Body Love NOW! Why loving your body matters more than ever with Kelly Augustine

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Body Love NOW! Why loving your body matters more than ever with Kelly Augustine

Kelly Augustine is one of the leading voices in the body positivity and plus size fashion conversation right now. Recently, she was featured in a national television & print #thenewskinny campaign for Lane Bryant, which only solidifies her rank as one of the most influential bloggers in this community!

Kelly Augustine

In this episode, Kelly and I discuss the importance of us using our voices as women, particularly with all the political turmoil we’ve experienced as a nation this past summer. Kelly is very outspoken, and does a great job voicing her opinion while keeping her message and overall presence positive, empowering, and inclusive.

The conversation about our bodies, and how we as women should be treated in the world, is more important now than ever before. Kelly shares how she’s navigating the conversation, the importance of choosing your words wisely on social media, and where she’s finding inspiration and positivity these days.

We also cover the increasingly blurred lines between models slash bloggers, her making the leap to freelancing, and why more brands need to start featuring visibly plus size women in their campaigns. And Kelly shares all her go-to resources for information, fashion, beauty, and inspiration!

There’s so much to learn from Kelly that we as women can all apply to our everyday lives.

Key takeaways:

  • Kelly’s recent Lane Bryant #thenewskinny campaign and her success as a plus size fashion blogger

  • How the political turmoil of the summer has impacted the conversation we’re having about our bodies as women

  • What influencers like Kelly are doing to infuse more positivity into the world during heartbreaking world events

  • The importance of using our voice as individuals to comment on troubling world events

  • Choosing our words carefully when it comes to the content that we put out into the world

  • Being over 30 in the modeling industry, and the increasingly blurred lines between being a blogger / influencer and a model

  • Why more brands should be featuring more body diversity, and showcasing visibly plus size women, in their campaigns

  • Kelly’s go-to brands for information, fashion, beauty, and inspiration

  • The importance of protecting our sanity in this age of information overload

Mentioned in this episode:

Kelly’s Lane Bryant #thenewskinny campaign

Vice’s coverage of the Charlottesville tragedy

Models slash influencers Alex LaRosa, Candice Huffine, Ashley Graham, Philomena Kwao

Eloquii’s extended sizing lookbooks, the launch of Preme, Asos’s representation of visibly plus size models, and Glossier’s range of skin tones

Kelly’s “go-to” brands for information, fashion, beauty, and inspiration: Elvi, NYDJ, Asos, Fashion to Figure, Refinery29, Glossier

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Plus Size Fashion is Moving Forward: NYFW panel with Lisa Aviva, See Rose Go, and Jaanuu Scrubs

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If you’re a plus size woman like me, you know how frustrating it can be to find clothing that’s comfortable, fits well, is made from quality materials, and is also stylish, reflective of your own personal aesthetic. Sometimes, it feels like the fashion industry just doesn’t care.

But as someone who has the privilege to interact with those behind-the-scenes of many fashion brands in my role as a plus size model, I know that this is far from true! Lots of designers care deeply about giving plus size women what they want, and are working hard to make that happen.

In honor of New York Fashion Week, currently underway, I’ve assembled a panel of fashion design insiders from the plus size fashion world to talk about the challenges (and joys!) of bringing gorgeous, high-quality, and functional fashion to plus size shoppers. Because from my perspective, the purpose of fashion is make sure we can all leave the house feeling amazing, so we can go out there and do our great work in the world!

Some of the women you’ll hear from in this episode, like Lisa Aviva, I’ve worked with and know personally. Others, like Erin Cavanaugh and Yi Zhou from See Rose Go, and Shireen Jamehdor of Jaanuu Scrubs, I’m getting to know right along with you, listeners! Whether or not you’re a plus size fashion insider, it’s fascinating to hear about the journey these women go on behind-the-scenes, and what inspires them to create. The plus size fashion world is moving forward! And these are some of the ladies making that transformation a reality.

Key takeaways:

  • How these brands got started

  • What inspired the brands, and the women who are creating the clothing, to take on the challenge of bringing fashionable, high-quality, functional clothing to plus size shoppers

  • The financial challenges of starting a fashion line

  • The technical, manufacturing, and production challenges of creating a fashion line for plus size shoppers

  • What these women each see as the #1 thing needed to move plus size fashion forward

  • The brands that these women are looking to currently, who are doing a great job of moving fashion forward for plus size shoppers

  • What’s on the horizon for each of these women, and the brands they represent

Mentioned in this episode:

Lisa Aviva

See Rose Go

Jaanuu Scrubs

Universal Standard

Elloquii

Torrid

Lane Bryant

Plus size subscription services, like Gwynnie Bee, Dia & Co., and Trunk Club for plus

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You Don’t Have to Lose Weight to Have a Body and a Life you Love! with Lauren O’Leary

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You Don’t Have to Lose Weight to Have a Body and a Life you Love! with Lauren O’Leary

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So many of us have grown up buying into the diet myth, which teaches us that we have to lose weight and get a “perfect” body in order to have the life of our dreams. But for curve model, top beauty influencer, and makeup artist Lauren O’Leary, the exact opposite has been true!

