This Curvy Model Flaunts Self-Love In Everything She Does And Wears

This Curvy Model Flaunts Self-Love In Everything She Does And Wears

We love how Brittnee Blair bares every curve on her figure via sexy swimsuits, short-shorts, and bodycon dresses.

This international model’s curves are complimented by her infectious smile that radiates pure joy. She’s constantly stimulating self-love and reminding us to live our absolute best lives. You may have seen her modeling for notable brands such as Old Navy, Macy’s, Ashley Stewart, Lane Bryant, and many more.

ESSENCE caught up with this hard working curvy girl shared some beauty and fashion notes that are bound to uplift your style.

2 Alberta house guests in the finale of Big Brother Canada

2 Alberta house guests in the finale of Big Brother Canada

Wed, May 17: Big Brother Canada Season 3 house guest Brittnee Blair joins Global Calgary to discuss the chances of winning for two Albertans in the finale of Big Brother Canada season 5.

http://globalnews.ca/video/3458226/2-alberta-house-guests-in-the-finale-of-big-brother-canada

TeenVOGUE: 13 Curvy Models You Need To Know

TeenVOGUE: 13 Curvy Models You Need To Know

BRITTNEE BLAIR                                                                                                               7/15

Brittnee hails from Canada and is known to most there because of her role on Big Brother Canada 3. She's also modeled for Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, and Fashion to Figure.

Nora Swimwear: Nora Girls - Brittnee Blair

Nora Swimwear: Nora Girls - Brittnee Blair

This week is Brittnee Blair – a 26-year-old plus-size model who came in fourth place on Big Brother Canada in season 3. Brittnee has modelled for  brands like Macy's, Lane Bryant, and Ashley Stewart. 

First off Brittnee, tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Brittnee Blair, I'm a 26 year old plus-size model with Jag Models in New York and B & M Models Toronto. I'm passionate about people, my family, my friends and traveling.

Q&A: BBCAN's Brittnee opens up about modelling

Q&A: BBCAN's Brittnee opens up about modelling

Model and former Big Brother Canada star Brittnee Blair tells 24 Hours she rejects the term plus-sized.

"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

SARAH HANLON/ 24 HOURS

Too fat for Facebook? Recently a photo of Tess Holliday, the voluminous, fiery and tattooed model and body positive advocate best known for creating the motto — “Eff Your Beauty Standards” — was squeezed off Facebook.

Facebook’s response?

The social media giant said that the image didn’t fit within their “health-and-fitness policy.”

Immediate outrage from all corners of the Internet erupted — prompting Facebook to right their wrong and offer a public apology. All this hoopla got me thinking about the changing face of the beauty industry.

Has the melding of feminism, pop culture and social media created any practical differences for women professionally who say, “Eff Your Beauty Standards?” It’s a good thing I had the perfect person to discuss the matter with: Calgary native Brittnee Blair, who is sashaying down runways and gracing magazine pages in New York City.

I caught up with my favourite curvaceous and empowering model, and my former Big Brother Canada 3 houseguest and alliance ride-or-die mate(she finished in fourth place; I won) for the skinny on this weighty issue.

 Why did the ‘too-fat-for-Facebook’ debate rage on?

We live in a society where everyone feels entitled to tell you what your body should and shouldn’t look like — especially on social media. I, too, have experienced this kind of body-shaming and as I always like to say, “if I had a dollar for every time someone told me how I should look ... I would be a billionaire.” It’s a little warped to me that a social media site has such a heavy hand in moulding the beauty standards of society. This decision and actions manipulate people into fitting into a cookie-cutter image. No matter what it takes. Unfortunately, the result of this may potentially be some unhealthy eating habits or excessive workouts, which is an absolute shame. When dealing with something as large as a site that connects over 100 billion active members worldwide, from different religions, nationalities, body types, health conditions, etc., you need to be very thoughtful and cautious when setting your universal “health and beauty standards.”

 Oh, people just LOVE to give their opinions about EVERYTHING online. Big Brother Canada host and our mentor Arisa Cox always says “Twitter is where self-esteem goes to die” but is there anything healthy about social media?

Although I have my days where I’d like to detach myself from the social media world — don’t we all? — I choose to see the potential and positivity it brings for body equality. Social media is an amazing tool! It allows us to spread a message in an instant. I don’t know if things are necessarily “better,” but I would say that people are able to be a lot more vocal about embracing individuality and not conforming to the societal “beauty standards.” I truly believe social media has brought to light the need for colour and body diversity within the modelling industry. It has set a new standard for beauty, and that is: beauty comes in all shapes, heights, shades, and sizes.

 What about the future of modelling in general?

