TLC’s Big Sexy Premieres Tonight (And They Have Tips to Dress Our Curves!)

TLC Big Sexy

One of my guiltiest pleasures is Reality TV and TLC has quite a few that I absolutely love to watch. Shows like What Not To Wear, Say Yes to the Dress, Hoarders and even My Strange Addiction (don’t judge!) are some of my favorite indulgences. So when they reached out to me about their show Big Sexy, I had to know what this reality show was all about!

Big Sexy is a three part mini series that follows Leslie, Tiffany, Audrey, Nikki and Heather, plus size divas looking to make their big fashion break in the Big Apple. Their mission is to prove that curvy girls can indeed make it in the fashion industry, whether it’s designing clothes or modeling. We get to follow them as they attend fashion events, parties, and career opportunites as well as get a peek into their lives as curvy confident women. I love my fair share of fashion shows and this one in particular caught my attention because you rarely see women in my size range on any type of program pertaining to fashion. I’ve always been curious to see how plus sized models deal with the fact that being a size 2 is still mainstream while 14, the average size of the American woman is not (Lord knows I’ve already ranted about this!).

Just from video clip I can tell that these girls are going to be fun to watch! I just love the sassiness, confidence, as well as the realness they bring.

To celebrate the premiere of the show, the divas of this show have been awesome enough to share their top tips for dressing our curves!

Do not avoid tailored, woven fabrics: A lot of plus-size women avoid woven fabric because it has little to no stretch; however, clothing like pencil skirts and tailored jackets make plus-size women look amazing. The tailored look can make you look thinner, more toned and professional. With the sharper lines and better structure, people will take you more seriously. Knitted clothing (which has a lot of stretch) tends to look a bit too casual for most settings. – Audrey Curry, makeup artist and aspiring fashion designer

Deodorant and baby oil are your friends: If you want to avoid the crazy chub-rub between your legs, roll on deodorant or dab baby oil on your inner thighs. You’ll no longer have to wear biker shorts under your dresses! Keep travel sizes in your purse. It does tend to wear off throughout the day. – Tiffany Bank, plus-size model {Can I just say Amen to that?!)

Do not follow traditional plus-size fashion rules: A lot of plus-size fashion tips are outdated. Liberate yourself. Follow a few trends that you like and will keep your look current. If you like stripes, go for it. You can wear anything with confidence. Confidence is the key to having great style! – Leslie Medlik, fashion stylist

Do not be afraid of stores that don’t typically sell plus sizes: A lot of plus-size women shy away from mainstream stores, in fear that they will not carry clothes in their size. How do you know unless you go in and try? I am a huge fan of Anthrolopologie and can easily pull off a large dress made out of knit or jersey. I can also fit into their XL and L tops. Fit is more important than what the size says. Try everything on before you make the purchase.– Nikki Gomez, plus-size model

…but remember to support plus-size designers!: Most plus-size lines are created by
plus-size women for plus-size women. These designers understand the issues we have with clothing, and they know that we want to look our best at any size. You have to dress the body you have now. If you embrace your curves and feel good about yourself, you will work even harder to achieve your personal body goals (or just realize how beautiful and sexy you already are!). Plus-size designer brand clothing is not only made for your body, but it also tends to be made better and last longer. – Nikki Gomez, plus-size model

Wear your clothes and do not let them wear you: Stand up tall and put your shoulders back. Good posture and confidence is everything. Be proud of who you are and respect yourself. Love your voluptuous curves and know your best features. – Heather Roach, wardrobe stylist and bra/bikini designer

I especially loved that last bit of advice because it can apply to anyone!

I plan on tuning in tonight at 10pm on TLC.  Will you?

Photo and video courtesy of: TLC

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  1. Their shoes are hot!

    I’m not exactly plus sized but I’m not little. honestly, stretchy, clingy clothes aren’t the most flattering. The lady on the end in the pic has a very flattering look.

  2. I will absolutely be watching. I’m so glad @flyingfabu sent an RT on Twitter otherwise I might have missed the first episode tonight.

    Great tips included in this post – thanks! 🙂

    • MJ

       /  August 31, 2011

      Thank you! I’m glad she RT’d it too. Did you get to see the show last night? What did you think?

  3. Fun!! These are great tips too. It would be nice to see more plus sized & curvy women in the fashion industry…It’s nice to see it starting!

  4. Fabulous!!!


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