My name is Erika Fuego and I am the creator of Fuego Curves. This brand is very dear to my heart because it represents me, my story, struggles and triumphs. As a child I always struggled with weight and was severely bullied for being “ugly” and “fat”. I was given nicknames like Shamu which I had to answer to and was even voted “most attractive” as a cruel joke at my high school banquet. At 17 years old I reached 235 pounds and I really did come to believe that I was unworthy and unlovable. I came to believe that there was something wrong with me and that being “beautiful” was just not in the cards I was dealt. It’s been almost 10 years since then and I have lost 100 pounds and managed to keep the weight off. I lost the weight by changing my eating habits and lifestyle and kept it off with dedication and discipline. I wish the story ended there and could tell you that after I lost the weight I felt confident and beautiful and my life was perfect but that couldn’t be further from the truth. For years I struggled with body dysmorphic disorder and no matter how much I worked out or how much weight I lost I was never satisfied and I still felt like there was something wrong with me. I felt my hips were too wide, my thighs were too thick, my waist wasn’t small enough, my back wasn’t lean enough, my stretchmarks were ugly and the list goes on and on. I was still extremely self conscious. I felt like a prisoner trapped in my own body. What was a huge game changer for me was discovering Shapewear. I felt like I could finally wear whatever I wanted and not worry about my tummy or back fat. For the first time I didn’t spend hours trying on different outfits; I felt like I could throw on anything and go. I felt liberated. I started to feel less like hiding and more like I wanted to go out and have a good time. For the first time in my life it was my idea to go to the beach with my friends. I didn’t feel afraid anymore because I felt I looked good in my Shapewear Swimsuit. It may seem silly but Shapewear brought me peace of mind and confidence and it still does today. Wearing a Compression Garment and Waist Trainer had several benefits. Not only did I feel better but I actually lost weight and shed inches off my waist. When your stomach is compressed you recognize when you are full faster and eat a lot less. It served as a great weight loss tool and has definitely molded my body into a more defined hourglass shape. I went from a 33 inch waist to a 28 inch waist in just a few months. It has taken a lot of conscious effort to remove those labels of “fat” and “ugly” and to stop criticizing and judging myself. I had to learn to accept myself the way I am. I have wide hips, a big butt and thick thighs and I will never be a size 2. It is just not my body type. I am curvy. And that is okay. I am not beautiful like someone else, I am my own kind of beautiful. I’ve learned not to compare myself to others and to only work towards being my own personal best. I am far from perfect and still learning to appreciate, accept and love myself and I created this brand to help you do the same. In order to give something you must first have it yourself because you cant give something you don’t have. And so in that lies the ultimate gift. I hope that together we could learn to love ourselves just the way we are and feel a little more confident with each passing day.
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