CORPULENT
[kawr-pyuh-luhnt] – adjective
large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.
Origin: corpus “body” + -ulentus “full of.”

About the Blog

My clothes are plus size. I am obese according to the Body Mass Index. I prefer the term ‘fat’.

I preach fat acceptance and I practice fat activism. At the heart of it all, I believe that fat people deserve to be treated with respect. That’s what I write about here.

Fashion is a big part of my life and a big part of this blog. I post outfit photos not only to show off my sweet style, but to increase the visibility of fat people beyond the headless representations of the obesity epidemic. In my opinion, there are no fashion dos and don’ts  – every fabric and every garment is fair game. I’ve happily worn, and documented publicly, spandex to shapeless sacks.

About the Author

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My name is Frances and I am a public servant and freelance writer living in Sydney, Australia.

Likes: Bright colours, good food, the beach, gin, dancing, Tour de France
Dislikes: Waking up early, conservative politics, cats, high heels, champagne, the fact that I’m still biting my nails at 27

I am all over the internet, so pick your method of contact…

Email: corpulent.blog@gmail.com
Twitter: @awesomefrances
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/corpulent.blog
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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/awesomefrances

55 Responses to “About Corpulent”


  1. 1 erinstark 17 August, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I love you.

    No really, I do.

    I’m going back through the archives of your blog now, and just can’t believe how AWESOME your attitude is. I’m 172cm also, and at 88kg, I’m constantly feeling like shit about myself. You, however, are amazing and beautiful and WORK with what you have – I need to take a leaf out of your well-adjusted book and get on with loving my life, and my assets.

    Thank you so much for being an inspiration.

    • 2 Frances 18 August, 2009 at 9:20 pm

      Wow, I really don’t know what to say. Thank you! And you’re welcome!

      It’s not easy, and my self-esteem isn’t unbreakable. I have bad days (these days usually coincide with shopping for pants…), but I’ve already wasted my entire adolescence hating how I looked, and those years were so tiresome and boring.

      Plus I honestly think bigger bodies are freakin’ gorgeous. I love the folds and the bumps and the squishiness. I even love the stretch marks and the cellulite dimples. Bigger bodies are sexy, beautiful and fun. I bet your assets break hearts.

  2. 3 Martina Lubosch 11 September, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    My compliments to you, your work and (above all) you attitude!

    I myself have not yet finished to struggle with my weight (am 1.75 or 1.78 and weigh 79kg at present). Sometimes I manage to feel ok with how I am, but currently I am more depressed. I have no job since I moved to Sicily to live with my now-husband, and being alone at home with a full fridge is not really helping. AND I HATE SPORTS!! Well, skiing I love, but gym?? No thanks.

    I guess I want to say: My husband loves my “squishiness” and especially the size of certain body parts that grow when you gain, but so far he was the only one to say so. Everywhere I go, I always hear: you look beautiful (meaning the face), but you really should do sports, don’t you think?

    So I looked up some pages on Crystal Renn and stumbled upon your blog – and it gave me a big confidence boost this morning!!! So now I might actually think, that if someone stares at me on the open road, it might NOT be disgust, but appreciation. :)

    THANK YOU!

  3. 4 Adrienne Lowe 14 October, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Okay–another comment. I love your blog so much (it’s taken all of, eh, 5 minutes to fall hard) I’m linking to it on my main page. As a vegetarian, later vegan, of 10 years, I have long struggled with staying thin to look the lifestyle–but the fact is, my body wants to maintain equilibrium at 180 on a 5’9 frame…and I just gotta deal! Thanks so much for the encouragement & awareness. I look forward to reading much more of you!

    Adrienne
    http://cracktheplates.com

  4. 5 Camilla (Cathla) 6 November, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi

    I like your idea. I have a similar blog in Sweden but more directed for fashion.

    I just got so tierd of reading lovely vintage fashion blogs with all skinny girls, and since im in school to become a fashiondesigner (of course for + size) i started my own blog. Havent figured out how to take good photos by my selve yet and since i spell really bad in swedeish i have not started writing in english but if u like looking at clothes for the curvy lady, take a look.

