Thank you for being a part of our power issue dedicated to survivors of cancer and domestic violence.
NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
SIMONE: My name is Simone, Owner of Styled by S.Vee. I am a certified personal stylist as well a mental health professional. My goal is to assist women who may be struggling to find themselves after Life Changing events. I provide women with the confidence that she once had by developing strategies that can be used for mental health and creating a wardrobe that matches the new “Her”. I also sell thrift items and accessories have a blog that discusses fashion.
NO: Can you define being a survivor in your own words?
SIMONE: Being a Survivor, means that you were strong enough to choose yourself. Being a survivor means that you are a fighter. You fought for yourself and your family. It wasn’t easy but you made it.
NO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more for our cancer and for domestic violence survivors?
SIMONE: We in the fashion industry we can advocate by bringing awareness to Domestic Violence and Cancer Survivors. We should have more discussions and forums. We should have fashion show fundraisers to contribute to the foundations that support domestic violence survivors and Cancer Survivors.
NO: What’s your most favorite fall or winter street style look?
SIMONE: My favorite fall looks include cardigans, plaids, boots, stockings and blazers. My favorite winter look includes a nice trench coat, scarves, trendy hats, boots, and nice thick pull over sweater.
NO: The State of the Plus Size industry is ever changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
SIMONE: I think the current state of the kurvy/plus size industry is in a positive place. I feel that progress has been made within the last ten years. There is more representation of kurvy women in the media and in the everyday world. I think that we are in era where women are embracing their natural bodies and realizing it ok to have curves. There are more stylist, designers, and boutiques that are focused dressing kurvy women.
NO: What’s the one thing you would tell a young girl struggling with her self-esteem and embracing her kurves?
SIMONE: One Thing I would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving herself is “you are unique, No one in this world is like you and that is your strength”. I would share positive affirmations with her to read on daily basis. I would always encourage her to speak life and positivity to herself.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
SIMONE: I want my legacy to be helping women with their mental health as well as their confidence. I want to be able to combine mental health and fashion. My main goal is for
women to feel good about themselves on the inside as well as the outside.