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StyleCrush: Stephanie Yeboah, Nerd About Town
“I hate conforming to a specific style, as I’m always stepping out of my comfort zone and switching up my looks.”
We start the month of February with the beautiful Stephanie Yeboah. Yeboah is the mind, curves and style behind the London plus-size style blog Nerd About Town. With a love of graphic novels, cheesecake and Jason Momoa, Yeboah navigates style with a fun, unpretentious twist, chock-full of fun references and general nerdery.
Beginning as a beauty blogger in 2009, Yeboah realized that her true love was fashion. She shifted to style blogging in 2013. Nerd About Town is Yeboah’s haven to share her style and beauty tips, and to talk about issues important to her (and us!) like body confidence, mental health and self-care.
Name: Stephanie Yeboah
Hometown & Current Location: London, England
Blog: Nerd About Town
Wear Your Voice: How do you describe your personal style?
Stephanie Yeboah: If I could choose one word, it would be versatile. I hate conforming to a specific style as I’m always stepping out of my comfort zone and switching up my looks. I have so many different pieces in my wardrobe and love mixing & matching to create different outfits with some of the same pieces.
WYV: What inspired your blog, Nerd About Town?
SY: Not seeing women who looked like me within the media/online. Growing up as a darker-skinned, fat woman, I had no positive role models to look up to. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me on TV and the lack of diversity led me to think that I was not beautiful because I did not adhere to the Westernized standard of beauty. I created my blog to inspire other ladies of color, as well as to express myself via my style, which means a lot to me.
WYV: Who are the people close to you who have shaped your style?
SY: I’ve always had a strong sense of identity when it comes to building my style and haven’t been directly influenced by anybody in particular. However, I have long been a fan of Gabi’s (Gabifresh) casual aesthetic, which she pulls off effortlessly.
WYV: Who are your top 3 celebrity StyleCrushes?
SY: Rihanna has the “bad bitch” aesthetic DOWN; I absolutely adore her edgy, fearless sense of style. Everything about it is a mood.
Victoria Beckham is a lady who knows her tailoring and I’ve always admired how sharply she dresses. She carries herself with such class and radiates a grace that I think is so rare among today’s celebs. She’s always perfectly put together and has inspired me to try out different textures and cuts.
Lastly, Eddie Redmayne exudes irresistible charm and is the quintessential English Gentleman, which shows in his style. His style is consistently clean, sophisticated and sharp, and MAN does he know how to wear a suit! I’m a huge fan of clean-cut tailoring on men and Eddie does this effortlessly.
WYV: Which stores/brands/designers are your faves? What draws you to each of them?
SY: I love ASOS Curve because their pieces are current, they fit incredibly true to size and I can always rely on them for quality-made basic wear on a budget.
River Island Plus, while still relatively new, are knocking it out of the park at the moment. Their pieces are of incredible quality and I love that they take their consumers opinions on board to actively improve their collections.
Navabi host an assortment of luxe plus designers offering quality, current pieces. Their site is great for picking up investment pieces that’ll last a lifetime.
Mary Katranazou is my favorite designer; her eye for patterns and graphics are second to none. Her collections are always colorful and always tell a story. She’s plus-sized too, which is a bonus!
WYV: Which big-name designers would you like to see move into the plus size market?
SY: I would LOVE for Mary Katranazou to create a plus-sized line! Her pieces are fun, and she offers so many different tailored pieces that I think would look awesome on curves. Monique Lhuillier’s wedding gowns would also look incredible on fatter women; she seems to have an eye for making gowns that accentuate curves so it’ll be awesome to see it come to life on plus sized women.
WYV: What do you hope to see more of in media and fashion?
SY: I hope to see more diversity, both in race and body shape. The plus-sized community claims to be inclusive, but it is just as bad as the straight-sized community when it comes to exposure. There is a “type” of fat that is celebrated more than others and it’s up to us to break that mold and showcase that beauty comes in all sizes and races.
WYV: How do you feel representation can help big-bodied people?
SY: Representation is incredibly important as I feel it normalizes different types of beauty. At the moment, the generally accepted standard of beauty is very Westernized because those are the images that we have been fed via the media for hundreds of years. The status quo needs to be shifted so that everyone can feel a sense of inclusivity.
WYV: If you could go back in time and tell your teenage self anything regarding body positivity, what would it be?
SY: Relax. You are beautiful as you are. Stop comparing yourself to other people and spend more time focusing on your mental health and self esteem instead of trying to distort your physical health.
WYV: How do you wear your voice?
SY: I wear my voice by being fiercely unapologetic about who I am and what I am. I use my platform to discuss issues important to me, such as more visual representation of BIPOC within the media.