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How CurvyNoire Has Officially Changed NYFW by Giving Women of Color The Credit They Are Due

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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!

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.

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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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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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Jibri

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Curved By Sylvia Mollie

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PHAT Girl Bouteeque x Wendy S. Collection

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Maui tells us that CurvyNoire will definitely be returning to NYFW but until then, they will be hosting events in different spaces and providing support for plus size black women.

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Thank you Maui for all you do for women of color and pushing the message that fashion is for everyone.

Click here to follow CurvyNoire on Instagram and stay updated on future events.

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Make sure to check back on the blog this week for our special features on NYFW, theCURVYcon and more!

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A body positivity advocate, freelance writer and author, Marcy is on a mission to empower everyone to love the skin they’re in. Her blog Fearlessly Just Me is the go-to blog for women seeking inspiration in fashion, confidence, traveling and more.

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May 23 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

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May 16 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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May 9 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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SwimStar All Stars Partnership With Renowned Plus-size Model and Swimsuits For All Ambassador, Denise Bidot

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SwimStar All Stars Partnership With Renowned Plus-size Model and Swimsuits For All Ambassador, Denise Bidot

Inclusive Swimwear Brand Collaborates with Prominent Plus-Size Model Denise Bidot to Empower Aspiring Models

Swimsuits For All, a pioneer in inclusive swimwear, proudly introduces its inaugural SwimStar All Stars campaign in partnership with renowned plus-size model and Swimsuits For All ambassador, Denise Bidot. This collaboration marks a significant milestone, nearly a decade following Denise’s groundbreaking “Beach Body, Not Sorry” campaign with Swimsuits For All in 2015, which showcased unretouched imagery aimed at promoting unapologetic confidence.

Denise Bidot and Swimsuits For All have jointly unveiled the SwimStar All Stars nationwide search, dedicated to discovering emerging talent in the realm of swimsuit modeling. Encouraging aspiring models to share their personal narratives, the initiative aims to inspire women of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes. Following a rigorous selection process, Brittany Wilborn, Camryn Henry, and Sharon Clawson emerged as the chosen winners. In January 2024, these models embarked on a transformative journey to Harbour Island, where they had the unparalleled opportunity to shoot alongside Denise under the expert direction of internationally acclaimed photographer and director, Ben Watts.

Reflecting on the initiative, Denise Bidot remarked, “This was a truly exceptional opportunity to celebrate the diversity of plus-size models and cultivate an atmosphere of support, empowerment, and knowledge sharing. The camaraderie on set was palpable, and I am deeply honored to impart the wisdom and insights I’ve garnered throughout my career. Opportunities like these are scarce for plus-size models in the industry, and it has been a privilege to collaborate with the exceptional team at Swimsuits for All to bring this campaign to fruition.”

The models showcased the latest swimwear offerings from the Swimsuits for All 2024 collection, featuring innovative designs tailored to meet the diverse needs of women, including:

Feel-good Fits: Addressing common concerns such as tummy bulges and fit issues, Swimsuits for All offers a range of fits designed to instill confidence and comfort in every body. Incorporating features like Power Mesh for a smooth, flattering silhouette, and adjustable straps for customizable support, the collection caters to various body types.

Bold Prints & Colors for Summer: The summer swimwear collection boasts vibrant colors and captivating prints, injecting excitement and personality into beach and poolside attire. From vivid neon hues to tropical motifs, the collection encourages self-expression and style experimentation.

Liquid Shine: Introducing Liquid Shine, a striking swim fabrication characterized by a glossy, liquid-like finish, adding an edgy allure to beachwear. Available in multiple silhouettes, including bikinis, Liquid Shine ensures you stand out with confidence.

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Bikinis that Suit You Best: The Mix & Match Bikini collection offers a personalized approach to swimwear, allowing individuals to mix and match colors and silhouettes for a bespoke look tailored to their preferences.

Beyond showcasing inclusive swimwear designs, the SwimStar All Stars campaign embodies a celebration of women uplifting one another in an industry often marked by competitiveness. Throughout the week-long shoot, models engaged in one-on-one sessions with Denise, fostering meaningful dialogue about the evolving representation of plus-size bodies in swim and fashion.

Jordan Hauser, Senior Director of E-Commerce & Marketing, expressed, “This campaign transcends conventional notions of body positivity and representation in the swim and fashion industries. It is a testament to the power of storytelling and authenticity in reflecting the diverse experiences of our customer base. We are committed to fostering a movement where women find strength in unity, and we are thrilled to embark on this journey alongside Denise Bidot, one of the industry’s foremost advocates for inclusivity.”

The summer 2024 swimwear collection is now available. For further details about Swimsuits For All and the SwimStar All Stars campaign, please visit www.swimsuitsforall.com.

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April 25 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

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Apr 18 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week

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