6 October is dedicated to National Plus Size Appreciation Day, and observers are looking for ways to support the event in 2021.
So, today is the day to thank the body you’re in and support others.
It doesn’t matter what size you are as long as you know some great ways to observe National Plus Size Appreciation Day.
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What is National Plus Size Appreciation Day?
National Plus Size Appreciation Day recognises men and women across the world who may be plus-sized. Proving one size doesn’t fit all.
Texas-based non-profit organisation Women Rock, Inc came up with the initiative to make it a national day in 2016. A year later, the day was being celebrated.
The event encourages people to break the social stigma around plus-size people and change how society portrays them.
Steps are already being taken in the beauty and fashion world by the likes of Rihanna, who includes plus-size models in her Savage Fenty fashion shows.
Creative ways to observe National Plus Size Day 2021?
Watch Ashley Graham’s inspiring Ted Talk “Plus-size? More like My Size”.
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Read a book in appreciation: You could opt for a biography from someone who is plus size such as Ashley Graham’s A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, And Power Really Look Like.
If you want more knowledge on plus-size fashion, why not pick up The Art Of Dressing For Curves by Susan Moses. Other good reads are Making It Big by Lyndsay Russell and My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington.
7 things you can do to improve stigmas surrounding plus-size
Firstly, remember everybody is unique and beauty comes in all packages. This should be taught from a young age.
Try not to refer to certain food as ‘bad’ you shouldn’t feel shame for eating food you enjoy. Yes, it is fuel for your body to function but it is so much more than that.
Avoid referring to yourself as ‘fat’. Instead, acknowledge you’re having a hard day with your body image; know this is simply a feeling that has likely been instilled in people by the high beauty standards in society.
Encourage local healthcare services to provide and practise Health At Every Size (HAES). Also, allow plus-size people to have access to public amenities with ease; for example provide accessible seating, wider chairs or higher weight-capacity equipment. This could also be encouraged at the workplace.
Celebrate your and others’ achievements. Even if you get out on a small walk or do ten minutes of sport, reward the success. When doing exercise focus on how good it can make you feel instead of focusing on burning off a certain number of calories.
Take a break from social media. Sometimes the online world can be detrimental when comparing yourself to others and their bodies. To avoid this you can turn off notifications, set time limits, and prioritise your self-care offline.
Of course, social media can be an advantageous community as well. Make sure to support and encourage people of all sizes. By widening their platform it makes plus-size people have more of a voice in society.
Plus-size models you’ll Love
- Robyn Lawley
- Nadia Aboulhosn
- Ashley Graham
- Hayley Hasselhoff
- Tara Lynn
- Darnel Gramm
- Felicity Hayward
- Paloma Elsesser
- Precious Lee
- Denise Bidot
- Tess Holiday
- Iskra Lawrence
- Barbie Ferriera
Twitter celebrates National Plus Size Appreciation Day
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