PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE August Denim Issue - Page 75

Living with confidence in a society that reveres “thinness” is not always easy. Did you have an “AHA!” moment or was this a journey for you? It’s been such a journey for me. I grew up in Orlando, Florida. As much as I love my hometown, the fashion there was terrible. Every store I went into was a reminder that my body was different or a problem. I had all the personality in the world with no clothes to help express it. It wasn’t until I moved to New York and saw so many beautiful plus size women looking amazing, that I felt differently. These women looked like movie stars to a country girl like myself. They walked with confidence and commanded your attention. I wanted that and they made me feel normal. They helped me find my style and feel okay in my body. Outside of Mia Amber, no one ever made me feel that way. Moving here changed my life. This city and the women in it inspired me and helped beautiful. Being an overweight athletic child wasn’t easy. I was always the tallest and biggest kid in class. Even though I had a lot of friends, I couldn’t help but wish I was smaller. You also have a sexy swim collection with Rebdolls. Can you tell us about the collection and if there is another one coming on the horizon? The collection was truly a lifetime opportunity. Chante (Burkett of Everything Curvy and Chic) and myself voiced our concerns to Rebdolls about their swimsuits and they listened. They asked us to create our own collection. And we did! #plusmodelmag That I am perfectly fine. That my body was normal, I didn’t need to be on a diet, and that I was 8.16 What would you tell your 10-year-old self about body confidence? inspiration + style me become the woman I am today. I’m so grateful.