Plus One Woman is going north of the border this week to interview Ontario-based fashion and body positivity blogger, activist, and speaker Ena Dumais.
Ena is the creative for behind Pretty, Plus, and Proud, where she chronicles her journey to self-love and –acceptance, provides makeup tips, stresses the importance of loving yourself, teaches how to cultivate a positive mindset, and shares her shopping scores (frequently at Torrid).
She is also honest about her daily life, her family, and living with MS. I just love her blog because it radiates positivity, strength, and finding joy in your everyday life.
Please enjoy the following interview and make sure to check Ena out on social media at the links below—she is especially active on her YouTube channel. Her videos are a blast to watch—especially her shopping hauls and her body positive talks. Be sure you subscribe so you can snag her giveaways!
- One of the strongest messages on your blog that resonates with me is learning to love who you are, where you are right now. How did you learn that yourself, and what do you say to the woman who really struggles with accepting herself as she is?
I guess for me, wisdom came with age. I turned 50 and was tired of fighting with my body. I thought to myself I don’t want to waste any more time trying to be something I’m not. I didn’t want to spend any more time counting calories, weighing food, and hiding in clothes too big for me. For women still struggling, I would say that life is short and spending it hating yourself is a battle that there is no winner. You don’t want to miss any more special moments with loved ones that you can’t get back.
- I really loved your “Inspiring Women” series you did earlier this year. You highlighted some of your heroes from social media, and how they are beautiful inside and out. What inspires you as a woman?
Women who have fought the battle with themselves and have come out loving their curves. Women who see their lumps, bumps, scars, and stretch marks as signs of a life well lived are my heroes. They are the women little girls should be admiring—not what they typically see in social media, TV, movies, or print media.
- What are some of your favorite fashion and/or makeup combinations you have worn lately?
Recently I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried on a skirt/t-shirt combination that I didn’t think I’d like, but I loved it and I bought it. I plan to rock it at a Body Positive event I’m attending Thanksgiving weekend!
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