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23 Women On What Being Plus Size Means

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

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1. Bethanie Hathaway

"It's OK to be FAT!"
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"It's OK to be FAT!"

2. Louise O'Reilly from Style Me Curvy

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

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

4. Nicolette Mason from nicolettemason.com

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

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5. Hayley Hasselhoff from My Look to Frame

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

6. Rachelle and Jenny Cockell

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

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

8. Rebecca Argent, Miss British Beauty Curve 2015

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

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9. Lisa Riley from Just Be You

"Always just be you."
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"Always just be you."

10. Emily Blake, Miss British Beauty Curve 2014

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

"Being wobble-tastic!"
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"Being wobble-tastic!"

12. Charlie Hooson-Sykes from Gin Fuelled Bluestocking

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

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13. Danielle Vanier from daniellevanier.co.uk

"We ain't going anywhere!"
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"We ain't going anywhere!"

14. Georgina Horne from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

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

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

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

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17. Nickee Rayner from Big Bawdy Burly Beauty

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

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

19. Diane Opoku

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

20. Elia Johnson, model

#LoveItOrLeaveItAlone
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#LoveItOrLeaveItAlone

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21. Moresha Ibele, model

"Embrace your flaws & love them!"
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"Embrace your flaws & love them!"

22. Danielle Braverman from daniellebraverman.com

"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!"
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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

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