Issue #24 - February 2006

Welcome to the Large In Charge Newsletter


In this Issue of L.I.C


Featured Person -  Big Men we are Looking for you! LargeInCharge Cover Model Search. Looking for a New Writer, Big Males please apply!


Raqui's Spot - Raqui hits the Art Scene in a contemporary Art Video "DOUGH" being show in a NYC gallery all of this month.


Russell's Review - New Spot in Reviews on Large Character's from movies, video games and much more!


Jay's Spot - Big Metisse... Big Girls in Belgium


Guest Spot - A Size Acceptance Poem by Gwen-Nicole O'Neal


Good 4 U Food - Recipe's that are Fast and Easy to make.  They are Good and Healthy for you too!


Fashion Furious - NEW EDITION TO OUR MAGAZINE. Fashion Finds from our readers.  Submit your Find.


Product of the Month -  Products for People of Size


Ask Raqui - Send Raqui your questions.  Get some advice from one Big person to another.


Events & Pictures - L.I.C. Delivers Info. on the hottest BBW events, See what we are doing in the community.

Feature of the Month

Monthly Feature



LargeInCharge Cover Model and Writers Search


About our Writers Search:

     LargeInCharge is looking for a Volunteer Writer for our Online Magazine.  We are looking for a Big Male who wants to write about issues that concern large men.  We need a person who is dedicated to writing or doing a interview once a month in a timely manner.  You do not need to be a professional writer,  decent writing skills, the ability to spell check, and have your article sent in on time is all I am asking.


    LargeInCharge is a non-profit Online magazine which is why we are asking for a Volunteer.  This is a great opportunity to brush up on your writing skills and learn different writing styles.


If you are interested please send in a paragraph no less than 20 lines in length describing yourself and why you are interested in being a LargeInCharge writer.  Include a picture of yourself as well.


Send to:


Thank you


About our Cover Model Search?

NOTE: Yes we are still taking Applications from Females and Males.  But we are reaching out to the Males to send in your application to be a cover model.  We want to represent the BIG WORLD.  Not just the Large Ladies.  Men who wear a 2XL and up what we are looking for.

     It has been almost two years since LargeInCharge opened its online doors to the Big World.  We started with 740 readers March 2004.  We have built up to over 70,000 readers a month.  We have continuously given the Big World article after article.  Fashion tips and clothing companies.   Hot events and self esteem advice. Interesting information and cool products.  We have changed, grown and become better.


     Now with March coming and our second year anniversary almost here.  We are launching a new campaign. LargeInCharge is looking for cover models for the 2006-2007 issues.


     Online Magazine's are the big hype now doing better than physical paper magazines.  Any successful magazine must have an online presence.  Now LargeInCharge is leading the way.


     Being a LargeInCharge cover model can be a great add on to your comp card or resume.  It can also be a feather in the cap of aspiring models.  So many beautiful and handsome big men and women who are not professional models can now be featured where they will be appreciated.  NO MORE SIZE 20 or 2XL ONLY MODELS.  AGE DOESN'T MATTER.  NO MORE FETISH ONLY PICTURES. We like them professional and in all sizes INCLUDING SUPER SIZED.  There are no limits with us.





What to Send In to be a LargeInCharge Cover Model?


Send In the following - You must have one of each

  • One or more Head shot Black & White / Color - in your modeling attire
  • One or more Full body shot Black & White / Color - in your modeling attire

Type of pictures

  • Digital or scanned pictures only
  • Pictures must be of one person, no group shots or collages.
  • Pictures of Big Males and Females only.
  • Pictures must be clear with no watermarks.
  • Pictures cannot be smaller than 5x7.
  • Pictures must be tasteful and fully clothed - Swimsuit and tasteful lingerie is allowed.
  • Nude is not allowed unless it is artistic.  No private areas shown.
  • No Pin up style pictures.

Picture Categories - You can send in pictures for any of the below categories

  • Winter - Winter wear, coats etc. and Seasonal type of clothing, costumes and colors.  Winter backgrounds scenes
  • Spring - Spring wear, sweaters etc. bright, airy, wind blown. Spring backgrounds scenes
  • Summer - Swimsuits, wraps, summer dresses. Summer background scenes
  • Fall - Fall colors and sweaters.  Earthy natural settings. Fall Colors.
  • Ethnic - Ethnic prints and colors.  Ethnic combinations of fabric and prints.  Jewelry
  • Business - Suite and tie. City backgrounds
  • Sporty - Sports clothing of all types. participating in sports. Jogging, walking, basketball, football, Skating. Etc
  • Exercise - In exercise outfits, gym scene etc.
  • Gothic - Gothic clothing and costumes etc.

Solid backgrounds are also acceptable in all categories.  You can send in as many pictures of you in different categories as you desire.


