With the emphasis on body diversity edging its way towards centre stage at New York Fashion Week, from Rihanna’s celebration of the female body, to Christian Siriano’s eclectic mixture of models, it would be criminal if plus-size women weren’t part of the conversation.
Not content with waiting on more brands to get with the program, fashion blogger behind And I Get Dressed, Kellie Brown has taken matters into her own fashion-proficient hands with her creation; #FatAtFashionWeek.
Intent on casting a spotlight on plus-size fashionistas, who while being great contributors to NYFW are often ignored and unacknowledged, Kellie wrote in an empowering social-media post, “I’m starting a new hashtag #FatAtFashionWeek; We are here, we work in this industry, we get it, we are leaders and consumers.”
This pledge to recognise the “invisible” at fashion week has garnered Brown a 59,000 increase in followers with the hashtag having amassed almost 400 posts.
"This weekend’s events were so dope! The number of my fat and fly friends working and doing amazing things during #nyfw this season has me so full and inspired! If you’ve ever felt invisible please know that I see you," Brown writes.
While the fashion industry does indeed seem to be becoming more inclusive with reports dubbing Autumn/Winter 2018 the most inclusive season yet (although less about size and more about race), #FatAtFashionWeek gives it a little push further in the right direction, which we are definitely getting behind.