Almost every season witnesses a movement (if you may) for making fashion industry an all inclusive arena. There are many other skin colours than pale and sizes beyond 4. As if on cue, this season saw the launch of #FatatFashionWeek by Kellie Brown of ‘And I Get Dressed’.
Kellie Brown of And I Get Dressed came up with the hashtag while at a New York Fashion Week event hosted by 11 Honoré, the plus-size luxury retailer—”an event filled with boss bigger women: influencers, supermodels, fashion directors of major publications,” she tells Glamour. “And while writing my caption, I thought, How can [the industry] pretend no stylish fat women exist?”
“I created the tag as a way to kind of show receipts that there are many bigger women working in the industry, influencing the industry and consumers alike, and looking great while doing it,” Brown adds, noting that this whole realization and conceptualization took about 30 seconds.
Other bloggers, influencers, and plus-size Fashion Week attendees have joined in too, including Alex Michael May, Alex Larosa, Kelly Augustine, and more. “I’ve seen editors using it, which is one of the biggest compliments,” Brown says.”A few people came up to me [at New York Fashion Week] to tell me they loved the hashtag and were excited to use it.”
“I started attending [New York Fashion Week] over 12 years ago as a publicist, and then I always felt like the only one,” Brown explains. “I know I wasn’t, but without the luxury of social media then, we weren’t connected. I love seeing so many larger models on runways [and] diversity at shows, but there’s still much to be done.”
Brown believes that hashtags like #FatatFashionWeek are helpful because they remind everyone (in the industry or otherwise) that these people are present, as well as inspire those who are following the events from afar but don’t feel like they’re presented in the images coming out of it. “There are up-and-coming bigger people who want to work in the industry and can follow the hashtag and see that they belong here too,” she says. It may have started a spur-of-the-moment post, but Brown is already thinking bigger picture: “The goal is now to grow it—I’d love to see models, makeup artists, people who work backstage [and] in PR, inclusive designers using it…. Hopefully, more to come next Fashion Week!”
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