Body Positive Babe: Sarah Tripp
Meet Sarah Tripp, otherwise known by her blog name, Sassy Red Lipstick. She is a role model, a fashion blogger, a body positive advocate, and all around female boss power house. She started her blog back in 2013 and over the past five years has built a booming business all while spreading positivity through her size inclusive take on fashion. Her blog is where she expresses her creativity and feminine sense of style but her goal is to do more than just provide fashion inspiration. She wants to remind women that they don't need to be a size 2 to be fashionable and feel confident. She says, "I want all my readers to know that body confidence is the sexiest attribute a woman can have. I’m a firm believer that once you learn to love your body, it’ll love you right back."
I was lucky enough to meet Sarah and her hubby, Robbie, at a casting earlier this year in L.A. and they are quite the duo. Robbie is Sarah's right-hand man and is actually a published author. His book, Create Rebellion, is about inspiring "creative minds to listen to their inner desires to create, to be disruptive with their creations, and to disregard those who don't see the beauty of their inspired vision." Now that is what I call a power couple. You can get to know Robbie a little bit better in this article by Heavy.
It's pretty cool to see the business that Sarah has built through her blog. I think it is even more impressive to see how she is impacting women as a body positive influencer. I was able to chat with Sarah about confidence, fashion and business, keep reading to see the full Q&A.
What is your why (what motivates you to do what you do)?
My why is helping women of all shapes and sizes feel confident and see how beautiful they are! As a curvy girl, I never had role models that looked like me. I followed fashion blogs long before I started my own and it was always the typical size 2 fashionistas that ruled the industry. No problem with being that size but it was hard for me to relate with my thick thighs and soft tummy! Now that we have amazing women like Ashley Graham and Iskra and Gabi Fresh and countless other ladies showing that you can be curvy, sexy, and fashionable, it makes me so happy. I’m so proud to be a part of this body positivity movement and never could have predicted it would all take shape like this when I started my blog back in 2013. (Sarah chats more about this in a recent article in Forbes)
The fashion industry has come a long way in representing women of all sizes but there is still a long way to go. What change would you like to see in the fashion industry?
I would love to see every major brand become more size inclusive. When we start to see brands like Victoria’s Secret, J. Crew, and other major retailers include plus sizes, that’s when barriers will really start to break down. I want to live in a world where a size 2 and a size 18 can wear the exact same thing and rock it just as hard!
What makes you feel confident?
I feel most confident when I feel good, not just look good. Let me explain. If I’m not exercising regularly or eating well or getting out of the house for some fresh air, I feel “off”, no matter how I look. Even if I’ve styled a great outfit that day, I still feel like I’m not at my best. It’s when I’m taking care of myself and feel good in my own skin that my confidence shines through. It really has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, it’s how you take care of yourself. If you feel good, you’ll look good too. I’m a big believer in that.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
This is always such a hard question to answer but such an importance practice in self-love. I love it when people comment on my smile or laugh. It makes me feel like I’m spreading light and positivity and that makes me happy. My husband has always said that there’s nothing he loves more than “a good, hearty Sarah laugh.” That always makes me smile. I just want others to feel that I care about them and if I’ve done that, then that makes me very content.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to women who are trying to change the way they feel about their body?
Stop obsessing over it! Trust me when I say, you’re probably the only one who cares about it. I know it’s easier said than done but once you realize that no one is looking at you under a microscope, that everyone is just living their lives and you look great just the way you are, it takes so much pressure off. It’s like when you go to the beach in a swimsuit, a lot of women feel like everyone is watching them so they usually try to cover up as much as possible. But guess what? No one is watching you! Everyone is just having a good time at the beach and you should too! Work on loving yourself a little more each day and that’s all you can do.
This past year, you and your husband went viral for his post talking about how he loves your curves. I have found that a lot of curvy women think they don't' deserve men who are in shape or if they are in a relationship with a man who is very fit it makes them feel very insecure. Why do you think that is and how can women overcome those feelings?
I’ve been so lucky to have a man that not only likes my curves but celebrates them. It helped me so much in my self-love journey to find someone who makes me feel beautiful and sexy every day. In college, I had no idea that guys like Robbie existed, I always thought guys wanted tall, thin, blondes haha. When I found Robbie and learned that there are guys who prefer curvy women, I wanted to shout it from the rooftops to all the single girls out there! You don’t need to feel inferior, you just need to find the guys who will love you for you! You don’t have to change a bit for a guy, you just need to wait for the right one to come along who will worship every inch of you.
(You can read more about this viral post and Sarah's thoughts on it here)
Now for a fun one... if you had to get rid of everything in your closet except one item what would you keep?
Wow, this is a tough one. I won’t lie, my designer shelf contains some of my most prized possessions and I find myself dreamily looking at it throughout the day haha. It represents so much hard work over the years and celebrates my true passion for fashion designers and their creations. So if I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would probably be one of my Chanel items because CoCo will always be my favorite designer. If I had to say (this is nearly impossible) then I would say my Chanel Jumbo in red lambskin. It was my first Chanel purchase and I saved for a longtime to get it. It’s gorgeous and it represents the achievement of a goal for me!