ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WTVF) — A trend blogger is difficult the norm within the trade.
From her purple hair to “loud” garments, Alicia Searcy is not afraid to make a press release, however that wasn’t at all times the case.
The Ashland Metropolis resident was born with cerebral palsy and is wheelchair and walker dependent.
Rising up with a trend mannequin as a mom, Searcy says she was criticized for her look.
“For a protracted, very long time I did not trouble with trend and was a slob,” mentioned Searcy. “folks weren’t treating me effectively and never speaking to me as a result of I used to be in a wheelchair and I assumed this was ridiculous so I made a decision to do one thing to vary it.”
Searcy began dressing with intention and says she observed it modified the way in which folks interacted along with her which finally modified the way in which she noticed herself.
She determined to start out the style weblog “Spashionista” which is “spastic fashionista” mixed.
Someday after she was invited to the grand opening to a boutique in 2014. She finally made a trend weblog and was invited to a grand opening to a classic boutique that wasn’t accessible. That is how she and the boutique proprietor, Krystle Ramos, began speaking about accessibility.
“We began speaking about accessibility and eager to make the world a extra equal place,” mentioned Searcy, “and talked about doing a trend present for some time.”
When David Bowie handed away in 2016, Searcy and Ramos turned phrases into motion.
Finally, they created “Style is for Each Physique,” a runway present that’s all-inclusive.
“You do not see a trend present like ours anyplace,” Searcy mentioned, “we work with adults of all ages, sizes, races, bodily talents, gender orientation, and sexual identification…they’re on the runway all collectively on the similar time.”
The fashions will probably be carrying collections by native size-inclusive boutique That is the Finale and Nashville designers Brakefields, Any Outdated Iron and Rank & Sugar with equipment from adaptive clothes market Patti + Ricky.
The present will probably be in Nashville at Studio 615 on Saturday, September 11. There are nonetheless tickets left. To purchase tickets, click on right here.