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Though known most for their larger than life personalities, crazy drama, and wild antics, reality television stars are more than just primetime entertainment. Many of them have successfully launched their own entrepreneurial ventures, helping them to branch out beyond the television world. One example is Erica Dixon, cast member on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and founder of Klass 6 Hair and Klass 6 Dress Line.
We caught up with Erica to ask her about the inspiration behind the “Klass” lines, what’s she learning about running a business, and advice she has for ladies who want to start their own ventures. Check out the interview below.
MadameNoire (MN): How did your experience on Love and Hip Hop inspire you to start Klass 6?
Erica Dixon (ED): Being on a reality show, seeing others have that motivation to go ahead and pursue whatever their dreams or aspirations were [inspired me]. Klass 6 was something that I always wanted to do. I wanted to put something out there for the ladies. With Love and Hip Hop, I had that platform [and audience] to go ahead and do it. I told myself that I was procrastinating. What was I waiting for? Let me go ahead and do it.
MN: What made you focus on fashion and hair with Klass 6?
ED: I did hair and fashion because that is what I am all about. I’m a female. I love to have my hair done and I love to have on a bada$$ dress. I’m not going to sell a dress or hair to somebody that I wouldn’t wear or buy. When you see me, I always have my hair in. I may not always have on one of my dresses. I do like to help other brands, but the majority of the time, you will see me with my own products.
Of course now that I have lost a couple of inches in the waist - from a size 14/16 to a size 10 (Yes, I am saluting myself for all my hard work and squats I have done) – and can shop in straight size shops with cuter clothing comfortably (And by “comfortably,” I mean not squeezing myself into an Xtra Large and hoping the two-percent Lyrca written on its tag is authentic and field tested.), the fashion industry starts thinking about revolutionizing plus size clothing options.
As reported in the Business Insider, online women’s clothing retailer Modcloth has produced a survey in hopes of unlocking and deciphering the mysterious world of plus-size shoppers – because you know, the industry has ignored a sizable portion of the population for so long, it’s almost like meeting an alien species for the first time: lots of probing, lots of prodding and I imagine, lots of awkward and inappropriate jokes about fat aliens.
At any rate, Modcloth, along with market research company Paradigm Sample, surveyed 1,500 U.S women, between the aged 18 to 44 and found that more women reported wearing a size 16 than sizes 0, 2, and 4 combined. Duh. Even more unsurprisingly, the survey also found that that 65 percent of all women agree, that the retail industry ignores the needs of plus size women. Likewise, 74 percent of plus size women describe feeling frustrated and 65 percent described feeling excluded during their in-store shopping experiences. And only 31 percent agree that plus size models accurately represent the plus size community of women, which seriously. Did they need to spend money on that? I’m sure the office intern could have told them that for a six-inch hoagie from Subway and a bag of Skittles.
Nevertheless, Modcloth persists on with its revelation of obvious facts including the one that tells us that 53 percent of plus size women are likely to describe their clothing as frumpy; 52 percent thought their clothing was shapeless; and 49 percent found it boring. And a yawn-filled 77 percent of all plus size respondents say it is difficult to find well-fitting garments. Honestly, the only real surprises here are that the percentages of disenchanted big girls isn’t higher.
Excuse me if I sound very snarly, but the average woman has been between a size 12 to 14 for a long while now and quite frankly shouldn’t be this hard to figure out what plus size clothing shoppers want: the same thing that smaller sizes want. Style. Comfort. But most definitely something that doesn’t involve peek-a-boo cut sleeves, an elastic waist and flower prints – seriously I hate those shirts that be in every plus size section with the unbridled passion of seven fat bitches.
I will give Modcloth credit however for taking the time to actually research and then tell the rest of the industry the obvious and that is design some plus-size gear that folks want to wear. And try to make it super-inexpensive and accessible. It’s just not fair that women – and I guess menfolk too (so they won’t feel left out of a discussion on a black woman’s website) – have to be segregated from the rest of the general public. I also give the retailer credit for expanding the sizes it offers to shoppers, which according to the article, will put the company on target to double the size of its sales in just this year alone.
From Single Black Male
Summer is three days away. Men and women alike can’t wait to shed layers for a lengthy period. Ladies can’t wait to show a little more skin. And men can’t wait to not mind. This summer promises to be a scorcher. In the midst of summer barbecues and kickbacks, there will be all sorts of attire involved. Today I run down some of the top things we men would love to see you ladies wear.
Learn more about what men think women should wear this summer at SingleBlackMale.org
It’s the most important date in a person’s life. But for celebrities, their wedding day is more than just making a commitment to someone they are — or think — they’re in love with. It’s a chance to break out the finest in bridal fashion and strut their stuff. So as your Facebook becomes cluttered with summer wedding photos and engagement announcements, we decided to add to the pile with our favorite celebrity wedding looks.
Every single time we think Rihanna can’t top her latest fashion escapade, she proves us wrong! Last night as she walked the red carpet for the CFDA Fashion awards wearing nothing but Swarovski crystals we were reminded of all of the singer’s interest wardrobe choices over the years. Let’s take a look back at some of Rihanna’s riskiest red carpet looks.
Lucky Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen is arguably the coolest chick in fashion and publishing right now. With more social media followers than even her magazine has, Chen is an idol to many in the fashion industry already, and those clamoring for a way in. She sat down with Racked to talk job advice and revealed five key things to remember.
Read more about Eva Chen at StyleBlazer.com
College was an interesting bubble that a good number of us had the opportunity to live in. We partied, stayed up all night, and sometimes went to class. One thing that is very specific to the experiences of living on campus or just being a stressed out undergrad was the array of college style.
From the sorority girls and their interesting ways of always wearing the same bag, outfit, and hairstyle to the girls who were in an eternal state of going to the gym. Many of these things worked perfectly fine in college, hell, they were even the trendy thing to sport, but hopefully you noticed that once you graduated this simply just wasn’t the case.
Reminisce on the cringeworthy looks that everyone wore and say RIP to your college style.
Read more about college fashion at StyleBlazer.com
Not only did these stars brave coming out to the tabloids, but they grabbed the reigns on their life with everything from their sexuality to the style, becoming fashion icons for the LGBT community, and even the straight one!
From The Grio
Before Russell Simmons, Diddy and other rappers became fashion conscious and began making their own clothes, hip-hop style in the 90′s was distinctly designer label friendly.Iconic fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger saw the potential buying power of hip-hop culture early and recruited the era’s top acts to wear his signature line Hilfiger, including Usher, Snoop Dogg and the late Aaliyah.
Recently, the 61-year-old reflected on hip-hop’s long term impact on his lifestyle brand.
In his Bloomberg News interview, Hilfiger said rap’s influence was necessary for his business to expand, but ultimately he was following a trend.“Look, it fueled a lot of growth, but it took us away from our roots,” said Hilfiger. “When people ask me advice, I say stick to who you are. Stick to your guns. There is an image and attitude to most brands, and that’s really important. I like to stick to my heritage and not chase trends, and at that point we were chasing trends. Chasing trends was easy, but it was dangerous. It’s more important to me now to be consistent.”
Read more about Tommy Hilfiger’s brand and hip hop at TheGrio.com
Reflecting on the past can be a really rewarding experience. Almost therapy for people who had a simpler life before the chaos of present time. That’s really the joy of participating in #ThrowbackThursday– until you see these photos.
We scoured the archives to find several photos of stars from the late 90s and early 2000s in the most tragic outfits. We’re talking exposed thongs, bandanna halter tops, platform shoes… it’s all cringe-worthy.
Get ready for quite the show, on the next pages.
See these fashion fails at StyleBlazer.com