sarah conley cnbc

Last Friday I had the distinct honor of appearing live on CNBC in an interview segment on the business opportunities in plus size fashion. The conversation was guided by reporter Courtney Reagan as ELOQUII CEO (more on my relationship with ELOQUII) Mariah Chase and I discussed what you already know – that we’re a marginalized, vocal, and passionate community looking for respect. The four minute segment felt infinite and I am so grateful to have been able to touch on key issues during our chat. You can watch our interview below or check out the accompanying article.

But even more importantly I was on live network news, positioned as an expert as a size 26/28 woman. The power of that moment has continued to remind me of the responsibility that I and every plus size woman with an audience (that means anyone with an account on social media) has to continue to push forward.

The past year has been a whirlwind of increased visibility, pushing boundaries, and furthering conversations. In hindsight, it feels as though I’ve been in the back seat of my blogging career over the past eight years. The CNBC appearance has opened my eyes to the power of our community and how much work there is still left to do.

It sounds idealistic, but I believe that someday we will be proportionately represented in the media, in fashion, and everywhere else. Let’s continue to support one another, amplify our messages of acceptance and respect, and seize every opportunity to break through.

Are you a woman on a mission? Share yours in the comments below!

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  • Bevin Branlandingham

    I want to make the world safe for people to love themselves, no matter their body size, ability, age, race, gender non-conformity, sexuality, etc… Our culture uses beauty standards as a way to control people–insecurity keeps people compliant because they focus their discomfort inward. I think that societal change comes from folks learning to love themselves and step into their power. I love this post and I love that you’re setting goals to have proportional representation! Everyone deserves to see themselves represented in the media!!