I love fashion. I always have. Not just the clothes but the behind the scenes, manufacturing, design, all of it. The Carrie Bradshaw quote that always resonated with me was, “sometimes I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.” I feel that quote in my soul.
Being near fashion feeds me creatively and it feeds my soul. However my love of fashion has always been somewhat bittersweet because I have never been a “typical” size. My shoulders and hips are wide and size 8 or 18 I don’t fit into things that are available in a lot of stores and boutiques. Over the last few years brands have begun to recognize that most women are not a size 2 and there is an incredible need for trendy, fun, fashion that fits a variety of sizes. I have tried to use my platform to recognize those brands like the LOFT, Gibson Look, Anthropoligie and boutiques like The Villa in Mandeville who are stepping out and offering lines for women who are petite, tall and plus size.
Last weekend I was able to attend Curve The Runway. Created in 2018 they are a fashion show that only showcases women who are curvy, plus, voluptuous and doing the damn thing. All of the clothing that walked the runway was in my size! Do you know how long I have watched fashion shows hoping there would be one thing that would fit me?!?!? These women are representing a hugely under represented group in our culture and I am here for it.
I could tell you all about it in my words but their mission statement is just perfect…
“Curve the Runway is not just a fashion show, we are also committed to year round events where the intersection of fashion meets purpose and that purpose resurges a movement of Empowered Women through meet & greets for both consumers & fashion retailers. Which is why our mission is to Inspire, Empower and Inform. To be a voice for those who have been silenced by insecurities, public scrutiny and personal tragedies. Curve the Runway serves to provide a platform to remind ALL women of size, as well as young girls, that WE matter. We are here. We are “Some Kind of Beautiful” and we are enough.”