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This Latina Model Has A Growing Clothing Line For ALL Women

Denise Bidot is one of the world’s most famous plus-size models, and she is taking a stand for body positivity like never before. The Puerto Rican-Kuwaiti model, who was raised in Miami, wants everyone to know that There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman.

Denis Bidot is a plus-sized model with a mission: making women comfortable with their bodies.

No makeup. No filter. No retouching. ? #naturalcurves #justme #beyourself #loveyourbody #nowrongway #bigbuttandiloveit #effyourbeautystandards #thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman

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As a part of her mission, Bidot is posting photos of herself on Instagram without any retouching.


And she looks damn good doing it.

She has also started a clothing brand called There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman.

ITS HERE ??? #Repost @thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman ・・・ Welcome! “There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” campaign has officially launched and I couldn’t be happier! The movement creates a safe place for women from all stages in life to come together without judgment. It’s my home of self-love and confidence and I’m so excited to open the door to everyone who feels inspired and wants to carry on the message! Over the next few weeks I’m going to feature the “There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” Class of 2016. This diverse group of women range in age from 18 to 60, sizes 2 to 22, and come from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Their differences are exactly what make them beautiful! I encourage you to visit www.thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman.com and read their stories about what being a woman means to each one of them. I promise, you will be inspired. In fact, I’d love for you to be a part of the extended Class of 2016 by sharing your stories using the hashtag #NoWrongWay. Post pictures and videos of you and all the fearless women you know and be sure to tag @thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman. Or send your videos to info@denisebidot.com for a chance to be featured on the website! www.thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman.com Can’t wait to hear your inspiring stories!

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“The strength of a woman is unparalleled and society’s definition of beauty often overshadows it,” Bidot wrote on the website. “I want to show that not only are we strong, but our differences are exactly what makes us beautiful. After all, a rainbow would be pretty boring if it was just one color and size.”

Originally, Bidot wanted to be an actor. But she was constantly turned down for roles because of her weight, according to The Cut.


“I actually moved to L.A. in 2005, and I wanted to be an actress. I would go out on all these Disney show auditions, and it was so easy to be yourself,” Bidot told The Cut. “Then I turned 18, moved to California, and was constantly being told that I needed to lose weight. I was like, ‘Look, I should be enough. Why is talent not enough?'”

Now, it’s important to know that her campaign is not anti-straight-size women. It is an inclusive campaign aimed at accepting women of all sizes and colors.


“I get asked all the time that we don’t look the same as straight-sized models and I am like, ‘Why does it have to be a versus.’ Why does it have to be straight-sized vs plus-sized,” Bidot told E! News. “I think it is one big industry. I am doing amazing things. I have to say we work out, we run around town, we most of the time are traveling so it’s hard not to be running through airports. We are just us.”

Bidot never expected to be a model until a chance encounter with a photographer.


According to her interview with The Cut, Bidot was doing makeup for a plus-sized model when the photographer asked if she would be interested in modeling. This was after the model had given up on her acting career.

“Shortly after I shot the images with her, she started getting calls like, ‘Who is this girl? Who is she signed to? What’s she doing,'” Bidot recalled to The Cut. “I ran through the door and realized what an amazing opportunity it was.”

She credits social media with the wider acceptance and success of plus-sized models and for the success of her own body positivity campaign.


“Social media had put the power back in the consumer’s hands,” Bidot told The Cut. “[Modeling] is a way to speak up, be recognized, and to be that person that I never had growing up.”

READ: Paraguay’s Miss Gordita Beauty Pageant Puts Plus-Size Women Center Stage

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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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Latina Chef and TV Personality Alejandra Ramos Is Tired of Getting Racist, Sexist Body-Shaming Comments From Viewers

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Latina Chef and TV Personality Alejandra Ramos Is Tired of Getting Racist, Sexist Body-Shaming Comments From Viewers

Courtesy NBC News

As a woman on the planet, we’re often subject to unwanted comments about our bodies. Often, people cloak their comments in “concern”. We may be “giving people the wrong idea” or “distracting” others with the way our bodies look. And if you’re a woman of color, as TV chef Alejandra Ramos writes, this criticism is more intense.

As a woman of color, people often fetishize and other-ize our bodies. Clothing that might be appropriate and “normal” on a white body becomes downright dangerous on yours. This is especially true if you are more curvaceous.

On Tueday, chef and TODAY show contributor Alejandra Ramos wrote an emotional piece venting her frustration at the body-shaming comments viewers make about her body.

The comments Alejandra Ramos receives often have both sexual and racialized undertones. After a successful TODAY show segment where Ramos presented a fun recipe on sheet pancakes, her feelings of accomplishment were quickly dampened by negative feedback she got about the way her body looks on camera.

“I’m sure NBC execs were frowning during the segment,” someone tweeted at her. “Suggest you wear more appropriate attire next time you appear on a U.S. channel, especially when you appear on a premiere show like Today. I want to see more of your recipes on air with a little less of your figure.”

And this hateful comment was just one of many racist, body-shaming comments that Alejandra Ramos received from disgruntled viewers.

Ramos received a myriad of other racist, body-shaming criticisms about her appearance. “You are not working in Spanish television where women’s fashion is more revealing than American,” said another person. “Do we have to look at your body?” wrote someone else.

The issue, apparently, was the dress that Ramos was wearing: a flowing, citrus-orange A-line dress with a V-neck that revealed some of her décolletage.

These criticisms stand out because they have overt racist and sexist undertones. These critics highlighted the fact that Alejandra Ramos was other–a Latina in a white space.

“The real issue was that, as a vibrant, curvy, Latina woman, I was thriving and being celebrated in a space that rarely makes room for people who look like me,” wrote Ramos on a powerful op-ed for TODAY.

Ramos explained in her op-ed that people have made negative, racialized comments about her body not only throughout her career, but throughout her life.

“I was always darker, curvier, chubbier and frizzier than everyone else around me,” she explained. By the time she was 11-years-old, adults were making negative comments about her body, sexualizing her, telling her to “cover up”.

“Sometimes the comments do come from a good place, however misguided”, Ramos wrote, “but more often than not, they’re words of control and racism.”

“Styles, outfits and body shapes that are praised and celebrated on white bodies are judged differently on people of color.”

Ramos revealed that a white, thinner friend of hers wore an almost identical dress to hers in a different cooking segment and got none of the body-hate that Ramos did.

Luckily, instead of withering under the criticism, Ramos is using it as an opportunity to thrive. By showing up in her curvaceous, Latina body with pride, Ramos is showing other women and young girls of color that their bodies are normal and worthy.

“To the woman who wrote to me after my segment: I know that kids are watching — and I’m glad they are,” she concluded her op-ed. “I hope many of them are girls like I once was, and that seeing me on TV makes them realize that no matter what anyone says to them, they are good and valued and worthy of anything they dream of.”

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