Have we mentioned how DOPE our TCFStyle Squad is lately? Over the last few days, we’ve introduced you to the stylish, savvy, and super awesome members of the squad because we think you shouldn’t have to take our word for it. So far, you’ve met Marv, Farrah and Amber. Today, we are very pleased to introduce you the ShaKera, our Houston native with Texas-sized style and personality!
Meet ShaKera of The Real Sample Size!!!
Blog: The Real Sample Size
Location: Houston, TX (H-Town)
How long have you been blogging?
What or who inspired you to become a fashion blogger? What led you to it?
My love for fashion inspired me to become a blogger. I was taught at a young age to always look your best when you leave the house, so this transpired into who I am today. Then one day, I saw this beauty plus size blogger, GabiFresh, and she was fly. Thereafter, I started reading other plus size fashion blogs where I discovered other beautiful plus size women. I was truly amazed at their beauty and style. Then one day it hit me, I was like I love their style but it is not for this “fruit salad” – shaped (Apple-shaped body + Melons = Fruit Salad) girl. So I wondered who was out there that looked like me. This is where the birth of a blog started. There were beautiful ladies in the community, but I felt a void. I wanted to fill that void and give women who resemble me another view of fashion. I wanted to use my full-sized canvas to show women that they can be over a size 22 and still be a beautiful fashion-forward icon. So this is when The Real Sample Size was created.
Do you blog full-time, for fun, as a hobby? Share your evolution!
I would definitely love to blog full-time one day in the future. Currently, I am an educator by day, so the blog is my creative outlet and hobby. It still amazes me how this blog has grow in this short amount of time.
What is your favorite asset? Your legs, arms, waist? How do you play that up?
Is there a such thing? Everything I possess is an asset. Ok, I will stop. I love my breasts and legs. If there is an opportunity to serve the girls up, I take on the risk. I love wearing mesh or sheer tops to some cleavage here or there. Since I am only 5’6” I like to play up my legs by wearing short dresses and skirts. A mini dress or skirt is perfect for my height as it showcases my legs and give the appearance that I am taller than I am.
What are the challenges, if any, you face regarding being plus size?
Challenges that I face being a plus size woman is the limited availability of clothing options for my size. Being a 22/24 makes it difficult to look for clothing due to several brands not carrying extended sizes or offering a limited selection of extended sizes. I am a little busty so this impacts the fit of clothing which may require me to wear a larger size overall. The disadvantage of going a size up in some brands is that it will accommodate my chest then the fit everywhere else is off. Let’s just stay the struggle is real here.
What’s your favorite thing about being plus size?
My favorite thing about being plus-size is my figure. My subtitle for my blog is A Full-Figured Canvas for Fashion. This is my motto. I am a full figure. I like to think of myself as a walking billboard; I am advertising to the world what a confident plus-size woman looks like. Better yet, I am showing the world what confidence looks like period, no matter the size.
What’s your favorite thing about being a blogger?
My favorite thing about being a blogger is my readers/followers. When I see the comments from other women who state that I inspire them or thanking me for representing them, it fills my heart with so much drive. This pushes me more to be the best representation for my readers. I also love the sisterhood that has been created with my blogger boos. I love these girls to the moon and back. Ladies, you know who you are. I love you all and my wonderful followers.
Who/what are your favorite designers/brands?
My favorite brands are ELOQUII, Lane Bryant, Fashion to Figure, ASOS Curves, Society + and Ashley Stewart. I am also falling in love with Sealed With A Kiss (SWAK). My favorite designers are definitely Jibri, Courtney Noelle, Shane Justin, and up and coming Harley JJ.
Describe your personal style.
I like to define my personal style as Sassy, Girly, and Chic. I love bold colors and short dresses or skirts. I think I take the classy looks and make them fun and sassy.
Be honest… How many of you want to invite ShaKera to your next brunch date? We think she could definitely teach us a thing or two about being confidently fly!
You can learn more about ShaKera at TheRealSampleSize.com!
You can join ShaKera and the entire TCFStyle Squad at this year’s TCFStyle Expo, July 28th and 29th at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA! Tickets are on sale now, more news and announcements are coming!