When we first saw Sally Stitches on Instagram, we knew she had to be featured as one of CurveInspire.com’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: www.facebook.com/stitchinsally
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!