"We're reclaiming the beauty and power inside every woman who's ever been made
to feel less than beautiful because of her size"
|Size with Style!
By Alice Ansfield
Through the pages of Radiance,
we continually work to bring the focus of attention and sense of self back to the person,
to whom she is inside and in the world. Our value is not about our weight or what size we
are. Our value lies in who we are, and in what we're able to give and receive.
That said, it can also be fun to play with what we wear-with our outer
look. In upcoming issues of Radiance, we're going to
have some fun with fashion "updates." We're going to work with a variety of our
readers, of all ages and sizes, in different parts of the country, to update their looks:
give them new hairstyles and explore the colors and styles that enhance their uniqueness
and their beauty. And wouldn't that give anyone's self-esteem a boost?!
|Many of us just don't have the
energy or the inclination to try on styles that we're not used to wearing. I really enjoy
accompanying my friends on shopping expeditions and finding new styles for them to try on.
(They're such good sports.) I bring armfuls of clothes to their dressing room. They try
them on and come out to twirl in front of the mirror, catching every angle. Often they
strut around the store to give the clothes a trial run. I see a transformation in their
energy along with their look. I see them blossom. Their joy is apparent! It's fun for me
to be a part of this uplifting process.
So when I got a phone
call from Deborah Powell asking about doing updates in Radiance,
I was ready! Debbie is the owner of Size with Style. Her company conducts fashion and
self-esteem seminars around the country, exclusively for large women. Debbie is a woman
who, like us, is fed up with a fashion industry that thinks most women should be a size 6
or 8. Her past, she says, included many years of "trying to squeeze self-esteem out
of diet plans that never really worked. I'm still a big woman," she says today,
"but I now appreciate my beauty."
When Debbie quit the diet game and focused instead on being comfortable
in her body, she began to develop her own style, from the inside out, as a plus-size
woman. Now Debbie wants to work with Radiance
"What's important is to develop an individual style based not on
what's 'in' but on your body type, your life-style, what colors look great on you, and
what you feel comfortable wearing. We're doing updates here, not makeovers," states
Powell. "I hate the word makeover. It suggests changing something that's wrong, which
is not what this is about. We're reclaiming the beauty and power inside every woman who's
ever been made to feel less than beautiful because of her size."
Here's how Debbie works: First, she meets with a prospective client and
looks at her face and bone structure, hair color, hairstyle, body type, and color palette.
She listens as the woman discusses her life-style and what she wants.
Next they're off to the hair salon for a hair consultation that focuses
on how to highlight features, body type, and so on. Debbie gives the stylist suggestions
and photos, and together they consider color or highlights. This is followed by a private
session with a makeup artist for application tips and techniques. Last, Debbie and her
client head for the clothing stores to try out new fashions. Tips on alterations are
important to make everything a perfect fit. "What I see in the end is a woman walking
with her head held high. There's nothing better!" Debbie beams.
Radiance is launching this new
feature by helping five high school girls get ready for their prom. (See "Off to the Prom: Teen Updates," in this
If you'd like to be considered for an update with Debbie, write to her
c/o Radiance. Include your name, address, phone (and
e-mail if you have it), along with a few full-body color photos of yourself and a
paragraph or so about why you'd like to be considered for this feature. Debbie travels for
her work, so it doesn't matter to us where you live! Send in your request today.
Remember, this is
only a taste of what's inside the printed version of the magazine!