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EDITOR’S LETTER

Summer DAYS

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EDITOR’S PICKS

DIANA DARES

Curious about what our Editor is coveting this season? From oversized sunnies to skin-baring styles, check out her summer must-haves. SHORT STORY “My short story? I can’t remember the last time I wore a pair! But, guess what? That’s about to change! I’ll be baring my legs in summer’s essential: the denim short.“ Penningtons shorts, $45, penningtons.com

CAT-EYE POWER “Who says you can’t look cute while protecting your eyes from the bright summer rays? Beat the heat in these cat-eye sunnies––I know I will be! ” Forever 21 sunglasses, $10, forever21.com

WALK THE LINE “Fun and flirty, this tulip hem striped skirt is a fitted silhouette that I can’t wait to rock. Pair it with a floral top to mix prints or a solid-coloured crop top for a midriffbaring look.“ JUNAROSE skirt, $60, lucyclothing.ca

Suzy Shier hat, $20, suzyshier.com

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Laura Plus dress, $165, laura.ca

EARN YOUR STRIPES “There’s nothing I love more than an oversized floppy sunhat. Add stripes? I’m obsessed! Throw this on and instantly look chic in the heat.”

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DRESSED TO THRILL “I love to accentuate my curves, so a belted dress is a must-have. This chiffon batwing sleeve frock is a breezy style that is made for the rising temperatures. Perfect for the office or a warm-weather get-together.”


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CANADA’S PLUS SIZE FASHION MAGAZINE

MAKEUP ARTIST & VLOGGER

SHAWNA FARMER DESIGNER & BLOGGER

Shawna Farmer is a plus size fashion designer for her shop Chubby Cartwheels and a blogger at When In Doubt Wear Purple. Shawna mixes body positivity activism with fashion by showcasing a diverse range of models and customers, as well as herself, on her social media platforms to promote the idea that style really has no size.

For advertising information, marketing opportunities and submission guidelines, please contact diana@daremag.ca © 2013 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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Born in New Jersey and raised in Orlando, Essie Golden moved to NYC to pursue her dreams of fashion. Essie has become a model, body positive advocate and voice within the plus size community. Featured in Essence Magazine, Refinery29 and Bustle, Essie is the founder of the movement Golden Confidence and the first-ever body positive pool party, Golden Confidence Pool Party.

SPECIAL THANKS TO PENNINGTONS, LAURA CANADA, FOREVER 21+, SUZY SHIER, HENKAA, CURVY COUTURE, HOURGLASS ANGEL, SEXYPLUS CLOTHING, MODCLOTH, PINUP GIRL CLOTHING, YOUR BIG SISTER’S CLOSET, BANDELETTES, UNDERSUMMERS, GIRL UP, UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION

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Cora Alvillar is a makeup artist and the evil genius behind YouTube beauty & fashion channel Vintageortacky. Cora’s mission is to passionately share the best beauty products, application techniques and plus size personal style. Cora’s philosophy is: “Life is Short: buy the lipstick, wear the dress, dance the dance, sing the song and be vintage or tacky; just be yourself.”


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Melissa McCarthy is on fire! With her new comedy Spy set to hit theatres on June 5th, the actress has been busy promoting her new film (and looking as fabulous as ever!). Recently, McCarthy made an appearance on Ellen where she spoke candidly about calling out at a reporter who claimed that she was “only a good actress when she looked attractive.” Melissa gracefully slammed the critic by saying that, “just know, every time you write stuff, every young girl in this country reads that and gets just a little chipped away.” Thanks for sticking up for women everywhere, Melissa! RE M

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If you love Rebel Wilson like we do, then you will be thrilled to hear this stylish bit of news! The funny girl has collaborated with plus size retailer Torrid to launch a collection of her own! Described by the superstar as “relevant and dope,” the line will include jackets, dresses, accessories and so much more! Sizes will run from 12 to 28 and be priced from $28 to $125. The rebellious line is set to launch its holiday collection online and in-stores this coming November and talks of a 2016 spring line are already in the works!


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breaking news! CHRISTIAN SIRIANO X LANE BRYANT Red carpet designer and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano is teaming up with retailer Lane Bryant to design a capsule collection of stunning, wallet-friendly pieces for spring 2016. “In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size,” said Siriano. The celebrity designer has designed red carpet gowns for the curvy likes of Oprah, Danielle Brooks, Christina Hendricks and more. We’re counting down the days to the launch of this fabulous collection.

UNCOMPROMISING WOMEN Welcome to a new and beautiful corner of the Internet! Uncompromising Women is a brand new website that women can visit for inspiration on how to start living their lives without compromise. Curvy mentors will be sharing their stories through articles and videos to help inspire women of all shapes and sizes. Keep an eye out for DARE’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Diana Di Poce and be sure to visit uncompromising-women.ca for the first series of videos and articles.

