Tess Holliday, Callie Thorpe And Bishamber Das Talk Body Confidence At Curve Fashion Festival

We hit the Curve Fashion Festival at the weekend, along with some of the high street's hottest curve ranges, and this is what happened....

Plus size fashion has taken the industry by storm and it’s showing no sign of stopping.

Liverpool hosted the UK’s largest plus size fashion event, the Curve Fashion Festival, last weekend. As official media partner (and supporters of all things body confidence) we were excited to head along.

The high street – including River Island, Simply Be, Boohoo, New Look and Very – showcased the latest in curve fashion.

The latest retailer to join the plus size fashion revolution is eBay, who launched their new Curve Fashion Hub at the event, with the help of campaign faces Tess Holliday, Callie Thorpe and Bishamber Das.

We caught up with the curve poster girls (who have a combined following of over 1.4 million) to talk body confidence, styling tips and their thoughts on the fashion industry.

Do you have any tips for those days we all have when your body confidence is at rock bottom?

Tess: ‘I think turning off your phone is really helpful for me especially if you’re on social media and maybe that’s where the stress is coming from.  I’ll turn off my phone and do something I love. Sometimes it’s just going outside, sometimes it’s putting on red lipstick. Sometimes I take a million selfies until I find one that I feel really great on. It’s really simple stuff.’

Callie: ‘I look back on old selfies and pictures and think you really nice there and repost and I think “Yes babes”’.

As models and bloggers, what are you best styling tricks?

Tess: ‘My styling trick is to just wear whatever you want, whatever makes you feel good. So I believe it’s just what you feel good in and what makes your confidence shine through.’

Bishamber: ‘Don’t have the fear of what somebody else would think of you. If you want to wear it you totally go out there and slay it.’

Callie: ‘Don’t be afraid to feel like you have to try something that’s completely out there. I think we push this idea you must be wearing loads of colour or you must not wear this but if you feel comfortable wearing black then you should rock that. If you don’t feel comfortable that’s really readable.’

Do you feel the fashion industry has progressed to be more inclusive to curvier girls?

Tess: ‘The community has been really great and we’ve been able to embrace and accept our bodies and love it. And help other people.’

Callie: ‘It’s obviously really hard but I think it’s a common factor for women of all sizes to kind of struggle with body image but it’s that little bit harder because of the fact that’s there’s a real stigma behind being plus-sized. People see you as lazy, un-productive and unattractive and those are the kind of barriers we’re trying to push past. Those aren’t things that represent us, we are just as wonderful, different and successful.’

Tess: ‘We deserve to be loved and to be able to wear what we want and feel good about ourselves. Be unapologetic’.

Other highlights of the day included Hayley Hasselhoff launching her first fashion collection with Elvi, and appearances from Geordie Shore‘s Holly Hagan and Gogglebox’s Sandi and Sandra.

For more information on the Curve Fashion Festival, head to their website.