Introduction to our newest member!

Our Wings & Strokes family is growing and we are super excited about all those who have joined us 🙂 I’d like to introduce you to our newest member.

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He is a government auditor, a radio jockey and a travel enthusiast! He is a keen observer of social behaviors, follows changing geo-political facets, socio-economic initiatives around the globe. He is a young man with vision and purpose. He has a flair for writing and would be sharing his thoughts with you all. We welcome Mr.Raza Ahmed Sukhera to our team.

We are hoping to bring you some very interesting excerpts from him.

Keep watching this space for more!

Signing off!

W&S

 

 

Back to school checklist!

Summer comes to an end! For parents its the beginning of their child’s academic year. As exciting as it is, it can be stressful. Of course we don’t want everything to be done at the very last minute so we made a checklist to help us accomplish it all before the first day!

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  • Make sure your child is properly registered for school, particularly if he or she is going to a new school.

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  • Ensure that your child is finishing (and finishing well) any summer homework that has been assigned.

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  • Schedule  doctor and dental appointments before the school starts. Many kids need certain immunizations before school starts. For little ones it could be problems like cavities, new tooth etc. that needs attention as you most certainly don’t want them missing out on anything because of a toothache.
  • Get any school supply checklists from your child’s school. (Many schools post them on their school websites.)
  • Confirm any before and after school care that your child needs during the school year so that you don’t have any surprises on the first day of school.

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  • Plan some play dates for your child before school starts. Often kids get disconnected from their school friends during the summer because they don’t see them every day. Help them reconnect by inviting old school friends over to play.
  • Schedule a haircut for your child if you haven’t already done so. Trust me your little ones will definitely feel more excited about going to school if they know their hair looks new too
  • Visit your child’s school; find your child’s classroom. Look for the cafeteria, the bathroom, the gym, the outdoor playground, and the front office. Anxiety goes down when kids get the chance to walk around a school before it starts.
  • Help kids clean up their rooms. Many become disasters over the summer. Now is the time to get them organized so that your child can easily find his or her clean clothes. My 5 year old actively helps me clean up her room, we change the layout of the room sometimes to keep things interesting.
  • Store school supplies in an easy-to-locate place.

 

  • Start changing your child’s sleep and eating schedules to match the school’s schedule. Most kids have gotten into a summer schedule where they sleep in late and eat breakfast and lunch at odd hours.
  • Fill out all school paperwork. Parents often get flooded with forms from the school, either before school starts or right after it does.
  • Create a route for getting to school. Even if your child rides a bus, get a copy of the bus schedule and follow it with your car. That way your child can see where the bus goes and where it stops. (Some kids get very anxious about their bus routes, particularly if they have to change buses or the bus stops at multiple schools.)
  • Take your child grocery shopping. Together, find healthy foods for snacks and school lunches.

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  • Create a homework space. Find a place for your kids to do homework. If it’s a designated space for homework (such as a desk in their room), help them set it up with supplies. If it’s a shared space, create a folder, backpack, or box where they can keep track of their homework supplies.
  • Set up a homework time now. Get kids in the habit of reading books during the homework time so that when school starts, they’re ready to start doing homework again.
  • Get excited about school starting. When kids see that you value education, they’ll be more apt to value it as well.

Post your checklist on the fridge. That way its always infront of you and you won’t miss anything important. Make good use of sales (if any) and get everything ready!

Our little ones won’t be so little after a few years so let’s cherish the time when we can still get excited about their new class and first days! and yesss!!! Take lots of photos!!

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Much love!

W & S!

 

Independence day each year!

Each year we think about celebrating our independence day with great fervor. We plan a lot of things and then there are others who plan to sleep the entire day. Some of us take this opportunity to tell the upcoming generation how we got this beautiful land while others spend the entire day watching television. We all are different in our own ways, we all take things differently and we all have our own ways of celebrating something. Speaking of celebration of course we can’t deny the fact that a lot has changed over the years, the good old days of decorating our houses in colors of green and white, finding the biggest flag in the market, watching the fire works, bringing fire crackers, getting up in the morning to watch the glorious parade, singing patriotic songs, and the list is endless. There was something about the 14th of August that made us proud and happy. Times have changed, we have buried our good old traditions somewhere and adapted to the modern belief of less is more. Hence we think of not doing anything at all except maybe watch TV and sleep the whole day. Hats off to all those who still make an effort to keep the spirit alive! Truly!

I personally believe in keeping up with all that we have experienced over the years but also make a difference by doing something for my country. Planting a tree or two, eating with the poor, cleaning the neighborhood, educating poor children on my own etc.

