Jessica’s Curvy Fitness Journey

When we met Jessica aka @Jessk1991 on Instagram, her Curvespirational weight loss journey was awesome and inspiring – we just had to feature her healthy weight loss and body acceptance story! Don’t forget to follow her on!

Jessica's fit and curvy before and afters The beautiful Jessica McKnight Curvy Instagram babe Jessica shows off her hard work!

What moment or event started your weight loss journey? 

It was about the month after my boyfriend and I split up. I was really quite down in dumps because of that plus sometimes my family are not exactly body positive. It was one particular day when my mother comments on how I looked and I was talking to one of my friend’s when he set me up with a beginning exercise program to try and get me a bit more happy with myself.

 I don’t actually know what my starting weight was and don’t know what it is now. I don’t really go by weight I go more by how I look. Because I also do weights training as well as cardio weight changes are not as dramatic as physical ones. What I can tell you is I am down 3 dress sizes :)
What was your thought process that made you decide to lose weight
It wasn’t really my thought process it was more my friend Shaun’s. He didn’t want to see me so upset about myself anymore so he made me do the exercises even when I sooked and complained. When I lost my first dress size I was very happy and proud of myself and that is what kept me driven.
 I stay motivated through how my clothes fit and how I feel. When something I wear often starts getting loose keeps me motivated and proud. Its really the pride in myself that keeps me going. Also, my boyfriend and I got back together about 4 months later and he couldn’t believe how I looked and was so happy for me which has inspired him to try and get in to better shape too!
What would you say is the most important factor in your weight loss?
 For me at the beginning it was actually getting moving that was the most important factor for weightloss but I think overall its a change in mindset that is the most important thing! Getting fit and losing weight is like giving up smoking, you have to be ready and willing to try and try again. its not a change in habits its a change in lifestyle! making time to exercise, make health conscious food decisions and providing a large amount of commitment to the cause… but also not getting upset if you lapse every now and then :)
I actually study full time and work 2 jobs so I don’t have a lot of time to prep food so I am on lite n easy. Its healthy choices so I don’t lapse all the time and make bad food decisions travelling between jobs like I use to. On the weekend I also cheat meals. Its important to not deprive yourself ALL the time. That is what will lead to a binge and then you will feel disappointed in yourself. You just have to do it in moderation. On the weekend, if my boyfriend wants to go out to dinner we go and I order whatever I feel like. I work hard during the week and I go to the gym 4-5 times a week and weightloss is a slow process, I think with how I work I am allowed to have something a bit naughty every now and then hahaha!
What is you exercise plan like? What keeps you motivated? I train legs on Mondays which involves lots of squats and lunges, Tuesday is back and chest with chin ups, low rows, chest press etc, Wednesday is arms so lots of dumbell raises and shoulder presses and on Thursdays I do Ab work. The weight routine takes about half hour and then I do 1 of 2 cardio routines afterward. I either do circuits of jump rope, burpees and interval training on the rower or I do half hour on the elliptical as I have a bad ankle and can not run on the treadmill without hurting it.
How do you feel about your curves now? I feel pretty great about my body. I have a long way to go still but I think I look pretty good and my boyfriend tells me how great I look all the time. sometimes I still have those ‘fat feeling’ days but they are few and far between now. 

Meet Body Positive “Real Curvy Girl” Kelly!

Meet Kelly Von Lunen,’s lastest “Real Curvy Girl!” The copy editor from Kansas City caught our eye on Instagram, where the blogger/Roller Derby girl posts plenty of beautiful, body positive photos and selfies! We loved Kelly (aka Mel Breakdown of Dead Girl Derby’s Royal Pains), her curves, and her confidence! You can find her on FB or Instagram

How did having curves affect you growing up?
Growing up, I wasn’t curvy; I was just chubby. In the 90′s, I remember this being less common than today, and growing up is just hard anyway. So I was definitely a “fat kid” growing up. Nonetheless, I played sports starting with t-ball at age 5 and just never quit. I played softball, volleyball, tennis, and basketball in school. In college and right after, I went to the gym and would play pickup games whenever I could. But even as I lost some weight and toned up, I always felt like that fat kid.

How did you learn to accept and love your curves?
In college, I became interested in the body-positivity movement. I read some books on it by accident, and attended some non-credit seminars about loving yourself. I surrounded myself with great people, kept interested in my own style of fashion, and slowly started to fully accept my body for what it is.

