The New Yorker firmly believes that any individual, irrespective of their size, can pull off any style they want to.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 18, 2021. It has since been updated.
Body-positive blogger Katie Sturino is on a mission to disprove the once cardinal rulebook of fashion no-nos. The New Yorker firmly believes that any individual—irrespective of their size—can pull off any style they want to and has been demonstrating it on her wildly popular Instagram account through the #SuperSizeTheLook series. Recreating extremely stylish fashion moments of notable celebrities in her own way, Sturino shows how confidence is the only accessory one needs to carry any look. "When I was married, I was very concerned about my body. I was obsessed with maintaining a size 12 or staying close to it. Then, about three years ago, I got separated and I gained a bunch of weight," Sturino wrote for Glamour in 2018.
"At first I didn’t even realize I was putting it on. I was working out, but it just kept happening. In total, I ended up gaining about 60 pounds. I became a size 16, which I still am, and a surprising thing happened—I really loved my body," she continued. "I channeled this love for my new look into The 12ish Style, my blog that's all about being chic at any size. I'd launched it while I was still married, but I wasn't really taking it seriously. Then as soon as I got divorced I had nothing but this panic energy, where I was waking up at 4:30 or 5 every morning ready to go. So I was like 'we need to put some real work into this.' I signed a manager, an agent, I started writing more and hired a real photographer."
"The 12ish became my escape. I put everything into it. I took all the pain, anxiety, and uncertainty and pushed it toward something I felt passionate about. It blew up really fast, and each day I'd talk to women on the platform who had changed their opinion about themselves because of it. They'd tell me stories about learning to love their bodies in a bathing suit, or just finally being able to accept themselves. It felt amazing, and I really credit it with helping me get through my divorce," Sturino added. "Now when I look back at pictures of myself from five years ago, I don't think, I look so skinny, or I look so young. I think I look so unhappy. I look at my eyes and my smile, and everything feels strained and forced. When I see a picture of myself now, I look at such a joyful person, and falling in love with my body gave me that happiness."
Here are some incredible looks from Sturino's #SuperSizeTheLook series: