NO: Congratulations, on being our Luxe July cover model! What were your first thoughts when you found out you were selected?
LA: My first thought was excitement! I have followed the growth of Luxe Kurves over the course of my tenure in the plus community and have always loved their focus on diversity and inclusion. I love that both men and women are featured, love the emphasis Luxe Kurves places on Pop Culture, Fashion, Politics, Health, and most importantly celebrating all bodies. It was truly an honor to be a part of the Luxe Kurve cover model family. It is such a powerful and needed publication for us beautiful magical brown women and men.
NO: Can you tell our readers about Lorna?
LA: Lorna, who is she entirely? You know over my 34 years, I’ve redefined myself many times on my path to self-discovery and confidence. However, I can finally say that right now, I feel the most complete in who I am. I am a woman that loves, supports, uplifts, other women no matter their background, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I am a woman who seeks to understand others’ struggles and strengths so that I know how to be of service to them to bring the best out of everyone. Most importantly, I am a woman who accepts that I am flawed but that those things also add to my beauty and ability to impact other women to live in their whole and complete selves.
NO: July is our “Freedom Of Kurves” issue. How important is it for women to embrace their kurves?
LA: It’s essential! So essential that women understand the power in who they are and the beauty and strength they naturally possess with their kurves. You only get one body, one temple given to you by God, the blessing of that alone is worthy of embracing and adoring. Being a woman holds such weight in this universe; we are the givers of life and nurtures of the world. Those kurves no matter how big or small are reminders of how amazingly hand crafted each of us are made, no matter how much society tries to set a standard for what is deemed beautiful. Every kurve on every woman is beautiful and in order to really reach those next levels in your goals, your confidence in all of who you are has to be present.
NO: How has COVID-19 affected your daily life?
LA: It’s weird but honestly, this time period has made me more productive and I’ve realized so many areas in my life were being neglected at home and in my personal relationships. Of course, I miss seeing so many of my friends and wish I could visit my family back in Georgia, but I’ve been able to get closer to extended family members, become more creative with my brand, and learn some new tools for advancing my social media platforms.
NO: 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?
LA: Honestly, it’s difficult to avoid social media pressure as it relates to the area of women embracing themselves because the world is becoming more and more reliant on social media to connect, collaborate, and communicate. Yet still, one of the most important ways that we can do as is to continue to challenge the narratives of what acceptable beauty standards are, making sure that we continue to post and share visuals, and media that speak to the celebration of all women and all bodies. Continuing as a community to advocate strongly for one another and for extended diversity in body types, ethnic background, and sexual orientation is the key to envoking change. Much like the state of our country right now with all of the injustices, there is power in visuals and social media posts, so we just have to apply that same concept when addressing the plus community.
NO: The State of the Plus Size industry is every changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
LA: You know we have made a lot of progress as a community. It’s taken so so long to get here, but we are starting to finally see more diversity on a larger scale in Pop Culture. Outside of Lizzo, we have rappers such as Lil Wayne dating mainstream plus models, Beyonce using plus dancers on tour, and NYFW finally incorporating more plus models on their runways. It’s such an amazing time to be alive and be plus size. We still have so far to go, I hope I’m alive to see a major plus size designer show in Paris Fashion Week or NYFW, and see more diversity at major modeling agencies, or even an America’s Next Top Model specifically dedicated to just plus-size models.
NO: What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?
LA: I would tell a young girl that it gets better with age, these kurves will be your super power as you get older. Your kurves will be coveted by so many, make all clothes look better, are one of the most feminine traits a woman can have. Love yourself through every phase as you grow, this body that you have is beautiful. Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise, your kurves truly are a gift.
NO: Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets.
LA: One of my beauty secrets is that I’m a huge huge fan of sleeping masks. They provide an extra layer of preserving the skins youthful glow and since your sleep it just gets to work on your complexion for hours undisturbed. Right now my favorites are Youth to the People Hydrate + Glow dream mask and Korres Night Brightening Sleeping Facial.
NO: Do you have a fashion tip to give our readers for summer?
LA: My biggest tip I swear what you want how you want. Explore a new trend or clothing item you wouldn’t normally wear, you may surprisingly love it. One thing COVID-19 really reinforced with me is life is too short to not live and try new things.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
LA: My legacy literally is derived of being the woman I wanted to see as a little girl. I want growing girls, young women, older women and my peers to look at me and truly say she is so confident, loving, honest, and not afraid to push the limits in all areas of life while kurvy. From my style to my open dialogue about the current state of this country, I want anyone who begins to follow my journey to see that I’m an advocate for all women, a connoisseur of kurves, and a woman who supports greatness in others genuinely.
BEHIND THE COVER
Wardrobe: Eloquii @eloquii
Top: Christian Omeshun @christianomeshun
Belt: Torrid @torrid
Broach/Pin: Amazon @amazon
Hat: Troika @troika_clothing