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Founded by one of our fave former cover girls, Chastity Garner of GarnerStyle and Cece Olisa of Plus Size Princess, theCURVYcon is a daylong event taking place on June 20th in New York City that will gather plus size brands, fashionistas, shoppers and more to embrace all things curvy. theCURVYcon will include hot speakers like actress Amber Riley, songstress Kierra Sheard, blogger Gabi Gregg and so many others! Tickets are selling out quick, so head over to thecurvycon.com to purchase your tickets now. RE

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Looking to keep your style hot all season long? This issue is practically bursting with ideas. Strut your stuff in your favourite sundress with the help of our shapewear guide, peek into the closet of YouTube personality Cora of VintageOrTacky and soak up the sun in sizzling swimwear. Summer lovin’, indeed!

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FUN IN THE SUN “Rock a hat, slather on the SPF and protect yourself!”

DRESS OBSESSED “Sundresses are my summer uniform. Bonus points if they have pockets! ”

Forever 21 hat, $18, forever21.com

Cherry Velvet dress, $149, cherryvelvetplus.com

SUMMER BREEZE “Breezy blouses feel lovely and floaty on the skin.” JUNAROSE blouse, $69, thebay.com

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WAISTED “Skinny belts give an instant waist. I wear them with everything! ”

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Beat the summer heat in playful pops of acid-bright and supercool hues. For bonus style points, wear multiple neon shades in one outfit like actress Danielle Brooks. BY ERIN DUNLOP

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THE WAIST CINCHER We’re willing to bet your lingerie drawer has never seen the likes of this little number. Firm compression latex keeps your entire midsection smooth and under control so that whatever top you’re wearing falls smoothly. Say hello to an instant hourglass silhouette! Va-va-voom!

Squeem Ultimate ShapeBand Waist Cincher 26PW, $69, hourglassangel.com

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CURVY COUTURE Strapless Sensation Multi-Way Push-Up Bra, available in sizes 34-44 (DDD-H) & 36-44 (C-DD), $65, curvycouture.com

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THE CONTROL BRIEF This high-waisted control brief is lined with a budgeproof seal to remain in place and is cut with a low-scooped back to stay hidden under your sexiest back-baring dresses. Plus, the double-layered front hugs your curves for a seamless look from every angle. Available in black and nude, this smoothing piece offers endless comfort.

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Thanks to curvy style icons Gabi Gregg of GabiFresh and model Tess Holliday, who inspire me to be fearless in fashion, I decided that I had to put a stop to this. Now was the time to rock my first plus size bikini (a.k.a. the fatkini), and guess what? Wearing the oh-so-daunting tummy-baring style really wasn’t so daunting after all. Suddenly, one bikini just wasn’t enough—I had to have more! A style that I had shied away from for years quickly became my swimsuit staple. Forever 21+ provided me with five sizzling styles that fit my size-18 bikini body like a dream (scroll on for images), which had me thinking: my body is the perfect bikini body, and so is yours! We are all bikini body-ready as is, so go on, hit the beach in that twopiece you’ve had your eye on! You won’t regret it. AG ..C A

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hether it’s an intimidating task that you avoid at all costs or a bucket list of to-dos that you haven’t gotten around to completing; there’s a first time for everything. For some it’s boarding a plane, for others it’s learning a new language or climbing Mount Everest. For me? Wearing a bikini has always been at the top of my to-do list. Before last month, I had never worn a two-piece or even tried one on for that matter. At this time of the year, we are bombarded with images of the “perfect” bikini body and tips and tricks on how to achieve this “perfect” body. For years, I let these headlines get the best of me and stuck to my traditional beach uniform: a basic onepiece and conservative cover-up.


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1. THE HOT TROPIC Prints that pack a (tropical) punch? Sign me up! Tropical everything is one of the hottest trends of the summer and this bikini hits the mark. The ruching on the bandeau style top and high-waisted bottoms is a playful detail, while the halter neckline ensures a perfect fit for all. Throw on a lace cover-up and a floppy sunhat to protect yourself from the strong rays of the tropics! SHOP THIS BIKINI NOW

Bikini top, $18.90 and bottom, $17.90; Sunhat, $17.90; Cover-up, $23.90.

2. THE BLUE CRUSH Beach babe alert: turn heads (and drop jaws!) in an eyecatching allover tribal print. Pair the high-waisted bottoms with a matching top or try mixing things up with a solid-coloured option. The elasticized waist stayed put throughout the heat of the day and kept me feeling cool and comfy. A must-try style! SHOP THIS BIKINI NOW

Bikini top, $21.90 and bottom, $13.90; Floral crown, $5.90; Rings, $6.90. Bikini top, $15.90 and bottom, $17.90; Sunglasses, $9.80.

