Your name: Alicia Searcy
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Favorite Karina dress: I’m coveting the Ruby 3/4 sleeve in the Missoni print, and the Penelope 3/4 sleeve in purple plaid. It’s great that I can get a dress that hugs my curves, yet will cover my upper arms, which I’m not so crazy about.
How did you discover Karina Dresses? In reading blogs by wonderful ladies like Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and Bella Q of The Citizen Rosebud.
What are your every day, must-reads, online or off? I love fashion blogs, Pinterest fashion boards, and seasonal issues of Vogue. As a disabled, curvy woman over 40 I really enjoy reading blogs written from these perspectives as well.
What’s you most recent awesome accomplishment? I’ve recently assembled a group called the Roll Model Roster. It serves as a directory of blogs and individuals who want to band together and support positive change. There are a number of older, curvier, and disabled ladies who deal with lots of physical and social barriers in the fashion world. I have Cerebral Palsy, which affects my ability to walk and use my hands, and so I have felt many of these barriers personally. I believe we can create a lasting societal change by joining forces, and making our voices heard. We can create awareness of the problems and come together to suggest solutions. We can do so by writing emails, boycotting, and relaying the message to social media and major media outlets. No snark; no extremism. Just consistent, polite pressure – until our collective voices begin to erode the physical and social barriers that impede us.
Who is your hero? That’s easy- my husband Clint. He’s my biggest fan and best ally.
Why is it important to love our bodies? Because the greatest gift and most beautiful accessory a woman can have is self-confidence, especially if you’re disabled.
Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it? Do the things you are most afraid of.
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say? Be who you are, wear what you love, and enjoy yourself!