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Over the years, we have heard some of the greatest patriotic songs of our times. Let’s relive those and recall the good times. I thought maybe it would make us stop and think for a second how we spent our independence day this year and inspire us enough to spend it differently next year. Enjoy!

Dil Dil Pakistan

How can we forget Dil Dil Pakistan. The song we grew up with! Its original version is still as fresh as ever in our minds and nothing beats that!

Jazba Junoon

Junoon brought forward a song that took the entire generation by storm. With glimpses of the 92 world cup in its video, it became an instant hit!

Ae Jawan

Ae Jawan by the young boys of Awaz shot in the breathtaking mountains of our country was a treat to watch.

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Faakhir came out with his solo and touched hearts all over.

Ae Rah e Haq Ke Shaheedo

This years Coke Studio gave us goose bumps by bringing forward this masterpiece. A tribute to all martyrs who lost their lives for the beloved country.

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Mersmerizing vocals of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan never fail to win our hearts.

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Strings came out with this song in times of crisis and could relate to the common man and his problems. Became an instant hit!

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Last years Coke Studio brought together different artists to relive this beauty.

 

There are of course many other beautiful patriotic songs out there. Do tell us your favorites! 🙂

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The man that changed the world map. He fought to create the country we call our home, Pakistan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah known as the Quaid-e-azam took a dream, a hope, a thought and made it a reality.

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Let’s make our Quaid proud. He gave us this beautiful homeland  and its upto us to take care of it preserve its ideology. Let’s not forget the minorities are very much a part of each and every one of us. Live and let live!

Long live Pakistan!

We are back!

Hello everyone! Yes I realize that I have been away for quiet some time but life has its own way of keeping us occupied in ways that are beyond our control. Anyway I’m back with more to share with you all 🙂 Can’t wait to get started! Let’s begin! Cheers!

Celebrating Fathers!

 

They say, A father’s love is just as important to a child’s development as a mother’s, and sometimes more so. Father’s are unsung heroes! They work really hard to give us the life that we live and the person we become.  Through all the joy, the love, the care…we want to take this day and cherish our fathers by telling them that they matter more than they know, that we love them more than we show. That their presence alone makes all the difference in our lives. The comfort, love, strength we get from our heroes is much more than we ever imagined and we are immensely proud to have each one of you in our lives. To all fathers out there! 🙂

As they say :

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Today, we bring you the most heartfelt wishes to celebrate this day and to tell our fathers how much they mean to us.

Mayah Essam Khattak: (Daughter of Mr & Mrs. Essam Khattak)

Baba,  You are my first best friend, my biggest advocate, my pillar of strengths, my partner in crime, my secret-keeper (specially from Ma) my hero, my king… What more could any girl want? Happy Father’s Day. Love, Mayah

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Farwa Hussain Khan:

Today when we can see and hear that everyone is taking out time to wish all the amazing fathers in the world, I want to give a massive shoutout to my wonderful Father who has been my King since day one. Thank you Father for all the times you did not reach like a father but as my best friend. Thank you for always giving me shoulder to cry on. Thank you for letting me know my worth. And most of all thank you for raising me like a princess. Today, I want to tell you that I adore you and I love you but other than that I respect you so much because you’ve raised me in such a way which I’m sure that no other could, no other man can, no other man will. I will always be your little princess and you’ll always be my King.

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Talha Zahid:

My dad is a friend of mine, he is what any boy can ask for. He never lets me down and he does more then in his power to make me happy. I am the luckiest guy ever to have a father this amazing. Love him to bits

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Sabrina Shigri:

There have been ample times I doubted myself and was scared of failure but my dad has been a constant support through countless mood swings to just be okay with well i guess life in general.

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Raza Ahmed Sukhera:

If I count the most impacting feelings of my life, my father holding my hand, garbing me upwards while climbing to the train when we were leaving from Lahore I was hardly 5 or 6 years old I guess. Then one day we both were sitting at tube well in-front of our home and I can still feel the sound of water pumping out along-with his voice inquiring how much semesters are left of my graduation. I felt like he was tired. There have been lot of ups and downs since he left, and now I feel that these ups and downs would have been less fatigued, less horrifying if he would have been with us. Always miss him, specially on little achievements, little appreciations I receive.

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Aly Sher Khan:

“Thank you baba! For being a mountain in our lives. without you nothing would have been possible!”

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Asher Dewan:

Happy father’s day . God bless you with good health and long life .

