Yo yo, it’s us! The Rioters. In this series, we tell you why we’re all about storming the runways for access for all the misrepresented curvier women who deserve just as many stylish choices as everyone else.
Rioter: Lindsay Peoples, Contributing Writer
I’m a rioter because: It’s incredibly unique to find a space where fashion and body image are challenged. It’s great to be part of team that is making an effort to show off women who are doing incredible things, and it not be dependent upon superficial qualities.
What I want from fashion: Prepare for a long list! The older I get, and the more time I spend in this industry, the more it has revealed its true colors and made me think completely different about things than I did from looking outward and wanting to be in the fashion world. More than anything I want to see a change in how the industry thinks and considers women of different shapes, sizes and backgrounds. It still feels like high fashion is its own bubble and then there’s the rest of the world with real women. I’m all for aspirational, but there seems to be a disconnect between aiming to look a certain way, and leaving no room to actually inspire real women. I’m looking forward to the industry letting go of its outdated ideals and being open to what’s real.
What I’m excited about: I am excited about the chance to share my story in a personal way and help other women. It sounds corny, but I really don’t think there’s anything better that I can give. I could list off pages of things I want to see change, and things I despise but I’d rather focus on making people aware of the important things like body positivity and diversity.
What I love about my body: Is it weird to admit that I like that my butt has gotten bigger in the last couple years? Because I do! It makes everything so much more…rounded.
What I want to change about myself: I want to be less critical of myself. There’s a fine line between ambition and pushing yourself and doubting yourself. I could definitely chill out a little more.
What I need to work on: I’m in a transition phase of my life right now; which means it’s not exactly comfortable, but that’s what’s required in order to grow. I’ve had trouble with letting go of people and situations that are toxic because my fatal flaw is that I’m too nice. I know what you’re thinking—how can being too nice be a flaw? Well, according to all of my family members I have been like this basically since the beginning of time and though it does qualify me as a giver in life, it also means that I have to step away from things that are continuing to take from me like a leech. It’s a process, and I’m learning that I can’t let people take me for granted.