Up and coming jewelry designer Jillian Simmang has partnered with girl power crusaders Functional Girl to create a jewelry editorial that unapologetically celebrates plus-size beauty. “It’s very rare to see a genuinely plus-size model in a style editorial, much less one who hasn’t been retouched to remove any trace of the elements that make her plus-size.” says Functional Girl Founder and former Elite model CJ Legare. “There is a pervasive idea within the fashion industry that plus-size models can’t be too plus-size, because their images don’t move product. The agents blame the clients and the clients blame the consumers, but let me ask you this: If your body-type was only ever presented as a flaw that needs to be corrected or draped in a garish moo-moos and shapeless loungewear, would you buy those clothes? Would you want to spend your money to look like that?”
Enter Simmang Design. After meeting at 2012 Austin Fashion Week, Jillian and CJ new they had to collaborate. “I think women need to be reminded that they were once young and unafraid.” says Simmang. “I wanted to feature a unique model who would encourage women to embrace everything that makes them one-of-a-kind. Simmang Design isn’t just jewelry. It’s a statement and a state of mind, meant to be worn by any woman, at any time.
The editorial appears in Functional Girl’s online magazine PINC: The Business of Being A Girl. Their goal is to create content that will empower women to celebrate themselves, embrace sisterhood and live life on their own terms. The Whole Simmang is a collection of beautifully unique jewelry on a beautifully unique woman, but it’s also an idea that we can redefine female culture by celebrating the authentic beauty that is inherent in every woman.