Curvy Girl July: Jennifer Buckingham

Posted by Alia Yusuf on
This month Curvy Couture recognizes Jennifer Buckingham as Curvy Girl July. I have never been a small girl, but hating my body for so long made me feel incredibly small inside. I remember as a child in ballet class noticing my body was different than the other girls, I equated that difference to negativity and feeling less than for much of my life. I had a non traditional up bringing and was raised by my grandparents because my biological mother and father passed away in a car accident leaving me as the sole survivor at 2 months old. My life has always been off the beat and path. Growing up I was also badly bullied for my size while facing the loss of more family members along with getting involved in abusive relationships. Going through these situations ultimately manifested into an unhealthy relationship with my body. I was told frequently by people who I love how much better I would be if I lost weight; that I would be unbeatable, and in a plus size body I would not have opportunities to pursue my dreams of being an actor/model. Those were just the nice things. IT IS POSSIBLE TO LOVE OURSELVES...
THE BASIS OF ANYTHING HEALTHY IS SELF LOVE
I eventually lost about 80lbs in a few months by eating 800 calories and working out 4 hours a day, needless to say my disordered patterns ruled my life. In college things started to shift. I lived in France, I felt beautiful and when I came back to the US I met the man who is my rock in this life. He reinforces my self worth and supports everything I do. I decided to seek help through therapy and found positive tools to help me overcome negative thought patterns and beliefs. Eventually I came to a point where I thought...screw it, even though the weight returned to my body I began to love myself more in this body then I ever had no matter what I looked like before. I believe I had to make peace with this girl who faced so much hurt and show myself that no matter what size I am worthy, intelligent, capable, beautiful, and sexy as hell. I have always been obsessed with fashion and wanted to share my love for style as well as body positivity with others through my blog "Model Radical" which comes from my belief that we need to see radically diverse new role models in the images we look up to for inspiration. I never thought I would model in international publications, wear a bikini proudly with stretch marks and all, find a new thriving interest in sexy lingerie, and most important be able to stand raw, vulnerable, and nude in the mirror and have love for the woman staring back at me. It is so possible to love ourselves and I stand on my belief that the basis of anything healthy is self love and care. Connect with Jennifer via: Model Radical

For her tenacity and perseverance, Jennifer Buckingham is our July Curvy Girl. Are you our next Curvy Girl of the Month? Click here to enter for a chance to win a free lingerie wardrobe and be featured on curvycouture.com


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