Style & Community

An Interview with Amanda, From Her Closet To Yours.

Welcome to the #GBSisterhood! We’re celebrating the expansion of our service to include all sizes for all women, with the campaign you’ve been seeing all around our social media and blog. Putting this together has been a great joy for our team – including the incredible women we cast in the kick off video. The women cast are genuine, smart, interesting, diverse, beautiful people, and started a great dialogue with us on set around the concept of sisterhood, inclusivity, and, of course, personal style. Today, we’re bringing you an interview with Amanda, an “over 30 and chic” fashion and beauty features editor, with a minimalist sense of style, and a low tolerance for artificial barriers.

When you hear the word sisterhood, what’s the first thing that you think of?
“My actual sister. I feel like there’s a trust. If I’m going to qualify someone as a sister or a part of a sisterhood, it would be about trust. Like, as much as I trust my blood sister.”

If you could pick a shopping sister, who would it be?
“I would love to go shopping with my great-grandmother. She had an amazing wardrobe. She wore all kinds of like lucite and fur – she was the only person on my dad’s side of the family who was as committed to luxurious things as I am.”

What do you look for in an outfit?
“I want to feel chic (that’s my new thing, “over 30 and chic”). I like to keep it really simple. I want to feel comfortable. I don’t want anything to feel like I couldn’t do my job throughout the day, which is really physical. And I want to feel – this is so corny – but I want to feel like myself, as opposed to me wearing a trend because I think it’s cool.”

Do you have an outfit that carries magic for you?
“I am like, so not attached to my clothing. I swap it out, sell it, give it away. But, I have a leather jacket that was made for me by a designer, Jeff Cafone – he’s in New York. And that’s really special. It was a part of his campaign to reveal that he was size-inclusive, and I got to write a story about how leather jackets are made. It’s locally made…so that was special.”

Give an example of a community of women you encountered in your life:
“I feel like working in media has introduced me – I feel like I work almost exclusively with women. And it has introduced me to a lot of creative women and writers like myself, so I feel like that is something that has really helped inform my own creativity, what I’m writing about, what I’m feeling. I find the most sort of community with my creative collaborators.”

What is the gain?
“I can get my own ideas informed by people – you can get out of the tunnel vision. As a creative person, you can get to the point where you think that your vision is the best, the only, there’s no way out of it – but having different perspectives improves your work. So really, it’s selfish to be a part of a community! And you know, just the support. The mutual support is great.”

What does size inclusivity mean to you?
“To me the only answer is for every single brand, all the time, everywhere, to be available to all sizes. I don’t know how close we are to that. We’re getting closer to it. I feel like there’s literally no reason why brands – other than not wanting to make clothes for bigger people – there’s no reason why brands are not size inclusive, or shouldn’t be size inclusive. It makes no sense. And they’ll tell you stuff about ‘garment production’ and ‘costs of labor’, and some of that’s true, and some of it’s bullsh*t. But, I mean, it would be awesome to go shopping with my really thin best friend. And be able to buy the same outfit.”

Right! Like, some other stores introduce a plus section but then it’s not in every store, and if it is, it’s always in the corner in the back!
“Right! Why is that? And it’s all so small for plus! Why do I have to go to the back like “I’m in the back…” F*ck the back, you know? Why can’t I shop in the front?”

What does body positivity bring up for you?
“I think it’s really valuable and it’s done a lot for size inclusion and it’s done a lot for fashion. I think the conversation needs to kind of move beyond size at this point. Like, I don’t feel like fat or thin is the most important thing anymore. I think that it’s about, you know, people of color, I think it’s about trans folks, queer folks, people with disabilities – like, where are they in fashion and inclusivity and body positivity? So, I think the beginnings of it have been really important, but I think it needs to go harder.”

Check out Amanda in our #GBSisterhood video, and keep an eye out for interviews with her incomparable co-stars, right here on the blog.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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