Hey, we can love pizza, be a little bigger than other girls, and still do a boudoir shoot, right? As a boudoir photographer at Boudoir Rebels in sunny Florida, I, Tiffany Smith, am on a mission. It’s a mission to help every woman, especially those with curves, see the immense beauty they possess right now, in this very moment. No matter your size or shape, boudoir photography is an empowering journey that can help you embrace your body and boost your self-confidence. Boudoir isn’t just for skinny chicks.
The Media’s Narrow Representation
The media, over the years, has painted a rather limited picture of beauty, often excluding curvy, plus-size women. Shockingly, only about 2% of women depicted in media are plus size. This narrow representation fails to reflect the reality that the average woman in the U.S. is a size 16. It sends a misleading message that somehow, curvy bodies are less attractive or less deserving of attention.
On the brighter side, the fashion industry and media are slowly becoming more inclusive, but there’s still a lot of work to do. The models often used for plus size campaigns usually fall into the mid-size range (size 8 to 14). They still don’t represent the full spectrum of the plus size category.
Brands Breaking the Mould
Luckily, some brands are challenging the status quo by hiring models who represent the entire plus size range. Brands like Torrid, Girlfriend Collective, Wray NYC, and Universal Standard are leading the charge.
The Boudoir Photography Industry: A Space for All
The boudoir photography industry, too, has been guilty of limited representation, often featuring slender bodies more than curvy ones. This lack of representation can make it challenging for plus-size women to envision how they might look in such sensual poses. Happily, more and more photographers are now showcasing women of all shapes and sizes, breaking the stereotype that curvy women need to be photographed differently.
Boudoir Rebels: A Body-Friendly Space
At Boudoir Rebels, we’ve made it our mission since opening our doors in 2012 to take clients of all sizes. We believe every woman, irrespective of her size, should feel beautiful and confident.
Empowering Others Through Boudoir
Having a boudoir session as a plus-size or mid-size woman and sharing your experience can be incredibly empowering. It not only helps you love and accept yourself more, but it also inspires other women to believe in their own worth.
Dressing for Your Boudoir Session
The key to a successful boudoir session is choosing the right outfits that flatter your figure. Here are some tips to help you accentuate your curves:
1. Embrace High-Waisted Underwear
High-waisted underwear can help accentuate your curves by hugging the smallest part of your waistline. Opt for cheeky or thong underwear, as bikinis and boy shorts may not be as flattering. Torrid offers a great selection of high-waisted underwear.
2. Choose the Right Bodysuits
Bodysuits can be tricky, but they can also be incredibly flattering when chosen correctly. Avoid bodysuits that aren’t thong cut, as they are not as flattering without the thong cut on the bottom.
3. Opt for Cropped Sweaters
Cropped sweaters that are tighter at the waist can give the illusion of a smaller waist. Choose a size that allows you to pull them a bit higher on your waist, lengthening your legs and showing off your curves even better.
4. Consider Robes
Robes can be a great accessory or a way to cover up areas you prefer to hide. They’re especially useful in sitting poses, helping to hide any skin rolls at the stomach.
5. Lengthen Your Legs
The longer you are, the thinner you look, right? Hence, pumps are a great option as they give you a few extra inches from heel to toe, on top of the 4-5 inches of the stiletto.
Avoid These Outfit Choices
While it’s essential to know what to wear, it’s equally crucial to know what to avoid:
- Boy shorts or bikini underwear
- Sheer clothing
- Wedge shoes
Are You Ready?
Remember, what you wear is just the beginning of your boudoir photography journey. Trust that I will guide you every step of the way, posing you from head to toe. Your boudoir session will be a day of pampering followed by an experience of a lifetime, leaving you feeling better than Beyonce. Your confidence will skyrocket, and your man will have an album he won’t want to put down!
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