We had the good fortune of connecting with Robina Strowder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robina, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Consistency. I would not have accomplished anything that I show for my success as a plus model without consistency and persistence. I have tried to be consistent in pushing the fact that the body positivity movement still has a long way to go when it comes to social acceptance. I have never had the conventional body type but I have always been confident and felt comfortable in my skin enough to pursue beauty and fashion as a career. I have had many doors opened to me simply because I was consistent with putting myself in spaces where typically you would not see women like me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a plus-size model and influencer for a bit over 3 years and it is truly my passion. Although still a daily fight to show that fat people and round bellies and faces are worthy of mainstream media, I am happy to say I have worked for many different designers, boutiques and brands. It does get tough to keep receiving NO’s but I overcome this by continuing to show up and place myself in spaces that force people to recognize an acknowledge me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here in Chicago I feel like its all about food!! Donuts, pizza, ice cream, beefs, tacos, ramen etc. You could plan an entire trip around exploring our restaurants and rooftops. So many different vibes and experiences can be had from just our food culture.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out my family and friends for all of the love and support that they have given me along the way. My parents for helping me so much with just plain old life. Thank you for taking so much time and care with my son Jalin. My husband Justin thank you for loving me, My sister RaLisha- hair stylist, photographer and creative director for so many of my concepts. Jalin, my only baby, for understanding that his mother believes she can and knowing that he can go after anything he wants just because she does.
My friends are such a special team to have I love you all and I could not do this without you!
Kevin House Jessica Milagros Briana Renee