Dear New York Fashion week,
I stand here today 15lbs heavier than I was when I walked in your shows, went to your castings, fittings, showrooms and presentations. I am at a healthy weight for my frame and finally enjoying the dips and softness of my bodies unique and beautiful curves. For years I was told that my 35 hip measurement was to large, that my body was thick and that though I was small and naturally thin, I needed to be more toned, tight and lean. I fit into the samples, I did the work and I was careful about what I put into my body. Often times I would be so busy working and adhering to your requirements, I would forget to adequately nourish myself and end up sick and exhausted, but "bookable". I have a lot to thank you for nyfw, though not all of it came about in the way either of us expected. Without you I would not be where I am today, but I do have some parting words for you: It wasn't until we broke up nyfw, that I realized I was sacrificing my self and my health for the sake of our relationships continued exsistence.
Now that we have been apart for a while, I am much happier healthier in my body. I ask only this - If you learned anything from our time together Nyfw, please use your power for good, start celebrating the women in your life for thier natural and unique beauty. I promise, it will change the world of girls accross the globe. There is power in your position Nyfw, be the example.
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