Full Figured Fashion Week, the plus-size fashion event of the year, has come and gone. For the third year in a row, FFFW is an exciting time for up and coming designers, models and fashion fans to celebrate the beauty of women who might have a bit more to them than the average runway model. Not only does this event celebrate the plus size woman, it also creates a venue to expose the public to new independent designers as well as up and coming models.
Events like Full Figured Fashion Week are absolutely essential when it comes to expanding the options that plus size women have, as well as creating visibility for a new type of beauty. It was not that long ago that the first Fashion Week was held in New York City, as a way of showcasing American designers to the international press. Now, I don't have to tell you how overwhelmingly successful that event was, since I am sure most of you spend a few days twice a year refreshing your browsers out the new goods.
I truly commend the organizers, designers, models and hard working crew that make Full Figured Fashion Week possible. It's not an easy task, and it is so clear that great things are in the very near future. While I may not have been there, it was truly inspirational to see the flourishing culture that surrounds plus size fashion. Nothing is more wonderful than seeing a bunch of ladies looking good and feeling even better!
But the next question that I have to ask is, if Full Figured Fashion Week continues to be as successful and important as it has become in it's very short time, are we doing ourselves any favors by staying segregated from the big tents? One thing that I've learned in my very short time as a style blogger is that great taste extends beyond your dress size, and we should never make apologies for wanting to look great at any shape.
Is it that we are keeping the talents represented at FFFWeek a big fat secret (pun intended, thankyouverymuch), or is it important that we, as an underrepresented demographic, need to have a safe space of our very own?
Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.