Summer is here, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to get that perfect summer body to take out to the beach or, say, toss onto the floor as you lie perfectly still in your un-air-conditioned apartment. And we’ve got the ~hottest tips~ to get yours ready.
Let’s get right to it:
Step 1: Go to a mirror. Take a good, long look at your body.
Míralo bien. Memorize every detail, every curve, bump, bony bit and every little lunar. Think about how you got that scar, the way your smile sneaks up a little more on one side, how your nose is your dad’s, exacta, how your hair and your hips are from your mother’s side.
Step 2: Close your eyes and picture your ideal form.
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How is this body going to be different from your fall/winter/spring/that-weird-season-where-it’s-technically-fall-but-still-feel-way-too-hot bod? Hmm, maybe if we added a tail? Horns? Wings??
Step 3: Compare yourself, in painstaking detail, to other summer bodies.
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Like merpeople, blobfish and the paletero.
Step 4: Change all your exercise and eating habits!
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You gotta make those big changes if you want to see real results! Swap warm winter soups for ice cream, trade your coat for shorts, and swap watching Netflix under a blanket for a swim or a walk in a garden.
Over the course of its five-season run, fans of the E! series “Botched” have seen it all. The series follows doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif remedy the disasters at the hands of extreme plastic surgeries. Together the two doctors have the most bizarre scenarios in plastic surgery from a woman whose breasts morphed in a “uni-boob” after a botched job, to a woman whose face was filled with cement. Once, a patient showed up to the doctors with the desire to be transformed into an alien-look alike. In the most recent episode of the series, the doctors have their work cut out for them when a woman whose surgery left her with pubic hair sprouting from her face came on the show to ask for help.
Crystal Coombs appeared on the show to have a surgery that she’d had at age 9 fixed for the good of her self-esteem.
Not too many years ago, a serious dog bite to the face would undoubtedly lead to extreme disfigurement for the rest of a person’s life. Today, doctors have been able to improve their techniques for patching up the results of these attacks all with the help of plastic surgery. For Coombs, who had been attacked and bitten by a dog decades ago when she was 9 years old, this proved to be very true.
“When I was 9 years old, my grandfather was holding the dog, and I was actually pretty terrified of the pitbull,” Coombs told the doctors in the episode. “All I remember is black.”
“Full attack mode?” Dubrow asks her while Nassif asked, “So he bit out the chunk of tissue?”
“Clean,” Coombs replied. “Then went to the emergency room, and there the doctors suggested that we wait until we see a plastic surgeon.”
At the time, Coombs had been left with a gaping wound which she told the doctors of “Botched” had been “open for a while. Like how the outside of Freddie Kruger’s face looks, with the burn? That’s what the inside looked like.” Fortunately, after some time, Coombs saw a plastic surgeon who was able to create a skin graft for her. With a complex procedure, he took skin from her groin and created the graft. Sadly, when puberty began for Coombs, so did another painful aspect of her scarring.
“So you were getting pubic hair on your face?” Nassif asks her in the episode.
The answer? Yes. Yes, she did.
Coombs began to grow pubic hair on her face.
“Yes. Literal pubic hair. I don’t believe that the doctor mentioned I would grow pubic hair out of my patch,” she explained while speaking to the doctors. “I don’t remember that.” Fortunately, Coombs seemed to have a bit of sense of humor about the growth of hair despite the fact that it was sprouting from her cheek.
Nassif later explained on the show that Coombs, while suffering from an odd predicament was lucky. “Crystal is very lucky that the emergency room physicians didn’t just try to stitch up that big gash and opening in her cheek because the ER doctor does not have the same skill set as a plastic surgeon,” Nassif explained. “If they did, she would’ve been like this–.” Nassif tugged his eye down to show what it might have looked like for her.
Speaking to the doctors about the hair growing from her akee, Coombs explained that she had been fine with the growth before her daughter was born.
Coombs told the doctors that the odd graft hadn’t really affected her life or self-esteem until she became a mother. “Now since having my daughter, I really started to get conscious of it,” Coombs, who is the mother of a 6 months old, explained. “I’m worried about the kids that she’ll go to school with… “After having my daughter, I am very nervous about how other kids will treat her because of how I look. I don’t want her to be teased.”
Coombs asked the doctor if they could help her with reconstructive surgery that would be as small and minimal as possible.
Dubrow later explained that the surgery needed to reconstruct Coomb’s face is “actually very deceptively complicated” because “that skin graft is very close to critical anatomical structures like the nose, the cheeks, and the eye, that if altered even a little bit can change the entire shape of the face and look very deformed.”
Eventually, the doctors performed the surgery for Coombs and the transformation was quite remarkable.
