#NashvilleCurves presents, Melissa, the creator of Nashville Curves!

Before we get this profile started, I must say “Thank You!” to everyone who viewed, shared, and commented on the #NashvilleCurves campaign! Each woman shared an amazing part of themselves. Besides putting on a bathing suit, they shared parts of their struggle and parts of their hearts. I truly appreciate their transparency! Make sure to read about Kimmy, Nora, Kearsten, and DD; leave some comments on their posts.

So, I’m gonna answer some of the questions I asked the other ladies in their profiles. And, I’m gonna answer some questions I’ve received about the #NashvilleCurves campaign and our upcoming Plus-Size Meet-Up! Let’s go!

I keep my eyes on certain women who are just doing it! Each class has 5-6 women, representing different shapes & sizes seen in plus-size community.

Name, age: Melissa, aka FabGlance, 39

What do you do, why do you do it?

I’m a lifestyle blogger and social media manager. I made a decision to leave my corporate job, after 10 years, because it was no longer fulfilling. Check out my YouTube video, “I Quit My Job to be a Full-Time Blogger“, I talk ALL about it. Blogging appeals to me because I love to write. I’ve been a writer since I knew what words meant. I write all the time, and I’m even working on a book of fiction (Jack and Ahlia) due out late fall. As a lifestyle blogger, I get to share my LIFE and my STYLE with my wonderful audience. Being plus-sized still presents a challenge for so many women. I like to show women how to dress well and be comfortable because I know what it feels like NOT to be comfortable in your own skin.

What made you embrace your curves? When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”

I can’t pinpoint the time I decided to embrace my curves. I can say as I got out of my twenties, I started to be OK with the body I have. Whether I’m on my fitness kick or I’m just chilling, I need to appreciate my body. I’ve had times when I was sick, going to hospital visits, having surgery, and I regretted not loving my body. The older I get, the more I love my body. Body confidence is truly a journey and some start earlier than others. I hope my blog can help people get on the path to body acceptance.

Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?

YES! I’ve dealt with a variety of horrible comments from strangers, WHOLE discussions from well-meaning family members, and shady comments from ‘friends’. We tend to think we know what’s best for other people, because we are on the outside looking in to their lives. So, when you go to comment on someone’s lifestyle choice, you really need to chill. You don’t know how far they’ve come.

Dealing with judgmental and mean comments is HARD! Like, if I really concentrate on ALL the mean comments I’ve received in my 39 years, I would be in a DEEP depression (I’ve been there!). What do I do? If I see a mean comment about me on the internet, I immediately delete it. I usually don’t know that person, so there’s no value in their comments. Now, dealing with family and friends is another story. Because I’m non-confrontational and an introvert, I usually distance myself from that person. After I gather my thoughts, maybe cry a bit, I usually confront them. It’s hard. I’ve lost some relationships because of nasty comments and underhanded discussions. But, I must do what’s right for my mental well-being.

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#NashvilleCurves presents Nora

Nora is an upcoming plus-size Nashville Blogger! She uses her platform to speak to young women about style, confidence, and beauty. Read Nora’s profile, below, learn about the power of positive words and not allowing negative comments ruin your life.

Name, age: Nora Harris, 25

What do you do, why do you do it?

I’m a Human Resources Coordinator by day, and a body positive, lifestyle blogger in my spare time! I started my blog because I was sick of not seeing women that resembled me in the beauty and fashion industries. I wanted a woman, my size or larger, to be able to feel represented. Also, I wanted an outlet to discuss social and cultural issues that are important to me. My hope is that someone else, struggling with their journey to self-love, can find encouragement and inspiration from my journey.

What made you embrace your curves? When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”

My senior year of college, I competed in our annual Black Student Union Pageant. I was often asked, but I did not think that I was pageant material. For most of my life, I felt ugly, and ostracized because of my weight and how I look. My senior year, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and participate in the pageant.

