Why is plus size still considered to be a dirty word in fashion, even celebrities are subjected to this by being ignored by most, it is something that should not be acknowledged, a plus size model being trolled, or high end designers not catering to plus size.. This really has to stop!
There are numerous fashion houses who do a plus size range, there are millions of plus sized shoppers actively searching for fashion forward styles, so when will this disparity come to an end?
Christian Siriano is an American fashion designer and member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America who at the relatively young age of 30 has been breaking boundaries by designing an exclusively plus size range for Lane Bryant for one thing and for stepping in to dress those celebrities who have been shunned, two of those in recent times are the stunning Leslie Jones and Dashcha Polanco, both actors in successful television series and movies, he is one designer who does not consider age, body size or body shape when designing beautiful gowns.
It’s no secret that fashion labels often dress celebrities and loan them clothing to wear for events and premieres—for the really big stars, some fashion houses will reportedly even pay for the privilege. Even without a financial incentive, this relationship is mutually beneficial: It offers the brands exposure, and helps put the stars on the radar of magazines and the general public.
In Hollywood, how you dress isn’t just about looking good, it’s an investment; many starlets boast side careers based on endorsements and campaigns, and those who have cultivated reputations as trendsetters can leverage that into the creation of their own personal brands.
For actors beyond a sample size, the chance to gain such opportunities is rare, and it can be a struggle to simply get noticed, regardless of their accomplishments. With a hit TV show, a very active social following, and a part in an Oscar-nominated film (2015’s Joy) under her belt, Dashcha Polanco should be on fashion’s radar—but not everyone has been receptive. She has said:
“It’s funny that a lot of the brands are dressing people who are not offering anything as far as talent, they’re just out there,” and while many brands point at existing relationships with stylists or actresses, or the expense that goes into creating samples, rather than an underlying sense of “size-ism,” this is an idea that Polanco rejects.
“I understand that it’s business, but still, it’s like, really? My industry friends, who are clear and honest with me say, “Girl, they don’t have your size, and you’re not at that level yet, so you have to either move that way or just build those relationships so that later in the future maybe it happens.”
We understand that those in the public eye are always open for scrutiny and criticism, unfortunately that seems to be part of the human psyche, the tall poppy syndrome seems to never go away, but when successful people with massive social media followings and success in the public arena still are being ignored by ‘mainstream’ fashion, then we are grateful for those fashion houses who style, manufacture and supply in a plus size range such as Kita Ku , Samaya Moods and Advocado Plus . You don’t have to have a massive price tag to be able to dress yourself in beautiful fashion for any shape..