    /Camilla

  5. 6 Angelo D 14 November, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Hello to all the corpulent girls out there!!!
    I am a Guy in my early 40′s who is deeply in love with his corpulent wife (in her 40′s too)…. I love all her curves, squishiness and cuddling comfort (no bony elbows or hips to make it less than comfy).
    We’ve been together for more than a decade and let me tell you, She is the best girl ever!!!!
    She recently confided in me that she always had her reservations on how her body looked, and that was from the days when she was a teenager.
    I told her the same I tell you now:
    There are guys out there that love the corpulent woman, always have, and always will…- no bony ladies for me!!! size 0 is like being dead!!
    Ladies, love yourself…. we definitely appreciate real, untainted, unaltered beauty!!!

    Angelo
    Florida USA

    • 7 Andres B 7 January, 2010 at 7:35 am

      Angelo,
      I’m your twin…
      early 40′s, married for 10+ years, my wife just turned 40 and she is gorgeous and corpulent…
      I’m deeply in love with her and tell her every day I like her figure, (even though she has complains about her size)I think just like you…
      no bones for me, curves are the best…

      Girls should love and accept her plus sizes as the REAL beauty

      Andres
      Santiago, CHILE

  6. 8 Ms. Whimsy Beading 29 November, 2009 at 11:47 am

    A friend of mine pointed me to your blog. Good on you! You are lovely, and your upbeat, positive attitude is just the thing other lovely, bumpy, squishy, gorgeous, corpulent people need. Well done in bringing another size positive blog to the folks who need it.

  7. 9 Hanah 17 December, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Hey, just wanna say i love your blog! Maybe you’ll see me around sydney and (cross my fingers) my style will lure you over to take my picture :D
    Thanks for making my day!
    Hanah

  8. 10 loulou 6 January, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Yes we love Crystal Renn in Canada ! She is gorgeous ! I could read in the magazine that the photographer appreciate to work with her so much he would do it everyday ! I don’t blame him…lol… and my boyfriend told me after seeing her : Ah ! There are real womens in your magazines ? And he really seems surprised !

    Keep on going I like your blog too ! And it seems that +size ladies are coming out little more than before ! And for me all women are beautiful because we are all different !

    And to Angelo D who love his lady with curves my man loves it too… in fact he is my mirror … and since then I have only compliments about how good I look!

    Thank you !

  9. 11 p49it 18 January, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Hello, Frances. Like what you’re doing here. You showed that a fat girl can look so nice in leggings. My BMI is exceeding 30, I’m obese already :D

    Hopefully, I can post my own OOTD someday. Keep on posting, gal. Best regards from Indonesia.

    • 12 Frances 18 January, 2010 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! Fat girls have beautiful legs – we were always going to look good in leggings.

      You should post an OOTD. It’d be really interesting to see what kind of plus size fashion is available in Indonesia.

      What part of Indonesia are you from? My mum is Indonesian – she’s Ambonese and lived in Palembang. I don’t know how to speak any Indonesian, though (apart from “Saya cinta saya punda tetek”!)

  10. 13 p49it 18 January, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Dear Frances,

    This Monday, me and my co-workers are dress quite nicely. Maybe we can take some photos for OOTD :D

    I live in island of Java. Closer to Palembang rather than to Ambon. Saya cinta saya punda tetek means I LOVE MY BOOBS.

    • 14 Frances 18 January, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Great! Let me know if you put them up on your blog.

      Haha, I know it means “I love my boobs”! My mum hates it when I say it, which is why I think it’s so funny.

  11. 15 Angelo 19 January, 2010 at 3:20 am

    And how do you say “I love your boobs”?-
    A guy has to be ready to travel anywhere and know a few basic sentences… LOL

    Just kidding!! I’ll use that with my wife only!! LOL!!

    Angelo
    Florida USA

  12. 17 Deborah 27 January, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Frances-

    While I don’t necessarily consider myself corpulent, I am so inspired by your blog and its enthusiastic acceptance of all women’s bodies. I grew up in a house that was obsessed with dieting, and until recently I never really believed that stomachs were not only allowed but supposed to stick out. The fact that my upbringing is so unbelievably normal makes me excited to recommend this blog to all my girlfriends :)

    Best of luck to you, and I look forward to reading more!

    • 18 Frances 27 January, 2010 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you, Deborah!

      It’s amazing how everything that makes a body so interesting – the bumps and the rolls and the scars – are seen as ‘flaws’. No one has flaws. I firmly believe that our bodies are perfection and we should all love ourselves sick.

