Let’s get to know Barbie Fish, one of our Shapermint Crew Brand Ambassadors in our #Shapermintcrewlove Series and find out why she wants to shape change with us.
You’re one of our Brand Ambassadors, part of the Shapermint Crew! What inspired you to join the Crew?
I was inspired to become a brand ambassador for Shapermint because I loved how the beautiful women I saw in commercials and ads looked like me. Everyday women of every age, size, and background. I loved how radiant their smiles were with the confidence they found in wearing Shapewear. I knew that was a revolution I wanted to be a part of promoting.
What do you enjoy most about being on the Crew?
I love the opportunity to be a positive influence in social media and my community for women to embrace their gorgeous curves and love themselves. I am honored to be a member of such an amazing mission to build confidence, self-love, and body positivity! It's a bonus, of course, that I get to post fun pictures wearing some of my favorite Shapewear items.
How do you want to shape change with us?
There was a time in my life before I made the mind switch to love myself unconditionally and live life to the fullest that I wasn't so confident. I wore a lot of baggy clothes to hide what I considered flaws at the time and I often stayed in the shadows or corners. I didn't feel confident. Then, one day I woke up and made a switch mentally that led to many changes in my life including weight loss, learning to embrace my body, and becoming the confident woman I am today. I am often now found at the front of the pack being bold and living life out loud. It became my mission to encourage other women to also feel body positivity, self-love, and to enjoy the beauty of being a curvy and confident woman! I knew I never wanted anyone else to feel the way I once did. My partnership with Shapermint allows me to continue to grow in this mission of promoting that message and female empowerment.
How do you define body positivity?
When I think about body positivity to me it is loving and embracing our bodies for all that they are and can be. I love every scar, every stretch mark, every curve, and every part of myself that may seem to others as flaws but to me, they tell the story of who I am, the battles I have overcome, and give me the confidence that I will overcome any other challenge that comes my way. I call them my Warrior Marks!
Every body is beautiful and uniquely made. Everyone is a work of art! Our bodies deserve unconditional love. - Barbie
Self-love is especially important. Do you have any particular rituals or routines that spark self-love?
I do general things like pampering myself with my Shapermint Shapewear, exercise, monthly friend dates, and every week I have a "lazy" Sunday which is really just a "rejuvenation" day to nap, soak in a bath of scented salts, or just read a book with some hot chocolate.
We absolutely love the fact that you use social media as a liberating force to celebrate body positivity and other movers & shapers out there. Are there any women on social media who inspire you to be your best self?
I am inspired by many women on social media that promote body positivity. First on the list are all of my fellow Shapermint Crew members that inspire me with all of their posts. I love the confidence of each of them and the content they share. I am also inspired by plus-size models such as @ashleygraham and @babyblue08145. They are beautiful women that promote body positivity and self-love. I am inspired by some of the photographers ( @gemcitypinupphotography and @mistycarrphoyographyllc) I have worked with as well that have encouraged me in my social media platforms and in my mission to help build female empowerment.
How important has stocking up on basics been to you during the quarantine?
Stocking up on all the basics during quarantine has been amazing! I could still enjoy wearing some of my favorite items confidently and comfortably while at home. My Shapermint wardrobe is always part of treating myself. It was so important to me to maintain my self-care during that time as much as possible because I was missing some of my other self-care routine things like friend dates and gym time.
What are your top tips for breaking out of a fashion/style rut?
My favorite tip for getting out of a fashion/style rut is versatile clothing and bold colors. I love that I can wear the same pair of Shapewear black leggings and my black everyday cami to the gym with a cute scarf in my hair, then another day I could pair the same outfit with a bright-colored cardigan and go out with the gals for dinner. Of course, the same outfit could also be paired with a belt, leather jacket, and heels for some cosplay fun at a pin-up photoshoot Olivia Newton-John style from Grease. Honestly, that's why I love my essential Shapewear items so much!! I can wear them for anything!
What is your favorite Shapermint style? How do you like to style it?
My absolute favorite styles are my leggings and cami. I can wear it in so many different combinations and it is also comfortable for days I just want to relax at home with a good book. I can still feel gorgeous while I daydream.
Want to share anything else?
I just want every woman to know they are each beautiful Queens and Goddesses and even though I don't know each of you I am still cheering you all on to love who you are, chase your dreams, and crush those goals you may have been planning!! We got this!
Let our readers know where to find you:
My Instagram is @flawsome_and_beautiful2020
Self-love is not just about embracing our flaws and curves, our mindset also plays a big role in loving ourselves more. Barbie is such an inspiration to many women and we’re happy she joined us in shaping change.
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