Project Runway alum Christian Siriano has been a pioneer for diversity and body positivity in fashion ever since he’s been in the field. He famously made a dress for Leslie Jones after she was unable to find a designer to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere. The result was a stunning gown that Jones sparkled in, and Siriano got a lot of praise for the move. He tweeted in response to this praise, “Congrats aren’t in order, a change is.” He’s taken that sentiment even further in an essay for Glamour.
Siriano movingly writes about feeling different when he was growing up in a military community in Annapolis, Maryland. He says, “I felt, at times, super different. I was young. Gay. Eccentric. A little guy.” He describes that this feeling made him feel connected to other people who were different. For him, embracing difference in fashion vital. He chooses to dress people, not based on their appearance but by asking himself the question, “Am I a fan?”
Despite growing up and feeling different, Siriano says, “I’ve found an exciting, new model of success.” That he is using his own differences and his own successes to help others create successes not just in spite of but because of their differences is an exciting thing. Fashion should be for everyone, not just those who wear sample size.