The Top Plus Size Pioneers You Should Know

The Top Plus Size Pioneers You Should Know

 

Plus size and plus size fashion has been making amazing waves in the news and amongst the fashion industry. As referenced in a previous article: The Year of the Plus Size Woman, there is a movement going on here, and all I can say is IT’S ABOUT TIME!

Gone are the days where mumus and tents were the only thing a woman above a 12 could wear. Gone are the days where you have to be ashamed of your curves. Gone are the days where being a plus is a negative. Gone are the days where you are abolished يودل بلس to the dungeon of nothingness in the department stores!

When speaking of Plus Size fashion and its strides, Glen from Full Figure Plus states in his article that “Plus Size Fashion is new even to plus size ladies in that for so many years making due with clothing that was just bigger versions of smaller fashions has created a culture of confusion among ladies and even more among men trying to shop for the special curvy diva in his life.” Recognizing this shift in awareness of Plus Size fashion calls for some gracious thanks to those who have made it possible!
However, as we rejoice with happiness and glee, we must recognize those who have made and still are making these paths for us up-and-coming Fashionistas and Fashionistos who dare to challenge the status quo. If not for these ambassadors who stared adversity in the face, where would us Curvy.Confident.Chic. Fashionistas be.

This list is in my own opinion and from a fashion standpoint. While there are many who are making moves within the Plus Size Industry, these Ambassadors have paved a way for US when there was no outlet, voice, or medium to make change. If I have missed someone who you feel should be recognized, please share your thoughts below!

In no particular order:

Emme Plus Size Supermodel

You know her, the supermodel, television personality, author, lecturer, clothing designer, and women’s advocate. I have to take a breath just reading that! Emme is the first Plus Size model to receive a contract with a cosmetics company, when she signed with Revlon.

Emme’s mission is to “awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us.”How does she do this? Well, coming from someone who People magazine selected as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People,” Ladies’ Home Journal’s “Most Important Women in America, Most Fascinating Women of the Year,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year” and Biography’s magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women,” Emme is a woman who has definitively paved the road for Plus Size to be viewed as a Plus!

On EmmeStyle, Emme aspires to “create a community where women can comfortably connect, observe, discuss, learn, cry, and leave refreshed and empowered to make a difference in the world for which they live. ”
Way to keep it Confident Emme!

Catherine Schuller Plus Size Industry Maven

This woman is dear to me, such an inspiration! Catherine Schuller is The Industry Maven (in my eyes). How does she earn this title? Well, for starters, she was a former Ford model, when the Plus Size industry was young, she is a consumer advocate, promoter, marketer, editor (remember Mode? She was the Retail Fashion Editor here), image consultant (Certified by AICI), author, and entrepreneur (owner of Emerging Visions Enterprises as a Plus Size spokesperson, consultant, and liaison).