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Name: Alysse Dalessandro

Age: 28

Location: Cleveland, OH

Blog/Brand: Ready To Stare

Where can we find you on the web? (Twitter, IG, FB, etc) www.readytostare.com, www.instagram.com/readytostare, www.twitter.com/readytostare, www.facebook.com/readytostare. www.readytostare.tumblr.com

"No, honey..."

“No, honey…”

WYV: How do you describe your style?

Alysse Dalessandro: My style is always evolving, but I would say most of all, it’s really bold and unapologetically gaudy. I love tacky patterns and bright colors, but I also sometimes just love to wear all black. I like wearing menswear pieces. I wear ridiculously tall shoes and love socks with sandals. My style is hard to define and I think that’s part of what makes it really great. One thing that is always consistent is that, above all else, I wear what I like and I never let how others think I should feel about my fat body determine what I wear.

WYV: What inspired your brand/blog/project?

AD: I design for my own brand, Ready to Stare, and that also has evolved into my own personal style blog called #StareStyle on the readytostare.com platform. I believed in creating fashion for people who weren’t afraid to stand out, because when you are confident in who you are, people will stare; hence the name Ready to Stare. But when I first started Ready To Stare, I was still scared of putting myself out there as a blogger. For so long, I believed that I was not worthy of being visible in fashion or at all, so starting my own blog was a huge step in my owning my visibility and validity. My blog started as sort of an experiment that I created on unsure footing and has now grown into be a big focus of my brand.

Cutest suit!

Cutest suit!

WYV: Who are your three StyleCrushes?

AD: This is so tough! I have a lot of style crushes! I absolutely love Stacey of Hantise de l’oubli, Mo from Lion Hunter and Isabell from Dressing Outside the Box.

Related: StyleCrush: Hantise de L’oubli’s Stacey Louidor

WYV: Where do you shop?

AD: Ready to Stare, of course! I also love fellow indie brands Chubby Cartwheels, Re/Dress, Proud Mary Fashion, Society+ and Feminine Funk. In terms of more mainstream brands, ELOQUII is one that really gets it right for me.

Adorbs!

Alysse wears what she wants.

WYV: How do you wear your voice? 

AD: I think the way I dress has always been my voice before I ever really realized it was. When I felt my lowest, fashion was my salvation. And now that I have learned to love myself, fashion is still something I not only find personally empowering but that I also use as a means to challenge societal norms.

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Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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