In Praise of Leggings as Pants


My body has a weird thing where it cycles up and down about 20-30 pounds every few years. Before you start with the OMG YOYO DIETING IS SO UNHEALTHY, let me reassure you that I don’t diet, and can only attribute these fluctuates to random stuff like geographical location (no, really), relationship status (really, really), […]

2013 Fatkini Review


Ok, so this post is kind of overdue, but I haven’t been able to get to the beach much this year living in Indiana. But I plan to enjoy Hollywood Beach every chance I get on my upcoming 2 week trip to Chicago! I’ve been wearing bikinis while fat for about eight years now, and […]

Style Icon: Shani Akilah Robin


Name:Shani Akilah Robin Your age: 29 years old.  It gets better each year! Your location:  Bloomington, Indiana What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? I am an anti-oppression advocate/activist.  My area of focus 9 to 5 pm and beyond is anti sexual assault/domestic violence work.  I […]

Fitness Party: Twerk 2 5K!


If you’re a Ms. Behaved regular, you’re well aware that editors Bianca and Rashaun are both hardcore fathletes- thick hotties who like to get physical for the joy of it, and bust stereotypes about fat people and fitness. Both Rashaun and I are runners (although I run really fucking slow, I’m out there almost everyday […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon – Lydia Brambila


Name: Lydia Brambila Age: 20 Location: Athens, GA What you “do” in your own words: I go to school, play in bands, work at a library, raise a cat, and sleep like the dead. What is your style philosophy in a nutshell? I like for my everyday wear to both be super comfy and also […]

Photographer Q&A: Mateo of Foto By Mateo

Gaudy God

I met Mateo in Chicago, at a kickball game, of all places. I was instantly captivated by his dream-like photography and wanted to share it with Ms. Behaved readers. -Bianca James Name: Mateo Age: 25 Location: Born Pittsburgh, last 5 years, Chicago. I spent 6 months in Hawaii after college in 2009 as well. What do you do, […]

Getting a Few Things Off My Chest


I have debated whether or not to respond to the ongoing kerfuffle about the snarky essay I wrote about bra fitting and vanity sizing and as a dishonest sales tactic back in April.  The piece ran months ago, with generally positive feedback and thought provoking discussion in the comments. That is, until some people in the […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Melissa Genova


Name: Melissa Genova, aka “Sweet Melissa” Age: 30 Location: Logan Square, Chicago What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Jill of all trades. Sexy Secretary. Grad Student. Cocktail Waitress. Musician. Performer. Writer!   What is your personal fashion philosophy? The easiest thing to change is hair. […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Amanda Lee

Amanda denim

Name: Amanda Lee Age: 32 Location: Chicago What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? My day job is doing graphic design and administrative items at a PR firm. I’m an artist, working mostly in digital collage and I run the queer plus size fashion blog In The […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Betty Devoe


Name: Betty Devoe Age: 30 Location: Chicago (currently) What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Whore/Performance Artist. The former since I began as an 18-year old fetish model/dominatrix and the later since birth (and working in professional children’s theater in Las Vegas). Currently I am a […]

Love Letter from the Fatshion Trenches: Summertime Rolls


Hello my sun worshippers and heliophobes, Is it officially summer yet? (Fuck it, it’s June at any rate!) Let’s talk SUMMER FATSHION today! VAMPY SUNDRESSES First off, fuck pastels. Wear a little black dress as a goth sundress, some high heeled sandals, sunglasses and blingy jewelry and pretend you are a mafia princess (that was […]

MsBehaved Style Icon: Catina

indian princess

Name: Catina Ponticello Age: 26 Location: Chicago, IL What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Collecting as many “hats” as possible since I can remember! There as never been one thing in particular I have wanted to do. As long as what I do allows me […]

Kinky Fashion Report: IML Weekend Chicago, 2012 (NSFW)


Hello Darlings, Hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend! Memorial Day weekend is a very special thing in Chicago, because we host the INTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER pageant (aka IML), which is SRS BIZNIS!!! What is International Mr. Leather, you ask? It’s an annual competition where (mostly) gay leathermen compete for the title of […]

MsBehaved Style Icon: Wontons


Name: Wontons (It’s what I’ve signed all my drawings with, and then people started calling me that. Some have asked if it’s my real last name, which always prompts a quick primer on Chinese culture from me.) Age: 27 Location: San Francisco What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you […]

Love Letter from the Fatshion Trenches: Swimsuit Edition


Dear Bathing Beauties, I recently discovered the the H&M in my work neighborhood now offers a plus size section! I am not quite sure what H&M’s deal is, because I used to shop there back in 2005, when they carried up to a size 18, and then for a while they seemed to only carry […]

Work It! Femmily: Youth Worker, Consent Activist, Fashionista!

Femmily loves hippos, and has this tattoo on her arm!

I first met Femmily at Clarisse Thorn’s SEX+++  documentary series, and again at Slut Walk Chicago last summer. She is a truly inspiring human being who works with at-risk youth as a full time career, is an activist promoting consent education as a means of ending rape, and still has time to throw body-positive dance parties, […]

Weekend Project: Disco Ball Eyelids!


Back in my misspent youth, I was very into Glam Rock. I had a college radio show called “All Things In Excess” (you can see old playlists here, check out my “David Bowie Ate My Balls” page as well for a blast of 1999 internet nostalgia) and spent a lot of time at a monthly […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: A.J. Durand AKA Trandroid


 Name: A.J. Durand or Trandroid Age: 30 Location: Logan Square, Chicago What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Well, I’ve been a full-time yoga instructor for 3 years, I’m developing my website and working on building Queer yoga workshops and classes into my schedule. I’m a […]

Love Letter from the Fatshion Trenches: Root Chakra Realness at Forever 21


Dear my Fatties and Fashion Lovers, Did you know that Forever 21 has a plus size line called “Faith 21?” Not all of their stores carry the line, but the one near my day job does, and it’s freaking awesome. (I encourage you to go into your local Forever 21 and  tell them to start […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Rashaun Ellis

Pretty in peplum!

Name: Rashaun Ellis Age: 30 Location: Athens, GA What you “do” in your own words: I write. What is your style philosophy in a nutshell? Personally, I think my style philosophy is totally boring and cliche, but it works for a lot of people. I say wear what makes you feel good and sexy, because when […]


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