Hi, I'm Natalie...
I am 5'2 and a size 18, which means I am petite AND plus size. Those two sizing terms might seem like polar opposites, but full figures come in a variety of shapes and sizes—one of those being short! As a petite plus size fashionista, it has been extremely difficult to fit into fashion and find clothing made for my body. But I'm here to share my petite plus style tips with you and to show the world that short, plus size women belong in fashion!


Today I read an article from Thought Catalog called "6 Things I Don't Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement." The writer expresses that she doesn't understand why fat people have been glorified as having a positive body image on blogs, social media, and in the "Fat Acceptance Movement." The article brings up valid points such as health problems and concerns that are associated with being overweight and I agree that these problems are extremely detrimental to everyone's health across the country.

What the article lacked was the acknowledgement of mental health, and why this movement is important to people. It has the underlying tone of: Stop celebrating who you are because you're fat, not special.

While I agree that being overweight in any shape or form does come with health risks and that America is an extremely obese country, I believe in being confident and celebrating your body no matter how fat, chubby, average, or slim you are. Physical health is the priority, but mental health and self esteem also need to be more than an afterthought.

The article could have been titled, "6 Things I don't Understand About Obesity in America," instead of "6 Things I Don't Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement,"which implies that fat people should not be accepted.

The reason why the "Fat Acceptance Movement" exists is because women, like myself, are content with their curves and choose not to be scrutinized and put down by society and the unrealistic beauty ideals this country has developed. 

Everyone has a right to feel confident and be a part of ANY movement they want. 

I am considered plus size. I have a little extra tummy, a whole lot of hips, and my thighs are bountiful. However, I do workout regularly and I am very cautious of what I eat and how much I eat. I have no desire to be skinny, but you will never catch me shaming the size 2 girl next to me at the gym running five miles, because no matter what size you are, I believe in loving your curves, shape, and body.

Women are put down too often and held to standards that some of us are just sick of. It's my life. I choose to love myself and my body, and if that means I am considered being a part of the "Fat Acceptance Movement," Then I'm extremely proud to say I'm behind it full force. 

If others would like to waste their time putting down a group of people, then so be it. But I advise those people to spend a little more time loving themselves, instead of worrying about how other people choose to live their life.