Body positive – My sister asked me to be her bridesmaid and I said no

Laura from Harrassed Mom   asked me to be part of her body positive campaign and initially I was reluctant because, if I’m honest with myself,  I am not all that body positive . But it did remind me of how I let my lack of self confidence rob me of a special moment.

I recently, as in last month, turned down the opportunity to be my sisters bridesmaid. There is no weirdness between us we annoy and love each others as siblings do. She’s my little sister, I’ve known her since I was just about to turn nine  and my mom insisted on bringing a third child into the home.

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Charnelle Paulse: Curvy girl fashion tips from a pro

A little while ago I got to ask Charnelle Paulse – one of the most recognisable faces on the SA modeling scene – for some fashion advice. She is a “plus-sized” model and since the only thing I can buy in medium these days is a Big Mac McMeal, I hoped she could give me some advice on how to dress for my shape, but I ended up getting so much more.

Since I have eyes and have glanced at magazines, store windows and my social media feed in the past year, I knew exactly who this gorgeous woman was. So I was rather excited to get the chance to ask her a few questions…I was expecting, “don’t wear this, wear that”, but instead, I got some”real talk” from a woman whose self-confidence shines through as strongly in an online interview as it does in a  bikini.

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