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Jessica Torres Went From Being Fat-Shamed At The Doctor To Building A Body Positivity Brand

Maybe we all deserve hundreds more Jessica Torres to remind us that this world and its fashion isn’t just for las flacas. Jessica Torres is a plus-size model and body positive activist who isn’t going to be shamed for hiding her nalgas or accentuating the “right” curves. We have all the curves which means they’re all right.

Jessica Torres is keeping it real and combatting fat shaming by just straight up loving her self and her body. She’s calling out magazines every time they reshape a woman’s mind to cover their belly or show it off. She’s posting images of the “most unflattering outfit for [her] body type” to prove a point to the fashion industry. Fashion for plus-size women shouldn’t be about how to best cover and mask their bodies. It should be about fashion. If Jessica Torres isn’t the most fashionable chingona from the Bronx, we don’t know who is. I said it.

Her journey towards crop tops wasn’t out of self-love, but rather a love for fashion.

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She started her plus-size style blog to show off her outfits and inspire other plus-size women to live “fashionable fat lives,” she writes for HipLatina. Her blog was meant to be a stepping stone to get a job in fashion. 

Torres essentially became a body positive advocate by accident.

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“Any plus-size body that grows a following on social media and takes full body pictures is instantly labeled a self-acceptance warrior,” she said. She was just wearing bright colors and modeling off the clothes that inspire her, and a social media following just naturally happened.

Still, she didn’t love her body.

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But she did notice that she was holding herself back from embracing a diverse range of fashion because of her “body type.” Magazines love to dress women like they’re fruit: pear shapes, apple shapes, etc. Instead of dressing women for fashion, the clothes are meant to hide certain parts of their bodies.

Once she realized she was holding her fashion style back because of the “hate” she had for her body, she knew she needed to change.

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Like so many of us, she didn’t walk outside in a crop top and a skirt for the first time feeling confident and gleaming with body positivity. But you fake it till you make it, and now, Jessica Torres identifies as a self-acceptance advocate.

For every outfit she was afraid to wear, she had the courage to open up about it on social media.

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She started sharing stories of being fat-shamed at the doctor and saw the comment threads as a communal space of support and inspiration for other ladies living while fat. When she was afraid to wear a two-piece for the first time, she wrote about that, too, and found other women who gained the courage to do the same in solidarity.

As her following grows, she’s also experienced fat-shaming within the body-positivity community.

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Her body was always being compared to Ashley Graham’s or Iskra Lawrence. When Torres went up a single size in pants, she noticed how society still only accepts certain curves that are deemed beautiful. Meanwhile, others promote obesity. 

Torres is staying present to the hypocrisies and to her self.

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Caption: “Throwing it back to that time I was butt nekkid and wet and Kelly told me to sit on her lap.”

Being a social media influencer hasn’t made her any less real.

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Torres has partnered with Mod Cloth, Dove, and JcPenney to promote body positivity. She’s sharing her insider tips for strapless bras with the thickest, most comfy straps. She’s also still a person who tells publicists she farted. 😂

She’s not playing like her life is all together.

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While this would be very disappointing for all our mamis to read, it is deeply comforting to us all who have been traumatized by Saturday limpias. Where’s the link, Jessica?

Jessica Torres is the boss of all of us, and that’s how we like it.

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Tell me more about how I can all parts of myself, not just the ones that make me look like an hourglass. Who chose hourglasses as the epitome of sexiness anyway? All we know is that self-hate is a time thief and we’re done robbing ourselves of love, time and fashion, thanks to Jessica Torres.

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After A Breakup, This Woman Went Back And Edited Her ‘Perfect’ Instagram Photos To Tell The Truth About Her Ex

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After A Breakup, This Woman Went Back And Edited Her ‘Perfect’ Instagram Photos To Tell The Truth About Her Ex

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Regular people do it, even celebrities do it: you break up with someone and cannot fathom seeing their face all over your social media. All those happy-go-lucky photos of you two together trigger hurt feelings or maybe you just don’t want to give them the satisfaction.

 A 22-year-old named Rosie decided to rewrite history in her own way. Rather than deleting all of the remnants of her exes, she decided to tell the truth about them. An assortment of her edited photo captions went viral with 57,000 likes on Twitter this month. Vice sat down with Rosie for an interview to discuss her process. 

