Online Dating

Large and Lovely™ — A Fast-Growing BBW Dating Site Connects Plus-Size Women & Their Admirers

Hayley Matthews • 1/09/18

The Short Version: Since 1997, LargeAndLovely.com has offered a safe haven for over 300,000 singles in the BBW dating community. Whether you’re curvy yourself or simply admire dates with some meat on their bones, you can join the Large and Lovely network for free and take a chance on love in a safe online dating environment. As an affiliate of LargeFriends.com, Large and Lovely now reaches plus-size singles around the world, and its connective tools empower members to find a compatible date who doesn’t judge people solely based on their weight.

My high school friends don’t get together too often these days, but, when we do, we pack in as much fun as we can. At a birthday party a few weeks back, one girl hopped up to sit on the kitchen countertop and finish off a chocolate cake with her bare hands. Everyone laughed, and someone snapped a picture of her giggling, cake-smeared face.

“I should make that my profile pic on Tinder,” she joked, but we all knew she wouldn’t. She’s a big person with a big personality, and small-minded guys on the web might mock her for indulging herself too much. She can’t flaunt her full cake-loving self on general dating sites and apps because not everyone appreciates how boldly larger-than-life she is.

However, on LargeAndLovely.com, big beautiful women (like my friend) can feel free to be themselves. Instead of sucking in their stomachs, the members of this BBW dating platform show off their curves and meet date prospects who desire someone with more to love.

Large and Lovely gives singles in the BBW community the resources they need to date successfully.

Since it launched in 1997, LargeAndLovely.com has empowered curvy daters to feel attractive and loved just as they are. Lucia Bartle owns the site and told us she feels passionately about its mission to support big and beautiful women worldwide. So far, it’s been a resounding success. “When we started this business 20 years ago, it grew very rapidly,” she said. “We had well over 300,000 members.”

Of course, it’s been difficult for an independent site to compete with big-name giants in the industry, so Large and Lovely recently became an affiliate of the LargeFriends.com network to offer online daters a far-reaching user base with more opportunities to fall in love.

“Since LargeFriends.com caters solely to the BBW dating community,” Lucia said, “we felt that we wouldn’t be compromising our mission or goals and would be giving our members a larger pool of like-minded singles to potentially find their match.”

Meet Love Interests Without Fear of Judgment

LargeAndLovely.com was among the first BBW dating sites designed specifically for large women and their admirers. Lucia described it as “a safe and fun place where overweight people can meet each other and find a relationship without the fear of being judged for their size.”

Users on the site range in age from 18 to 80 and come from all over the world. LargeAndLovely.com is a global dating platform built with integrity. That means no fake profiles, no deceptive marketing, and no hidden fees.

The free registration process takes only a couple minutes to complete. You simply fill in your basic information (age, height, interests, etc.), write a short bio, upload a profile picture, and then you can search for a date in your area. If you prefer not to disclose a certain detail about yourself, such as your weight or income, you can always put “Please ask me.” Adding a photo is also optional, but a good picture increases your chances of attracting attention and being taken seriously on the dating site.

Once you join Large and Lovely, you’ll be automatically directed to LargeFriends.com’s clean interface.

When setting up your profile, you can be specific about your dating preferences and deal-breakers, stating what ethnicity, height, occupation, religion, relationship status, or body type you prefer in a partner. This helps members on the site know what you’re looking for and can factor into your match suggestions.

Free members can search for dates by age and location, while Gold Members unlock advanced search filters by photo, height, weight, ethnicity, and other important factors. Gold members can also send messages and see who liked their profiles. On average, those with premium memberships on LargeAndLovely.com receive 20 times more views and messages than standard members. Upgrading costs as little as a dollar a day for an annual plan, and the premium features will dramatically increase your success rate on the platform.

“We offer all the bells and whistles that other dating sites offer,” Lucia told us. Some of the best perks on LargeAndLovely.com include instant messaging, favoriting, adding multiple photos, sending winks, and accessing the platform on any mobile device. You can also post in the site’s discussion forums for free to ask for advice or share your experiences in the BBW dating scene.

