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Large In Charge Magazine - Five Years on the Net!

 Issue #59 - February 2009

Welcome to LargeInCharge Magazine

In this Issue of L.I.C.


Raqui's Spot -  with our Founder Raqui


From the Plus Side ~ Emily Smiltneck

Good 4 U Food  ~ Xander


Big Girls on the Red Carpet  ~ Cher Rue


Hot & Heavy Entertainment ~ Stephanie Baham


DID YOU KNOW?  ~ Iolande Argent

National & International Plus Sized News


CONFESSIONS - Let It Go and Confess!

Fashion Furious - Fashion Finds with Plus Size style.

Product of the Month - Products for People of Size

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


LargeInChargeDating - Dating for the Large People who are going to be in Charge of their Love Lives!


LargeInCharge Friends - The Place for Big People to make Friends and maybe MUCH MORE!

Feature of the Month

Amish Crafted USA

Specialty Furniture for the Plus Sized



Amish Crafted USA

Written By: Raqui

I had known of Amish Crafted for some time but didn't have the chance to touch and sit in the Furniture itself until Vegas Bash 2008.

I was quite impressed and comfortable and would have gladly continued to sit there for hours.  After doing a short video interview (SEE VIDEO BELOW) with Dennis, watched his demonstrations with the furniture I was sold.

I had not sat in such comfortable furniture and I know for a fact I will be buying at least one piece from them in the future.

Meeting with Dennis at another time I was able to try a glider (SEE VIDEO BELOW) you cannot image what it felt like to be gliding back and forth and not worry about the chair breaking.

So much so that Dennis is giving LargeInCharge that same Glider to raffle off for the next 4 months.  So enter NOW to win the Glider.



Pictures and Video



High Back Slat Chair  /  Outdoor Chase  / Bow Arm Slat Glider & Ottoman Glider 



Anarondeck Glider & Table  /  Stick Mission Bed



Amish Crafted Furniture - VEGAS BASH



Interview with Dennis of Amish Crafted USA What is your name, your company, and title?


I am Dennis Wilson Co-Owner of "Size Friendly" by Amish Crafted Furniture Ltd. What type of product/products do you make for the Plus Sized Community?


We make custom Indoor and Outdoor Furniture with the Plus Sized Community in mind.  Everything from Chairs and Recliners to Gliders and Beds, Because every piece is made to order from Amish Craftsmen we can make allowances in dimensions and structure to fit the customer’s needs and desires at no extra cost. Does your company have a slogan?


We think “Size Friendly” pretty much says it all. We believe people of size deserve fine home furnishings that can enhance their comfort and reflect their style. Where is your company based?


We are based in Lagrange, Indiana, the Heart of Indiana Amish Country. Who works with you in making your product the best out there?


We believe the quality of workmanship and attention to detail the Amish provide make our products the very best in construction. We welcome the opinions of our customers and have taken many suggestions from people in the Plus Sized Community in our attempt to constantly improve what we offer. Tell us about the creation of your products?


The communities of Amish we work with are always interested in helping us create designs and styles. They are happy to adjust their products to make them "Size Friendly". They are always willing to try to create the special piece. Our Supersize Outdoor Glider is just one example. How did you get into the furniture business?


My Partner Joe Billman contacted me about 5 years ago with a request from Amish builders in his area to expand their reach into other than local markets. We sell all over the country and have a fairly good following in the commercial and household markets selling to other companies that resale to the public. What did you do before you started making these products?


I personally spent over 20 years in Automobile Sales, Yeah I’m an old used car salesman.  I also have a lot of wholesale to wholesale and retail experience in my own business holdings over the years. I acquired a vast amount of marketing skills which helped us to expand the market for the Amish. What inspired you to create furniture for people of size?


A friend of size was looking at our Hi-Back Cubic Slat Chair and said we should show it to the people of NAAFA at their convention in Chicago in 2007. The overwhelming response and excitement of people being comfortable and talking about how there wasn’t anything available at a reasonable price sold us on going back to the Amish and beginning to work on specialty products for people of size. Are you a person of size? And if so have you been Big all your life?


I still consider myself a person of size although some have said I am not. I am 5’10 and have weighed as much as 325 lbs. Due to many health concerns a few years ago I have dropped about 100 lbs. I definably relate to the small airplane seats and the problems of people of size, and how they are seen by others. Have you ever attended any of the BBW/BHM Events?


I attended the NAAFA Conference and the Vegas Bash for the last two years. The first year as just a vendor, this past year I attended as a participant who happens to be a vendor. The people are wonderful. I am usually seen at the Linda’s Big Connection Events in Chicago as a vendor and participant. What has been the reaction you have gotten from People of Size at the events?


Everyone has treated me great. The high level of acceptance for all sizes is truly different from the other shows and events I attend. I appreciate the connections and many friends I have made in the community. I believe they are all very special people with big hearts and acceptance of others. How long has your site been active? And do you get a lot of positive feedback?


Our Size Friendly Site has been up since September of 2007. It actually at times out performs our regular web site in hits and page views. Amish Crafted now has a myspace page and ask for comments on all the products we show in our pics section. Who came up with the name of your company?


“Size Friendly” by Amish Crafted Furniture was thought through by many people we knew. It wasn’t just one person's idea. We wanted to convey our interest in providing our products without making it sound it was only for a specific size or body type. "Size Friendly" means all people of any size. Tell us more about your creation of your company and products?


At every event we attend, comments are made to us by likely customers of something they would really like to see. We take all those ideas and comments and go back to the builders. We ask “Is this possible?”, and "How can we do it?" We are just starting to promote a Reclining Chaise Lounge to our outdoor line that was created because of the number of people who asked about us making one. Another example was the creation of our reinforced beds with solid oak side rails and mortised slats with legs, give you the support you need even when you are moving around a lot. Does your company personally manufacture the furniture?


We represent the manufactures, my business partner and I do not make it ourselves. We work with the families’ right inside their workshops and garages on the farms. We have over 35 families which supply our wide variety of products. This allows us to be creative in the design and have a close working relationship with a group of people who do not deal directly with the general public. Does your company make plus size furniture only or do you also make standard sizes?


Our company was originally started to introduce the Amish Products to the Restaurant, Bar and Hospitality Industry. We expanded into our “Size Friendly” line after our experiences in 2007 and we will be here a long time. What makes your products for plus sized people better than the rest?


Our Amish Quality and Reasonable Pricing. Many of the other custom manufactures charge $1,200.00 to $1,500.00 for their custom made indoor chair. Ours runs in the $800.00’s with your choice of hardwood construction, material and a size that we guarantee to fit and last forever. What were the things that concerned you when you think of making a quality product for people of size?


First and foremost: Durability. We know that because  of the way people of size get into and out of chairs, the chairs have to be able to carry the weight and the distribute it evenly.


Second: Comfort and Fit. It doesn’t help you if it’s just a bigger version if it is too hard or too soft. We have taken peoples measurements to be sure their hips fit between the arm rests or if their legs are shorter and have to adjust the height of the chair for easier access. We are constantly learning. We know one size doesn’t fit all.  We want to get as much information from the customer before we just build them a piece of furniture. Third: Style. We want our customers to be proud of what we place in their homes. Our styles are very traditional and not trendy. The furniture will be a welcome addition for years and will always be in style.
 Do you deliver?


