Plus-size lines are hard to find in malls and shopping centers across America. Aside from Lane Bryant, Torrid, and select plus-size sections, anything beyond a size large is rarely seen or admired. Forever 21 hopes to change that. On May 1st, Forever 21 will debut Faith 21, a junior's plus-size line, in select stores and online at Forever21.com. Faith 21 promises to deliver trendy clothes in junior plus sizes.
In high school my shopping was limited to Lane Bryant and -- well, more Lane Bryant. Don't get me wrong, I love Lane Bryant. They cater to my style and have a fabulous selection of clothes. Growing up, however, I was embarrased to shop there. Immediately after exiting Lane Bryant I would hand the shopping bag over to my mom or dad. That embarrassment came out of sadness that I couldn't be "normal" and shop at stores every other girl could.
The last time I stepped into F21 was about five years ago with a friend of mine. She was having a blast trying on clothes while I browsed at the accessories. She encouraged me to find something so I began looking through the racks, attempting to fool myself and others into believing the piece of clothing I admired could actually fit me. I did so well at deceiving myself that I left F21 with a new red blouse.
The blouse didn't fit me but the pride I got from holding that yellow bag was tremendous. I felt normal, even if it was just for an afternoon. I want teen girls to feel that way every day and every where they shop. Hopefully Faith 21 will do just that.
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