The idea of body positivity is nothing new, with plenty of “untraditional” folks learning how to embrace and love their body shapes & sizes at some point in their lives.
But, in more recent times, the glorification of larger body shapes has reached an all-time high, with many plus-sized models appearing on the covers of major publications. This new generation of body-positive models, bloggers, actresses, & creatives has changed the landscape when it comes to larger folks, including the way they date. No longer are these people hiding behind shame over their weight gain or clothing sizes, but instead, are learning to celebrate themselves.
Thanks to these developments, sites specializing in “plus-sized love” have exploded, leading to a dazzling array of options for anyone looking to meet their match. That’s why below, we’ve assembled a list of a few of these sites. It’s my intent to take a critical look at these businesses, & provide you with everything worth knowing.
Big Beautiful Women and Where To Find Them
While some sites like to mince words and beat around the bush, Curvy BBW aims to do just the opposite. From the moment you type the address in, you’ll be confronted with images of beautiful, curvy gals that “…want to meet for a hookup and are looking for fun!”, at least according to the site. So let’s take a look.
There’s not much original about Curvy BBW, and that trend continues into its list of features. Guests can choose to message users via text or online through the site, view the newest users, add friends a la social media, and choose favorite profiles. This is pretty much the entire list of offerings, save for the “Quickie” function, which uses a simple matching algorithm to find you potential dates. We’ve seen it before, and it works seemingly as intended.
Like most sites in this genre, the company states in their fine print that they do indeed hire people to run some of their profiles, specifically to entice users to keep returning. This is definitely something to keep in mind as you start reaching out to members. It’s probably wise to take a few extra steps right off the bat and verify that you’re talking to someone sincere.
You’ll also receive emails from people called “Ambassadors”, but these are again just contractors that Curvy BBW uses to keep the ball rolling, so to speak. It’s important to note that you agree to this spam simply by agreeing to sign up, so if you’re going to use Curvy BBW, you are always going to encounter this issue. If that’s not a problem for you, maybe give Curvy BBW a shot. It’s always possible that there are at least a few legit users floating around.
BBW Cheaters is a little bit different from its contemporaries in that it aims to set up affairs with full-figured women, as opposed to being a traditional plus-size dating site. However, while first glance may give you the impression that this is a halfway-decent hookup site, there’s more here than meets the eye.
While giving BBW Cheaters a thorough once-over, users are bound to come across flashy profiles called “Love Stars.” These profiles will almost assuredly begin sending you messages once you’ve signed up, but don’t be fooled. BBW Cheaters is another site that falls in line with the trend of hiring folks to run pretend profiles. Unfortunately, this tends to cheapen any site, as it delegitimizes the content that users are seeing, but on dating sites, it’s a little worse, as it can really take the wind out of a new dater’s sails.
This false advertising continues into most features of the site, including the video chat functions. As surprising as it may sound, users report that these fake profiles go as far as sending you pre-recorded video clips in an attempt to fool you into spending even more money.
Speaking of money, the signup process here is also attempting to reach into your wallet, in ways that most folks wouldn’t even notice. While you can sign up for a free profile, they make it pretty obvious that upgrading is the only way to really enjoy the site. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be shocked to discover that instead of the $30ish you expected to pay, you’ve instead been charged almost $120 to be enrolled in three different websites.
While we could go into more specifics about the way this site operates, it seems disingenuous to do so. BBW Cheaters seems to be a poorly designed scam site, and we’d suggest looking for something else altogether.
At this point in my review, you may be wondering if we’re going to find a site that’s worth the effort. Luckily, there’s Just Say Hi, an image & video-based dating app that, while not JUST for plus-sized folks, is definitely quite inclusive of those body types.
Video sharing is the name of the game on Just Say Hi, which is something we were very attracted to from the start. There are so many of us that struggle with photographing well, meaning that oftentimes we can give people a less-than-perfect idea of how we present ourselves. When you add to this the challenge of making a proper impression with someone via text, it gets even more convoluted & frustrating. However, with video as the primary communication source, those problems become a thing of the past.
Since Just Say Hi is so focused on “real” interaction, their profiles don’t require a lot in the way of details. Age & location are about the only thing you’ll see here, and while it may be off-putting to some, this approach is kind of ingenious. In eliminating excess info, users are free to ask any pertinent questions directly, making for a much better level of understanding between new potential partners.
Just Say Hi also does a great job of moderating content, something that’s pretty essential for a site so directly based around images & videos. All new content goes through a screening period, and the site does a terrific job of keeping it as clean as possible.
When it comes to their mobile app, Just Say Hi stays impressive, providing all the necessary tools to create site content without uploading anything. In my short experience trying the app, we found it to be fluid & all-around pleasant experience, which is why it’s been consistently rated in the high fours on Google Play.
All in all, Just Say Hi is an incredible tool for plus-sized people who want to avoid blind-date scenarios of mutual disappointment or frustration. Their mobile offerings are modern & easy to use, and the site adheres to their rules & statements about sexual misconduct. If you’re looking for that “big” love, don’t bother with scam sites. Instead, Just Say Hi to love.