DAKOTAH: When I received my congratulatory letter from Luxe Beauty, I was ecstatic! I am so honored yet humbled that I was chosen to represent this wonderful black owned business. They exemplify the true meaning of empowerment and I cannot express enough my gratitude. Thank you.
NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
DAKOTAH: Dakotah Shari, is an actress, motivational speaker of her very own platform “Size Worthy” (embracing the inner size and inner beauty of you). Size Worthy is where I “Motivate” by empowerment, “Activate” by exposing confidence, “Deactivate” complete body shaming and “Recharge” by providing an outlet for those women that need to be reminded of their worth. She is also a published model who enjoys being a representative of the full figured fashion industry. As a full figured model, Dakotah plans on using her platform to break the industry’s stereotypical view of what a model should look and walk like. Her goal is to encourage women of all shapes and sizes to embrace their voluptuous curves unapologetically. Beauty is beyond skin and figure deep, it also has to be defined with character, and impressively, Dakotah is able to rise to the occasion in this area as well.
NO: July is our “Freedom Of Kurves” issue. How important is it for women to embrace their kurves?
DAKOTAH: I recently wrote a poem on The Fourth of July on social media by renaming it as “Curvy Independence Day!”
“Let your curves bring you Freedom!
Let your curves bring joy into your life! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Let your curves free the negative stereotypes and body shaming that you have once endured!
Let your curves amplify your value! ⠀⠀
Let your curves be the voice of reason! ⠀⠀
Let your curves empower other women that suffer from low self-esteem! ⠀
Let your curves break you free from mental and physical trauma! ⠀
Let your curves allow you to love yourself a little more each and every day! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Let your curves move mountains and pave the way for other women that currently have self-doubts!
Let not your curves be a barrier to success but an opportunity to magnify your beauty and worth! ⠀⠀⠀
Let your curves allow you to be brave enough to dance in the mirror (whether it’s at home or shopping for clothes) as you accept yourself from head to toe!⠀⠀⠀
I, @dakotahshari of #SizeWorthy have announced the rebirth of your CURVES!
Every curve, has a story! What’s yours?”⠀
NO: How has COVID-19 affected your daily life?
DAKOTAH: Honestly, COVID-19 has been a blessing to my personal life. Each day I wake up and thank God for another day. I am so happy to be alive, to breathe in fresh air and to realize that I have a purpose and God is not finished with me yet. I’ve learned to not take life for granted so I started to invest more into my modeling career, pushing myself to the next level. Time became my best friend along with my daily planner, so I can become more disciplined and reflect on my goals and accomplishments. COVID-19 has given me time to become more creative on my vision board and witnessing it manifest.
On the other hand, COVID-19 has been an eye opener when it comes to my career as a Registered Nurse. I have had so many patients that have been impacted and devastated family members through this pandemic and all I can do as a nurse is to pour love into my patients. Seeing my patients fight for their life, has really made me realize how much I took my life for granted and how easily it could have been me. Being a nurse has it perks because seeing a patient being brought back to life is the ultimate reward.
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?
DAKOTAH: We are our sister’s keepers and we will never allow a sister to fall victim of the need to be validated through social media.
We must pour into each other and not look at each other as competition but to only compete against industries that refuse to represent curvaceous women.
We can call each of our sisters and check in on them on a daily basis to see how they are doing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We will only live off of high vibrations and make it contagious so that there will be no room for self-doubts.
We will dance to the beat of our curves because every day is a celebration, we will make it viral across the nation.
NO: The State of the Plus Size industry is every changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
DAKOTAH: The Plus Size Industry is evolving every second, minute and hour! I am so glad that the barriers are being removed and glass ceilings are being shattered when it comes to stereotypes against the industry. It blows my mind that I am seeing a shift in the universe from where being a plus size woman was a shame to where now it is opening doors for models, actresses, singers and much more. Being plus size is now being accepted and it is currently decreasing the rates of depression, low self-esteem and increasing happiness, joy and success rates in education and in employment.
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?
DAKOTAH: I would tell that beautiful young girl that she is a Queen and that Queens walk with their heads held high so that their crown will never fall.
I would tell her that her size and curves does not define who she is but the power of self-love will.
I would tell her that those that have not accepted her by bullying will one day congratulate and will ask to collaborate with her in future curvy campaigns.
NO: Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets?
DAKOTAH: I am a natural health and beauty care consultant so I’llgladly share my secret. The products I proudly use are from Atomy. Absolute Skin Care and Evening Care set (plant based) has changed my life for the best. These two skin care sets provide a natural and radiant glow to my skin by hydration in which I love. Also, the product targets my darks spots, smooths out any fine lines,reduces the appearance of aging (preserving my youthful skin), removes blemishes, lifts and firms skin. In addition, I use the Atomy Rose Rain Mist to cool my body temperature during the Summer heat waves or it can be used for women that have hot flashes.
NO: Do you have a fashion tip to give our readers for summer?
DAKOTAH: I rely on several magazines to keep me abreast upon the latest trends such as Vogue, Essence, ELLE and Plus Model Mag. In addition, I have observed this Summer’s trends from my favorite designers and stylists such as J. Bolin, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Givenchy, Gucci, Christian Siriano and Versace. Their unique sense of fashion has taught me that neon colors, short suits, high waist wide leg jeans, floral/tropical prints, dress shirts, draw string dresses, oversized polka dots, off shoulder attire and big ruffled sleeves are IN!
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
DAKOTAH: My legacy is Dakotah Shari, the full figured/print/runway model and life coach that motivates beautiful women through her self-empowering courses of Size Worthy, best-selling author and serial entrepreneur.