We deliver all over the USA. We are continually looking for the best way to deliver at the lowest cost. We can provide curbside deliver for less than in home. We usually quote both. Sometimes I personally make a delivery if I am traveling to a show or event in that area, saving some of the shipping costs for the customer. What are your price ranges?


The flexibility of our pricing is based on volume, woods, stains, and sizes. We prefer to quote your pricing directly based on a solid understanding of your wants and needs.  As an approximate guide, all our Outdoor pieces fall under the $400.00 mark. Our Upholstered Pieces run from $700.00 for a chair to $1500.00 for a sofa.  Our prices are very comparable to a mid to high end furniture store, but our products are custom built. You don’t have to take what they offer and live with it. Does your furniture come with a guarantee or warranty?


We warranty our products for 10 years for workmanship and construction. We currently have pieces in bars and restaurants that have been used constantly for the last five years and still look brand new. Do you have a Financing program for your customers?


Currently we do not have an official financing program. We would be willing to provide a Lay-a-way type program but the construction of your chair wouldn’t begin until 50% of the price had been paid.  Our current purchase agreement requires 50% down in cash or credit card with the balance due when shipped. This is the same for commercial customers as well. They don’t get a better deal than you. What is your best seller? And how much does it cost?


Our Best selling Outdoor Piece by far is the “Adirondack Glider” $357.00

We are hoping our “Super Size Adirondack Glider” will be as popular soon. $397.00

Our Best selling Size Friendly Indoor Piece is the “Hi-Back Cubic Slat Chair” $768.00

Our Second Best selling Size Friendly Indoor Piece is the “Bow Arm Slat Glider” $792.00

Our Best Selling Size Friendly Bed is “070 Stick Mission King Size Bed” $666.00

(48 High” Headboard x 36 High” Foot Board)


The prices quoted here are special for Large In Charge. Please place "LIC" it in the Subject line if you Email us. These prices are subject to change in the future, but should be pretty close. All wood products priced in Oak. Is your furniture sold in retail stores?


At present our "Size Friendly" Products are not available through any other source than us directly. Can you customize the height, width of a chair?


Yes, there are certain restrictions on specific styles due to the stability of the product after completion. We can usually fit most people’s needs. Is it easy for plus sized people to get out of your furniture?


It is usually the first comment made by the customer when sitting in them is how easy it is to get in and out of them. How big and sturdy is your furniture?


Our wood furniture is made with 100% Oak, Cherry, Hickory and Hard Maple. We do not use plywood, veneer, or particle board. This is one of the main reasons for its durability and longevity. If someone has a problem with a piece they have bought what is your policy and how do you help the customer?


Due to the nature of our company you are talking to the complaint department. We do everything in our power to make it right for the customer. Our toll free 877-866-5283 number gets you a live response from me personally within 24 hours of your contact. We believe in “Customer Satisfaction” and will do whatever it takes to keep our customers happy. We are still a small enough company that myself or Joe are able to make decisions quickly and take decisive action without a lot of message taking and delays. If something breaks what is your policy?


We repair or replace it. It is our experience that the most dangerous handling our products get is during the delivery process. That is why we are currently using a new private service, rather than UPS or FedEx. What are your products made out of?


I spoke to our Wooden Products Earlier. Our Outdoor products are made from an extruded Plastic lumber which is recycled from plastic Milk Jugs. This comes to the Amish just like regular lumber and is shaped and formed in the Outdoor pieces. Our Outdoor family used to make Cedar Furniture and now exclusively works in the Recycled Plastic Lumber. Many of the patterns go back over 75 years in this family.  All the hardware on these products is stainless steel and will not rust. The plastic itself doesn’t fade, need any special care, and lasts virtually forever. What type of materials do you use on your products?


All our wood materials are the finest quality of American Re-Growth Trees and milled to perfection. Our surfaces are stained with top of the line varnishes and special stains sealed for the custom finishes you expect from the finest of furniture. Do you have a print catalog or website?


We have a website that shows our most requested products, all of those products and many specialty products are posted on our myspace site and announcements of our newest products are always there first. How can the readers of LargeInCharge help to support your company?


Help us by giving us a shot at your business, comment on our products, Email us questions. Keep us in mind when talking to friends and family. Word of mouth is the greatest advertising you can get.  

Our Thanks to Raqui and

Don’t forget to register for the FREE Super Size Glider

All my best to you





Contact Information:

Dennis Wilson
Size Friendly Furniture by Amish Crafted Furniture Ltd.
PO Box 11, LaGrange, IN 46761
Toll Free Phone: 877-866-5283

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Cover Model of the Year 2009


Chiquita McKenzie



First I would like to thank Raqui and the Large in Charge staff for me giving this opportunity to display my inner beauty. I am overjoyed to have won the model of the year. It really encourages me to continue on toward the future of being a plus size model.

In the coming year I plan to run for another pageant. I will be participating in multiple fashion shows and researching market areas for plus size models. I always strive to project a strong African American, confident, full-figured woman. My message to other plus size women is to always accept and love who you are. Always dare to dream, trust in God, and believe in yourself because nothing is impossible.


Cover Model Sponsors

What will our Cover Model of the Year Win?



2009 Cover Model Search


Want to be a LargeInCharge Cover Model?

     It has been almost five years 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.  Online Magazine's are the big now doing better than physical paper magazines.  Any successful magazine must have an online presence.  LargeInCharge has been leading the way.


     Now with our fourth annual Cover Model Search taking place we are beaming with pride.  LargeInCharge keeps our entrance to be a cover model free by using photographs that the person submits for our covers. We don’t ask for an entry or submission fee from our models.  All we ask for is clear good photographs that would be considered portfolio type of pictures. At the end of the year we have a voting for the public and name one of them Cover Model of the Year he or she wins prizes and possibly money from our sponsors depending on what our sponsors give that year.


     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.





Application Process

NOTICE - Follow the Directions carefully, if you have a question you can email me and ask before you send in your entry.  Any Entries that are not sent in properly will be thrown out. Last year time was wasted because people did not ready the instructions. Take the time to send in your entry properly.

Send In the following - You must send at least 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

NOTE: the more pictures you send it the better for us.

Type of pictures

  • Digital or scanned pictures only
  • The Picture must represent you in your Current State
  • Pictures must be of one person, no group shots.
  • Pictures of Big Males and Females only.
  • Pictures must be clear with no watermarks. (EXCEPTION: photographers watermark)
  • Pictures cannot be smaller than 300 DPI, 800 x 600 pixels
  • 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.
  • If your pictures are professionally done be sure to have permission from the photographer.



  Cell Phone Camera small and Discolored

      Picture has distracting background                 

Webcam picture Fuzzy small & discolored


 Multiple people with people in the background

Poor lighting with dark background




Pictures are well lit, clear and centered, background is clear and natural, proper size.


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

  • Professional - done by photographer
  • 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.





DOWNLOAD the following text file read and complete and send along with your pictures.




What will I receive if I am picked

  • 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.



