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AFM asks Plus Size Activist, Blogger, and founder of “I Am Dani Adriana” Danielle Galvin about her message as a plus blogger and her journey to acceptance.

August 28, 2018

Always for me recently sat down with Danielle Galvin, the face behind “I Am Dani Adriana” to discuss what it’s like being a plus size activist and blogger as well as pick her brain regarding being body positive, plus size swimwear, and the fashion industry at large.

 

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Always for Me:

For those who don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself.

 

Danielle:

I’m Danielle I am plus size and body positivity activist from Cairns Australia.

I am 25 years old and have been in the online community talking about body positivity for 5 years.

 I thoroughly enjoy the work I do online and in my personal life love hanging out with my partner and our 3 rescue pets!

 

Always for Me:

How did you get started and what drove you to be a plus size activist?

 

Danielle:

My account originally started as a home-based recovery site for those recovering from eating disorders.

From there, it expanded and moved into topics such as plus size fashion, body positivity, self-love, body image, and fat activism.

My personal history with self-hatred and my experiences of living in a plus-sized body drove me to fall in love with body positivity in a personal and political sense!

 

Always for Me:

What is your favorite thing about being a plus size activist?

 

Danielle:

The complexities of diet culture and fatphobia attribute to so much self-hatred that is undeserved.  

I really enjoy giving hope to those who live in plus sized bodies. I like helping people to fall in love with themselves.

 

Always for Me:

You’re from Australia and we’re based in the United States. Do you see any differences in how

plus-size people, especially women are treated between the two countries?

 

Danielle:

The largest difference I see is the choice in plus size clothing. Australia is extremely limited when it comes to size variation.

While shopping online is great, it’s also more expensive for Australians because of our exchange rate and shipping costs can really drive up prices even more.

 

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Always for Me:

Along with social media comes “trolls” and bullies. How do you deal with these types of negative comments/people?

Danielle:

Making sure I install support systems in my life and talk about the instances when I am feeling particularly attacked or low.

My therapist and partner both help me immensely with the “onslaught.”

 

Always for Me:

What would you tell a young woman, or any woman, who is being body shamed or bullied for their size?

 

Danielle:

That it is NOT about them!  

There are so many societal, political, and cultural structures which exist to make all of us critical and judgmental of not only our bodies but also the bodies of others.

I would tell them to make sure they talk to someone and take time to build up their feeling of self-worth.

Find your community, find your people and find out what makes you feel happy!

 

Always for Me:

How do you feel all the different forms of social media has influenced the plus size world, especially when it comes to fashion?

 

Danielle:

I think it has helped progress plus size fashion from baggy dresses into trendy clothing which I feel was missing in the plus size sphere for so long.

Social media has given plus size bodies the freedom to express themselves, have their voices heard and connect with one another.

I’ve also seen a huge push for more clothing options and retailers for plus clothing.

 

Always for Me:

Do you see any downsides to the body positive movement?

 

Danielle:

Honestly No!

It is hard at times when a community who is supposed to support one another has very different ideas about how to do that.

I am disappointed about how the movement is co-opted by businesses, brands, and people who do not truly understand the movement or purpose of body positivity.

In the last few years it’s become ‘trendy’ and associated with things that are inherently not body positive but overall, I see people still flourishing and making a difference in this arena.

 

Always for Me:

Everyone has body anxiety when swimwear shopping. How do you personally overcome that?

 

Danielle:

For me, I spent too many years hiding, hating and punishing my body.

Now, I try to make swimwear shopping as comfortable and fun as it can be. Usually, I shop online in my pj’s from the comfort of my laptop.

I also try not to place too much pressure on myself when going out in swimwear or trying it on. If I don’t love something that’s okay it just means there is something better out there.

 

Always for Me:

What would you tell your younger self regarding swimwear and fashion?

 

Danielle:

There is NOTHING off limits to you.

Wear whatever you want and know that you’re entitled to wear styles that feel like YOU!

 

Always for Me:

What is/are the most important features(s) that you look for when buying a swimsuit?

 

Danielle:

I look for fun prints and details that make it “fresh”. Comfort is key, so I also look for swimwear that is comfortable!

Danielle Galvin in Always for Me Timothy Snell “Harper” Mesh Sleeve Plus Size Rashguard (Click the link to learn more) Style# 1860X

 

Always for Me:

Do you feel the word “plus” or “plus-size” is still valid?

 

Danielle:

Yes, I do.  The truth is, we are plus size and we have different needs when it comes to clothing.

 

Always for Me:

What’s the greatest or one of the greatest compliments you’ve received?

 

Danielle:

That I am kind.

Kindness is the greatest thing you can be in this world so I pride myself on being a kind and compassionate person.

 

Always for Me:

What are some of the emerging plus size swimwear trends that you’re seeing for the 2018 season?

 

Danielle:

I’m loving bold colors and interesting full pieces with cut outs in them!

 

Always for Me:

Is there anything in the plus swim world or plus fashion world as a whole that you’re really excited for/by?

 

Danielle:

I am excited that each year there seems to be more options available to us!

 

Always for Me:

What would you like to see or not see in the industry?

 

Danielle:

I would love to see more diversity in styles that are released and more options for those of us in different plus bodies.

Body diversity exists at every size, including plus. Not every plus size body has a large bum and small waist – some of us have larger tummies, or smaller busts, or shorter legs so I’d love to see more options that accommodate our varying bodies

I would also like to see better price options for plus size consumers who cannot afford expensive items.

 

Always for Me:

Any final thoughts on swimwear or your message.

 

Danielle:

I hope that every person feels confident, happy and free in their swimwear this summer!

 

Make sure to check out more from Danielle at her website: www.iamdaniadriana.com and her Instagram handle: @iamdaniadriana

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