I love people who don’t take themselves too seriously (think opposite of Kanye West) and so I was happy to hear that actress Gabourey Sidibe just scored another win in the incredible career she’s built for herself as an actress, spokesperson and director.
NYLON reports that the Empire star will be headlining New York Fashion Week’s CurvyCon, a convention celebrating body positivity now in its fourth year, packed with panels, workshops and appearances from celebrities and fashion insiders.
Created by bloggers Chastity Garner Valentine and Cece Olisa, this year’s convention will feature Sidibe hosting a keynote fireside chat. WWE Superstar Nia Jax will also give a talk, alongside WWE and Total Divas stars Nikki and Brie Bella. Valentine and Olisa shared with Yahoo Lifestyle exactly what they feel the presenters will bring to this year’s event taking place September 6-8:
“TheCurvyCon’s goal is to uplift women in a way that will stick with them for the rest of the year.”
“Gabourey Sidibe and Nia Jax have conquered their spaces in spite of what the norms are for their industries, showing our attendees they did not let their size dictate their accomplishments. They have both dominated their industries and opened the door for other women and young girls to pursue their goals in these spaces. We are so proud to have these two forces to be a part of theCurvyCon.”
Another highlight of the convention is a panel headed by musician Lizzo and an exclusive runway show from LOFT. Title sponsor Dia&Co and the Council of Fashion Designers of America will co-host a presentation and panel discussion specifically targeting inclusivity in plus-size fashion. In addition, for the first time CurvyCon is inviting attendees to rip the runway with an open casting call to be apart of NYFW.
Valentine shares that although the fashion industry has a long way to go s far as size inclusivity, notable steps have been made in the past few years and CurvyCon is proud to be apart of that:
“Our goal is to facilitate change in the fashion industry.”
“There is still much work to be done, but we are excited to see the conversation on size diversity and inclusivity more forward every year.”
Olissa says that while she’s happy to witness the body-positivity movement on-line, it’s rewarding to see women gathered in the same space with sharing the same enthusiasm reflected on social media:
“This has been a grassroots movement from the beginning.”
“We’ve created an in-person experience that reflects the powerful body-positive movement happening online. At the same time, we continue to break down barriers in the fashion industry by aligning plus-size fashion with mainstream fashion during New York Fashion Week.”
You can learn more about CurvyCon here and even still snag tickets to event.