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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

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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.

“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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CREDIT: Facebook/Darlene Lebron

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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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

Over The Top Wedding Veils From Around The Globe

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Over The Top Wedding Veils From Around The Globe

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There’s something we have to address: we stan an over the top wedding veil. Hey, we just generally like a good veil. Because, if you’re going to go to the effort of veiling your face at your wedding, then why not put in a little more effort, and make your look extra AF? We’ve put together a collection of choice OTT wedding veil looks so that you can drool over them. Read on to find out which wedding veil style is your favorite!

1. Match the lace with the dress.

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This bride has done such a good job matching the lace on her veil with the lace on her dress, that it’s hard to tell where the dress ends and the veil begins! Part of perfecting a dramatic princess-like look is ensuring that you’re overflowing with delicate lace. Clearly, this groom is besotted with his gorgeous bride, and her style just completes shot.

2. Adorn the veil with pearls. 

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Take this pearl of wisdom: decorating your veil in pearls is one way to make sure that it’s as eye-catching as possible. What’s the bet that this bride’s pearls are something old, or something new, or maybe something borrowed? This bride has played it smart when it came to wearing her set of pearls: with them weighing down the veil at the front, hopefully, everything stayed in place for both the ceremony and the reception!

3. Stuff tradition.

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Who needs to do down the traditional route and wear the same kind of veil that everyone else is wearing? This bride has opted for a Hat-supported veil, which means that she’s not only protected from the sun for the day, but she’s also got her veil secured for as long as she needs it! Just think about how classy you’d look if you were in her shoes – or veil – while walking down the aisle.

4. Bigger is better.

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One easy way to really go over the top with your wedding veil is to wear the biggest veil you can find! You don’t necessarily need to get a super long veil to pull off this look. In fact, you may find it easier to manage the veil if doesn’t reach the floor. The catch is in making sure that the weight of your voluminous veil is well-balanced, so it doesn’t fall off your head!

5. Longer is lovely, too.

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Nothing screams “majestic” more than having an extra-long veil. We’re talking longer-than-your-train kind of long. Even if your hair is pulled back in a classic style, your long veil can make it seem like you’ve got to-die-for tresses. Can you imagine trying to pull off a Pantene-appropriate hair swish with a long veil like this? In short, it would be epic

6. Your veil can be your crowning glory.

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If you think that your veil isn’t extra enough for your big day, then why not jazz up your style with a crown? Especially since a tiara can be the ultimate accessory if you want to feel like a queen on your wedding day. This bride has pulled off the look effortlessly, by making sure not to overdo it with other jewelry and accessories.

7. Longer, plus bigger, equals magnificent.

Instagram / @wedding.tribe

This bride knows how to go all out with her veil. It’s long, and it’s big, and it’s wonderful! See the way that the veil is opaque? That means it’s got to be hella heavy. This bride is carrying some weight on her head.

8. It’s not just about the veil’s style, it’s about how you wear it.

Instagram / @monique_powers

This bride knows how to rock a veil. It’s transparent enough that you can see her face and her divine makeup, but it’s opaque enough that the back of her head is pretty well concealed.

9. It’s all about the little details.

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The best way to show off your love of over the top veils is to wear one that has the tiniest, and most intricate, lace detail through it. It’s feminine, and it’s just such a special way of putting your own unique touch on the veil, too. Personalization is everything these days, amigos. 

10. Consider the design at the edge of the veil.

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The thing is, you need to think about how to protect your veil from getting really wrecked while you’re traipsing through town taking timeless wedding photos. Because let’s face it, the ground is just filled with grime. So, if you have a solid hem around the edge of the veil, you know that it should help in protecting your veil against snagging and becoming ruined. And you know what else? You can use the hem to invest in a little extra-ness, just like this bride here.

11. Consider how the veil looks on camera.

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There is no way that this shot occurred naturally. This bride would have been planning this photo for months, thinking about how she’d need someone to stand just a little off-camera to maneuver a giant fan, and how she’d need a wedding veil that would look just right. That’s why she picked the most over the top veil, complete with lace designs throughout, to really get the effect she wanted. Learn from this, babes.

12. Stuff the white veil.

Instagram / @dragonproducciones

Who needs a white veil when you could just go all-out in red? Who are we kidding: over the top wedding veils include standout wedding hairpieces, as well. Besides, a deep crimson like this color captures the real spirit of the wedding – true love and passion.

13. Veils don’t need to have straight edges!

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Curves are cute, too. This bride clearly knew this when she was picking her veil and followed suit. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are going for this style, consider how it’s going to work with your hair on the big day. The trickiest part is figuring out how to tuck it in properly so you can show off the beauty of the veil, without it falling out halfway through the fiesta!

14. Keep the detail at the tail of the veil.

Instagram / @ximenazermeno

We all know that the part of the veil everyone sees the most when you’re walking down the aisle is the end of it. So, why not save the most over the top parts of the veil to the very end? It means everyone can appreciate your taste, and you’re not going to be kicking yourself over the fact that the best part of your veil is hidden away in your perfectly-coiffed hair. It’s a win-win for all.

So, which wedding veil style was your favorite? Were the veils too over the top for you, or not extra enough for your tastes? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

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