Jasmine: Roller Derby Beauty

by Brittany on June 19, 2013

in Real Woman Style, Self & Body, Style & Beauty

Confession… nothing excites me as much as bad ass curvy women, rocking fashion and rocking life. I strive to surround myself with them, working beside them, being inspired by them, sharing their light with anyone I can my hands on.

And Jasmine? Well, she’s one addicting curvy role model. On top of being a fashion lover, she’s also mastered the art of the slash. You know, the graduate student/ mom of three/ freelance writer/ event planner/ digital marketing manager/ social media strategist/cake aficionado… oh yeah, and roller derby queen, kind of slash.

Bad ass, right?

I sat down with Jasmine earlier this week to talk about her body, her exciting hobby, and fantastic curvy style.

How would you describe your body?

I’d say I am hourglass shaped. I have a huge rack and pretty apparent hips. I am very athletic, with powerful legs and a strong carriage and presence. (I can’t believe I just wrote “carriage.” I have become my grandmother.)

Tell me about your favorite outfit?

My first favorite outfit is this awesome knit shirt with “love” in sequins and jeans; it’s comfortable and visually interesting. But, I also completely change it up and love this purple Cynthia Rowley dress. I have several of her dresses because I think they are amazing! The material hugs my body and they fit like a dream. Here is the thing, plus size women are always receiving messages about how we should cover up the fat rolls…hide them! We are told we can be sexy when we are “skinny.” I don’t think so, y’all! I put that dress on my body and I feel sexy. Suuure, I have belly fat from birthing three kids, and it shows in the dress, but I’ve also got sexy curves and powerful legs.

Purple dress

Where do you shop?

I live in Arkansas and we are behind in the fashion department for plus size fashion. So I mostly shop online. I’ve fallen in love with Modcloth! I know their “trendy” reputation and do not give a damn. I LOVE SHIRTS WITH BIKES ON THEM, Y’ALL! I also adore Seven jeans. My local Lane Bryant carries them and they are amazing on my backside.

Love Shirt Collage

You are in Roller Derby, I’m so jealous! Tell me how you got started.

I’ve always been a big fan of roller derby. Because I spend a lot of time online, I’d see videos of different roller derby videos, and one day I noticed a sticker on the back of a vehicle and I googled “NWA Roller Derby.” I discovered we had a league locally, and I made the goal to join. Shortly after I made that goal, I found out I was pregnant with my third child, so I had to wait. But, once the crotch parasite evacuated, and he weaned, I hightailed it to “fresh meat” bootcamp. It is basically a grueling 8 week roller derby boot camp where they try to break you. I made it through and now they are stuck with me. My derby name is Boombox. I love roller derby because it is always challenging. You always learn something new. More than that, it is something that it takes a lot of bravery and power to do. I think women should embrace more sports like roller derby. Glass ceilings and misogyny don’t exist in roller derby. The message is “go be your own hero.” No one tries to tell you can’t or shouldn’t do something in roller derby just because you have a vagina, and I am totally down with that.

You have so many exciting facets of your life, how do all those pieces play a role in your personal style?

Someone once called me “urban,” but I think that is because he was racist and refers to all black people as “urban.” My personal style typically centers around comfort and conversation. I like pieces that say something about me and are fun and comfortable. I work from home… so my style is usually “no pants.” At derby I am usually the one wearing butt ruffles on my derby skinz (a kind of uniform shorts we wear). BUTT RUFFLES, people! I am really outgoing and outspoken, so my style choices tend to reflect that.

Name your 5 beauty must haves.

1. Seven Jeans! I’ve never found another brand of jeans that fit me so well.

2. Mascara-Benefit’s Bad Gals

3. Chapstick or Lip Gloss

4. Bobby pins, I have to make sure and manage my curly hair!

5. Cacique t-shirt bra. (Note from Brittany: I live in these and can vouch for their awesomeness!)

Before you go, can we get one last fashion tip?

My best fashion tip is this, THROW OUT THE RULES! Ask yourself, “what feels good on my body?” Don’t listen when people say about certain body types wearing this or that. The truth is, your beauty will shine when you wear something that makes you feel amazing. Be you, yo!

Jasmine blogs her life and memoir at Just Jasmine; dealing with such raw topics as her marriage issues, mental health, body image, loss, love, and her day to do adventures, which for her? Are always amazing. She’s also active on Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Stephanie Precourt June 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

LOVE This. And Jasmine! So much.

Steph

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Um, I was YOUR fan first Steph ;)

Kristine June 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

I think she lives in my town!! :) inspirational! (and not just cuz I happen to love this little part of the world)

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

We live in the same town? NO WAY!

Brittany Leitzel June 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

Love, love, love the roller derby community. I play as Nelly Hurtado for my local league and was introduced to this awesome blog by a fellow skater, Laverne N. Surly. There is no “roller derby body” in our sport. Every body type comes with different skills and advantages. We’re all about strength, and not about losing weight or slimming down. Just because we’re athletes (and very serious ones, at that) doesn’t mean we can’t also be curvy. So much empowerment, and I can totally vouch for “a grueling 8 week roller derby boot camp where they try to break you.” Roller derby is the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I love your derby name!

erica June 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

Jasmine sounds like an awesome chick!

Nichole June 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I love Jasmine. Her ferocity inspired me to sign up for tae kwon do, at which I am so far very, very terrible. (She doesn’t knows that — or didn’t, anyway — because I haven’t told many people that I’m doing it. Because of all the terribleness. But there you go.)

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

WHAT! Oh my. This makes me so happy Nichole! It feels so good to be brave and do the things you imagined you could never do (even if we end up being terrible at them).

maddie June 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Love me some Jasmine no matter what! :) She is amazing!

Maddie

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Maddie. Thank you!

Heather H June 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I love her style! Gorgeous girl and beautiful tattoo. I like that her outfits are conversation pieces yet comfortable. The older I get, comfort plays more of a role in my shopping experiences:)

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Comfort means you can feel more confident. I could never feel sexy when all I could think about was sucking in my hanging parts ;)

Brannan June 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Gorgeous! Seriously one awesome lady.

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Thanks Brannan!

MattD June 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Boss. Toughsmartbeauty.

Jasmine June 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Haha! Thanks MattD!

Amber June 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

She is gorgeous and just shines with confidence!

Jasmine June 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thanks Amber!

Pamela June 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I support our local roller derby team here in shreveport, la, I hope you come here one day!

Jasmine June 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Pam, our All Stars just played the Big Easy Roller Girls

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