Fall is a season of transition. Not only do the leaves change but so does our lifestyle. Summer vacation is over. It’s time to go back to school and down to work. We turn the clock back and transition our closets for cooler climates. I’ve learned that everything is about style, from the clothes you wear to the school or office supplies you use. At work you can look professional and still express your personal style. And it’s getting easier for curvy girls. Fashion for the workplace is the fastest growing segment in the industry. Everyone seems to be moving into the plus size office suite.
However, last week television news anchor Jennifer Livingston publically responded to a viewer’s email criticizing her for being a poor role model because she was overweight. To the contrary, I believe Jennifer is a “Diva” of a role model. I often say, “If 67 percent of the women in this country wear a size 14 or larger, then it stands to reason that curvy women are doing a whole lot more than sitting around the house wishing they could lose weight.” We are doctors, lawyers, writers, or a corporate marketing director, like me.
I am so glad Jennifer took a stand. That is the role of a real role model, right? I know what it feels like to overcome being judged based on your weight. Early in my career I learned to be fearless with the challenges at work. At one company I was told that I shouldn’t be promoted because of my size. Yet my boss ignored the advice and promoted me anyway based on my talent. While at another company I had wonderful mentors who were plus size women. Eventually, I became a role model too. I left the corporate world at the height of my career having accomplished what I wanted and ready for a new life. I felt a calling to create positive images of plus size women in the media so that no curvy girl will feel that her weight defines her worth in this world. We can do anything!
So, when I saw plus model AsiaMonet in advertising for Ashley Stewart’s Signature pants I wanted to investigate what the trendy retailer offered the curvy career girl. In keeping with DVD’s October theme of “Magic and Mystery,” this month I will put on my corporate hat to create stylish looks for work in Runway to Everyday: “Wicked Style for Work.” I was also granted exclusive access to Qristyl Frazier Designs photo shoot for her new fall collection on Sunday. Next week I will interview the designer and share with you my favorite pieces from the collection in “Magical Qristyls.” Be sure to come back to DailyVenusDiva.com for fierce fashion featuring more plus size role models.