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LOVE BLOOMS Spring is in the air! With the sun shining down upon us and the warm weather on its way, I can’t help but feel surrounded by love. Whether it’s the love of my husband, family (especially my sweet nieces!) or self-love—all love is good love in my books! Welcoming love into your life is not always the easiest thing to do, but I believe that loving yourself is the first step. Find the curve, beauty mark or a unique quality about yourself that is truly special (for me, it’s my laugh). Now, learn to love and embrace it! Find inspiration in activists who promote selflove like our iconic cover girl, Tess Holliday. Tess is a crusader for accepting and loving yourself for who you truly are. Take note from this super model/mom/fashion designer (the list goes on!) in our interview on page 14, where she shares all the details on her new collection with Penningtons. Plus: enter for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Penningtons! A wardrobe spring cleaning can revamp your look and mood. Show your closet some love with ontrend designer styles from Toni Plus on page 18. On the topic of love, I can’t help but think of my wedding day. We asked six curvy brides to share their epic romance stories. Feel the love on page 24. We can’t wait to see what you #DAREtoWear this season. Share your looks with us by using our hashtag #DAREtoWear and you could be featured in the pages of our next issue! Happy spring!


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Curious about what our Editor is coveting this season? From sweet floral appliqués to pretty pastels, check out her spring must-haves.

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? “A bangle adorned with ice cream cones? I just can’t resist!“ Kate Spade bangle, $78, katespade.com

PRETTY PJS “Pastel mint and lace are the perfect combination for this sweet set.“ Ti Voglio pyjama set, $46, penningtons.com

ALL ABOUT THAT LACE “This blush-hued dress with its tulle lace overlay is what my dreams are made of!“ Junarose dress, $129, penningtons.com

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CANADA’S PLUS SIZE FASHION MAGAZINE

WRITER & BLOGGER Amanda Montgomery, the blogger behind Latest Wrinkle (latestwrinkle.com), tries to live amidst beautiful inspiration of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle so that she can share the experience with women of all sizes. With a background in fashion design, she has moved into the world of fashion blogging and journalism, through which she promotes that style is not limited by a number, but rather an expression of one’s self.

MEGHAN BRADLEY

DIRECTOR OF SALES & MODEL Meghan Bradley was Vice President, Sales at a major magazine publishing company for 20 years. But her real passion was the plus size market where, concurrently, she was a Ford model and plus size spokesperson appearing on television, in-store and in magazines. Currently, she is signed with B&M Models, Curvy. Meghan has always been confident and comfortable with her body and believes in celebrating our feminine curves.     

KOURTNEY POPE WRITER & BLOGGER

As seen on InStyle.com, this North Carolina-based blogger is committed to showing mainstream media that plus comes secondary to having great style. As the founder of runthroughmag.com, Kourtney is a dedicated advocate of positive self-image and mastering the art of the slay. Fierce and fear cannot coexist in the same vocabulary. Be sure to follow Kourtney @editressinchic via Instagram for inspiration. RE

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DIANA DI POCE DIRECTOR OF SALES MEGHAN BRADLEY CONTRIBUTORS AMANDA BLOYE, ERIN DUNLOP, NICOLE ELEDEN, AMANDA MONTGOMERY, CECE OLISA, KOURTNEY POPE SPECIAL THANKS TO PENNINGTONS, TESS HOLLIDAY, TONI PLUS, UNDERSUMMERS, CURVY EXPO, BANDELETTES, KURTRIA AND JASON HUNTER, EMMA AND HAYLEY BROWN, MEGAN AND JEFF WATERS, NATASHA AND JASON, ARMIE AND RHEY APARRI, RED APPLE TREE PHOTOGRAPHY, RONNIE ARCHER, NATHAN R. SCARLETT, RICKY JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY For advertising information, marketing opportunities and submission guidelines, please contact diana@daremag.ca. © 2016 DARE Magazine Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced, shared, stored or transmitted by any method or means without written permission from the editor.


