Celebrities usually have a lot of pressure to conform to the set beauty standards in the particular industry they are in. Often times, it’s celebrities who are plus-size that get the heat. Some have even turned to drugs, suicide or starvation to escape from pressure or to emulate the narrow beauty standards.
However, there are queens out here who are making it big internationally and have refused to be swayed or bow down to public pressure. They flaunt their curves and get money while being unapologetically themselves. There are 7 billion people in the world and everyone is trying to fit in, but they preach body-positivity all the way.
When people think of plus-size musicians, Lizzo is the first name that pops to mind and for good reason. Lizzo is a symbol of body positivity in America right now. She is unafraid to wear clothes that reveal her curves, rolls and flabby arms. She is unapologetically herself and inspires many through that same energy.
“Impostor syndrome is a privilege to the most marginalized group in America. Not only were we taught to believe we didn’t belong in the spotlight, but when we finally get to a place of self-worth the world tries to knock us down. Not this time, the world smiled with us. The world sang with us. It saw our beauty last night. The world saw black women feeling good as hell and cheered us on.” Lizzo said on Instagram.
When it comes to TV shows and movies, Rebel Wilson is one to watch out for. In a past interview with cosmopolitan, she said her body shape enabled her to be signed on the second day. The agents said they had not seen anyone like her and knew she would be a great addition to the team.
She has gone to star in movies like Pitch Perfect, Isn’t it Romantic and The Hustler. Her confidence in herself enables other plus-size women to become more confident in their skin.
Melissa McCarthy has revealed in past interviews that she has been struggling with weight her whole entire life. Her weight keeps fluctuating and she’s okay with that. She admitted to Redbook in 2016 that she was saddened by the fact that many women in the world felt sad about themselves based on how 5% of the human population looked like.
In the modelling world, petite frames are all the rage. However, Ashley Graham took it upon herself to be the poster girl for plus-size models and has redefined the obsession with smaller sizes. She is an editorial and fashion model changing the narrative one runway at a time. She has been featured on several major runways and publications.
Self-care guide for the modern man
When you log in to social media and see the hashtag ‘self-care’ nine times out of ten it has nothing to do with a man. It is highly likely to be accompanied by a picture of a woman in a fancy bathrobe knocking back some Pinot Noir and probably needing a break from some man somewhere. This therefore creates the societal premise that self-care should be a foreign term to a man. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
At heart self-care is taking the initiative to improve, maintain or better your own well-being whether physically, emotionally or mentally in spite of your gender. There is however a stark difference between temporarily distracting yourself and practicing self-care. A lot of times people especially men associate distracting activities such as drinking some beer, watching sports and club hopping with self-care. We therefore look into some basic healthy practices to get you started on your self-care journey
As personalized as self-care can be, there are certain basics that are a constant and exercise is one of them. Exercise raises the levels of endorphins – the happy hormone, in the body. It is also a great way to rid your body and mind of all the tension and pent up stress that might have built up during the day. Contrary to popular belief, exercise for men doesn’t have to mean lifting the heaviest weights or running the longest distance. Striving to do all these things at once makes the activity just another distraction and no better for the mind than playing video games. The trick is to not think of exercise in terms of calories burned. Instead, focus on building mind-body awareness whether you’re doing yoga, tai chi or lifting the heaviest barbell.
Build great relationships
Fostering great human relationships is and can be a great self-care avenue. Fostering such relationships however doesn’t always have to mean spending all your time these friends. Dedicating at least an hour to your friendships and engaging in passion projects such as tinkering with cars, building some furniture is enough. In the process intimate conversations are had. You therefore ending up tackling soft spots such as relationship troubles, seeking advice from people who’ve gone through similar experiences without it feeling like therapy or a support group. However if baring your soul to other people sounds uncomfortable to you, you don’t have to. Just taking your time and productively enjoying your friends company is self-care enough.
Pampering is the most recognized form of self-care. This deeply personalized exercise is a very valid form of self-care although as seen above is not the only form of self-care. Pampering yourself involves going the extra mile to ensure you indulge in the comforts you wouldn’t normally splurge on. This could involve booking that trip you’ve always wanted to take, going to the spa for a massage or to the sauna for a proper sweat out or even going to watch your favorite football team play live. There is nothing off the table when it comes to pampering yourself, as long as it truly relaxes you, it counts.