How do your curves affect you in the world of Roller Derby?
Roller derby is a great place for men and women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. As a 20-something cisgendered woman, I feel like I haven’t had to fight any battles in those areas. But even though we accept larger women in derby, I feel like there is an unspoken desire to be as “fit” (read: “thin”) as possible, or at least to lose weight over the seasons. I did lose weight initially, but gained that back and more. It’s mostly muscle, and I feel great. With the added strength, I have gained a spot on my league’s all-star team as a blocker. This wide booty and these muscley thighs help me immensely in my position. Knowing that opponents are afraid of my butt makes me love it all that much more. Derby fashion is often also quite revealing, and I was hesitant at first. But the more I wear short shorts and strappy tank tops in public and no one cares, the more I am comfortable baring that in front of people.

Meet “Real Curvy Girl” Molly!

At, we are constantly getting inspired by curves while on Instagram (our social media drug of choice!) The body positive movement is booming, and despite the ever-dreaded “hate trolls” trying to bring girls down, body love is now everywhere we look on Insta. We love that these gorgeous girls are loving themselves and not letting anyone else tear them down or tell them otherwise. One beautiful girl that was complete curvespiration for us was Molly aka @thatmollygirl. Her positivity shines through in all of her photos, and we just had to feature her as a “real curvy girl” this week!

My name is Molly Bystrek. I reside in Kansas City, MO. I am entering my last year of law school at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and I plan to practice immigration law upon passing the bar *fingers crossed*. I am currently interning at an immigration law firm here in Kansas City that also runs a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to indigent non-citizens who are facing deportation. I’d prefer to keep my facebook private but I can be found on instagram under @thatmollygirl and on twitter under @mshottamolly.

I first discovered the pinup lifestyle through my Grandma Rose. She has always been my style icon and, while not always my most body-positive fan, she consistently lauded my “classic” looks and likened me to a pinup model. Oddly enough, I think my next exposure to the pinup lifestyle came from dabbling in a “chola” look. A lot of the girls drew inspiration from old pinup models and I fell in love with the dramatic winged liner, red lips and signature hairstyles.

I don’t think I realized I had curves until I was into my 20s. Both my mom and grandma are very tiny women and they always told me how pretty my face was and how much better I would look if I slimmed down. I always knew that I wasn’t built like my mom’s side of the family – I was taller than my mom by age 10. Early 2000s fashion did not make it easy for me to dress my changing teenage body, what with the crop tops, super low cut jeans, and shrug jackets being in style. I was a tomboy for much of my youth so I mostly hid under my brothers’ tall tees. I definitely didn’t love my body as I was growing up.

I think I started the slow process of accepting my curves and appreciating my body around 17 or 18 years old. I was slowly starting to discover little changes I could make to modern fashion that looked so much better on my body. It also helped that I had a boyfriend at the time who constantly told me that my body was perfect. I’ve really grown into loving my curves probably in the past 2 years. I started watching shows like “What Not To Wear” which addressed different body types and started mimicking styles that I liked. It has been quite the journey learning how to dress my body but I like to think I’ve come out triumphant!

The only “hindrance” that comes to mind was just encountered recently: One of my male law professors made a comment that I need to “tone down the sexiness” in how I dress. I was wearing an off-the-rack navy blue skirt suit. I think curvy women are often viewed as overtly sexy because we have traditionally womanly bodies. I am definitely aware of my curves and try to view my professional outfits with an unbiased lense to avoid any more comments to that effect but, more importantly, I make sure that I feel great in whatever I’m wearing. My curve honoring clothes give me confidence and they can’t teach confidence in law school. I believe my confidence, curves, and affinity for high heels compose a deadly cocktail that make me a force to be reckoned with in any venture I pursue.

Meet Curvy New PinUp Sally Stitches!

When we first saw Sally Stitches on Instagram, we knew she had to be featured as one of’s “Body Positive Models!” We loved her curves, confidence, and body positive perseverance – and loved learning her story of how she changed her life and learned to love her body and herself!

My name is Amy but I go by Sally Stitches. I live and work in Bismarck, ND. I am a full time massage therapist for an amazing AVEDA salon and spa. It’s my dream job and I’m proud to say I’m happy to go to work every day. I am also a full time single mother. I somehow successfully balance work, being a mom and pin-up modeling. My facebook link is:

I feel like the pin up lifestyle found me. I’ve always loved the 50′s and 60′s and the whole idea of being a pin up. I actually told myself it was my dream to do it but didn’t think I could. My self esteem wasn’t always the greatest. I had quite a poor body image actually. I went through a divorce earlier this year (2014), and around the same time had a friend who has been involved with the pin up and modeling world for a handful of years ask me to join in on a local pin up group she was going to create. We didn’t have much here in North Dakota so I thought it could be just the push I needed. Because of my new found confidence with breaking free from my marriage I decided what the heck, even just for fun this could be awesome. I fell completely in love with the whole thing. I quickly became quite obsessed with the pin up lifestyle and knew I had found something that would change my life.