When you send in your pictures include the following information:







Email address:

Contact phone number:



and the BELOW statement : 


By submitting my pictures to the Cover Model Search. I am allowing to use my images as they see fit.  I reserve rights to my pictures.  YOUR NAME HERE


What will I receive if I am picked

  • You will receive a 8x10 printed copy of our Monthly Cover in which your featured.
  • You will receive a free Comp Card made just for your professional use by UberRussmanDesigns
  • Depending on your area you will attend your local BBW party/event with a friend where you will represent as our monthly Cover Model.
  • You will be interviewed for the Month you appear as our Cover Model and remain in our database.
  • You will be entered in our Yearly Cover Model contest to win Cash and or Prizes at the end of the year.


Ready to Enter?

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Raqui's Spot

Raqui's Spot


This month's subject:

Contemporary Art Video "DOUGH"


Raqui featured as "FACTORY GIRL"

     The Opening of "DOUGH" a Contemporary Art Video by Mika Rottenberg was on January 27th 2006.  It was a proud moment for me.  I was featured as The Factory Girl, the feature star of a video in which strong allergies to flowers make me cry.  My tears run down my body and drip down to create a vapor that cause dough to rise at an incredible rate.  It then goes through a process to be packaged for sale. 


     Some may not understand the piece.  Some parts of it may even seem silly and funny.  But it speaks about women and strength of a women's inner power.  It speaks about difference and embraces women of many different kinds.  It goes against the grain, she looks outside of the box in which society says normal and beautiful must be.  You will not see what society considers strong beautiful women (MODELS) in her art work and video's.


  I was very happy to work with Mika on this piece and wish her more continued success.  If you would like to see Mika's work and the Video "DOUGH" in which I was featured you can go to the below Gallery until February 25th 2006.


Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery is located at 526 West 26th Street, No. 213, in New York City. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. To find out more about this exhibition or to see more images, please email or call 212.243.3335.

Pictures of The Opening of "Dough"

Raqui and Mika

Raqui and Mika

The Opening

The Opening

The Opening

The Video

The Video

The Video

The Video

The Video

The Video

The Video

The Video

Raqui & Nicole Klagsburn

The Gallery Owner


The Gallery Staff


Raqui and

The Gallery Staff

Raqui with The Opening Wall

The Progression of Dough

Image from the Video

Image from the Video


February 2006 Edition of Elle Magazine

Page 129 The Art Spot

February 2006 Edition of Elle Magazine

Page 129 The Art Spot

Press Release of "Dough"

M I K A   R O T T E N B E R G 




JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 25, 2006

     Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery is pleased to present Dough, a solo exhibition of videos, sculptures and drawings by Mika Rottenberg. The exhibition is on view from January 27th to February 25th, 2006, with a reception on Friday, January 27th, from 6 to 8 p.m.
     "Bodies, at once repulsive and sensual, larger-than-life and ever-so-ordinary, are vital to factories: their products appropriated; their shapes subsumed; their excretions packaged; their quirks put to work. Here is where the freakshow meets the sweatshop. Factories take on the features of cages and kitchens, their technology at once whimsical and industrial. A pinwheel spins. Dough rises. A bicycle chain ferries fingernails. Sweat is shrink-wrapped. Virginity is conveyed along belts. An allergic reaction becomes a force of production.
     There is materialism and anti-materialism. On the one hand, factories are designed to the minute specification of material substance: dough is subject to entropy and gravity, yeast is subject to oxygen and heat, value is subject to demand and supply, and bodies are subject to growth and decay. While on the other hand, causal processes violate expectations of space and time: sweat drips too slowly to collect in that quantity; dough is too thick to stretch that far; bodies are too fragile to sit so stooped; life is too short to labor that long.
     There is at once a contraction and expansion of human capability. Persons, though full-blooded and able-bodied, have their degrees of freedom constrained to a single plane. Twist, pull, peddle, shove. Squeeze, blow, wipe, crinkle. Yet, their seemingly useless properties are finally utilized; their seemingly monstrous attributes are finally actualized. A sneeze is harnessed. Double-joints are wielded. Gender becomes a motive force. Gigantism is yoked. Obesity is deployed. Ethnicity provides traction.
     In an economic climate evermore set on circulation-based theories of value, Mika Rottenberg's videos and drawings emphasizes the centrality of labor. In a political climate evermore set on delocalization, these works brings otherwise disparate processes into a single frame of view. And in a social climate evermore set on fragmentation and depersonalization, Rottenberg's work emphasizes whole persons and unique personalities." –Paul Kockelman
     Mika Rottenberg received her MFA from Columbia University in 2004. She lives and works in New York City. In 2005, her video installation Tropical Breeze was included in Greater New York at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Mary's Cherries (video installation, 2004) was included in New Works/New Acquisitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Dough (Oslo version) was included in Uncertain States of America at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo. Ms. Rottenberg's video installations are part of the Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art collections, both in New York, as well as the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo. This will be her first solo show in New York.
     Dough was realized with the help of Paul Ruest of The Argot with sound design and sound installation, Kartin Altecamp with special effects and Ann T. Rossetti with videography.
Special thanks goes to Ms. Julia Stoschek.
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery is located at 526 West 26th Street, No. 213, in New York City. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. To find out more about this exhibition or to see more images, please email or call 212.243.3335.

