NEWSFLASH: The Leader of the Fashion World is….PLUS SIZE?! #NYFW #MBFW

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Jinkes! This has to be the biggest kept secret never told and I’m so happy to share it with you. If the leaders of the fashion world had a pyramid of power who would be at the top? I think we could all agree the Editor of Vogue Magazine (currently Anna Wintour) and whomever controls the runway during New York Fashion Week being at the top with a slew of your favorite designers falling right up under. But did you know one of the two on the top of the pyramid is actually Plus Size?

 

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Meet Christina Neault executive producer of Mercedes-Benz  New York Fashion Week for IMG Fashion. Yes THAT Fashion week, New York’s largest media event. Ms. Neault produces and oversees every show at Fashion Week at Lincoln Center while managing over 500 employees. Not only have she been involved in the production of New York Fashion Week since 1998 she also produces Miami Fashion Week which combined is over 250+ shows a year. Wait, let’s run this back. The producer of Fashion Week is plus size.  The one that controls New York’s catwalk …is…PLUS…SIZE…. Let that sink in for a moment.

So just how did this AMAZING Curvy Chick under the “radar” get her start?

“I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology and got a part time job Xeroxing press clippings for a trade organization called The Men’s Fashion Association (MFA). They did press events for consumer and regional press. Part-time turned into full-time and within a couple of years I was their fashion show producer. MFA started downsizing as the fashion editors and regional newspapers started going away and I began freelancing with some of our 300+ members doing events, fashion shows and public relations. During that time, I became a venue manager for 7th on Sixth and shortly after IMG purchased 7th on Sixth, I went full-time.”  – Christina told FashionSchoolDaily

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A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ms. Neault immediately began working in the fashion industry, and soon became the Fashion Director at the Men’s Fashion Association, working with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hart Marx. Following her time at the Men’s Fashion Association, Ms. Neault discovered her intrinsic talent for producing fashion shows, television segments, and galas, having worked with clients such as Cotton Inc, Dallas Market Center, Operation Smile, The View, Today Show, QVC and the NFL Kickoff.

In May, We directly contacted Ms. Neault for comment. She nicely directed us over to IMG’s PR department who politely declined. No surprise there. But the fact that she actually responded to our email for that brief 5 minutes pretty much changed my out look on life forever.  The entire plus size industry have  fought for the respect for years to be under the Fashion Week’s tents. But in a sense we actually control the tent. Now that’s what you call a real Curvy Revolution.

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33 Comments

  1. Andrea Jozsef

    09/04/2012 at 3:47 AM

    And then? You still see very skinny girls on these shows. It doesn’t mean anything who is in the background.

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  3. Koshari Nichols

    09/04/2012 at 5:33 AM

    Just a big girl wanting to be a waif…

  4. Lilliana

    09/04/2012 at 6:03 AM

    Wow, this is amazing…I love fashion week and all that it represents. I will love to read more about her.

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    09/04/2012 at 7:27 AM

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  6. Emilio Franso

    09/04/2012 at 7:30 AM

    What?! Hypocrisy?! Oh… who’s shocked?

  7. Lee Rooks

    09/04/2012 at 7:32 AM

    Im looking 4 a girl friend I love full figured woman inbox please.

  8. Apparel Proj.+

    09/04/2012 at 7:38 AM

    It really makes me wonder, why would someone whom has so much influence in the fashion world not doing something for the plus size fashion community? Please interview her on this. I really would like to know!

  9. Eboni bolden

    09/04/2012 at 7:59 AM

    I think it’ wonder-(full), that the fashion industry is paying attention to full figured women, i would love to be model for the industry, i just don’t know where to get started

  10. @JessNoel

    09/04/2012 at 10:01 AM

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  11. Brooklyn

    09/04/2012 at 10:42 AM

    Extremely inspiring, I had no knowledge of this woman. Christina Neault represents my career aspiration: Powerful yet ambigous!

  12. James Ludvigson

    09/04/2012 at 2:24 PM

    Reubenesque is my preferred word!!

  13. Rhonda Leah

    09/04/2012 at 3:00 PM

    Exactly. She has the forum and ability to showcase plus size fashion yet she chooses not to. Im not seeing any reason to applaud this person.

  14. Ronishia Antionette Moncrief

    09/04/2012 at 5:30 PM

    Wow!

  15. @hollharris

    09/04/2012 at 7:19 PM

    Christina Neault, the executive producer of New York Fashion Week, is plus size. Fancy that. http://t.co/bfdQFzMW

  16. @JuicyTFF

    09/04/2012 at 9:20 PM

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  17. Lisa Marie Molinsky

    09/06/2012 at 9:09 AM

    YES! we know that….

  18. Terri Anderson

    09/08/2012 at 3:02 PM

    Yeah for plus size fashion models…..not everyone is thin as a rail….;-)

  19. Mel-Lisa Kubas

    09/08/2012 at 3:14 PM

    I’m loving this! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Quyyima Artis

    09/08/2012 at 11:49 PM

    I’m not happy that they declined…she must be ashamed…or it would ruin the image of what is really beauitful

  21. Jason Patrick

    09/26/2012 at 7:32 PM

    Swag!

  22. Amanda L. Fetherbay

    09/26/2012 at 8:57 PM

    WhaT?!!

  23. Maria Williams

    09/26/2012 at 11:16 PM

    LOL i have to chuckle at this because it is so stero typical that people would think that she would be a skinny person. Big Girls do Big things people!

  24. Sarah Koszuth

    09/27/2012 at 1:31 AM

    Problem… Plus size in fashion is a size 9…which is a NORMAL size in the real world

  25. Sarah Koszuth

    09/27/2012 at 1:31 AM

    Not normal…typical my bad

  26. Tasia-Jana Wagner

    03/07/2013 at 6:49 AM

    I would love to hear more thoughts on this. Why, if she is leader of the NY Fashion week, wouldnt she push for more plus size representation? Why are we (plus sized women) mostly unrepresented? If we have an insider that is not even willing to represent us, then how can we increase our representation in the media/fashion/etc?

  27. Todd Wright

    03/07/2013 at 6:54 AM

    This is a crazy , crazy ass reality that we live in…

  28. Delwana North

    03/07/2013 at 6:54 AM

    I am so with Ms. Wagner….

  29. Alisa Williams

    09/12/2013 at 7:18 AM

    I had to go look at the date of this story…it’s from last year. But she’s not one of the only heavyweights (pun intended) in the fashion world. Fern Malik is another!!!

  30. Frances Guzman

    09/12/2013 at 9:16 AM

    And yet, this year was the first time a Plus Size designer was shown during Fashion Week… kudos for her to be part of this amazing fashion world but she should take the lead towards more plus designer joining the runway…

  31. Camille Daniels

    09/12/2013 at 8:16 PM

    Frances Guzman…what plus designer is at Fashion Week?

  32. JeNaye LaNise

    09/12/2013 at 9:14 PM

  33. Vita Reed

    09/22/2013 at 1:56 PM

    This woman is the EP but I don’t know how much influence she actually has over the various designers and their businesses — many of these are private companies and they’re going to do what they want to do.