The CurvyCon was founded in 2008 by Cece Olisa and Chastity Garner Valentine. It calls itself "a three day event that brings plus size brands, fashionistas, shopaholics, bloggers and YouTubers into one space, to chat curvy, shop curvy and embrace curvy." For our money it's ground zero for the most creatively fabulous street style to be found during #NYFW.
Last year, Olisa told PAPER that as plus size fashion influencers, she and Valentine choose to serve and make an impact with the plus size community. "The experience and access we have as plus size women with a large audience is very different than the experience that the average plus size woman has," Olisa said. "We saw that the average woman can often be isolated in her body positive fashion journey. For most plus size women, our community is built around social media and ecommerce but there isn't a tangible real life space that exists just for us. The CurvyCon is that space."
We sent photographer Oli Ren to capture the fun, joy and fabulous looks from this year:
Photography: Oli Ren