What were your first thoughts when you found out you were going to be featured?
My first thought was, “wow!” Who would think a group of girls who met online, and main objective was to collaborate and create art would end up together in a publication?
Tell our readers about yourself.
My name is Rae Nicole Davis and I’m originally from New Jersey. I have been working as a plus size model since 2016; and it’s been an exciting ride from fashion shows to magazine covers and even an award. As a model I hope to support and give platform toward trans-generational beauty. Outside of fashion, I do project management and non profit work with youth in Baltimore City.
This July, we’re celebrating freedom of kurves. How important is it for women to embrace their kurves?
I believe embracing your curves is a beautiful, but not always the easiest thing to do. I feel the true importance comes in creating vehicles that fosters the embracement of all bodies.
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’d love to see plus bodies become normalized. Representation is key. A great example are the fuller plus size mannequins used by Nike and Fenty that went viral this year. I’m not a model who became full figured overnight. Shopping as cubby kid, I cannot recall ever seeing myself in ads which definitely effect how I saw myself compared to my thinner friends. Music artist Lizzo is a great example of a visible plus public figure who’s body postive, beautiful and living unapologetically. So what can the industry do? Make sure voices like Lizzo and Rihanna have mic so they may continue to encourage us to embrace our bodies.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
A qualities that distinguishes me from others are my creativity and my ability to think outside of the box.
When did you decided to love your kurves?
There’s never been a time that I didn’t love my curves. Growing up a “tom-boy,” I wasn’t really into my appearance until I reached college. I feel that I’ve always taken by body and especially my curves for granted. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until I started to gain weight and some rolls that I really started to take notice and love my body.
The State of the Plus Size industry is every changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
My views are more so hopes…I hope extending sizing isn’t a short lived trend or gimmick being picked up by brands, I hope that we continue in the direction of inclusion. I hope that plus size is not directly correlated to being unhealthy and undesirable in people’s minds.
What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?
Baby, you’re beautiful… let’s go get some frozen yogurt. 😉
Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets?
While at a local wine festival a friend of mine was selling natural products for the body. I figured, I buy a few things to support. They have soaps, oils, hair products so my options were limitless. Ever since I could remember, I would get spots on my neck, back and chest. Well, guess what cleared it up? Zuresh! I highly recommend the “Get it Wet spray and the cleanser.’
What do you want your legacy to be?