New Reality Show ‘Big Sexy’ Celebrates Plus-Size Fashion

Meet Tiffany, Leslie, Audrey and Nikki—four confidently curvy fashionistas trying to take plus-size fashion mainstream.

By Jessica Testa
Big Sexy stars
Photograph: TLC/James Hercule

Dressing to Slim: Always wear clothing that fits—never something that’s too small because that’s going to make you look larger. Loose clothing will make you look insecure. If you have a low cut neck, you can’t have a short skirt. A lot of plus size women wear black—I’m one of those, because it’s easy to accessorize it if you want to wear a funky hat or chunky jewelry. Tailoring always makes plus size women look better. Stay away from woven clothing and always go to knit clothing because it stretches. Shoulder pads are something plus size women are afraid of, but they can slim your body down by balancing out your body and hips.

Bad Trends: Stay away from white leggings or neon leggings of any kind. A lot of people also do the deconstructed, messy, shredded look wrong. They think if you throw on something messy and dirty you can make it work. You can’t.

Staying Confident: I present myself in a confident way because I spend time getting ready and making myself look the best I can look. When I go out, I already feel good about myself. Don’t walk into a room with your head down. Stand tall. I’m very positive and I always think about what I’m going to do that day and how it’s going to go smoothly.

Nikki Gomez, 34 - Model

Changing the Industry: There are a lot of preconceived notions about plus-size women—that we’re not active, that we don’t take care of ourselves. Photographers will shoot skinny girls in a certain way, but they won’t shoot plus-size girls that way. He doesn’t think it’s worth his time. You have to look for people that are a little more open minded to get the results that you want in this industry.

Dressing in a Flattering Way: It’s important to know how to dress your body, no matter what size you are. If you have amazing legs, show off your legs. If you have a beautiful complexion, wear colors to enhance your features and you’ll find the confidence.

Don’t be afraid to wear color. This whole black-is-slimming thing is old news. Shapewear is important, even for thin women. Stay true to your style. I do love the new geeky chic kind of look, the big black-rimmed glasses. I’m a big fan of vintage clothing—I love feminine clothing and being really girly.

Bad Trends: For some reason, people don’t get dressed anymore. People go out in their pajamas to run errands. It’s important to take pride in yourself. Get dressed. There’s something to be said about how you look and how you present yourself to the world.  

Staying Confident: It’s about learning to love yourself. When you dress yourself with confidence, it shows. You can walk into a bar with the most beautiful person next to you but if they’re not confident and you are, you’re going to get more attention.

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First Published August 24, 2011

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