Jessica Torres is a rising influencer you need to follow

Jessica Torres is not someone who wants to shy away or hide anymore.

“I feel like being a plus-size woman existing in fashion, and doing what I do, is like a huge middle finger to society and their beliefs of what women should look like,” Torres told In The Know. 

Torres is a style blogger and body-positive advocate. Her mission is to empower women and abolish absurd beauty standards. She has more than 114,000 followers on Instagram, 46,000 subscribers on YouTube and co-hosts the Fat Girls Club podcast. Her blog is filled with fashion and beauty advice.

But the path to achieving this success within the fashion realm did not always seem possible for Torres. Her formative years were filled with fat-shaming comments that made her want to shrink away from any kind of attention.

“Everyone would always comment on my body,” Torres said. “Being fat was like,

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Black Fashion, Beauty and Culture Scholars to Follow

We’re taking notes, literally.

André Leon Talley and Robin Givhan in 2015.
André Leon Talley and Robin Givhan in 2015.

As a fashion and beauty publication, the very least we can do is use our platform — today and everyday — to amplify the voices of the many talented Black people who make this industry what it is

In addition to resources on Black creatives to follow in the fashion industry, we’re sharing a list of Black scholars in the fields of fashion, beauty and culture. Add their works into your curriculum, buy one of their books, hit up one of their exhibitions, invite them to be on your panels and ask them to serve as sources in your reporting. (We owe a big hat tip in reporting to Ben Barry, Chair of Fashion at Ryerson, for his Instagram post which inspired this list, and to Eric Darnell Pritchard for flagging it for us.)


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