Curves, Cats, and Creams

Fashion Orgasm Alert! Channel Your Inner Marilyn Monroe With Pinup Girl Clothing!



Whether you love Marilyn Monroe or despise her as a presidential home wrecker, you must admit that she was damn hot! At a size 14, this curvaceous bombshell redefined the word “sexy” and was, ironically, what most straight size designers today would consider far too fat to cruise the catwalk!

And now you can honor this curvy pioneer by sporting pinup looks inspired by her and brought to life by Pinup Girl Clothing. Founded in 1999, Pinup Girl Clothing is dedicated to making sure that modern day pinups of all sizes can rock their curves in vintage ensembles like this Marilyn-inspired “Jessica Dress in Vintage Red”. 

Thanks to brands like Pinup Girl Clothing, the curvy revolution is now well under way and people are finally realizing what Marilyn knew more than 60 years ago when she graced the cover of the very first Playboy Magazine in 1953: curves = SEXY! 








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Prom Night is Right Around the Corner! Are Your Curves Ready?



Who could ever forget their prom night? Waking up at dawn to get your nails done, making sure your hair style was secure enough to hold up to some major booty-dropping on the dance floor, not being able to eat a thing because the butterflies were taking up all the room in your stomach, and, of course, finally donning the perfect dress that you spent the last 6 months searching for. 

Now curvy girls can experience every bit of joy, nerves, and anticipation that prom night brings without having to settle for anything less than the perfect dress because of their curves, thanks to Since 2007, has been providing quality dresses for life’s most special occasions, such as weddings, Sweet 16 parties, and proms, and now they’re making every curvy prom-goer’s dreams come true. 

Available in sizes up to 26, breathtaking creations such as this Hot Pink Luxury V-Neck Sleeveless dress are available now for up to half off and can even be custom made to fit your unique curves flawlessly.

Visit now to order the perfect dress which will ensure that every eye is on your gorgeous curves and not on your date’s god-awful dance moves!



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Love Thine Enemy? Chrystal Bougon of Curvy Girl Inc Says Yes!

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Unfortunately, I don’t think a single one of us has ever not been made fun of for something, whether it’s our weight, our glasses, our lack of income, etc. Bullying has been a stain on society for as long as people have been different. In other words, since the beginning of time!

Chrystal Bougon is the owner of Curvy Girl Boutique, a plus size lingerie boutique in San Jose, CA, and has been an advocate for body and self acceptance for many years. Inspired by Jen McLellen, founder of, she recently launched the “Love Letter to Your Bully” campaign to encourage victims of bullying to write a letter or meme standing up to their bullies. Below is the meme she published that triggered an avalanche responses from women across the country, all of whom applauded her bravery.

Dear Fat Shamer, Internet Bully, and Concern Troll:

Your hatred towards fat people FUELS MY FIRE to show every waking moment showing Curvy Women how sexy they are. Your ignorance inspires me. All women deserve to feel sexy and beautiful. My heart breaks for you that you cannot see beauty in all bodies.

I hope one day you find some LOVE in your life so that you can learn to love yourself and stop putting fat women down to fill your sad, empty heart. Choose love, not hate.


If you were bullied, for any reason, please join the “Love Letters to Your Bully” campaign and take a stand against the haters. Spreading love, even to our enemies, just might cause future bullies to think twice about casting that first stone.


Join the campaign at


Chrystal Bougon






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Love Food Trucks? Your Curvy Chix Chariot Awaits!

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While I was in college, I began a clandestine affair with the food trucks lurking around campus, tempting every innocent passerby with mouthwatering aromas of goodies like fresh baked pizza and french fries. Shamefully, I soon found myself addicted to those middle-of-the-afternoon quickies in between classes, although I truly tried my hardest (cough) to avoid the temptation.

Much to my dismay, there is now an even greater temptation; the Curvy Chix Chariot, the first exclusively plus sized fashion truck in the Washington, DC, area. Carrying trendy fashions and accessories from both local and global designers, Curvy Chix Chariot answers the needs of busy curvy women who simply don’t have time to go on a hunting expedition to find the rare brick-and-mortar store that actually carries their sizes.

The mastermind behind this evil idea is Donna Hundley, a busy mother, student, and employee who knew all too well the frustration of purchasing an outfit online and then being devastated upon arrival when it did not fit or hug her curves the right way. Taking matters into her own hands, she launched a mobile boutique that combines a private shopping experience, complete with a changing room, music, and ambient lighting, with expert fashion advice for those who need a guiding hand.

If all of this isn’t enough temptation, Curvy Chix Chariot will even come to your door when you want to host a fashion party in the DC, MD, or North VA areas. I mean, what could be worse than having chic, affordable fashions delivered right to your door for you and your curvy girls to fight over?!

Well, if you’re like me and can resist everything except temptation, you may as well throw in the towel right now and call the Curvy Chix Chariot. Don’t fight it, ladies; it’s best to just give in and put up with the fabulous wardrobe!

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Shen Bennett of C’est Magnifique Agency Revolutionizes Boston’s Curves!