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DREAM COME TRUE Canadian plus size retailer, Addition Elle has teamed up with supermodel Ashley Graham to release a bridal-inspired lingerie collection called Dreamer, as part of their Ashley Graham x Addition Elle line. The 12-piece collection includes the classic black and white colour combination with the sexiest of details—we’re talking mesh, lace and cutouts. Each piece from the line is designed with fit and comfort in mind so that every woman can channel their inner Ashley Graham. Available this April, the collection will be sold at select Addition Elle locations and online at additionelle.com. RE

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As the seasons change, now is the time for your wardrobe spring cleaning. What’s even more fitting is the arrival of Melissa McCarthy’s new spring collection! Filled with endless options for the modern day curvy fashionista, Melissa McCarthy by Seven7 includes a range of kimonos, shirts, skirts and for the first time dresses. Taking nods from the very popular ‘70s vibe of the runway, Melissa has managed to find a way to translate this into her collection in a fun, fresh and sexy way. Shop it now in Penningtons’ stores and online at penningtons.com.

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breaking news!

Calling all Fashionistas It’s time! Celebrate your curves at Toronto’s Curvy Expo, a one day event on May 14th at the International Centre. With over 20 years of experience, founder Meghan Bradley has created an event where us curvy ladies can experience the feeling that you are finally in the right place at the right time. From fashion shows and meet-and-greets with your favourite bloggers, to exhibitors showcasing everything for the size 12+ community—Curvy Expo can’t be missed! Unlike most stores, with limited options for curvies, this show is all curvy, all the time. Get more information at curvyexpo.com.

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Montreal Fashion + Week is the first of its kind! As Quebec’s first-ever plus size fashion week, the groundbreaking event will feature over 50 designers and a spectacular night of fashion shows from May 20th to May 22nd. Will you be part of the stylish event that will change the vision of plus size fashion in Canada? Get the details at montrealplusfashionweek.com.

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Tess rocks a scuba crop top with cut-out and scuba skirt with faux front zip. $46 and $60, available in April at mblmstyle.com

compromise yourself for your style,” she says, so it’s no surprise that the core pieces are easy-to-wear and curve-flaunting. Tess’ innate understanding of effortless sexiness also manifested itself in the collection—it’s made for the girl on-the-go, perfect for throwing on and heading out the door (in style, we might add). “I love that I don’t have to wear shapewear with any of the styles.” Available online and in Penningtons’ stores across Canada, the mblm by Tess Holliday collection is the exact kind of accessible fashion that Tess consistently aims to support. “I love Penningtons’ aesthetic,” she says, »

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The Tess Edit Tess’ must-haves from the mblm collection are easy, breezy, and spring-ready. SHOP NOW GET SHORTY Jean shorts with suspenders, $56, mblmstyle.com

SHADES OF GREY Abstract animal print top, $46, mblmstyle.com

I love that I don t have to wear shapewear with any of the styles.

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all the punch you’d expect from the founder of the #effyourbeautystandards movement) are a testament to her work ethos. Our favourite snap? A poolside bikini shot with the caption: “6 months preggo today and still slayin’.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. ▪

FRINGE APPEAL Acid wash fringe dress, $85, mblmstyle.com

ARMY CHIC Military crop jacket, $90, mblmstyle.com


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brides WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT MAKES YOUR DREAM WEDDING DAY EVEN BETTER? WHY THE PERFECT DRESS, OF COURSE! WE’VE ROUNDED UP SIX BRIDES WHO SAID “I DO” IN ONE-OF-A-KIND STYLE. BY AMANDA BLOYE


MEGAN & JEFF • 05/30/15:

Lovely in Lace One of America’s oldest plantations provided the perfect backdrop for this couple’s ethereal nuptials. Tell us about your spouse. Jeff and I first started dating in the seventh grade. I love everything about my husband! I love how fun he makes our life. I feel so lucky that I will spend my whole life laughing with my best friend. Describe your dress shopping experience. I had shopped online and found “the dress.” I searched for a bridal salon that carried that specific dress and ultimately decided on the same dress I fell in love with online. It was too perfect to resist!

MEGAN & JEFF: RED APPLE TREE PHOTOGRAPHY; NATASHA & JASON: IZO PHOTOGRAPHY

What was your favourite moment from your big day? The surprise choreographed dance by my bridesmaids during my sister’s Maid of Honour speech—it was flawless!

NATASHA & JASON • 11/14/15:

Dark Romance This avant-garde bride stepped away from tradition and stunned in a beautifully unique black gown. Did your wedding have a theme? My ‘theme’ was more an expression of our tastes and who we are: vintage-goth, Tim Burton-esque inspired—not too in your face but just enough in an elegant way. How did your gown make you feel? I did have my concerns early on being a plus size bride, but I decided to own it; my man loves me no matter what. It’s such an incredible dress and made me feel like a million dollars.

