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Afraid Of Being Trolled, She Hadn’t Posted A Full-Body Picture Until College And Now She’s A Fashion Blogger

The fashion world is finally starting to realize real women aren’t just skinny models.

Thanks to plus-size models such as Denise Bidot, Ashley Graham and Alessandra Garcia, the fashion industry is refreshingly featuring more women of color with various body types.

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These women exude confidence and are proud to show off their body despite their size — which is why the term “body positive” has exploded.

One of the most down-to-earth style bloggers that is revolutionizing the way we see fashion and body positivity is Jessica Torres.

This 26-year-old Ecuadorian from the Bronx is upping the style game in an incredible way on Instagram and YouTube. In five short years, she’s gone from former retail clerk to style blogger, body positive and fashion reporter at Revelist.

But let’s back track a little. If you’re unfamiliar with the term body positive, here’s roughly what it means:

That time I wore my pjs out and about ?

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Mallorie Dunn, founder of the body positive fashion line SmartGlamour, told Psychology Today that this relatively new term means “accepting the body you have as well as the changes in shape, size, and ability it may undergo due to nature, age, or your own personal choices throughout your lifetime.” In other words, being body positive is “understanding that your worth and what’s going on with you physically are two separate entities.”

For Torres, being body positive was a way to cope with her own insecurities.

“I can’t remember when I realized that bo-po had become a cultural phenomenon because it was who I was, or at least who I had become, “Torres tells mitú. “Before body positivity was the cool thing, it was the way I was surviving in this world. It made me realize that you are worth more than your body and that size of your jeans does not determine your worth.”

Torres tells mitú that growing up, she always felt embarrassed about her body.

#SassySaturday so clearly I've been crop top crazy since I was a child. #posingsincethe90s #bloggerpractice #ithoughtiwastheshit

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“People would always compare me to my sisters and friends,” Torres says. “I was taught at a really young age that to be beautiful and successful I had to be thin. That really halted a lot in my life. I always thought that the day I lost weight and became thin I would be happy and successful. I would wear big baggy t-shirts and jeans that were two sizes too big to make sure I hid my body.”

Torres says that it wasn’t until she got to college that she had an awakening of confidence thanks to people she met there.

“When I got to college I met friends who were unapologetically themselves and made me realize that I could start living my best life now, not 10 or 50 pounds later,” Torres tells mitú. “I also discovered fashion blogs at that time and I became obsessed. I would go onto these blogs and save the pictures hoping they would encourage me to be brave enough to wear something bold and not be embarrassed about my body.”

Two years into college, Torres decided she was ready and confident enough to take the brave step and take a full body picture and post it online.

#tbt missing the summer

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Torres credits her mom and sisters for continuing to support and motivate the work she does today. But also, Torres says, she wants to inspire little girls that need someone to look up to, just as she needed while growing up.

“I realized that I needed to be the role model that I needed when I was younger…”

Torres tells mitú that she wanted to be someone who could’ve told her that she could be “fat and fashionable, happy and successful” and that’s why she started blogging.

That determination has taken her to great heights including speaking at SXSW this year on a panel titled “Rise of the ‘Real Girl,’” and this is clearly just the beginning for her.

In the past couple of years, she’s gotten lots of attention from various fashion magazine and blogs.

Part of being an online personality means Torres is gaining new friends and fans.

She killed the look, just like Torres, don’t you think?

She’s even famous in Puerto Rico!

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On a recent trip to Puerto Rico for an event, Torres was humbled by all the women that approached her with gratitude.

“I was so shocked to have so many people there waiting to see me and talk to me,” Torres said. “They mentioned the videos and stories I’ve written. I couldn’t believe it. The best part was to hear their stories of how because of my videos they decided to start their journey of self-love. One of them had even worn a two-piece swimsuit for the first time and showed me pictures.”

But of course, along with fans, will come the haters.

Still not over this look. #anythingforselenas

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“The hardest thing about being online is the negativity I get,” Torres says. “A lot of the things I do is to set an example for other men and women who are afraid to do things like wearing a swimsuit, crop top, form-fitting dress or even a sleeveless shirt. So I constantly put pictures of my body online and all of a sudden my body becomes the subject of discussion for many. People forget that the people online have feelings and emotions. I don’t personally get bothered by what they say but when my siblings or family see it and get offended that’s when it bothers me.”

Seeing the good and bad that comes with being a body positive style blogger, what does Torres tell aspiring people who want to do the same thing that she does?

Wearing this cute outfit via @gwynniebee. Tap for details.

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“If you are interested in becoming a style blogger you should know that this is harder than it looks,” Torres says. “Find the reason why you want to do this, find your message and stick to it. Work hard and make a lot of connections with as many people as you can.”