Rosie was going through her Instagram archive one day when she noticed a pattern.

“Decided to unarchive all the pictures I had with shitty guys because I look cute but updated the captions to be more accurate,” Rosie said in a Twitter caption. 

In one photo Rosie is kissing her smiling beau on the cheek with the original funny caption, “like if you think I can do better.” The same photo now has the addendum, “he broke up with through Facebook messenger so yes, I can do better.” 

Before this, Rosie had tucked all her past relations away in Instagram’s archive. One day, while browsing through the old photos she noticed that the reason a lot of the pictures were hidden was because her exes were in them. 

“I cherish the memories, so I didn’t want to delete the photos nor the original caption. I wanted to keep these pictures that I love while acknowledging that I no longer love the people in the picture with me,” Rosie told Vice.  “Instead, I decided to edit the caption with a short phrase indicating that things have changed since. And then, I tweeted about it because I thought it would make a funny, lighthearted post about something that can be — and was, for me — very painful!” 

Rosie’s revision goes viral and garners a mixed response. 

“Girl you’re not alone. Mine broke up with me through text while I was in labor with our child,” one Twitter user wrote in response. 

Other users decided to use Rosie’s methodology to approach photos of their own exes on Instagram and social media.

Some got their own inspiration from this move of bravery.

“I truly appreciate this!! I don’t want to delete my IG photos of my exes bc they’re a part of my life, but I can EDIT them to show what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown. Thanks, girl,” another user said. 

While there was a wide swath of support on social media, Rosie also had her detractors. Many felt she was bullying her exes. Although she did note that she didn’t add new captions to photos of all of her exes, just the bad ones. 

“There are others who find the post immature and vengeful, and I can understand where they’re coming from too. Everyone copes with a breakup in different ways. An edited Instagram caption isn’t for everyone,” Rosie said.

Many women felt empowered by Rosie’s captions, especially those who overcome abusive exes. 

Rosie pointed toward another user’s response named Cass in the interview. Cass was engaged to an abusive man before eventually leaving him. Her edited captions, in particular, are a gut punch. 

In a photo of her smiling with her ex on their two-year anniversary, Cassie wrote, “I had to post things like this or else he didn’t believe I loved him and he would cheat on me because he felt ‘insecure.’ This was the third time I dyed my hair red because I was desperately seeking attention because things weren’t OK.” 

Rosie believes that deleting the photos of exes, for many women, is a coping mechanism to deal with trauma, however, it doesn’t really work. What happened really happened, no matter how good or bad, and there is no way that you can delete real-life events from history or memory, at least not yet. 

“So we find strength and healing in keeping these pictures and memories, but acknowledging how we have changed from them,” she said. 

For Rosie calling her exes out also allowed her to realize what she learned from each failed relationship and gave her the space to grow from it. She believes it is important not to give up on love, but to also realize love doesn’t just have to be romantic.

“Every heartbreak teaches us a little about ourselves and helps us understand what we want and what we deserve. I’m thankful for every experience I’ve had because I’m happy where I am today and those experiences helped me get here,” she said. “I also want to tell others to keep believing in love and know they deserve it, despite experiences that have made them feel otherwise.”

Renata Bresciani (“Miss Renata”) Talks Her Personal Inspiration, Practicing Gratitude, and Staying True to Herself

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Renata Bresciani (“Miss Renata”) Talks Her Personal Inspiration, Practicing Gratitude, and Staying True to Herself

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Renata Bresciani may not be a household name just yet, but it’s only a matter of time before this self-proclaimed “multipassionate entrepreneur” takes over the world. Born in Miami, Florida to parents who immigrated from Chili, Renata Bresciani (who goes by “Miss Renata” to fans) was destined to be an artist and an entertainer. As Miss Renata describes it, dancing was her gateway drug into the entertainment industry. Soon enough, Miss Renata was becoming the definition of a multi-hyphenate business woman, dipping her toe in everything from pin up modeling, acting, fashion blogging, and owning a street-wear brand. 