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What advice do you have for other brides? Planning a wedding shouldn’t have to be as hard as people make it out to be; think of it as just planning the biggest party of your life.


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Pretty in Pink A zest for life and unique sense of style led this blushing bride to find her prince charming and dream dress. What do you love most about your spouse? He is a genuinely happy person. His zest for life is contagious.

KURTRIA & JASON • 11/13/15:

Island Vibes This bride’s mermaid-inspired gown was perfect for paradise at her beachside wedding. Tell us about the proposal. When our daughter came downstairs from changing into her nightclothes, she yelled, “Mommy, Mommy read my shirt!” The shirt said, “Mommy, will you marry Daddy?” As I was reading and processing what the shirt said, Jason was down on one knee. What was your favourite moment from your big day? Seeing our six-year-old daughter, Margo, shed a tear while we exchanged our vows. It was so amazing that she was able to emotionally connect with the experience as much as we did. RE

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RHEY & ARMIE: RICKY JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY; KURTRIA: NATHAN R. SCARLETT; KURTRIA & JASON: RONNIE ARCHER

Tell us about your dress. I saw Oprah Winfrey’s gown she wore to the 2015 Oscars and I fell in love with its colour and the way it made her look so ethereal. I wanted something similar to it. My dress was custom-made by a very talented local designer. I was pretty scared going into his shop the first time, as there are very few curvy brides here in the Philippines. He had a lot of great ideas and from our first talk he made me feel at ease. I immediately knew I made the right choice.


HAYLEY & EMMA • 04/22/14:

Bridal Bliss Romantic, stunning and personal, Hayley and Emma’s English country wedding was the perfect blend of rustic and chic. How did your love story begin? Emma: Hayley and I originally met as teenagers. We never spent that much time together until a few years later when we reconnected and started dating. I knew she was the one right then. What quality do you love most about your spouse? Hayley: Emma is the most supportive person I know. She’s open-minded and so ridiculously stunning in every way possible. What made you say “yes” to the dress? Emma: We knew we wanted dresses that would complement each other, but also had a strict budget and an extremely short time frame. Although the dresses were not in the style that we had our hearts set on, we knew they were perfect for our wedding setting—and didn’t regret our choice! What advice do you have for other brides? Hayley: Don’t stress! We eloped and it was the best decision we ever made. There was no pressure or worrying about what others needed or wanted. It was relaxed and all about our little family having the perfect day. It’s your day!


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AMANDA MONTGOMERY TORONTO, ON

Candy-hued pastels and cheerful flats are sweet staples in this THE DETAILS Call It Spring blogger’s closet. necklace, $20, callitspring.com

TREND TO TRY “I’m excited for the Victorianinspired trend: the ruffles and floral embroidery.” Addition Elle crop top, $65, additionelle.com

SEASON STAPLE “I wouldn’t mind if everything I wore this spring were the Pantone colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.” Zizzi short, $99, navabi.ca

MUST-HAVE “I can’t live without a great pair of flats.”

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NICOLE EDELEN PHOENIX, AZ

This blogger’s recipe for a polished spring look? Metallic extras, feminine florals, and a classic blazer.

THE DETAILS Forever 21 sunglasses, $11, forever21.com

WARDROBE STAPLE “A well-structured blazer makes me feel like I can do anything. Especially the ones with shoulder pads—heaven!” H&M+ blazer, $60, hm.com

TRENDS TO TRY “I’m excited to try brighter colours, chunky heels and big floral patterns.” City Chic dress, $119, citychiconline.com

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#DARETOWEAR We love swiping through your #DAREtoWear posts, so keep sharing your looks and tagging @daremagcanada!

@liquid_universe shows her curves love in spring lingerie.

@sunandaspiteri—a classic Top Gun tee never looked so good!

@fashionfoodfattitude stuns in ladybugs and red pumps.

@plussizebeausion gives us metallics for spring. Love!

@inemesitetokudo oozes the ‘70s feel with florals and denim.

@caterinamoda checks out top model Ashley Graham in SI.

@quelinegueye masters pastels @amanda_allison is a showin a jacket and skirt combo. stopper in @societyplus.

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