Curvy Bodies Can Still Be Professionally Adorned

Curvy Bodies Can Still Be Professionally Adorned

Curvy Bodies Can Still Be Professionally Adorned

Posted by: Myrna Datilus 

       As women of color, we have learned to embrace our curvy, voluptuous bodies with a sense of pride, but accepting our bodies has not always been easy for some. For some, it comes with being over-sexualized, body shamed, and feelings of discomfort in their respective workplaces. We have found that some designers do not know how to design for a curvier woman. The average pencil skirt or wrap around dress that may look straight on a colleague, a woman of color would fill it out in a way that would have some heads turn in the office! This is not an image that is unprofessional, but more so misunderstood by our fellow colleagues.

          As women of color, we should never have to feel apologetic about what we are blessed to have. Serena Williams, who has always been unapologetic about her thick, athletic body, recently had to deal with her tennis bodysuit being called a “distraction.” About two years ago, an African American teacher Patrice Brown, in Atlanta, was body shamed on social media because her work dresses embraced her curvy body. Because of this, we are forced to double, if not triple think what to wear to work each day, while perhaps our counterparts do not have that problem. To remedy some of these apprehensions, I want to share where I draw some of my fashion inspiration when I have to “dress up” for work.

I have been following Ms. Terry Ann Phillips for a few years now, especially for her faith and her obvious fashion sense! Although I do not dress as fabulously as she does, I tried my best to emulate some of her styles when I worked a corporate job (which required professional attire). She proved that you can be both modest and fashionable while still embracing your beautiful curves

Miss Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien is not only an amazing Christian & Lifestyle Blogger, but she is a fashionista that happens to be my younger cousin! No matter what the occasion, Tarah Lynn slays every time, and I have never seen her have a bad fashion day! I draw inspiration from her because she, just like Terry Ann Phillips, is aware of her body type (slim but thick in the right places). She dresses in a way that is not too covered up, but very respectfully fashion forward.

I am very excited to see all the Social Media Influencers and Bloggers show us that it is alright to embrace your bodies no matter what the size! Which leads me to my next amazing fashion-forward beauty, Essie Golden. This is a woman that exudes the most confidence and is extremely unapologetic about her God-given curves. After meeting her at a fashion event, where I bought one of her bathing suits, I began to follow her. I am most self-conscious of my large bust, so watching her instagram posts has boosted my self-esteem drastically! Her timeline inspires me daily to be comfortable with my bust size.

Women of color have a plethora of things to be concerned about in the workplace; how we dress our beautiful bodies should not be one of those concerns. Protect your personal brands daily by dressing eloquently and professionally. 

I encourage you to follow these ladies and share with fellow SIStas which fashionistas inspire you to embrace your curves as well!

Now go and be unapologetic, self-aware, and embracing of your curves-others will just have to get over it:)

 

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