  13. 19 michelle 1 February, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Hi Frances,

    i just wanted to say that i love your blog. i’m 28yo and have been made to feel ashamed of my body my whole life. your blog has inspired me to stop hiding and start living. btw, i’d like to meet some fellow plus size princes and princesses and was wondering if you know of any groups??

    • 20 Frances 1 February, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Michelle! That’s absolutely brilliant – it’s never too late to start loving yourself sick.

      There are a couple of communities on LiveJournal – Inbetweenies (primarily aimed at smaller fats) Fatshionista (the more active of the two and is primarily aimed at bigger fats).

  14. 21 Serena 4 February, 2010 at 9:39 am

    This page is really inspiring :) There should be more blogs like yours around the internet. It’s scary how many pro-anorexia/ pro-dieting sites there are around. Let’s celebrate food and curves :)

  15. 22 chandraalexandria 26 March, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I was happy to run into your blog today! I do an “on the plus side” category in my blog: chandraland. I am just getting started and I look forward to reading your stuff more in depth!

  16. 23 Kendra 25 April, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Definitely fond your website by accident while i Was searching for some info on the absolutely stunning Ashley Graham. I am so excited, it brought tears to my eyes! Rockon with this blog! I can’t wait to tell my fiance about it. To the gentlemen on here who love their women, we love you too!

  17. 25 knocked out 26 April, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Love the blog, its great for those of us who know and appreciate real women.

    Can’t wait for the real women Miss Universe pageant!

  18. 26 Debbie 29 April, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hi Frances,

    I’m super glad to have found your site! Although I’m slim, my sister isn’t – she’s a healthy curvy girl and I wouldn’t want to see her any other way! What makes me sad is that even though I think she’s beautiful, I don’t think she realises how beautiful she is. She’s in her teens, and concerned about her belly, her bum, her legs, her arms etc. I’m totally jealous of her curves, even though I’m the one who’s supposed to have the ‘perfect body’! I think the issue is that she doesn’t get to see enough images of gorgeous voluptuous women who totally rock their curves. Where is the world hiding these lovely ladies? I’m hoping to send her this blog so she can see that beauty doesn’t have a size! Thank you for the inspiration :)

    • 27 Frances 29 April, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you, Debbie!

      Oh god, I remember my teenage years. Shudder. I grew up in a small coastal town and was surrounded by thin, tan, blonde surfer girls. All I wanted was to blend in and look just like them. I took me years to realise that it’s actually kind of awesome looking like no one but yourself. Your sister will get there. <3

      • 28 FiFi 22 April, 2012 at 11:21 am

        i grew up the same way. they made me feel so fat! but they couldn’t get good grades on any of their tests and they were always begging me for the answers. and i’m not shaming the thin girls either- it just taught me a valuable lesson as to everyone has strengths and weaknesses, evn if they seem flawless or fat.
        so… yeah. that’s my two cents!

  19. 29 Hidi 29 April, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I love your both of your blogs. Keep doing what ur doing. I wish u continue success. :)

  20. 30 Bill 6 May, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Love the site and the subject matter.
    Over 40 years, that is how long we’ve been together. When we met I was 6’2″ 175 lbs and my future wife was 5’2″ 210 lbs.
    Well, we’re a bit older and a bit bigger now but I’ve ALWAYS loved the plus sizes. With my long arms and big hands I’ve always wanted someone to hold without holding myself and always wanted full hands. heheheheh
    A full figure, is a full experience.

    So is corpulent something and someone that is wanted and loved?

    You Betcha!

    Thanks!

    Bill
    Rhode Island, USA

  21. 31 Jennifer Jonassen 18 May, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Please check out the trailer for our new documentary on size acceptance:

    thanks so much!
    http://www.fat-film.com

  22. 32 Sheree 13 September, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Having never heard of fat acceptance until the Fat Studies conference (would have never heard of that either if I wasn’t already a student at Macquarie) I am thrilled to have found this blog and the fatosphere! It’s so amazing to have heard you wonderful women speak with such passion and candour at the conference and to read blogs like this, knowing that you’re not alone.

  23. 33 MadAboutPets 13 October, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Girl, I <3 you. So glad I found this blog!

