Roxy: Being a part of The Real Housewives of Toronto has been an incredible experience because of the amazing community of fans and followers I have connected with via social media. As a woman with curves, I was terrified that the public would be extremely cruel but the opposite happened! I received an outpouring of love from people who thought it was refreshing to see diversity within the cast. As a reality TV fan, I think it’s important to show diversity on the screen as I remember how empowered I felt when I finally saw someone who somewhat looked like me on TV. During the taping of the show, I had an experience where I went to a designer trunk show and was body shamed. The episode was very powerful and emotional and I shared my honest reaction to the show with the fans. It was raw and authentic and people really responded to it. A few days later, I created a call to action to accept your size with my new campaign #MySizeRox. It has really taken off since then.
Natasha: Did you always want to be a public personality?
Roxy: It’s not something that ever occurred to me. I was busy with my life and then the Housewives came along. It just happened organically. I love public speaking and being in the spotlight so it all felt very natural when it happened but it certainly wasn’t something I was pursuing. I spent many years in the corporate world and that was a scary thing to give up, but when I did, really special things started to happen.
Natasha: What advice do you have for plus size women in the public eye?
Roxy: The thing about being in the public eye is that people respond to what you put out there and I exude confidence. I am truly confident in the person I am and people want to see that. My size has nothing to do with what made me successful in this space. Be who you are. I was with a bunch of women talking about empowerment and careers. I told them that you can never be truly great at something unless you are being your true self. I am not trying to be something I am not. It is a “take it or leave it” attitude. I went into the show knowing that I had to be comfortable with people seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly. Authenticity is very powerful.
Natasha: Tell me the story behind Luxurious Roxy. How did you get into fashion?
Roxy: I have been into fashion since I was born. I would put on all my dress-up clothes when I was little. I found it to be a great way to express myself. I love fashion, but fashion hasn’t always loved me. I have an aesthetic that makes it hard to dress myself when designers don’t make clothes above a size 8.
Luxurious Roxy is a combination of pillars of what I love – travel, fashion, and beauty. It’s hard to find clothes that fit my figure. A collection is coming. This is about an inclusive brand that appreciates my message about positivity.
Natasha: How do you manage being a wife, mother, business woman, and a public person?
Roxy: I have a great support system surrounding me. If you can, you outsource what you don’t need to do yourself. It is okay to ask for help. You can’t be so hard on yourself. Focus on the greater mission. Don’t get caught up trying to be perfect. Perfection doesn’t exist.
Roxy: The show focuses on wealth. None of that is super important to me. I am motivated by a passion to change the world, make a positive impact and have personal independence and success. That is what gets me out of bed in the morning, not the desire for a 10k handbag.
Natasha: What are your sources of inspiration?
Roxy: My fans. I receive incredible messages from my fans. When I hear that I am helping them battle their demons with their bodies, it’s extremely powerful. I have heard from young students getting bullied to grown women in their 60s who take inspiration from my words. These stories drive everything I do. I am energized by the impact I am having on these women.
Natasha: What is next for you?
Roxy: We just started shooting “Luxurious Roxy’s World”. It’s a reality show that focuses on all aspects of my life, but the underlying message is one of body positivity and motivation for my fans. I shot a campaign with Ashley Graham. I am walking in NYFW. I have an immense gratitude for the opportunities that I have in my life and I plan on seizing all of them.
Natasha: When people think of Roxy Earle, what should come to mind?
Roxy: #MySizeRox. Fashion, confidence, and empowerment.
Thanks so much for talking to us, Roxy!
It’s easy to see why the public can’t get enough of Roxy. She is a beautiful inspiration for us all. And I can’t wait to see all the new ways she continues to dominate the TV world.
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