Welcome to the first day of Nashville Curves, Class of 2019! Today, I introduce you to Alexis! This blogger, mom, and activist, is the sweetest new edition to the Nashville Blogging scene. Her Instagram profile is filled with beauty and positivity. In addition, she has WISDOM beyond her years. Take a loom at her profile and learn how she loves her self despite the negativity in the world!
Name and Age
Alexis Jade, 25
What do you do, why do you do it?
I’m a blogger. I’m a body positivity activist. I’m a single mom. And to pay the bills I clean houses. Why do I do all this? At my heart I love to serve! It brings me joy when I know I have helped or served someone in some capacity. As I mom, I’m serving and growing my kids everyday. As a blogger and body positivity activist I am reaching women with my words. I am encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones and into this idea that they should love themselves where they are.
When you were asked to do a bathing suit shoot, what was your first reaction?
Honestly, nervous but excited. This has been the year I’ve decided to take down barriers for myself and get out of my comfort zone. Y’all, I wore a bikini in this shoot!! What?! But seriously, it was really freeing not to tug and attempt to cover-up. I just allowed myself to be in a cool moment – AND I LOOKED BOMB!
What made you embrace your curves?
Last year was the first year I wore shorts for the summer since I was 10! I was determined to knock down barriers. I was getting in my own way of living my life! That’s not right y’all.
I knew for myself, in order to fully embrace my love for who I was, I needed to embrace my curves. I am so thankful for all the other plus size bloggers out there that made me feel good with who I was and how I look and not holding myself back.
When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”
I’ve struggled with body image since I was a little girl. In my teen years self hate consumed me. When I was 17, is when I started my healing. It has been a journey. But I think last year was when I really decided I was going to be stylish and just live my life. It can be hard to deprogram the self hate that society continues to thrust at us. But, it can be achieved if you are patient with yourself.
Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?
I have been really lucky to have super supportive uplifting family and friends. However, acquaintances say insensitive things. What helped me is understanding that people haven’t come to a place I have in terms of my confidence. Those people may not be living to their life to the fullest because of they worry what others are thinking of them. Many people are still trapped in the cycle of ‘fat-phobia’. Yes, it hurts. I make sure to surround myself with positivity and kick all the negativity in the face.
What’s your favorite part of your body? Why?
I like my butt. It’s cute.
Tell us about one item in your closet you’ll never let go of?
I have this black jumpsuit a bought almost 2 years ago and my sisters talked me into it. That thing hung in my closet until this spring. Every once in a while I’d try it on but it was out of my comfort zone. It showed my back, my arms, and you could see my belly line. But I couldn’t part with it it was too cute. This spring I finally was like enough is enough now I wear that thing anytime I can find a reason to.
What’s your favorite store to shop at and why? (local, online, vintage/thrift, etc)
I really love shopping loft.com they have amazing sales!! I’ve been able to get several pairs of $80 jeans for under $10!!
What plus-size store would you like to see in Nashville?
I would honestly just love to see stores that are offering plus size online to offer those in the stores as well. Nashville Anthropology where are our A+ clothes?
What would you tell your YOUNGER curvy self?
“Shut up. Listen. Stop being so mean to yourself. People in life are going to be mean to you for no reason. You don’t need another person hating on you. Lift your gorgeous self up. You are one of the strongest people I know! Love yourself and don’t let others words tear you down. You are an amazing person!”
(Man, I need to just tell myself this everyday. I’m crying.)
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