I am so excited that I got to speak with Ms Shen Bennett, former curvy model and founder of C’est Magnifique Agency, Boston’s very first fashion and event planning agency exclusively for us curvy girls. Read on to hear how Shen is changing the face of Boston’s curvy fashion industry, literally!

1. Question: Why did you choose to become a plus size model and what did you like best and least about it?

Answer: I did some straight size modeling when I was about 12, which I loved. As my body type started changing, I realized that it wouldn’t be healthy to try and stay in straight sizes, so I embraced plus size modeling. I started off trying to get jobs on my own, and then joined the John Robert Powers Agency and later, the Barbizon Modeling Agency.

What I like best about being a plus size model is that I can express myself and it’s OK to be whatever size you are. What I like least is the discrimination between “petite plus” and “regular plus”. “Petite plus” refers to models that are 5′ 6″, while “regular plus” includes models that are 5′ 8″ or above.

2. Question: Why do you think that most plus size models are non-Caucasian?

Answer: Discrimination comes into play here, too. There are different levels to plus size modeling and the models at the higher levels are mainly Caucasian, while the everyday levels are mainly non-Caucasian.

3. Question: Why did you choose to start C’est Magnifique Agency?

Answer: I was working with two other agencies, a more established one and a start-up one, and the owner of the start-up agency didn’t take my ideas for the business seriously because he said I was “just a model”. After C’est Magnifique Agency started becoming more well-known, though, the same man actually reached out to me and wanted to collaborate on a project! Needless to say, I didn’t, but it still gave me a huge ego boost!

4. Question: What were some of the challenges you faced when launching C’est Magnifique Agency?

Answer: Since Boston is not welcoming to the plus size fashion industry, I really worked hard had to make the shows we produced professional and entertaining, since that was the only way we’d be taken seriously.

One of the biggest challenges I faced was finding designers. I visited the different design schools to try to recruit new and fresh designers and none of them even wanted to consider creating clothes for curvy women! Thankfully, some of them changed their tune after meeting my models and really experiencing the professional atmosphere we create.

5. Question: Who was your biggest supporter?

Answer: My immediate family, my best friend, my models, and designers such as Crystal Frasier and Nilanjo Fashions, who I also still model for. My runway coach, Sophia Adolphe, has also been with me through everything, from the very beginning of C’est Magnifique Agency. She is such an incredibly positive person, which is why she fits in so well with the C’est Magnifique Agency family; negativity does not have a place here!

6. Question: Who is your personal favorite designer and why?

Answer: Even though she doesn’t design for curvy girls, I love Victoria Beckham! Her clothes are posh, uptight, powerful, fashionable, and daring, just like her. She even wears high heels just to the supermarket with her kids and that is so me in a nutshell.

7. Question: Who has been the biggest influence on your own personal style?

Answer: Definitely Jessica Simpson. My signature look is tights, dress, and a blazer; something that can easily go from day to night, which is similar to Jessica’s style.

8. Question: What is your favorite show C’est Magnifique has produced and why?

Answer: The one we did at last year’s Boston Fashion Week was amazing and so much fun! All of the designers and models really stepped up their professionalism.

9. Question: What was it like to be interviewed on Style It Up, the Boston fashion TV show on Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN)?

Answer: I had just launched C’est Magnifique Agency and I was very nervous about speaking on TV, so I was grateful that the interviewer made me feel more at ease. After I started feeling more comfortable, I just enjoyed speaking about C’est Magnifique Agency and bringing awareness to the plus size community and polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is a condition I have and try to raise awareness of since it affects a large portion of the plus size community.

Note: See below for a link to Shen’s interview on Style It Up!

 10. Question: What would you say to the critics who claim that encouraging people to accept themselves as they are will lead to an increase in the obesity epidemic?

Answer: I’d say that they are absolutely incorrect. You have to learn to love yourself first before you can fix anything about your body. Self-love is necessary to becoming healthy.

11. Question: What are your plans for C’est Magnifique Agency and yourself for 2014?

Answer: The next show for C’est Magnifique Agency is our Spring/Summer fashion week in July and we’re also participating again in Boston’s Fashion Week in October. We’ll have other shows during the year. Of course, I just can’t release the details yet, so stay tuned!

For myself, I would love to be able to be able to concentrate solely on C’est Magnifique Agency; for now, I work full-time at Prize4Life, a nonprofit which works to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the next few years, I would also love to create my own clothing line! It will be 1950s meets Victoria Beckham; curvy and chic outfits that transition effortlessly from day to night. I’ve already decided to name it E.Lily, after Evangeline Lily, which is the name I want my first daughter to have when I decide to have children.

12. Question: What are your hopes for the curvy fashion industry in 2014?

Answer: Since curvy people aren’t going anywhere, I hope designers finally wake up and realize that it’s best, not to mention profitable, to create fashionable clothes, including undergarments, that look good and are comfortable for the curvy body. I’d also love to banish the term “plus size”, and either replace it with “curvy” or simply eliminate the separation all together. Why is it that “plus size” women can’t be referred to as women like straight sizes are?!

