Your Power, Your Breakthrough, An Interview With Cover Model Kathy Rosa…
One of my favorite quotes is:
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” by Charles R. Swindoll
When I learned about Kathy’s story this was what came to mind. While we like to think we are in control of our lives so much is actually our reaction and how we power through those challenging moments.
Get To Know Our Cover Model Kathy Rosa…
Can you tell us about yourself… where you are from… anything about your upbringing or family you want to share and your career path
My name is Kathy Rosa born and raised in Queens, New York! Incredibly proud of my culture and nationality-being Dominican. I studied fashion Design at both The Art Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology AKA FIT. Proud first-generation college graduate!
I come from a very large family, one of seven; family is at the core of everything I do. I take pride in saying that my family came into the United States with nothing and paved the way for their children and their children’s children. I work extremely hard both internally and externally to ensure their great efforts never go in vain. My journey has led me to always live in a state of gratitude. Everything I do… I do it with pure love and joy.
Grateful to the most high to have included me in the right room, at the right time surrounded by the right people. Looking forward to being able to one day pay it forward!
Working in the fashion industry and being plus-size have you seen a shift in the perception of the plus-size customer and what she wants to wear?
I certainly have seen a shift in perception, with more and more companies diversifying and widening their size ranges to finally include larger sizes. I want to walk into any retailer and feel confident that I can make a purchase, without being sequestered to a certain floor/section. We want everything that’s offered to everyone else!
How important is it to have someone who can speak on behalf of the plus-size customer in the rooms where decisions are being made?
We’re now a major part of the conversation, while previously it felt as if we were eavesdropping. With our seat at the table, it’s crucial that we use our voices to continue promoting change. The same decisions being made for a missy customer won’t necessarily apply to a plus-size woman. Our point of view is crucial!
Let’s talk about your personal fashion aesthetic, what do you love most about the new WynneDenim and the additional pieces within the launch?
Comfort is at the core of my personal aesthetic. I truly believe comfort attributes to confidence in a major way. When you’re comfortable your confidence is illuminated. Then I go in and layer in edge, feminine touches, immerse streetwear, and pieces colors and textures that promote pure joy! WynneDenim exudes comfort. I especially love how they moved and grooved along with me. Made me feel secure, form to my figure, and most importantly no gaping!
Everyone’s confidence journey is personal… has there ever been a time in your life when you faced a challenge and came out on the other side even stronger?
At age 29 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Eternally grateful to be walking into year four of being in remission. Some may argue that surviving a catastrophic event may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through. I now believe that it is the rebuilding after that is the most challenging. Letting go of who you used to be so that the real you can manifest.
Using the same pieces but in a completely different composition. I thank God for choosing me and allowing my continuation on this beautiful earth. If you’re in your reconstruction season stay the course and bring that fortitude!
Don’t let anyone or anything alter your faith. Spread love and allow your light to illuminate the darkness.
Show them you can keep going… To My family and Friends, I love you always.
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Cover Model: Kathy Rosa Photography LucasPictures Makeup / Hair Glamazon Beauty Cosmetics Stylist Meghan O’Connor Production Madeline Jones Wardrobe Marla Wynne avail at HSN