Self-care is therefore not in the activity but in the intention behind it. Building your emotional, mental and physical well-being ultimately ensures your reservoir of resilience is healthily stocked for the rainy days. Seeing as male suicide rates are on the up, such practices are in the end very crucial in having the emotional bandwidth to cope with the difficult times.
Must-have heels for every woman’s shoe collection
Heels are adored by most women globally and with good reason. The right pair of heel can boost ones confidence and esteem. Moreover, having a variety will give you more options to work with. Here are must-have heels for the heel lovers.
They are extremely comfortable and make a good balance between comfort and style. The heel is very small and this makes it easier for one to wear them the entire day without getting tired.
Stilettos have the highest heel. For this reason, many people avoid wearing or even owning a pair of stiletto heels. Although a number of people struggle walking in them, once you master your strut them you’ll be hooked. They are most ideal for any formal event.
They have a lower heel as compared to stilettos and are low-cut around the front. They can be worn with anything and anywhere.
Chunky heels have a square base that is wider. They are a favorite for many as one can wear them the entire day and not tire. For this reason, they are a good option for college and office wear or garden events.
As the name suggests have a strap at the back. The beauty of this shoe is it looks classy and effortless at all times. You can also find variations of chunky or kitten heels.
Usually, loafer heels don’t have a fastening system are are extremely comfy. They can be worn as both dress shoes and casual shoes and are a good pair in every ladies closet.
Their heels resemble an ice-cream cone with a very wide top and narrow bottom. They are classy and are a good balance between high and low heels.
It resembles a comma and look like kitten heels. They normally tend to curve inward or outward depending on the design.
With an illusion of a double heel,this shoe has a wider top and bottom but a narrow middle section. They are good for both evening and formal wear.
The shoe is definitely a girl-next door shoe with an added vintage look. They can be worn formally and casually and their low heel makes it easy to style them.
They are very easy to wear as they’re slide-on. These shoes are multi-purpose and are in vogue at the moment.
This shoe is considered comfy courtesy of its base.It has a thicker and wider base making it easier to walk in them.The difference between the top of the heel and the bottom of the sole is very minimal.
These are one of the most comfortable high heels as they offer much more support with both the heel and the sole are evenly distributed.
Fashion: Lupita Nyongo’s best red carpet looks
Lupita Nyong’o burst into the Hollywood scene full throttle in 2013 with her breathtaking acting prowess in 12 Years a Slave . This lady is a force to reckon with as she doubles as a style star and author. The Lancôme fashion ambassador always blows people away with her spectacular hairdos and fashion picks.
Scroll down for some of our favorite Lupita Nyong’o red carpet looks:
The Bold Red
Lupita graced the 71st Golden Globes 2014 in a striking red Ralph Lauren dress. She left everyone in awe with this number that landed her on every best-dressed list. She kept both her hairdo and jewelry very simple letting the dress take star of the day
Pleated green chiffon
Lupita Nyong’o stunned the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in a jade green silk Gucci pleated dress. She rocked this gown like a pro and wearing her hair up was a good idea as we could focus more on her facial features and the dress. Would you believe that in 2017 Queen Bee herself wore the same dress at the Beauty and the Beast Premiere. Who do you think wore it best?
Lupita loves pleated outfits and she looks absolutely gorgeous in them,we couldn’t agree less. She wore this Givenchy beautiful long pleated skirt with a wide obi-belt waist at the 2014 NAACP image awards. This look was a good combo and it matched perfectly with her skin color
The actress looks like a fearless goddess with this shimmering black and gunmetal gown. She wore this Elie Saab number on the red carpet at the 2018 BAFTAs
Jade Inspired gown
We fall in love with Lupita’s style courtesy of this jade-colored gown. She wore this calvin klein collection dress to the 2016 Met Gala accompanied with a gravity-defying hairdo. She kept it simple with Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Bold and Beautiful
All hail the Queen
The actress looked like an African Queen with this Rosie Assoulin ensemble. She also had a multicolored headpiece that I think she would have done without but managed to look good nonetheless. This look was at the screening of Queen of Kate in London on 2016.
This Prada dress and Fred Leighton jewelry is a favorite of many. She won over so many hearts with this Cinderella baby blue hue that made her look magical. She had this at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, March 2014. In an Instagram post shared last year on October, she revealed that the blue dress that Sulwe wears in her book was inspired by this 2014 gown. This was her first Academy Awards ceremony and she recalls it as a magical experience. Her goal has always been to give dark skin the power to exist in the world of magic, dreams and imagination and she surely brought her point home.
Chic two-tone look