Hey Guys, Meet Shakira.I hope you are inspired, enlightened, and encouraged by her interview.
My name is Shakira 26 years old from a small town in PA. I currently work in a group home with mental health clients. I recently fell in love with finding my own personal style and wearing not what society says I should but wearing whatever it is I want. I love fashion and makeup and do some freelance makeup artist. I recently started a plus size fashion and makeup blog called Distinctly unique style. Im all about positive body image and loving the skin you’re in!
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is a way that I express myself. Each day is a new day to display to the world just who I am! My body is a palette that I paint with clothes depending on my mood that day you’ll be able to tell by what I’m wearing.I don’t necessarily wear what is in style in the current season all the time but I define my own style that is unique to who I am.
What inspires you fashion wise?
Lately I’ve been inspired by fashion bloggers via instagram! Such as @everythingcurvyandchic @goldenlady25. I love how confident they are and the fact that they rock whatever they want without worrying about what others think. Also Rihanna can do no wrong in my eyes!
Favorite places to shop?
Most of my clothes come from goodwill I can always find great exclusive pieces at a low price there! Also forever 21+, target (I love their clearance rack) , Walmart, and Alloy.
Does your mood ever determine the days outfit choice?
My mood definitely determines my outfit choice if I wake up and im not really in the mood to be out in the world I’ll throw on some jeans and a tee or sweater. But if I get up and the sun is shining the birds are chirping I’ll throw on something bright and cute.
Do you prefer to shop online or in store?
I dont really have a preference I do both I like in store because I can see how something looks on me before i purchase it but online shopping is much easier and convenient.
What is you current go to piece?
I recently bought this pencil skirt from forever 21+ in two colors and I love the way it hugs my curves and I can pair it with anything.
Last clothing item, accessory or shoe you brought?
a red two piece bathing suit from forever 21
How would you classify your personal style? I think my personal style is unique. I don’t like to look like other or wear what everyone else is. If I do wear a trend I’ll take it and make it my own. It’s important to me that I don’t blend in with everyone else.
One thing id never wear is anything with fur
Fashion tip you’d like to share with us?
Always make fashion your own. Once you look like everyone else you lose yourself. Have a distinctly unique style that expresses who you are and wear everything with confidence and a smile.
Meet Jasmine, “Im just a plus size girl living in a closed minded world. I love that fact that my clothing speaks volumes & expresses who I am & what I love without me saying one word ! Get to know me as the beautiful girl I am with a passion & a dream not define me by my size ! I’m more then just a number & I want plus size beautiful women around the world to know that ! This is one reason why I started my blog that I am very proud of I do it for my plus girls !! Plussizeinchicago xoxo IG : plussizeinchicago_she Blog: www.plussizeinchicago.blogspot.com ”
What does Fashion mean to you? Fashion to me means a way of life because it’s my dream, goal, & passion! Fashion completes me when I feel empty I love the fact that I can look at a top & think about a million outfit ideas it excites me!
What inspires you Fashion wise? What inspires me fashion wise honesty it would be the fact that I can have my clothing speak volumes & express who I am without me saying a word ! I love how a clothing item can tell a story Fashion is more then a jacket or a pair of pants!
Where are your favorite places to shop? My favorite places to shop would be Asos, Torrid, Simply be, Target , Walmart , F21, Ashley Stewart, Lane Bryant for undergarments, Vintage shopping ?! YES PLEASE! I love shopping at the thrift store omg the things I find give me fashion life for cheap I always say thrift store realness lol !
Does your mood ever determine the days outfit? Yes my mood always determines my outfit choice ! I could feel lazy & throw on whatever & not care then I have my glam / spicy days to be extra get sexy ! I always pick outfits based on how I’m feeling that day !
Online or traditional In-store Shopping? I prefer actually both only when it’s free shipping & returns lol I’m just being honest! I feel the need to go for different clothing to see how it works out with online shopping because for example Asos offers free shipping / returns so I’m not spending more money if I don’t like something or the fit is off / not right for me ! I do a lot of online shipping sometimes I find more variety then in store but, I do love trying clothes on in the store & not waiting for anything to be shipped to me !
What is your current go to piece? My current go to piece are boots , booties, & studded combat boots a touch of edgy glam during this cold weather ! Also I live in a variety different styles of peg pants from Asos they are so cute & comfy dress them up or down ! Black leggings lol for whatever days & the gym!
An item that should be in every females closet? A item every female should have in their wardrobe would hands down be a variety of blazers ! I live for blazers different cuts, styles , colors, & prints possibilities are endless ! A blazer can kick up a outfit in a minute go from blah to chic !
Last item you purchased? Last clothing item I purchased is a Blogger tee from custom plus that I recently did a ootd post about on my blog !
How would you describe your personal style? My personal style would be classified as comfy, glam, spicy , chic I wear what I want ! I love taking risk & throwing different styles together to see what magic I can make ! Fashion has no rules if I like something I go for it . I always have to be comfortable & confident in what I wear !
Something you’ll never wear? One thing I will never wear would be a two piece set! My goal is to one day wear one but not until I get this stomach together lol I wouldn’t be confident in a two piece set !
A fashion tip you’d like to share? A fashion tip I would like to share would be to please be you & go for what you love ! Don’t let society put you in a fat girl box making you feel like you can only wear certain things ! Fashion has no rules let your clothing do the talking & smile as they watch ! So many beautiful girls are victims of hate we get because people love to define you be your size it has to end we are all humans not walking body sizes do what you want & don’t think twice !!
Weird title? I know lol, but anything bodycon or form fitting frightens me. I tend to purposely stray away from those pieces.
You see, plus size girls come in all shapes & sizes, and god blessed me and all my awesomeness with the egg shape… Im just round lol. Im all belly, so when I wear anything bodycon, highwaisted, or my shirt tucked in I feel uncomfortable. It’s not that im insecure, I just don’t believe those pieces are flattering to my body type.
… Well this is something I want to change. Im ready to step out of my comfort zone and take the bodycon plunge. Just like many of us I gain most of my inspiration from other women through these social networks and I see so many beautiful plus size girls with the same body type as me, looking absolutely amazing and stunning in there bodycon. That is great inspiration and it inspires me to let go of my fears and wear whatever the hell I want. HonestlyI don’t think that it all completely has to do with how I feel in it, but of how other people will view me.
Today I am challenging anyone that has this same fear of bodycon and social acceptance to get over it along with me. Let’s do this together. We will step out of our comfort zone, and begin to wear, bodycon time and other form fitting garments. We will inspire and encourage one another by taking pictures and hashtagging them with the FSF hashtag #fullbodiedconfidence.
I hope many of you that feel the same way I do take this journey with me. Good luck I can’t wait to see all the awesome pictures