Today we’d like to introduce you to Ansley Morgan.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ansley. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Fashion has been an integral part of my life since I was young. However, I always struggled to find stylish clothes that would fit. We have seen tremendous growth in the plus size fashion industry in the past few years. More brands have started offering extended sizes. As the plus size fashion industry has continued to grow, so has the community that exists within social media. Through the following women who actually looked like me, I was able to finally feel truly comfortable in my own skin. I began to document my own outfits so I could share them with the growing community. I studied Public Relations and fashion merchandising at the University of Georgia and I intend to use these degrees and my experience to help with the growth of the plus size fashion industry and acceptance of all different body types within the fashion industry.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The hardest thing for me, in the beginning, was being confident in myself and my own style. The trick to getting past this was realizing that I feel the most confident when I am being true to myself and surrounding myself with people who bring positivity into my life. Being yourself is what makes you unique in this world, and by embracing your own style and quirks you can continue to grow into a confident, unique, and powerful force. There is also the case of imposter syndrome, where you doubt your achievements. Sometimes, I put so much pressure on myself I forget to celebrate the things I have already achieved. It is important to be thankful and celebrate each and every opportunity and experience. They all help you grow and you should be proud of yourself for all of them.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I currently work as a freelance writer and stylist. My main focus is on size inclusive fashion. I enjoy showing different ways to style clothing for all body types, curating lists of size inclusive brands, and creating looks that utilize these brands. I have had the opportunity to work with Man Repeller in NYC. If someone had told high school me that I would have that chance, I would never believe them. It was incredibly exciting to share my point of view and style with such a large audience. One thing that sets me apart is that I put a lot of focus on vintage and second-hand designer clothing within my wardrobe. That is not very common within the plus size community because it is difficult to find stuff. The environment is very important to me and I am very aware of the impact that the fashion industry has on it. A lot of the brands that have created plus size options are fast fashion and not the best choice for our planet. This has given me the challenge of finding clothing that doesn’t harm the environment, which is fun and exciting. I enjoy sharing my vintage finds with my followers.
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
It is important to be true to yourself every step of the way. Do not doubt yourself and your beliefs. Also, it is okay to feel like you do not know what you’re doing, fake it until you make it is a very real thing. Nobody knows exactly what they are doing, but it is easy to seem like you do if you just believe in yourself and act confidently.
- Website: www.readbetweenthehemlines.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: ansleymorgan
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