Baeshya lost her vision for a brief time a few years ago. Her sight was restored miraculously when she began to pray and walk for miles every day. I met Baeshya at one of my style workshops at Ashley Stewart in New York. She had released a lot of extra weight but still wore the same clothes. She told the audience that she had never worn a gorgeous new peplum jacket in a smaller size that she’s had in her closet for months. I was so touched by her tears when she won the personal style makeover with me and would experience being a model for a day in a photo shoot at Ashley Stewart, plus a gift card to shop at the store.
an optimistic outcome
With a busy life at a job she actually likes, kids, family illness and more, Baeshya had very little time and money available to spend on shopping for clothes and self-care. Baeshya described that she looked like she was in mourning. Yet, after having her sight restored, the weight loss and improved health, she was feeling so blessed. She needed to look as optimistic as she felt! When she told me she secretly wanted to be a plus size model, I was shocked that it was her dream to standout. She felt so anxious about stepping outside her comfort zone that she could not wear a new jacket outside the house. But on the other hand the jacket did represent INSPIRATION. Hallelujah! We had something to work with.
Baeshya admires the color and creativity in the style of women like First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, who both embrace their curves so unapologetically in the media. I collected a few pieces I thought would flatter and inspire her. As we tried things on, Baeshya impressed me when she fearlessly embraced those mixed stripes in the second look. My absolute favorite. It looks so expensive. As you can see Miss Bae is anything but shy. She made a bold move to reinvent her personal style for the new Baeshya. She is aspirational. She is determined. She is loving herself.
Everyone deserves a chance to feel optimistic every day and personal style is a marvelous way to celebrate God’s creation…YOU! Even if you don’t leave the house in it, at least it’s a start to #loveyourselfie. #fatgirlscanwearstripes #personalstyle