TCF Style Expo 2018 Was A Plus Positive Playland

August 13, 2018  |  

The TCF Style Expo 2018 held at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia brought together curvy women for a weekend of fellowship, shopping, learning, conversation, and of course, partying.

Hosted by Marie Denee, the Founder of The Curvy Fashionista (which also celebrated 10 years in the game during the event), she emphasized that “the biggest thing for attendees was to meet and shop the brands that cater to them in person. To meet new brands. To explore new brands. To have fun in a celebratory and safe space.”

The event did just that with a series of workshops with topics ranging from “How To Be A Freelance Model,” hosted by Devorah Story to “How To Look Good In Pictures,” hosted by photographer Rick Jones. These workshops were helpful as many indie plus size brands are looking to “real women” and influencers to showcase their products, in addition to models. One attendee commented, “I’m excited about Rick Jones’ workshop as I’m going on vacation in a month and I want to learn how to pose for my Instagram photos!” Slay girl!

Kicking off the weekend was a Blogger Mastermind sponsored by Media Vine and allowing attendees to learn how to get their blog not only read and seen, but also how to help it grow. It provided tips on how to stand out in the sea of content creators.

Madame Noire was proudly one of the official media sponsors of the expo.

The weekend also consisted of panel discussions ranging from plus-size women discussing being the minority in the cosplay community to stylist Frank Grimsley discussing how people that want to get involved in the plus size community can do it beyond becoming a plus-size model.

The conversations also focused on health and wellness, including fitness in the plus size community and combatting notions that all fat women that work out are trying to lose weight. The event didn’t shy away from critiquing the plus size community either.

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Had a great time at @TCFStyleExpo in Atlanta. It was a plus positive weekend where curvy girls could fellowship, network, learn, and grow in a safe space. @MadameNoire hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Plus Privilege: How Do We Make All Forms Of Fat Acceptable?” Moderated by @Be_Vic and in conversation with myself and @phat_girl_fresh we spoke about the strides the plus size industry and community have made but how far we still have to go. We got candid about brands promoting one body type (and the danger it inflicts on consumers) as well as what YOU can do (yes you) to make a difference. It was an important and needed conversation. Thanks to all who attended! #MadameNoire #TCFStyleExpo

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Madame Noire hosted a panel discussion titled, “Plus Privilege: How Do We Make All Forms Of Fat Acceptable?” The discussion was led by Managing Editor, Brande Victorian and she was in conversation with Head of Fashion and Beauty Partnerships for iOne Women’s Division, Danielle James and Lifestyle Blogger and Plus Size Advocate, Maui B. The women discussed the strides that the plus size industry has made; however, how much farther we still have to go and the demands that need to be made on brands. Maui B. expressed not shopping brands that did not include plus women in their advertisements while Danielle James encouraged attendees to write letters and voice their concerns to brands as consumers. The women shared ways to increase body positivity as well as ways to be an ally for inclusivity within the community.

Attendees included plus size women, designers, stylists, bloggers, influencers, and more. People shopped, sipped, talked, and connected. Plus size influencer, Shainna Tucker stated, “It’s one of my favorite weekends to come to. It encompasses more than shopping. It’s a time to come together, it’s a time to network, it’s a time to celebrate men and women. It’s a time to meet people behind and in front of the camera. It’s really a renaissance weekend.”

We asked Founder Marie Denee what we can expect from TCF Style Expo in the future. She reminded us that “next year is year 5. It’s a milestone for us. I look to raise the awareness. Invite more vendors. Invite more people. To grow. To raise awareness.” She will undoubtedly do just that. The event is unique and Denee reminded us of the dynamic nature of it because “You can’t go to one place and shop a number of plus size brands in just one place. At TCF Style Expo you can shop a variety of brands that cater to us.”

Keep up with TCF Style Expo on their website, here and on social media, here.

 

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