Usually the words “Atlantic City” and “fashion” conjure images of slender Miss America contestants strutting their stuff in swimsuits in exchange for scholarship money. Last weekend, however, during the first ever New Jersey Full Figure Fashion Week, a different kind of beauty hit the runways along the boardwalk. But rest assured, there were swimsuits a plenty!
There were panels on fashion and body image, a modeling chat with Toccara Jones and even a Zumba class! There were performances by artists like Melonie Fiona and Lanman Rucker as well as a comedy show and SHOPPING! In between panel discussions and shopping, I got to chat it up with fashion stylists, reality stars, actresses, models and activists like Chelsea Settles, Chenese Lewis, Tiffany Bank, Heather Feather, Jene Luciani, Nikki Blonsky, Susan Moses and Gabi Gregg aka GabiFresh!
But my favorite events were the fashion shows. They featured amazing ensembles from Tadashi Shoji, Alfsni, Jones New York, Qristyl Frazier, IGIGI, Baby Phat, Monif C., Eliza Parker, Queen Grace, Jessica Simpson and offerings from shops like Lane Bryant, MadisonPlis.com, SwimsuitsForAll.com.It was amazing to see so many full-figured women of various heights AND sizes (the size 22/24s were representing alongside the 12/14s!)
Here are a few clips from the different shows:
As you can tell, if this whole lawyer-lobbyist thing doesn’t work out, I CANNOT count on a career in videography. Just the same, I hope these clips give gave you a feel for the weekend.
All in all, NJ Full Figure Fashion Week was an awesome event and a huge success! Can’t wait until next year!
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