Photography by Jenny Jimenez: "Jenny Jimenez did Lindy West's wedding and has always been very body posi." -A.O.
Amber Zbitnoff Photography: "She did my professional shots and I'm fat and I felt totally comfortable. She also second shot for a wedding I did with a fat bride and she was great!" -A.O.
Melissa Miskch Photography: "She did our wedding and is amazing. I found her on Offbeat Bride. Met her in person and just knew she was right for us." L.B.
Kendall Lauren Photography: "Her work is beautiful, and she is very body positive!" -N.C.
Some Like it Shot in Kent: "They did my profile pic. My family gets our portraits done by them every year. Alisha & Holland are the owners/photographers & they're so sweet!" -E.N.
Sweet Amaranth: Sweet Amaranth is a body positive and fat friendly portrait and boudoir photography business located in Renton and run by Lindley Ashline. As a healthy body image and size acceptance advocate, Lindley is passionate about helping folks who have "non-mainstream" bodies (plus size, fat, LGBTQIAP+, people of color) develop a healthy body image and see how beautiful they are right this moment, without guilt or shame or endless dieting. (Submitted by Lindley Ashline)
salon / Spa
Olympus Spa: "The Tacoma location is my favorite of the two, because it feels more homey. They have a full size run of robes. I'm a 26/30, and the robe I get fits well. They have the robes wrapped around the bathing cap and towels, and they just give you the one they think will fit best. They have their system down pretty well. You're also allowed to talk in the pools, a thing with is not at all allowed in the Lynnwood location. You're provided a locker for your things, a cotton robe and cap for your hair, and two towels. I love the heated pools and the heated rooms and the saunas! And I second getting a scrub - they're very thorough. My skin hasn't felt that soft in ages. There's also a tiny tea room and a restaurant if you get hungry. Bring a water bottle!" -J.J.
"I've gotten scrubs at Olympus Lynnwood and thought it was a pleasant experience. The table was sturdy (no latent fear of it collapsing) and I felt no judgment from my scrubber. I have a large belly pannus and they did move it around a little to scrub but if I'd asked them not to, then they would have respected that request. The squeaky clean feeling and soft skin is pretty incomparable!" -K.B.
The Blue Giraffe Day Spa Salon in Ashland: "Blue Giraffe... blew me away! I called in to book appointments at the last minute, and while they couldn't get me in for a massage or scrub, Crystal was able to fit me in for a facial and a pedicure. Accessibility and fat-friendliness are always a concern for me when choosing a spa, so here's some deets on that:
1. Be prepared on arrival that the locker room is *tiny*. Like when I came in, two people were trying to leave and there was no room for all of us!
2. They don't specifically have plus size robes, but they have some thicker spa robes that are more generous, and that worked for me.
3. Pedicure chair was very comfortable for big hips!
4. ***Most important point*** The area where they did my pedicure was up a very steep, narrow, and rickety spiral staircase. I hardly fit in the space and found it difficult on the way up and down. They might do nails on the main floor, but this was my experience, so be warned that your services might require a trip to the top of the treehouse..." -R.M.
Mermaid Nail Artist in Bellevue
Day Nails & Spa in West Seattle/White Center
Splash Nail Bar in Lynnwood - "They're excellent. Been going to them for over a year. They've stayed open late just for me before. They have lots of parking." -L.B.
Cute Nail Salon - "Very big comfy chairs, good foot massage, and very friendly staff! I have never felt judged there for my fat, hair legs." -K.H.
NK Nails in West Seattle
Bella Dolche Nails & Spa in Bothell
Penelope and the Beauty Bar: "I've been to Penelope & The Beauty Bar multiple times and always had a great experience. I'm fat and hairy :) The place seems fancy but the staff is down-to-earth. Good luck!" -A.B.
"The girl I used to see for Brazilians was named Brenna and she was great! She does this super pro thing that basically makes a mold of your vulva to get the fine hairs and she was really chill about me snap chatting it to everyone I know. Sugaring not wax." -T.W.