Christian Siriano is doing the work of the Lord! He has consistently been doing diversity and inclusion right, and I stan!
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He's already the first real success story that Lifetime's 'Project Runway' has seen, even as the show is wrapping up its 16th season. He's managed to let go of the stigma that comes along with the show (designers from 'Project Runway' aren't taken seriously by the fashion industry) and the exuberant character that he was at 21 when he won the show. Ten years later, Siriano has become a household name, one that is synonymous with fun, bold, sexy, elegant, glamorous and just plain amazing design aesthetics.
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Siriano designs for ALL women. Coming from a family where his sister was a size 0 and his mother was a size 16, designing for women of all sizes wasn't a new concept for him. "I never thought that wasn't normal - I just assumed you had to dress everybody," he shared in an interview with The Guardian. No matter your color, size, sexuality, age, gender or where you're from, if Siriano likes what you're doing and what you represent, he's designing something amazing for you! In an industry where designers are continuously sending size 0-2 models down the runway, Siriano's runways reflect real life women. Models of color are always a staple. Plus size models like Precious Lee, Ashley Graham, Alessandra Garcia Lorido, Sabrina Karlsson, Marquita Pring, Candice Huffine and Georgia Pratt have graced his shows. OITNB star Danielle Brooks has also been the face of his collaborative collection with Lane Bryant. He's collaborated with Payless on a collection so that he could reach more consumers. He's dressed women like Janet Mock, TV host and trans rights activist, and Leslie Jones, comedian and actress who couldn't find a designer to dress her for the Ghostbusters movie premiere (the very movie she starred in) until Siriano stepped in. He's dressed women like Whoopi Goldberg and Kathy Bates, in an industry where designers often overlook women who are over a certain age. He's featured models in his runways shows that are male, trans and gender-nonconforming.
Christian Siriano is inclusive on all fronts, offering diversity and being nondiscriminatory, a breath of fresh air in the fashion industry. He's managed to break the rules of mainstream fashion and create his own lane. He's dressing our faves and making women all over the world look and feel beautiful.
I love a designer who actually stands behind body positivity, inclusivity and diversity!
Congratulations are also in order for him being named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World!
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