With every step she took down the runway on Sunday night, Kendall Weed’s confidence grew.
“Exhilarating,” is how the nurse described her first modeling opportunity, the Curve the Runway fashion show for women who are plus-sized. “I was definitely owning that moment and being present. It was nothing short of spectacular.”
Weed was one of about 35 models in the show, created to deliver the message that beauty can come in all shapes and sizes, including those not typically on display at fashion shows. Additionally, all the ensembles were created by local designers; some of whom are also plus-sized.
More of the world’s top designers are taking notes and answering the calls to include women of all shapes in their shows, with Dolce & Gabbana adding three plus-sized models to their recent show in Milan just this week.
“I cried a couple of times,” said Latreian Johns, who helped organize the event with her friend, Keshia “Peaches” Caldwell. “I know a lot of people were shocked to see these women in these kinds of outfits… I think they did a great job.”
For Johns, who modeled for a little more than decade herself, the event was a way to inspire and uplift all women.
“I hope (attendees) walk away and they realize that a woman of size can captivate, and we might jiggle but when you do it with confidence, who’s gonna tell you to stop?”
Who’s gonna check you, boo?