Contact info:

Shen Bennett, CEO/Founder

C’est Magnifique

A premier fashion and event planning agency

P.O. Box 425494

Cambridge, MA 02142

Main: 617.299.0870





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Want to Rock Your Curves at Full Figured Fashion Week in the Big Apple? Now’s Your Chance!

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No matter what was going on in the economy, 2009 was one of the best years for curvy girls because it witnessed the debut of Full Figured Fashion Week! A massive leap forward in legitimizing the plus size fashion industry, Full Figured Fashion Week launched curvy girls into the high fashion spotlight and made designers, photographers, models, agencies, and the media sit bolt upright in their seats, staring at these luscious beauties strutting down the catwalk previously reserved only for wafer-thin human hangers.

Produced by DeVoe Signature Events, Full Figured Fashion Week has become the curvy fashion event of the year, growing exponentially and even spreading the curvy goodness across the country, creating Full Figured Fashion Week in Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Virginia.

And now the time has come for all you aspiring curvy models to audition for the chance to make their runway dreams a reality; DeVoe Signature Events is scouting the country to find you. They’ll be stopping at Detroit, Tampa, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and wrapping up in New York City.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next Robyn Lawley, make sure to check out the links below for the casting tour details, then bring your curves, your smile, and your confidence! See you on the curvy catwalk!

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Curved Rose Jewelry Tops Off the Curvy Girl’s Sundae

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What fashionista doesn’t love accessories? Topping off an outfit with a sparkling diamond bracelet or an attention-grabbing pendant is just as essential as the cherry on top of a hot-fudge sundae.

As a curvy girl, I’ve had my heart broken many times after falling in love with a piece of jewelry only to find that it simply refuses to slide over my knuckle or fully circle my wrist. I mean, who are they kidding with “one size fits all”?! Of course, I could always have it re-sized or special ordered if I wanted to pay 3 times the price. Grrrr.

This is why I was so happy to discover Curved Rose, an online jewelry store specializing in ready to wear, affordable silver pieces that are made just for us curvy girls! Designer Jessie Manual explains, “It became apparent to me whilst working in a modern, high street jeweler, that many women were unable to buy the jewelry that they would like, as it was not available in their size. Curved Rose is about offering a great choice of ready to wear, contemporary silver jewelry, but in sizes for plus size women.“

On the short list of designers for the coveted Best Accessories Range at the British Plus Size Awards in 2013, Curved Rose has indeed answered the prayers of many a curvy girl who refuses to leave the ice cream parlor without her cherry.

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Colita Sheldrik Says “No Sense Being Normal When You Can Be Fabulous”!

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I recently had the privilege of interviewing Colita Sheldrik, a gorgeously curvy model who was kind enough to give me an inside look at her glamorous world. Read on to learn more about this curvy bombshell!

1. Question: Why did you choose to become a plus size model and what were some of the challenges you faced to achieve your goal?

Answer: When I opened up a fashion magazine, I did not see a true representation of what my body, or other women’s bodies, for that matter, looked like. I think that as women, we come in many sizes and shapes and it made me sad that plus size women were being left out of the Fashion Revolution, especially since we make up the majority of the fashion industry. To me, not showing all sizes gave plus size women around the globe a negative body image. I wanted to become a plus size model to show women of all sizes to be proud of your body, no matter what size it was, and that beauty is indeed as close to you as looking in the mirror and loving yourself.

2. Question: What do you mean by “alternative fashion” when talking about your interests?

Answer: By alternative fashion, I  mean fashion that is a step away from all others; the fashion that stands out in a crowd, for the right reasons. I love to dress a bit differently and I love to mix things up a bit.

3. Question: Who is your favorite designer and why?

Answer: My favorite designer is Qristyl Frazier Designs because each garment is not only stylish but accentuates the curves of your body, and I love the color combinations. All the clothes just make you feel and look sexy!

4. Question: Why do you think so many designers do not want to create plus size clothes?

Answer: I feel that many designers are still stuck in a era in which size 8 was the only size that should be represented in the store, when in reality the larger sizes fly off the shelves much quicker than the smaller sizes.

I also think that they are not thinking in the right direction. It is not just about making a size 8 larger into a size 14; it is about re-conceiving the way we look at the larger sizes. I mean, there are just some things you can and cannot do, design-wise.

5. Question: What would you say to critics who claim that encouraging women to accept their bodies will add to the obesity epidemic?

Answer: I personally think that body acceptance should not just be encouraged for plus size women. Whether you are a size 4 or a size 16, you should be happy with the body you have. If you feel the need to lose weight or gain weight, that is a choice that only you can make.

In my opinion, being healthy is definitely a key point. I am a size 14 and I have a healthy lifestyle in some areas and others I am working on. I do not want to be a size 8; I want to make sure that I am healthy at whatever size, and for me that means I do a daily routine of yoga and meditation.

6. Question: What are your hopes for yourself and the plus size fashion industry over the next 5 years?

Answer: I hope to be healthy and confident and an example to my girls of a positive body image. I hope that many women will be able to relate to me and that they’ll understand that we are beautiful and it is not about the size of our waist that counts; it is about loving who you are and being happy and confident in your own skin.

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