When I found out that fashion expert and television presented Gok Wan would be collaborating with the plus-size brand SimplyBe for a lingerie line, I wasn’t surprised. I have always loved Gok for his authenticity when it comes to promoting body love and confidence within the plus-size woman. He’s always seemed to truly believe in beauty and health at every size, perhaps because he himself has been many sizes through his life. With his series “How to Look Good Naked,” Gok really epitomized the idea that women can look and feel sexy, beautiful and at a self-esteem high at any size, and you have to love him for it.
This is by far the biggest photo shoot I have ever featured on Big, Beautiful and Bold. I was lucky enough to receive four of Gok’s designs from SimplyBe U.S., and because each of them had a different feel, they required different staging, lighting and accessorizing. And a bit of multi-persona embodiment.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of plus-size women come forward and feature swimsuit and lingerie shoots on their personal blogs, and I truly think that such photo sets are changing the way mainstream fashion looks at the plus market — because when size 12+ women come forward and show that they are comfortable and confident in bikinis or retro undies, it says a lot.
Get the looks:
Look 1: One-piece Ivory Spot Bodyshaper, $17
Look 2: Ivory Spot Balcony Bra, $16
Look 3: Underwired Body Shaper, $33