Thanks for visiting Lip Lady Fashion and Beauty! This site is created for Lipedema Ladies and plus size women by a Lip Lady, Crystal Willis. In my blog, I share my journey to living a full and joyful life with Lipedema. I’ll feature educational posts on my Lipedema experience, as well as inspiration, self-care, beauty, fashion, travel and luxury content.
Lipedema is a hereditary condition for which the cause is unknown, and can create painful and abnormal adipose (fat) accumulations in the extremities (legs and arms) and affect mainly women. Because research and expertise is limited, many of these beautiful and unique women are led to believe by doctors, family, and peers that they simply need to lose weight, that they’re unattractive, and it’s their fault.
My story began well before puberty, I started getting called names at school like “thunder thighs” and picked last for team sports in PE class due to having larger, more column like legs than most girls. Doctor after doctor told me to lose weight even at that age…meanwhile I was so slender on top that it made no sense! I definitely started to notice in middle school and high school when I could no longer wear tapered slim fit jeans, but needed a wide-leg or boot cut. I wore a medium junior-size top, but size 12 or 14 jeans. It’s my desire to encourage Lip Ladies to embrace their inner and outer beauty, learn how to care for themselves and enhance the natural beauty God gave them, all while raising awareness about this condition. Lip Ladies often struggle with body image issues, like every other woman. We are all in this together, and we are all beautiful in our own way! There is no need for us to hide behind frumpy clothes and neglect our health & beauty! Here are some gorgeous photos of my mother “Lip Lady D” where she embraces her sense of style (in the 80’s and then the 2000’s)!
I came to find out that Lipedema is indeed a hereditary condition of some sort, perhaps caused by a hormonal imbalance or some other cellular level dysfunction. My great-grandmother has it, my grand-mother, my mother, and me. It seems as of now that my 3 sisters have been spared, although some are a bit bottom heavy, and as of now my 15 year old birth-daughter seems to have been spared aside from a beautiful pear shape and strong legs. However, due to the unpredicability of the condition during periods of hormonal irregularity such as puberty, pregnancy, peri-menopause, and menopause, families must stay vigilant to recognize symptoms and seek treatment so that the condition doesn’t worsen and limit mobility over time. I just want to let my hair down and be who I am. I want to encourage other Lip Ladies to love themselves and “let their hair down” when it comes to body image fears. Here’s a pic of me just loving life and tossing aside my insecurities to enjoy the warm waters of Nassau, Bahamas with my cousins!
I’d like to say thank you to all the wonderful doctors, surgeons, Lip Ladies, and their families who contribute to discovering more about this condition and educating all of us. Having the answer for our questions is scary at first, but once we know what we’re dealing with, we can take better care of ourselves.