When I looked at some of the other girls that participated, I did not think that I would win. I took up more space than them. They fit society’s mold for beauty. We had a talent portion, and I sang, “I Am Changing” from the Dreamgirls musical. Afterwards, we had a formal portion. I wore my prom dress; a red lace dress. When I wore this dress in high school, I was really uncomfortable with my body. I did not appreciate my beauty. Something changed for me during the pageant. The lyrics to the song, “I Am Changing” truly inspired me to embrace myself. I won the pageant. Everyone talked about how beautiful I was, how lovely the dress was, and how talented I was.

Many people viewed me as the winner from the beginning, but I was the only person counting myself out. That was my light-bulb moment. I realized that I had been worthy all along. I stopped trying to hide my body after the pageant. I was no longer afraid of commanding attention with my presence. I learned to be unapologetic about my weight, my features, my skin and my personality. There is power in not looking just like everyone else. Being unique made me stand out.

Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?

Backhanded compliments and mean comments . . . I’ve gotten them the worst from family and friends! I used to let the comments hurt me, especially if the negativity was from a family member. Then I realized that hurt people hurt people. As a child, I was told that I had a pretty face, but needed to drop the weight if I didn’t want to be lonely the rest of my life. I’ve had friends assume that men weren’t interested in me because of my weight.

I created my blog as a direct response to the hate. I continue to post pictures of me being a prosperous, fabulous, fat queen. I continue to live my life. I continue to thrive, unapologetically. Sometimes, when you are happy with yourself, others may be jealous. People seek to gain power from controlling how you feel. I stopped giving people the power to control my feelings. Keep shining. Keep smiling. Keep living.

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#NashvilleCurves presents Kimmy

FabGlance is not the only plus-size blogger in the city. Every day I find another woman sharing her stylish plus-size experience online. When I stumbled across Kimmy’s microblog on Instagram, I knew I had to follow. Every day, Kimmy shares her great style and amazing ideas online. She never stays away from discussing the topics of feminism, race relations, and being fat in America. We need more truthful, young, vibrant voices like hers in our world. Make sure to follow Kimmy, as she adds style and truth to your timeline!

Name, Age: Kimmy, 25

What do you do, why do you do it?
I have a full time 8-5 job but that isn’t my passion. I do Instagram and social media because I have found these are meaningful ways to interact with people. It is also a space where less represented body types and less represented people, like people of color of disabled people, finally have a space to be themselves and get messages of support from followers and friends. I love having an online space and community to uplift people who are traditionally left out of a lot of spaces.

What made you embrace your curves?
When did you say, “I’m ok with me?” Honestly, joining Instagram was the biggest step in overcoming my body hate and turning it into body love. I found a huge community of women who were plus size and curvy. It was the first time I had ever seen women who looked like me, and they looked beautiful. I was able to shift my perception of myself and curvier and larger bodies by seeing these women, and seeing them apologetically love themselves authentically.

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#NashvilleCurves presents Kearsten

Kearsten is a recent college graduate with a mission to make a big impact in the health industry as a nurse. As the youngest member of #NashvilleCurves Class of 2017 it’s amazing to see her evolution as a voice in Nashville’s plus size community! Confidence is created when we are faced with our greatest truth. Read Kearsten’s story below. Be inspired to be a confidence creator in the lives of young women around you.

Name, Age: Kearsten, 22

What do you do, why do you do it?
I’m a Class of 2017 graduate of the Illustrious and historic Fisk University. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a part of healthcare in any capacity. I currently work as a CNA for while working towards obtaining my Master’s of Science in Nursing. As of late, it’s becoming more evident that I need to do more in pursuing plus size modeling as these types of opportunities have been presenting themselves. But…we’ll see *birdman hand rub*

What made you embrace your curves? When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”
Honestly, this happened for me fairly recently. All through college, I would steer clear of social events or being visible period because I wasn’t 100% comfortable with my size. This meant I didn’t like how I looked in certain clothing which led to me thinking I had nothing to wear so now I don’t have to go anywhere . . . yay. Closer to the end of my undergraduate years, out of nowhere really, I gained this confidence and adopted a mindset that allowed me to step out of my shell and be who I genuinely was. That meant being comfortable with ALL that God has blessed me with.

