During NYFW this season, the talk of the town was CurvyNoire.
When blogger, feminist and entrepreneur Maui Bigelow of Phat Girl Fresh announced she was partnering with Madame Noire for an event during NYFW that would be dedicated to representing Black women and the key role they play in fashion, women of color rejoiced!
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#CurvyNoire: Come Slay New York Fashion Week with Us! _____ CurvyNoire is an engaging style summit brought to you by MadameNoire and @mauibigelow, that uses conversation and fashion to celebrate and elevate the ever-evolving plus-size fashion industry. This event is a vehicle for redefining standards and encouraging responsiveness to plus Black bodies in mainstream spaces. CurvyNoire is designed to make a significant impact, not just in plus style, but the fashion industry as a whole. Hosted during the height of New York Fashion Week, this event will yield the most prominent Black women that the plus-size community/industry has to offer. For more information head to MadameNoire.com! #curvygirl #curvywoman #nyfw #nyfw2019
That event, titled CurvyNoire, aimed to celebrate women of color during a time where the majority of women we see highlighted are white women who are thin, cis-gender and affluent.
It’s no surprise that Black women have made substantial contributions to the fashion world, especially the plus size fashion scene.
The term body posivitity, which has been used synonymously with fashion in recent years, was co-founded by and for fat Black femme women.
In addition to Bigelow and her outstanding work to push women of color front and center within the fashion industry, we also have Kellie Brown of And I Get Dressed who created the #FatatFashionWeek hashtag movement and bloggers/influencers Cece Olisa and Chastity Valentine who co-founded theCURVYcon, the most celebrated and attended plus size-focused event of the year.
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#Repost @stylishcurves ・・・ Yesterday I skipped NYFW shows and attended the @curvynoire by @mauibigelow and @madamenoire (SWIPE) we got to see a fashion show featuring plus size designers and hear a panel featuring @chanteburkett and @outofthecorner dropping gems about loving yourself beyond the physical. . . I had such an amazing time getting to hangout with my peers and see the amazing things they’re doing. Make sure to checkout my insta stories to see more of the fashion show featuring designers like @jibrionline @thewendyscollection and @liviraelingerie . . If you want to see some of the amazing street style I snapped, follow our official hashtag page @MyStylishCurves . . Click link in bio for my outfit details and if you want to know what Chante and Shaina is wearing two their names to go to their page. #nyfw #fatatfashionweek #andigetdressed #mystylishcurves #plussizestyle #plussizebloggers #fashionforwardplus #stylehasnosize #honourmycurves #bbbgirls #psbloggers #curvynoire
We have Black style mavens with strong voices such as NikkiFree, Shaina Harrison of Out of The Corner, Essie Golden of the brand Golden Confidence and Chante Burkett, to name a few, that prove that Black women’s contibution to fashion is significant.
Maui explains why it’s so important for Black women to be a part of the fashion conversation:
“No one styles and wows like women of color. We effortlessly create the trends that the world mimics and these truths are not lost on plus size women of color. Plus size women of color are as vital to plus size fashion as mainstream fashion because we ooze style and bring fashion alive.”
And with CurvyNoire, she is aiming to give women of color, particularly plus size women, a platform to be seen and heard, within an industry that has erased them from the conversation.
“The goal of CurvyNoire is to take up space where we are traditionally excluded. While black women and fat women are more visible in spaces such as NYFW, plus size black women still finish last. There has been huge coverage of Tess Holiday on the runway during NYFW, which is great but why are black women who are visibly plus like Tess not seen and celebrated in a similar manner? These are things that we need to discuss and resolve because we deserve more. CurvyNoire wants to be a change agent that is initiating better representation for plus size black women.”
The afternoon event included a panel discussion which discussed topics such as the lack of size inclusivity in fashion, weight discrimination, the importance of women supporting one another and how to combat a negative body image.
Most notably, the panel discussed why Black people rarely get credit for their tremendous contributions to the fashion industry.
The stunning fashion show included collections from:
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#Repost @shawanav ・・・ Walking into the next level of purpose like…..There is definitely a shift- God has to connect me to the right people at the right time! When you see me I want you to see God First and then see your faith build up! You got next sis!!! #HelloPurpose Walking in @mauibigelow x @thewendyscollection Big Drip Collection Styled by ShawanaV . . #curvynoire #fatatfashionweek #madamenoire #plusmodelmag #stylehasnosize #lifestyleblogger #visiblyplus #blackgirlbloggers #plussizestylewatch #visiblyplus #blackbloggersclub #fashionfowardplus #plussizefashionistas #purposepusher #lifethrowcurves #goldenconfidence #lovemycurves #plusrunway #plusmodelmag #celebratemysize #psootd #miamiblogger #fatgirlsbewinning #pmmlovemybody #plussizebeauty #nyfw2019
Thank you Maui for all you do for women of color and pushing the message that fashion is for everyone.
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