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    Oct 2, 2015

    23 Women On What Being Plus Size Means

    We spoke to women at the first Curve Fashion Festival in Manchester.

    1. Bethanie Hathaway

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    "It's OK to be FAT!"

    2. Louise O'Reilly from Style Me Curvy

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    "Beauty as a definition is so broad... It can never be defined by a dress size."

    3. Samantha Lees and Katie Theaker

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    "If you don't like it, don't LOOK!"

    4. Nicolette Mason from nicolettemason.com

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    "Every single person and every single body should feel empowered to have FUN with fashion and style!"

    5. Hayley Hasselhoff from My Look to Frame

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    "Live in a state of acceptance, trust and truth. Exude love forever and always."

    6. Rachelle and Jenny Cockell

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    "Just because I'm bigger than my friends doesn't mean I'm not worth talking to!"

    7. Tess Holliday from tessholliday.com

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    "Be yourself! Embrace what makes you YOU! FUCK THE REST!"

    8. Rebecca Argent, Miss British Beauty Curve 2015

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    "Just because we are bigger doesn't mean we can't be queens too!"

    9. Lisa Riley from Just Be You

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    "Always just be you."

    10. Emily Blake, Miss British Beauty Curve 2014

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    "The most beautiful thing is to be yourself and be confident no matter what your size, shape, background..."

    11. Lucy Collett from lucy-v.com

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    "Being wobble-tastic!"

    12. Charlie Hooson-Sykes from Gin Fuelled Bluestocking

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    "There should be no limit on what you can do, or who you can be, no matter what your size."

    13. Danielle Vanier from daniellevanier.co.uk

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    "We ain't going anywhere!"

    14. Georgina Horne from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

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    "Being plus-size doesn't mean you can't have great sex, fabulous clothes and amazing life experiences!"

    15. Syreeta Badu from syreetabadu.com

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    "Confidence is key. Enjoy life. Forget bullies and their hate! Creative, strength. Don't follow fashion, do you."

    16. Sam Rowswell from Fatty Boom Tatty

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    "Not conforming to others' body ideals. I am me, for me!"

    17. Nickee Rayner from Big Bawdy Burly Beauty

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    "It's taken a lifetime of 25 years to love this body. It's me! No apologies!"

    18. Lexie Aggrey-Madamori

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    "What is the big deal? I'll do me, and you do you."

    19. Diane Opoku

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    "Born an original. I will not conform to your standards!"

    20. Elia Johnson, model

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    #LoveItOrLeaveItAlone

    21. Moresha Ibele, model

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    "Embrace your flaws & love them!"

    22. Danielle Braverman from daniellebraverman.com

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    "Enjoy your life and your body right now! Don't waste time or energy worrying about what anyone else thinks – you are the one that matters!"

    23. Zoe Pennick, founder of The Curve Fashion Festival

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    "The Curve Fashion Festival: Making plus-size fashion fashionable!"

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