Fresh from being named the 2016 Blog Correspondent by Full Figured Week, Maui Bigelow and her blog – PHAT Girl Fresh are reaching new heights. It is not the first award that Maui has won and we’re sure it won’t be the last. Her blog focuses on the twin aims of being a voice for women while encouraging them to find their own voice and start using it. The plus size community has been given a voice by the advent of blogging as real women have been able to communicate, connect and support each other in a way that the fashion industry and mainstream media has neglected. Bloggers have come out and shown their ideas, inspirations and fashion without having to apologize for the person they are and the body they are in. It has helped to push the fashion industry to new heights.
Maui started her blog after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She had gone through chemotherapy and lost a lot of her hair, she was depressed and saw darker days ahead. She came to a point where she didn’t want other people to see her. As she came through cancer, Maui realized that she wanted to use the experience to help others. PHAT stands for Passionate, Happy, Appreciative and True and just came to Maui when she was doodling and thinking about her blog. In her younger days Maui dreamed of being an author and a school teacher and she has achieved both of these dreams – and much more.
As a freelance writer Maui Bigelow is a contributing editor for Gorgeous In Grey and The Curvy Fashionista. She has been featured in magazines globally and her message resonates with millions of people worldwide. Maui is passionate about women helping other women. As women that have had similar experiences, they can help each other learn and grow. This is what happens when women get together to support each other and FabUplus magazine know the future is bright if we all take Maui’s approach to life.