gorgeous womyn are representing, decorating, and celebrating a larger community given more freedom to express themselves by boldly wearing whatever they want however they want, proudly all over social media mediums – challenging societal norms just by existing as their fabulous selves. I couldn’t be more honored or inspired to be in a position to witness and explore each one of these 20 body positive social media moguls wearing their voices from head to toe: (*this list could have been expanded exponentially with how much true beauty I found and per usual it is not presented in any particular order*)
Photo Credit: @CIIA Instagram
I love that Ciaa creates an actual color story with many of the looks she puts together – combining the bold and the brilliant in unexpectedly glorious ways such as this killer turquoise skirt I’m currently swooning over paired with a pop of yellow! Check out Ciaa’s blog.
2. Essie Golden
Photo Credit: @GOLDENLADY25 instagram
Essie Golden is a self-described Model, Blogger,and Body Positive Activist who is always werkin’ it. I especially love this @popusplusny dress that gives a nod to the 60s while staying fresh, chic, and celebratory of curves! Love the shoe, sunglasses, and red purse styling additions too! Creator of #goldenconfidence, you can find more beauty on this style maven’s website.
Photo Credit: @NATURALLYFASHIONABLE instagram
It’s safe to say that I haven’t been able to get this epic cutout dress by @shopideel off my mind, especially as it’s being rocked hard here by Kim with the addition of the perfect 90s-esque gold chain and killer pumps – this ensemble is a beautiful representation of both the bold and refined looks highlighted by this vibrant womyn!
4. CeCe Olisa
Photo Credit: @PLUSSIZEPRINCESS instagram
CeCe’s social media (Twitter: @CeCeOlisa) is a flawless mix of fashion and fitness – often highlighting both at the same time as is seen in this post featuring one perfectly fitting white jacket styled 3 ways – one for each phase of your day, which is a perfect guide for any womyn navigating city living! Don’t forget to utilize her original #PSPfit on your instagrams and tweets!
5. Marie Denee
Photo Credit: @MARIEDENEE instagram
Marie (Twitter: @MarieDenee) is the epitome of classically clean with a funky twist in these ripped jeans styled 2-ways – she shocked me with the reveal of Ava and Viv as the brand, and is totally werkin’ it (especially with that show-stopping hair color). Kim Kardashian knew what she was talking about when she recently listed this fashionista as one of her current style inspirations! I love #tcfstyle!
6. Kelly Augustine
Photo Credit: @KELLYAUGUSTINEB instagram
Kelly (Twitter: @KellyAugustineB) is serving some serious jewel-toned, tribal-printed Realness with this lovely look – it makes me want to run out and find my first jumpsuit and strike a LA street-art pose of my own (good thing an adventure back to my Venice Beach roots is on the horizon next week)!
7. Amarachi Ukachu
Photo Credit: @AMARACHIUKACHU instagram
“YAASSS HUNTY!” was the first sentiment my inner Ru Paul made when taking in the pure greatness that is body positive fashionista Amarachi Ukachu – especially highlighted in the Keith Herring-inspired ensemble featured here. This uniquely expressive and soul-shiny womyn is the Queen of creative and bold prints, and I WANT them ALL!
8. Thamarr Guerrier
Photo Credit: @LADYFIGURE instagram
Thamarr’s looks (also featured on her site musingsofacurvylady) are always full of joyful body positive celebration and this floral number accented with a powerful fuschia is no acception confirming that Spring fashion is in full swing!
9. Out of the Corner
Photo Credit: @OUTOFTHECORNER instagram
With looks like this, it’s no wonder that this incredibly on-point fashion forward womyn created #onmywaytoslay and #fatgirlsbewinning – because no other captions could better express how much this ensemble is being OWNED; making me want to take the streets of Brooklyn and stut my own stuff! Check out the Out of the Corner Boutique to get some gems of your own!
Photo Credit: @MSKRISTINE instagram
Kristine (Twitter: @TrendyCurvy) describes herself as “a curvy girl living in a trendy world,” and I couldn’t think of a better tagline for some one who merges both so well! This outfit is made out of pieces I may not have even considered pairing, which is why I love it that much more – from the statement necklace to the chunky heels I love the enhanced simplicity of it all!
