100 Percent People - Plus-Size Model Sabine Gruchet
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100 Percent People

As a Plus-Size Model I come across many websites, blogs and online communities relating to plus-sizes fashion and body empowerment. Platforms where Plus Size individuals can meet like minded people, form friendships and generally get help and support which is often hard to come by if you are suffering weight, eating disorders, self esteem, body image, confidence and other issues.

Picture this…

15 years ago Kathryn was tall and slim but in her mind she thought she was fat – when she looks back at pictures of herself she realizes how silly she was. (5’8” tall and weighing 10.2 stone!) The reason for this was caused by viewing scantily clad skinny women on TV and in the media. When she was talking to a colleague one day and stated how fat she felt he said she wasn’t, she was “100% Woman”.

This is the story of Kathryn Whatton – 100% People, Managing Director who goes on to explain….

During that period communal changing rooms were introduced across the land which was a horror for myself, if you thought you had any amount of flesh the effect it had was so negative.

This resulted in her new fashion business, 100% Woman, with huge changing rooms and the facility to shut your self away with hubby, kids even the dog if you wanted to with tea and coffee (Wine at Xmas). For Kathryn business boomed but, due to family issues it caused her to, unfortunately, close the business down.

Over 8 years later, and with modern technology i.e. in the internet, www.100percentpeople.com was born. Kathryn states: “Being a little larger in one or more area doesn’t just affect women, it affect men and children alike.

The site was created to cater for the needs of real individuals. If you are one of the over 50% (around 32 million) in the UK or over 60% in the USA who are larger than average in one or more areas, then this site was created for you.

We are not trying to say that it is alright to be unhealthy, unfit or out of shape. We do however want to help and support people and provide a platform where you can meet like minded individuals, form friendships and get information and advice.

Society does not always cater for the needs of those who are classed outside the ‘norm’- whatever that is! For example you don’t have to be just a large frame but if you are seven feet tall you might have a rough ride when travelling with limited legroom and if you have large feet it can be hard to find shoes to fit. For all of these people and more, we provide support, advice and information, which is why we are called 100% People!

If you pick up most mainstream fashion magazines in any newsagents and flick through the pages, you will see reams of scantily clad skinny models. However at long last the media have now started featuring larger individuals, although we do feel there is still a long way to go to get the balance right.

Many eating disorders are often caused by body perception which in turn has been caused due to imagery portrayed in magazines and on the catwalk.

Over the last 7 years the site has progressed and we have just relaunched and we intend that 100% People will become the one stop shop by providing information to help everyone feel great about themselves, no matter what shape or size they are.

  • We have introduced a brand new 100% People community where like minded individuals can discuss issues, find support and advice.
  • 100% People has the largest directory in the world for plus size clothing together with a range of other areas we think will be of interest.
  • Fashion, Health & Beauty
  • News & Reviews
  • ‘We like’ section on Plus Size Blogs
  • Our ‘Men Only’ section – because often the men get forgotten.
  • Plus Size Stories from around the world – for you to tell us your issues – hopefully to share with others to get different perceptions from across the globe .

Don’t forget, if you find something they haven’t got tell them and they will try to include it.

It seems that even though the whole world is becoming more and more aware of the ever changing shapes and sizes in society across the globe, unfortunately there is still very little being done to combat it; that is where 100% People come in. So log on, chat, shop and discover. It’s all here at 100% People and it’s free to join, so what are you waiting for?!

I asked Kathryn, what is different about 100% People? – We have advertising on the site that will ensure the costs are covered in order to bring the user such a comprehensive site but 50% of any profits made will go directly to the British Heart Foundation to ensure that we make a difference to not only our target audience but to the lives of many other individuals.

So with 50 % of the profits going to the British heart foundation why not join the community today?

Sabine xxx

Plus-Size Model – Sabine Gruchet

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