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What does that tell us? It tells us that there are many people who specifically appreciate women who are at least plump. In fact, it is estimated that at least 10% of American men are "fa's" - "fat admirers" - that is, men who appreciate women with full figures - but I have been told by an American man that a third of the men there are fa's!
I believe that the attitude of society & the media towards fat women will improve as our self esteem increases. How can that happen?
My journey started with BBW magazine, from the US. Unfortunately the Australian BBW magazine (which was excellent, I have seen back copies) is no longer with us. I started buying the US version of BBW magazine in 1993, but a few months later it disappeared from my newsagent, so I subscribed.
HEY! If you are an unmarried Australian bbw, email me & ask me nicely, if you would like your (recent) photo included on this web site, FREE!
I have also subscribed to
Radiance magazine, &
Dimensions magazine, both from the US. (I believe the
last issue of Radiance magazine was published in December 2000, but
there are still plenty of interesting links from the Radiance magazine
web site, see link above.) (September 2001 seems to have
been the last printed issue of Dimensions magazine, but the web site
(see link above) appears to be current.) Mode magazine, also from the US, used
models on the lower end of the fat scale - but unfortunately Mode
magazine seems to no longer be in existence.
I felt more attractive after reading each magazine edition - but the real boost came when I discovered the size acceptance movement online.
On the internet we can visit bbw friendly websites, read about & see pictures of bbw who are happy with their appearance, & share information, & support & encourage one another.
There are a lot of clubs, dances & other social events for bbw & those who appreciate them in the US & Canada.
I'd like there to be similar events where I live in Queensland, Australia - & all over Australia too. The trouble is, even though, as in the US, more than half of our female population is over size 16 (US size 12) - the vast majority of those seem to be dieting, & hating & feeling ashamed of their bodies. Accepting & appreciating our bodies without trying to shrink them, is perceived as a radical idea here, it seems.
There now is a Queensland Size Acceptance Association, with thirteen members so far. You may contact the owner of this list at: Qldsizeemail@example.com
There are a few Yahoo groups which deserve a mention, because they have so many members:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aussiebbwappreciation/, which has 1,273 members;
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bbwsandtheiradmirersinaus/, which has 558 members;
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/australiasbbw/, which has 634 members; &
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/donttellmewhatsizeimustb/, which has 1,091 members.
Some Australian men who appreciate women who are more than slender seem to be "backward in coming forward". Perhaps their admiration has been met with disbelief by women they have fancied in the past?
If you're an Australian reading this, please sign my guestbook or email me & let me know how you feel about what I've written here. I'd especially like to hear from bbw & admirers from the Biloela area. No matter where you are in the world, I'd like to hear from you.
22/10/02: I started cycling eleven months ago, gradually working up by a minute a day until I reached 40 minutes in January. For the last nine months I've been cycling for 40 minutes a day. Don't let anyone tell you that you're fat because you don't exercise - nor that if you would only exercise for forty minutes a day you'll soon be slender! - because I'm still wearing the same size in clothing as I was before I started!
me if you know of any others)
|Ab-Fab Australia (handpainted silk & other gorgeous things)|
|Angels Shoes ("for hard-to-fit feet")|
|Bathers for Big Girls (swimwear for women, bust sizes 38-62 inches)|
|BBW Downunder (has web chat, galleries, & message board, too)|
|BIGgals Model Agency (Plus size online model search, based in Sydney - sizes 14-20)|
|Big Girls Don't Cry (Anymore) (bras & lingerie - sizes available 8 - 34, cup size B - J)|
|Big Guys Australia (clothes, shoes and more in large and hard-to-find sizes - offering a made-to-measure service, mail order catalogue, internet specials, & sizing service)|
|Big in Black (hand made in Australia - casual, business, evening wear & swimwear for discerning women - quality clothing, for looking your best - affordable style and elegance - made to measure - sizes 14 - 40+)|
|Buxom! Intimatewear (offers more than 500 designs in all types of lingerie, from classic romantic to sexy, cheeky styles, with secure online purchasing)|
|Chelsea Bonner (plus size model)|
|Cuddles & Curves Lingerie (everyday bras in sizes 8 to 34 with cup sizes B to J and sexy lingerie from 8 to 26)|
|Generous Net (personal profiles from Australia)|
|The Goddess is Dancing ("Shahira's little story")|
|Kingsize Menswear - Big & Tall (a family owned business)|
|Lisa's Lacies (lingerie to enhance and flatter the larger figure in gorgeous colours - some to size 40)|
|Lord Jack Big Mens Clothing (bringing you the finest fashions for tall, big and athletically built men)|
|Margg's Collection Plus (bridal gowns & lingerie - up to size 30)|
|Melbourne BBW (the first Melbourne based web site created exclusively for the big beautiful women of Melbourne )|
|Mia: Maralyn's Intimate Apparel Queensland (Australian made & owned lingerie to size 24, home presentations or one on one)|
|My Size ("created out of a need for women sizes 14 to 26 to have access to clothing that is fashionable, affordable and able to accommodate all the lifestyle requirements of a busy modern woman")|
|O'Brien Design Studio (from WA, he designs & sells clothing for bbws - sizes 16-36)|
|Rosenberg Shoes ("specialist retailer in large sizes")|
|Silk Palette ("a vibrant, luxury range of fashion in sizes 16-26")|
|The Special Size Company (specialising in womens' clothing - sizes 14-32)|
|2Roads Design Pty L (online store [sizes 8-26], magazine, model search, fashion extravaganza, and more)|
|Viva Swim (mix & match swimwear in sizes 12-22 with bust support & tummy control)|
|Wendy's Swimwear (swimsuits from sizes 8 - 30)|
|Zynnya's Art Gallery (mine, with links to the art of other bbw)|
acceptance pages outside Australia)
|BBW Date Finder (a dating service for large and lovely singles)|
|Buckworks Online Shopping Directory (plus sizes & more)|
|Everything BBW (list of all things plus size on the 'net)|
|Largely Happy (a light hearted book by New Zealand writer Lynda Finn)|
|Living Large (magazine, personals, modeling)|
|More to Love Fitness (size friendly, positive outlook, fitness for the fun of it)|
|Pat Ballard (romance novels with big beautiful heroines)|
|Uppity Women (fat positive links)|
|Learning Curves : Living Your Life in...||The Bodacious Book of Succulence :...|
|FAT!SO? : Because You Don't Have to...||Fed-Up : A Woman's Guide to Freedom from the|
|The Forbidden Body : Why Being Fat Is...Forbidden Body||The Invisible Woman : Confronting Weight...|
|Life Is Not a Dress Size : Rita Farro's...||Real Gorgeous : The Truth About Body and...|
|Size Wise; A Catalog of More Than 1000...||Wake Up, I'm Fat|
|Bountiful Women: Large Women's Secrets for Living the Life They Desire||An Abundant Woman (a romance novel)|
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