Plus-size blogger Pia Schiavo-Campo has been on our radar for quite some time. Her agenda includes extinguishing conventional notions of beauty and empowering women to take up as much space as they please. Tired of the lack of representation in the body-positive community, Schiavo-Campo set off to create her own space for plus sized BIPOC women and femmes. To top this off, her body-positive yoga has helped her find strength, empowerment, and beauty within her own body. Her work with the Yoga and Body Coalition
has enabled her to help others do the same within the intersection of body and mental health.
Location: Los Angeles
Wear Your Voice: How do you describe your style?
Pia Schiavo-Campo: My style can’t be captured in a word. I love color and pattern and mixing them in unconventional ways. I’m super inspired by both boho and classic lines. I am in love with the bold fabrics from North Africa and India. And no matter what the garment is, it must be comfortable!! Oh, and anything with pockets is a plus.
WYV: What inspired your blog?
: My blog, Chronicles of a Mixed Fat Chick
, was inspired by my frustration at not seeing plus size women of color being represented in the media or in the body positivity movement. Our perspectives and experiences are incredibly important. Our voices need to be co-leading conversations, and not be treated as afterthoughts that allow people to check off the diversity box on their inclusiveness checklists. Women of color face many forms of oppression, and can offer an intersectional lens, which will only strengthen the movement.
WYV: Who are your three top Style Crushes?
PSC: My style crushes right now are:
- Miss Lion Hunter, who mixes patterns like a pro, and has seriously strong lipstick game!
- Ivory Jinelle, is a master thrifter and risk taker. I absolutely adore her ability to make vintage clothing look current and chic.
- My mother, Hazel, who was always dressed to the nines when I was growing up. She was so glamorous and her jewelry collection is everything!!
WYV: Where do you shop? What are your favorite brands/designers?
PSC: I shop everywhere. but it’s got to be a bargain! My faves are Ross, Marshalls, TJMaxx, Old Navy and Nordstrom Rack which, depending on the location, always have a great selection of plus size clothes. I also shop at ASOS because they offer great basics with free shipping and returns. And I do love a good thrift store — they’re great places to get one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces to build your wardrobe. And goodness knows I can never have enough jewelry — I’m a major collector!
WYV: How do you wear your voice?
PSC: My voice isn’t just comprised of the sound that comes out of my mouth. Wearing whatever the hell I want to tells the world that I’m OK with me and my large body. It conveys my lively spirit and confidence often better than anything I could verbalize. I take up space unapologetically, knowing that some folks will be uncomfortable with it. But if I don’t stand in my power, I am telling other women who look like me that they aren’t enough. And I never want to do that.
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