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This Plus-Size Store Offers Clothes Inspired By Kim Kardashian

Mei Smith wants plus-size fashion to be mega-cool and ultra-luxurious.

Unhappy with the current crop of plus-size options? Feeling like they're not reflective of your cool vibes?

Then may we suggest Mei Smith, an online shop designed for plus-size women who enjoy a minimal, luxury aesthetic?

Boutique owner Ayanna Wu Celestin created the designer marketplace after noticing that a lack of stylish, minimalist options for plus-size women.

"My best friend wears a size 20 and is obsessed with Kim Kardashian," she told BuzzFeed Life. "But she doesn't have a designer like Riccardo Tisci or Olivier Rousteing as a best friend to create custom clothes for her." These are the Carmakoma Carribie Pants, BTW.
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"My best friend wears a size 20 and is obsessed with Kim Kardashian," she told BuzzFeed Life. "But she doesn't have a designer like Riccardo Tisci or Olivier Rousteing as a best friend to create custom clothes for her."

These are the Carmakoma Carribie Pants, BTW.

Celestin says she was inspired by designer boutiques like BIRD, Need Supply, La Garconne, and Totokaelo.

"I really wanted to provide something that was normal in the straight sized world yet foreign to the plus-size world," she said.This is the Shaina Mote Mandela Dress, which comes in sizes 12 to 24.
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"I really wanted to provide something that was normal in the straight sized world yet foreign to the plus-size world," she said.

This is the Shaina Mote Mandela Dress, which comes in sizes 12 to 24.

"The average dress size for women in America today is a size 14," continued Celestin. "These women deserve just as much."

This model is wearing the Hackwith Design House Jacket which comes in sizes up to 3XL.
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This model is wearing the Hackwith Design House Jacket which comes in sizes up to 3XL.

Celestin hopes that her boutique will help put an end to the notion that plus-size women don't want to wear stylish, fashion-forward clothes.

But part of it, she says, has to come from high end fashion designers, whom she believes need to expand their size offerings. "I'm hoping to achieve a moment when plus size is no longer having a moment but is one with the rest of the industry. I want it to be normal to walk into a Balenciaga, Acne Studios, or Jill Sander boutique and see a size 2 on the same rack as a size 14, or 18, or 20."
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But part of it, she says, has to come from high end fashion designers, whom she believes need to expand their size offerings. "I'm hoping to achieve a moment when plus size is no longer having a moment but is one with the rest of the industry. I want it to be normal to walk into a Balenciaga, Acne Studios, or Jill Sander boutique and see a size 2 on the same rack as a size 14, or 18, or 20."

"These myths and stereotypes that these women are not into high end fashion or don't have the money for it or won't look good in it need to cease."

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