As a plus size woman, I've listened to experts and television personalities discuss overweight issues. I've often wondered if they've ever taken the time to speak to women and men that are plus sized, I doubt it. But nevertheless, they seem to be experts on the subject matter while offering their opinion with such disdain, as if most plus size people choose to be the size they are intentionally.
For me, weight gain started in my adolescent years, when I realized that food could be a comforter during really hard emotional times. Many young adults face these battles, including the ones that turn to drugs and alcohol. Yet they seem to get a very different, more compassionate response from the same society that downgrades plus size people.
I lost weight when I got into sports, in my teenage years and then started gaining again in my mid twenties. Poor diet was a big contributor and lack of nutritional knowledge played a big roll as well. It seemed that fast food was my go to, while work and school were priority over making good health choices.
The BIG opposition to being plus size, per the spectators, is the health concerns. Meanwhile, the healthcare and pharmaceutical companies make money, comedians make fat jokes, and so called "in shape" people smoke, drink, and take drugs, all while pointing their finger and shaming the plus size community. How healthy is that?
Currently our country is facing an opioid crisis, drunk drivers are still causing traffic accidents and marihuana is legal in most states and in all of these situations, there are all types of programs to help them improve their lives. Yet, if someone is struggling with their weight, they are seen as weak, have no self-control, and are presented with daily commercials to pay for a diet plan.
So, now some of us are taking a stand, saying "we matter" too. Our weight is our issue to overcome in the way we see fit. If society chooses not to have compassion for us, then we’ll keep it moving. Our bodies, and minds may continue the struggle of living a healthier life, however, that will not stop us from enjoying the journey of life with the people who love and value us.
Paloma is a #COURAGEOUS Curvy You Should Know, originally from Los Angeles currently living in New York. This exotic young woman is doing big things as the chosen sports bra model for the highly successful company Nike. Her personal story is as interesting and amazing as her beauty.
She shares that all too familiar story about having a crying break-down while shopping at the Gap, as a 5th grader. She was trying to find the perfect pair of jeans for her then "chubby" body-frame but nothing seemed to fit. Her frustration turned into tears. A lot of Curvys can relate to this experience. However, now in her twenties, this Instagram social media personality is being seen as a "plus size" sensation and someone we should all be proud of. Read more here.
Everyone wins at Urban Thick. Our customers and sellers are happy.
We are confident in our abilities to sell your cute curvy clothes that we're putting our claim in writing. You give us 30-days, and we'll get you paid, its just that simple.
Urban Thick consignment sellers are our heroes. They consign with us over and over again because we get them paid! They don't pay us until we make a sale. No upfront fees or crazy tactics. Transparency is a must to build trust, so every transaction including all expenses are available to our sellers 24/7. This type of openness is unheard of in the consignment industry, but we are unique.
Our customer feedback is outstanding! We make sure to provide expedited shipping and quick responses to customer inquiries. You can see this in our Myrealkarma profile or by visit Urban Thick store testimonials on Ebay. Just more reasons to partner with us. Take a look, you won't be disappointed www.urbantick.com!
Urban Thick overall business concept isn't really new. At the core, we are a clothing boutique and consignment store. However, we have several unique features that helps us stand out from the rest and getting our sellers paid within the first 30-days is at the top of the list. We also specialize in plus size clothing while utilizing numerous online platforms to make rapid sales.
Most of our sellers send us clothing every three months. They are more than excited to about being paid every two-weeks. These are our V.I.P Sellers and they never have to worry about shipping fees. In addition their items have priority over other Sellers. We also offer free shipping to our first-time sellers. This way they get a chance to try us out without any out of pocket cost.
Although we are still considered to be in the beginning stages of growing into a huge brand. We are excited with our position thus far. Currently reaching over 2100 Facebook friends and just over 1600 Instagram followers. We have a long way to go but with each happy customer, seller, and successful modeling shoot we are destined to get there! You can help us and have a chance at winning some great gifts by joining us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To shop for cute curvy quality clothes visit UrbanThick.com today!
Below:Lead model Sheronda showing off our cute inventory at last week's shoot
One of my most enjoyable pleasures is exploring new things.
Latatiana came to our recent auditions and was excited about modeling some of our cute clothes. So when we handed her a pair of capri pants made by a company called Woman Within she was pleasantly surprised at how great the fit was and how well the pants flattered her curves. She had never worn or heard of this brand before.
We get this reaction all the time. Many plus size women do not know or explore the numerous brands available to them. For so long, designers did not encompass "plus sizes" in their collections, so many women developed a routine of shopping at the same clothing stores which means wearing the same brands.
Urban Thick is working towards changing the myth that there's limited variety in quality plus size clothing. So when we saw the smile on Latatiana's face we knew her mentality shifted and by having this positive experience she would forever be changed and opened to trying new brands. We want all of our customer to experience this same reaction and excitement towards our wide variety of known and unknown clothing brands.
So the next time you're looking to step out of your everyday brand choice to find something new and different, take your measurements and visit our website. You'll be pleasantly surprised just like Latatitana, we have a lot of great options and styles for you to choose from.
Happy Birthday to our lead model Scheronda Thompson. She is a true team player and beautiful person to know. When I started Urban Thick, I had a fictional character in my logo, but after meeting Sheronda that silhouette became a real person.
