What does being the face of Torrid mean for you?
“[It's] truly such an honor. It means a lot to me, not only because being the face of a brand is an incredible opportunity, but by choosing me to represent them, Torrid have taken strides towards increasing diversity in fashion, and that’s a big deal. I’m really excited for the year ahead!”
What do you like about Torrid?
“The question should be what do I LOVE about Torrid. But, seriously. I love the way Torrid actively communicates with, and listens to, their customers, especially with regards to fit, style, and the fashions they would like to wear. Where else can you find such fashion-forward items at all sizes? My most favorite item of all has to be the jeans. I never used to be a denim girl until I tried on a pair of Torrid jeans.”
Do you feel that the fashion industry is becoming more diverse or more segmented?
"I feel like the industry is becoming increasingly diverse. More and more I see all sizes and all shades being represented. I feel that there is no beauty standard right now, and that the restrictions of the past are slowly but surely being lifted."
What is your ultimate career goal?
"Of course, I dream of the ultimate heights of modeling: a Vogue cover, a beauty campaign (Lancôme would be a dream), an international mainstream campaign for a store such as United Colors of Benetton, but ultimately I would like to use my voice to advance healthcare access around the world."
Do you feel there is more racial diversity in the plus industry than in straight-size?
"I think both industries are about the same…but I do think that the plus-size industry has previously been slow to embrace different races and use models of color in front-line campaigns. And for that reason, I congratulate Torrid in their steps towards diversity."
What makes you stand apart from other models?
"At first glance, I think my low cut definitely sets me apart from the other girls… How often do you see a plus model with no hair?"
Do you consider yourself plus size? If not, is there a label you use to describe your body?
"I try not to assign labels to myself. Sometimes I shop in the plus section and sometimes I don’t. I feel we attach too much significance to labels and, ultimately, it doesn’t really matter. I am beautiful, healthy woman."
Have you ever padded?
"Maybe a padded bra or chicken cutlets to give shape, but nothing crazily extreme."
If you weren't a model, what would you want to do?
"Work for an international health agency such as the WHO or Doctors Without Borders working to improve the quality of, and access to, health in developing countries."