Disney Spotlight: Jennifer of Forty Fat & Fabulous
Hey Guys & Dolls! I decided to start a new series on the blog where I feature a few of my favorite Disney Bloggers/Instagrammers & people who just genuinely love Disney. Please enjoy the new feature and if you have anyone in mind for the future do let me know and I will email them!
I wanted to start with Jennifer because she’s been such a great inspiration and such a help in building my feature page on Instagram. Jennifer took the time out to answer some questions for us about Disney, life on Instagram & who her favorite Disney Princesses are. Guys & Dolls get to know Jennifer…
1: Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi, I’m Jenn, a 41 year old high school music educator and body positive blogger. I was born and raised in Columbus, OH, but have spent my adult life in my adopted home of St. Louis, MO. I’ve been married to my happily ever after for 19 years. We have two crabby, but sweet old weiner dogs, who are our children. My passions include travel, vintage fashion, music, reading, dancing, foodie experiences, 5K racing, tea, adventure, and of course...all things Disney.
2: Why did you decide to create your Instagram?
My Instagram began as somewhat of a joke. My students at school swore that I never wore the same outfit twice. I began my OOTD Instagram to prove that I DID wear the same clothes, just in creative ways. Over time, the account has turned into a space where I am able to promote body positivity and self-love. It has pushed me to find more value in myself and to speak that message loudly to others.
3: What does Body Positivity mean to you?
Body Positivity isn’t bravery. It isn’t audacious. It is finally making the realization that you are beautiful, and valuable, and worthy of taking up space in this world, just the way you are right now! It’s unapologetically embracing all that is wonderful about yourself and living out loud at this moment.
4: Where do you shop the most for clothing? What are some of your favorite places?
I love to dress up and tend to shop in a lot of different places. The majority of my clothes come from Torrid and Loft. I also love buying vintage inspired looks and novelty prints on ModCloth, Unique Vintage, and eShakti. And I must say, The Dress Shop at Disney has been a game changer!
5: What inspires your style?
My style is largely inspired by vintage silhouettes from the 1940’s and 50’s. I love to be fancy and feel most confident in a dress and great jewelry. I love color, twinkle, and whimsy. Most of all, I wear what makes me happy every day, no matter what anyone else thinks.
6: How do you feel about Plus Size representation and Disney?
I am excited that the retail arm of Disney, has become more size inclusive in the past few years. It’s much easier to find Plus Size clothes at the Parks, and The Dress Shop has been an awesome size inclusive addition. I also love that Disney has allowed Plus positive brands like, Torrid and Her Universe, to make amazing Plus Size Disney fashion options. However, I do feel that Disney needs to work harder at representing the Plus Size community positively in their films. While it’s fun to be the bad guy once in a while, I don’t always want to be Ursula.
7: Top 3 Disney Characters
Dug and Carl Fredricksen
8: Top 3 Disney Princesses
9: What are some of your best styling tips for someone just getting into fashion or understanding themselves?
Wear what makes you feel happy. Happy people are beautiful people. Your joy will radiate out through your clothes and make others take notice.
10: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten from someone?
It’s not really advice as much as lyrics that I have formed into a personal mantra. It comes from the musical, Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable. I am an original.” Say it to yourself over and over. Remind yourself that you are strong, and amazing, and are the ONLY one responsible for how you move through the world.
Make sure you follow Jennifer on Instagram @FortyFatandFabulous & her blog fortyfatandfabulouscom.wordpress.com