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Why it matters so much when a "limpy fat girl" wins the world's biggest pinup pageant

I've been following New Zealand pin-up queen Fran Robertson on Instagram (@frantasy_island, natch) ever since we featured her wedding on Offbeat Bride back in 2016, and it's been a colorful journey for sure. Recently, I followed along with her photos of traveling from NZ all the way to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss Viva Las Vegas pageant — which she totally won!

I asked Fran if I could interview her about how her experiences are setting new standards for visibility…

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Let's be careful fat shaming public figures (yes, even Trump)

We definitely want our leaders to be physically and mentally able to take on the huge burdens of leading. But if you're at all familiar with the Fat Acceptance Movement, you'll know that being concerned about the weight of others can lead to discrimination, bias, and detrimental health and mental health effects. So when I heard the term "girther" as a play on words for "birther" regarding Donald Trump's presumed (by some) falsified weight in this last physical exam, I bristled…

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13 pieces of plus sized gym advice for newbies

It is hard being the fat girl at gym sometimes. Some things I do to help cope, include reminding myself I'm not the only bigger person there, coming up with a goal for my session, focusing on other things, wearing clothes I love…

Trust me, I have a long list of tricks up my sleeve to get through as a plus sized gym newbie!

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4 hacks for floor-baring plus-size closet organization

For most of my life, I envied my friends' neat, tidy closets. I kept wondering why, no matter what I did, my closets always seemed to be absolute black holes.  

Plus-size clothing is fundamentally different than straight-size clothing (more fabric, bigger necklines, etc.), so I don't know why it took me so long to realize that our clothing storage needs would be different, too!