Have you had to deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, and/or strangers? What did you do?
I’ve never been skinny in my life except for like once when I was like 3! So, I’ve always had people comment about my size; especially family that you haven’t seen in forever. After my first year of college, not gonna lie, I gained a scary amount of weight. I remember, in 2014, when my uncle came to pick up my brother and I to go to our family reunion in Cincinnati. This was the first time he had seen me since I graduated high school. Literally, the first thing he said was “Wow, freshman 50?” It really hurt at that time but I just laughed it off.

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#NashvilleCurves presents Derika

Some know her as Derika, others know her as DD, but I guarantee, after reading her profile, you’ll want to call her friend! This Nashville entrepreneur tells us how therapy helped her be ‘ok’ with her and allowed her to cultivate the confidence to experience a more enriched life! 

Name, Age: Derika, 32

What do you do, why do you do it?
I’m a typical left-brained person. Very logical, analytical and solution driven. So naturally when I identify a problem, I can’t wait to find a solution and fix it, even the hard stuff. After being bored, almost to death, with corporate America I decided to start a boutique software development company (@madebyamaven) a couple years ago. Now I get to collaborate with talented people from all over the world to create custom software solutions for businesses. It’s pretty dope!

What made you embrace your curves? When did you say, “I’m ok with me?”
I started going to therapy a few years back while mourning the death of a friend. I didn’t realize it then, but this was one of the best decisions I ever made. I didn’t expect to discover that I had subconsciously convinced myself that certain goals were unattainable for me because I was over a certain size. Removing that mental block changed everything, leaving me open to more experiences, more opportunities, more LIFE!

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VLOG | The TCFStyle Expo 2017

Last month, I got to attend the TCFStyle Expo presented by Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista. This plus-size style convention is held annually in Atlanta (one of my fave cities!). It’s part shopping event and part motivational event. This was the second year, and from what I heard, it was BIGGER and better than ever. Guess what? I vlogged! Yes, and there’s a whole video on my YouTube Channel, but you can watch below!

Have you attended a plus-size meet-up? Well, I’m hosting one in Nashville in October! The Nashville Curves Plus Size Meet-Up is gonna be our chance to present amazing curvy confidence in Nashville! Pre-sale tickets are available NOW! Let’s get excited!

SNEAKPEEK: #NashvilleCurves Class of 2017

The #NashvilleCurves, Class of 2017, is about to make their debut! Last year, I had the bright idea to invite some of Nashville’s most beautiful plus-size influencers to do a Swimsuit Shoot. The response was amazingly overwhelming! I knew I had to do it again!

This year I selected four Curvy women who are influencers, bloggers, college graduates, and beautiful individuals. In the next couple weeks you’ll learn about each woman, her goals, and how she uses her curves to inspire others! Oh yeah, and we look hella good in our bathing suits!

Special shout out to T. Denisa Photography for shooting this campaign! She’s amazing behind the lens. She has a great way of shooting the female form that’s fierce and graceful!

Another shout out to Sunny, Sunny Band for supplying the location AND our amazing sunglasses!

What is #NashvilleCurves & How can I be down?

#NashvilleCurves is a thing! It’s a thing now! OMG it’s a thing! Ok, so what is it? This post is going to answer all of your questions about the Nashville Curves project. Also, I want to thank you for your support. Last week we received so many comments and accolades for this project. I did not expect for this project to touch so many people. After the onslaught of emails, I realized I needed to give the people what they want. Nashville wanted to see more curves, and gosh-darn-it, Fab Glance is the site to give it to you. Let’s get started:


Swimsuit from Forever 21

 What is the Nashville Curves project? The Nashville Curves project started off as a simple photo series with a matching hashtag, #NashvilleCurves. Personally, I was going to do a swimsuit photo-series, then I thought to add some of my friends who were curvy too. I asked some friends who were fun and beautiful and doing great things (entrepreneurs, community developers, and amazing people).

As I was  planning the shoot, I started thinking I wanted to spotlight MORE curvy ladies. I wanted to take this farther than just a photo shoot. I realized that Nashville has amazing women doing great things, that a happen to be curvy. Nashville Curves was developed after that thought.

