Giorgia Marino – the Italian plus size pioneer
There is a girl in Sicily who decided to speak up and provide various platforms (and I mean various, you will understand later on why the plural case) for women in Italy where they can gain not only plus size fashion tips but self-esteem boosting ideas, too. I met Giorgia Marino a few weeks ago to ask her about goals, dreams and most importantly: her personal journey.
Susie: You were among the first plus size bloggers in Italy with Morbida, la vita!
Giorgia: I started more than 2 years ago my virtual diary to share what is on my mind. Italy was in lack of plus size platforms so I started to share fashion ideas complemented with other ares of life. The blog has slightly changed according to my readers’ taste of topics but still remains a reflection of my thoughts on fashion and life in general. I was never afraid to speak up and reveal my opinion and my blog is not an exception to that! (she laughs)
Susie: But you did not stop there – as Donne con le curve was born!
Giorgia: Yes, our baby which is a bless but curse at the same time! We started one year ago with a team of curvy bloggers (Guapita Tondita, My Vintage Curves, Verdementa, Curvy World by Angie Found, Stylosophique by Iris Tinunin, Plus… Kawaii!, Mfashionwithlove) make up artists (Federicadiperna, Makeupwithmanu), chef (Ileniabazzacco), photographers and models (even international ones, like our sweet Silvana Denker from Germany) and the list is still quite long. After the first successful printed issues we had to face reality: printing costs are way to high, especially having in mind our magazine was for free so we remained to be an online source of plus size inspiration.
Susie: I believe Italy is a critical country in terms of (plus) size acceptance so your magazine is a must!
Giorgia: I totally agree! I have beet educating Italians even on basic differences like curvy and plus size. Still we somehow stop showcasing models at the EU size of 42 and call them curvy which is a wrong interpretation as curvy is a bodyshape, not depending on size! Most of the women are ashamed of their sizes and Italy is far behind UK or the US – but we are here to change this! I strongly believe our social media activities and events we organize truly help to bring along this change and I am really positive about it!
Susie: I love how you always love to make your voice to be heard! Was it always the case?
Giorgia: Well, not really – when I was a child it took quite a while to accept that I was bigger than my peers. Honestly, I had to fight this „war” on my own so I know exactly what my fellow ladies go through – probably that is why I am credible in their eyes when I say: beauty does not depend on your size and you can start loving yourself, too! I know how hard it is to love the skin you live in while appreciating other bigger girls may seem easier but believe me: you have to start the love and respect with yourself!
Susie:What is your advice for those reading this article who still could not accept themselves?
Giorgia: First of all, you must know that life is happening right now, you can not postpone it by saying „I will do this/that when I lose weight”. After accepting and embracing who you are, there is nothing wrong on smaller changes but do not change in order to be loved or accepted!Your life doesn’t depend on your look – you can be happy, married, succesful, whatever you want and none of these depend on your weight!
Susie:Beauty With Plus is about that certain plus which makes a woman beautiful – what could that be for you?
Giorgia:Being unique and true to yourself will make you beautiful! Express your own personality, style, thoughts and be the woman whose presence is essential and when you are not around, people will miss your company! Be irreplaceable – that is the most beautiful feature a woman can have!
Susie: Whom would your recommend for my next interview?
Giorgia: From the top of my head I would suggest Silvana Denker (German model & photographer) and Frederica di Perna (makeup artist, blogger).
Susie: Thank you so much, Giorgia! I loved every minute of our interview!
Finalizing this interview was a real challenge as in reality we talked for hours and creating a short essence was difficult. Giorgia is a true Beauty With Plus with a bubbly personality, so much laughter and smiles (yes, even her eyes are smiling!) who really does everything in order to change how Italian society thinks of plus size women. She is not jealous of other bloggers’ or representatives of the plus size community which assured me that she is at complete peace with herself, loves the skin she lives in and instead of enviness she always choose support, team work and mutual success! Definitely an inspirational woman and I feel luck to call her my new friend!
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