The New York trip was a blinding success for the ATCL team and we met and connected with a host of plus-size industry insider, bloggers, influencers and brands, all of whom we are so grateful to for their support and words of encouragement. We wanted to represent Africa at the event and show that we are also a growing force in the plus-size industry we we believed we achieved.
The week culminated in our own Private Luncheon hosted by LatashaLagos on behalf of About That Curvy Life. The Luncheon was a way of saying thank you to those we had met along the way and leave our long lasting stamp on NYC. We chose Sage on Graham, a Thai restaurant, a hidden gem in Williamsburg to host our friends including Natasha Tendai from Essence magazine, Celebrity Stylist Kanayo Ebi and Plus-size blogger Anita M.
The tables were strewn with glitter and decorated with pink and silver balloons. The ambiance was completed by tea light candles which lit their way across the tables, illuminating us all. The conversation started off light and jovial but we soon delved into more serious topics, as the PS community usually do, one of which was the ever important subject of body positivity and acceptance. We all shared our stories of struggling with body confidence and shared advice on how to build confidence. Surprisingly, even model Laura Lee Johnson, shared her journey to love herself which was inspiring and just went to prove that nobody is beyond feeling insecure and though our journeys may not be the same, they definitely have things in common.
We feasted on a Thai banquet of summer spring rolls, Thai Green Curry, Cashew Sauce with Jasmine Rice and Pad Thai. We laughed like old friends and shared stories like confidantes. It was a remarkable example of how something so seemingly normal can bring a group of people together and it ignited the reasons why we began this platform in the first place.
About That Curvy Life, as well as being about fashion and beauty, is a safe and supportive place from a society which has turned against the PS community. A society that seems to look down on the curvy community as though they are second-class citizens, devoid of self-control and lacking self-respect. It’s time we reclaim our power and show that our size does not define who we are, it is merely a part of us and nevertheless, a part that deserves its recognition and not to be shrouded in shame.
As we continue, we aim to open the floor to important and necessary conversations that need to take place in order for us to move towards an inclusive and judgment-free society.
Thank you to everyone who has joined us on this journey thus far and we hope we make you proud.