Close your eyes. Imagine that the weather is perfect and you’re in your favorite place with not a care in the world, a moment of pure bliss. That’s what I feel when listening to Eric Bellinger’s acoustic tracks. His vocal range is admirable. When his voice is paired with an acoustic guitar, the two become one and are in perfect harmony.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and 14 year old artist Sevy Marie Eicher speaks to people all over the world through her art work. Sevy was born with Down Syndrome in Sofia, Bulgaria. Although Bulgaria is a part of the EU, they are still ranked number two in the world for child institutions, right after Russia. She now lives in Texas with her adoptive mother, father, and three siblings.
While standing in line at the grocery store looking at magazines, 27-year old Liberian model, blogger and medical student Deddeh Howard decided she’d had enough. Despite having 10 years worth of modeling experience, agencies consistently rejected her because they already had a ‘black model.’ But that’s not what she saw as she gazed at fashion magazines in the check out line.
Alaya “Lay Lay” High, 11, preps by applying a fresh coat of lip gloss and delivers heat with the confidence of a seasoned rapper. She demonstrates raw talent through viral Instagram videos of her sitting in the front seat of her father’s car, spitting bars over famous beats like BlocBoy JB’s track “Shoot.”
We all know that being plus size isn’t welcomed with open arms in our society, let alone the fashion industry. As a result, plus size designers and models have taken matters into their own hands by designing their own clothes, and spreading awareness about their work through blogging, and putting on events to showcase their fashion. The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo, or TCF Style Expo, is an event held in Atlanta annually to celebrate plus size bodies in fashion.