We have an enormous lady crush on Jess Barr.
♥ She’s a charismatic and welcoming lady who brightens any room she enters.
♥ Jess is a mom, stylist, salon manager, and all around lady boss.
♥ She’s super hot.
♥ She makes people look and feel awesome by being awesome, herself.
We love her and we love what she has to say! We decided to let Jess do the talking and asked her to tell us what she loves about fashion, what inspires her, and what sorts of challenges she’s faced as a stylish babe with a booty that won’t quit!
“Oh Fashion! It’s so inspiring. It’s probably the best thing to be able to express myself through my wardrobe. People really get who I am through what I wear. I don’t think I could ever have enough goodies in my closet!
With that said, it was not an easy road to love fashion. Being a plus size girl was the biggest set back in trying to find my fashion sense. I felt like there were never clothes that fit me growing up, I always wore awkward baggy jeans and over-sized shirts. And shoes, whew! Having size 11 feet is not appealing to this world, I wore a lot of men’s shoes growing up. Let’s just say I was not a happening chick in my younger days!”
Whatever awkward stages this fashion queen faced as a teen have certainly made way for a bold sense of personal style that we absolutely adore. We shopped Jess’s closet for this shoot and couldn’t stop drooling over her fierce collection of shoes, like these 10-eye Dr. Marten boots in Cherry!
“Eventually I knew I had to either love myself or I was never going to be happy. My ‘fat’ wasn’t who I was. But it helped me become a better me. I stumbled upon a model named Tess Holliday and #effyourbeautystandards and my world changed forever! Seeing her be so beautiful and badass in her own skin helped me believe I could do the same thing. I needed to stop listening to the media and pretty much the whole world about what my body meant. I needed to know I AM BEAUTIFUL! Every stretch mark, lump, curve, and luscious piece of this body is mine and it’s amazing! And nobody is going to stop me! After I found out how to love myself no matter what, I felt like I was unstoppable.
The next challenge was to figure out who am I with my wardrobe. How do I want to come across? I literally can’t decide so I dabble in everything! Classic, conservative, edgy, punk, and country! I have something for every mood and I love it!”
We LOVED that we were able to find everything from rock & roll to preppy chic in Jess’s closet. This girl has a HUGE thing for accessories so for every outfit, better believe she had a belt or a statement piece to match. We adore this skull studded mint belt paired with neon green tights and an open-toed heel!
“I really feel like my fashion sense comes from what makes me feel beautiful. I am always keeping up with the latest looks and trying them out, I’ve never been one to deny fashion! There are some lovely ladies that have totally made it happen for me; Tess Holliday, Ashley Graham, and Denise Bidot!
TORRID IS MY HOME PLANET! They have everything you could ever dream about plus an amazing shoe selection! Before I found Torrid I had to go deep sea fishing for my stylish clothes! Basic mall stores like JC Penny, Dillard’s, CATO, and Target. Now that plus size is becoming a thing there are a lot more stores carrying fashionable pieces!”
The #effyourbeautystandards movement is all about taking back the right be a total babe, regardless of size…big, small, and everything in between. We all deserve to feel beautiful!
“This is the most extraordinary social media movement! I love it because it’s not only for plus size women, it’s for all women and men! It’s for anyone who has ever felt like their beauty wasn’t good enough. It’s so meaningful. I actually got to meet the brains behind this movement and she is the coolest, most humble chick ever. #effyourbeautystandards is my daily reminder to love myself for me and to not let this harsh world make me feel ashamed about who I am.”
We are DEFINITELY into that.