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Everyone has their insecurities and hang-ups about their bodies – and we are our own harshest critics.

In the world when images of Instagram and Victoria secret models are accessible at a touch of a button, it's easy to get discouraged.

That's why you NEED to heed this advice from our one and only, Louise McSharry. 


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As the broadcaster cooled off in the Irish sea with her little man during the heatwave, it sparked a pang of regret.

Taking to Instagram, the body confident expert said: "I feel a tinge of sadness about all the times I didn’t swim growing up because I was too afraid to be seen in a swimsuit. There are a lot of things I didn’t do in my teens and twenties because I was ashamed of my body."

"Thankfully I came to the conclusion that I deserved to enjoy my life rather than hiding away because of something as superficial as my body’s appearance."


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"I decided that if people judged me, it didn’t matter, that what mattered was living my actual life and not sitting on the sidelines watching other people going on sun holidays or swimming in the sea," she continued. 

"As it happens, I’m not aware of anyone making any judgement or comment since I started doing and wearing what I want. Maybe they do, but I think because I’ve decided I don’t care, I don’t even notice it if it is happening."


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"Not ‘when you lose the weight’, because you might never ‘lose the weight’ and actually you’re probably just fine as you are."

"One thing’s for sure, you won’t find yourself lying on your deathbed thinking ‘thank god I didn’t take my cardigan off on that really hot day’ or ‘I’m really glad I didn’t go swimming with my friends all those times.’ You deserve to LIVE, whatever body you’re in." 


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We couldn't agree more.

Now get out there into the freezing Irish sea and rock that swimsuit! 


Scrolling through Instagram or flipping through a magazine can be aspirational AF, but looking at the seemingly perfect lives and figures of our favourite Instagrammers and models can leave some of us feeling dissatisfied with our own bodies. 

A new study from Florida State University has found that interaction with average or curvy models has a positive effect on our mental health when compared to slim models or those with a less attainable body shape for some women. 

The study used psychophysiological measures to examine how women respond, both psychologically and physiologically, to models of different sizes.


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According to the study, when average size and plus-size models were on screen, research participants had an overall more positive experience.

Participants answered questions about their body satisfaction after viewing images of both plus and straight sized models.

The participants, who were all female and all had made indications that they wished to lose weight, made fewer comparisons between their bodies and those on screen.

The subjects also paid more attention and remembered more about those models.

Most importantly, participants also reported higher levels of body satisfaction.

'We found overwhelmingly that there is a clear psychological advantage when the media shows more realistic body types than the traditional thin model,'  said Jessica Ridgway, assistant professor in the Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development at FSU.

'Women made fewer social comparisons, felt increased body satisfaction, paid more attention to and remembered average and plus-size models,' added Russell Clayton, assistant professor in the FSU School of Communication and lead author of the study. 

'Therefore, it might be a useful persuasive strategy for media producers to employ plus-size models if the goal of the campaign is to capture attention while also promoting body positivity.'

We're all for more curvy representation in the industry, and definitely support having a mix of diverse body shapes, both slim and plus-size, promoted in advertising. 



Shopping for gym gear can be a stressful experience at any size, but finding plus size workout gear can be extremely tough. 

Finding garments that don't chafe or dig in can be a complete pain (literally and figuratively) so going for unprofessional pieces is a no-go. 

Thankfully, the gym veterans over at Nike have finally released a plus size workout collection, available right this second.


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The collection is made up of easy, basic separates, perfect for building a high-functioning but stylish workout wardrobe. 

From sports bras to leggings to T-shirts, there is a bit of everything in a range of larger sizes. 


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"Nike recognises that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever," reads a brand manifesto.

"In today's world, sport is no longer something that she does, it's who she is. The days where we have to add 'female' before 'athlete' are over. She is an athlete, period."

"And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes' diversity, from ethnicity to body shape."


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The sportswear brand have incorporated the stylings of influencers influencers Grace Victory and Danielle Vanier to promote the line, and we're loving the looks the plus size stars have created.

Now, if only the other workout brands would follow suit. 


It was exactly a year ago that Ashley Graham rocked a purple bikini on the cover of Sports Illustrated, demonstrating her curves in the most body confident way. 

While the fashion industry has come on leaps and bounds in promoting body diversity over the past few years, there is still a lack of variation in certain elements of bodily representation. 

There are lots of different body types on show, but all with perfect skin, not a hint of cellulite or stretch marks to be seen. 


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Ashley Graham has previously spoken out about her cellulite in a body positive way, but the leg dimples she showcased on Instagram do not feature on her bikini cover.

One company who wants to change the way cellulite and stretch marks are perceived is Lane Bryant, a plus size clothing and lingerie brand. 

The brand (who just recently started shipping to Ireland) is putting tummy stretch marks on the map by featuring the gorgeous figure of plus size model Denise Bidot in its latest ad.

While Kate Upton may be posing, stretch mark free, on the cover of this months Sports Illustrated, the Lane Bryant ad spread sits in among its pages, promoting body diversity in one of the world's biggest swimsuit magazines. 

Denise is totally un-retouched in the image, which features the slogan "My Confidence … Inspired by #ThisBody."