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Russell's Review

Russell's Review

Big World Character Review

Intro into what Russell's Review will be about.




What will Russell's Review be about?

     Ever wonder why there are no fat people in the matrix? What?... no one eats to much there.  Ever wonder why Movies are always funny at the expense of a bbw or a bhm?  Or why fat people in shows and movies are always caught eating chicken.

     Do you believe that society is unfair when it comes to big characters? How they are portrayed in video games, movies, shows, cartoons, etc.  Well I think so.

     Every month in Russell's Review I will review characters from video games, movies, shows, cartoons, Sitcoms, etc.   Is the Character a BIG PLUS or a BIG MINUS.  Do they help Big people look positive in the Size Acceptance movement or do they make Big people look like giant assholes?

     I'll point out the positive and the negative of the characters. As well as some hidden jokes that a normal person wouldn't catch. and if that character is mocking us or making the LargeInCharge look good.

     I want feedback from all of you. If there is a character you think I should review.  Send your recommendation in.  Let me know how you feel about my review and the characters I pick.


     See you next month when my first review comes out.  ~ Russell


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Jay's Spot

Jay's Spot

This months Subject :

Big Metisse... Big Girls in Beligum


Big Metisse... Big Girls in Beligum

     It’s said that PHOTOGRAPHS can capture the exact moment within that split second of time.  Photographers have always amazed me because some of them have the gift to work their magic and capture beauty itself. It’s like going after two key factors, capturing time and beauty in one shot.


     Being that I am a tailor and I make clothing, I’m always looking forward to making my wears capture beauty in a photo. My goal is to work with the right models and photographers hoping that they will work their magic to capture perfect timing...and produce quality pictures. Hair stylist work their beauty with hair, the make up artist provide beauty with the make up.....and in the end result.. as a group .... WALA... THE ULTIMATE PHOTO.

     Easier said then done! Photography is hard work, like any other art... you have to work hard and grind to become a master in any craft. The Size Photographers in THE BIG WORLD are rapidly growing with new pictures around the clock. Some make household names for themselves by designing creative websites in which they promote as online photo galleries. If you think about it, The Size Community was sharing pictures on a low scale (creatively) until Size Photographers produced professional pictures and raised the bar... changed the game... on another level... on a professional photography plateau.


     The BBW Photo World is now highly competitive… now everyone is driving to hit hard with the best pictures. But WHO IS THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE LAND?  I say all this to say that BIG METISSE is the MOST CREATIVE Photographer that I have found in the entire search of BBW SKILLS.... in EUROPE. I personally give her BIG THUMBS up and predict that she is the best BBW Photographer in her part of the world. I will even go as far to say that... even on our part of the world.

     I will nominate her to… at the least… stand up and hang with the best of them worldwide. The fact is, her company raises the bar by inventing one the most creative BBW PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS.... of all time.  Her Company calls it...“Objectif size-up”.  It’s basically a photography pampering party for models. I have heard of a couple of photography houses where photographers have their unique flavor in creating a well balanced comfortable atmosphere.  BIG METISSE created a Big Girl photo club house...that caters to BBW models... and pampers them... cuisine food made by chefs even!

     Imagine the level that BBW PHOTOGRAPHY will be in the near future!  WOW!  BOTTOM a BIG BEAUTIFUL WOMAN and a Photographer…  the creation of... “Objectif size-up”….  raises the bar and takes THE BIG WORLD to another level.  She clearly deserves an award... her photographs can speak for themselves... True MASTER of Photography.



Pictures of Big Metisse's Work

Interview with Big Metisse

Note: This interview was translated from French to English.  The French Version of Big Metisse's Answers are included for those who want to read it in French.  View the Bottom of this page.

La note : Cet entretien a été traduit de français à l'anglais. La Version française de Big Metisse Réponses de est incluse pour ceux qui veut le lire en français. Regarder le Fond de cette page.


Jay of L.I.C.: State your name?

Big Metisse: My name is Cécile Quénum, my nickname on the internet is “BigMetisse”

Jay of L.I.C.: Where were you born?

Big Metisse: I was born in Brussels in Belgium. My mom’s Belgian and my dad (father) is benineese
(western Africa) Belgium is a small country in the heart of Europe lodged between France, Germany and The

Jay of L.I.C.: Where were you raised?


Big Metisse: I was raised here in Brussels (which is the capital of Belgium) but I spent the 2 first years of my life in Africa, I still live in Belgium.

Jay of L.I.C.: Do you consider yourself have BBW?

Big Metisse: I’m rather SSBBW! I consider myself as such since I discovered the size-acceptance about 6
years ago.

Jay of L.I.C.: Were you big all your life, and was your size accepted by your family and friends?

