Lifestyle and fashion journalist Latasha Ngwube launched the About That Curvy Life platform to empower curvaceous women.

As a curvy female, the plus-size fashion advocate is all too aware of the stigma faced by the plus-size community in Africa, and is using her empowerment platform to start a much-needed conversation about body diversity. In a first, plus size models took to the runway at Lagos Fashion & Design Week held in October 2016.

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“We’re getting a foot in the door. People have to see plus fashion in a way they never have before,” Ngwube told CNN. “You can become that which you desire if you believe that you deserve to be considered beautiful.”
The show took place after much lobbying to Lagos Fashion Week explains Ngwube. Not knowing what to expect, the plus-size models took to the runway, strutting designs from up-and-coming designers.
“I snuck into the crowd and was watching the girls go,” recalls Ngwube. “I was looking at people standing, screaming, clapping and I started to cry. I was shaking and crying in the crowd, I couldn’t contain it.
“I wish I could bottle that feeling and just sip on it every day of my life.”
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Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenNgwube hired a veteran model to train her models four times a week, as some had never modeled before. “The training was so they would be ready to face whatever kind of energy they would be meeting, because we didn’t know what to expect.”
Pictured: Male models display creations from ÀSSIÀN.
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenAs the first model took to the runway the crowd brought the house down. Ngwube snuck into the crowd to watch the crowd standing, screaming and clapping. “I was shaking and crying in the crowd, I couldn’t contain it.”
Pictured: Designer Makioba Olugbile greets a cheering crowd.
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenAccording to Ngwube the plus-size models really owned the runway. “This was a mission of firsts and they walked like their lives depended on it.”
Pictured: Models sport creations by designer Tobi Ogundipe of Tosfa.
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenLooking back on the event Ngwube (pictured) is confident that they have made a real case for plus size that everyone could relate to. “We had the courage to say: ‘I am not what fashion says I should be,” she told CNN.
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenNow Ngwube is looking at starting a plus-size modeling agency as well as a series of Body Confidence talks.
Pictured: Ngwube takes to the runway after a successful run at LFDW.
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenShe hopes to return to Lagos Fashion Week next year to get another hit. “I wish I could bottle that feeling and just sip on it every day of my life,” she says.
Pictured: Models display creations from Aisha Abu-Bakr Luxury Design.
Photos: Curves steal the spotlight at Lagos Fashion Week
Beauty supersized — showcasing real women“I’ve always been plus size and it’s always bothered me that there were never images of people who looked like me in the media,” founder of empowerment platform ‘About That Curvy Life’ Latasha Ngwube tells CNN.
Pictured: A man photographs plus-size models at LFDW in October 2016. Photo: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images
Beauty supersized — showcasing real women“Lagos is the fashion capital of the continent, as well as being the country of bigger-boned women and men,” explains Ngwube.
Pictured: Plus-size models pose for a picture prior to LFDW. Photo: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenThe fashion and lifestyle journalist lobbied her heart out to feature a plus-size collective at Africa’s biggest fashion event of the year.
Pictured: Models at LFDW display clothes by designer Osa Aisien from MaBello Clothier, the first solely Nigerian brand catering for women with curves.
Photo: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenAll the designers Ngwube chose for her collective were first timers on the runway. “For them to be making their first outings on such a platform was beyond belief,” she says.
Pictured: A model wears a creation by designer Makioba Olugbile.
Beauty supersized — showcasing real womenNgwube chose a classic black and white theme for her collective in order to present the “timeless colors of fashion”.
Pictured: A plus-size model shows off a creation by designer Aisha Abubakr from Aisha Abu-Bakr Luxury Design. Photo: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images
Photos: Curves steal the spotlight at Lagos Fashion Week
Photos: Curves steal the spotlight at Lagos Fashion Week