3. THE BLOOMING BEAUTY It was love at first try with this pretty bikini! The bustier-style side boning and supportive underwire of the top piece fit my curves perfectly. Not to mention, the cutout straps stun from every angle. Channel your inner flower child by accessorizing with a sweet floral crown or heart-shaped sunnies. SHOP THIS BIKINI NOW

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4. THE CUTOUT QUEEN Sitting pretty poolside—with a margarita in hand, of course—has never looked or felt better! This full black set is anything but basic with its bold on-trend cutouts and sexy caged sides that will instantly turn up the heat. Give your look a retro flair with fashionable and functional accessories like a pair of cat eye shades and a printed headwrap. SHOP THIS BIKINI NOW

Bikini top, $18.90 and bottom, $18.90; Hair wrap, $5.90; Sunglasses, $9.80; Ring, $6.80.

5. THE CORAL CRAZE Nothing brightens up your summer days like a splash of neon! This crochet overlay bikini has everything a girl can ask for: daring cutouts, super cute ruching and removable straps (no tan lines!). Also available in black, this suit has quickly become a summer favourite. Throw on a kimono for the ultimate laid-back look. SHOP THIS BIKINI NOW

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Wedding showers and garden parties galore call for feminine frocks and wear-everywhere extras. SHOP ALL DRESSES NOW LAYER UP Slip on a knitted bolero on the more breezy days of summer. Bolero, $80

Comedienne Melissa McCarthy steps out in a fun floral number.

ALL CHAINED UP Who says chains have to be tough? This delicate necklace says otherwise.

IN FULL BLOOM Flatter your figure with a tiered floral print dress that will flounce with every step you take.

Necklace, $25

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GOLDEN HOUR These hoop drop earrings pair perfectly with any summer look.

GRAB AND GO Leave your bulky purse at home and travel light.

WRIST PARTY Our theory on beaded bracelets? The more, the merrier!

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Supermodel Emme exudes easy elegance in a maxi dress.

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Rock the maxi dress everywhere from a beach wedding to a barbeque—it’s a quintessential summer favourite for a reason. SHOP ALL DRESSES NOW

DENIM DAZE A classic denim jacket is your summertime wardrobe’s MVP. Jacket, $95

BLOCK PARTY Graphic patterns ruled spring runways—try out the trend with geometric earrings. Earrings, $14

MAX FACTOR You can’t go wrong with a maxi! It’s just as versatile as it is comfy.

COLOUR PLAY Tiered chains and splashes of blue stones make this necklace a winner. Necklace, $40. Available in store only.

IN THE BAG Balance out a freespirited dress with a sleek black handbag.

FEELING BLUE Bring the seaside with you everywhere you go with ocean-hued jewelry.

Handbag, $65

Bracelets, $20 each. Available in store only.

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Brighten up the office (or make an impression at an interview) by mixing classic silhouettes with energetic colours. SHOP ALL DRESSES NOW

TOP IT OFF Finish off your office look with a tailored basketweave blazer. Blazer, $150

Songstress Jill Scott is office-ready in a chic frock and cardi combo.

WORK IT Give power dressing a whole new meaning with an eye-catching frock in an unexpected black-and-white print. A PERFECT MATCH Look instantly put together by coordinating your necklace and bracelet.

Dress, $165

HELLO, SUNSHINE! Swap out your usual studs for a more colourful option. Earrings, $12

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Actress Octavia Spencer dazzles in a nude gown on the red carpet.

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GLAM SQUAD Dainty, sparkling earrings add a dose of magic to any special occasion.

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PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ Keep the glamour going with a dramatic necklace.

SHINE BRIGHT A high wattage, curve-hugging gown is sure to turn heads. Bonus: this dress comes with its own perfectly paired shoulder shawl.


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HIPPIE VIBE Do festival chic right with a boho-inspired pair of earrings.

Actress Retta is makes a statement in a vibrant shortsleeve dress.

GOLD RUSH What’s missing from your everyday jewelry collection? This modern, minimal cuff.

Earrings, $14

IN LOVING COLOUR Play up a bright dress with equally vibrant jewelry.

PRINTS CHARMING A laid-back kimono cut plus a lively print equals an unbeatable combination.

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Extra, extra! You won’t want to miss our chat with the founder of the #HonorMyCurves movement and all-around fashionista, Honor Curves. Speaking of style gurus, we’re shining a spotlight on the best of the best of your #DAREtoWear posts, as well as four fashion bloggers with seriously swoon-worthy wardrobes. What are you waiting for? Read on! RE

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HONOR CURVES Chances are, you’re no stranger to the #HonorMyCurves movement. We have the story behind the hashtag straight from its inspiring creator. BY ERIN DUNLOP

Do you have any fashion advice for curvy girls?

