In case you don’t know me and are not familiar with my store and blog, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Chrystal and I own the 2nd ever Plus Size lingerie store and my store is in San Jose, CA. (Also known as Silicon Valley.) My store, Curvy Girl, is in the middle of high tech heaven and home to companies like EBay, Adobe, Facebook and Twitter. Not exactly known for SEXY here in San Jose. Sexy technology yes, but not really known for sexy time.
Last October, on 10/11/12, my baby “Curvy Girl Lingerie” was born. Curvy Girl is the only plus size lingerie store on the West Coast and as far as I know, there is only one other plus size lingerie store in the entire U.S. and they are in Philly. (Called Lovelies.) We have been open for 13 months and the past 13 months have been so amazing and way more successful then I forecasted or predicted. I figure it would take me a good three years to get the word out and find my tribe. It happened in about 6 months. Pretty amazing. It’s been so humbling, amazing, fulfilling, rewarding, exciting and about a million other adjectives. Just other worldly satisfying and so much fun.
(Share your pic on our Facebook on our page at www.Facebook.com/CurvyGirlInc )
About a week ago, one of my favorite customers sent me a private message asking if I was comfortable with her posting a picture of herself in her panties and bra on our Curvy Girl secret group. (We have a “secret” Curvy Girl group on Facebook in addition to our “public” Curvy Girl page on Facebook. Our public page is www.facebook.com/curvygirlinc). Her exact question/statement:
“There are so many pics of models in lingerie, what about one of us regular chicks??”
Of course, I said YES! For one thing, my customers and Facebook followers ask me all of the time for pics of our lingerie on larger bodies. Many of the lingerie designers show their plus size goodies on thinner models. They are all beautiful, but most of them are a size 12/14 typically. (In the fashion world, anything over a size 4 is considered plus size. I know. It is a big joke.)
My customer’s (we will call her Ms. K) goal was to show “regular” people what a “regular” woman looks like in lingerie. She wanted to connect with the “regular” people out there in the internet world and show them that for most of us Curvies, we will have rolls, bumps, lumps, scars, stretch marks, surgery scars, breasts that are natural and that have breast fed our babies. And we can still be STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL.
No PHOTOSHOP. No AIRBRUSHING. No SPRAY ON TAN. Just a woman who is 39 years old. A woman who is a Mom. (A very devoted Mom, I might ad.) A woman who is a daughter. A friend. A woman who works full time while raising her daughter. A woman how has LIVED and LOVED and is still kicking ass and taking names.
Is that the most generous gift you have ever heard of? Not to mention brave and bold and just crazy sexy and full of confidence. So meet Ms. K. Since she has a regular job and a daughter and a life – we are not tagging her or naming her in this blog. But, I have permission from her and my other Curvy customer to show you all what “regular” women look like in lingerie. (There are 2 unique customers pictured here in this blog.)
We all know some people will HATE on these beautiful Curvy Girls. We know people will say mean, nasty things about these beautiful bodies and they still agreed to let me add them to my blog and share on Facebook. And they all signed up to be a part of this campaign. (And you may notice these pics of another one of my favorite customers who participated in our Curvy Girl Fashion Show. Another “regular” woman in lingerie, not photoshopped!)
So here is the challenge. Share your picture of YOU in sexy clothes or lingerie. The only requirement is that you be a size 14 or up. No photoshop. No professional pictures. No nipples. No bush. :) SHOW THE WORLD what regular women look like when they step into all of their beauty and sexy. You never know who you might touch. Who you might help. Whose life you may change when they see they are NOT the only woman with cellulite, rolls, scars, saggy breasts or stretch marks.
Life is NOT photoshopped.
Thanks you CURVIES! From the bottom of my big, fat, Curvy heart.
Love, Chrystal Bougon
Owner and Resident of Curvy Girl Lingerie