Growing up, I’ve always been in love with clothes. I liked to dress in different outfits and match different colors or patterns together. I grew up being bigger than most of my friends and peers which made me feel a little insecure and self-conscious about myself. It was mostly because I rarely saw people that had my body type online or in person.
Being someone that uses social media frequently, it’s easy to see the damage that it can cause to one’s self-esteem. Content posted to different platforms can create insecurities and set unrealistic expectations for one’s physical appearance. Instead of following people who made me feel insecure, I began to follow people who helped me to increase my confidence. Plus-sized fashion content creators are a huge reason why I’m beginning to feel more comfortable in my skin and wearing the clothes that I like regardless of what others may think.
YouTube: Amara Reyal
Amara Reyal is a content creator, actress, musical artist who uses her platform to increase the confidence of other plus-sized women. Amara posts about affordable fashion finds for plus-sized women. She’s also in the works of creating her own clothing brand, “Reyal Rose – by Amara Reyal.”
Reyal has partnered with brands such as ASOPH, Fashion Nova, Boohoo, and more.
Sarah Rae Vargas
YouTube: Sarah Rae Vargas
Back in 2013, Sarah Rae Vargas started her YouTube channel and used it as a way to improve her body confidence (and the body confidence of viewers) through her series “Dear Fat Girl.” She also uses social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok to post hauls and other content as well.
Vargas has partnered with brands such as SheIn, Torrid, Savage x Fenty, Old Navy, and more.
YouTube: Daquana White
Daquana White is an entrepreneur and content creator. She has an interior decorating business, DW’s Ambiance, and a hair business, thriftySLAY. Her content consists of her modeling different clothes and shoes (and sometimes cooking videos too).
White has partnered with brands such as Torrid, Fashion Nova, Savage x Fenty, and more.
YouTube: Sydney Bell TV
Sydney Bell is a model, professional dancer, and social media content creator. She isn’t shy to show her body and the things others may view as imperfections or flaws. She’s an influencer that acknowledges negative comments she receives and claps back at the haters with positivity.
Bell has partnered with brands such as Fashion Nova, Rue21, Boohoo, and more.
Javiera Quintana, who often goes by just Javi, is a content creator known for her fashion and lifestyle content. She posts outfits that she creates as well as flattering poses for taking photos.
Quintana has partnered with brands such as Fashion Nova, Reebok, Savage x Fenty, Boohoo, and more.
YouTube: Phaith Montoya
Phaith Montoya is a content creator who frequently posts the different outfits that she puts together. She also has content giving plus-sized women advice when it comes to fashion and confidence.
Montoya has partnered with brands such as Savage x Fenty, Dollskill, PrettyLittleThing, Fashion Nova, and more.
YouTube: Mackenzie Drake
Mackenzie Drake is a content creator who focuses on clothing hauls and body positivity. She also posts lifestyle content such as vlogs and get-ready-with-me videos. She is transparent when it comes to her clothing sizes as well as how clothes fit her body.
Drake has partnered with brands such as Zaful, Fashion Nova, SheIn, and more.
If you’re looking for some plus-sized fashion inspo, these are some of my favorite influencers and content creators. They have significantly increased my confidence and pushed me to dress how I want regardless of what others may say or think.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
Instagram & Snapchat: @cece.kodak