  24. 34 Jem 16 January, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    oh my god..i just found this blog and i fucking love it. you are cute as hell and your clothes are amazing. im a big fan of all your tights in multicoloured goodness!

    and i read the post about overused poses in fashion blogs ..IV DONE ONE OF THEM! haha. that’ll teach me. i now feature whatever can of beer im drinking at the time.

    new fan x

  25. 35 James 10 February, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Saying it’s OK to be fat is like saying it’s ok to smoke. You should not encourage it. Medical reasons for not being able to exercise are rare so why dont you stand up and go for a long walk each day and save your own life. Being fat WILL kill you, eventually.

    • 36 Frances 10 February, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      I do exercise. I do walk every day. I’m still fat. Now what?

      • 37 Grecia 27 August, 2012 at 10:46 am

        James, you have a higher risk of getting strangled for running your mouth to the wrong fat person by —- pointing out some uniformed, unsolicited platitude about some woman’s weight.

        And by the way mobility challenges cause weight gain. A non-healing stress fracture on your ankle from climbing, a torn meniscus and collapsed arches from marathon running does make walking painful. So much for the sports cure. And now I’m somewhat fat and feel like shanking the next f— that lectures me about needing to exercise more.

  26. 38 Christopher 11 February, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I’m so glad I found this blog, I really admire your spirit and eloquence! Not only that, your sense of fashion is so unique and confident and its totally endearing. All of your friends are no doubt very lucky people.

    I was born with a congenital facial defect which makes me stand out in a crowd. It is not at all life threatening, but like your curves, highly visible. This means that society sees it as my moral imperative to get it fixed, so that I fit within the acceptable bounds of how a man should look.

    My other highly visible ‘quirk’ is my love of women with curves. Most guys find anyone with a tummy or big thighs repulsive, but for some reason I’m wired in totally the opposite direction. My past two partners have been over BMI 30, despite the fact that they both exercise and eat exactly the same as I do (and I’m 6 foot 3 and 80 kgs.)

    I just wondered what advice you or anyone in this community I’ve stumbled upon have for me? The social stigma attached to my girlfriend’s weight, and my acceptance (and love) of it, makes it really difficult for me to articulate the fact that:

    -Yes I like fuller figured women

    and

    -No in my experience they are not slobs eating themselves into an early grave

    I see the ridicule in people’s eyes (sometimes my friends included) when they see me out with her, and I don’t really know how to defend myself or her. Perhaps I don’t have the courage to take on the entrenched attitudes people have, but I don’t know where to start with changing that.

    So personally, I have no issue with her or anyone’s weight, but I don’t know how to make other people see it the same way.

    Sorry for the essay, and they mopey nature of it, but it was something I really needed to get off my chest.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  27. 39 Emily 21 April, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Oh, wow. Thank you. I’d actually never heard of the fat acceptance movement until I found your blog. Thank you, thank you thank you from America. Some emotional problems lately have resulted in me going from 97 kg to about 105 kg on a 1.8m frame, and I was feeling really, viciously down on myself. Just reading about someone that looked about like me and was happy and well-clothed and proud, and looking at all of your awesome pictures of happy, gorgeous, big ladies being proud of themselves actually made me go to the gym today — not out of a desire to be skinny, but out of a desire to be happy and feel good in my body, no matter WHAT size I am. I’ve been big all my life and it’s never exactly gone anywhere, but I’m reading more about fat acceptance now and trying to train myself out of all these negative thoughts and not be disgusted by my own shape.

    THANK. YOU. <3

  28. 40 Brian 7 July, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Fantastic site. Truly appreciate your efforts to educate about fat acceptance and help folks understand that men who find curvy women appealing aren’t freaks either. I enjoy and find women of every size beautiful, but much more prefer women who are considered ‘plus size.’ Thank you very much and continue the wonderful work!

  29. 41 candice 25 August, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love this blog. I have actually been crying the whole time I have been reading it. I live in an exceptionally male dominated and appearance driven location. I’ve lived in Utah all my life and here a woman’s main purpose is to attract a man and make babies all while keeping a very slim figure. Hence the incredible number of women on amphetamines and diet pills (I’m in pharmacy.) I’ve hated my body for as long as I can remember and have never really had a good relationship and always assume that when they fail it’s because of my weight. I wish I could meet some of the men that comment on this site. It’s never hard to get laid, it is however hard to have a relationship. I honestly had one man tell me that he was really attracted to me and had tons of fun with me, but his buddies thought I was a disgusting pig so he broke it off. I’m still struggling at 31 to accept my curves and not loathe my body. This has helped me, at least today

  30. 42 David 6 October, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I prefer a lady with curves too.

