Marie Southard Ospina

Journalist/plus-size fashion blogger/eternal child, covering lifestyle, literature, body positivity and tales of real people.

Marie is a professional journalist, blogger and essayist. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Bustle, SimplyBe, Substance.com, Marie Claire, Volup2, iVillage, VIVA Lifestyle and RollingGlobe Media. She graduated New York University in 2013 with a double major in Journalism and Spanish Literature, and is now pursuing an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture at the University of York, with a dissertation focus on American drug fiction and its ties to notions of the American Dream. Her greatest loves in the field are creative nonfiction, essay writing and immersive journalism out of an enjoyment for telling tales of real people with real stories. She actively covers lifestyle, entertainment, literature and fashion.

Online Portfolio: mariesouthard.com

Personal Blog: miggmag.com

Twitter: twitter.com/mariesouthard
Raw and Unforgettable Magic: Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must

Raw and Unforgettable Magic: Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go

As someone who grew up stretched between Third and First Worlds, in a broken family with seven siblings scattered across the globe (each facing their own demons), there was a lot in this book that resonated with me on an intrinsic level -- things difficult for anyone to read, because of the unfiltered, unedited truth behind them.
02/07/2014 11:50 BST
Why Breaking Bad Is the Best Show of My Lifetime (Or, Possibly

Why Breaking Bad Is the Best Show of My Lifetime (Or, Possibly Ever)

It is only now, really, four months after the series finale FeLiNa (which in case you didn't know is the combination of the elements iron, sodium and lithium, a.k.a. blood, meth and tears), that I know one thing for certain: <em>Breaking Bad</em> is the best show I have seen in the past 23 years.
16/01/2014 11:16 GMT
My Take On the Selfie, Because James Franco Got Me

My Take On the Selfie, Because James Franco Got Me Thinking

My fear is only that we are putting out images that strive to hide anything anyone anywhere may think of as flawed. We are transforming the selfie from something strong and good and fun into just another outlet for the perseverance of perfection. Not to mention, we are destroying another art form: the candid photo.
30/12/2013 16:33 GMT
How Miley Cyrus Proves There Is a Drug Problem, But Not With Miley

How Miley Cyrus Proves There Is a Drug Problem, But Not With Miley Cyrus

The fact that young adults cannot talk about sex or drugs openly without being condescended is not just disgusting, but seriously alarming. It means that any kind of education presented to adolescents regarding these two very large topics will be conditioned, manipulated and probably wrong.
16/12/2013 12:15 GMT
My Week on Ok Cupid: The One-Liners of Online

My Week on Ok Cupid: The One-Liners of Online Dating

Call me old fashioned, but I still like to believe that the best way to meet people is in the flesh. It can be pretty fun to chat to randoms on Twitter or the blogosphere, but when it comes to forming deep, personal relationships, I just don't think you can get a proper feel for a person unless you've met them. I've been told I don't belong in the 21st century.
02/12/2013 11:54 GMT