Profiling SSBBWs and their views, thoughts and issues
To help inspire those SSBBWs who haven't yet gotten that they are wonderful, caring, sexy, special people. Someone who is accepting of themselves, who is happy (either alone or with a loving mate), perhaps someone who works or does good things for the community. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. There is so much negativity on the net towards SSBBWs that we want to show the good side. If you know someone who fits this bill or feel you do and want to get profiled, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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November 2008 - We profiled Sara, a 26 year old from Boston, MA
SSBBW Magazine: What is your current weight?
SSBBW Magazine: What body shape would you say you are?
SSBBW Magazine: Have you always been an SSBBW?
SSBBW: I have been a large woman for many years, since I was a teen. I was a tiny little girl, and was made fun of because I was so skinny. Then, when puberty hit, I gained a LOT of weight (about 100 pounds) in about a year. Since then, I have always been a big woman.
SSBBW Magazine: Why would you be an inspiration to other SSBBWs?
SSBBW: I am a confident, sexy, sensual woman, and I have been pursuing my life's purpose with no regard for "industry standards" in the fashion world. I have been working locally as a plus size model, and have debuted my own clothing line geared especially for plus size women, Sizzlin' CurveWear, which I sell online at a plus size boutique, The Voluptuous Beauty Boutique (www.vbboutique.com). I speak out in the community about the importance of size acceptance, since I am who I am, and I deserve to be as accepted as the size 00 woman.
SSBBW Magazine: What are the joys of being an ssbbw?
SSBBW: I am in Michigan and the winters aren't quite as cold to me as they are to someone who is not a ssbbw.I love my curves, and I enjoy not having to be so completely conscious about what I eat. I am a very healthy person, and I eat well, but I feel that I don't have to restrict myself from ever indulging a little. I feel that my body is an asset rather than a liability, and it doesn't hurt that I almost always get my way!
SSBBW Magazine: What are the drawbacks?
SSBBW: I feel that sometimes I can't do the same things that my thin friends can do easily. I used to enjoy roller coasters and carnival rides, but now that I don't fit into them, I can't enjoy them like my friends. I also feel that sometimes I am unjustly discriminated against for jobs because of my size, and have actually seen instances where people were ready to hire me on the phone, but in meeting me they dismissed me instantaneously.
SSBBW Magazine: What is it like being an SSBBW in today's society?
SSBBW: It can be a rough journey every day, from job searching and social interactions to clothing shopping and eating out, there are so many areas where I am viewed differently than my thinner counterparts. The upside of that is that in the right circles, I am welcomed with open arms, and feel very comfortable with myself at all times... it is just about helping others become more accepting of me that is difficult!
SSBBW Magazine: How would you like to change society's view of SSBBW?
SSBBW: I work hard every day to debunk the myths of obesity. I am an SSBBW, and my doctor has given me a completely clean bill of health. I exercise, eat right (most of the time) and enjoy life freely physically, but I have hit so many walls with countless people. Everyone asks how much I can eat, or what health issues I have, rather than more polite questions that are asked of thin people as "getting to know you" questions. I would like to have people enlightened to the fact that not all big girls are unhealthy, and in fact the opposite is true. I hate the people who innocently ask when my baby is due, though I am not and never have been pregnant.
SSBBW Magazine: What do people/companies serving the public need to do to accommodate ssbbws?
SSBBW: There is a real market for comfortable, well tailored clothing for larger bodies. Most large women do not enjoy wearing potato sacks or dressing gowns all the time, and we deserve clothing that is sexy, beautiful and makes us feel great too.
SSBBW Magazine: Can you recommend such people/services who do?
SSBBW: Well, the VB Boutique is a great place to find the custom-tailored, comfortable and sexy clothing that makes every woman look and feel more confident about herself! The boutique tailors to all sizes, and doesn't discriminate based on size, height, weight, or color. The boutique loves us all, as we are, and who we are! Also, the company Uniquely Plus Size (www.uniquelyplussize.com), for which I have recently become a Representative, is a wonderful place to feel empowered, educated, and entertained about who you are and how life is as a plus size woman! Finally, the Voluptuous Beauty Pageant (www.missvoluptuousbeauty.com) has been a source of inspiration for me. As a former contestant, I felt beautiful and admired, and I knew I could achieve all things in life.
SSBBW Magazine: Do you follow any exercise or healthy eating regimes? If so, what are they?
SSBBW:I am a classically trained chef, and have been cooking for as long as I can remember. I enjoy freshly prepared foods, from many cuisines, and nothing is "off limits" to me. I practice the art of moderation, which I call an art because one person's idea of a serving may be another person's idea of dinner for two, and vice versa. I exercise daily by walking about 2.5-3 miles around my neighborhood, and I try to incorporate some cardio into my week at least twice per week.
SSBBW Magazine: If you could wave a magic wand and be 130 lbs, would you?
SSBBW: There is no real right or wrong answer for this, because I think everyone at some point wants to be thinner than they are, and of course that goes for me too. For the most part, I feel that as long as I am healthy, happy, and confident, it doesn't really matter what the scale says.
SSBBW Magazine: Do you have a favorite overweight actor/actress?
SSBBW: I love Kathy Bates, and have for many years. She is an inspiration for me, and a great role model. I also enjoy watching Camryn Manheim, who is a beautiful woman as well, and gives me someone in television who looks more like me.
SSBBW Magazine: What would you like to say to all the SSBBWs reading this?
SSBBW: Love yourself for who you are, and know that you ARE beautiful! Beauty is in perspective, and if your personality shines from within, people will see it and it won't be important how much you weigh. I have acheived so much success by thinking this way, and by living it every day!
SSBBW Magazine: What would you like to say to those just reading this out of curiosity about the SSBBW / FA community?
SSBBW: Have an open mind and an open heart! I am where I am today because I was lucky enough to find some amazing, kind, open individuals and organizations that gave me teh emotional support I needed to pursue my goals and dreams. I hope you can be that person to someone too!
SSBBW Magazine: Thank you Sara