Name: Kristin Schackmann
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Signature Life Quote: “There is never a right time, there is only right now.”
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What are your views or thoughts about the plus size industry?
The plus size industry has evolved more over the past several years. Yet, I think there is still more work to keep pushing for inclusivity and body acceptance. When I first looked into the modeling industry, I did not really see many women with my height and body type. There were not specific curve/plus divisions. If they did have one, it was very limited. Being a young teen and considerd plus size (then I was size 10-12) in the modeling world was difficult. Some consider sizes 6-8 & up plus size. Agencies would tell me “you’re pretty but too young” or “not the right type we are looking for.” I use to see Emme in magazines and on TV and wonder why there were not more girls and women with my body type in the industry to look too. I went on to pursue another career before I got back into modeling. I’m grateful to Emme and the several other women that have pushed the boundaries over the years and continue to do so. Watching the plus size industry evolve made me want to pursue what I enjoyed doing again. The industry is not only about fashion but accepting and loving the person I have become. The range of sizes has expanded past the “norms” with smaller and larger sizes in the plus division. I wish more designers would jump on board with curvy women so we can also enjoy their beautiful clothing. I would think as a designer, one would want to bring their creations to more people versus excluding such a wide range of women & men. People are scared of change. Changing the way people view fashion and the plus industry only opens up more opportunities. I love having my curves but I feel we should not have to be divided by putting a label on it.
Do feel that society accepts curvy women?
I do feel to a certain extent curvy women are accepted in todays’ society. There are still many people, especially in the fashion industry, that do not consider curvy women acceptable. Some think we are unhealthy or viewed more sexually than someone of smaller stature. They are more kurvy women nowadays then ever before. There is more of a market for curvy women and more companies are jumping on board with inclusivity. We deserve the same respect and consideration as does anyone no matter curvy or not. Many women and men embrace their curves. It’s beautiful thing.
Who is your favorite designer?
This is a tough question because so many wonderful designers and pieces I love in their collections are not made to fit a curvy, tall body type. My favorite designer(s) right now are Universal Standard Founders Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler. They’re fairly new to the plus size industry. I love their quality, modern pieces for plus size women. You are able to dress up or dress down any of their garments. I can also pair with my favorite classic Jimmy Choo pumps. They understand the fluctuation of women’s bodies and designed the Universal Fit Liberty program. Where items that are part of that collection can be traded in for a different size within one year of purchase, as some of our bodies change now and then. They’re also reaching for size inclusivity in the fashion.
Loyal, Easy-Going, Positive, Compassionate, Committed, curvy.
What is your meaning of a “Luxe Beautie”?
A classy, confident woman who embraces her curves and strengths. She is not afraid to push boundaries, encourage and lift others up; not only in fashion but in everything she does.