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Usman Mukhtar: 

Thank you for the comfort of knowing that whatever goes wrong, I have a dad who can fix it. Happy Father’s Day!!

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Ali Mahboob:

I am what I am today because of you and I can’t thank you enough. You will always be my hero, my strength! Happy Father’s day!

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Saleha Raza:

My first love and my ideal and how I imagine all the men in the world to be as dedicated about their relationship as he has always been ! He always supported us in every walk of life, whether it was decisions concerning education or lifelong decision like getting married.
I love my Dad to the moon and back !!!

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What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

 

Happy Father’s Day everyone!!

Regards,

Wings & Strokes

Beat the Heat with our Summer skin care tips

 

Summer is here and it is impossible to beat the heat and sun rays that constantly damage our skin and hair. Let’s begin by finding ways to minimize the damage and make the most of this weather.

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Your best bet is to make friends with H2O. That’s right! It is extremely important to stay hydrated. Water just about covers all, takes care of your internal and external problems. Keep in mind that if you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, triple your water intake.

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  • Your lips need attention like your skin. Use a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 and reapply when outdoors.

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  • Keep your skin hydrated with masques,  you will find many things that work wonders for your skin right in your own kitchen, cucumber for instance works for your eyes and rest of the face both, i would personally skip a cucumber masque and apply the cool cucumber directly for better results.

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  • Cleansing. Toning. Moisturizing! Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity.Yes, your skin needs a moisturizer in summers considering the amount of heat it will be taking in every day. Choose something that feels incredibly light on your skin.

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  • It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently. A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can and of course choose an oil free product.
  • A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

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  • Take a cold shower, as hot showers further damage your skin and scalp.

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  • Embrace the goodness of summer fruits. Melon is a fruit of choice for beautiful summer skin for treating skin from within. The sweet delicious fruit is rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion. It is believed that it can actually boost your SPF by several factors.

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  • Don’t forget your hands.The thin skin on your hands wrinkles and pigments easily, so be sure to use sunblock daily. I neglected my hands last year and got a terrible tan with all the driving and sun exposure.

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  • The best tool for an even summer skin tone is probably already in your fridge. Cut a large strawberry in half, take a fork and poke at the flesh to awaken the juices, then swipe it across your face in small circles.Leave it on for about two minutes, then rinse off. This will brighten sun and age spots over time.

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  • Invest in a pair of good sunglasses and a large hat if you like to wear one otherwise a small umbrella should do the trick.

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  • Want to freshen your feet after a day in hot shoes? Soak them for 30 minutes in warm water that’s been infused with a pot of strong black tea.

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    Summers can be long and so its up to you to make the most of it! If you have useful tips to share, feel free to comment below.

    Happy Summers! 🙂

My BIG to do list!

Endless chores,endless tasks, daily lists, weekly lists and monthly goals…we all have these written somewhere…but then one day i sat down to make a list of all the things i want to do in the next 5 to 10 years….my BIG to do list! And no this isn’t just about regular routine things, this gives some meaning to my everyday life. it gives me something to look forward to..things that i always have at the back of my head but i don’t talk about them or write them down. So today i decided to jot everything down…(well not everything,but a few of them…)

So here is my BIG to do list:

Travel the world

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Start my own preschool

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Learn to swim

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Learn to play the guitar

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See the northern lights

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See the pyramids

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Write books for children

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Hot air balloon ride

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Take kids to Disneyland

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Watch the world cup final-live

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Visit a palace

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Deep sea diving

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Ride a bike

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Help build a mosque

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Play volleyball again

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Horseback riding

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Make a difference in someone’s life

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Learn to cook different cuisines from the world’s best chefs

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Be part of a flash mob

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Read more books

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Buy my own house

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Enroll my daughters in a ballet class

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Dance with the man I love

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Be my own boss

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Try new things in life without any hesitation

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I’m sure if i keep sitting here, a gazillion other things would start popping up in my head so let’s wrap this up! i would love to hear about your BIG to do list, share the top 3 things on your wishlist 🙂

Be happy, keep others happy. Life is too short, make each day count. Try not to hurt the one’s your love or the one’s who love you. Cherish each other before the time is gone…each second lost will never come back…Here’s to dreams! Cheers!

 

Gorgeous plus size models, truly inspirational!

It is extremely important to know and accept who you are. Tall/ short, dark/fair/wheatish, fat/slim..embrace yourselves and others around you. I came across something that inspired me and i thought of sharing it, knowing the struggle of a woman in the world of today. Remember, being you is what defines real beauty!

