Self Care Stock Image: Plus Size Lolita Tea Party

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A plus size black woman pours a cup of tea from a teapot on a small black table. She’s wearing a pastel, fuzzy blue sweater, a cream or white skirt, a long white pearl necklace, a candy-colored bracelet, and blue, green and pink nail polish with a bit of nail art.

On the table in front of her are a white ceramic teapot decorated with a raised rose flower design, a vintage cloth napkin, and a white antique glass dish full of fresh red strawberries. Four pastel treats rest in a clear glass party dish with scalloped edges on a black wooden table. One is shaped like an adorable unicorn, with a gold horn, hand-drawn eyes and a cheerful smattering of sprinkles.

Since specialty clothing such as lolita wear is particularly hard to find in plus sizes, she’s understandably proud of her diligence and hard work in putting these outfits together. The photo speaks not only to the ingenuity of plus size women in expressing their fashion senses, but in the dearth of fast fashion, fancy dress, cosplay, costumes, loli, and other niche and subculture clothing available to this market.

This photo is part of a set of images that show that sometimes self-care means treating ourselves — not only to a sweet dessert, but to what our inner selves desire. And sometimes, for some people, that means a day of bubble-gum colors, pretty dresses, dress up and make believe.

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