I thought I’d add this interview with Radio Presenter Jami Templeton, the woman behind the Fat and Fabulous Radio Show, taken from the great Fat and Fabulous Blog.
Full Figure Plus: Who is Jami Templeton?
Jami: Wow, who am I? That’s a loaded question. Haha. I’m sweet, feisty, intelligent, an air head, a diva and a homebody. By profession I am a radio personality, actress, television show creator, artist developer, manager, writer and singer. In my spirit, I am a woman who has learned a lot in the way of trial by fire. I am a plus sized diva, and after many years of struggle with body image, I landed in a place where I love myself regardless of what size I am, or what the scale says. I feel that when we go through these experiences, they always have a lesson that we are obligated to share with others that have similar struggles. We are all here to help each other, and if the pain I endured can help one woman or little girl to see that she can make it through, then it was worth it.
FFP: What are your thoughts on plus size fashion?
Jami: I think plus size fashion is amazing. I love that a young girl who is bigger than “average” can walk into a junior plus store and look just as cute as her thinner girlfriends. Plus size fashion has come a tremendously long way since I was in school.
FFP: Do you think plus size models are treated fairly?
Jami: I think that when something is different, it always takes a while for the world to catch up to the truth. I definitely commend the plus size models that are out there right now for forging a path. It’s an exciting time in fashion right now, where people are realizing that most of the world’s population is bigger than the sample sizes on the rack. Kudos to the models out there giving us positive, realistic images to look up to, and to the designers and runway producers who give them a place to shine.
FFP: How did you get interested in the music industry?
Jami: Music is my heart. I’ve always been like Ally McBeal. You know, the girl who always has a song playing in her head! I was singing before I could speak in complete sentences. For as long as I can remember, I knew that’s what I was supposed to do in this lifetime.
FFP: Do you think that blogs and social networking has helped or hurt the plus size community?
Jami: I definitely think they have helped raise awareness and put shame to rest. They give a voice to those of us who may not have had a voice before, and send the message that you can be beautiful at any size. And to me, that’s a fabulous message!
FFP: Where do you see the plus size fashion industry in five years?
Jami: Absolutely booming.