October 20, 2020

A Woman Photographs Herself Imitating Celebrities to Show That Style Shouldn’t Depend on Size

Katie Sturino from New York believes that great style can happen at any size. After 10 years of working in PR, she started a blog called the12ish style to introduce girls like her to more size-inclusive fashion and to share her tips and tricks on how to get dressed while being plus.

Katie’s blog and Instagram quickly gained thousands of followers as people began to relate to her body-positive message. Finally, there was a happy, healthy woman for whom gaining some weight was not the end of the world. “When I was married, I was very concerned about my body. I was obsessed with maintaining a size 12 or staying close to it. Then, about three years ago, I got separated and I gained a bunch of weight. At first, I didn’t even realize I was putting it on. I was working out, but it just kept happening. In total, I ended up gaining about 60 pounds. I became a size 16, which I still am, and a surprising thing happened – I really loved my body.

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Now, she runs the beauty brand Megababe on top of her blog and also finds the time to have a little fun recreating celebrity outfits on Instagram.

This is Katie, the woman who has proven that having self-confidence is more important than being skinny.

 

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This is a BEFORE/AFTER series, but not in the way we traditionally think about it. 👸🏻 We are used to the idea that our lives start AFTER we lose weight. AFTER we make some change to ourselves. 🙋‍♀️ I wrote about gaining 60lbs during my divorce in @glamour and so many of you identified. I cannot tell you how “fat” I told myself I was in those before photos. How much I beat myself up. Punished myself mentally for never quite being the right size. I was never comfortable. The “After” photos reveal a girl who has accepted her body, found her confidence, chosen herself, figured out what was important and plugged into a career that allows her to spread that love and message. When I started the 12ish style, I was a size 12/14 and I thought it was very difficult to shop and I wanted to share my hacks with other women. What the site turned into was a place where many women were able to accept themselves, including me. I put the work in, healed my soul and committed to positivity. Everyday I get to hear your stories and I’m so grateful❤️

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A red dress, Jennifer Garner style.

Her style is inspired by Meghan Markle.

 

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In honor of Meghan Markles baby news, I’m posting some of my fave #SuperSizeTheLook ‘s with her. But baby news can be triggering for some and for those of you struggling and those thinking of freezing their eggs, today I’m also proud to be a part of @Knixwear’s #FacesofFertility campaign and revisit my experience with freezing my own eggs. The strangest thing that I learned during the process is that nobody talks about it! I froze my eggs because I don’t know if I want to have kids, and I don’t know when I want to have kids, but I know it’s not now and I know I want to keep my options open. When I started looking into it, friends whispered doctors names and I got sad looks from acquaintances who took the egg freezing as a sign of failure. As with so many things on my platform, I want to empower women and get rid of stigmas. Fertility is shrouded with emotion, silence and misinformation. I hope you feel you can always turn to me and to the women you meet here to find support! Did you end up freezing your eggs? Please feel free to share and let’s knix the stigma! If you use the hashtag #FacesofFertility @knixwear will donate $1 to @resolve, a national infertility organization.

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All curves are different.

Jessica Biel and an animal print skirt.

Jennifer Aniston in black and white.

Every body type can look stylish.

With the help of her husband, she reproduced a photo of Prince Harry.

 

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#SuperSizeTheLook with my Prince Harry @extraextrastyle for @people (Not my husband! We’re both married to boys)

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She posed next to Blair Eadie, wearing the same clothes.

 

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#SuperSizeTheLook with my Prince Harry @extraextrastyle for @people (Not my husband! We’re both married to boys)

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Meghan Markle is one of her major inspirations.

Looking like Princess Kate at the end of summer.

Showing off Constance Wu’s style.

Katie inspires her followers to leave their insecurities behind.