Curves, Conversation, and Conflict

A body positivity discussion panel will explore the experiences and challenges of plus-sized women.

“What we need to move from in society is the judgment not just of sizing, but the judgment around body. The mission is to understand the evolution of a woman’s body, of who she really is today.”

Communication Assistant Professor Shannelle Armstrong-Fowler on sizing democracy

Columbia’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Advertising Club, and Reject Oppression and Reclaim Respect Organization (ROARR) will host the body positivity discussion panel “Curves, Conversation and Conflict” April 4. The panel aims to explore the experiences and challenges that plus-size women encounter in the United States.

Headlining the panel is Communication Assistant Professor Shannelle Armstrong-Fowler, owner of Haute and Co. Bridal Boutique—where “curvy brides can choose from hundreds of dresses in sizes 18 to 32”—and star of PeopleTV’s series The Perfect Fit. Armstrong-Fowler will discuss her work with plus-size bridal wear and the importance of body positivity in media portrayals. Other panelists include fashion blogger and Multimedia Journalism alum Natalie Craig ’15, Curvy in Radio host and Radio alum Candace McCollum ’11, and Fashion Studies Associate Chair Dana Connell.

Free and open to the public, the panel discussion will be followed by a networking and conversation opportunity from 12-1 p.m.

Curves, Conversation, and Conflict
Wednesday, April 4
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Stage Two
618 S. Michigan Ave.