Cassandra Martin | Curvy Confessions


Curvy Confessions is a 1 on 1 conversation with plus-size, full-figured, curvy, body positive influencers and models. I started this series to help empower, uplift and encourage women to feel positive about their bodies and become comfortable in their own skin!!

Who are you?

My name is Cassandra Martin, I'm from London, 25 years old and I am a travel photographer.



How did you become comfortable with your body? 




I became comfortable for two reasons. The moment I realised if you don't have self love at your heaviest, you won't find it at your ideal weight either. Then there was a nude shoot I done for a friends nude photography series that had me dancing and running around the studio completely naked without a care in the world and seeing the images made me realise my curves are beautiful and to be embraced! 





Did you have a difficult journey to accepting your body?

My entire life! In Sri Lanka, a hotel staff member openly called me fat when asking if I would like a double bed as opposed to a single. That took a lot of self love to get passed mentally. I've always been curvy and  it means the moment I gain extra weight i go from curvy to chubby. Due to my height at just over 5 ft 9, I do get away with it more than if i was shorter. Even at my heaviest which was 20.5 stone last December, my thighs never looked a size 24 which were the Evans jean size i had to start buying. My issue comes when I want to wear all my bodycon dresses and I see the big stomach and love handles, not to mention back fat! Ohhh those are the pain of my backless summer dress attempts!! But you learn what suits your shape and size, pintrest is inspiring to look at for outfit ideas on curvy figures if your lost on how to look trendy. Because for some reason plus size stores seem to believe plus size girls just like to wear bootcut jeans and a t shirt with the odd floral print. Thankfully boohoo, asos, new look and so many more clothing companies are making it easier to stay on trend regardless of your size. But back to the main point, health for me now comes first and I am changing my eating habits and going back to the gym because I do want to live a long healthy life and I will do so embracing my toned curves once I've worked on it consistently enough haha!!




Has traveling the world made you think differently about beauty standards?

It does make you more aware and empathic. London is such a diverse country that sometimes we do tend to judge other cultures without knowing the first thing about it. For example in Asia you see bleaching products everywhere, they want to be lighter while we all prefer tanned glowing skin. I've wanted grey eyes, long curly hair and a bigger bum but self love comes first. One could get weave, contacts and wear butt pads to achieve their desired look, but if you don't love yourself for how you are behind it all then you won't do your self esteem any favours. If i feel bored of my appearance I change my eyeshadow shades, buy a new lipstick and do so with a mini spa day at home. Get the face masks out, steam your skin, exfoliate, the whole works and then change up your makeup routine. Youtube mascara tricks or how to make your lips more defined. We need a refresh once in a while when we feel dull.





What are your views on the latest inclusion of plus-size women in fashion?

As much as I appreciate fashion company's are now selling plus sizes, I don't particularly admire the categories us women are put in. We have petite, curvy and normal ? What makes a petite or a curvy person not 'Normal', because we have more meat on our bones we have to be put into a separate box ? That i do not agree with, every item of clothing should come in all sizes and jeans all lengths because there is no need to put a separate category for 'Tall'. I can't speak for the nation but I speak for myself when I say it made me feel excluded, I can't wear this specific dress because it stops at size 14 or 16 and now i must go into the plus size range with half the options. 




             

There is still a preferred body type for plus size women which tends to be hour glass, has this pressured you to try and change your body in any way?


Thankfully I've always had a hour glass shape, no matter what my weight goes up to I retain the waist and shape that comes with it. If I did not however have my shape, then I believe I would try to gain a desired shape. Anything you can achieve naturally I am all for it, be the best  version of yourself!



              


Your favourite body part and why?

My waist, as mentioned above, regardless of any weight gain It stays which gives me shape.



What advice could you give a young girl/woman who may be struggling with her body image?


Surround yourself with curvy influencers, surround yourself with those that accept you and work on being healthy. It's not about being slim but be healthy and drink water because your body and energy levels as well as mood will thank you for it. Sometimes we embrace our size because we have accepted where we are at and it is hard to change our diets or get into exercise but being good to your body inside and out is the key.





How do you celebrate your body?

The nude shoot i done was a form of celebration for me, was the best decision i made to help in loving my body



           

Describe your body in 3 words. 

Coconut - A coconut has it's shell, meat and water inside as so we have our skin, meat and water inside also. And every part of the coconut is valued among all cultures, and we should always value ourselves the same way. 

Aloha - The spirit of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “Alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others

Energy - We give off energy and if we have self confidence then you will attract people that value this about you


Many thanks to Cassandra for speaking with me. I am so happy to have your entry into my Curvy Confessions!! Can't wait to see where you travel to next!!

Follow Cassandra:

Instagram
www.instagram.com/cassandra_travels
Youtube
www.youtube.com/eattravelrepeat

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