 

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Out of all the newish fashion trends the ‘plus-size’ is the most sensational one. The first-rated fashion houses all over the world refill their modeling families with gorgeous plus-size girls. More and more fashion editorials and brands expand to include larger sizes. The high-profile ad campaigns can’t stop to highlight the exquisite beauty of voluptuous bodies. Instagram ‘plus-size’ hashtags and accounts go viral. The beauty bloggers and critics discuss the pros and cons of full-figured beauty. In a word, the plus-size trend has revolutionized the modeling industry with her long-standing standards of body type.
Nevertheless the ‘plus-size’ is still a loaded term and causes a stir at every turn. So while everyone all over the web is trying to offer up an opinion on the ‘genetically gifted’ bodies, missing the thought and stories of the models themselves. These are must-know names of the plus-size modeling world. They really have a lot for you to know.

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Kate Upton

“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me!’
This outsized diva has skyrocketed to fame in the fashion world owing to her outstanding shape. She never dreamed she would be high fashion model and one of most talked about personalities all over the world. After her debut in Sports Illustrated she had the extended-size monopoly featuring the 10-size swimwear. She smiled from the covers of fashion magazines showing off her sun-kissed skin and beach curls. Kate is pretty sure that there is no reason to hide the curves. Being plus-sized is a reason to flaunt this fact. That’s why she is blatantly upfront about her body. She keeps the meal plan under control and works out hard at the gym. The full-figured bombshell admits it was hard for her to conceive so many negative statements and non-stop questions like ‘Is she really so fat?’ Now she’s learned to ignored the critics and just enjoy. And you know what? We’re happy she can.

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Ashley Graham

I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.’
Once in an air-punching moment of scandalous plus-size stream the 16-sized girl in a tiny black bikini blew up the world. Ashley Graham is one of the most famous oversized ladies. Her over-the-top career includes the spreads of the best editions like Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Elle. She has started her modeling career at the age of 12. That’s why the 27-years old model feels absolutely free in the co-working environment of perfectly skinny models. Her considered opinion is that there society needs more body education in schools, because that’s where eating and mental disorders start. Teen girls take the beauty standards too literally and simply have no chance to love their gifted bodies. Changing the fashion industry has never been easy but Ashley broke the barriers down. Let’s give her a standing ovation!

Tara-Lynn

Tara Lynn

 ‘I like to believe that my pictures are used as an inspiration for girls who struggle with a poor self-image. It encourages them. I get a lot of messages from girls who tell me that looking at my pictures, or from one of my colleagues, makes them feel better and more secure in their body. They are happy to see someone they can identify with.’
The next plus-size trendsetter is body conscious Tara Lynn, who gets men’s heart racing even more than slim models counterparts. She is best known for the cover of Elle France. Then her gorgeous photoshoots spreads appeared in Vogue Italia, CR Fashion and others. She often shares her thoughts about plus-size mainstream and hardly strives for the oversized models rights on their way to being seeing as full-fledged fashion icons. By the way Miss Lynn’s French and Spanish are fluent and moreover she has a degree in linguistics. Who else but the lady like she is capable of stirring a fashion-revolution?!

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Robyn Lawley

I’ve got big hips and a big body. I’m double, triple the size of other models – and I embrace that – I own it.
This ‘body-gifted’ model is well known for her covers of Italian Vogue, GQ and Cosmopolitan Australia. She amazed everyone with her stunning spread of Elle France and the ad works with Mango, Ralph Lauren, Marina Rinaldi, Persona Collezioni. She debuted the exclusive line for H&M. This year she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015 showing off the bikini from her own line.
You’ll be surprised but moreover she has her own food blog, takes viral photoshoots of her plus-sized colleges and writes articles for the Daily Beast. Now please take a seat because at the beginning of the March 2015 she gave a birth to her first child.
She smiles when someone asking her ‘How is it possible to manage all these things?’ Still people around continuing to guess the secret of her magnetism and unquenchable energy, I just want to call her the true women. Amen!

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Denise Bidot

‘Being you is what defines real beauty.’
The advocate of curvaceous women and the international plus-size model who exploded the fashion standards with a size 14. She was praised to be present on the catwalk by Anna Wintour (OMG!). This full-figured leading diva is a famous TV personality. She even was a part of J Lo and Tyra Banks shows. But she thinks that her main task is to learn the ‘plus-size’ industry and to spread a worldwide message that the only limit of beauty is located in our heads.

Courtesy: herbeauty.co