Latina On The Runway: Plus-Size Model Christina Mendez Shares Her Fashion Week Diary

Every season during fashion week I am honored to attend events, walk the runway, and participate in the celebration of style. Take a look at some of my favorite moments from NYFW. Wepa!

1. Thursday, February 4th: (Pre-NYFW Fun)

I was uber excited to share the Fashion Week fever with my 4-year-old daughter, Cailey this year. My daughter and I enjoyed the ROOKIE USA Presents KIDS ROCK! gifting suite hosted by Adrienne Bailon. Cailey shopped 'til she dropped and even made some new friends.

2. Thursday, February 11th: KIDS ROCK!

Not sure who was more excited to receive backstage passes to the hottest kids fashion show during NYFW, ROOKIE USA Presents KIDS ROCK! Celebrity children were pampered and prepped to walk the runway and Cailey and I were there to enjoy every minute of it. 

3. Friday, February 12th: PLY

Nothing like getting glammed at Caravan Stylist Studio’s NYFW Styling Lounge in lower Manhattan during fashion week! The studio was filled with amazing energy, treats, designs, and the on-site glam team prepped me for the next fashion presentation on my agenda. Later that evening I attended PLY Apparel's fashion show. PLY was the only plus-size designer on the NYFW calendar this year and designers Pam and Lamarr Nanton represented us curvy ladies very well.

4. Monday, February 15th: FTL MODA's Art Hearts Fashion Runway Show

Curves on the runway during fashion week is not the norm, but thankfully many changes in the industry are allowing plus-size models more opportunity to enjoy the festivities on and off the runway. This year I walked for Josefa da Silva in FTL MODA's Art Hearts Fashion Runway show. I previously only attended this show and I truly love their message of inclusion on the runway. I was honored to share the runway with Madeline Stuart (a model with Down Syndrome), as well as bionic model Rebekah Marine and amputee Shaholly Ayers. This show was a true representation of beauty and strength no matter your size, age, or journey.

5. Tuesday, February 16, 2016: Chiara Boni's La Petite Robe Collection

I always been a fan of Chiara Boni's La Petite Robe line and the Fall/Winter collection made me fall deeper in love. The leather pieces were breathtaking. Here are some of my favorites and all are curvy girl approved!