Photo Credit: @VANOUELICIOUS instagram
#FrenchCurves challenge creator, Vanoue, (Twitter: @VanoueLicious) is an absolute international inspiration, sharing her “journey through fashion (on her website thecurvyandcurlycloset) as a plus size woman living in Paris and travelling beetween Africa, Europe and the United-States.” Not only do I want to share in the traveling experiences with this eccentric goddess, but I would love to share clothes…aka borrow this entire outfit featuring a killer high-waisted pencil skirt in lush turquoise paired with a fun and flirty crop top!
Photo Credit: @EVERYTHINGCURVYANDCHIC instagram
I absolutely adore every look Chanté rocks fiercely, but especially apreciate this stunning blue peplum dress and cardi set remixed in 5 fabulous ways from @rue107, which is both innovative, insightful, and cutting-edge! It is clear that this fearless fashionista is an inspiration to many of the other womyn featured in this article as well – this photo was popping up everywhere!
13. Sada Brown
Photo Credit: @COOLFATCHICK instagram
This self-described fashionable life coach is simply put a #coolfatchick who kills it with her epic flair and a personality that shines through every amazingly accessorized ensemble! Here, Sada is repping blue velvet like a boss, paired with some serious swagger attitude, which makes me crave this fabric like it is 1999! I feel a future retail therapy extravaganza is in order with this individual.
Photo Credit: @THENATURALCHICA instagram
Mae and her natural lifestyle advice are beyond endearing, they are illuminating and inspiring. Here she is rocking what she calls a “wash n’ go fro,” – Here Mae’s inner triumphant joy and natural beauty shine through strongly, which only makes me want to follow her journey (not to mention serious props for her PhD and mother-to-be status)!
15. Mo Handahu
Photo Credit: @MISSLIONHUNTER instagram
Every single one of Mo’s outrageously splendid ensembles of perfection are ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING – although I usually do not pick favorites of my body positive lists, I cannot even hide the fact that I was mesmerized by every outfit concept this unique humyn (Twitter: @misslionhunter) was SLAYING on her social media, and lost total track of time and space as I fantasized about frolicking in each one!
16/17. Ashlee and Jezra – BBBGirls4ever
Photo Credit: @BBBGIRLS4EVER instagram
Blogger Ashlee Hinds (left) is the founder of this social media movement, Big Black Beautiful Girls, #bbbg, #boldqueens, and @JEZRA_M (right), creator of #purebodylove, serves as the embodied womyn representative of the social media branded campaign (both style queens hailing from Barbados – Twitter: BBBGirls4Ever). Finding this source provided me with endless inspiration and linked me to some of the other womyn on this list, not to mention Jezra herself being one of them! Seeing this goddess amongst social media again, I realized WYV had featured her in our 7 Body Positive Tips article, but couldn’t find her name back then – beyond glad I did now, because all of her looks are a visual delight of confidence and body positive inspiration!
Photo Credit: @CHARISMA_MONROE instagram
Charisma (Twitter: @charisma_monroe) is FEROCIOUSLY FLY in this absolutely killer dress – looking like a lioness on the prowl for fashion greatness, which has certainly been attained in this unique number accented perfectly with an animal print clutch and dark lipstick. Charisma lives up to the name’s definition and provided yet another #BreakTheInternet moment amongst our curvy community as this dress from @dekyliasboutiques sold out soon after – have no fear: they are re-stocking in various colors!
19. Sashagai “Sasha” Ruddock
Photo Credit: @FLAWSOFCOUTURE instagram
Sasha (Twitter: @FlawsofCouture) combines totally different textures to form one FLAWLESS outfit experience in this look, which could easily transition from day to night just by taking off this amazingly perfect oversized cardi to dance until dawn in those gladiator-esque shoes. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: mixing of hard and soft is one of my favorite fashion go-to’s of all time, and this look is serving me so much yes of that (will report back if I can locate these epic leather-like joggers)!
Photo Credit: @CURVENVY instagram
Sandee (Twitter: @CurvEnvy) is a self-titled Personal Style Enthusiast, and with a pure elaganza show-stopping look like this I can see why! I was surprised that this dress is by high-end designer Badgley Mishka and did a quick search to see what size his dresses go up to – disappointed to see the largest size is 16 online (just made the classic mistake of falling down the fashion rabbit hole, landing on a breathtaking and bank-breaking $800 nude beaded ombre gown that won’t even fit me)! But I digress, the point is: Sandee looks like an enchanting Queen, giving us her updated version of retro glam.