Paula Michelle and Trese’ don’t take it lightly when they say they want to take over the world – even Hollywood supports their movement. What are they after? A revolution for the woman who has been overlooked in society…the plus-sized woman.
It’s time to reinvent that woman, and this is just the mother-and-daughter duo for the job. I recently chatted with Paula about their Nfinite Form line of clothing. (Trese was unavailable for comment.)
Kyra: What do you all take the most pride in concerning your company, Nfinite Form?
Paula: I would have to say making women feel special, because this is what I find missing in today’s society. We do not get that special factor; we’re just not made to feel special by society. Trese and I take great pride in bringing that specialness to women in general.
Kyra: Tell me about the support you have gotten from Hollywood and the black community. I know actor Lamman Rucker participated in your New Jersey Full Figured Fashion Week.
Paula: When our models saw the lineup and caliber of stars that we had at the fashion shows, they felt really motivated by these talented individuals supporting them. The grand opening of our store was phenomenal; it was packed beyond capacity. The black community believes in what we believe in, that plus-size women should not be outcast.
Kyra: What is your perspective on promoting health for women, while simultaneously promoting self love and confidence in full-figured women?
Paula: We published an article defining “full-figured”, because society misunderstands. We embrace being full-figured; however, we have also given attention to reducing blood pressure, better diets and lower cholesterol. We will provide research and mentorship to help women be healthy.
Kyra: This goes deeper than apparel. What is your holistic message to women?
Paula: It starts with the mind. The mind is a very powerful muscle, but there are a lot of weak women because their self- esteem is low. You have to know your worth. You cannot begin to work on the body or the soul if the mind is not strong. It starts in the mind.
Kyra: How did you and your daughter begin Nfinite Form? You have a degree in English, and your daughter has a degree in childhood education. How did this translate?
Paula: All of us in our family are plus-sized women, but I’m a fashonista and my daughter Trese has a passion for teaching. We recognized that plus-sized women were not being portrayed as beautiful, and we wanted to make an impact. We combined our creativity, teaching backgrounds and fashion sense and created Nfinite Form. We wanted to show the sensuality of the plus-size woman and put her back into society where she belongs!
Kyra: Wow! You are really passionate about your business! When is the next runway project?
Paula: Yes, we live and breathe it. We are getting ready for Time Square Fashion Week and we will showcase the plus-size women with the smaller-size women — no runway segregation.
Kyra: So where do you see your company going in the future?
Paula: We want to take Nfinite Form to all fashion shows around the world — London, Paris. Our vision is to take over the world. We want the plus-size woman to be recognized globally, and we are the women to do it!
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