On the Curvaceous Closet, blogger Sarah De Melo talks about her personal style and her journey of becoming a model, and fortunately for her, there’s a lot to talk about lately.
She’s the newest model to join Angela Samuels' Voluptuous Clothing team, and this fall, she’ll be modelling during New York Fashion Week. Not bad for a newbie.
TorontoVerve: How would you describe your style?
Sarah De Melo: I think style is just confidence. I work in a law firm so I prefer wearing something classic by day like a little black dress, blouse, trousers and pumps. When I go out with my friends at night, I like to express myself. I love wearing a lot of black leather and lace. It’s one extreme to the next.
TV: Who inspires your style?
SD: I get a lot of inspiration from singer Stevie Nicks, but I also love fashion blogger and model, Nadia Aboulhosn. She’s plus-size and wears whatever she wants. She doesn’t care about what anybody thinks. You’ll see her in short shorts and cropped tops. She also puts her own urban spin on things, which really inspires me because I love being edgy and showing off my curves.
TV: How did you get involved with Voluptuous?
SD: For a long time, my family and friends have been telling me to pursue modelling, but I never did anything about it. One day, I was at a Tim Horton’s and this lady came up to me and said, “You’re very beautiful. You should model.” I guess because it came from a total stranger and not a friend or family member, I started taking it seriously. She also said something that really stuck: “We see ourselves everyday so we don’t realize how beautiful we really are.” So I began looking up different plus-size blogs and stores in Toronto, and I eventually discovered Hourglass Cath, who introduced me to Angela Samuels, the founder of Voluptuous. Within three weeks, I started modelling for her store.
TV: So what do your friends and family think of your modelling?
SD: They’re really happy for me. They’re pleased with the exposure and experience I’m getting. I’m working with women who empower and motivate me. I was recently chosen to model at New York Fashion Week in September so they’re very excited.
TV: Tell us about your blog, The Curvaceous Closet.
SD: My blog is my fashion diary. It’s what I wear daily. I also inform other curvy girls about where to find quality clothes.
TV: You say on your blog that this is your journey of becoming not a plus-size model, but a my size model — something model Ashley Graham talks about in her TedTalk. Is she a role model of yours?
SD: Definitely. Everything she says resonates with me. I hope the fashion industry drops the plus because she’s a model, and now, I’m a model, and it shouldn’t matter what size we are. The reality is that the majority of women in North America are a size 8. That's what the fashion industry calls plus-size, which is sad.
TV: On your blog, you've expressed your frustration about being described as “pretty for a fat girl....”
SD: Yeah, that's right. I’ve had the same best friends since I was five years old and they’re all under size 6. I’m a size 14 and much taller than them — so I stand out wherever we go. In the fifth grade, I was definitely one of the tallest and I developed quickly. I remember once walking down College Street and hearing a guy say, “She’s hot, but she’s big.” I just laugh it off now. Model Dita Von Teese once said, “Even if you’re the ripest peach, there will always be someone who doesn’t like you,” and that's true. Not everyone is going to like my body shape and that's ok. I’m happy with myself and that’s what really matters.
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