What IS Curvy?

January 22, 2013
“You’re not curvy, you’re fat!”
“You’re too skinny to be curvy!”

Curves.  We love them.  We hate them.  Gok Wan really loves them.  And often, we get curves all wrong.  The thing about curves is that they’re not size specific, yet time and time again the term is misused and abused to mock the bigger figure and defeminise the thin.  And while we debate the true meaning, we miss the real point that curves or not, we are what we’ve got.

Growing up, it was a regular reality that I was bullied for this, that and the other.  I was often picked on for my slim frame; my skinny legs, undeveloped chest and titchy waist, and ‘anorexic’ was a common name for me.  Fast forward a few years and I have the figure I thought would never come to fruition.  I’m not exactly skinny anymore but these days I have boobs, hips and a bum; a shapely hour glass figure I would call curvy.  But I’m not the only type of curvy.  Think Boux Avenue’s plus size hotty, Robyn Lawley who is a size 16.  Kelly Brook is another curvy kitten wearing a size 8-10.  Both are curvy yet classified differently.  A size 16 is typically vilified where a size 10 isn’t.  What’s going on?

Robyn Lawley for Boux Avenue

There’s an article in the Daily Mail Online about the proliferation of the plus size market.  It opens with a discussion about celebrities who have been labeled as curvy, and when asked about the idea that model Daisy Lowe is curvy, from some, there’s laughter.  Again, when voluptuous Kim Kardashian is the next questionable curvy figure,  “no one thinks she is anything other than miniscule”.  Why is it laughable that these two women couldn’t possibly be curvy?  When did size decide whether a figure has curves?

Kim Kardashian

Today another blogger friend has been dealing with body bullying on her own blog.  Despite her blog being there to help all women, size unbiased, she has been hit with a vicious barrage of vile hate speak, criticizing her feminine figure and larger bust.  People like this think it is okay to tread on others when seen as inferior.  This coming from a size 6 woman who thinks anyone a size 8-10 would look like ‘a whale in her social circles’.

No size is superior.  Our bodies, whatever the number, are ours to be proud of and we all have the right to express our happiness in our own skin.  It means not to poke fun at what may be the opposite that you are.  It means to make all women feel good about themselves, even if we’re not as meaty or skinny as we desire.  It doesn’t mean that being bigger you have the authority to officially label someone else’s body, as it isn’t acceptable for a thin person to make someone feel like crap.

This viral image created an onslaught of complaints,
proving it isn’t about ‘skinny or fat’.

Curves aren’t exclusive of the larger woman, and not all larger women can lay claim to being curvy, as any other body shape and size can and can’t.  But what’s most important – if we could even forget the term curvy exists – is we’re all women, practically non of us are 100% body confident and we should support each other, not pigeon hole and point.

Becky x


  1. voluptuouslythin

    January 22, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Wonderful post and I feel honored that you would mention me in such a post I very much agree though. Curviness is not a body type, if that makes any sense. I once saw a post describing what made a woman curvy and how it was more scientific than by opinion. I can’t remember it for the life of me, but it did a great job of showing how a ratio of the measurements were what made curvy.

  2. Becky Boudoir

    January 22, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Hi Izzy, I’m glad you saw, I didn’t want to name you in case of embarrassment. You dealt with it really well.

    It would be really good to see this post you’re on about, I wonder who wrote it?

    Becky x

  3. LaDivaDelleCurve

    January 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I completely agree with you, I never use the word curvy for me, even though I do have curves (not as in a bum, but as in bust, some women even have curves here and there), but I call myself a plus size as I wear a uk size 24 and as a plus size fashion blogger in Itlay (where skinny is still the only body type considered as possible) I was often bullied because my blog has the work ‘curves’ in it. I’ve never promoted body shaming against thin women, I share you opinion that body shame is wrong from all perspectives and to me sometimes the word ‘curvy’ promotes bullying and body shaming especially on the net

  4. Becky Boudoir

    January 27, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Hi! I thought Italy loved women to be who they are? I’m so surprised to hear that. It’s such a shame when skinny is seen as the only shape acceptable. Being thin is womanly too but it isn’t fair to say that anyone who isn’t, isn’t acceptable. I think being a woman whatever your shape, you can’t win. I’m sorry to hear bullies have been targeting you. The sooner people acknowledge we’re all self conscious, the world would be a nicer place to live.

    Becky x

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