"Miquela Sousa, better known by her Instagram handle @lilmiquela, appears to be your run-of-the-mill influencer. The 19-year-old, Los Angeles-based, Brazilian/Spanish model and musician fills her Instagram feed with an endless stream of "outfit-of-the-day" shots, featuring Chanel, Proenza Schouler, Supreme, Vetements and Vans. She shares pictures of herself attending events like ComplexCon with fellow influencers and celebrity friends, along with memes and inspirational quotes. She even uses her platform to support social causes including Black Lives Matter and transgender rights. Her Instagram followers, which currently number over 535,000, are dubbed "Miquelites." Her debut single "Not Mine" reached number eight on Spotify Viral in August 2017. There's only one thing — she's not real, or at least not what we used to call real."
"Gregg striv[es] to make sure that all of her customers and followers feel empowered and beautiful through her example. “As both a woman of color and a plus-size woman, I’ve been told throughout my life that we are not good enough, that we don’t deserve fashion, that we don’t care about fashion or if we do, they don’t care about us. Believe in yourself, no matter how many no’s you hear. If you know you have a good idea or a good product, something to add to the conversation, or something to add to the marketplace that doesn’t exist, trust your intuition and your gut, and keep going.”"
"In addition to comedy, Ms. Watanabe was always interested in fashion but had a hard time finding plus-size clothes in Japan. As a teenager she would improvise by shopping in men’s stores, or by buying a dress and wearing it as a T-shirt. In 2014, Ms. Watanabe started a clothing line called Punyus (it means “chubby” in Japanese) that includes plus-size pieces for women like herself. Twice a year she introduces a new collection with a stadium-size runway show. She modeled the show after Victoria’s Secret, but instead of big-name artists like the Weeknd performing, she is the main attraction. “I’m like a fake musician,”"
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