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How A Plus-Size Latina Model is Using Social Media to Encourage Women to Be Healthy

After her marriage fell apart and her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, plus size model Rosie Mercado turned to food. The plus size model hit 410 pounds before being forced to face her weight gain. She took back her life and the transformation has been captured on her Instagram.

Rosie Mercado is a plus size model on a mission to get healthy…not skinny.

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A shocking wake up call motivated her to start changing her life.

Raw Fitness

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She surrounded herself with a great support system from her trainer…

With trainer Justin Blum raw fitness #blessed

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To her son who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Never let what other think of you hold you back!! ?? proud of my son Valentino

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Rosie stayed dedicated to her weight loss journey and credits her discipline for the transformation.

She was never shy to admit when she was feeling tempted.

What should I have !!! GREEN JUICE back to it ❤️??

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And temptation is especially challenging during a kid’s birthday party. ??

Well, eating healthy is tough with kids.

Ice cream

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Through it all, Rosie stayed focused on her overall goal no matter how hard it got.

The moment my trainer tells me not to give to keep going Think about the results #relentless

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She celebrated all the little milestones that eventually led her to where she is now.

5 pounds down! #rawfitness

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Rosie’s strong commitment has helped her shed 210 pounds.

Hey guys it's @the_beautiful26 my mom is on her grind again gym and meal prepping! ??

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Her family has been there to cheer her on the entire time.

Amazing time working out with my family

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And it looks like her journey and dedication are definitely paying off.

Omg!! Riding a bike first time in 10 years at my cousins house!! #happy #weight loss #transform #Latina @mongoosebikes

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Share this story with your friends and family and remember that no journey is impossible if you put your mind to it.

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7 Five-Star Reviewed Plus-Sized Bathing Suits On Etsy

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7 Five-Star Reviewed Plus-Sized Bathing Suits On Etsy

Summer is just around the corner! Which means that it’s time to break out the bikinis and go “skimpy” dipping. Here’s where our list below comes in. Of course, it might seem easier to head over to a big box store like Nordstrom or Target to find your next favorite piece for the summer, but why not support a small business doing the work on Etsy?

We put together a list of top-rated bikini items on Etsy.

Check them out below!

Criss cross bandage suit

LILYSHdesign

Five star and 1,047 sales|Price: $149.00

This top selling swimsuit can be worn both as a swimsuit and paired with skirts and bottoms.

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Backless Monokini Swimsuit

BlackMintRose

Five star 23 sales|Price: $29.99

This handmade multi color printed high waist swimsuit bikini is perfect with the chica with curves and summer rays on her mind.

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Sweet swim dress

HerinDesignStudio

Five star 142 sales|Price: $92.00

Combining comfort and style this swimsuit is perfect for the swimmer on the go!

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Multicolor Stripe Halter Neck One Piece

BlackMintRose

23 sales|Price: $39.99

This handmade multicolor halter top swimsuit is beyond perfect for the LGTBQ proud and or the chica awaiting her hot girl summer. According to one reviewer, the piece is well-made and the seller ships items fast!

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Blocking High-waisted Two-piece

BlackMintRose

23 sales|Price: $39.99

Handmade and created with flattering colors, this high-waisted two-piece will do more than accentuate your best assets. It’ll have you standing out in the waves!

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Navy Gingham Reversible High Waist Bikini Set

byswim

224 sales|Price: $65.00

This high-waisted bottom and high neck crop top can be swapped for both the top and or bottom for various looks. Go for gingham or a solid color, either way, you’ll be rocking a classic summer look!

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Personalized Panama Triangle Reversible Top

byswim

224 sales|Price

Reviewers describe this set as being versatile and comfy to wear. The set is reversible so you can 4 different bathing suit looks in one!

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This 26-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Has Big Dreams Of Making History For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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This 26-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Has Big Dreams Of Making History For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

It’s not every day that history is made in the model industry.

Sure, the field is one that has seen quite a bit of change in terms of diversity and representation in recent years, but if the current look of runways has anything to prove it’s that doors still need to be opened. This is true for the representation of people of color other ethnicities as well as those with differing gender identities and disabilities.

Twenty-six-year-old Mikayla Holmgren knows this truth and is striving to be the change she wants to see in the fashion and model industry.

Holmgren is a woman with Down syndrome and used to making history and striving for change.

In 2017, she became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA pageant. At the time she entered as a contestant in Minnesota’s competition. While she didn’t earn the crown for Miss Minnesota Holmgren did take home the Spirit of Miss USA award and the contest’s Director’s Award. It was the first time for a contestant with Down syndrome to take home any wins in the category.

Holmgren recently talked to Gretchen Carlson in a recent episode of PEOPLE (the TV Show!) about her latest goals and dreams of making history.

“We tell all our people who have special needs or Down syndrome, go ahead and do it,” Holmgren, who recently submitted her audition tape to Sports Illustrated, explained. “Just follow your dreams and then do things.”

On whether or not she is nervous, Holmgren explained that she has no nerves. “I just wait and see,” she explained, “and fingers crossed.”

Holmgren went on to share that more important to her than winning is her desire to encourage inclusivity.

“Just bring awareness and be more inclusive,” she explained. “Just spread the world. And does inclusive matter? No matter what, it’s from inside out. It’s follow your dream to go do it.”

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