As I was growing up I was a chubby kid. The thing is I didn’t really know it. Which I suppose was better for myself in the long run. I occasionally got made fun of but it wasn’t really ever about my weight. I then hit my teens and all my chub basically shifted to hips and a butt and boobs (not much but they were there). I became very involved in cheerleading and the high school dance team so I actually stayed quite slim, yet I always had hips, until I graduated. I gradually put on weight in my 20′s which deteriorated my self esteem over time. Nothing I did to try and lose weight seemed to work so I tried to love my body the way it was but I really struggled. I got married and put on even more weight after that. I then got pregnant a few years later and feared I would be like a house. After I had my amazing son I really struggled with many things. My marriage was failing, I wasn’t happy at work, and I weighed my heaviest I had ever been. Then I got an opportunity that would completely change my outlook on body image. I was offered a job at Torrid, which is a trendy clothing store for sizes 12-26. Working in this store changed my life. I got to help women who had been me, crying in the dressing room, hating my body, and now they were crying tears of joy because they felt beautiful no matter their body size. It made me look at myself differently. I actually lost a little weight just because I think I was happier. Helping those women at Torrid and finally finding clothing that fit ME well completely changed my entire self perception. I was proud of my size 16. I felt beautiful. It really was a turning point for me accepting who I was.

I was extremely nervous to model in front of a camera. I still get nervous. I worry about my tummy and my thighs just like every other woman. I have stretch marks and cellulite. I carried a child for 9 months. It happens. My curves I feel have definitely helped me connect with other women. I’ve had countless emails from women saying how they look up to me and admire my confidence. How they wish they had the courage to do what I do. And I tell them they can!! Every woman is beautiful no matter if you are thin or curvy. It’s what makes us amazing. I’m a firm believer in empowering each other as females instead of bringing each other down. I have made some amazing friends through modeling, of all shapes and sizes. I thought being plus size would hinder my abilities as a model. Wardrobe wise especially. But really there are so many shops out there that carry all the sizes that I’ve yet to actually run into this problem. I definitely still get photos back that sometimes I’m like, “ohhhhh I don’t know ~ I feel like I look pregnant in that!” but then I look at others and I’m like, “you know what, this is who I am and I feel like I’m really growing as a model and a person because of it!”

I turned 30 this year so I suppose this is my way of really starting to live. And I’m never looking back!

Meet Pinup Miss Priscilla Poison!

Read on as gorgeous, curvy pinup model Miss Priscilla Poison shares her awesome curvy acceptance story!

I’m Miss Priscilla Poison and I am an alternative pin up model. I live in the city of Whittier, CA but travel out of LA/OC  county for modeling multiple times throughout the month.

I first began modeling in 2011 when a modeling group invited me to “try out” to become one of their pin up models. I had always gravitated toward pin up and vintage clothing but never in a million years did I think I’d be modeling like the women in the 50’s. I remember being obsessed with “I Love Lucy”  and Tex Avery cartoons as a kid. As a baby, I had goldilocks curls and fair pale skin so my entire family called me Shirley Temple. I owned every Shirley VHS and would watch them over and over hoping to really be just like her. I think the real pinnacle point of my “pin up obsession” was growing up and realizing that pin ups had these spectacular curves and it was OK! It was completely part of their sexual persona and it made them almost flawless.

Growing up, I was “the fat girl” with the pretty friends – until high school, when I developed an eating disorder so bad that my weight dropped to 100 lbs in only a few short months. Thankfully, many of my friends noticed something was wrong and I gradually put the weight back on. This time around I was complimented on my curves. I’d walk into a bar or a party and something different happened. I wasn’t the fat girl with low self esteem anymore. I was the curvy woman that turned heads and was asked out on dates or offered free drinks. Pin up style is the best compliment for my body type, or it could be that I just love this pin up culture so much that it’s like a magnet to my life and my fashion choices.

The scene in the pin up model industry hasn’t quite accepted all forms of curvy models. I still get rejected from certain modeling opportunities because of my size and weight. Although it leaves a bit of a sting to my ego, it without a doubt fuels the fire in me to keep breaking down those barriers and those stereotypical walls of what a real “model” should look like. I love knowing that I can represent the everyday curvy woman, but what really keeps me going in my pin up modeling career is that I have the biggest opportunity just to represent ME.


Miss Poison

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