Like so many of us, Remi Bader was forced to pivot when the pandemic hit.
Let go from her marketing job, she scrambled to find a new role in her industry and at the same time started gaining weight due to stress and a binge-eating disorder (she has since sought treatment).
Remi’s dad was actually the one to suggest curve modeling, and though she started booking jobs, it wasn’t enough to keep the 27-year-old busy. So she also launched a TikTok account to document her attempts to find cute, properly fitting clothes for her new body.
Her fifth video went viral. “It was me saying how frustrating it is that anything you buy online—no matter what size you are—will never look like it does on the model,” she says.
It’s a super-relatable sentiment, and one Remi has spun into a series of “realistic haul” vids, in which she tries on clothes from different retailers.
Brands have taken note of Remi’s critiques, and some have even partnered with her to make real change: Remi recently launched a collection with Revolve in sizes XXS–3X. “It’s everything I’ve always struggled to find for myself—a nice pantsuit, a bodysuit that fits,” she says. “I never thought something like this could happen, so I’m just excited.” And, of course, stylin’!
Here, some of the lessons Remi's learned along the way:
Ignore the Naysayers
“Something that’s helped me recently is remembering that anyone who’s trying to bring you down is just projecting how they feel about themselves. It has nothing to do with you.”
18: Remi’s lucky number. It also happens to be her age when she transferred universities after having difficulty settling in. “It was a lesson to me to make an adjustment when something doesn’t feel right!”
Keep Self-Care Simple
“People’s minds automatically go to facials, meditation, yoga. Those are great, but try finding the simplest thing that can make you happy—even a TV show. For me, it’s Love Island.”
Remember Growth Takes Time
“I’m on a journey of self-acceptance. I stop myself so much more lately when I want to say, ‘Oh, I hate how I look.’ I have bad days and good days, but I’m still moving forward.”
This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Women's Health. Sign up for our WH+ memberships program to subscribe, score unlimited site access, and unlock our exclusive guides and fitness challenges.
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