Yesterday, Lane Bryant launched their I'm No Angel campaign. Their focus is to promote sexiness at any size. Plus size women are often placed into a category of undesirable, and that is not true at all. The bus decked out with the hashtag #ImNoAngel started in the Flatiron District, and ended at Herald Square and 7th Avenue. The bus was rocking with Salt & Pepa performing while the lovely models from the campaign as well as bloggers traveled around the city. From all the pics that I have seen on social media, as well as the buzz from the media, this campaign is already a success.
I am glad that Lane Bryant went all out with this campaign. The average woman is a size 14, but when it comes to lingerie ads you only see very small, waif like figures in advertising. I remember years back when Lane Bryant aired their commercial with Ashley Graham wearing sexy undies under her trenchcoat. People went crazy. Why? For some reason there is this misconception that when you are bigger than a size 6, all you want to do is hide your body. No I don't want to hide my body. Stop trying to make someone feel inadequate when they are happy with themselves. Stop using health scare tactics as a way to fat shame people into being a certain size. You can be healthy and not be a size 2. I AM BEAUTIFUL AT ANY SIZE.
For as long as I can remember I have never been small. As a toddler I was solid. As a child I was chubby, in middle school fat, and in high school thick. I didn't feel insecure as a child, but in middle school I tried to hide everything. I wore baggy clothes because I did not want my butt poking out of my clothes, or anyone noticing my breasts. I did not want to call any attention to myself because I overheard someone say to a family member of mines, "She is so big, especially that butt of hers." My mom, who is a plus size woman, was always confident. She never hid behind her clothes, she always used them to accentuate. As I got older, I started looking at myself in the mirror. It didn't matter how big my butt is, I like my butt. I am damn cute, and yes my butt is big but you know what, I never got a complaint yet about it. That woman was a hater - she probably didn't have a but and was jealous :).
I love me. I love that I am funny, smart, sarcastic, and can drop a pop culture reference in a heartbeat. I am sexy, I am all that I want to be and then some. What has been one the coolest things about blogging, is that I get to meet so many different women that accept all the things that they are. A number on the scale can never measure the amount of heart you have.
Thank you Lane Bryant because #ImNoAngel!