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Curves took over Cancún, Mexico this past weekend.

And what I witnessed was groundbreaking.

Within a country where plus size women have little fashion options, The Curvy Fest gave those women hope for the future of fashion in a space where their bodies were celebrated.

The event closed with a magnificent runway show, where visibly plus bodies strutted their stuff in an embodiment of confidence and empowerment.

And oh, what a night it was!

It’s been a few days since then and I’m still jittery over my experience at this historical event.

For those of you who are not familiar with the event, The Curvy Fest is an annual expo and fashion show that caters to the plus size community.

This year I was invited to attend, acting as one of four judges for the student fashion designer contest that the Curvy Fest sponsored. I was also the co-host of the fashion show with event creator Melina Alarconi and acted as the brand ambassador for one of my favorite brands, Sydney’s Closet.

Yes, I was very busy but I would not have it any other way…

As the brand ambassador for Sydney’s Closet, I was responsible for creating the brand image on the runway. That meant choosing models, dresses, and even music. To be able to create this powerful image of beautiful visibly plus size women on the runway was an experience I will never forget.

The freedom to be able to dress women of varying sizes for the runway is what made my busy weekend so worth it and has given me a glimpse into the future of fashion.

This was a truly size-diverse show and Sydney’s Closet represented women sizes 16 to 30 on the runway.

Representation matters, just as Melina Alarconi reminded us at the fashion show:

“If you don’t see it, it does not exist and if you do not acknowledge all of us, then we are invisible.”

Powerful words I will never forget.

Check out Sydney’s Closet on the runway at The Curvy Fest!

To find out more about The Curvy Fest, visit www.thecurvyfest.com.

To see the latest from Sydney’s Closet, visit www.sydneyscloset.com.

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