“I am finding that power comes from being comfortable in your own skin, in your own thoughts, and in your own being.”

Marie Denee of the Curvy Fashionista.

Marie Denee of the Curvy Fashionista.

Name: Marie Denee
Age: 35
Current Location: Atlanta, GA
Hometown: Military brat, but Riverside, CA
Profession/Blog: Owner of The Curvy Fashionista
Social Media: @thecurvyfashionista on IG; FB/thecurvyfashionista; Twitter: @mariedenee @tcfstyle

WYV: How do you describe your personal style?

MD: I honestly dress for my mood, but I do find myself drawn to clean lines, easy pieces and cool silhouettes. For the longest I was more of a boho girl, but living in the south, I cannot always make that work with the weather, so I find that this is evolving and changing! Where it will end up shall be an interesting journey! I am embracing that.

WYV: How long have you been blogging? What inspired you to start The Curvy Fashionista?

MD: I have been doing this for eight years. It sounds so crazy to say that, but yeah … eight years at it! I initially started this as a resource to a goal of starting a boutique, but as my blog grew and I found more resources, I realized that something was here. Something was keeping me going, driving me to keep at it! So I would say an accidental journey or finding my purpose? I do not know, but it definitely was not something I went to school for. I think that my marketing and retail background have helped see the vision and faith made it a reality.

WYV: Who are the people close to you that have shaped your style?

MD: I would have to say, my mom. She took pride in dressing up, outside of wearing her uniform — she served in the Navy! I remember playing dress-up in her garments, trying to look or feel as fly as she did. And then was my nanna. She was always put together for church — not a crease out of line! I think those to paired with the freedom for self expression allowed me the space to create and find my own style. My nanna also taught me to sew while in high school!

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WYV: What makes you feel most powerful?

MD: I am not 100 percent sure yet. I am in this process of finding this out for myself right now. I have this theme, “Walk In It,” and I am learning this and how to make it work for me. I am finding that power comes from being comfortable in your own skin, in your own thoughts, and in your own being. Like, once you start to walk in your purpose, blessings and to do it so confidently, that or this is where the power is — [it’s] something I am working and walking towards.

WYV: No matter how flawless anyone’s style is, accidents happen. It also takes some misses to go along with all of the fashion hits in order to get to where one can truly call themselves a fashionista. What’s one of the funniest wardrobe malfunctions OR “brave” wardrobe mistakes that you learned, the hard way, was not working for you?

MD: Interesting — I would not call them accidents, when finding your style. You learn what works for you and what does not, what empowers you or that makes you feel self-conscious. For me, it is all part of the process, one that will come at different points in others’ lives.

WYV: Who are your top celebrity StyleCrushes? What about each of them draws you to their style?

MD: Corrine Roitfeld. She is a beast and does it do effortlessly. She has found a formula that works for her and she always pushes the envelope with it. A badass midi skirt and sexy top, paired with the most interesting of heels? Yes, ma’am.

Queen Latifah. She is always fly, polished, with an edge. She takes risks and keeps it cute, all while exuding this confidence that sets off every look she wears!

Playing around in @ftfsnaps in New Orleans today! Heyyyyyy boo! How are you today?

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WYV: Which designers or brands are some of your fashion faves? What do you like about them?

MD: I do love Jibri for her design aesthetic and innovation. Eloquii for their contemporary silhouettes and style. City Chic for their dresses and styling. Universal Standard for their minimalist approach to style. Navabi for their international style and curation of designers. Marina Rinaldi for the high fashion and elevated options. Fuzzi for their innovation with fabrics. Courtney Noelle for her unapologetic confidence in style. There are sooooo many for so many different reasons!

WYV: Regardless of whether they are in the plus-size market, if you could work with any designers, who would be your dream collaboration?

MD: DKNY. Top of my list.

WYV: What would you say to a young fashionista who wants to get started in plus size fashion blogging?

MD: Just start. Your voice will evolve and change as you grow and this is okay, but it is imperative to remember your why. Why you started. What you want to say. and stay true to that. You can easily get distracted with social media, FOMO, and even with comparing your walk to another’s. What is for you is for you and no one can take that from you!

WYV: How do you wear your voice?

MD: NOW, by sharing a bit more of my journey, walk and processes in this world. Sharing the bad with the good, letting folks iN a bit more to who I am and not worrying about [being] perfect. It is me having those behind-the-scenes conversations with brands about where they are missing IT, it is me helping those along their way, like folks did for me in my journey.

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