Rather than putting off living the life of her dreams until she felt she had the perfect body, she decided to learn how to accept the body she had. Lauren cultivated a more loving, positive mindset about herself and her body. This has proven to be jet fuel for her in achieving her career goals and creating a life that she loves!

In this episode, Lauren opens up her beautiful heart and shares about her eating disorder, her recovery and the ways that she healed herself, and her rise to success as a makeup artist, beauty influencer, and curve model. Lauren is such an amazing person, inside and out, with lots of insights and inspiration to offer us all! She’s living proof that you don’t have to necessarily lose weight in order to have a body and a life that you love.

Photo provided by Lauren O'Leary | Left: Lauren in the throws of her eating disorder. Right: Lauren in a recent modeling photo.

Photo provided by Lauren O'Leary | Left: Lauren in the throws of her eating disorder. Right: Lauren in a recent modeling photo.

Key takeaways:

  • How I met Lauren O’Leary, and some of the projects we’ve done together

  • When Lauren first became uncomfortable in her body, as her eating disorder developed

  • Lauren’s process of recovery from her eating disorder, and how she healed herself

  • The one realization the really fueled Lauren’s rise to a healthier relationship with her body, as well as success in the beauty industry, and life in NYC

  • Becoming a curve model with TRUE Model Management

  • The amazing companies & celebrities that Lauren has gotten to work with

  • The secret to staying grounded with all of the success Lauren is experiencing in her career

Mentioned in this episode:

Lauren O’Leary Beauty

Lauren O’Leary Instagram

TRUE Model Management

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Struggling to Lose Weight? You Might Be a Perfectionist! [EXPLICIT]

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Many of us fall victim to the “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to our efforts to lose weight, or get healthy. As someone in recovery from perfectionism, from multiple back surgeries, from an eating disorder, and from subscribing to other people’s standards for my body, this is something I’ve had a great deal of personal experience with.

Healthy at Any Size

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I was a perfectionist, I probably would have said, “fuck no.” I didn’t see myself as a perfectionist because I thought that being a perfectionist means that you are perfect. But I began to slowly recognize the ways that I was sabotaging my own success by holding myself to incredibly high standards.

In this episode I share my own personal journey to acknowledge, and overcome, my own perfectionism. I’ve learned how to harness my tendency to set really aggressive goals, and hold myself to a very high standard. Now, it’s your turn!

Key takeaways:

  • Episode 002, with Robyn Downs, brought up this topic and is an excellent primer for this topic!

  • Trying too hard to do things perfectly means you sometimes don’t do them at all

  • Perfectionists aren’t necessarily people that are “perfect”

  • Unrealistic standards of body “perfection” are perfectionist kryptonite

  • The hard fall from “badass” female athlete to a gimp recovering from back surgery

  • The start / stop, perfectionist method to recovering from multiple back surgeries (not recommended)

  • The nasty things we tell ourselves when we don’t attain perfection

  • Internalizing “failure” to achieve perfect standards robs you of the chance to make gradual improvement

  • Experimentation and failing forward are key to creating a life, a routine, and an experience that feels good to you

  • Perfection doesn’t enable your success, it can actually hinder it!

  • How I’ve managed to harness my perfectionist tendencies to create positive change

Mentioned in this episode:

Healthy at Any Size podcast Episode 002

Robyn Downs, of Real Food Whole Life and The Feel Good Effect

My history with eating disorders

My recovery from multiple back surgeries

Gouveia International Talent Management

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Healthy living for the real world! with Robyn Downs

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Healthy living for the real world! with Robyn Downs

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Robyn Downs

Robyn Downs is the researcher, educator, storyteller and mama behind her blog, Real Food Whole Life and The Feel Good Effect podcast!

She is a working mom and a woman in the real world who is trying to balance the demands of her life with creating a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family.

In this episode, Robyn shares her own personal journey to creating this healthy balance. She encourages us all to examine our goals in a different way, to let go of perfectionism, and to infuse all of our self-improvement efforts with an oft-overlooked success factor: self-compassion!

