I often travel the country supporting other advocates in the community. Nothing makes my heart sing more than seeing someone I have been connected to for many years move from participant to advocate. Last year I eagerly attended The Curvy Industry Experience in Dallas created by Kristen Booker.
Kristen and I met through social media years ago. Back then I knew her as “Full Size Barbie.” We met for the first time in 2013 at Full Figured Fashion Week in New York. She attended most of the workshops I attended. I watched from afar as she grew a successful boutique in Dallas called Vanity Curves. Seeing her evolution has been a beautiful thing.
When I saw that Kristen was producing an event I wanted to go and support her. Some of my trusted sisters in the movement were listed as speakers so I wanted to support them as well as Kristen.
I saw the culmination of love, care and responsibility to this industry rarely seen in an inaugural event. I was impressed and inspired by the attention to detail that Kristen gave. The moment you walked into the space you felt community, a true sense of connectedness that you want to feel in events like this. The attendees were eager to absorb whatever laid in front of them. They took notes with earnest. After the panel discussions they were ready with business cards in hand connecting with everyone in the room.
This event made my heart sing for so many reasons. Many feel that advocacy is best left to prominent voices and that attending events produced by others is the only way to support the movement. Then there are people like Kristen who are moved so deeply by this industry that they fearlessly want to evoke the same inspiration in others.
I witnessed advocacy in its purest, most glorious form that day. I can’t wait to see what else Kristen has in store. Stay connected with Kristen by subscribing to her newsletter here.