We teamed up about a year ago and right away had mutual respect for one another. With each photo shoot, we transformed Urban Thick into a noticeable brand. Sales increased and our social media followers wanted to know more about the beautiful model that radiated so much confidence as you can attest to in the photos.
Scheronda served as Ms. Montgomery Alabama Plus America 2014 and 2015. She is also the brand manager for Vixenz Designs out of Clarkesville, TN, as well as a speaker and advocate against bullying. The road of acceptance didn't come easy, yet she managed to bypass the negativity of body shaming with the love and support of her family, friends, and faith. Happy birthday again to one of the strongest women I know. Your more than just a pretty face, your the essence of Urban Thick!
Below: Model Sccheronda wearing a black peplum dress with long side train Available NOW
We're often asked by our sellers, "which brands sell the best"? So I've provided the top ten brands that are considered our "hot list". However one of the best features Urban Thick offers is that we carry 100s of brands in one central location. By doing this we are introducing our customers to a wide variety of quality clothing as well as a chance to stand out from the crowd.
Every woman wants to wear a great outfit that no one else is wearing. The idea of walking into an event wearing an outfit that someone else has on, is a scene we all try to avoid. Many women find a brand that fits them and stick with that single brand, but by simply knowing your measurements you can easily experiment with a variety of brands.
We recently posted this video explaining the benefits of knowing your measurements with a model demonstration from German designer Ulla Popken. It's really helpful and informative. Our mission is to offer our plus size community the choices and quality they deserve. At Urban Thick we fit your curves and your wallet. Visit us today!
Welcome Home Seller Jamila -Here's A Beautiful Dress Available NOW atUrbanThick.com worn by plus size model: Claudia Floraunce Fortelka
"Garage sales can be hell, so welcome to the virtual selling world!" -Dina
I've been in sales since I was 10-years old. So now at age 47 I sell just about everything from books to boats. Being able to have a career as an online Sales Broker gives me such enjoyment. It's truly one of my passions. With that being said, I envisioned Urban Thick as a virtual thrift store, selling quality items that belong in a specialty boutique. We're working on doing just that.
Recently we've added the Resale Shop to Urban Thick and according to the numbers, our customers are embracing this concept. In addition to clothes, shoppers can buy items such as educational tools, electronics, toys, and books. Our philosophy is, "skip the hassle of a garage sale and embrace the convenience of using a virtual platform instead."
Urban Thick Sellers can earn extra income every two weeks by selling their items in a virtual clothing closet or specialty booth and the best part is we'll do all the work! Many millennials have already embraced this concept. However, it's going to take some time before the other generations get on board. Still, it will happen eventually, especially since so many social media sites have incorporated new selling and "buy now" tools to their platforms. We're not worried because when they're ready we'll be right here to get them started. To learn more listen to our weekly podcast on Sundays at 6:30pm eastern time. Until then, happy selling!
Your Sales Broker & Curvy Executive Officer
Meet Our Ageless Beauty, Plus Size Model Saundra! It Was Only A Matter Of Time...
"I've always wanted to be a model, and now is a great time to start." - Saundra
Saundra came to our recent modeling auditions and we took to her right away. Standing 5'10" wearing a size 16/18 she was ready to smile for the camera and show off her beauty. She heard about Urban Thick from one of our modeling ads on Facebook. It just so happened that a friend of hers saw the ad and by knowing Saundra's aspirations, immediately shared it with her. Within minutes she was registering on the site, making sure her photo stood out from the rest.
We hold auditions on a monthly basis, looking for women with different curvy body types, features, confidence, and beauty. We'd speculated that Saundra would be a good fit for us so before the shoot we gave her a call. Soon after she was posing for our photographer and later being placed on the roster for future shoots.
The Lesson: Never let go of your desires, sometimes it's only a matter of time. ~Let your curves be heard!
If you take care of the things you have, you'll never go without the things you need.
I received an email from a customer asking how to take care of a sweater she purchased from our store. I offered her this advice. Place the item inside a light weight laundry bag, choose the gentle wash cycle in cold water, and lay flat until dry. She was grateful for the advice and hopefully she's still enjoying her light blue twist style Ralph Lauren sweater today.
Buying and selling clothes from a consignment store is a smart way to shop. Many people think that pre-owned clothes are dirty,stained, or smelly but that's far from the truth. Most of our Sellers have their items professionally cleaned before shipping them to us. These and other misconceptions cause people to miss out of huge savings and awesome buys.
At Urban Thick we promise our customers that they are buying a quality item. In order to keep our promise we take every item we get in through a vigorous process. Only after several inspections, taking measurements, photographing, and writing a detailed description do we post our items for sale. You can read some of our customers' feedback experiences here. So the next time you're looking for something unique and cute to wear, take a look at our consignment shop, you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Dina, your curvy social media consultant & owner of Urban Thick. The original online plus size boutique, consignment & resale store for women with curves, She is also a plus size woman that enjoys shopping for beautiful, colorful curvy clothing at affordable prices. Living a frugal lifestyle as well as an advocate for positive body images & acceptance. An Entrepreneur for the past 10-years. An Online Seller, lover of great music and most of all an authentic down to earth person, with high moral values and standards. Let Your curves be heard, by joining our community today!