The campaign has been welcomed by women with open arms: "She looks fantastic and kudos to you for not airbrushing out her stretch marks! She is beautiful just as she is," reads one comment, under Denise's picture on the LB Facebook page. 

The image is completely gorgeous and promotes the idea that all bodies are beautiful, despite the perceived "flaws." And that's an idea we can definitely get behind. 


The makers of Barbie, Mattel Incorporated, have revealed a brand new doll, and she is very special. 

The new Barbie doll was created to resemble the plus size model Ashley Graham, to enhance body positivity in young girls.


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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ashley insisted that the doll "had to have her thighs touch. No ands, ifs or buts about it."


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As a result, the Ashley doll does not have the infamous "thigh gap" that many Barbies have become known for. 

Ashley also said that "it was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible."


Thighs touching, round hips, arms and tummy!! Thank you @Mattel and @Barbie for immortalizing me into plastic! #beautybeyondsize

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"The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it's OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a 'thigh gap' is more beautiful."

Ashley Graham has become an important figure in paving the way for body positivity, and has popularised the slogan "beauty beyond size".

Keep slaying, girl! 


Plus sized model Ashley Graham has been immortalised in plastic by Barbie manufacturer Mattel.

It's been a pretty great year for the model, who was honoured at the Glamour Women of the Year awards for her work as a body positive activist, as well as becoming the first plus size woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated

The super model worked with the toy company to create the relatable doll, after disclosing in an interview earlier this year that she was proud of Mattel for producing more size-inclusive Barbie dolls. 

"She had to have her thighs touch. No ands, ifs or buts about it. And I asked for cellulite but obviously plastic and cellulite don't go hand in hand," she shared with the Hollywood Reporter.

"It was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible. The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it is OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a 'thigh gap' is more beautiful."

Mattel is is not currently planning on selling the Ashley doll, but previously the company received such a positive response to its Sheroes, a line of Barbies who represent strong women, that they inevitably produced them after initially not intending to.  


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For her Barbie outfit, the model chose to exactly replicate one of her New York Fashion Week looks, a sparkly bodycon dress paired with a Sonia Rykiel patched denim jacket, and spiky stiletto Pierre Hardy boots.

"Would I have looked at my body differently if I were playing with Barbies that looked like me? Would I have accepted my thighs and my round arms and my round stomach a little bit more? Probably."

"I think it's absolutely incredible that an iconic image in the fashion world, like Barbie, is keeping up with the times and following along with body diversity in such a big way," she finished.

The new doll is receiving a warm response, with Twitter users celebrating Mattel's move to further embrace body positivity. 

"I love the Ashley Graham Barbie doll! Finally a Barbie with curves! Thank you @theashleygraham for proving that beauty is more than 'skinny'" tweeted one fan. 

Fingers crossed that Mattel decides to produce the doll, and just in time for Christmas!


Nebraskan beauty Ashley Graham is so loved for her body positive image that she received major backlash earlier this summer when she was thought to be slimming her curvy frame. 

But it seems the plus-size star is just the right shape for H&M’s upcoming Studio collection, as she has been named the new face of the brand’s high-end Autumn 2016 campaign.

Speaking of the news to BAZAAR.com, the first plus-size model to front Sports Illustrated said: “Growing up I didn't have curvy role models, mainly because I didn't see enough curvy women represented in major ads.  My hope is that young women who shop at H&M see me in the ads and are reminded that there is not one standard definition of beauty or one perfect size.”

The 28-year-old swimwear entrepreneur also detailed for the site how the modelling industry has changed since she was first discovered at the age of 12, but was sure to stress that while advances have been made, the new trend of diversity promotion cannot end here.

She said: “The industry was much different.  There wasn't social media helping to launch careers, and "plus size" models weren't considered supermodels.”

“Now we're seeing curvy women on runways, on magazine covers and in major advertising campaigns alongside "straight size" models.  We're seeing more inclusivity when it comes to size, and we have to continue featuring more and more diversity.”



Over the years Ashley has gained a vast and dedicated group of fans.  She currently has over two million followers on Instagram alone and has worked with everyone from Vogue and Levi to Glamour and MTV.

Despite her success, H&M’s latest Studio collection will be one of Ashley's first mainstream fashion campaigns.  The line will appear in-store and online on September 8.



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Cartoon creators have long been criticised for their limited depiction of female beauty, but over the last few years Disney has made a notable effort to introduce greater ethnic diversity into its productions.

While this move has received much praise, many people still believe that not enough body types are represented by the much-loved Disney princesses.

Because of this situation YouTube star Loey Lane decided to film herself dressed in a Little Mermaid style bikini.



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In a video which had been viewed more than 160,000 times since March, the plus-size fashion and beauty vlogger explains why having curvy Disney princesses or Barbies to look up to as a child would have made her feel more comfortable with her own body.

The self-proclaimed "Not So Little Mermaid" reflects back on one childhood experience in particular when she visited a Disney centre on a youth trip and realised that the Little Mermaid character who best represented her frame was the evil villain Ursula.

