After having a chit chat with Allie, I gotta tell you, SHE IS AMAZING!
Seems to be a trend with curvy ladies everywhere, SO KUDOS TO US!!!
Allie has done it all! She is a host, writer, model, fashion enthusiast, New Yorker, and just …well ALL AROUND AMAZING 🙂 .
Without leaking too much details, here’s the full report on Allison.
Born and Reside
Plus size model, fashion blogger, and freelance writer.
What is your heritage?
My mother is West Indian, from the island of Grenada and my father is Irish.
What would you describe your roll in the fashion industry?
I’m a fashion model and I write a fashion blog as well where I discuss the industry, post outfit ideas and inspiration as well as talk about self-love and wellness.
When did you first start to take an interest in fashion?
I’ve always been interested in fashion. My mom is one of the most fashionable women I know and she always encouraged her daughters to take pride in expressing themselves through their clothing.
Who are some of your favorite fashion icons?
I would definitely have to say my mother. I also admire the fashion sense of Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani, Michelle Obama and Rihanna. I think the stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood really knew how to show off their femininity as well, like Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth.
Where do you find inspiration?
I take a lot of inspiration from my friends and street style and I read a lot of other fashion blogs. Right now I’m obsessed with Soraya de Carvalho of “Style Is My Thing,” as I think she is an absolute genius. But, inspiration can come anywhere for me, from a film to a swatch of fabric.
When shopping, what are some key things you assess before you make a purchase?
I tend to look for things that are versatile and will last over time. I take a very long time to shop because I walk around with things in my hand for a long time. If I lose interest halfway through, I put it back.
How do you see the plus size industry booming in the fashion industry today?
I think there have always been fashionable plus size women, but they are communicating with each other now via blogs and events. There is strength in numbers and women are coming together to call out designers and say they’re not doing enough or they are being lazy. I think plus size women are tired of being told they are fashionable in spite of their size or feeling like they have to make apologies for not wanting to hide themselves in ugly, ill-fitting pieces. That wasn’t the case for the majority of plus size women 20 years ago.
Where do you do you see plus size fashion in 30 years from now?
I think it will be more diverse, of course, but fashion ebbs and flows. Right now it’s very “in” to be super slim, so much so that fashion models who were a size 6 twenty years ago would be told they are fat now. But that could all change tomorrow. So you can never really predict. One thing I do know, however, is that this generation of young, plus size women will be trailblazers in terms of carving out a place for themselves in the mainstream.
Where are some of favorite places to shop?
I would say I do half of my shopping at thrift , consignment and vintage stores, but I also love Asos, Dorothy Perkins, Torrid and Simply Be. But I shop anywhere and everywhere.
Life of a Curvy Model
How long have you been modeling for?
I started professionally modeling in 2007, but I went full time last year.
Where are some places you have modeled for?
Ashley Stewart, Monif C, Fashion to Figure and Baby Phat.
Do you have any projects that you are anticipating?
I have a few very exciting things in the works, yes, but I like to keep them under wraps until the time is right. I am excited for Full Figured Fashion Week in a few months.
Do you have any tips for women who may want to model?
Do your research, approach it like a business, never feel entitled to anything or for anyone to make something happen for you and, of course, get into it for the right reasons. If you are seeking validation, this business will chew you up and spit you out in a heartbeat.
Lastly, Do you have any last words you want to leave for curvy girls everywhere?
I think every woman should give herself permission to feel beautiful, even if she isn’t exactly the picture of how she thinks she should look. But never act like a victim because you will be treated like one if you do. If you aren’t happy with something, change it, but in the meantime, love yourself through every step of the process.
Check out Allie’s Blog!!!
Her Blog is http://insidealliesworld.com
Her Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/amcgevna.
Also Allie is having a closet sale on Sat Feb 23rd at Ripley Grier studios in Manhattan and she’ll be moderating a panel at the Plus Model Intensive next month.
Please check out her events if you have the time 🙂