Being Fierce: Not Just for the Skinny
On September 15th, duringbut not part ofMercedes Benz Fashion Week, e-tailer OneStopPlus hosted their first all-plus size fashion show. (If you listen closely, you can hear a collective finally from women across the country.)
The Belle Epoque-themed show took place at The Atrium in Fredrick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, and included several big-name models (no pun intended) like Crystal Renn and Americas Next Top Models Toccara Jones. Plus-size icon, Emme, hosted the show, as well as a contest with the chance to win a fall wardrobe with a $1500 giveaway. (The rules and guidelines have been posted to OneStops facebook page. The winner will be announced September 17th.)
Zahir Babvani, vice president of design at OneStopPlus.com said: This show is a collaborative effort to provide the extraordinary community of plus-size women with the uncompromising style that they have always deserved but never received. It's about inclusion and fashion democracy: fashion risk-taking and empowerment. No more seeing what you can't have; this is a fashion party that invites and inspires everyone.
Galina Monaco, a designer with OneStopPlus, added that we are currently living through a new golden age of plus-size fashion.
Sixty-two percent of women are overweight in the United States and theyre hungry for fashion: the plus-size fashion industry is a billion-dollar industry. As Stephanie Sobel, president of OneStopPlus, simply put it: "[Theyre] customers who want to be a part of fashion. Designers are finally realizing this overlooked market and jumping on board to provide size 14 and up fashionable options.