Roxy Earle is speaking out about diversity in the fashion industry.
On Monday, the Canadian influencer and "The Real Housewives Of Toronto" star took to Instagram to share a snap of herself posing on a dock in a vibrant maxi dress, paired with an important message about the lack of representation in women's fashion.
"Let’s talk fashion! You see, I’ve always loved fashion but it’s never loved me back," she began. "I curate my world to follow inclusive brands and diverse influencers and seek out the high-end pieces that will fit me and then I go to meetings in the 'real fashion' world where the high-profile buyers work, and the people that control the fancy fashion magazines and I tell them my story of #MySizeRox and a room of women who all look the same nod at me and tell me they are working towards being inclusive."
She explained that when she has asked how "real fashion" brands plan on being more inclusive, their responses seem vague and non-urgent.
"I ask them how and they explain that it’s more of a 'framework or strategy' they are working towards. It’s an odd moment where I am explaining that lack of representation is the problem to a room that lacks representation," she penned.
"But, I continue on…..and what I’m realizing is that instead of trying to change the game that doesn’t want me on the team I’m going to make up my own game," Earle continued. "One that is built from the communities of fashionistas and influencers that have been left out of the ivory tower of fashion. I’ve been too ethnic, too big now I’m not dark enough, not big enough, and everything in between. The people writing the rules make no sense. So on this Monday, I march on! Let’s rewrite."
"Tag your favourites changing the narrative. I want to know all of them! I’ve tagged a few I know working on the biz side of this community. Not sure if anyone reads these anymore with all of Instagram’s changes but alas I like to share," she added.
Earle's post was met with supportive messages from fans and praise for advocating for inclusivity in the fashion industry.
"This," one Instagram user commented. "And, throw the blatant ageism in fashion (and how it’s marketed) in there too. The struggle is real for midlife+ women to feel represented in this area, which is a really stupid shortfall on the fashion industry’s part. Our demographic has the most coin to spend on ourselves, and we still like to wear great things. That’s not something that expires with aging!"
"I don't wanna dress like my grandma did when she was 50-something, OK," they added.
"I’m at the point of wanting to buy a sewing machine and make my own damn clothes. I can’t handle the constant disappointment of trying on clothes that don’t fit my body. I also don’t want to accept the high prices or sketchy quality when shopping at most size-inclusive stores," someone else wrote. "Thank you for being such an advocate for size-inclusive fashion. I truly adore the work you are doing!"
"Thank you for sharing this," commented another. "For someone who has never been the tallest or the slimmest, I can feel what some of us have to go through while shopping. Rooting for inclusive fashion and cheering you on."
Earlier this month, Earle got candid with her followers about embracing her postpartum body since welcoming her son, Myron Michael Mahesan, in January.
"Six months later and Myron left me with a cute bump," she shared alongside a carousel of photos. "Working my a— off to strengthen my core, eating with purpose and working sweating so I feel strong."
In the second slide, Earle explained that even when she wasn't feeling her "best" she still showed up as her best self.
"Even when I didn't feel my best, I always showed up as my best me," she shared before adding that she designed the red dress she is wearing in the photo.
"I designed this dress for a wedding, as nothing fit me that I liked in stores at the time," she wrote. "You don't have to hate yourself while working toward goals. Love yourself and never hide yourself along the way."
"Here I am today. Carrying the weight of my pregnancy and the loss of muscle that came with that, but working toward my goals with love and acceptance of my postpartum body," she concluded.