How do you deal with negativity on Instagram? HONOR: I have a no engagement philosophy and I stand by it. Women and men alike get to come to this space when they need a laugh or some inspiration, and that makes my heart happy. Tell us about your body confidence journey. HONOR: Some days I feel like a total babe and others I fall back into old patterns of false belief, but I don’t give up. Tomorrow is a

HONOR: Today, options for plus size gals are becoming more and more endless. That cute top your smaller friend has? You can have it, too! But will you even try it? That’s the spot some girls are stuck at. My advice would be to try on something you think you may like, and see your body as the sexy, supple, gorgeous, beautiful vessel that it is. You’ll surprise yourself! Who is your body positivity role model? HONOR: Nadia Aboulhosn. I’ve thanked her personally for how she changed the way I saw myself when I first found the online fashion blogger community. I was desperate to see myself as beautiful—the way she worked her body really inspired me from afar. Describe your style. Do you have any signature looks?

HONOR: I have two fashion icons that I will forever pine after: Sandy from Grease and Kelly Bundy. I’m all about an all-black ensemble: high-waist, skin-tight pants, an off-theshoulder top, a leather jacket, and colourful stilettos. What’s it like to have a community within #HonorMyCurves? HONOR: I no longer feel ashamed of my body and I have thousands of supportive, kind, loving friends who encourage me to remember that when I feel like forgetting. It’s just rad. What’s next for you? HONOR: I have a blog in the works and have been thinking about penning a book. Writing is my passion. I’m just excited to keep learning to love myself and to share that journey with everyone in this amazing community. JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

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HONOR: I gained so much inspiration from the women I was following—I couldn’t get enough of their fearless fashion posts and the words that went along with them. I realized I had a growing following and that the women who were inspiring me could inspire others, too. I chose to turn my page into a platform to share other peoples’ stories along with my own.

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ESSIE GOLDEN BROOKLYN, NY

Essie’s the Queen of graphic prints in our books. Steal her bold, colourful look here. STYLE STAPLE H&M earrings, $10, hm.com

OBSESSION “I’ve been obsessed with jumpsuits and rompers for the longest time.” Yours Clothing playsuit, $56, yoursclothing.com

TREND TO TRY “My favourite summer trends are maxi dresses, skater skirts, shorts and anything neon.” ALDO clutch, $25, aldoshoes.com

MUST-HAVE “I splurge on shoes and bags.” Miss KG sandals, $138, asos.com M

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SHAWNA FARMER PORTLAND, OR

We’re hooked on this blogger’s sweet, yet tough style. Take notes on her other wardrobe must-haves!

THE DETAILS Chubby Cartwheels sunglasses, $5, chubbycartwheels.com

TREND TO TRY “Mesh! Keeping me cool and stylish.”

MUST-HAVE “I love bold skirts and dresses, lots of makeup and accessories. I buy and make them all the time.”

Penningtons top, $42, penningtons.com

OBESSION “I have been wearing Converse sneakers forever and I probably still will be wearing them in 30 years.”

Evans skirt, $42, evansusa.com

Chuck Taylor sneaker, $55, converse.com

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THERA WARREN TORONTO, ON

Glamorous, feminine, and totally polished, Thera’s look is definitely one to keep your eye on. STYLING TIP “Invest in your body today and drape those curves in exactly what you want to.” Stella & Dot necklace, $148, stelladot.com

MUST-HAVE “My summer must-haves include an oversized floppy hat, lip balm with SPF and a great maxi.”

PHOTOGRAPHY: IAMPETERPARKER

Style and Co. dress, $79, thebay.com

WARDROBE STAPLE “I almost feel off balance without one without a well-made handbag. Kate Spade handbag, $298, katespade.com

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KRISTINE THOMPSON LOS ANGELES, CA

This blogger’s foolproof recipe for fresh, cool summer style? Candy-bright palettes plus curve-flaunting silhouettes. THE DETAILS ELOQUII earrings, $28, eloquii.com

STYLING TIP “Find your own sense of style and rock it.” JUNAROSE top, $39, penningtons.com

MUST-HAVE “A t-shirt, skinny jeans and pumps accentuate all of the things that I love about my body.”

OBSESSION “A girl can never have too many shoes.” Call It Spring sandals, $50, callitspring.com

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City Chic jean, $90, citychiconline.com

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

@theandreagal bares it all in a sweet and sultry bralette.

@curveella turns up the heat in a red hot look. Love!

@toodalookatie and friend take on shopping as a duo.

@jessica_kane serves her summer curves in chevron.

@sabrinaateam is cool-girl chic in a rockin’ vest and midi.

@jesskuuh is party-ready in a prom-perfect ensemble.

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@mustangsallytwo shows off her sexy back-baring #ootd.

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@ramona_o makes a splash in a neon cutout swimsuit.

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@flightofthefatgirl embraces her body in a vibrant dress.

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