Cosmopolitan sat down with the beautiful social media plus-size style star and influencer (whew!) Gabi Gregg and got candid on her start in fashion, her style, and why she won’t let fashion keep from speaking her mind about important social issues.
Since she was young, she admits she always felt underrepresented in the world of fashion although she was passionate about it.
“Back then we had so few options. Plus-size categories were for older and/or matronly women who had a bunch of kids, not younger women who wanted trends,” she said. “In high school, I knew I wanted to work in fashion [media]and I read magazines, but because I never saw anyone who looked like me, I didn’t think it was realistic.”
Gabi found that these communities of women were also voicing their observations of how plus-size women were treated.
“They were also about life experiences — political in a good way, ways in which people were discriminated against, dealing with interpersonal issues. I wanted to make a space that was fashion-first and plus-size friendly.”
She added, “We’re still missing that elevated cool-girl moment. That’s the space [Premme is] trying to fill — the girl who wants to be fashion-forward with statement pieces that feel special and not matronly.”
Premme is her collaboration with Nicolette Mason, her friend and fellow fashion social media star.
“We need more diversity across the board in all positions, especially behind the scenes: writers, creators of all sorts, especially in the advertising industry. Of course, models,” said Gabi. “We are seeing more progress with those such as Ashley Graham, but there’s a lot more we can do because representation is so important.”
Of course, being an advocate and gaining followers has its setbacks, such as, gaining nay-sayers and opposers in the process.
According to her, there’s that feeling of being hounded for just about everything just because she’s a bigger than average woman.
“If you are marginalized in any way, you know what’s it like to experience a micro-aggression every day,” she explained. “Plus-size women get dirty looks while grocery shopping or eating something that is not a salad. [We don’t have] the freedom to eat what we want. Or to go to the gym without getting a pat on the back like, “You go girl, you can do it!””
However, she isn’t one to engage in petty verbal tussles with people who don’t really have anything useful to share.
“When I speak out against Trump or racism, I think it’s an opportunity to educate people. I’d rather speak up and say what I believe in than be silent in order to maintain or increase my follower count. I do have people who tell me to stick to fashion and they didn’t come to my Instagram for my politics, but I won’t let that deter me.”
Asked about her politics and how it influences the way she dresses, she says, “Fashion is political, especially when you’re in a marginalized community.”
“We have been left out of fashion since forever. But now we’re getting a foothold. I think it is political for a fat woman to wear a bikini or a crop top or to basically exist in a world that’s telling them that they should not exist,” Gabi proudly says.
Fuck nazis, white supremacists, “white nationalists,” and their sympathizers, including the pathetic excuse for a human that is Donald Trump. There are not “many sides” to this. It has nothing to do with political party, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, BLM, or any statue. It’s about violent racists who should not be given any platform to spew their garbage. No, we should not hear nazis out. (I cannot believe I have to type that sentence). They are scum and our president is too for giving them any sort of legitimacy and emboldening them.