Danielle Brooks Is The New Face Of The Christian Siriano Lane Bryant Collection
Danielle Brooks is having quite the year. After wrapping another season of Orange is the New Black and snagging the role of Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway, the actress has now been chosen to model the new Christian Siriano Lane Bryant Collection. And just a heads up, the pics are fab.
“Being plus-size, it’s very easy to put a woman in a black or navy dress, but to get to show color on my chocolate skin is really fun for me, and it’s not an option that always comes around,” Brooks told PeopleStyle of the campaign for the new collection which launches next week. “And for plus-size women to feel confident in what they’re wearing, Christian hits it on the nail with that. I really appreciate a designer of his stature saying ‘I’m going to design for every woman.’ There is such a huge market. The plus-size industry is huge.”
Siriano seems to know that, crafting dresses, tops, skirts, and a full-length gown in sizes 14-28 that are far from what many designers create for fuller figures.
“I wanted it to be a lot of color,” Siriano said. “We took a lot of inspiration from 1950s ice cream parlors. I wanted there to be a lot of prints and stripes and textures, but still feel modern, with a little vintage feeling as well. I think the clothes are really great, wearable, fun and fresh, and that’s what we wanted to see.”
Brooks appears to have enjoyed modeling the clothes as much as Siriano did making them, saying “It was fun to be surrounded by all these sexy men holding my dress and tying my shoes. Plus, the clothes helped me to embody the way in which we did the photo shoot—they make you feel sexy, like everyone has their eyes on you. It’s like these are the clothes you want to wear when you walk down the street and want to make heads turn.”
And if those heads turn because Brooks is curvy, she’s just fine with that.
“Right now, I’m embracing [the term plus size] and learning to love my size where I am, and not be ashamed of being plus-size. What is there to be ashamed of? I’m sexy. I’m fine. It’s just a number that we’ve given it. I wear a size 14. That number, I could change it to 0, it won’t matter. I’m embracing where I am and trying to stay fit and healthy in the midst of that.”
The Christian Siriano Lane Bryant Collection won’t launch until April 28, but for now you can check out what’s in store on Lanebryant.com.