I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
– Maya Angelou
Hola blog world, I’m back! Apologies for the brief disappearance, becoming a grown-up has seemed to have taken a toll on my free time. Nonetheless I’ve found some inspiration to find my way back here, in fact from my new job. Working in the beauty and fashion field of magazines means having to attend a lot of press and launch events for the biggest brands in the biz. It wasn’t until recently with New York Fashion Week on the midst, that I noticed a pattern with a lot of these events I attend. At many of these events I’ve found myself being one of the few women of color there and one of the few more curvier gals there. Although it is 2015 the fashion industry still has a long way to go when it comes to a broader representation.
Recently I took a trip to the doctor’s office (just a routine visit) and of course the doctor made small talk and asked what I was doing with my life. When I told her I was on the magazine industry a smile instantly crossed her face. She told me “I’m glad to see a normal looking girl in this industry, when I was your age I wanted to work for fashion magazines, and as a fuller girl I wasn’t fully accepted into that world.” Instantly I felt a warm feeling of gratification and realized what I’m doing here in this career is much greater than myself. From a young age I struggled with my weight because of the “standard beauty ideals” I was fed through mainstream media. I know I will never be size 2 because quite frankly I’d look like a bobble head , it’s jut not how I was built . However whether it’s a size 12, 10, or 8 one thing I have learned is that I am beautiful just the way I am and I am proud to represent fuller figured woman and woman of color working in this industry. Showing young girls that you don’t have to be tall skinny and blond to make it in this industry as we may have been used to seeing in the media.
Finally the fashion world has caught on that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes. We have begun to see more and more models on the runways of all shapes and sizes like Ashley Graham, Denise Bidot, Jillian Mercado, Liris Crosse and many more. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted of my NYFW adventures ,with pictures to come on social media. Most of all I look forward to seeing more fuller figured and women of diverse background as NYFW kicks off. In the words of the great Maya Angelou above, we are all phenomenally woman.