Big Metisse: I’ve always been fat, I was an obese kid. I’m sociable and open-minded which means that my weight has never handicapped me in my social life. My being overweight has never been a problem for my real friends (the ones that are close to me) and they just saw it as an aspect of my person. They just accept me for what I am. Sometimes I feel that my surrounding is preoccupied by my health but I never felt rejected
nor my friends ashamed.

Jay of L.I.C.: When did you began photographing people?

Big Metisse: I started taking pictures at the age of 10 and my classmates were my favorite subjects. I’ve always been interested in people. Today, as a professional, I consider myself as a portrait photographer.

Jay of L.I.C.: And when/ why did you began photographing BBW'S/BHM'S?


Big Metisse: When I discovered the size-acceptance, I started looking at overweight people differently. To me, they looked beautiful and I wanted to make them pose in front of my camera. Oddly, it never occurred to me to focus on corpulent people photographically speaking and I never had any requests from an BBW nor an BHM at first. But now I have acquired great experience and I ‘m renowned in the French-speaking “size” and right now I have a lot of requests.

Jay of L.I.C.: Tell us why you love photography?

Big Metisse: Since I love people, my aim is to capture the beauty of each individual. What makes me very happy is when the models re-discover themselves on the pictures with an amazed look. BBW people are very sensitive and we have to keep in mind that that approach goes further than just getting a portrait done. I often means that they’re moving one step closer to the acceptation of their image. Many of the people that came in front of my camera enjoyed it very much and want to do it again. One of them even wrote me a letter saying that those pictures changed her life.

Jay of L.I.C.: How much time do you spend on one of your photo sessions?

Big Metisse: It depends… “Objectif size-up” is a concept I created. What I do is organize a “shooting-day” dedicated to fleshy women and my team counts 2 to 4 different photographers for each session, a hair-dresser, a makeup assistant and a clothes stylist as well as a planning team that dispatches tasks. I only have 30 minutes per model (I can shoot up to 10 models a day.) Each models sees 3 different photographers.
Sometimes I organize individual sessions. In that case, it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes plus makeup.

Jay of L.I.C.: Have you work with other BBW photographers or photographers who photograph BBW's?

Big Metisse: Yes and as I explained it before for “Objectif size-up”, I’m recruiting other photographers used to BBW. I’ve also created a brand new websitethat will be officially launched soon. It’ll replace the actual and the purpose of that portal is to put BBW/BHM in relation with photographers looking for those models.

Jay of L.I.C.: If you had to pick 3 of photo shoots that you enjoyed most, which ones would you choose ?

Big Metisse: Anna: I’m very fond of that picture because I find it beautiful and sensual.

Jay of L.I.C.: When did your website develop?

Big Metisse: I’ve created my personal website to present my work in 1999 but “traces de lumière” which reflects my work exists since 2002.  I also have a specific website for “Objectif size-up.”

Jay of L.I.C.: Who designed your site?

Big Metisse: “Traces de lumière” was developed with a freeware (Coppermine Photo Gallery) that you can easily get free over the internet. “Objectif size-up” was entirely designed and developed by myself because I’m also webdeveloper (asp/php) and web designer.

Jay of L.I.C.: Tell us what "tracesdelumiere" means in English?

Big Metisse: Traces de lumière literally means Light Traces.  In ancient Greek, foto means light and grapho means I write.  So, photography is, in fact a trace left by the light.

Jay of L.I.C.: How often do you update your site with new pictures or models?

Big Metisse: My website is regularly updated and every model will appear on it if they agree of course.

Jay of L.I.C.: Do you link up with other sites? Which sites?

Big Metisse: I cultivate friendly relations and exchange banners with different websites from the French-speaking size community.

Jay of L.I.C.: Do you decide what clothing your models should wear? If not who does?

Big Metisse: It depends if it is a specific request or a personal work. When someone comes with a specific request I ask her to bring a couple of outfits I help her with accessories and we adapt makeup and lighting with what the model is looking for. When it comes to something more personal I impose everything to the model.

Jay of L.I.C.: Is there a huge BBW culture in your country?

Big Metisse: Yes but it’s much smaller than what exists in the U.S and also a bit different. In Europe, we’re not saying the being fat is beautiful and we’re not proud of it. Size-acceptance as it’s name explains it helps people to accept and recognize their body as it is and that has a citizen and a human being we have to fight against any discrimination (work, un-adapted medical supply for really overweight people…)

Jay of L.I.C.: Do they have any BBW events where your located?

Big Metisse: Yes, some websites such as or members of organize meeting parties.

Jay of L.I.C.: Have you ever been to a BBW event?

Big Metisse: Of course! I’ve been to size-parties in Paris (France) and Brussels among others.

Jay of L.I.C.: How do you like our LargeInCharge Magazine?

