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Why The Gabrielle Union x Fashion to Figure Collab is a Win for the Plus Size Industry

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News broke last night that Gabrielle Union-Wade was launching a collection with plus size fashion retailer Fashion to Figure.

The 13-piece holiday themed collection, which launched today, garnered mixed reactions when the brand posted a teaser video on Instagram along with the announcement in the caption. 

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The actress said on Instagram via her own announcement, along with the same video teaser:

“If I could sum up my life’s wish and fight, it would be to TRULY celebrate diversity and REAL tangible commitment to inclusion. It’s important to lift each other up and shine a light so bright on ALL of us, no one can be ignored or maligned. There are enough crowns of glory for us all. On that note, I am so proud to announce my new collection with @fashiontofigure which opens up the fashion game to a variety of shapes and sizes. It drops tomorrow, I hope you love it. #StrongerTogether #JustGettingStarted.”

While many praised the actress for venturing into plus sizes, there were also those who questioned her motives since Union-Wade is not plus size herself:

“This is nice .. but she’s not plus sized.”

“I love Gab U! However she can only sympathize with us, it’s a greater and better experience when we have a designer who emphasizes with us!”

“This is nice and I love Gabrielle Union but what would make more sense is a plus size woman designing clothes for us. Thin women have always had the upper hand in the fashion industry and it just perpetuates that to have another thin woman try and dress us and represent us.”

“If you’re not plus size yourself you really can’t relate, let alone know what works for a plus size female- how is this different than any other line out there? All I see is a celebrity adding her name to a line of clothing.”

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Does a celebrity have to be plus size to successfully create a plus size collection?

Short answer, no.

While it’s a fact that Union-Wade has no idea what struggles a plus size woman goes through, why can’t she want plus size women to have the same fashion options as she does?

Also, has the actress ever shown herself to be fat phobic?

Being body positive is about celebrating ALL bodies and if Union-Wade is genuinely wanting to push the idea of inclusive fashion with this first step into the plus size apparel arena, her body size should have nothing to do with that.

She created this collection with FTF, which means the brand made sure the clothing was created just as the rest of their assortment is created… for curvy, plus size bodies.

This collaboration seems right because when Union-Wade launched her line two years ago with New York & Company (which owns Fashion to Figure), many plus size women voiced their hopes that the collection would be expanded into plus sizes.

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Blogger/Influencer Darlene Lebron, who co-runs the successful virtual consignment company Blogger House Curvy Closet, told us:

“I’m so excited about this collection! I love Gabrielle Union and her style. I was so disappointed that her line with New York & Company didn’t include plus sizes. I see so many pieces I want to get. This is definitely a win-win for those of us who provided feedback to NY & Company, stating we wanted her to expand to plus sizes.”

The actress was also candid in her official statement about creating clothing for extended size ranges so that her family and all plus size women can wear her brand:

“My line’s availability at Fashion To Figure is a critical and personal moment for me. This is for my family and all the plus-size women who have messaged me asking for Gabrielle Union. This partnership goes beyond offering a more inclusive and extended size range; it was a deliberate effort to focus on a technical fit that celebrates curves.”

“It was a natural first step to offer the size range that FTF currently offers, but we are also working on getting the fit right for sizes beyond a 24 for future collections. I am so excited to be on this fashion journey, every collection levels up and I am closer to my personal goal of having a brand with bomb clothes that fit all bodies.”

SAY WHAT?!? Did she just say “beyond a 24 for future collections”???

Yes, she did and that is yet another reason that this is a win for the plus size industry. This celebrity is willing to push a brand to expand on their sizes because she believes that fashion should be accessible to women of many sizes. 

She also mentioned getting the technical fit right, which is something we often don’t hear when celebrities launch a clothing brand for plus sizes.

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It’s obvious from her statement that while she is not plus size herself, Union-Wade is paying attention to what many plus size women are asking for.

The first Gabrielle Union x FTF Collection is right on time for holiday with styles curated to reflect Union-Wade’s glamour and edge with FTF’s “unapologetic celebration of curves”. 

Nick Kaplan, President and Co-founder of Fashion to Figure said:

“Gabrielle Union has an amazing fashion sensibility and we are so excited to welcome her to the FTF family. We are thrilled that Gabrielle choose our fit and brand to continue to evolve her collections with.”

The collection will be available in plus sizes 12-24 with a price range of $69.95 to $199.95. Here’s a look at the collection:

As we have said in a previous feature here, thinner allies should not be dismissed because they’re not plus size or a smaller non-visible plus. They can access places that other plus size women have not been able to in the past, using their voices to support us and push the message that fashion is for everyone. 

Seems as if Union-Wade is truly an ally for us and we can’t wait to see what she has planned for 2020 and beyond.

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You can check out the collection here.

You can follow the conversation on social media via @FashionToFigure, @Gabunion and #GabunionxFTF.

What do you think of the Gabrielle Union x Fashion to Figure Holiday Collection? Follow us on social media and let us know: @plusmodelmagFacebook  | Instagram  | Twitter

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 16 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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