READ: This Latina Model Has A Growing Clothing Line For ALL Women

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Cardi B Finally Finished That Mysterious Back Tattoo And Boy Is It Impressive

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Cardi B Finally Finished That Mysterious Back Tattoo And Boy Is It Impressive

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While everyone else is doing stick and pokes while in quarantine, Cardi B has been working something a little bit more intense.

Without access to proper tattoo artists, many have resorted to DIY tattoos-WFH style. Recently we compiled a list of all of the cool hand-poked tattoos being created during quarantine (which is important to note that we DO NOT want you to do this at home) and couldn’t help but notice when Cardi B didn’t do one herself. Nope, instead, she summoned a tattoo veteran to finish a tattoo we’ve long been obsessed with.

After teasing parts of her new tattoo to fans for months, the “Bodack Yellow” rapper finally finished the massive design over the weekend.

“Okay guys! Soooo here it is! It took me several months but I’m finally finished. This is my back tattoo! It goes from the top of my back to the middle of my thigh,” Cardi wrote in a caption to her Instagram. In a separate clip to her Instagram, she credited tattoo artist Jamie Schene of Union3Tattoo for the work.

“60+ hours, more than 10 cities, it was an awesome project and a crazy experience,” Schene wrote in a post of his own about the tattoo which features an array of flowers, butterflies, and a hummingbird. “Thanks for your dedication, strength, and hospitality.”

The Grammy winner’s fans were quick to praise her tattoo.

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How y’all doing on this beautiful Monday ?

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“So beautiful can’t wait to finish mines,” kkvsh wrote in the replies section of the Instagram post.

Does it glow in the DARK too,” another user by the name of theshaunabrooks inquired while others cooed over the tattoo calling it “So colorful & pretty!”

No doubt when it comes to tattoos Cardi B is quite the pro.

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😒😒😒😒

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Cardi B has multiple tattoos on her body including the notorious and large peacock print on her left hip. She also has her sister Hennessey’s name on her bicep, her husband Offset’s name on her leg. She’s also had the tattoo “Loyalty Over Royalty” written on her right bicep and on one of her wrists she has her ex-boyfriend’s name “Tommy G.”

Adam Ray Okay Is Launching A New Clothing Line

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Adam Ray Okay Is Launching A New Clothing Line

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The time is finally here chicas.

Adam Ray Okay, the voice and face behind the iconic Instagram character named Rosa, has officially announced that they’re launching a clothing and merch line! That’s right, and you better believe the upcoming line will come with a whole lot of sass that will make the butterflies in your stomach go awfff.

In a post to fans on Instagram, Okay shared the big news.

“I’M SO EXCITED TO FINALLY SHARE THIS WITH YOU ALL. My new collection is dropping 05/21/2020 at adamrayokay.co!!! I’m so happy I was able to include 2 of my best friends that helped create the Rosa Cinematic Universe (RCU) in this with me. I want ALL of you to experience a little bit of Rosa when wearing these pieces head to my IG stories to find out how you can win a full set of merch when we launch! a portion of the proceeds will be going to those currently being affected by COVID-19,” the TikTok and Instagram star wrote in an Instagram post.

Okay announced that their new line is part of their new “Rosa Cinematic Universe (RCU)” which looks to be aiming to sell a full set of merch. What’s more, for every item sold a percentage of the proceeds will go to those currently being affected by COVID-19.

As of now, it looks like the site that will sell Okay’s items is not quite yet up and running.

The site Adamrayokay.co currently says that the site is “opening soon” but you CAN sign up with your email to find out when it will launch. The Instagram and TikTok user AdamRayOkay shot to fame late last year when the character they created named “Rosa” captivated viewers with her playful laugh and chismosa ways.

So far, Okay (as Rosa) has wrangled about 1.6 million followers on Instagram and nailed some amazing publicity.

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“I’m just trying to stay positive [and] I want to make other people feel positive,” 20-year-old Adam Ray Okay told Paper. “So I’m just trying to put as much content on there as possible, on the internet. Just because right now both the internet and the actual real world are in a really dark place. So yeah, I’m just trying to stay positive.

On what inspired them to create Rosa, Okay explained she was easy to come up with because everyone can relate to her.

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In late March, Okay was featured in a magazine spread published by Paper Magazine. Just weeks before, Okay made her debut on Fenty Beauty.

“I had downloaded the TikTok app and I was just scrolling, doing my thing. I wasn’t really thinking of making my own content. And then I just got inspired by myself, my childhood growing up and, like you said, everybody knows this Rosa character and I felt that she had been forgotten about… So once I brought her back, everybody was just so familiar with her and that’s why I felt she did really well,” Okay told Paper in the interview with Paper magazine. “She’s everywhere. So, even if you didn’t grow up with somebody like her, you know how she is. She’s predictable in an unpredictable way. She’s just so familiar… she is part of everybody.”