At the recent Curvy Fashionista Mixer, the beautiful Mel O. Faison, a published plus size model, shares how she remembers in 5th grade wearing sweatpants suits because it was the only thing that fit. She goes on to say, “I am excited for us grown women that we are able to have access to things that we like, that fits us, and really makes us feel good about ourselves!” And this statement, could not have been said any more clearly. I soon realized during my time at the 2nd Annual Curvy Fashionista Expo that this was more than just fashion, but a very powerful movement taking place.
When I arrived at the historic Georgia Freight Depot where the mixer was being held, I was totally amazed at how quickly the place was filling up with this flock of stylish, classy, graceful and professional plus size women. These ladies were moving around the room, connecting, showing off their individual styles and just having a good old time as if it this were some posh pre-planned family reunion. The most powerful part is that there seemed to be a true sense of freedom in the atmosphere where you just knew from being there that each woman celebrated the other and longed to see this type of thing happen beyond just their immediate scope of influence. The day I attended was a social mixer to be followed the next day by the fashion show and an all-day shopping experience featuring several renowned designers of plus size fashion all in the main hall of the Georgia Freight Depot.
The Curvy Fashionista Expo is founded and self-titled by non-other than the brilliant Marie Denee. Marie, “with over eleven years of experience, has made it her mission to continuously show women that they can be Curvy, Confident, and Chic; with her daily mantra ‘Your style defines your curves’ always at the helm!” And kudos to Marie and her dedicated team for pulling off such a winning event this year. Happy 2nd Birthday to The Curvy Fashionista Expo and greater to come!
For more info, please visit thecurvyfashionista.com.
*Photos Courtesy of Eden Photography XXII