Modelling has a long future ahead of it in terms of growth, vision, and the inclusion of diversity in general. I would love to see more relatable models and less cookie-cutter ideals within the fashion industry. Although it is slowly changing, and we are seeing more models of colour, models with curves, models with tattoos etc., it would be great to see the industry push the envelope more. I long for a day when there is no need to be defined by what “type” of a model you are. I hope to be a part of that movement.

 Is this why modelling is important for you?

Yes. It means the world to me to know that someone can look to me and seek inspiration to accept themselves and to love themselves. In owning all of who I am — every scar, dimple, every curve — I can encourage others to do the same. Growing up, I didn’t really have anyone to show me that having larger thighs, or rounder cheeks, were just fine. I saw magazines tell me “how to drop 5 pounds in 1 week” and “exercises to make your tummy flat,” but never did I see a fierce example of someone owning their curves and being completely happy. I hope that now, through my modelling career, I can be that example for someone.

 We lived in the BBCAN house where people are constantly lying to get ahead. Did you thrive in the reality-TV world because that’s what the modelling world is like?

A good friend once said to me “Big Brother is a microcosm of life” and she was spot on. That’s not me saying that the modelling world is in any way about lying or manipulating, but it is definitely about being sociable, likeable, and connecting with your clients, agents and fellow models. The fashion industry has taught me a lot about people and their perception of others. It has also taught me a lot about myself and what I am willing to overlook and what I’m passionate about sticking up for. I would like to think that having this experience dealing with my fellow colleagues allowed me to apply that knowledge and excel as far as I did in the BBCAN house.

 I believe modelling can be a feminist exercise as it’s one of the few places you see women in powerful positions; but it is also viewed as maybe giving into the male gaze — or fulfilling a certain stereotype/cliché. Do you feel empowered by your modelling or held back by it? Both?

At no point and time have I ever felt held back as a woman by modelling. While I can understand the take on how it may be seen as “filling a certain female role” it is beyond empowering. Modelling allows me to say “I am woman and this is me in all my glory.” It is about perspective like anything in life. I choose to use this role to empower myself and women alike by living fiercely, freely travelling the world, and making a living for myself to create a solid foundation and life.

Follow Sarah Hanlon @flatshanlon and Brittnee Blair @miss_curvy_B

 

 

NY Post - Big Women Can Be Sexy

Plus-size apparel retailers like Ashley Stewart are making over their image by ditching the dowdy (left) and seizing the sexy (right).Photo: Ashley Stewart (2)

Across America, plus-size apparel retailers are getting hot and heavy.

Chains like Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant, which specialize in the size 14-to-26 market, are making over the look of their clothes — ditching dowdy and seizing sexy, sleek looks.

The US plus-size market had sales of $18 billion last year — up 7 percent from 2013, according to the NPD Group — and rivals are trying to out-sexy each other to grab more sales.

At Ashley Stewart, two new campaigns — Love Your Curves, featuring a topless woman wearing jeans while hugging her breasts, and Dare to Bare, the tagline for a new lingerie line, including pink teddies with garter belts — are the centerpieces of the bold changes taking place at the 24-year-old company.

 

The Naked Truth - Brittnee Blair

The Naked Truth - Brittnee Blair

Unstoppable and in her own lane making, curvy the new prototype in the modeling industry is Brittnee Blair’s mission. The 5’9 beauty has worked with some of the leading plus-size designers such as Macy’s, Lane Bryant, Ashely Stewart and various high-fashion editorial campaigns. Since establishing her residency in 2014 she has appeared on season 3 of Big Brother Canada where she was force to be reckoned with crowning her the name, “The Queen B”. Her journey hasn’t been a smooth sail but with her will and determination nothing is too farfetched for this Queen. It’s just the beginning!

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StandOut Publications Interview

StandOut Publications Interview

Empowerment. Canada is going through a huge change right now and we believe there are so many good people out there that can make good influences through politics, modeling, TV, media, publications, websites and many more. We are publishing this beautiful Canadian/Calgary TV star from Big Brother Season III @miss_curvy_b in our upcoming #nov03issue. Each story counts.

Vogue.it - New Year's Resolutions

Vogue.it - New Year's Resolutions

"1. My first resolution is to become more active in the volunteering community within [New York City]. I've always had a passion for volunteering and helping others in need. It truly makes me happy and I feel I need to do more!"

