When I started blogging I had no idea how inspired and passionate I would become doing so. I have discovered that this outlet is less about fashion and more about giving a voice to a community that is too often overlooked. While this community has come a long way, we still have a ways to go. Through social media, I feel that I have a front row seat to all things "plus size". New faces popping onto the scene, new plus size designers and boutiques, new blogs and aspiring plus models. However, I very rarely see this community embracing a woman larger than a size 18. I've see a plus size magazine (who indorse body acceptance) turn away plus models for being too big. Now, what since does that make? And how contratictory! For the life of me, I can not understand how a store/boutique can be catered to plus size women and yet I am unable to fit their clothes! Hello! I'm (me, she, her!) am plus size. And lets keep real, the stores that do offer more sizes are still selling moo moos and mom jeans. I am a size 18/20 or 3X so I know how frustrating it is when "some things fit and some things don't".
I started to think about the beautiful ladies that are bigger than a 3X. Most trendy shops don't even carry sizes larger than a 3X. I understand that shops and boutiques buy from vendors, so they purchase what's available. What I don't understand are the designers whom make great pieces, charge an arm and a leg for a single garment but will not take the time to cater to larger sizes. Plus size divas love fashion and will spend the money for fashionable clothes. You would think that designers would jump at the chance to produces more sizes.
I had to ask myself, where do the 3X, 4X, 5X divas find great fashion? I took to Instagram and asked my followers if they could inlighten me on the subject. In return they would be featured on this blog. I had no expectation of getting a reply but when I received an email from this diva I was pleasently surprised and happy. I don't know her personally but she has inspired me tremendously.
Meet 23 year old Christian Keys.
"Hello, my name is Christian Keys. I am a size 4x.I use to feel ashamed of who I was and became really depressed. I reached my lowest point and I prayed that GOD would let me see myself the way he sees me.
Even though I'm not the size I want to be, I'm learning to be appreciative of what GOD has created.."
Where are you from?
I'm from Michigan.
My occupation is a computer tech. And I also do ministry.
Where do you shop?
I shop everywhere. H&M, Target, Walmart, Dots, Lane Bryant, Torrid, Ashley Stewart, and Avenue. Sometimes Forever 21, Sears and so many more! I love online shopping! My favorite online stores are SWAK Designs, Yours Clothing and Jibri. Also, I never wear all of the same designers, I switch it up all the time.
I want to tell my plus size family that just because they have ignored us for so long, it doesn't mean that we can't be fly, beautiful, and confident. You can take the fashion that's already out there and still be fly. For us plus size women it's hard just trying to follow the trends and actually find our size, but you make the trends not others. Designers and companies will realize one day that plus size women with style want to have fly clothes too.
Thank you for your insight Christian! You are absolutely beautiful. I admire your confidence and I am glad that you are finally seeing yourself in God's image, because he make no mistakes. Your style is super cute and you are such an inspiration! Thanks for submitting.
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