So what happens next? Fab Glance will present Nashville Curves as a multi-media fashion presentation featuring Nashville’s curvy ladies of substance and style. This presentation will occur once a quarter as a themed photo shoot with additional videography. In 2017, Fab Glance will host a Nashville Curves meet-up as a way to bridge the a gap between Nashville’s curvy ladies by presenting curated plus-size retailers and beauty brands that enhance the life of plus-size women.

Swimsuit from Swimsuits for All

How can I be in the photo shoot? Is this a modeling agency? Each Nashville Curves participant is hand selected by me, Melissa, Editor-in-Chief of Fab Glance. In the future, I will accept nominations for future participants. The Fall 2016 class has already been selected, but I am looking for Winter 2017 class. Nashville Curves is NOT a modeling agency. Nashville Curves is a way to present plus-size women to the Nashville community while spotlighting their positive attributes.

I’d like to be a photographer, how can I be down? Right now I am looking for women photographers and videographers to shoot future quarterly campaigns. Why women?  I’ve wanted to spotlight female entrepreneurs more often on this website and I know the Nashville Curves project is a great way to do it. If you’d like to be a photographer for future campaigns, send me an email with photo samples.

Are there other ways to participate? YES! I am looking for clothing, accessory, make-up artists, and beauty retailers to partner with and feature in future Nashville Curves campaigns.  CLICK HERE to see my past collaborations. If you want your product or service presented to more than 20,000 readers and fans, the Nashville Curves project and Fab Glance brand is the campaign to partner with. Shoot me an email.

When will you host a plus-size meet-up? The need is REAL in Nashville! The curvy women have spoken, and they want to come together! Fab Glance will host the first Nashville Curves meet-up in Spring 2017! Yes, I want to make sure this is an amazingly posh event and those types events take time and planning. Trust it’s coming and it will be FAB! Comment below what you like to see at the Nashville Curves meet-up.

So, when is the next Nashville Curves presentation? Like I stated each campaign will drop quarterly with a seasonal theme (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Expect the next campaign to drop October 2016.

Being a plus-size woman, I often struggle with feeling accepted in the fashion arena, especially in Nashville. When I started featuring more plus-size focused posts on the site, I didn’t think the response would be so overwhelming.  Nashville isn’t exactly known for plus-size fashion or retailers. I hope to be the catalyst for change, helping the public acknowledge the accomplishments of plus-size women in this city. Let’s get it!

If you have additional questions, comment below or send me an email.

#NashvilleCurves presents Adrienne Nichole!

Welcome back to #NashvilleCurves Summer Edition! First up, we’d like to thank EVERYONE for your overwhelming response to the Nashville Curves initiative. As the creator of Nashville Curves, I’m excited for the future of the project. I will definitely answer all your questions about initiative at the end of the week. But for now, let’s spotlight these gorgeous girls!

First up is our luxurious diva, Adrienne! Y’all Adrienne is a diamond. Seriously, her style sparkles and she brings light to any room. I’ve know Adrienne for a couple years. She was one of the first people I thought of when I planned this shoot. After you read her profile, I know you will love her too. Let’s get into it:

Name, Age – Adrienne Nichole, 25
What do you do and why do you do it? –  I am a sassy Community Relations Manager for an international non-profit organization by day and a blogger and social media maven by night. My mission in both my professional and freelance career is to empower women to be their best selves. There are so many false messages and undue pressure that society sends to and thrusts upon women to be perfect. Many times women subscribe to those goals, never realizing that they are unattainable! There’s no “one size fits all” way to do life and reach your goals. I look at myself as that friend, whether in-person or online, that’s coming alongside women and saying, “Hey, girl, you can do it. Keep going!” With lots of love and confidence and a funny meme…or three…we will all reach our goals and live out dreams, together!