Thanks for reading about our

Cover Model of the Month

Raqui's Spot

     Raqui the Owner and Founder of LargeInCharge Magazine.  This spot is dedicated to her thoughts, vents, and observations of Plus Sized Life.  Raqui's  "Tell it like it is" style of writing has brought thousands to her blogs and millions to  There is so much behind the woman who has brought this magazine into existence.  Being Internationally known as a wrestler/squasher lead the way to modeling for companies and being featured in magazines and documentaries from all over the world.  She has made a career out of her size and personality. Born, Raised and Residing in the Bronx NYC. This city girl is taking the world by storm.


     For the past 5 years Raqui officially moved into Size Acceptance and Empowerment.  With the creation of LargeInCharge she took what she said to individuals to a higher level and made it public to the internet world. She is a woman who doesn't let things get to her.  Knock her down for the moment but she will rise up stronger and better.  Being a speaker on behalf of many subjects and counseling Plus Sized people online her grace and style has made people love her.  Raqui continues to set an example of a powerful woman who will bend the world to fit her, her way.


     Raqui's appearances include, Uk Television, German TV, Japan, Europe, Sweden and the Spanish circuit.  Her many magazines appearances have been world wide.  She has hit American Television in 2006 with Good Morning American and since has appeared on The Cristina Show,  The Maury Show and The Tyra Banks Show.

To view her Online portfolio visit

Raqui feature on and Glamour Plus - go to Portfolio Section

My Name and Works Shall Shine in 2009

Written By: Raqui 


  • I am going to love myself first, love my work, stay dedicated to the right things.

  • Never let myself down, try my best, take credit often.

  • Cry if I need to and think of myself and my feelings as well as others.  (I feel I have scarified to much at times)

  • I'm going to let people go, If they want me they will find me, If they love me they wont hurt me.

  • Cherish the people who are true friends, turn away from those who fake it.


  • SHINE - brighter than the stars and strive to reach them.

  • LOVE - only those who love me.

     Some of these are sad some are powerful but all of them are points that I want to live by.  I believe this year I will Shine, I think people will realize the hard work that is put in and the love of my community.  I believe that people will know that I do this because of my love for my people.  That is what I want, to love my community with an open heart and to be loved back.  We all need someone to love us.  2009 will be my year to feel it.




     Yes the Title of this months article is my Motto for the year of 2009.  I choose to include some of last Month's article because it all leads up to this month's article.  Me feeling that this year will be the year in which people will see and understand what LargeInCharge is really about and who I am.  Not just the Squasher many know me as but the Woman who believes in Size Acceptance and Empowerment.  I am very proud to say I was Interviewed by an wonderful woman and was featured on two sites in January.  A good way to start off the New Year.  This give some in-depth information into who I am and what I believe in. 

     Jennifer Barreto-Leyva featured me in both her columns.  One on in Spanish and the other in Glamour Plus in English you can read them by going to and going to my portfolio Section.  Thank you Jen you have helped me start off the New Year with a Bang!



LargeInCharge Radio - Weekly Radio show discussing Plus Sized Issues.  Friday's 7-9 pm EST - Call in & Chat in our Chat Room.

Raqui's Cool Links  

Raqui's My Space Page

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Thank you for Reading Raqui's Spot

Please send thoughts and comments to

Super Sized Sounds



     Super Sized Sounds will be a Music Column that will feature those who are in the industry or up and coming who are size positive. Giving recognition to the plus sized people who are out there and showcasing themselves.  Reviews, Interview, News and more from our new writer Super Sized Spanishfly Lynx.


      Lynx Garcia, also known as "SUPERSIZE SPANISHFLY", is a Latina BBW from Queens NYC.  Lynx is an activist speaking out against size discrimination and began performing back in 1996 at social events for big beautiful women and big handsome males and their admirers. Her special mixture of sound held true as she sang, spat, danced and performed spoken word, soon she was in demand by Big and Beautiful parties nationwide.  Lynx taking her "look" and sound mainstream was rejected because of her size. She did not let this break her spirit, hurt her confidence or minimize her drive. Instead she rose up and started a public access show (LYNX' LAIR) aired in Queens on TIME WARNER QPTV . Combination of comedy and sexy style, she showcased underground artists of all walks of life. The response to her show was less than a year she has showcased many artist, some who moved to bigger and better things.


     Currently Lynx has caught the attention of Joey Mekkah of BLACK SOLARIS ENTERTAINMENT and found herself on the Grandmaster MELLE MEL's SOLO ALBUM "MUSCLES" featured on the hot latin hip-hop track called 'DIMELO", she is the only collaboration on the album. Lynx recently has started her own radio show on EXTRAVAGANGSTARADIO.COM  called Ladies Night. EXTRAVAGANGSTARADIO is #1 on the itunes network.





click here And here is the Mocha and Praline Sundae (Raq Place photo here) T.I. Ft Rihanna “Live your Life”

My people, mi gente…I’ve been gone for a minute but here I am and I got some serious heat for this hot month of February. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and this awesome playlist .

TERMANOLOGY-“Tight Pants Are For Girls”



RYAN LESLIE- “Just Right”



MAINO ft T-Pain – “All The Above”



TWISTER- “Wetter”


JAMIE FOXX ft/ Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne & T-Pain- "Blame It"


MASHONDA ft Eve- “Dirty Laundry”


JASMINE SULLIVAN-“Bust Your Windows” and “Lions and Tigers and Bears”

Want to send in your Voice in for review? Are you a singer, rapper, or poet who performs spoken word?  Up and Coming, already established?  Contact Lynx through her Myspace page or email and all information will be forwarded to her (PUT "FOR LYNX" IN THE SUBJECT AREA) 

You must be a Size Positive Artist, or a Plus Sized Supporter.

Thanks for reading

Super Sized Sounds with Lynx


Lynx Cool Links

From the Plus Side


Emily Smiltneck

     From the Plus side will be column dedicated to short stories that deal with all aspects of Plus size Life.  Emily Smiltneck was chosen for this position because of her dedication, and realistic writing style. She captures the emotional and mental rollercoaster those who are Plus Sized go through.


     Emily Susanne Smiltneck lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (pretty much dead center in the middle of nowhere). She is a substitute teacher, and has recently started a tutoring business. Emily is currently working on several writing projects, including a historical fiction novel and several collections of poetry.

Emily Smiltneck receives recognition in Neighbors Daily Press - See article below


     It is a great joy when our fellow Plus Sized people receive recognition for their life's work.  Join me in this Joyous moment when one of our LargeInCharge writers is seen for her contribution and great dedication to her goals in life.  Click the images above to read the article about our dear Emily. When the page open click on the article to zoom in and read it.


The Adventures of Phatgurl

by Emily Suzanne Smiltneck  

The Adventures Of Phatgurl is a serial collection of stories about the adventures of Jany, a plus-sized young woman who, in desperation, places an ad on a personals website.  As she embarks on her dates, she meets many different kinds of men who expect many different things from her.  Some of her adventures are wildly amusing and others are more serious and even sad. 

If you have any ideas or experiences, funny or otherwise, that you would like to see depicted in a future Phatgurl story, please e-mail me at  I will do my very best to incorporate all reader ideas into future columns.  Thanks!


