There is certainly a misconceived notion that being a curvy woman does not mean a healthy and fit woman with curves. I’m sorry to break it to you, but if I ate kale and worked out everyday for the rest of my life, I would still have my curves – bones just don’t get smaller. Being fit and healthy isn’t specific to a certain size or shape and we are fully capable of being healthy and fit in our own body shapes, whatever shape we may be.
I will never be able to identify with the tall thin models but have been made to think, since I was a child, that it was what I needed to try and look like. Luckily, I was smarter than these ad agencies and never wanted to be anything like what society once idealized. You might not look at me and think plus size, however, plus size can start start as low as a 8.
I just started a modeling/influencer job with a plus size company, so the women that feel like they’re an inbetweener (not big enough for plus size but not small enough for straight sizes) and feel like they don’t belong anywhere (me, for so long) now can relate! You must try Gwynnie Bee!! There are so many stereotypes of what fit and healthy look like. The average size woman in America is a fourteen and if you think for one second that means fat, sloppy, overweight, lazy and unhealthy, you are sadly mistaken.
It’s incredible that the barriers have been broken down, and now that plus size models are gracing the covers of the magazines, the majority of the women in the world are finally be able to relate because they’re seeing women that look like their body shapes!
I used to hate the cellulite on the back of my legs but I have learned to love my body and that means taking care of it. No matter if you’re a size 0-2, 10-14 or 24-26. I stay fit because I want more energy. It is a major stress reliever and I sleep so much better. Getting and staying in shape doesn’t mean lose my feminine curves or even lose weight! It will simply strengthen and tone my muscles. It will make me stronger, more confident and more powerful. There is an overall wellness of life!
How I stay curvy and healthy!
Size: 10 | Height: 5’8 | Weight: 155 (I think?)
Do you feel like you’re healthy? Yes!
What do you do that makes you feel healthy? Making good food choices when I can and staying active
Do you workout? How many times a week? Yes. On average 3x a week
Favorite workout? basketball, plyo workouts. I also run, but my body hates me everytime I do it
Favorite workout move? squats, lunges and ab workouts
Favorite part of your body? the small of my back (is that weird?)
Self conscious body part? I don’t really have one. I love everything about my body. If I had to choose one, it would be my nose (I broke it twice playing basketball my senior year in college and it’s still crooked even after surgery). I used to hate the cellulite on my legs when I was younger and dumber, now I love it
Biggest body struggle? Finding clothes that fit. Everything is always sexier on me and I HATE that
What do you eat on a daily basis? I’m gluten free because I have celiac disease and I choose to not eat meat. I wish more people knew that being gluten free doesn’t mean healthier! It’s funny to me that all these people are on a gluten free diet without knowing the facts. For example: gluten free pasta is identical in calories as regular pasta.
Breakfast: Coffee w/ vanilla creamer (dairy free), greek yogurt, 2 rice cakes w/ peanut butter, hard boiled eggs and GF english muffin w/ coconut oil, corn chex w/ almond milk, or oatmeal with raisins/honey
Lunch: GF grilled cheese, cheese quesadilla w/ sundried tomatoes, or a salad
Dinner: soup and corn bread, tofu stir fry, salad, or penne ala vodka
Dessert: dark chocolate covered almonds or 1 GF chocolate chip cookie, sometimes
Favorite type of food? Thai, Indian, Italian
Do you snack? I rarely EVER snack, but if I do it’s almonds. Or cheese. Always cheese.
Good habits? Drinking lots of water
Bad habits: (1)Not eating as well as I could. I keep telling myself when I make more money, I’ll eat better (2) Not buying fresh veggies because they go bad so quickly (3) Ordering GF french fries anytime they’re available, and then proceeding to dip them in mayo + ketchup (4) Cheese
Never evers? SODA! And fast food. I rudely judge people who do (no shame)
What does being healthy mean to you? Being healthy doesn’t mean skinny and it never has meant that. Being healthy means not huffing and puffing when I get to the top of stairs. It means being strong. It means staying active to release stress and I’m always in need of more energy so working out gives that to me. It means wanting to live as long as I can. It overall means just taking care of my body, even though I’m curvy.
Why is it important for you to stay healthy? I just always want to be the best version of me that I can be. I know I’m getting older so taking care of my body is super important to me. I can’t bounce back like I used to from anything. I’m still on the fence if I want to have kids, but if I do, I know preparing my body before getting pregnant is super important. I try and choose organic when I can. It’s often hard to find both gluten free and organic. It’s frustrating.
Things you want to improve? balance and flexibility, being more active
Favorite place to find curvy girl clothes? Gwynnie Bee, ASOS, H&M, Zara, Forever21. Those are my go-tos.
What type of clothing fits your body the best? High waisted pants and cropped tops. Leggings. Anything with lots of stretch!
Shapewear thoughts? Yes! I wear spanx shorts when I wear maxi dress or skirts to prevent chaffing. Shapewear is also a great option to support your belly if you are carrying out any light exercise during pregnancy. Of course, if you are expecting, you should not wear a waist trainer, but shapewear is slightly different as the stretchy material can help to support your abdomen.
How do you stay thick and fit? Tell us in the comment section below!
Photographer: Julian DiCampo