From C+C — MTV’s unabashed heroine Chelsea Settles, has made great strides since the cameras started capturing her every move, including her relocation to Los Angeles from her hometown of Pittsburgh.

She is now ready to pursue a career in fashion and the next obvious step is securing a job in one of the upscale boutiques that are nestled in Beverly Hills. Considering how shy and withdrawn Settles tends to be especially when she feels she is on display, any viewer would be nervous for her, especially since we are all relatively familiar with the social climate in cities like LA. Living and thriving in a city where your bread and butter could depend solely on looks and sex appeal could prove to be a daunting task for any young woman who is over 300 pounds.

But in the last couple of episodes, Settles has enviably cast aside her demons and fearlessly walked down the catwalk alongside the obvious adornments of models, actresses and socialites, without missing a step or shuddering at the realization that she is surrounded by some of the thinnest people on the planet. She makes her rounds to a couple of shops and ends the day not feeling very secure or hopeful. Some of her encounters are filmed and you can tell as she walks into some of the stores, the reaction isn’t exactly hostile but rather politely robotic.

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  • shug avery

    Hell no, I just believe that it is tedious and expensive for fat women to find affordable, stylish clothing. But if you’re willing to look long and hard (and i mean long and hard) then you will find what you need. My biggest problem as a fat woman is being able to go to one place to get what I need. I usually have one line I go to for jeans, another for outer wear, another for dresses, and blouses, and so on. It’s disappointing when I go in to some stores and see the hideous selection of clothing on the racks for my size but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

  • Kaydee-P

    Of course not! As shug said, it’s a matter of options. Fashion in the last few years has been heavily about mixing and matching, and as a bigger woman your choices are already limited (often to some awful stuff), let alone having enough of them to pair things up.

  • If you have to ask this question, you ain’t been in an Ashley Stewart. I’m a 14, my sister is a 2 and she SWEARS she cannot find clothes that cute in her size.

  • Good for her. It’s great to have women of all different body types represented in the popular media. The key to that sentence, though, is ALL, not just the extremes.

    And no, I’m not saying that size 14 is extreme. But what about size 8s and 10s? They’re almost never represented at all.

  • There are plenty of plus-sized fashion bloggers showing the world that you can be a big girl and still be stylish, fashionable, sexy and even trendy. Just because we can’t walk into any old boutique and get what we want doesn’t mean it’s impossible for us to look good.