Big Metisse: I enjoy very much LARGEINCHARGE that I find amazingly interesting on American size. I found many useful tips (like for instance the article from RAQUI) because here as SSBBW, we’re not very well represented. As an SSBBW I meet problems that BBW are not familiar with such as chairs sturdiness in public spaces. I also discovered in your magazine that furnishing manufacturers were working on specifically designed chairs, beds …

Jay of L.I.C.: What can the readers at LargeInCharge do to help support your career?

Big Metisse: Simply visit my website and send me a little encouragement note. I really enjoy that and it makes me wanna keep doing what I do and above all, improve and… enlarge my horizons.

Interviewer avec Big Metisse en français

Jay de Où êtes-vous né ?

Big Metisse: Je m'appelle Cécile Quénum, mon pseudo habituel sur internet est "BigMetisse"

Jay de Ou êtes-vous né ?

Big Metisse: Je suis née en Belgique, à Bruxelles, d'une maman belge et d'un papa
 Béninois (Afrique de l'ouest). La Belgique est un petit pays situé au coeur de l'europe entre la France, l'Allemagne et les Pays-bas.

Jay de Où avez-vous été élevé ?

Big Metisse: J'ai grandi ici à Bruxelles (qui la capitale de la Belgique) après avoir passé les 2 premières années de ma vie en Afrique, et je vis toujours à Bruxelles actuellement.

Jay de Vous considérerez-vous comme une BBW ?

Big Metisse: Je suis plutôt une SSBBW ! Depuis que j'ai découvert la size-acceptance, il y a 6 ans, je me considère en effet comme telle.

Jay de Avez-vous été grosse toute votre vie, et comment votre famille et vos amis ont accepté ce fait ?

Big Metisse: J'ai toujours été grosse, j'étais déjà une enfant obèse. Je suis une personne plutot sociable et ouverte, ce qui fait que mon poids ne m'a pas vraiment handicapé dans ma vie sociale. je compte de nombreux véritables amis pour qui mon excès de poids est juste une donnée de mon aspect physique, et qui m'acceptent très bien telle que je suis. Parfois mon entourage est préoccuppé par les problèmes de santé que suscitent mon enbonpoint, mais je n'ai jamais ressenti d'exclusion ou de gêne de la part de mes amis de tous horizons en ce qui concerne mon apparence physique pure et simple.

Jay de Quand avez-vous commencé à photographier des gens ?

Big Metisse: J'ai commencé à faire de la photo à l'âge de 10 ans, et mes camarades de classe étaient mes sujets de prédilection. Depuis toujours, ce sont les personne qui m'intéressent. Aujourd'hui photographe professionnelle diplomée, Je me considère avant tout comme portraitiste.

Jay de Quand et pourquoi avez-vous commencé à photographier des personnes rondes ?

Big Metisse: Lorsque j'ai découvert le monde de la size-acceptance,j'ai commencé à voir les personnes rondes avec un autre regard, à les trouver belles, et à avoir envie de les photographier. Curieusement, cela ne m'était jamais venu à l'esprit avant de m'intéresser, photographiquement de la part d'une bbw ou d'un bhm. Mais depuis j'ai acquis beaucoup d'expérience et une certaine renomée dans le milieux de la size francophone, ce qui fait que j'ai assez bien de demande.

Jay de Expliquez-nous pourquoi vous aimez la photo ?

Big Metisse: J'aime capturer la beauté qui existe en tout être. Mais ce qui me rend heureuse par dessus tout, c'est le regard émerveillé du modèle qui se redécouvre en photo. Les BBW sont dans ce cas tout particulièrement sensibles, car se faire photographier va souvent pour elles plus loin que le simple fait de vouloir un portrait. Il s'agit souvent d'une première démarche vers l'acceptation de son image. Beaucoup de personnes que j'ai photographiées pour la première fois y ont trouvé énormément de plaisir, et continuent à chercher des photographes pour réitérer l'expérience. L'une d'entre elle m'a même écrit pour me dire que ces photos avaient changé sa vie.

Jay de Combien de temps dure une session de photos ?

Big Metisse: Cela dépend... Avec "Objectif Size-up" un concept que j'organise régulièrement sous la forme d'une journée photo destinée aux rondes, je travaille avec 2 à 4 autres photographes différents à chaque session, des maquilleuses, coiffeuses, stylistes et toute une équipe d'accueil et de gestion de planning, je ne dispose que de 30 minutes par modèle  (j'en photographie 10 sur une même journée). Chaque personne passe chez 3 photographes. Mais avant le shooting proprement dit, les modèles sont maquillés et habillés par notre styliste si elles le souhaitent. En séance individuelle, je dispose généralement d'une heure et demie en plus du maquillage.

Jay de Avez-vous déjà travaillé avec d'autres photographes qui photographient les personnes rondes ?

Big Metisse: Oui comme je l'ai expliqué plus haut, pour Objectif Size-up, je recrute d'autres photographes habitués aux BBW. J'ai également créé un tout nouveau site portail qui sera lancé bientot lancé officiellement (et qui remplacera l'actuel site visible sur dont le but est de mettre en rapport les BBW/BHM avec les photographes qui recherchent ce type de modèle.

