Whatever you think about the current state of the plus size fashion market, no one can deny that we have come along way. I remember when SLiNK began just five years ago I could count the number of plus size brands I knew on both hands and the idea that the likes of River Island and Boohoo would've launched trend focussed plus size lines a mere and lofty dream.
I have been dealing with the issue of diversity all my life and professionally for over forty years. That started when I asked a television producer why we couldn't have a more diverse portrayal of professional black characters, such as lawyers and accountants and he dismissively told me 'that is not realistic'!... The fact is that, all we need to make change, is to have empathy with others. Sadly this is something many find difficult.
It may only be March but the issue of diversity, specifically ethnic diversity, has been one of the most widely covered topics of 2016. From University admissions to the Oscars, there is an unsettling sense of regression in the number of visibly successful BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic-including Hispanic and Middle Eastern) people in both the UK and America.
My ideal is an environment of social equality, where men and women are raised without different assigned roles or expectations. The world is moving on from this, and we must catch up with it. I hope one day to raise children, and if my son wanted to be a ballet dancer and my daughter a CFO, they have the social equality to pursue these dreams without bias- and without a mention of 'pink' and 'blue' jobs.