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TBGB News: CeCe’s in Plus Model Magazine January 2013

Happy New Year, Lovelies!

2013 has started off with something super fun. I’m featured in this months issue of Plus Model Magazine! PMM asked five bloggers to share their fall/winter style… mine was color.

This was also one of the last photo shoots I did with my natural hair out of braids, I had just gotten a cut/flat iron. I’m so happy with how healthy it is right now.

Coincidentally, as you flip through this months issue, you’ll notice that the Rachel Pally dress I’m wearing is featured in another spread worn by the fabulous +size model, Marquita Pring. At first I kind of panicked at the idea of being compared to a +size model in the same dress, but then I reminded myself that when it comes to +size fashion, our different body shapes can make outfits look completely different from one Plus Size Princess to another. So, here’s a chance for you guys to see the same dress on two very different bodies.

The fact that we’re both rocking the same dress goes to show that it’s always good to try things on even if you think it might not work for you… you never know!

PMM Collage

Thanks to Plus Model Mag for featuring me! Be sure to check out the rest of this months issue here. A lot of you ask where I get my wide calf boots, check out my fave affordable boots below!

Weight Loss: Size vs. Shape

Greetings from California! I’ve been quiet on twitter/facebook as I’ve been spending all my time with the fam. I fly back to NYC on Wednesday and I’ll have more updates for you then but a thought crossed my mind and I wanted to share it with you so here it is 🙂 Hope you’re all having a good week… xoxo

Yesterday afternoon my sisters and I got ready to go for a swim in the backyard. As I pulled on my bathing suit, I took a minute to take in my body right now. Of course, I’m on cloud nine about losing 30 pounds and I know I have a few more big goals to hit but I had a little epiphany about my own personal body image.

I’m starting to wonder if I should be focusing on my shape instead of my size.

For as long as I can remember I’ve hated being large/fat/big. Growing up, I was always taller and bigger than everyone in my classes so I was obsessed with the idea of shrinking down. I knew I couldn’t make myself shorter, so my goal was always to be thin/small/skinny. I used to look at girls that had bones you could see and space between their thighs and think I want THAT body.

Thanks to good genes and tap dancing, I have toned legs with no cellulite and I don’t mind having big boobs, but my trouble spots are my inner thighs, stomach and the backs of my arms. Somehow, I’ve gone from loathing those parts of my body looking at those chunky areas and accepting that my body is saying to me: CeCe, your inner thighs will always have chub rub instead of a space between them. The backs of your arms will always have extra movement when you wave them around and you will probably never see your ribcage poking out… end of story.

My ideal body type is changing and with that change, I think I might be able to set more realistic goals for myself. I’m starting to wonder if I should be focusing on the shape of my body instead of the size. In my observation, the shape of a Plus Size Princess can make all the difference.

Do you ever notice that if a PSP has no boobs or not butt, they’re more apt to feel disproportionate? (I know this from experience because I barely have any “junk in the trunk”). Its making me wonder if my body journey should be more about toning up and letting the fat stick around in the “right places” instead of getting smaller/shrinking down because if I get small and have the same shape… I have a feeling still I wont be pleased with my body.

Yesterday, when I was looking at myself in the mirror I found myself ignoring my thighs/arms and focusing on my midsection, thinking… if I can just tone and slim down here I’ll be good. I did some google searching and came across an image that I think represents the spirit of my size vs. shape epiphany.

This is an image from plus model, Fluvia (www.fluvialacerda.blog.com) she boasts being a size 18!!! (side note: I’ve met her in person and she’s amazing inside and out)

I never could have imagined that I’d covet a body like this, but I do! I look at her and I’m like YES YES YES! I want THAT body! and for the first time I feel like I’m coveting something that might actually be attainable. It will take lots of hard work, but its something I can work towards that without feeling like I’m delusional.

Do YOU ever focus on your shape instead of your size?

Lets Make a TBGB Reader Faith 21′s Most Stylish Gal!

Hello Lovelies,

A few weeks ago I announced Faith 21’s Most Stylish Gal competiton and encouraged you all to enter.

I’m happy to announce that Jennifer Weeks, a TBGB reader, has made it to the Top 50! Isn’t she cute?!

Can we all take a few minutes to vote for her?

Here’s what Jennifer had to say about the Faith 21 line:

“I love the fact that a popular line like Forever 21 is carrying plus size clothes. Its about time! I was so happy to get into my first pair of skinny jeans there since I can’t fit them anywhere else.”

I could not have said it better!

You guys are so supportive of me, I’m excited for the chance to support one of you!

Please vote for Jennifer Weeks on the Faith21 website!


P.S. You can vote once a day, everyday!

Faith 21 Contest & Promo Code!

Ever since I’ve been on Twitter (twitter.com/thebiggirlblog) I’ve noticed something…

I have some of the cutest readers!

I see the profile photos of some of my followers like @minordetail, @vercar and so many others who give PSP’s and Curvy Girls a good name and it makes me happy to know that there are so many of us out there who aren’t afraid to express ourselves through fashion.

It looks like Faith21 (The plus size line from Forever 21) is taking notice of that too, because they’re doing a search for The Most Stylish Gal!

To enter, just submit a photo of yourself in your most stylish ensemble that includes a Faith 21 item and you could be on your way to Los Angeles to show them how PSP’s do it! (Hurry! you only have till 11/18/09)

1st place:
-Model in a photo shoot with Faith 21
-Airfare and hotel accommodations for two to Los Angeles
-$500 Shopping Spree at a Faith 21 location

2nd Place:
-$400 Faith 21 E-Certificate

3rd Place:
-$250 Faith 21 E-Certificate

Enter to win here
(Use the Code FAITH21CONTEST to save 10% on any order)