Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thick Thighs Save Lives RVa

The infamous ladies of Notorious Styles partnered up with RVA photographer Joi and decided to do a photoshoot highlighting beauty beyond a size 4, well Kelli did, Chy was just the creative vision behind it. Kelli and makeup artist/model Lydia went out of their comfort zone and created something so beautiful. They were asked a few questions on how they felt Thick Thighs Saved their Lives. Now, I am pretty sure you are wondering what TTSL is, well it's a movement that started in RVA that we hope spreads around the world. The focus is to shoot beautiful people who may not be the type of beauty or shaped the way society has made a lot of people come to believe. We want these women to know that they still matter and we want plus size women to love themselves for who they are inside and out, its very important that us women support each other. Especially those of who are not as comfortable in their skin. If you want to know how you can be involved in this movement and do a photoshoot, just contact Chy and Kelli via email Notorious.styling@gmail.com or send them a Facebook message on their Facebook page, the url is www.facebook.com/NotoriousStyles1.Below are both Lydia and Kelli's post photoshoot interview. 

Q. Why do you consider yourself plus size?
L. I consider myself a plus sized because I have a little more than the average women 
Q .How does it feel to be a plus size women? And were you always this size? 
 L. Yes, I've always been plus sized. Honestly being plus sized can be a struggle for most, but once you learn to love yourself and become comfortable with who you are you'll realize that you're just as beautiful as the next woman.
Q. What made you do this photoshoot? And were you nervous?
L. I was noticing a lot of people using the hashtag #thickthighssavelives on social media and being that I've always struggled with having thick thighs, I liked the fact that the movement was embracing women with thicker thighs and I had to be a part of it. Yes, I was extremely nervous lol. This was my very first photo shoot and I wasn't really sure if I'd be able to "bring it".
Q. When the stylist wanted to show off your curves, how comfortable were you?
L. I didn't really show too much, so I was pretty comfortable with what I was asked.
Q. Doing this photoshoot, how did you feel?
L. Honestly, it didn't really feel like a photo shoot. I had the time of my life! I felt like I’ve known the photographer for years! She was very down to earth and very comical like myself. I left the photo shoot empowered,Wanting to do more and proud of my thick thighs!
Q. What advice do you have for those who are struggling to embrace the skin that they are in?
L. The only advice I can give someone struggling to embrace the skin they're in, is to simply love yourself. If you can't love yourself, how can you expect the world to. We all have days when we struggle with some of our imperfections, but we have to realize they are what make us beautiful and unique
Q. Doing this photoshoot did it help you build your confidence?
L. Yes, doing this phot shoot did give my confidence a boost! It made me feel like I wanted to purse modeling!
Q. Are you planning on being a plus size woman all your life or do you have other plans?

L. I've never wanted to be extremely small, so yes I probably always be plus size by the worlds standards. However I do plan on slimming down a little and toning up my thick thighs!

Q. Why do you consider yourself plus size?
K. I don't technically consider myself “plus size” but society definitely does. I just think that I'm a little larger than life.
Q. How does it feel to be a plus size women? And were you always this size?
K. I wasn't always this size, I had a baby at the end of 2013 and my pregnancy took me from a size 8 to a size 14 and it felt like it happened almost overnight. I was used to being smaller so sometimes it's a little frustrating when I can't fit into something or when I HAVE to wear my spanx to not look sloppy. Becoming plus sized is hard to feel comfortable with sometimes when everything is catering to smaller women but I'm learning to love myself more and more everyday.
Q. What made you do this photoshoot? And where you nervous?
K. I wasn't nervous until Chy suggested the leotard. I was like, my mom is going to kill me! But Chy gave me the confidence to do this shoot is knowing that my confidence and my story could help other new moms to know they're not alone and that there is life after baby. It won't always be a walk in the park but the sun is definitely on its way out.  
Q. Doing this photoshoot, how do you feel?
K. I feel a lot more confident now that it's over because I know my story can save someone else's self esteem. It was definitely a lot of fun though. I can't wait for the next one. 
Q. How do thick thighs save your life?
K. My thick thighs saved my life by giving me a better grasp on self love and it’s a plus that they keep my hands warm. But I definitely am glad that my son blessed me with these curves. I struggled with accepting my weight after he was born and still do some days. I did this shoot for other new moms who were once smaller and are having issues adjusting. LOVE YOURSELF! YOU ONLY GET ONE YOU!!!! 
Q. What advice do you have for those who are struggling to embrace the skin that they are in?
K. Believe in yourself because if you don't, no one else will. Only your happiness matters. So let everyone else eat their words. They have to do squats and lift to be as beautiful as you. Let your body and your intellect intimidate the weak at heart. You got this.
Q. Doing this photoshoot did it help you build your confidence?
K. Yes ma'am!!! It was almost like therapy.



Chy, would like to take time out to thank these lovely ladies for being apart of this and for allowing me to them take them out of their comfort zone. Be on the look out for another photoshoot soon!

As Always Stay Classy

1 comment:

  1. This post was refreshingly honest and empowering. Looking forward to the next