Honey’s Child Boutique Celebrates Inclusivity in St. Louis Fashion
There’s an undeniable energy around fashion in St. Louis, from the establishment of the St. Louis Fashion Fund to the planned redevelopment of the Washington Avenue Garment District. Letitia Young, owner of Honey’s Child Boutique, has been working on the fringes for more than six years to ensure that plus-size women have a place in St. Louis fashion. And, “Crazy Sexy Curves,” the boutique’s creative and interactive fashion event, solidified her efforts by drawing important industry figures and fashion enthusiasts to a high-caliber show.
Now in its second year, “Crazy Sexy Curves” took place last weekend on the Anew Rooftop in Grand Center. This year’s event was hosted by model/actress Liris Crosse. She is the first plus model to win the Project Runway model competition. VIP guests at the event were treated to an exclusive meet and greet with Crosse who made a point to greet every person there.
Crosse, who was excited to be visiting the city, shared why she made this appearance a priority. “It’s important for me to host this show, because I believe in what Letitia of Honey’s Child Boutique is trying to do. I see her as a pioneer, bringing something fun, fashionable and fabulous to the St. Louis area,” she says. Regarding the larger industry, Crosse says, “I’m excited to see more designers take a chance by having plus-size models in their fashion shows and editorials. I feel that Project Runway has had an impact by teaching the next generation of designers how to design for plus-size bodies and by allowing its viewers to see themselves.”
An important discussion in the plus-size world concerns adequate representation of body types. The “Crazy Sexy Curves” event was deliberate in its efforts to showcase different plus bodies. The show was able to achieve that by pulling models from in and outside of St. Louis. Dr. Amber Botros, for example, a physician whose modeling career launched after images of her participating in the show last year went viral, drove hours from Kansas City just to participate in the show.
The show segments defied stereotypes of what’s “appropriate” for a plus-size woman to wear. We saw vibrant spring hues, bold prints and curve-skimming silhouettes. Young said, “I hope the show inspires plus-size women to embrace their curves.” She further explained, “Plus-size women should feel comfortable pushing the envelope when it comes to style and stop hiding behind all black clothing.”
Attendees enjoyed the event, as evidenced by their exuberant responses to the models and styles. Londen Underwood, who traveled from Houston to attend, said, “Just being around so many beautiful plus-size women comfortable in their skin is motivating and liberating.” The long lines at the market portion of the event were indicative of the booming plus-size market in St. Louis and beyond.