Letter From The Editor: Encourage Those Lippy Legs

Summer 2017_Chispa Magazine - Lipedema Cover Story-Stacy Ann GrossHow dare I put a fat girl on the cover? And no, it’s not Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect although Stacy Ann Gross surely knows how to make a lasting impression, too. Yes, our cover girl is no renowned celebrity to the world, but she is to her home and those who surround her. And yes, again, at Chispa Magazine we love bubble butts and want to encourage women of all shapes and sizes to “Not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

By placing our heavy-set cover girl with lippy legs, front and center, are we endorsing unhealthy eating habits and no exercise? No. Actually, as Cure Lipedema and Dr. Maulik Shah state, “Lipedemic fat cannot be exercised or even starved away.” To maintain the “current large” size that many lipedema patients are living in, they exercise a minimum of 30 mins in an aquatic setting, per day. That means, aqua running, aqua aerobics, or even swimming. In fact, another lipedema warrior we have become close to, swims two hours per day, just to stay at her normal-large size. Have you tried that recently? Did you know resistance in the pool can range from four to 42 times greater than air, ensuring the body’s muscles get a rigid workout?

So, lippy ladies actually workout as beasts, and instead of reaping the benefits of comradery, our culture praises the thin, the controversial, and those with the most social likes. This summer, rather than just having mercy for the bald woman who perhaps is undergoing chemo, our hope is that you can empathize with fat disorders, too. Let’s all look beyond outward appearances. For my fellow Lippy Ladies and heavy-set super heroes, we need to learn from our cover girl Stacy Ann Gross and Allison Kimmey, the 30-year-old self-help author and speaker who roars about this issue.

“My daughter called me fat today,” she wrote in an Instagram caption of a photograph of herself and her four-year-old daughter in bathing suits. “She was upset I made them get out of the pool and she told her brother that mama is fat.” Instead of getting upset, this Florida mom asked her daughter to meet her upstairs for a little talk. She then explained that “fat” is something everyone has, in order to protect their muscles and bones, plus “fat” gives bodies their energy. And yes, some people have more fat than others, but no one is better or worse because of it, she explained. Kimmey also wrote, “Fat is not a bad word in our house. If I shame my children for saying it then I am proving that it is an insulting word and I continue the stigma that being fat is unworthy, gross, comical and undesirable.” 

Some like myself, don’t have fat-binding properties in their metabolism, so we can’t turn fat into energy, hence, leading fat to float within the body. Overtime they become painful fat tumors on the thighs, which gives birth to lipedema. And, once again, these fat tumors can’t be starved or exercised away.

So, did we place a fat girl on the cover? No, we graced our summer issue with Stacy Ann Gross, a hero to many, including myself.

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Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Editor-in-Chief at Chispa Magazine
Mavian Arocha-Rowe is known as an asset to the business and communications industry. As the founding editor for CHISPA, which successfully launch at the end of July 2014 at the National Women’s Survivors Convention, Arocha-Rowe is motivating, coaching, and advocating “your authenticity should be your strategy,” for all women, regardless of their season and roles. Her chispa is evident within all she does, including her clients like Organic Spa Magazine, PINK, and Pevonia who enjoy the fruits of her labor. Aside from leading editorial teams, she specializes in building her clients’ business via social media, digital marketing, public relations efforts, and more; plus, guarantees each marketing effort is aligned with vision, mission, ambition, and brand strategy. She has served as editor-in-chief for five publications and for the past 15 years, has directed multiple art and marketing departments as creative director and brand manager. What supersedes all of these great accomplishments and past career endeavors is her new role as wife and mother living in Atlanta. She has a vibrant, warm, and giving soul and is busy working on the formula for balance: wife, mother, daughter, sister, mompreneur, marketer, business coach, cook, writer, interior decorator, and the list goes on. Challenging herself to discover and bravely pursue the calling for her life, Arocha-Rowe hopes throughout this journey she helps other women, and businesswomen discover and pursue their life’s assignment.

Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Mavian Arocha-Rowe is known as an asset to the business and communications industry. As the founding editor for CHISPA, which successfully launch at the end of July 2014 at the National Women’s Survivors Convention, Arocha-Rowe is motivating, coaching, and advocating “your authenticity should be your strategy,” for all women, regardless of their season and roles. Her chispa is evident within all she does, including her clients like Organic Spa Magazine, PINK, and Pevonia who enjoy the fruits of her labor. Aside from leading editorial teams, she specializes in building her clients’ business via social media, digital marketing, public relations efforts, and more; plus, guarantees each marketing effort is aligned with vision, mission, ambition, and brand strategy. She has served as editor-in-chief for five publications and for the past 15 years, has directed multiple art and marketing departments as creative director and brand manager. What supersedes all of these great accomplishments and past career endeavors is her new role as wife and mother living in Atlanta. She has a vibrant, warm, and giving soul and is busy working on the formula for balance: wife, mother, daughter, sister, mompreneur, marketer, business coach, cook, writer, interior decorator, and the list goes on. Challenging herself to discover and bravely pursue the calling for her life, Arocha-Rowe hopes throughout this journey she helps other women, and businesswomen discover and pursue their life’s assignment.