This is another piece in our #MyCurvesMyFashion
Series in which we interview curvy girls about an outfit that took them outside of their comfort zone and made them feel confident and beautiful
. Today, we are excited to hear from Virgie Tovar
, a world renowned author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image, on the first outfit that took her outside of her comfort zone.
"I remember the first time I wore a two piece bathing suit in public. It was almost four years ago now. Plus-size blogger Gabi Fresh had just been all over the news talking about "fatkinis." Forever21 had just released their plus size line. So I went shopping in downtown San Francisco with my friend Alex. When I walked into the store I immediately saw a wall covered in bikinis in my size. I started crying! I never thought I'd see this in my lifetime.
I wore my first fatkini to the pool party reception before my friend's wedding. I was supposed to go with someone, but she bailed at the last second and so I ended up having to go alone. Super extra terrifying. I was wearing my fatkini under my dress and after greeting my friends, I went to the farthest end of the pool and tentatively began undressing. One of the cutest people at the party came over to me and asked if he could photograph me. He shot this photo (I think you can see how scared I was!). We're still friends, actually. Wearing that fatkini felt so scary and so perfect. I loved the way it felt to have part of my stomach exposed - to the sun and the water. It was thrilling and embodying."
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About Virgie -
Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. She pens two weekly columns, Dear Virgie and Take the Cake. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press will be publishing her forthcoming book of non-fiction (2018). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching "Female Sexuality" at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host "The Virgie Show" (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is a former plus size style writer for BuzzFeed. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine Online, Bust Magazine, and French language magazine Madame Figaro. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide.