Marie Southard Ospina

Marie (otherwise known as Miggle) is a freelance writer and fat acceptance activist. Her loves include: Writing about plus-size fashion and body politics, watching a lot of sci-fi, and listening to ungodly amounts of folk music. When she's not lingering on Bustle, she's probably working on her blog, trying to write her first collection of essays (because #Millennials), or experiencing a rage cycle about Breaking Bad no longer being in her life. As seen discussing body image on Good Morning America and StyleLikeU, with writings on Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and Volup2.
Recent Articles

Dear Daughter: Your Body Is Already Perfect

To My Best Friend, My Daughter: Today you are 15 weeks old, but you won't be for long. If you are reading this, I imagine you are fast approaching your teens. But as I write these words, you're asleep...
By Marie Southard Ospina

How Dyeing My Hair Helped Heal My PPD

My daughter was born on Dec. 8, 2016. On Dec. 11, 2016, I found myself crying inconsolably as I cradled her in bed at 3 a.m. My tears felt like a reflection of her own. As I looked down on her, I coul...
By Marie Southard Ospina

My Baby Was A Surprise — Not A Mistake

"So, how much do you regret this whole baby thing?" "What's it like to know you've sacrificed the bulk of your 20s?" "Are you calling motherhood a mistake yet?" While I sometimes wish they were a pro...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why Is Pooping On The Table Such A Big Deal?

Most people — women in particular, I'd wager — don't like to talk about pooping. We usually grow up hearing some derivative of, "Ladies don't fart or poop," and we all too often internalize this diges...
By Marie Southard Ospina

My Mom Judged Me For Breastfeeding In Public

Approximately two weeks after my daughter, Luna, was born, I thought it time to introduce her to a pair of family friends (the kind who are more family than friends). Into my living room flooded my mo...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Why I'm Teaching My Daughter To #Resist

Oftentimes when I look at my 3-month-old daughter, my heart simultaneously swells with joy and fear. I am mesmerized by this beautiful innocent: a tiny person who isn't yet acquainted with the realiti...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Being Married Is So Much Harder With A Newborn

"Most days, I hate my husband," an extended relative tells me over Facebook eight weeks before my due date. "The biggest advice I could give you guys is to have as much one-on-one time before the baby...
By Marie Southard Ospina

TBH, My First Night Out As A Mom Was Hardest On Me

I'm surrounded by good friends, good cider, good music, and a couple of good spliffs. In about an hour, I know I'll be surrounded by more people, more drinks, and more tunes when we make our way to th...
By Marie Southard Ospina

9 Fat-Positive People I Want My Daughter To Know

As a kid, coming home from school was my favorite part of the day. A space free from playground bullies and even parents (at least while our mom was still at work), the house really did feel like a ha...
By Marie Southard Ospina

Being A Mom Means Confronting Mom Stereotypes

My mother was one of the first women in her family to go to college. She'd eventually become one of the first to work outside the home and, perhaps most radically of all, to not always be home from wo...
By Marie Southard Ospina