JAG Models: The agency putting the “straight size” vs. “plus size” debate to rest

JAG Models: The agency putting the “straight size” vs. “plus size” debate to rest

 Views on the plus-size industry: It’s a beautiful world. One where we are allowed to truly accept our bodies, and turn everyday insecurities into things worth praising. I am proud to say that I’m a plus-size model in this industry. I celebrate its message for more self-love, higher self-worth, and an open door to a whole new view on what plus-size fashion is. I can’t help but be excited to be apart of this somewhat “movement” with new designers and established designers allowing their creativity and inspiration to be explored for more curvaceous body types"

Is This Plus-Size Trend Actually BAD For Body Image?

Is This Plus-Size Trend Actually BAD For Body Image?

"I started when I was 7, and I was pretty much straight-sized until I was 13 or 14. Then, I started to get hips and boobs. And, I got nitpicked at: 'She has to be these certain measurements, and she has to look a certain way.' And, that was just way too much. So, I gave it up until I was 18 or 19. Then, a plus agent reached out. I was like, 'What is this plus size you speak of?' It’s really progressed in the past couple of years — so much heat on women with fuller bodies. It’s nice that a girl who cannot be represented by a straight-size agency is still represented. In a straight-size world, she would not be represented because she’s too big, but then according to the world of plus-size or full-figured, she’s not big enough"

Essence Curvy Model of The Month: Brittnee Blair

Essence Curvy Model of The Month: Brittnee Blair

Age: 24

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Ethnicity: Jamaican, French Canadian
Measurements: 36-31-47
Height: 5'9''

I was discovered: After my mom submitted my photos to a local modeling agency in our hometown, without me knowing. Needless to say I was shocked when I received a phone call from the agency. I’m so grateful she did it and it has been a phenomenal experience ever since. Thanks mom! 

I'm currently working on: Establishing myself in the United States both with clients and personally. I'm a born and bred Canadian woman who recently moved to NYC November of last year. I'm still meeting so many new people, clients, and friends. I'm enjoying the fashion and arts within New York, and discovering more about what I'm passionate about artistically. 

My best feature is: My eyes! I always smile with my eyes, and truly do believe the eyes are the window to a persons soul.

 

Spring style in Calgary

Spring style in Calgary

Are you ready for spring? Despite the mild winter we’ve just had, we couldn’t wait to explore what local boutiques are bringing in for warmer weather, so we went in search of the trends for our spring issue of HERS magazine, launching on Saturday.

So what did we find? Hues of hot pink, royal blue and deep coral, and profiles that are sure to flatter your curves. Here’s a preview: two of the styles we photographed for the magazine’s main fashion piece.

Calgarians line up for a chance to compete on Big Brother Canada

Calgarians line up for a chance to compete on Big Brother Canada

"That was the general, and arguably conflicting, advice offered to the hundreds of Calgarians lined up on a brisk and grey Saturday morning with hopes of becoming one of the house guests on Season 4 of the reality series Big Brother Canada. It was imparted by two Calgarians who should know. Roughly half-hour into the morning auditions, part of last season’s Calgary contingent — model Brittnee Blair and chatty sales rep Willow MacDonald — arrived on the scene to significant fanfare. Hopefuls moving through the long line stretching outside Ranchman’s on Macleod Trail cheered and posed for pics with the two reality TV stars, who were as unknown as they were one year ago."

Curvy Model Monday: Q&A With Model Brittnee Blair

Curvy Model Monday: Q&A With Model Brittnee Blair

"She is the Canadian sweetheart with sultry eyes and a coquettish grin. You know her as model Brittnee Blair (or Queen B!) and have seen her on Season 3 of Big Brother Canada. We had the pleasure of chatting with the beyond beautiful Brittnee to get the inside scoop on her guilty pleasures, living life as a model and reality TV star, and her views on size diversity in the industry."

Brittnee Blair: Big Brother Canada 3 Profile

Brittnee Blair: Big Brother Canada 3 Profile

 Brittnee is just 25 years old which puts her in the mid-range on the ages so far this season. Her background as a plus-sized model means she’ll be no stranger to the cameras which should work well with her self-described

Get To Know | FTF Model Brittnee Blair

Get To Know | FTF Model Brittnee Blair

"Recently named Essence Curvy Model of the Month, Brittnee Blair is taking the plus size modeling industry by storm. You may know her as one of the faces of FTF, but we know her as a bubbly and warmhearted Canadian gal. "

'Big Brother Canada': Meet five houseguests from season 3

'Big Brother Canada': Meet five houseguests from season 3

"Imagine having houseguests who not only know they're overstaying their welcome, but are determined to outlast each other in a competitive, cutthroat way, eating your food and dirtying your towels?

Welcome to Big Brother Canada, season three, which begins Monday, March 23, on Global and Slice. Here's a brief look at five of this year's houseguests, from various corners of the country:

BRITTNEE BLAIR

AGE25

FROM: Calgary"