The Ad

SW SSBBW seeks SM willing to ask her out.  Need not buy gifts, remember dates, put toilet seat down.  Video game fanatics and men who require guys’ nights out okay.  Willing to watch action movies and avoid “the talk.”  Reply to:


Candidate 5: Not All There 



Subject: i want to gf

name is james and want gf real bad and may b u can b it.  wat ur name.




Subject: Re: i want to gf

I’m Jany.  How are you doing?  Tell me more about yourself.




Subject: Re: Re: i want to gf

i play baskitbal an work at a stor doing bageing grosheries.  i like girls and i wana go on dates with somone.




Subject: About Me

I work in an art gallery and would love to be an artist someday.  I also like music, movies, and books.  I don’t mind watching sports, either, but I don’t do it very often.  I sent you a picture along with this e-mail because I think it’s important that you know what I look like.  Looks don’t matter much to me, but I know that they are important to most people, and since I think it’s only fair to be honest, most people don’t like the way I look.  So I hope you don’t decide not to talk to me anymore.




Subject: Re: About Me

i dont care wat u loock like, im ugly to.  wana go on a date.  cum to my hous on valntin day


            And so Jany found herself, on Valentine’s Day, no less, getting ready for yet another date.  With yet another unintelligent guy who disguised rude comments as compliments.  Exactly what she needed.  But, all the stupid magazines she read said not to limit yourself, date-wise, because you never know what might happen and who might be your type.  And as long as he didn’t rape her, throw her down the stairs, or want her to be his mother, she figured he couldn’t be that bad. 

            His apartment was only a few miles away from hers.  Fifteen minutes on the bus and she was standing outside of what almost looked like a nursing home.  She studied the back of her hand, where she had scribbled the address.  This was the place, all right.  Slowly, she walked up to the door.  It opened easily, but the set of doors beyond it was securely locked.  She looked around the entryway for a minute before she noticed a set of buzzers above the thirty or so mailboxes that were built into the wall.  There were faded, pink construction paper hearts taped to the wall.  A tattered piece of paper instructed visitors to ring the bell belonging to the person they wished to visit.

            She went outside and sat on the bench by the door to calm herself before she went back in and hesitantly rang the buzzer by the mailbox for apartment 23.  Almost immediately, a voice crackled through the speaker. 

            “Hello?”  The voice sounded garbled, as if its owner had a mouth half full of oatmeal, but Jany blamed the speaker.  It looked like it had been there for maybe a thousand years or so. 

            “Hi.  This is Jany?”  There were a few seconds of silence.

            “Hello?  You there?”  The garbled voice again.  Then, “If you want me to hear, you gotta push the red button.”

            Jany flushed just as quickly as she always did, even though the only other person to witness her stupidity barely had a functional knowledge of the English language, judging by his e-mails.  She reached up and held the red button in.

            “Sorry.  I wasn’t sure how it worked.  This is—this is Jany.”

            “Oh.  Well, come on in!”

            Jany heard a beep and the door clicked and then swung open.  She stepped inside and looked around for a clue as to where to go next.  Suddenly, she heard a voice calling her name.  She turned toward it to see a gangly, brown-haired man lurching down the hallway toward her.  He was wearing black sweatpants and a torn t-short, and he had a baseball hat pushed down over his head, the brim hanging over the back of his neck.  Classy.  Great way to impress a girl.  She smiled and stepped toward him anyway, holding out her hand.

            “I’m Jany.”

            “I’m Jamesh,” he replied. 

            Jamesh?  Okay, so the ancient speaker wasn’t at fault for the garbled voice.  It really was the way he sounded.  Still, that didn’t mean anything.  If there was one thing Jany tried to avoid, it was judging people.

            “Good to meet you.”

            “Wanna go back to my aparment?  I thought we’d jusht wash a movie.”

            “Oh.  Okay, sure.  That’s fine.”

            She followed him down the hall to an apartment with a football poster taped on the front door.  The frat boy apartment door, the lurching walk, the garbled voice, the nursing home-looking thing he lived in—Jany was starting to get a much clearer idea of who James was.  And while he seemed, so far, like a nice guy, she was pretty sure he wasn’t the kind of guy she was looking for, any more than Bob or Paul or Tim had been.  She wished with all her might that she was the kind of woman who could meet a man and then just wish him good luck and walk away if he didn’t seem right for her.  She wasn’t, though.  She had to grasp at any tiny straw in her quest for a real relationship. 

            A pang of guilt stabbed her as she followed him into his apartment.  She was practically dismissing him already, when he had done nothing, so far, to justify her thoughts.  Well, other than calling her ugly, anyway, but he had called himself ugly, too.  He might be the perfect man for her.  She owed it to him to at least give him a chance.

            She looked around the room.  On the far side, there was a poster of a cheerleader.  Thin, blonde, the usual.  Wearing a tiny cheerleader skirt and an even tinier bikini top, which barely covered a chest that probably weighed as much as the rest of her body put together.  The only pieces of furniture were an old couch, a beat up coffee table, and a mammoth entertainment center that housed a television, two VCRs, a DVD player, a stereo with six or eight speakers, and about four different video game systems.  Game cartridges and DVDs covered the rest of the entertainment center and littered the floor.  Three empty or half empty Coke cans sat on the coffee table and there were rings all over it to suggest that many more had graced its surface.  It was not the apartment of a mature, sophisticated man.

            “Shit down,” James told her, grinning.

            Jany complied, but it took all her willpower not to remove her sweater and place it on the couch before she did.  Nothing in the place looked overly clean.

            “What movie ya wanna wash?”

            “I don’t care.  What do you have?”

            He pulled a handful of movies from the floor under the coffee table and handed them to her.  All dumb comedies.  The kind she loved.  They were all pretty much interchangeable with one another, though, so she grabbed one from the stack and handed it back to him.  She decided to try and make conversation while he got up to put the movie in the DVD player.

            “I like your poster,” she said.  Liar! she silently screamed at herself.  There wasn’t much else to say, though.

            “Thanksh.  Me too.  She’sh pretty hot, hey?”

            “Uh, yeah.  Yeah, she’s a real hottie.”  Jany fought back the urge to roll her eyes.  It felt almost like she was having a conversation with a child.  She was beginning to see that he wasn’t just a little odd.  There really was something wrong with him.  Well, not wrong with him, that was mean, but he was obviously impaired in some way.  She couldn’t tell, yet, if it was a mental impairment, something that affected just his speech, or something altogether different.  All she knew for sure was that he was not your typical twenty-four-year-old man.  He was more like a twelve-year-old boy in a twenty-something body.

            James slid the movie into the DVD player and returned to the couch.  He hit play and then immediately started talking over the TV’s volume,

            “What kinda moviesh you like to wash?”

            “I like to wash—eh, watch—just about anything, really, but mostly funny stuff like this, or horror movies.”

            “I like funny moviesh, too, but I never wash shcary moviesh.  I washt one onsh at my dad’sh camp with my coushin and hish girfriend when I wazh a little kid an’ I got sho shcared I shtuck my head in her titsh.  Then I tole her she had a nishe rack and everyone thought it wazh sho funny.  I alwaysh shay what I think.  I like boobsh.”  He grinned again, as if he was proud of his bold statement.  Jany once again managed to refrain from visibly grimacing.

