Young and Closet-Hungry

Scholarship Entrant: Madison from Black Diamond, Washington
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Madison: 16

As a size ten, I’m almost considered a plus size. Not everything I see in Seventeen Mag fits and not all clothing hangs right on my body. I used to hide behind my clothes to mask my feminine figure – and then, one day I realized: I’m not the only young woman who has this problem! I wanted to embrace my body and show the world that I LOVE how I look! I began my body peace closet challenge that very day. I walked into the mall in jeans and a sweatshirt and emerged a winner – I traded my Miss Me jeans for a pair of dark wash skinny crops, my black sweatshirt for a flowy, floral blouse, and my backpack for a black leather handbag with gold accents. I walked with a new confidence that those small changes gave me!

I want to design for girls like me. I’m not part of the “ideal” mold — I’m not super athletic, I’m not a size four or smaller, and I’m not tall, tan, or toned.

But, I have realized that not every person fits that mold — and that we who don’t fit it, need clothes to make us look AND feel like classy, beautiful, and stylish members of our young generation. Every young woman deserves to feel like she can take on her day with ease, and I am going to make clothes to make that possible for us.

After all, you can’t conquer the world on an empty closet!

Vote for Madison: 16

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