Plus-size women call out brands for excluding them: Watch theCURVYcon 2018 live stream

Laura Kenney

This year’s theCURVYcon was live-streamed on Yahoo Lifestyle Sept. 7-8, bringing the event’s important and insightful conversation to anyone who could not make the IRL event in New York City. Now in its fourth year, the curve-embracing event, founded by lifestyle influencers Chαstity Garner Valentine and CeCe Olisa, brought designers, fitness experiences, influencers, and speakers together to talk body positivity. This year, Gabourey Sidibe and Nia Jax were just two of the boldface names at the event!

Here are some highlights! 

“Dear Retailer”
Passionate curvy consumers had a candid dialogue with executives in the plus-size fashion industry. Featuring executives from Old Navy, Lane Bryant, JCPenney, RebDolls, Premme, and Dia & Co.

Curves and Culture: Using Our Unique Voices to Inspire Fashion
Five top influencers talked about how we can move fashion toward inclusivity. Featuring Lauren Chan, Alex LaRose, Katie Wilcox, Shaina Harrison, and Alex Michael May. Presented by Old Navy.

Dance in Your Underwear — Tips to Live a More Confident Life
A diverse group of body-positive and plus-size fashion thought leaders opened up about how they build and maintain confidence. Featuring Ashley Nell Tipton, Denise Caldwell,  Rochelle Johnson, and Hayet Rida and moderated by Yahoo Lifestyle’s Kerry Justich. Presented by Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom.

The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style: Making Any Style Work for Any Shape
Chastity Garner Valentine got real on what works and what does not for curvy women at home and in the office. She also gave advice on the elusive wide-calf boot! Presented by Dia & Co.

Body Positive Besties — Supporting Each Other in Our Journey 
Nikki Bella and Nia Jax, WWE Superstars and Stars of E! Total Divas, talked about how women of all sizes can be allies as they learn to love their bodies.

Flourish in Photos — Take a Picture Like a Model
Want to learn your angles? A powerhouse group of modeling agents, photographers, and models taught us how.

Keynote Conversation with Joy Nash from Dietland 
Joy Nash tells us how Camryn Manheim’s Emmy win inspired her to follow her acting dreams.

Keynote — A Fireside Chat With Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe brought down the house with her hysterical, yet empowering, banter. Here, she tells us about the compliment Beyonce gave her that she could not accept.

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