            “Cool.”  Cool?  That wasn’t a cool thing to say to your date, especially the first time you met each other, and even more especially on Valentine’s Day, when romance was supposed to be in the air.  She didn’t have a good feeling about this.  But it was a little late to do anything now.  And she did have the fantasy involving curling up on a couch with a guy to watch a movie and cuddle.  Maybe she could at least live out her fantasy.  She turned to her head to the television to signal that she intended to pay attention to the movie.

            She watched it without really seeing it, though.  She was acutely aware of the man sitting next to her on the couch, even though he wasn’t touching her.  Every time she thought she felt the couch shift, she glanced out of the corner of her eye at James to see if he was moving closer.  And when she discovered that he was only stretching or that she was imagining the whole thing altogether, she was simultaneously relieved and disappointed.

            The movie was almost over when she thought she felt the ghost of a touch on her thigh.  And this time, when she glanced down, she saw that James’ hand really was resting there.  Her heartbeat quickened.  In an instant, she decided that she was not going to sleep with this man, no matter how much he begged.  Not that he would, she was sure.  He didn’t seem like he was all that into her.  The chick in the poster on the wall was more his type.  But still.  This time, it wasn’t going to happen.  When he finally placed his hand fully on her thigh and pressed down into its softness, she boldly picked the hand up and moved it back to his own leg.

            Jany was afraid James was going to yell at her, or tell her to get up and leave.  Instead, he didn’t respond at all.  Didn’t even look at her.  She tried to return her attention to the movie.  Within minutes, the hand was back.  Once again, she picked it up and placed in the lap of its owner.  This time, she scooted over on the couch just a little.  Seconds later, he had followed her.  She felt his thigh pressed up against hers.  And then the hand again.  She moved it.  He replaced it.  They played this game until the movie ended.

            At which point James turned off the television.  And placed an arm over her shoulder.  He placed his face in front of hers and planted his lips on her mouth.  She sputtered.

            “Ish shumthing wrong?”

            “No, no.  It’s fine.  I just—you surprised me.  That’s all.”

            So he replaced his lips.  And since Jany hadn’t told him not to, she didn’t feel like she had any right to stop him.  She kissed him back.  Seconds later, his hand was loosely wrapped around her wrist and he was weakly guiding her hand toward his lap as they kissed. 

            She frantically pulled her hand away and placed it safely in her pocket.  Although she half expected him to grab her arm and try again, he didn’t.  His lips remained pressed against hers, but she wouldn’t have said he was really kissing her.  They were just sort of sitting there.  He was doing something with his hand, but Jany couldn’t tell what.  She wished he would just put his arm around her.  That way, she could pretend he really enjoyed kissing her.  She could also be sure he wasn’t masturbating.  Her experience with Tim had been enough to make her wary of that.

            For someone who spent so much time wishing she had someone to kiss, cuddle, even just touch, Jany grew bored very quickly with the whole his-unmoving-lips-pressed-against-hers thing.  Feigning the need to stretch, she sat up straight and leaned back against the couch.  And almost screamed.  James’ pants were unzipped and he was—well, exposed.  Exposed in a creepy, sex offender kind of way, because there didn’t appear to be any particular reason for it, and he was acting as if nothing was out of the ordinary.  In fact, while Jany sat there quite unable to move or say anything, James got up and took the DVD out of the player.  He replaced it with another and walked back to the couch, the most male part of his anatomy just sort of bobbing in front of him as he did.  Jany clawed at the couch and avoided looking at him as she tried to think of a way out of the situation.  It was even worse than her experience with Bob.  If she actually let anything happen between James and herself, she’d feel like a pedophile.  He obviously didn’t function the way a grown man does.  Not any grown man Jany’d ever met, anyway.

            James sat down next to Jany once more, twisting his body to face her.  She pushed herself as far from him as she could, but she was already against the arm of the couch. 

            “Wanna tuhsh it?” he asked her, grinning.

            “Um.  Uh.  No, that’s okay.  I—uh, I should be going.  I have—I have this thing—this—somewhere I have to be.”  It was the most unconvincing lie she’d ever told.  Even James didn’t believe it.

            “It’sh okay, baby.  You can tuhsh it.  I wanna get off.”

            Jany laughed a stilted laugh that definitely sounded fake.

            “I—it’s a bad time—a bad time of the month.  I really can’t.”

            “Why’sh it bad?”

            “I, um, it’s girl stuff.”

            “Ohhh, I get it.  You on your peryud. You can shtill do shum shtuff, though.  Like tuhsh it.”

            “No, I really can’t.  I’m sorry.  I’m—I just don’t—feel sexy, you know?”  Jany grasped for an explanation.  She couldn’t make herself just tell him she wasn’t attracted to him, but she couldn’t let things go any farther, either.  She knew she’d lose all respect for herself if she did. 

            She’d heard of people hitting rock bottom, but she’d never really had a good working definition of rock bottom.  Now she did.  Dirty couch?  Check.  Dirty apartment?  Check.  Movie full of vulgar, juvenile humor playing in the background on the most romantic day of the year?  Check. Half naked cheerleader poster on the wall watching a mentally impaired man expose himself to you?  Double check.  Definitely rock bottom.  Somehow Jany gathered the strength to stand up.

            “I’m sorry, but I really need to go.  Thank you for having me over.”  She picked up her purse and walked toward the door.

            “Bye, then.  But jusht sho you know, I don’t really like you, cuzsh I don’t like fat girlsh.  But no one elshe will ever like you, so I know you can’t get shumone better’n me and I ashked you out anywaysh.  Sho there.”

            Jany was proud of herself for walking away.  She really was.  And yet, as she walked slowly back to the bus stop, where a man was sitting on the bench with his arm around a woman as they kissed, there were tears in her eyes.  It didn’t matter that she was the one who had walked away from a possible relationship with James, or that she had walked around for a very good reason.  She still felt as though she had somehow failed.


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Fabulous Febs

by Xander The Food Dude


     February stirs up a lot of memories for me.  It’s literally one of the busiest months for holidays and special events.  I especially like the fact many of the activities helps to remind us of the contributions, many done at great personal sacrifice to change injustice.  It’s people who step forth and denounce the activities that harm others who in the process become the target of those activities.  It’s the bravery and courage that in many cases moves others to action, creates an uprising to prompt change, in short, to make things better for all of us.  February is one of those months that every time you turn around there are opportunities to learn more about who we all are as a society.  From days and activities to celebrate the Dreams of Dr. King to the Love of Valentines, it is a month that is abundant with activities and learning potential.

     I wanted to invite all of you to take opportunities to engage in activities this month that educate and entertain.  Perhaps most significantly, February is Black History Month.  The entire month is dedicated to acknowledge the sacrifices, challenges, and ultimate successes of the African American Culture in American History.  It is a reminder that a culture’s endurance, sacrifices, and faith in principles that have played a major role in the empowering of a nation.  It is a reminder that ideas have power and that Dreams of one person can literally change a world for the better.  It is that type of commitment and dedication that make us all stronger. 