Jay de Si vous deviez choisir 3 photos parmi vos préférées, lesquelles choisiriez-vous et pourquoi ?

Big Metisse: Anna Cette photo est vraiment mon coup de coeur, je la trouve esthétiquement belle et très sensuelle

Jay de Quand avez-vous développé votre site internet ?

Big Metisse: J'ai créé mon premier site perso en 1999, mais "traces de lumière", qui est une vitrine de mon travail photographique, existe depuis 3 ans. J'ai aussi un site spécial pour Objectif size-up.

Jay de Qui a réalisé votre site ?

Big Metisse: Traces de lumière est fait à l'aide d'un logiciel libre (Coppermine Photo Gallery) que l'on peut se procurer gratuitement sur internet. Objectif size-up a été entièrement développé et designé par moi-même, car je suis aussi webdeveloper (asp/php) et webdesigner.

Jay de Que signifie "traces de lumière" en anglais ? 

Big Metisse: Heu Eve tu peux m'aider là ?? Je veux dire que la photographie est une trace laissée par la lumière sur un support sensible... d'ou le nom

Jay de Quelle est la fréquence des mises à jour des photos de votre site ?

Big Metisse: Le site est mis à jour de façon irrégulière, chaque fois que j'ai de nouvelles photos que le modèle accepte de voir figurer sur monsite.

Jay de Echangez-vous des liens avec d'autres sites ?


Big Metisse: Lesquels ? Oui j'entretiens des liens amicaux et des échanges de bannières avec  différents sites de la "size" francophone, tels que  (special Belgique)

Jay de Est-ce vous qui décidez des vêtements que doivent porter vos modèles ?

Big Metisse: Sinon qui le fait ? Cela dépend si la séance est une commande ou une recherche personnelle. Pour une commande, je demande à mes modèles d'apporter plusieurs tenues, et je met également des accessoires à leur disposition, et nous  adaptons le maquillage et l'éclairage en fonction de ce que le modèle souhaite obtenir comme ambiance. Pour une recherche personnelle, j'impose mes idées au modèle.

Jay de Y a t 'il une importante culture BBW dans votre pays ?

Big Metisse: Oui, mais l'ampleur du mouvement européen est très minime par rapport à ce que l'on peut trouver aux Etats-Unis, et ses voies sont un peu différentes. En europe, nous n'affirmons pas que gros c'est beau, nous n'affirmons pas de fierté d'être gros. La size-acceptance va plutot dans le sens d'accepter le corps que l'on a et surtout de se faire respecter en tant que citoyen a part entière, de lutter contre la discrimination à l'embauche par exemple, ou l'absence de materiel médical adapté à des personnes en très gros surpoids.

Jay de Y at'il des évènements destinés aux BBW dans votre pays ?

Big Metisse: Oui, certains sites comme ronde et jolie, ou des membres du pulpeclub organisent régulièrement des soirées ou des rencontres.

Jay de Avez-vous déjà fréquenté un évènement pour BBW ?


Big Metisse: Oui bien sûr ! J'ai fréquenté de nombreuses soirées "size" en France à Paris et à Bruxelles.


Jay de Avez-vous déjà fréquenté un évènement pour BBW ?


Big Metisse: Oui bien sûr ! J'ai fréquenté de nombreuses soirées "size" en France à Paris et à Bruxelles.

Jay de Que pensez-vous de notre magazine Large in Charge ?


Big Metisse: J'apprécie beaucoup LargeInCharge que je trouve intéressant et dans  lequel j'apprends énormément de choses sur la size américaine, et  j'y trouve également beaucoup de "trucs" qui me sont utiles en tant que SSBBW (par exemple cet été l'artice de Raqui avec des trucs pour rester au frais), car nous sommes assez peu représentées par ici. En tant que SSBBW je rencontre des problèmes que les BBW d'ici n'ont pas l'habitude de prendre en considération, comme par exemple la taille et la solidité des chaises dans les lieux publics. C'est aussi sur
LargeInCharge que j'ai découvert qu'il y avait aux états-unis des fabricants de meubles spécialement adaptés, etc. Je trouve cela très intéressant.


Jay de Comment nos lecteurs peuvent-il soutenir votre carrière ?


Big Metisse: Simplement venir voir mon travail sur mon site et m'envoyer un petit message d'encouragement, cela me fait toujours très plaisir et me donne la pêche pour continuer.

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   Guest Spot

Large In Charge Guest Spot

We want to hear and see your talents!


