If fashion truly is a way of expressing yourself, then E! News’ Nina Parker should be in bold, bright and, frankly, badass designs.

Too bad those options aren’t actually available for her. “With plus sizes, it’s like they want us to hide,” the Nightly Pop host explains of her biggest gripe. “They’re matronly, something my aunties might wear. I’m like, ‘I don’t understand why big has to mean conservative.'”

Or, honestly, unworthy. Time and again, while hunting for something—anything— to wear on E!’s red carpet, she’d find her options limited to black and basic silhouettes, making her wonder, where the heck was all the pizazz? “My stylist and I were trying to find stuff off of the rack and it just wasn’t comparable to my counterparts,” Nina admits. “It felt really unfair, like, ‘Yes, I am bigger than them, but does that mean I don’t matter as much because my waist is bigger?'”

Fed up with matronly full-figured fashions, Nina Parker decided to take matters into her own hands by launching her own collection for Macy’s, the store’s first-ever plus-size line by a Black woman.

Um, no.

A circle that not only celebrates a woman’s curves but also her personality. With 17 pieces from size 16W to 24W—and between $39 and $129—she hopes her tank tops, form-fitting dresses, denim, loud prints and fun fabrics (yes, there are sequins) help women feel seen. A simple idea that, somehow, felt so foreign before. “I want them to feel like they matter, like they are a bad bitch,” she explains. “I want them to feel bossy, like they can walk in a room and everybody will take notice.”

It’s not just the look and feel—”If the quality of the fabric wasn’t up to par, I wasn’t doing it”—but the entire shopping experience that Nina plans to overhaul. With plus-size clothes often discretely placed in the back corner of a store, “sometimes you feel like you’re getting a drug deal,” she says. “It’s like, ‘Why do we have to feel like we’re being alienated because of our size?”’

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