     February is literally covered with day to day celebrations as well.  Some of these activities to be aware of are things like (in date order)  Groundhog Day,  Charles Dickens Day,  Thomas Edison’s Birthday, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday,  The date in 1932 when Pluto was discovered,  George Washington’s Birthday,  to the party of all party’s…. Mardi Gras, and of course Mom’s Birthday (had to throw a plug in there for her) Happy Birthday Mom!!

     I think the thing that overwhelms me so much about February that if you pay attention, you can see a lot of our collective heritage in this one great month.  Yes, people celebrate Thanksgiving more than Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday, but the impact on Woman’s Rights that she had also changed a nation and a world.  February highlights a lot of focus on the attainment of rights.  It’s a clear testament to the human condition and spirit that ultimately shows that if anyone or any group of people are dedicated to an idea of doing something great, it can be achieved.

     Like all the people who have changed history, there is a commitment to an idea, and then the most obvious question happens, “Ok how do I do that”?   I know for certain that somewhere along the way these conversations have taken place:

Let’s free our people.  Great idea!  How do we do that?

Let’s go to the moon.  Great idea!  How do we do that?

Let women have the right to vote.  Great idea!  How do we do that?

     The list goes on and on.  All great ideas eventually are confronted with the question of how that goal, idea, or dream can be achieved.  Sometimes that answer worked, sometime it didn’t.  As a community, a nation, a county, an organization, and family, we are all engaged in activities that without doubt or question will, in fact, change this world.   

    A couple of weeks ago I came across a history book, I had purchased long ago.  I liked it because it was published in 1901.  When I first got it, the information inside wasn’t the driving issue, merely the age of the book.  This book was published about 40 years after the civil war ended.  It was published before cars, television, and airplanes.  It was published before world wars were fought.  Perhaps the most interesting thing was the way the history book ended.  It encompassed what our responsibilities are to our children and to history.

     It finished by illustrating that we are merely protectors of our history.  No matter how long time goes on we are only the starters, whose job it is to proctor in the next generation that will carry on where we leave off.  It is incumbent on us to teach, to guide, and protect our children so they are aware of the awesome responsibility that falls to them to continue to strengthen a nation and thereby strengthen a world.  It is our job to change the world for the better and we do that most effectively by what we teach our children.  He closes by stating that the job will never be done, that there is no end point in our collective work.  Our children are our chance to change everything.  With a goal like that I believe that Susan B. Anthony said it best when she said “Failure is impossible”.


Xander's Recipe of the Month


Lover's Cheesecake






  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 7/8 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter



  1. To make cracker crust, stir together cracker crumbs and 1/3 c sugar. Blend in 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine. Press mixture onto bottom and halfway up side of 9 inch springform pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, cocoa, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs; blend well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into the prepared crust.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  4. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Stir until smooth. Spread evenly over baked filling. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven to wire rack. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool completely; remove side of pan. Refrigerate before serving. Cover; refrigerate leftovers -- If any.



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Big Girls on the Red Carpet


Cher was born in Los Angeles California in 1955. Being adopted by wonderful parents she grew up in the city of Encino, and was always surrounded by loving caring family and friends. Growing up with a thin mother, who was always trying to get Cher to lose weight, diets of all types, sending her to fat camp, bribing her, and
not ever having sweets in their home.

Growing up Cher never was lacking in friends and boyfriends who loved her personality and her kindness.
Guys in her life always were saying your so pretty but why don't you lose some weight. This she heard all of her life but her weight just would go up and down.

Cher has always loved seeing others happy and helping others to find their inner self and beauty.
Ten years ago, she found the plus size community and she knew this is where she would focus on helping others who were like her and had some of her experiences and pain that she went through.

Cher has been in the community working with others for size acceptance. She was seen on "Dr.Phil, "Good Morning America","Entertainment Tonight", "Russian, British, Japanese,and Viet Vietnamese Television". Also a documentary filmed at the Las Vegas Bash on the Travel channel, and Current TV, a online station, with numerous radio interviews talking about size acceptance.

She was a promoter for the number one BBW hip hop club in California, and seeing people come into the club and make new friends and feel good about themselves warmed her heart.

Her love for helping others to feel better about themselves and to help mainstream accept the plus size community is her focus and goal. She is Vice President of "Hollywood Cure For Pain" a celebrity movement to help those who suffer in chronic pain. She is now showing mainstream that "Big Girls can rock the Red Carpet"! Besides being a wife, mother and activist, playing with her Chocolate Lab Ruby is what she loves best!


Daniel Dicriscio's Birthday Bash

Article by: Cher Rue 


     Daniel DiCriscio has a new VH1 reality show coming out, he is also in the upcoming movie" Bruno the movie", and he has been seen many times on TMZ. Also known as past hairdresser to the stars such as Stevie Nicks, Cher, Anna Nicole and more. He now works with Pamela Anderson.

     Daniel DiCriscio had a birthday bash January 7th at a hip nightclub called "Obar" on Santa Monica blvd, in the heart of West Hollywood. Yes the place wear the freaks are all hanging out, it was a celebrity Freak show, with a poppin Red Carpet, lots of balloons, people dressed up in their freak outfits and make up, yes it was a lot of fun. The night was packed with fun people drinking and eating birthday cake that had half chocolate and half vanilla, no not on top of each other but side to side so you got your choice. This was new to me, I love cake and the choice was hard but the cake was the bomb.

     After the Red Carpet there was a show with Pepper Mashay a Diva from the 80's who sang her song "Freak" just for Daniel. Then Fawn our upcoming star sang a song in french for Daniel. Everyone was singing along and had such a great time.

     Celebrity guests included Kayley Gable (MTV Paris Hilton's BFF Show),Bobby Trendy, Chandler Maness (Oxygen Janice Dickinson's Modeling Agency) Fawn (singer songwriter) Onch (MTV Paris Hilton's BFF Show), Deedee Bigelow (Surreal Life), Simeon (Winner of VH1 Pick Up Artist Season Two), Joe Doyle (VH1 Pick Up Artist Season One), Heather Chadwell (Charm School), Amanda Rushing, Cristina Perez (Cristina's Court), RC Miller, Jesse Hart, Michael Benz, Jessica Kinni (Charm School), just to name a few.



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     Stephanie Baham is a native of Los Angeles, CA and now resides in the San Francisco area. She's a 38 year old professional who has long enjoyed the craft of writing. Her other interests include film, theatre, yoga, dancing, literature and politics. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's degree from Cal State University, Long Beach in Theatre Arts. She is currently working towards her degree in Psychology.


Plus Sized Stars of the Silver Screen

with Stephanie Baham



Since the invention of motion pictures, there have been plus size performers.  Many became famous and had long & prosperous careers.  I'd like to present some of the biggest & brightest.  So let's stroll down memory lane into the glamorous past of the American cinema!



Fatty Arbuckle. Born Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle in 1887.  He began his career in vaudeville.  Soon he was discovered by Hollywood and rose to fame by starring in The Keystone Cops.  These were a series of silent film comedies featuring a totally incompetent group of policemen produced by Mack Sennett between 1912 and 1917.  Arbuckle was a master at slapstick comedy.  He also worked alongside such comedy greats as Bsuter Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.



