I had the most amazing trip and photoshoot at Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. This property is part of a handful of collective Ritz properties called “Reserves” designed for the elevated luxury experience. I stayed at another Reserve on my honeymoon in Bali called Mandapa and just like Mandapa, Dorado delivers on all fronts. The rooms, food and service were fantastic but perhaps the most exquisite feature is the spa. The spa is ranked as one of the only diamond forbes spas in the Caribbean and it transported me to another world. I had an evening massage at sunset in a treehouse and bathed in the healing ponds. Its no surprise that this property is loved by the fashion elite and celebrities worldwide. Below are the shots from my photoshoot. Wendy Bannerman from North42.com styled the entire shoot and it was shot by local photographer Jose Ruiz Photography.
14 short weeks ago I was just a regular girl, living a fabulous life, but since the debut of The Real Housewives of Toronto, a lot has changed, but not how I expected. I never really thought of myself as “plus-size” I was always just, My Size, but debuting on TV with headlines such as “the first ever plus-size Housewife” and many interviews leading with questions about my body confidence, I realized I have a responsibility to help change the perceptions of beauty and what it means to be a stylish curvy woman. A huge part of that change is the growing and incredible support from all of you, my fans, my followers and now my ambassadors for the #MySizeRox movement. You have empowered me to change the way the world perceives women with curves, without curves, with small bums or large ones. You have given me a platform to change the way people judge bodies and beauty in the media, and I am so thankful. With your continued support and the growing energy around the #MySizeRox movement I have a feeling we are just getting started.14 weeks later I am still a regular girl leading a fabulous life, but now I am on a very clear and determined mission to ensure that my role on TV has a purpose that helps to inspire and change sizeism and judgement in fashion and media.
Join the movement by posting your confident body positive messages and photos on social media with the hashtag #MySizeRox
For so long beach travel scared me as it meant bikinis. Every vacation had a lead up of crash dieting and anxiety about my body, but slowly I began to love myself, see beauty instead of pounds and here I am today. With thousands of women writing me to tell me that I inspire them I want you to know that YOU inspire me. I feel the power of a movement towards body diversity with every post I make. Maybe it was the warm Puerto Rican breeze that inspired this shot or the title of role model my followers have bestowed upon me, but I feel a need to show ladies that when beauty truly starts inside your soul it is liberating and I only know how to show you that by embodying it myself. I feel honoured that I am here to inspire you and I truly want you to know that travel should not be feared, the ocean should not be your enemy as beach bodies are YOUR bodies and beauty truly comes in ALL sizes. Travel, be free and be you. Thank you for inspiring me Ashley Graham and sharing this photo & thank you for everyone else who shared and reposted this photo! It has been seen by over 500,000 people and I am honoured that by embracing #MySizeRox I am able to help disrupt the idea of what a beautiful bikini body is.
I am so sick of being called “Plus-size” in the media so I have decided to change that. Firstly, I am My Size and My Size Rocks! I started the hashtag #MySizeRox as a response to anyone trying to fit me into a category of their idea of beauty. I hope this encourages people of all sizes to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, at whatever size they are. Everyday I work towards being the best version of myself from the inside out and that includes adopting a mindset of self love, confidence and making healthy lifestyle choices. It is not easy, and I will tell you that it is a constant journey, but I am working hard daily to be the best version of myself. With the responsibility of the the platform I have been given I must practice what I preach. So here I am…..no makeup, no blowout, no covering up. You’ve helped me to feel proud, feel powerful and I am just getting started….so either get onboard or step aside. It’s a movement ladies! Tag me in your photos with the hashtag #MySizeRox and show me your confident, powerful photos!