Ms. Iona Starr: Q&A With BBW Beauty

Courtesy of Ms. Iona Starr

Courtesy of Ms. Iona Starr

As my semester at school comes to a close, I’ve been working on editing my final story for a journalism class. Naturally, I chose to write about how plus-size GenY ladies (meaning those between the ages of 18 and 29) are embracing their curvaceous figures more than ever before…with the exception, perchance, of the Victorian era where the mentality “the fatter the better” prevailed.

For my story (which I should be sharing this evening) I was lucky enough to interview Ms. Iona Starr, a bodacious BBW model from VaVaVoom BBWs, Reenaye Starr’s modeling website. Iona was so lovely about helping me out with my story that I felt I should dedicate a full post to her. Because she was so willing to be honest and share tales of her life, I want to include the full Q&A for you all to read. Though we’d all like to think plus-size acceptance and fat pride are finally starting to make headway, it’s still difficult for women to come out and say, “I love being fat!” So I give my sincerest respect and admiration to this confident, size 24 Scottish bombshell.

Q: When did your career as a BBW start and why did you pursue it?

A: I am new to the BBW modeling scene. I started in September 2012 and I love being accepted for who I am and actually seeing men wanting a girl like me. I pursued it after watching the documentary on Channel 4 called My Big Fat Fetish. I thought Reenaye Starr and Sailor Rose were inspirational, stunning and amazing, so I asked my boyfriend if he thought I would be a great BBW model he said I was stunning. He took a few pictures and I sent them to Reenaye at VaVaVoom and she accepted me as one of her girls. So I am now the Scottish BBW model!

Q: Do you think GenY is more plus-size friendly or that plus-size women are generally more confident than they were five or ten years ago?

A: Yes, I think GenY is really friendly and great regarding plus-size models. I think plus-size modeling has come a long way from 5-10 years ago; there are lots of amazing BBWs out there now making a career out of being big and beautiful. In regards to men, initially I thought it was mostly older men who liked BBWs, but I was wrong in assuming this as there are men from every age group [including GenY], culture and background embracing the BBW world, making women feel beautiful and wanting to be part of their community. This makes the BBW models happy and very confident in today’s world.

Q: What do you think could be some reasons as to why women in their 20s and coming out and starting plus-size blogs, modeling, BBW modeling or why designers are now choosing to make bigger clothes?

A: I think the reasons more women are coming out now are all the multi-girl sites out there looking for beautiful BBWs, along with the money and compliments that being a BBW bring. Knowing that you are desired, and knowing you won’t feel left out or judged by being part of this group is so encouraging. Being a BBW model is not that easy; you have to put in effort and work into trying to reach the top, as you’re competing with other BBWs who are gorgeous or been in the industry a long time, so you need something that sets you apart from the others. Obviously my niche comes from being a Scottish BBW!

I think designers need to keep up with BBW modeling by making bigger clothes as my personal opinion is that there aren’t too many retailers out there doing this, and I think bigger clothes are often more expensive. We are all people, and should be paying the same for any type of clothing, without judgment for being bigger. I think more retailers need to embrace the BBW world as this could help BBW women when they’re out shopping not to feel as though they’re left out, as we mainly shop online due to retailers not stocking bigger clothes.

Q: Do you consider yourself confident? How did you become confident or were you always?

A: At this day and time I have never felt more confident; I am oozing in it and I feel absolutely fantastic after years of being bigger and being told, “You have such a pretty face, if only you were 10 stone lighter you would be stunning!” I cant tell you how many times I have heard this from men and women, which makes me so angry. I am me, and I am stunning whether I am a size 10 or 24.

I have learned that people put you down because their lives are not great, so they pick on bigger people. I have had men and women call me a fat hippo on the street. I have had silly men in cars rolling down their windows shouting obscenities at me. I have had many disapproving looks from people. Why? Because I am a size 24? It’s not right and that’s what made me unconfident – feeling deflated and unattractive because people are harsh, judgmental and hypocritical, and in today’s society you have to be skinny to be popular.

But I have learned to build up my confidence by smiling at negative people or walking by them because this makes them feel small. I am not retaliating – I don’t have to because I have thousands of men, young and old (some really good looking ones) telling me I am beautiful, stunning and sexy and that they wish they had a girl like me. Men and my female friends are looking at and admiring my beautiful body, flaws and all. Also, my partner tells me every day that I am stunning and beautiful, which makes me smile, so I think my confidence has risen from 10 percent to 100 percent in a matter of months. I love being me and I think I am a BBW who is proud and glad I was given a chance to be part of this group!

Q: 5. Do you think weight/fat acceptance will continue positively or do you think all this plus size media will fade out?

A: I think weight/fat acceptance is going to be massive in the future. Plus-size media is great in telling the stories of beautiful, bigger women, while disputing the false ideas that we’re just fat or lazy, and showing that we’re actually members of society – we have daily jobs and families. I think in the future plus size-models and BBWs will be accepted and be able to live their lives without the constant abuse or negativity that is perceived at this moment in time.

Courtesy of Ms. Iona Starr

Courtesy of Ms. Iona Starr

Q: How do you think technology plays into weight acceptance?

A: To be honest I think technology is such a positive thing. Bigger women can shop online for clothes without feeling awkward or unwelcome by retailers. You can also chat and get to know other BBWs from chat rooms and forums that are in the same line of work and can help for tips and ideas. Also, your fans come from all different countries, so it’s great that the Internet helps this. Bloggers are writing fantastic articles on BBWs, to show how they feel and what they want. Not to mention that women are complementing you, asking for your advice, etc. If we didn’t have technology, this wouldn’t be the case for many BBWs out there.

I want to thank Iona for her insight into the BBW world. Though she’s faced the trials of being plus-size, this Scottish babe is one of the most confident ladies I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with. She loves every part of her big, beautiful body, and doesn’t care who has a problem with it. If you look back to what things were like a mere five years ago, there was barely any word of plus-size supermodels, and the BBW community was totally tucked within cyber shadows. But as Iona said at the end of the interview, “BBWs are great at making you feel like you’re part of a group of friends and that you’re not an outcast due to being bigger.” So who knows? Maybe in another five years time, we’ll see more BBWs like Iona coming out to the surface, sharing their stories, showcasing their stretch marks and serving as “roll” models for any plus-size gals out there.

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3 comments

  1. Elizabeth Saucier

    Overweight people are not only portrayed as lazy, they are portrayed as always stuffing themselves with unhealthy foods and as burdens on society and this is just not true.

  2. Pingback: Scottish BBW Ms. Iona talks candidly about being a feedee | FeedersandGainers.com

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