After the amazing response to last week’s debut of the Style File feature, I’m thrilled to bring you the second in the series, where I introduce you to another of my favourite plus size style bloggers.

Tammy from Painting in Pink is one of the very first bloggers I ever started following, and have always loved her fearless style, and trendiness with a bit of an edge.

Check out below what Tammy had to say about blogging, body positivity and her toes in our little Q&A session.

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Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Tamlyn Jacobus, I do have a second name but i’ll choose to omit that for now. I’m a fashion and beauty blogger from South Africa who has an obsession with photography and sewing. I would like to think that I am a strong, confident woman that started her online fashion journey once my body changed, and for the first time, I had respect for the struggle that a woman who no longer have the same bust, waist and hip size have to embrace.

Through my quest, I hope to inspire women to embrace their bodies and respect it enough to not allow any human being to put it down. Confidence is key, walk out of the house like you’re drenched in it.

How do you define your style?
Liberating? I wear what I feel comfortable in and what I feel works best for my body.

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Which is your favourite fashion item at the moment?
My black booties from bronx.

What does the term ‘body positivity’ mean to you?
I’ve spent a week debating what it means to me, trying to convey the best possible message, but in the end it’s as simple as this… I don’t always love my body but I won’t shame it. I’ve spent so much of my life hating what I’ve seen in the mirror and trying to change it to look like the models in magazines and the unreal expectations set my society. This is me. I’m not going to allow a group of online publications and media houses fat shame me and make me hate my body. I will walk with my head held high and I will strut with pride this body that I have and own. It’s mine, it’s beautiful and it’s fierce!

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What are your ‘secrets’ for learning to love your body?
Acceptance is the first step in learning to love your body.

What are you passionate about?
I’m really passionate about photography and sewing. I’m working towards having a business/brand successful enough to leave behind for my daughter to take over someday.

If you were a character from a book, TV or the movies, who would you be and why?
It would have to be Matilda from Roald Dahl. Growing up I was obsessed with Roald Dahl. I’d occupy the library isles where his books were situated and get lost in his words for hours. I’ve always been obsessed with being the best and being first which led me to always try and learn something new. In my personal life, as it relates to me, I believe that being great is a priority, being beautiful is not. Beauty fades but brilliance lives forever.

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Who has been the most important person in your journey to body positivity?
Funny enough it’s been my daughter. It’s incredible what we can learn from these little ones. Seeing how free she is has made me feel more comfortable in my own skin.

What wisdom would you pass on to someone at the beginning of their body positivity journey?
Never hate your body. Never look at yourself and just despise what you see. Instead, turn off the lights; look in the mirror while standing in a dark room and start complimenting yourself. Soon enough you’ll be able to do it with the lights on and believe what you’re saying. Affirmation is everything.

What is your favourite feature, and how did you discover it?
I love my toes! I’ve always loved them and they are the one thing that hasn’t changed since having a baby.

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For more of Tammy’s great style, check out her blog, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

If you would like to be featured on my plus size Style File, please drop me an email on mindthecurvesza@gmail.com.

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