    • 43 Frances 13 October, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      Hi David, thanks for your comment. I deleted most of what you said because I don’t allow any form of body shaming on my blog. You don’t celebrate fat women by insulting thin women – that tears us all down.

  31. 44 kaneeesta 12 November, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    guys and gals…..i can understand i’m a guy 6ft…..18 stone…..my ideal weight is supposedly 13 stone….when i attended high scholl i had lot of problems…..and my weight was one…..i remeber having a huge crush on this girl…..but i was so shy to approach and express….i always tried to act the clown around her….i hope she would take notice of me…..onnce we were just messing around…(well she ws wid her frens!!!…i waz always hovering in the bakground)…..she blurts out “if you weren’t so fat i’d go out wid u”!!!…..which ain’t bad as it sounds….coz now i had a reason to lose weight!!….and believe me i did!!!!……in like a couple of months i neeeded new wardrobe!!!…..but she never took any notice of me!!!!….hey…..i ended up putting the weight bak on…..and im haps…..this is my life….my shape, size….im not gonna say im completly happy….like i said im haps!!!…..hey a quik thought…..we all sy accept accept me….stop washing our minds wid all these trophy images……but dont we all do the same thng!!!….in the video the phd lady talks of class, race etc….thats all not forget….just to feel our own situation and one sided dicrimination……i been wid so called + ladies that tell me i need to loose weight!!!!….or make me feel conciose about other parts of my body……teeth, skin…oh well…i sound whiny!!!!……love2all

  32. 45 kaneeesta 12 November, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    con……also i see alot of “plus” ladies getting loads of dates and attention from both m/f……alot of “plus” guys struggle to get a date….to find somebody to accept them to want to get to know them…..coz who wants to be with a “fat” guy?..even “plus size ladies ain’t dating us…i’m on the bus and when i do see a ‘plus” couple i heard lady say to lady..”imagine what they kids turn out like”….reply…..”well just imagine”!!….thats what live…..its what i see….oh and jus coz u techinically/clinically overwieght dont mean unfit!!!!….i can run marathons!!!!….so there!!!….not in world record time but….im not auditioning for the olympics…..

  33. 46 Amy 22 November, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Hi i am from México, i am 28 years old and i am happy cos i see that i am not alone there is more people like me =)

  34. 47 Prion Indigo 1 March, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I believe that women should take care of their health. Wether they are naturally skinny healthy-or fleshy and corpulent healthy.

    It shouldn’t be focused on losing weight, but maintaining a healthful lifestyle!

    You’re beautiful. :)

    • 48 Frances 2 March, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Ahh, but people are not required to take care of their health. It’s not physically possible for some people due to disabilities or illnesses, and it’s not a priority for others. Eating well and exercising regularly is an important part of my life, but there’s a lot of privilege in that.

  35. 49 shivani 16 April, 2012 at 12:18 am

    this blog is awesome :)
    i am a plus size curvaceous woman and fashion is big part of my life… but i don’t get all the trendy stuff in my size :(

    • 50 Frances 16 April, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Thanks Shivani. I edited your comment to remove the thin shaming; all bodies are good bodies and you don’t advance fat people by tearing down thin folks.

  36. 51 FiFi 22 April, 2012 at 11:17 am

    i love your blog! it just proves once again that size doesn’t matter, as long as you have a positive attitude and a positively fabulous wardrobe to back it up!!! oh and that octopus necklace is freaking cool.

  37. 52 Traz 23 May, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Frances … Love love love your blog and the mambo look!! So matches my style. My favourites are fluro in winter and thick knit woollen woolies. Keep up the good work :)
    PS. That yellow belt would really set your mambo look offxx

  38. 53 Jada 1 November, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I happen to stubble upon this blog through a photograph. And I am in love!! Thank you so much for writing it. I love to Salsa, Samba, merenge dance with all of my lovely size 18 with a belly. My knees hate me the next day But, I dont care. i love every minute. Your blog is inspirational and I feel like I have a sister learn and loving the curves that make her fabulous. Keep up the great work.


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