Ello Govna! And welcome back to another ‘Noire Excellence’ post and today I want to introduce you to Lauren. She’s a plus sized UK blogger who has been gaining worldwide attention due to her dope taste in fashion and she’s also an advocate when it comes to body positivity. Lauren even shares her story of her own personal struggles dealing with body acceptance and becoming a role model for other young women who might be dealing with the same thing. She opened up to me about her journey to get to where she is now and to see what she told me.. just keep reading
ATBEL: Lauren! Hello lovely, how are you doing? I know we both have very busy schedules so thank you so much for sitting down and chatting with me today. Alright, so let’s get started… for those who may not know who you are/what you do, give us some background information about yourself.
LN: Hey! So I’m Lauren Nicole and I’m a 19-year-old journalism student, blogger and curve model whom lives and is from London.
ATBEL: I came across Lauren’s blog via Twitter and after reading more about her, I definitely came a supporter and we exchanged information and became cool ever since. She has officially become my British baby sister. Lol Lauren I have to say, I’m so impressed with all that you have accomplished at such a young age. You have been featured in so many publications thus far so have you always wanted to become a blogger/influencer? If not, what made you start blogging?
LN: Ah thank you! Well I started my first blog at the age of 12, and then I started my current blog, Fashion Killer when I was 15. I love to write, so creating a blog just became second nature to me.
ATBEL: What I love about your story is that just like so many other women/young girls in the world, you too have dealt with body image issues. Everywhere you turn, social media and other different media outlets portray images of the “perfect body” and they can make some people feel that their body isn’t good enough if it doesn’t look like that. Those negative internalized images from media outlets can lead some people to want to cause self harm towards their body, develop low self esteem and even create self doubt.
I read on one of the posts on your blog that mentioned you didn’t even want to put yourself out there as a plus-sized blogger fashion wise because you were afraid of being ridiculed and made fun of. I don’t know what body you were looking at but uh..you look bomb girl! Plus you have Caribbean running through your blood like myself, so you know having a plush yam-cam comes by naturally. Boop! Lol
So have you always had issues with accepting your curves? What made it start? And then what made you come to the decision that enough was enough.. and started to really embrace your body? BTW, you’re freaking gorgeous Lauren! Don’t you ever forget that.
LN: Aw why thank you so much Erica. So for years, I’ve suffered from body dysmorphia. Even when I wasn’t plus size, I just loathed my body. At 13, I didn’t want to leave the house, because I thought I was disgusting and others would laugh at me. Even my love for the performing arts was ruined by my hatred for my appearance. I couldn’t bear the idea of joining a drama club because I was “too fat”, or “too ugly”. By 15, I wasn’t treating my body with respect it deserved and I ended up binge eating and forcing myself to be sick all in the hopes to look “perfect” and “beautiful”. By the time I had reached 18, I just had enough because there’s only so much fighting you can do with yourself.
ATBEL: Wow… I had no idea that you went through that but I’m so proud of you for breaking that self-hatred cycle. Being that you have went through those experiences, why is writing and being a plus size blogger so important to you?
LN: Thank you! I discovered Nadia Aboulhosn when I was 15 and after that, the way I viewed myself shifted and my journey of self-love began. That sort of power carries MAJOR weight and being that I am a plus sized blogger, it’s really important to be real, authentic and honest. Blogging for me has always been about self-expression. From posting outfits that allow me to express my style and personality while embracing my curves to more personal post that can express my inner thoughts and feelings; blogging allows me to show all of that. My blog aims to inspire all types of women regardless of their size, and color. It’s for the women who are also on their journey of self-love, who love fashion, and even to those who don’t necessarily love fashion but just want to look good.
ATBEL: You mentioned to me that your blog isn’t even about you. If that’s true, then who is it about?
LN: My blog is for the young Lauren who never believed in herself, never wanted to be seen and who was too afraid to express herself and let her voice be heard. It’s not about who I am now but about the 19 year old Lauren who is constantly evolving.
ATBEL: What are your thoughts on how curvy/plus sized women are portrayed in the media? I personally think the portraying images surrounding those words have improved dramatically but we still have a ways to go. It’s really sad how mean people can be just become someone has more meat on their bones compared to someone who is skinny. News flash!! Not everyone strives to be a size 3. I know I sure the hell don’t.
LN: It’s great to see more body types represented but I agree we’ve definitely got a ways to go.
ATBEL: After you started excepting and loving yourself, it seems like things took a turn for the best. I see you even became a brand ambassador for One One Three. How awesome! How has that experience been for you so far?
LN: Yeah modeling for them has been great! I talk about everything including how amazing it felt in my blog post, embracing my curves and you can check it out here. http://www.fashionkiller.co.uk/2016/12/embracing-my-curves.html.
ATBEL: Let’s not forget you being signed to London’s biggest model agency for curvy models. Ahh! Lauren that is so epic! What was your experience like being signed to Hughes Models? Did they just approach you out of nowhere?
LN: Thank you so much! Getting signed was something I never thought about, and I have to say that it’s been wild and my agent Rose is amazing and incredibly supportive. My friend Chanelle is signed with them, and while at the agency they were looking at One One Three’s website and I was the model on the site. Rose asked Chanelle if she knew who I was and whether I was signed. A few months later, I was at the office signing my own contract.
ATBEL: What three words would you use to describe yourself? And what do you want your name/brand to stand for?
LN: I’m not great at things like this, I often feel like I’m registering to a dating app. Lol But I think being an advocate of self love and body positivity is one of the main things I want my brand/name to stand for. I love getting messages from girls who tell me how much confidence my story and image has given them and the girls that have bought an item of clothing they wouldn’t usually wear just because they’ve seen me in it. I’m all for empowering people.
ATBEL: Where are your favorite places to shop/ brands to wear that cater to us curvy girls? (They can be UK or worldwide based)
LN: ASOS, all day every day.
ATBEL: Are there any plus size/curvy established models that you look up to and admire? I love my girls Toccara Jones and Ashley Graham! They really have been killing it in this modeling industry.
LN: My friend Chanelle Mustafa, Felicity Hayward (who I’ve had the pleasure to model alongside), Tess Holiday, Ashley Graham and Nadia Aboulhosn; I love that girl!
ATBEL: What advice would you give to any girl/young woman out there who might be dealing with accepting and loving their body but also want to tap into the blogging/fashion world?
LN: Be kind and gentle to your body. Every time you think or say something negative about your body, follow it up with a positive comment. “I am beautiful and I am worthy”.
ATBEL: What can we expect from Ms. Lauren Nicole in the future?
LN: Oh…a lot I hope. I would love to design my own collection, one day soon, amongst other things. But, it’s probably just best you watch this space haha.
ATBEL: Lol ok I can dig it. So where can people find out more about you via social media?
LN: I’m LaurenNicoleFK on everything! I’m mainly on Instagram and Twitter.
ATBEL: That is pretty much all I have for you today love. Thanks again and I can’t wait to see what the future hold for you because this is only the beginning. =) Keep shining that Black Girl Magic in the world and being a face that a lot of curvy young women can look up to and admire.
LN: Thank you so much!
That wraps up this week’s episode of ‘Noire Experience’ and I hope you enjoyed it! I’m super proud of Lauren and I can’t wait to see what else accomplishes. And remember ladies..
“You can’t keep breaking yourself down, and expect others to pick up your shattered pieces. Be nice to your mind, body, and soul.”- Alex Elle
Until next time loves…