The woman behind a club for larger than life ladies
in California says business is booming.
Club Bounce, logo: "Where Size And Style Meet"
Lisa Marie Garbo, a 5ft 7in, 19st 4lbs self-proclaimed 'size-acceptance
activist', opened Club Bounce in Long Beach five years ago.
It has proven such a success that she has recently opened another in Phoenix
and has plans for a third in Dallas.
Club Bounce, logo: "Where Size And Style Meet", claims to be the world's
first dance club for plus-sized ladies.
It's regularly packed dance floor is a magnet for BBW (big beautiful women)
and the BHM (big handsome men) who love their curves.
Ms Garbo's aim was to provide a place where women could go and have their
size accepted and celebrated.
She says she has only learned to love her own curves since hitting 30 -
until then, she says, she felt ugly and unattractive.
But the club has also come in for criticism from some people who say she is
Ms Garbo argues that many of the women who come to the club are actively
trying to shed the pounds.
"But why must these women sit at home watching TV until the weight, which
they may actually never lose, is gone?" she asks.