Check out her video below:



Model Robyn Lawley is the face of Pantene, has designed her own swimwear collection and has been on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Sports Illustrated and yet she admits she has been dropped from major beauty campaigns because of her size 16 frame.

In a recently published interview with The Cut, the Australian beauty described how she would be hired for jobs based on her photos but as soon as agents realised she was not a sample size model, she would be let go.

She said: “My agency, when I signed with them, sent me out to all the beauty clients.  My Italian agency did the same thing.”

“I got booked from everyone.  Then, as soon as they found out my size, they all dropped off.”

Robyn – who runs the food blog Robyn Lawley Eats – has been outspoken over her dislike of the term "plus-size" and in the interview highlighted how strange it is that one term is used to describe every woman who wears clothing larger than a size 8.

She said: “Plus-size is a really broad term.  If you're going to label sizes 8 to 18 plus-size, you're labelling the majority of women plus-size.”

When asked if she’s ever been worried about her weight, the curvy model answered with an honest “yes” but rather than stressing over being too big, Robyn said she was freaked out over getting too thin.

She said: “I found these crazy, old photos of me modelling and they took my breath away.”

“I was so skinny, and it was just not good enough.  It wasn't skinny enough. I had tried everything and I had whittled myself down to a point where I couldn’t be skinnier.”

“I can’t control my bone structure.  I can’t get skinnier than my bones.  I can’t.  You can change the sample.”

“Seeing those pictures reminded me that it’s important for girls not to feel like that.  I was weak.  I needed to be fit, healthy, and young.”



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Robyn recently made history when she was the first non-sample-sized model to cover Sports Illustrated.

She is the latest in a string of high profile names – which includes Amy Schumer – calling for greater diversity in the industry.

Since more and more high street brands are now adding extra sizes to their lines, we're hopeful that fashion is slowly becoming more inclusive.



Ooh, Amy Schumer isn't a happy bunny. 

The comedienne has called out Glamour Magazine for including her in a lost of 'plus size' celebs.

In the special 'Chic At Any Size' edition, the 34-year-old has said that the message the mag is sending out will be picked up wrong by teenagers and young girls.


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She took to Instagram to voice her concerns on Tuesday: "I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. 

"I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. 

"Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous."

A while later she added: "Just a little odd an unfair not to be told."

Do you agree with Amy? We think it's bad that she wasn't even told about it!



As Summer is nearly here (cold weather, please go away) so is the new plus size range from River Island – and you will not be disappointed.

River Island Plus is donning trends just as fab as any range with lots of aztec prints, coral and peachy hues as well as super slick night-time dresses.

Here, we pick our fave looks and what we think is going to be major this Spring/Summer:

Date night 

If you really want to be fun and flirty on a night out – this dress is for you. It cinches in at the waist to show off your curves and as well as that, the slip underneath cuts off above the knees, giving the look a really sexy feel.


Shopping with the girls 

Aztec print is very in this season and this two piece is one of the best we've seen. You'll be covered up enough on those chilly winter evenings, yet the bright print is really chilled and laid back for a day of shopping with friends.


Work wear at its best

No clue what to wear to the office when the weather heats up? This is perfect. There's enough coverage yet it's light and crisp so you won't be sweltering in your warm office. Happy days, ladies.


Wedding outfit 

How gorgeous is this dress? We're totally in love. It has an array of colours in it too so it's easy to mix and match with accessories. You'll be the best dressed wedding guest.

River Island plus is available for store order now. 


Tia Duffy, Ireland’s leading plus-sized model, has just been taken on by the Plutino Group in Canada, she revealed today exclusively to SHEmazing! She was signed on the spot by managing director Cathy LeDrew, the highly-respected former booker at Ford Models.

Dubliner Tia Duffy has a new agent in Canada 


“I'm the only Irish model on the books and the agency has a few plus size models who regularly feature in magazines throughout the US and Canada,” Tia explains. “It's so fantastic to have representation from such a prestigious agency; I'm still on cloud nine.”

And the 26-year-old Dubliner has already had her first shoot with Plutino. “The styling over here is very different to Ireland,” she adds. “The shots need to be more natural with less make up.

“But the response to plus-size modelling and my look in general has been all positive so far.”

Modelling on location in New York


After successfully building her profile on home-soil, Tia, who is a size-14, says she’s been living out of a suitcase for the last month as she gets set up in Toronto. “It's been a struggle I'm not going lie but when I turn up on set to model I’m always reminded why I packed up and left everything to chase this dream.”

She has recently been working on location in the likes of Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. She is also regularly in New York, and a plus-sized industry documentary starring Tia, Inside Skinny, begins shooting there soon.

Although she’s been involved in the industry for seven years, Tia got her first big break when she entered Simply Be’s plus-size search four years ago, beating thousands of entrants to win the competition. She’s represented by Assets in Ireland, but says in North America she’s still very much “a small fish in a big pond”.

Tia says she's still very much finding her feet


“Most agencies and castings are in the centre of the city in a back alley somewhere that has no name or number," Tia says of finding her feet in unfamiliar areas. "I usually leave two hours before my appointments because I ALWAYS get lost,” she laughs.