I’m kicking off my series of badass female profiles “Swaggerette To Know”, inspiring women by seeing themselves contributing to the world in a wide-range of occupations and creativity.
I am a huge fan of this beautiful and funny lover of fashion by the social media handle KarenBritChick. She’s an Influencer, Model, Writer and Fashion expert and as her name implies, she’s a brit and she’s living in one of the most eclectic and stylish cities in the world, New York City. If you haven’t seen her IG or watched her YouTube channel I am thrilled to turn you onto her.
The late great fashion photo journalist Bill Cunningham was famous for his photographs of celebrities (especially chronicling the style of the late first lady Jackie O) and everyday people with style on the streets of NYC. Karen is continuing the tradition, interviewing an inclusive array of stylish New Yorkers of every shape, age and ethnicity both male and female in a series called “What Everyone Is Wearing In NY”.
I grew up in NY and have been living in LA for a very long time. I love, love both coasts but I’ve been homesick for the stylish crowded streets and the energy of my hometown. This series gives me the chance to get my slice of the apple and indulge my love of fashion.
Take a look at her latest YT episode back on the streets as NY emerges from their lockdown. Karen’s channel takes us shopping for vintage finds, designer pieces and the best of each season’s new pieces. Enjoy!
I am not sure where to begin on this one. Obviously the lighting had quite a bit to do with the “otherworldly” thinness of the model’s body but this image is intense. Thankfully the Ads have been pulled but they again fuel the our fashion industry’s distorted idea of an “ideal”.
…the model’s pose and lighting paid “particular focus to the model’s chest, where her rib cage was visible and appeared prominent, and to her legs, where her thighs and knees appeared a similar width, and which looked very thin, particularly in light of her positioning and the contrast between the narrowness of her legs and her platform shoes.” – Yahoo! Style
Yet another sign that the curvy/plus-size revolution is forging on. “House of Curves” is a new cable series about to premiere on the We-TV network June 13th at 10:00 pm eastern time.
“The six, hour-long episodes, follows the passionate and hilarious trials of Atlanta-based, plus-size clothing designer Kenyatta Jones as she kicks down the doors of fashion with her six-inch stilettos, teetering on the precipice of making it big in the fierce world of fashion. Kenyatta is the CEO of Bella René and has designed her dream wardrobe for plus-sized women. With her two best friends from college, an assistant with an attitude and her mother as her main investor, Kenyatta and company will do anything to expand their brand. Mishaps, misadventures and in-house bickering may get in the way of the dream, but in the end, her girls always have Kenyatta’s back. The team is put to the test when Kenyatta and crew compete for recognition in the fashion capital of the world, New York City.”
Unfortunately reading some of the YouTube comments on the promo I’m also reminded about how cruel many people can be about curvy versus skinny and what they consider beauty. We need to continue to create programming and an understanding that there is no one definition of beauty. Weight is only an issue as it pertains to a health issue, beauty comes in all many, many forms.
When I began to develop CurvySwagger.com I did a lot of research and an excellent side effect of seeing so many gorgeous curvy role models was inspiration. The momentum of the curvy revolution is very real and women are creating an extensive online community to support designers, stylists, journalists and bloggers.
On the frontline of the fashion industry are its models and more than ever the emerging curvy beauties in our industry are proving that curves aren’t being ignored any longer. Here are my top 10 favorite curvy supermodels.