Hattie McDaniel. Hattie McDaniel  was born in 1895.  Hattie was the first black performer to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).  McDaniel was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. Hattie McDaniel was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. McDaniel appeared in over 300 films, although she only received screen credits for about 80. McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood: one for her contributions to radio and one for motion pictures. In 1975, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 2006 became the first black Oscar winner honored with a US postage stamp.



Lou Costello.  Born Louis Francis Cristillo in 1906, this actor and comedian was best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. Lou spent years working in vaudeville & radio.  His big break was starring in the movie One Night in the Tropics (1940).  Lou & Budd Abbott stole the film with their classic routine, "Who's On First?".  The duo made 36 films between 1940 and 1956, and were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. 



Oliver Hardy. Born Norvell Hardy in1892, Oliver gained fame as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted over 30 years. In 1927, Laurel and Hardy became the most famous double act in movie history. Perhaps their greatest achievement, however, was The Music Box (1932), which won them an Academy Award for best short film.



Sidney Greenstreet. Born Sidney Hughes Greenstreet in 1879, Hughes hails form Kent, England. In 1941, Greenstreet began working for Warner Bros. His debut film role was also his most famous.  Hughes played Kasper Gutman ("The Fat Man") in The Maltese Falcon, which starred Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Peter Lorre. Hughes also appeared in the infamous Casablanca as crooked club owner Signor Ferrari.  During the next eight years, he worked with stars such as Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy



Charles Laughton.  Born in 1899 in Yorkshire, England, Laughton was an English Academy Award-winning stage and film actorscreenwriterproducer and one-time director.  He starred in the original film production of  Les Misérables (1935) as Javert, the police inspector.  But his most famous role would be in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) as Captain Bligh.  He also landed the title role of Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1939.  Laughton worked alongside such actors as Clark Gable, Dorothy Lamour, Marylin Monroe and Laurence Olivier.




There are many other plus sized performers such as W.C. Fields & Mae West who graced the silver screen with a talent and energy that captivated audiences for years.  The history of plus size performers is an interesting one.  Most had to battle stereotypes and typecasting.  But most had careers that were long and successful.  They proved that no one could judge them by their size, since their talent was larger then life. They have paved the way for all sorts of body sizes to be involved in Hollywood. And not only involved, but respect and revered.



Stephanie Baham


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     I am a former plus-size model and stage performer. I have written articles that have appeared in local newspapers, college magazines and I was a sports editor for my school newspaper. Currently I have a book coming out in May 08, How to Make a Living Without a Job: the Guide to Professional Temping. It will be available online through Amazon and can be ordered through Barnes & Noble or Borders. I split my time between the Bay Area, CA and Houston, TX.


Big and Beautiful Plus Sized Models
with Iolande Argent



     When you think of a model, you probably picture Twiggy (little did she know that name would coin a trend that would outlast her modeling career). Okay if you’re old enough to remember Twiggy she was the pixie ingénue that gave birth to this self-esteem, undermining of womanhood that exists in modern life.


     The praying mantis-like creatures who subsists mainly on a diet of nicotine, heroine (still the drug of choice for supermodels who want to stay thin) and Tab. But be that as it may; many still appreciate the female form in its best form “voluptuous”. So here is a list dedicated the unsung sister to the runway waif, the plus-size model.

     While not as famous as the Kate Mosses of the world, they do have the ability to get our blood pumping with their dangerous curves. So enjoy this shapely count down the hottest BBWs.



15. Barbara Brickner is one of the biggest names in plus-size modeling. Barbara has been a working model for over ten years. She works with the Wilhelmina Agency in New York and the Heffner Agency in Seattle and many other agencies around the world. Barbara has helped make many positive changes in the industry with her appearances in Mode magazine, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.



14. Ireland's Charlotte Coyle models for goth-y plus-size mainstay Torrid, and hosted a U.K. reality show in 2006 called Fat Beauty Contest, in which she organized Britain's first beauty contest for plus-size women. It was subsequently re-broadcast on Channel One in Belgium. She has appeared in ads for Torrid and Marks & Spencer.



13. Brazilian Fluvia Lucerda shows that her country has the stronghold on hot models of all sizes. Fluvia Lacerda came on the modeling scene a little over five years ago and contrary to popular belief the industry did not immediately open its arms to her; she was too "exotic". This look deterred some clients from giving her a chance. But hey when has that ever stopped a determined plus-sized beauty?  Fluvia has proven herself to be one of today's most known faces among the plus modeling industry. She has appeared modeling for Fashion Bug and Catherine’s. But while she has been on numerous television shows she only recently conquered her own country of Brazil by posing for an editorial in a national magazine.



12. Johanna Dray of France busted into notoriously thin high fashion by appearing in John Galliano's "Everybody is Beautiful" show and subsequent French Vogue editorial. She was wearing what turned out to be Galliano's best-selling dress of the show. Dray is the first plus-size model in Europe to launch a plus-size clothing line, named Tend@nces en clair par Johanna Dray, produced by catalog company 3Suisses Group.



11. Up-and-newcomer Justine Legault hails from Canada, wears a dress size 14, and is represented by Scoop Models in Montreal, and by Ford Toronto. Although she is somewhat on the thin side-- Justine has a memorable look. With her round face and fair features, she bears more than a passing resemblance to Sophie Dahl; from her curvier, more voluptuous days.



10. You only need one name when you're as stunning as Canadian model Liis. Her real name is Liis Windischmann and she is represented by the Ford 12+ agency in Toronto and L.A., Click in New York, and Plus Beauty in Miami.



9. Once anorexic, Crystal Renn scored layouts in Vogue's U.S., Italian, French and German editions after going plus-size. The smoking Renn has even been on "Oprah," where she discussed body issues.



8. Natalie Laughlin was the first plus-size model to be on a billboard in Times Square -- she consequently earned four more.



7. Here’s life imitating art; or in Christina Schmidt case, art imitating life. She played a plus-size model on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Fans liked her so much she was signed by Wilhelmina. 



6. Well the blond bombshell thing has always meant voluptuous, so 21-year-old Whitney Thompson fits this image. This is lovely lass is most notable as not only the first “full-figured” competitor but the winner of the “tenth cycle” of Top Model. Let’s talk about really bad stereotyping Miss Thompson was a whopping size 10 at the time.



5. Kate Dillon began her career as a size six. But that wasn’t cutting it; and her real claim to fame came as a plus-size model. And while her size fluctuated from an extended plus-size (former 26) down to a mere 12/14; she can usually be found sporting underwear and flaunting her legs and abs.



4. With genes inherited from sexy rocker Steven Tyler; it’s not surprising that Mia Tyler started modeling at the age of 17. Okay this is before she had a degrading role in Rush Hour 3 where Chris Tucker got to hurl ugly weight related comments at her while trying to chat up her traveling companion. Big surprise she ended up "Celebrity Fit Club."



3. Sophie Dahl, was discovered as a model at her most voluptuous, including a 38DD bra size. She was hot! But alas, the granddaughter of children’s book author Ronald Dahl like so many others has slimmed down.



2. Well no one will ever forget pop culture siren, Anna Nicole Smith. She was often quoted as “emulating” her idol Marilyn Monroe. How sad that she ended up leaving this world in a parody of scandal and substance overdose. No matter how crazy she acted she always managed to look beautiful at any size, just like, Marilyn.