One of our favorite parts of the newsletter.  The Guest Spot is for our readers to submit there talents to be viewed.  We want to see all you wonderful supporters making moves of your own.  If you write poetry, short stories, commentaries, or just thoughts in general, please submit them to us.  If your a designer we want to see pictures of your clothing.   We would love to include your talents in our newsletter.  We hope you take an active part in the L.I.C. newsletter. Send in your article, poetry, comments to -

NOTE: The Opinion of the writer is not always the opinion of The Large in Charge Staff.  We support the Right to all views.  We do not Condemn or Approve writing based on our personal thoughts.  We approve writing based on if the subject is a concern for the BBW / SSBBW / BHM Community.  Thank you for your writing and please send in those articles!  - The Large in Charge Staff

A Size Acceptance Poem


Power of Being Big
by  Gwen-Nicole O'Neal

I am Big and Beautiful
I have curves like you've never seen
Yes, when I walk, I jiggle
I have lots of Junk in my Trunk
I know where I shop
I know what I eat
But when I put it down
It can not be beat.

You girls that are 1's and 2's
You do not know the pleasure that is me
My sisters that are 20's and up
Know the pleasure of not giving up.

We strive in a world that looks down on us,
We perserver in a society that wants none of us.

We love like no other
Our style can not be beat.
You tell us we would be pretty if we lost weight
Maybe if you gained a pound or two
You'd understand the glory that comes with being us.

Our skin is smooth
Our shape is curved
We don't need plastic surgery to give us an ass,
We do it Au Natural,
We do it with Class.

So this is a call to all my Big, Beautiful Sisters.
Stand Up, Stand Proud.
For we are the true leaders of this land.
We love from the heart
Not our eyes.
We dress for ourselves
Not for society.
We are Big
We are Beautiful
We are WOMAN!



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Good Food 4 U

Good 4 U Food

Quick Easy Recipes for Good... Healthy Food.

     Fast Food is on the Rise.  Easy to get, easy to eat.  Our children are addicted to it and dying young.  We are addicted to it and leaving behind a legacy of bad food and eating habits. You don't have to give up the occasional fast food chow down.  But it shouldn't be a regular staple in your diet.

   Long hours and hard days work.  Two parents need to work to pay the bills.  No one is home anymore and if you are home your to tired to cook.  But with these easy to make food recipes.  Your 10 year old can prepare dinner.

   The whole idea is eat better, eat healthier and live longer. Be a Healthy Big Person.  Healthy equals happy.  Try some of these recipes and send in your own.

Good 4 U Food Recipe of the Month

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Fast Easy Spanish Rice and Beans

By Raqui


What you will need, Left to Right:

  • Sofrito, Recaito (Frozen or in a Jar Spanish Seasoning)

  • Adobo, Sazon con Acotie (Spanish Seasoning)

  • 1/2 Can of Tomato Sauce

  • Green Olives

  • Canned Beans,  Any type you wish, (Pink beans shown above

  • 2 cups of Rice (makes enough for 4-6 people)

  • 2 cups of water

  • Electric Rice Cooker - 10 cup cooker  (Click Thumbnail)

Step 1: In the bottom of your Rice Cooker put Sofrito and Recaito (spanish seasoning sweet peppers and leaves mix)  I add one heaping table spoon of each per cup of rice used.  This recipe calls for two heaping table spoons of each.

Step 2:  Sprinkle Adobo, No salt is needed.  Adobo is an all purpose seasoning and includes salt. 

If you are on a NO Salt diet you can sprinkle in some of the following.

  • Garlic powder

  • Onion Powder

  • Basil

  • Black Pepper


Step 3: One packet of Sazon con Achotie.  This gives flavor and color. You must buy the Sazon that says "con Achotie".  Achotie is what give Rice its Yellow color.

Step 4: Add some Olives and Olive Juice.  If you do not like Olives you can just add the juice from the Jar.  It makes it very tasty.

Step 5: Add 1/2 a can of Tomato Sauce. Save the other half can in a small container (refrigerate)  If you make 4 or more cups of rice a whole can be used.

Step 6: Add one can of beans.  Any beans will do.  I prefer Red or Pink beans.  But Black beans and the very famous Pigeon Peas or (Guandules) can be used.  I like to rinse the liquid off my beans that come in a can.  This step is not necessary.

Step 7:  Add in your rice.

Step 8:  Add in water - If you make more than 2 cups of rice.  Add one cup of water per cup of rice you make.  Stir well to mix rice and seasonings.

Step 9: push the button on rice cooker.  Leave alone until the switch pop ups to the warm setting.  Rice is then done.  Approximately 20 minutes.


Step 10:  Stir rice. Serve and enjoy.

Note:  Use plastic utensils when serving from your Rice cooker.  Rice cookers are easy to clean and can make any type of rice.




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Ask Raqui

Ask your Questions and We will answer!

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NOTE: The Opinion of Raqui  is just that. I do not claim to be professional or to solve your problems.  I can however give you a real answer that may help you out.

Ask Raqui

Q:  Raqui it seems like your always telling someone not to lose weight. Or that losing weight isn't the answer to their problems.   Seems like your the one who had a problem with weight.  Why do you bash dieters?

