Incidentally, fans of Mode
who might be curious as to where to turn for Ms. Weston's current thoughts on fashion can find several of her articles (linked below) at a Web site called "Divine Caroline."
She recently published an informative swimwear article titled
- "Swim with the Curve
as well as an empowering piece called
- "Breaking the 'Big Girl' Rules
We feel compelled to share an excerpt from the latter article here, as it recalls the bold spirit of complete body-freedom that Mode
espoused. Ms. Weston writes:
It's time to break a few rules. No, not the ones that will land you in jail, but, rather, the fashion rules that us curvy girls have been told that we have to follow—the "no big girl can wear that" rules. . . . Many of us have spent our lives apologizing for our curvier silhouette, adhering to the no-no's of full-figured dressing, or trying to blend in with a crowd by wearing only dark colors and boxy shapes. I'm here to tell you that hiding your style is self-censorship. No more hiding ladies!
Bravo, bravo. "No more hiding"--the best fashion advice of all, and words that all voluptuous vixens should take to heart.
But what else would we expect from one of the guiding lights of the finest plus-size fashion magazine that has ever been published--or likely, ever will be?
Here we see a new face at Ford Chicago, Michelle Olson (no relation to Kelsey) breaking a rule, and in a beautiful way. Michelle is a tad too thin for a plus-size model (one earnestly wishes that she were fuller-figured), but she vividly proves that curvy girls with rounded waists can wear two-piece bathing attire, and look far more gorgeous than any skeletal waifs with caved-in midsections and protruding ribs.
Break the rules. Dare to be beautiful . . .