As for what drives her to be constantly creative, leaving others in the dust? “I like to say that I have the ‘performance gene’,” she says. We couldn’t agree more. Recently, we were lucky enough to talk to Miss Renata about her personal style, combating harmful Latino stereotypes in the media, and drawing inspiration from Old Hollywood icons.

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Mitú (M): How long did it take you to develop your personal style? Were you always interested in the “pin-up” look? 

Renata Bresciani (RB): Honestly, my personal style is constantly evolving. I literally dress based on my mood, but I have been very bold with my style since I was in middle school. Pin-up, retro, classic, and Parisian-vibes are everything to me. I have always been intrigued and attracted to everything vintage, so pin-up style was just an extension to that. I am definitely an old soul that was supposed to be an Old Hollywood actress.

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M: How did you get into acting and performing? When did you decide to expand your brand into the influencer sphere?  

RB: I’ve been performing since I was three years old and was in gymnastics, dance, and modeling since elementary school. I started musical theater in high school, which I absolutely love! Most importantly, the studio I grew up in (MDA Studios) opened up the doors to performing in Sabado Gigante and Univision, which was a childhood dream. That then opened up the doors to dancing in award shows as a back up dancer, music videos, tours and live television shows. I officially decided to tap into the influencer world in September 2017, with the influence of my husband. I was basically already doing it with some brands, but not really taking it seriously. But my decision to do it officially changed the game!

M: Your social media presence and posts are very uplifting and inspirational. How do  you stay positive when you’re having a bad day?

RB: We all have bad days and the truth is, I get cranky sometimes. But, I like to sit back and realize how blessed I am and when I do that, gratitude just fills my heart. Honestly if nothing else happens in my life, God has done so much already that all I can do is be grateful and happy. I do believe the best is yet to come and that everything in life is figure-out-able. 

M: Out of all the areas you work in (acting, dancing, modeling, entrepreneurship), what’s your favorite and why? 

RB: Wow that is definitely hard, but my favorite is acting! Acting taps into such a creative and emotional part of who I am that it fulfills my creative soul. The ability to transform and walk in someone else’s footsteps to then impact the people watching in a way that can bring them laughter, tears, or even anger is incredible! To evoke emotion is an art. Acting is a form of therapy and break-through for an artist like me who has all the feels. My second is modeling. I love transforming and making people feel something from an image.

M: Do you think Latinas are misrepresented in the media? How do you want them to be represented? 

RB: Yes, absolutely Latinas/Latinos are misrepresented! We are bold, resilient, intelligent, passionate people! I want the world to see that! I would like to see more Latinas in this space encouraging women through their career.

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M: Why do you think people resonate with your content? 

RB: I would like to think its because I encourage people to love themselves, love others, to always believe in their dreams, and and to never give up!

M: Who are some people who inspire you and what advice do you have for others who want to become influencers?

RB: Aureta [Thomollari] inspires me so much, aesthetically and emotionally. She is such a vibe and so encouraging to me as a woman and an entrepreneur. Desi Perkins is also an inspiration–she’s a proud Latina and first-generation American like me. She built a name for herself with her art and she also values family, which is everything to me!

M: Where do you see your career going next? What are you the most proud of having accomplished?

RB: I believe the best is yet to come. And I definitely believe you will be seeing a lot more of me on screen! More film, more series, and bigger fashion partnerships.

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M: If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?

RB: I would tell my teenage self to be patient! I would tell her that she was called to create. To only focus on things that set her soul on fire, to not care about anyone else’s opinions, and I would tell her that she is enough!

M: Do you consider yourself a role model? Why or why not? What does being a role model mean to you?

RB: I think everyone is a role model to someone whether they want to be or not. To me, being a role model encouraging and empowering people to be confident in who they are. It is positively impacting someone in one way or another.

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M: What would you tell fans of yours who are looking to follow in your footsteps as an influencer and entrepreneur? 

RB: I would tell them that is takes time, to be patient, to work hard, to stay true to themselves, and to love what you do!

M: What’s next for you? Do you have any projects in the works? 

RB: I’m so excited for 2020! There are so many things in the works right now that I can’t really talk about, but lets just say that you will be seeing so much more of me!! 2020 is going to be full of amazing opportunities and breakthroughs!