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