Dana - AK

Raqui: Hi Dana,  I don't bash dieters.  I challenge those who believe there weight is what makes them who they are.  We are people... not fat.  Some people are fat and some people are not.  The Fat is not what makes you happy or sad,  it is not what makes you the person you are.  It is the actions and life you live that make you the person you are. 

     I never tell people not to lose weight.  I tell them to believe in themselves and who they are first.  Believing in yourself and living a happy life regardless of your size will give you the confidence to accomplish anything.  If what you want to accomplish is losing weight that is fine.  But don't think that losing weight will give you a life.  Believing that your size is what makes or breaks your happiness is saying that your outside is the only part that counts and you cant be a good happy person unless your skinny.

     I just challenge people to look inside before they blame the outside for the way there life is going.

Q:   Raqui I have a problem being intimate with men.  They want to see all of me and I want to show only my head.  I am a big bbw woman and I wonder if other women feel like this.

Raqui: Shameful, your not the only woman who feels like this.  Only you can gain the confidence to show your body.  You have to learn to love your big beautiful body so that others can love it too.   Men who love big women,  love them because of the body and hopefully the personality too.  So you have nothing to be afraid of.  

     Don't feel alone,  every women goes through times when there confidence needs to be built.  You just need to work on yours.  Find the good things about your body.  The good BIG THINGS.  Feel it, love it, and try to understand why those men want to love you up. 

Q:  I have been an in the closet BBW lover for years.  I married a slim woman and after two kids she is nice and plump and it drives me wild.  She has started losing the weight because she wants to be attractive to me again.  DAMN SHE HAS NO IDEA!!!!  I am loving her body way more than when she was slim.   What do I do?  I want to keep my chubby wife!

Chubby after Children

Raqui:  Best thing you can do is tell her how you feel.  What makes this difficult is that you married a slim woman, who was happy with her slim body and slim life.  If she is not happy being big why should she stay that way for you.  Maybe she wants to be slim again for herself.

     If you would have been true to yourself in the first place, you would have found a beautiful big wife to live your life with.   If you love your formerly slim wife then her size shouldn't matter.  If you tried to fatten her up hoping after children she would be what you want her to be then you fooled yourself.  Your going to have to love and support your wife no matter what decision she makes.  Heavy or Slim.


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Fashion Furious

Large In Charge

Fashion Furious

BBW/BHM Fashion of the Month

     We all hate how the Fashion Industry is just scratching the surface when it comes to Large Sized Fashion.  But I have found out that many clothing stores and online companies are beginning to take up the slack.  Creative BBW, SSBBW and BHM's are making there own clothing or mix matching and finding basic everyday wear and night club wear. 

     Making it affordable is what can be hard so showcase your wonderful finds here.  If your a regular shopper, sew your own clothing or a designer showcase your clothing here by submitting a picture for Fashion Furious of the month.


Fashion Furious of the Month

How to send in your Fashion Find. Send a Clear Picture as an attachment

and use the Format Below to describe your Fashion Furious picture.

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Fashion Find by: Miss Katrina 

Fashion Type: Night out with the girls: Evening

Fashion Breakdown:

  • Shimmery Gold short sweater: $13.00 from DOTS

  • Black and Gold spaghetti strap dress tank with Sheer back:$17.00 from DOTS

  • Black Baby Phat skirt: $85.00 from Man Alive

  • Gold Baby Phat Earrings: $29.99 from Man Alive

  • Black, Suede, Knee high boots with 3 inch heel by Candies: 69.99 from Kaufmann's


Total cost for this outfit: $219.98









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Product of the Month

Large In Charge

Product of the Month!

What is good for Big Sized Bodies


    A very important and necessary part of LargeInCharge.  Find out what is helpful for big bodies.  Keep your self straight with some of our tips and tricks. Find out what other Big Sized people use to keep themselves smelling, feeling, looking, and living a proper life.  What kind of products are allowed. Anything that deal with the body. From cleaning aids to soap, lotions, powder, healing aids etc.  anything that can help a big body!

NOTE: The Opinion of those who submit items are not professional.  They are everyday people who found something that worked for them.  We are not held responsible for there opinion - The Large in Charge Staff

Send your favorite Item to be Product of the Month - Follow format below, include a picture of product (most can be found online) and Send to

Simply Cozy Microwaveable Heating Pads for the Body and Neck
About the Product
Recommender:  Raqui
Name of Product:  Microwaveable Heating Pad

Type of Product: Heating Pad for aches and pain

Cost of Product: 15.00 US dollars

Where Product can be found: 

Why I like this Product:  
I received two of these products one for the neck and one for the body. 
They are great when you have pain in different areas of your body.
They heat up quickly in the microwave and stay warm for a long time.
They conform to the different curves of your body and are comfortable.
You don't have to worry about leaving something plugged in or getting burned.
You can buy them in different sizes. Many companies make them.  Some come
in pretty colors and styles.  Some are even scented to make you relax.
Great gift for anyone.



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