How do you deal with mean or backhanded comments from family, friends, or strangers? – Fortunately, I’ve been blessed to not have to deal with this often. I am a firm believer that there is a root to every fruit. Many times, when people speak negatively about others it has more to do with their own insecurities and shortcomings than the person they’re speaking about. You know the saying, “What Sally says about Susie says more about Sally than it does about Susie?” I think that statement speaks for itself. If ignoring backhanded comments was a class, I’d get an A. I’m a pro at not making the insecurities of others my own.
What advice would you give your YOUNGER curvy self? – Don’t rush and listen more! There’s a time and a place for everything and your time will come but patience is key.
When you were asked to do a bathing suit shoot, what was your first reaction?
It’s about time someone besides my mirror got to enjoy these big arms and stretch marks! Haha, just joking . . . sort of! I loved the concept and was super excited to collaborate with other women (a first for me) doing something that represents the beauty and confidence that resides in the beautiful city I call home-Nashville!
Are curves appreciated in Nashville? – I think, in American culture, the topic of curvy and plus size bodies is still a bit taboo. The curves on J-Lo are widely accepted while the curves on Gabourey Sidibe aren’t. Thankfully, there are people like TessHoliday and Danielle Brooks, along with many others, that are taking steps to change the narrative. As far as Nashville is concerned, I do think that being in the south makes curves more acceptable than they are in say, New York? I think it also comes down to what’s acceptable in different communities and cultures. Historically curves are more celebrated in black and Latina communities than they are in others. The conversation is so deep and wide, but it’s also ever evolving which is a good thing!
What’s your favorite store to shop as and why? (local, online, vintage, etc) – Ah! This is a hard one! I’d have to say Eloquii.com. Eloquii is an L Brand so you can count on the quality of the clothing, but they also provide so much variety and there’s always a sale. Needless to say it’s a love-hate relationship! Ha!
Tell us about one item in your closet you’ll never let go of? – My black cape blazer, for sure. Coincidentally, it’s from Eloquii.com and gives all of the Olivia Pope realness you can stand!
Describe you favorite summer look – Maxi, maxi, maxi, maxi, maxi, maxi (read to the tune of Desiigner’s “Panda”). Give me a fabulous maxi dress, preferably with long sleeves, and I’m good to go!

Fab Glance presents #NashvilleCurves

Being jealous of a beautiful woman is not going to make you more beautiful. – Zsa Zsa Gabor
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Nashville Curves project! I’m so excited to present this photo series to you. When I thought about doing a bathing suit shoot for the summer, at first I thought about just featuring myself. But, I realized how many beautiful curvy women I knew in the city of Nashville, and I thought I’d do a collaborative post. That one idea, turned into a movement. I realized that Nashville known for it’s curvy community, although there are so many beautiful curvy women in the city. Who better than Fab Glance to feature the city’s most beautiful women?


Left to Right: Fab Glance, Adrienne, Francheska, Temi, Amber

Meet Adrienne, Francheska, Temi, and Amber, the ladies of the Nashville Curves Summer Series!   This week,  I’ll profile the woman featured in this photo series. These ladies are going to drop jewels on being plus-sized, shopping online & in the city, and building confidence in the plus-size community. These amazing, beautiful, and curvy ladies live, work, and shop in Nashville. They have amazing style and even more confidence. When I tell you, you will be slayed by the photos, I tell no lies. Getting ready to swoon!


And, can we talk about style? When we discussed the wardrobe for this shoot, the ladies were ready to SHOW OUT! Don’t worry, each Nashville Curves profile will let you know EXACTLY where they purchased their suits and even some of their favorite shopping destinations. The shoot day was so fun! We shared tons of style tips with each other. I loved how everyone showcased their personal style as we worked as a collective.

Lastly, I have to give all the credit our wonderful photographer, Toni Denisa. You’ve seen her work on the site many times before. This time, though, magic really happened! Shooting plus-size women in a bathing suits may be a challenge for other photographers but Toni made it look easy. Toni caught the vision as soon as I sent the first text. The shoot was filled with laughs, fun, and motivational moments. Toni bought out even more beauty in each lady. It was an amazing shoot!


So, come back tomorrow for our first feature. Make sure to follow the #NashvilleCurves hashtag on Instagram for more photos.