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The Curvy Girl Winnipeg clothing exchange a plus-size affair

The clothing exchange, in support of the Military Family Resource Centre, is for size 14 and up in a body-positive environment.

Heather Witherden says the exchange is about feeling good in your own body no matter your size.

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Heather Witherden says the exchange is about feeling good in your own body no matter your size.

Heather Witherden is not afraid to refer to herself a woman with curves. In fact, she embraces it.

“I think we all need to feel good about ourselves,” said Witherden, “and being able to dress in clothes that make us feel good is important.”

Witherden and her colleagues from the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) at 17 Wing are in the process of collecting quality new and used clothes for a clothing exchange to be held January 15 at the St. James Legion at 1755 Portage Avenue.

There’s a catch to this particular clothing exchange: all items must be over size 14.

The Curvy Girl event is for plus sized women looking to refresh their wardrobe in a fun and body positive shopping environment.

“We are encouraging women to go through their closets and find items they may be tired of but that are still in good shape with no rips, missing buttons or stains. Accessories are welcome too. Clothes can be brought to the MFRC at 102 Comet Avenue.”

Witherden said on the day of the event, donations will need to be dropped off at the Legion in the afternoon.

Ladies who donate items will be registered to participate. If someone did not donate any clothes but wanted to take part, they can make a $15 contribution that will go to the MFRC.

While not sure if this plus size clothing exchange is a first for Winnipeg, Witherden hopes that it’s something that takes off.

“The reality is, there are a lot of us who have body shapes that fit the 14 plus category.”

For more information, check out the Curvy Girl Facebook Exchange.

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