Speaking about her end results, Coombs explained “Before, I was way too self-conscious,” Crystal recalled. “And now, I’m no longer worried about Sana having to go through 21 questions about what’s on my face. I’m excited, I feel beautiful…it’s like a closed chapter.”
Check out a clip from the episode here.
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Gazing at models in magazines, online or on TV isn’t exactly a confidence booster. Or maybe we’ve just been looking at the wrong ones. Despite fashion’s obsession with skinny models, the average American woman is a size 16. In recent years we’ve seen movements for inclusivity around varied skin tones and race, abilities, gender, and ages. And this year, size had its own moment.
2019 has been the year of body-positivity —From music to magazine covers, women of all sizes are showing up and showing off
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In a society that puts so much pressure on the importance of appearance, and a fashion world that keeps bombarding women with images of extreme thinness and equating them with beauty, the brands —and women— that are leading the way towards inclusivity and representation are the ones that are winning. 2019 has seen brands and models defying the norm and redefining what it means to be beautiful. Women like Lizzo, the singer-songwriter who skyrocketed to fame repping the body-positive movement in her fun and daring outfits and performances, or Paloma Elsesser the Latina model who’s been featured on the covers of over 10 top fashion magazines this year and is the image of many major brands, are paving the way for curvy women to follow after them. We rounded up 10 Latina plus-size models who reflect real women in all their beautiful shades and sizes.
1. Denise Bidot
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This Latina made history as the first-ever plus-size model to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week back in 2015. Born in Miami, Florida, Bidot is of Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti descent, and she’s recognized for her groundbreaking work in representation. The model has started her own organization to support women of all shapes and sizes called “No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” —fun fact, she’s none other than Jonathan Van Ness’ bff.
2. Paloma Elsesser
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In the few short years since her career began, Paloma has walked for Rihanna and Proenza Schouler and fronted more than 10 magazine covers —including Vogue Mexico. The Canadian born model was raised in LA by an African-American mother and a Chilean-Swiss father. She’s now based in NYC and is the fashion world’s latest ‘It’ girl.
3. Jennifer Barreto Leyva
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Jennifer is a pioneer of the plus-size movement in Latin America. The Venezuelan beauty is a model, activist, and journalist who advocates for diversity. She describes herself as the first Latina plus-size model.
4. Natalia Lorenzo
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Natalia was discovered by a top modeling agency after she received over 114,000 followers on Instagram due to her body-positive message. The Colombian-born model admits that despite her new-found confidence she has suffered from mental health problems due to body image. Getting signed and the positive reaction she has received online has helped her learn to love herself.
5. Rosie Mercado
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Rosie Mercado is a multi-talented and empowering Latina. After doing her fair share of modeling, the Chicana is now a TV personality, brand ambassador and lifestyle coach.
6. Fluvia Lacerda
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Dubbed “the plus-size Gisele Bundchen”, Fluvia Lacerda is one of the most notorious plus-size models in the scene. She was the very first plus-size model to be featured on the pages of Playboy Brazil. Lacerda is the author of an autobiography and hosts a reality TV show on E! Entertainment called “Beauty XL”.
7. Barbie Ferreira
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The 22-year old first rose to fame in the mid-2010s as an American Apparel model turned body-positivity advocate. She was featured in an Aerie campaign that went viral for the un-retouched photos of the Brazilian’s curvy body. She bagged a spot on Time’s Most Influential Teens of 2016, and more recently, Ferreira stars in HBO’s hit show Euphoria as the sarcastic, fan fiction writer, Kat Hernandez. “It’s like I won the lottery,” Barbie tells them. “Because you don’t get fat girl roles where you’re allowed to explore sexuality, where you’re not just the tragic, dowdy, chubby girl.”
8. Jakaliene Rivera
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The Puerto Rican plus-size model was the winner of Tyra Banks’ “Fiercely Real” contest. Her 2009 participation in Miss New York beauty pageant jump started her career in modeling. She has covered several magazines including ‘Glamour’, she’s walked the runway for several designers and has been the face of size-positive brands like Dereon, Rocca Wear, Baby Phat and more.
9. Grisel Paula
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Afro-Dominican model Grisel Paula is a plus-size model turned business woman. Her modeling career inspired her to start a size-inclusive fashion line. With the motto “Sexy for all” Paula launched Rebdolls which features clothes in sizes ranging from size 0 to size 42.
10. Frankie Tavares
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Tavares is an industry triple threat, having used her modeling platform to also become a successful style influencer and founder. The model turned entrepreneur is the founder of Curvy ALLSTARS, a brand that promotes wellness and inclusion with an active lifestyle.
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