We were so excited when Meara Rose Oberdieck agreed to model for us. Meara is smart, funny, beautiful, a classical pianist, and the winner of the Every BODY Model Search sponsored by Plus Model Magazine and Marla Wynne. Next month she will do a cover for the magazine in New York City, but this month she visited us at Blue Fish Clothing, in her home town of Fairfield, Iowa.
“People are going to judge and criticize no matter what. I dated guys when I was younger who told me I would only be beautiful if I lost some weight. That was so heartbreaking, but now I know how shallow it is. It has no bearing on the real me. I know some people are even going to criticize me for not being big enough to represent plus size women. I can’t please everyone, there’s always going to be something. What other people say about me doesn’t reflect who I am. I hope I can inspire other women as well. We are all totally unique but with more in common than we realize. By loving ourselves as we are we make the best example for anyone.”
“I went to University of Iowa on a full scholarship to become a classical pianist. Before recitals I would sometimes practice up to 8 hours a day. On those long days, I had to ice my hands in the evening. It’s similar to training to become a serious athlete, on a micro level. Now I teach, I write my own songs, I’m working on my singing voice. I’m happy. I especially love teaching high school kids, kids who want to be challenged, want to learn. It’s very gratifying.”
“What inspires me are women who don’t fit the classic “beauty type” who are putting themselves out there, who are having success in media, in film and in music. They’re not letting their body type determine what they can accomplish. I was inspired by (plus-size model) Ashley Graham, I was actually staying across the street from her when I first moved to Brooklyn. People criticize her for being too big, and for losing weight. She’s pretty happy with being herself. I think she’s absolutely amazing, and I look at her and think, I could do this!”
“Blue Fish clothing is so comfortable! I love that it’s made close to home and with sustainable materials. The organic cotton is so soft and smooth on my skin and the styles are so unique! Thank you so much for having me, Blue Fish!”
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