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What were your first thoughts when you found out you were going to be featured?
I was excited. Ideally, I want as many people to see what we created, and this feature will definitely help with that.
Tell our readers about yourself.
Well, I’m a fashion lover. I’ve been modeling for one year. I relocated to the DC area from Atlanta, about 4 years ago. I’m also a science lover, and I’m currently pursuing my masters in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University. I consider myself a creator. I love putting together projects- whether it be clothes, events, or experiments. I enjoying creating and placing things together.
This July, we’re celebrating freedom of kurves? How important is it for women to embrace their kurves?
I’m a believer in embracing you. So if you have curves, love them and be great sis.
What can we do more as an industry to advocate more woman embracing their bodies and loving them without the pressure of the social media?
I believe as an industry, if we continue to create platforms for all body types, pressure to be like a specific body type can be alleviated. Honestly, when I have an opportunity to do the same thing as the industry standard model, being like her doesn’t even cross my mind. The fashion industry is so huge. So there’s enough room for opportunities to be created with diversity in mind.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I believe my creative ability and my ability to think/problem solve are qualities that distinguish me from others. I can think my way through most obstacles; and it usually results in a creative alternative.
When did you decided to love your kurves?
I decided to love my curves when I realized that I would more than likely always be curvy. I’ve tried numerous diets, I was a tri-athlete at one point, changed my lifestyle as far eating, and was STILL curvy. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely believe in eating healthy and giving your body the appropriate fuel to live a healthy life. However, I don’t believe in being fixated on a particular size range. Obesity standards are made based off of the average Caucasian male’s body type. That’s literally one standard body type compared to numerous. The moment I learned to embrace my curves, the smallest things in life began to feel great. I literally freed myself from myself.
The State of the Plus Size industry is every changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
I’m excited about the state of the plus size industry. I love change! Change is necessary, and currently the plus size industry is changing for the better. I constantly see new opportunities, or things that I have never seen done with a plus size person.
What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?
Free yourself. If you love yourself, others will follow your lead and do the same. We’re not all meant to look the same or a certain way. Your beauty radiates from the inside out. Start from within, and the rest will fall in place. Every time you pass a mirror say, “I am beautiful. Thank you.”
Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets?
Fun fact: I didn’t start wearing foundation on my face until about 1 year ago. However, I owned foundation for my knees Lol. I use foundation on my knees when I can remember. It covers the dark spots and scars I’ve accumulated from many years of sports.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want leave a legacy of purpose chasing. It’s important that my descendants understand that chasing purpose far outweighs the benefits of chasing paper. I’m a strong believer that when I pursue things for the right reasons and with pure intentions, everything happens for my highest good. I want to leave a legacy of fearless pursuant of what really makes a person spark.