How does a person determine Beauty? Are you beautiful if your hair is long and lovely. Should your hair be short and cute, curly, or straight and flowing. Does your skin tone play a factor? Are you dark skin, carmel color, brown, tanned, pale, or a blend of nationalities. Dimples verses no dimples? How about the color of your eyes, blue, green, hazel, brown, or black? What if you don’t or do have a hour glass shape? How do I get rid of these stretch marks? How about your breast size or lack thereof? Do blondes really have more fun? Would getting implants help? These are but a few questions that plague women. I believe women are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. There are many dimensions to beauty, and some more obvious than others. Having pleasing features are what society, particularly the media, use to define beauty. While these attributes are certainly eye catching, and sometimes hypnotic, they lack depth. Because you can’t measure a woman true vibrancy, radiance, intellect, and charisma with which she challenges the world. A woman who is intellectually curious, worldly, and one who wants to get more out of life. A beautiful mind makes a beautiful woman and that is the woman who you want to go to sleep with and wake up to every morning. Isn’t it in that extra thing — that thing that makes a woman beautiful instead of hot? A woman who knows how to speak her mind intelligently, who can captivate you with her words and opinions proves that there is nothing more beautiful than intelligence. Her presence alone can inspire those around her, filling life with energy, love and passion. To define the attributes that embody this deep sense of “beauty” is impossible. When encountered, however, it is undeniably electric, amazing, and she is truly unforgettable. So when it comes to fashion and beauty it is easy for a woman to get lost in all of the stereotypes. The media would want you to believe that there is a “Perfect Woman”. The Los Angeles Times post the 50 most beautiful female celebrities, People Magazine printed their “most beautiful list”, and you can find list after list. And There are over 157 million women in America alone and your list has only 50 people? So when you see a model the standard runway size is 0 to 4. And for some women they were never a size 0 or size 4 but they have always been picturesque. This designer proves that weather you are short, tall, slim, or thick a woman is naturaly beautiful. That’s why I like this designer she took what God gave her and made a line of clothing called Kristi Luv’s Connection. A place where women of all shapes and sizes can come and get connected. 1st Corinthians 13:4. I met with Kristi at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula.
Lion Sight: Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?
Kristi: I simply LOVE fashion. I feel it’s an art that allows everyone to express themselves no matter what level of creativity.
Lion Sight: How long have you been a fashion designer?
Kristi: I’ve always had a sense of style but officially a little under two full years now, so I opened Kristi Luv’s Connection.
Lion Sight: In what general area of design do you work?
Kristi: I am a plus size designer. God has bless me with the eye for full figured women.
Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner/ designer?
Kristi: The best part of being a business owner/designer is when I get those inbox messages or DM or even a text that says “I wore your item of clothing and it felt so comfortable and I felt like a queen and looked so pretty.” I know I have fulfilled my purpose that GOD HAS GIVEN ME!
Lion Sight: How will you handle the stress of the fashion industry?
Kristi: The fashion industry is ever growing and I know it is difficult specializing in plus size because “plus size models” are not always excepted or wanted. I’m doing what I am assigned to do so the way will be paved for Kristi Luv’s Connection!
Lion Sight: Are you able to take this brand forward? Can you deal with constant change with fashion?
Kristi: Fashion is ever evolving. Fashion is what you make it. It’s like you being a photographer you have the eye to see things differently than me. It’s the same with me, I can see a piece of clothing and style it to make it appealing. I welcome change and will make it my own!
Lion Sight: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?
Kristi: Fashion is a revolving door. In the 70’s people wore bell bottoms and they are still here now! However I do believe there are some classic designs and pieces that don’t go out of style.
Lion Sight: How do you relate to your target audience?
Kristi: I am always able to say something or encourage someone when feeling down about their size. I relate because I am a plus size women that takes pride in how I look oh and I definitely feel it! Fashion is my life and who I am! You can’t be afraid to go for the gusto! I liken Kristi Luv’s Connection to ministry in that I want plus size women to feel good from the inside out. You can dress someone and doll them up but if they don’t feel or believe it it will not work.
Lion Sight: How do you stay up to date with fashion?.
Kristi: Oh I study for sure! I research and never sleep on any new ideas for creativity!
Lion Sight: What is your design philosophy?
Kristi: Everything is not for everybody but we can find a way to fit the needs of everyone. I may change up something or place something differently add or take away depending on the shape of the person.
Lion Sight: Who have you designed for?
Kristi: The doors are just beginning to open for me! I have a model team “The Luv Models” they travel with me everywhere I go and they allow me to style them any way I desire.
Lion Sight: Where do you find inspiration?
Kristi: I follow several designers and stylist that I like. I even follow TRUE plus size bloggers and there pages are nice to see but my true inspiration comes from GOD!
Lion Sight: What makes you and your design unique?
Kristi: I get people that tell me all the time “Kristi, you are wrong, you don’t have any clothes in my size” my response, ” Do you know how many times I go shopping and can’t fit anything in the store? My stuff is unique because it’s made for a unique women.
Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Kristi: In 5 years I see myself in a brick and mortar with big lights and a lit up afro “Kristi Luv’s Connection! LOL I see me styling customers and my online store growing and reaching far and wide! With GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!