Key takeaways:

  • Robyn’s journey to a healthy pregnancy, and getting healthy during early mom life

  • By walking away from something, you give yourself the space to say yes to something else

  • Taking those small steps builds momentum to be able to say, “this isn’t serving me anymore”

  • The two main challenges for women trying to live a healthy lifestyle

  • Moving away from someone else’s prescriptive plan of perfection

  • Setting incremental goals as opposed to always aiming for perfection

  • Living with that shame spiral and guilt of not being able to achieve “perfection”

  • Self-compassion as jet fuel for your transformation

  • Changing your mindset so that you can actually be happy right now!

  • Modeling the behavior we want our children to exhibit when it comes to how we talk about our bodies

  • Cutting ourselves off from any influences (magazines, social media, etc.) that feed our negative self-perception

Mentioned in this episode:

Real Food Whole Life

The Feel Good Effect

How to Create a Wellness Routine (with Goal Setting Activity)

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The Revolution of Loving Your Body

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Most of my life I’ve been a “serial dieter.” I went on my first diet when I was 7 years old. From that time, I was concerned about food, my body and my weight. I’ve spent thousand of dollars on dieting and, most tragically, I’ve deprived myself of life experiences.

Two nights before my wedding I had, what I call, my “bathtub moment.” This was an epiphany that transformed the way I viewed my body, and it changed my world.

As I was taking a bath that night, I had this overwhelming feeling of worthlessness. I imagined being in my wedding gown, overweight, ugly and standing in front of all my closest friends and family.

After a flood of negative self-talk, I had a moment of clarity. I realized all the hype about dieting, toning, losing weight and having perfection was not real. Fixating on having a perfect body was robbing me of so much joy. Why was I letting this obsession get in the way of living a full, purposeful life?

Three months after my “bathtub moment,” I signed my New York modeling contract. I decided to accept, embrace and love my body. That decision changed my life. It was finally okay to be happy, ambitious and excel in my life.

In recent years, Dove has conducted studies revealing 85% of women and 79% of girls are opting out of life experiences because they are self-conscious about their bodies. I believe this is a crisis. It’s been proven through many studies that when women are contributing to society, everything improves. I can’t be idle when the world needs confident women.

I don’t think we need to stop improving our bodies, and I am not saying losing weight is bad. All I am saying is it is time to transform the way we think and feel about our bodies. If we change the way we feel about our bodies, we are capable of transforming any aspect of our life.

I am passionate about sharing the truth I’ve discovered; the truth that we don’t have to change our bodies to be happy. Today is the first episode of Healthy at any Size. It will be the first of many, and together we can start a body revolution by choosing to embrace the beautiful, organic bodies we have.

I am excited  to be able to share this podcast with you, I hope you will embark on the journey of finding happiness in the body you have now. You can also join the conversation on Twitter, @melparrishplus, find us on Body Love TV and, of course, join us here at melparrish.com next week.

Key takeaways:

[:11] You deserve to live a happy healthy life.
[2:32] The secret to loving your body is changing how you feel about your body.
[3:05] Melinda Parrish introduction.
[4:25] It is time for a revolution. It is time to stop letting the way we feel about our body hold us back.
[6:14] Stop fixating on having a perfect body.
[7:23] Healthy at any Size was born from Body Love TV, it was built from the desire to dig deeper into some of the conversations we were having.
[8:20] How many of you have put something off “until you lose the weight”?
[10:19] Being happy with your body does not mean not taking care of your body. The changes you want to make must start with you loving your body.
[13:14] You can live a healthy lifestyle without focusing on weight loss.
[13:35] Any kind of transformation (including weight loss) must start with self-love.
[15:04] Review of the cycle of deprivation, dieting, binging, weight gain, and spending money on dieting.
[17:39] The transformation in how I viewed my body happend two nights before my wedding.
[20:29] The decision to accept, embrace, and love my body.
[22:42] Shift your focus to helping others and fulfill your purpose in life.
[24:58] We deserve to be in love with our bodies!
[27:19] You get the choice to contribute to the crisis or contribute to the solution.

Mentioned in this episode:

Melinda Parrish
@melparrishplus
Body Love TV
Dove
Dove Body Image Research
National Eating Disorders Association
Confessions of a Recovering Fat Kid

Tweetables:

“I don’t believe that you were put on this earth to stand on the sidelines of your own life.”

“You don’t need to change your body in order to get a life that you love.”

“Your success is contingent upon you deciding to love your body.”

“I don’t think that anybody needs to lose weight in order to live an aspirational lifestyle.”

“We really need the good people of this world to rise up.”

“It is absolutely time to claim our bodies and move forward, even if we’re not perfect.”

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