1. Okay the only real reason to watch "Top Model" is to see which plus-size beauty will make the grade. Enter Tocarra Jones. Sexy Tocarra Jones has followed up her TV stint with a series of men’s magazine photo spreads that were so smoking hot and titillating they earned her the number one spot.


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Time to tell it like it is!


     This is an experiment in Confession, you can anonymously confess, or let everyone know something that you feel.  Every Month we will post all the confessions and you can come and view them and be inspired to make your own.


     You can send in a picture,  You can make a graphic,  You can just send in your written words.  You can do it anonymously and get something off your chest.  You can let everyone know who you are and liberate yourself.


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Finally it hurts less, I love myself more






I always wished that I could look like a fashion model.

Now I am happy looking like ME!





I woke up one day and realized what I lost!

I cant believe I complained about stupid shit,

I cant believe I let her size shame me,

I cant believe that I talked to her like that.


Don't make the same mistake I did,

Because now I cant have her back

Now that I woke up and started living instead of dreaming.





I am sending you to this page on Valentines Day.

I love everything about you.



Love you Peeper






Send in your own Confession,  Use the email to the Right and send in a your confession, weather it is a graphic you made (NO BIGGER THAN 5x7 92 DPI) or a picture you saw.  You can also just send in text words.  Your Confession can be Anonymous or you can tell everyone who you are.

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Large In Charge Guest Spot

We want to hear and see your talents!


One of our favorite parts of the Magazine.  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

Writers Search


Looking for new Writers for 2009



About Our Writers Search:

     LargeInCharge is looking for Volunteer Writers for our Online Magazine.  We are looking for Males and Females who wants to write about issues that concern large people.  We need people who will be dedicated to writing columns or doing an interview once a month in a timely manner.  You do not need to be a professional writer,  Good writing, and typing skills, the ability to spell check, understand grammar and have your article sent in on time is what we are looking for.


     We want to bring the voice of the people to the people.  Give them something they can related to and enjoy on a monthly basis.


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


NOTICE:  This is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.  You must be able to hand in one article on time monthly for a period of at least 12 months.  If you wish to continue after 12 months then you may stay if your track record is good.


We are looking for writers for the following Positions.

  • A Big Man's World - a writer who will write about living life as a Big Man in this Society.

  • Product Review - A writer to search for and find products that are beneficial for plus sized people.

  • Make- up, Medicine and Body - External to internal make your body feel and look great!

  • Inspiration - Inspirational stories, interviews and articles on loving yourself as is.

  • My Life Before and After Gastric bypass - we are looking for a writer who will document there life before and after this controversial surgery.  Positive and Negative experiences are welcome.

  • The Erotic Phatty - Erotic stories and poetry for the Full Figured form.


Would you like to be a writer?  If you have an idea for a column let me know.





Interested in applying for a writers position?


     Send in the information below along with a clear photograph of yourself and one complete article at least 300 words.  Please make sure your article is matching the position your applying for.  If you are a versatile writer and applying for more than one position send in one article for each position.


     Any submissions maybe be used in the magazine as a guest article or other wise if you do not receive a position.  If you are picked for a position it will be used as a back up for your column in case of emergency.


I want to Apply for a Writers Position:


My Name is:

My email address is:

My Phone Number is:

My location/address is:

The position I am applying for is:


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I am allowing LargeInCharge to use my image and article as they see fit.  By typing my name and date I understand that I agree to the above.   NAME/DATE


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Send in your Work to Appear in LargeInCharge

We love our guest writers, they help us to make LargeInCharge more personal and reader friendly place.  We bring the people words from there own peers.  If you always wanted to write but never knew what to do with your thoughts and opinions.  Send them in to us we love to feature you in our guest spot.


What type of entries do we accept?

  • Original Articles that have not been placed in publication.

  • Size Empowerment Stories

  • Discovery of Size Acceptance

  • Romance of Large Size

  • Poetry - at least 25 lines in length

  • Complaints about Society

  • Complaints about what is provided for Big People

  • Complaints about Health Care

  • Weight Loss Surgery Experiences

  • Dealing with Doctors

  • The Joy of being Big

  • Learning to Love yourself

  • etc.

How to Submit my Article for review?

  • Check your article for spelling and correct format, We do not edit articles.
  • Attach your article either in Word, Text Format, or in the Body of your email.
  • In your email send your Real Name, E-mail and Address (state, location).
  • Under your Name and Address include date, and the line. "I give and there owners, permission to use my written article. I am submitting it for there use at their discretion."
  • Include a picture if you so wish in .jpg or .gif format and a brief description of yourself.

Send in your stories, poems, etc. to



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:  I ordered an item from a new online store for Plus Sized People... I never received my order or my money back.  It has been about 6 months what should I do. They dont answer any of my emails or phone calls.
Raqui: I have heard of this problem before with a friend of mine. We continued to call and to email until there was a response but still a year and a half later she never received her over 100.00 order or a refund.  I suggest you blog about it and also contact the Better Business Bureau for there area if you can.  At the very least be very persistent and warn as many other plus sized people as possible about your experience. Maybe then the company will take notice.

Q:  I have a problem estimating my size when ordering clothes.  I know I don't fit most clothes in the stores. What should I do about ordering from catalogs?


Raqui: This was the same reason why I didn't order clothing from companies some years ago.  First check about the return policy for whatever website you want to order from.  Many will take returns at no cost or will charge you a flat rate of $5.95 to return.   Some you will have to pull money out of your pocket to return the item and if you are returning many things it might be costly.


     I would start with a company that lets you return for free or a flat rate no matter how much you return.  To judge how a certain companies clothes fit get the clothing in 3 sizes.  Many times according to the measurements the item doesn't seem like it would fit me but then when I get the item it does.  Always get 3 sizes and see which fits you best, and return the rest.  Remember clothes that are not stretchy will fit different than those that do.


     If you want a little help you can email me personally and I will try to judge by your picture around what size you are from my knowledge, that will give you a good start.  E-mail me at


Q:  I just heard the radio show how can I suggest a topic



Raqui: I All you have to do is send an email to and describe the topic and why it is benifical for plus sized people. I all reply to email.  



Thank you for Reading Ask Raqui

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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.

Email to Raqui:

Fashion Find by: Raqui

Fashion Type:  Lingerie

Why I Like this Item: Roman's has some nice items THREE PAGES WORTH of Sexy Cute items that will make VALENTINE'S SPECIAL and HOT.  Check them out everything is on sale with free SHIPPING!


Roman's -  




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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

Product of the Month

About the Product

Recommender: Raqui

Name of Product: Jumbo Digital Bathroom Scale

Type of Product: Scale 400 lb capacity

Cost of Product: $59.99

Where Product can be found: 


Large Digit Display, Sleek Styling! Bold new design with pure style. Scale is easy to read and easy to use. An oversized platform with the extra large 2 in. LCD readout has a low 1 in. profile.
Silver platform is accented with a premium black mat and has a capacity of 400lbs measured in 0.2 lb. increments. Warranted.

Why I like this Product:
Super Price with a large weight capacity than others I have seen.  I haven't see this good a price for a product like this ever.



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