Well we had an amazing time at The Curvy Con! Did you know it was covered on Yahoo! Live? Full review coming up ASAP! But, oh my goodness, what a weekend! In the meantime…

Katie Willcox has been studying the symbolism of the beauty ideal — and what she found is utterly fascinating.

The author of Healthy Is the New Skinny wanted to understand why being skinny is so valued in society. So she asked a question: “If we look like a Victoria’s Secret model, what do we get?” The answer? These highly valued women get respect, praise, love, money, validation, popularity, and followers.

For those who aren’t thin, the opposite seems to be true.

However, Willcox says, this perception is just situated in the subconscious (and it’s not truthful) — but “until we identify it, we can’t challenge it.”

She explains that “by identifying it and saying that’s not true — why am I saying these awful things to myself — you recognized it and you challenged it, and you gave yourself the opportunity to step into your power.”

Willcox joined other plus-size influencers and celebrities at theCURVYcon on Saturday to talk about body positivity and size diversity in the fashion industry. She spoke during a workshop called “Curves & Culture: Using Our Unique Voices to Inspire Fashion,” presented by Old Navy.

As a function of our Fall transition, we’re going to be writing some pretty awesome academic articles. Check them out. They’ll be on the way shortly! Did you like this one? Good! Be bold and keep coming back!