The Supportive Blog Gives Advice to Those in the BBW Community

The Large and Lovely team firmly believes that size shouldn’t matter in the dating world, and they’ve made it their mission to inspire singles with a positive message and informational resources. The Large and Lovely blog is a testament to their wealth of knowledge.

Dozens of articles take a compassionate look at what it’s like to date in the BBW community and how singles can improve their prospects and boost their confidence.

From outlining the top tips for creating a dating profile to uncovering common BBW dating site scams, the blog gives online daters the information they need to navigate BBW dating platforms safely and efficiently.

“The BBW admirer has a mind of his own. He’s inquisitive, self-exploratory, and confident enough to question the status quo.” — Excerpt from the Large and Lovely blog

Much of the advice is specifically geared to curvaceous daters and comes from plus-size women who know what it’s like to feel insecure in social situations. “Plus-size online dating can be difficult, but it’s not impossible,” reads one article. “The right person is out there, but they won’t know it unless you tell them ‘Hey, I’m here!’”

Whether you’re interested in plus-size fashion tips or myths about BBW, the Large and Lovely blog gives clear and helpful answers for single women of a certain size. With this resource, you can learn how to rock your dating profile and attract fun and interesting folks in the BBW community.

Uplifting Thousands of Men & Women of All Sizes Since 1997

Over the last two decades, LargeAndLovely.com has introduced thousands of men and women across the globe, but the team doesn’t often hear back from couples once they’ve walked off into the sunset together. Singles use the dating site to meet people and then disappear once it’s worked for them.

“The best success story I can give you is mine,” Lucia told us. “I met the love of my life on LargeAndLovely.com about 15 years ago.”

Lucia found the website by chance and created a profile because she thought the BBW community would be the most welcoming place to find a date. Within a day, she received a message from a single Floridian named John. Although Lucia lived in New Jersey, she felt a strong connection with John and kept in contact with him for several weeks. Finally, John flew up to New Jersey to meet Lucia.

“I met the love of my life on LargeAndLovely.com about 15 years ago.” — Lucia Bartle, owner of LargeAndLovely.com

“That was the best weekend of my life,” she said. “I had a funny feeling deep down that there was something very special about this man and that he was behind the website.”

During their date, Lucia asked John if he owned LargeAndLovely.com, and he smiled and said he did. He started the site with the goal of helping overweight people find true love in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Lucia fell for him and his website, and they stayed together for 12 years until he passed away suddenly a few years ago.

“I own the website now,” Lucia said, “and want to keep his vision alive of having a true BBW dating site that acts as a safe haven for overweight singles.”

LargeAndLovely.com Caters to Singles With More to Love

When I saw the picture of my friend laughing uncontrollably and waving her chocolate-covered fingers, I thought she looked fantastic. Like a cake-loving diva. But I can only imagine the mean-spirited comments she’d get if she posted that picture to a general dating app or site. Some judgmental singles just can’t see past her weight to appreciate how fun and amazing she is — and that’s their loss and the BBW community’s gain.

Large and Lovely is built on the idea that overweight singles deserve to be celebrated and admired. The BBW dating platform pioneered a friendly, nonjudgmental approach to online dating in 1997, and it has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since.

Now, as an affiliate of LargeFriends.com, Large and Lovely’s primary mission is to reach out to the BBW community and let them know there’s a place for them in the online dating world. The website’s cutting-edge tools and international user base have given single men and women of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to meet their match online.

“My goal for the future is to keep our vision alive of providing BBWs and their admirers with the best chance of finding love without the discrimination or judgement of society,” Lucia said. “They are people too and deserve every happiness life has to offer.”

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As the editor-in-chief of DatingAdvice.com, I oversee content strategy, social media engagement, and media opportunities. When I'm not writing about cheese or my 20-year love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, I'm listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns (I'm a proud Slytherin!), or drinking IPAs.