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This is your first-ever Met Gala: What does that mean to you?
"I'm so thankful that Vogue is supporting me not only as a model, but as a body activist. Fashion hasn't always been inclusive of curvy women, and now I've been put on the cover of Vogue and will be attending the biggest annual event in the fashion industry. It's surreal and signifies all of our hard work and passion for the body positivity movement."
What were your thoughts when you first found out you were invited to the Met Gala?
"I was in Tel Aviv when I received the confirmation that I was invited by H&M, and I screamed out loud with excitement! It's been a dream of mine to attend, and my first thought was, 'I need the most epic dress.'"
You’ve worked with H&M on some firsts for size diversity, so it must be pretty meaningful to join them for the big night.
"Not only is it my first Met Gala, but it's with a brand that I've been working with for years, from campaigns to runways. I think this is another example of how the brand celebrates size diversity."
How did you feel prepping for this step-and-repeat?
"The Met Gala has so many amazing fashion moments that people remember for years. People can tend to play it safe on other red carpets, but this event really celebrates fashion as art, so you can take more risks and be more creative."
How does your look channel this year’s Rei Kawakubo retrospective theme?
"The off-white corset is subtlety deconstructed, reflecting Kawakubo’s love of a garment’s construction."
What's most striking to you about Rei Kawakubo’s fashion legacy?
"I'm in awe that Rei Kawakubo didn't have any formal fashion training, but created one of the most celebrated and recognized fashion houses of all time. Although a private person, her work speaks volumes."
You're wearing a fast fashion brand to the Met Gala: What's meaningful about that?
"I love that the fashion industry is embracing more accessible brands, and that celebrities and style influencers are mixing streetwear brands with high end pieces. H&M has always been a brand that can provide customers with pieces that are not only fashion-forward, but also affordable and in a range of sizes, turning the fantasy into reality for so many people who appreciate fashion."
Is the Met Gala something that’s always been on your professional wish list?
"Absolutely. I've always wanted to attend and represent for the curvy women!"
What else are you hoping to achieve career-wise in 2017?
"This year I'm hoping to work on some more TV projects."
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