About.com readers have honored San Francisco Bay Area’s IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel, www.igigi.com, with the Readers’ Choice Best Plus Designer, 2011 award. IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel is an American designer brand of contemporary collections in sizes 12-32 designed in-house and produced locally through independent contractors. This recognition by the plus size community is a significant addition to the company’s Best Plus Fashion Retailer of the Year, 2010 award voted by customers worldwide.

“I am so thrilled to have won this award. There is nothing more fulfilling than being recognized by the community to whom I am wholeheartedly dedicated.” said Designer and Founder Yuliya Raquel who started the company 10 years ago with a mission to transform the world’s view of beauty by providing full-figured women with fashion-forward, quality, and well-fitting clothes that would help express their beauty. “We are more than just clothes. We take pride in providing women with educational and fun fashion features like the ShapeStylist and styling videos to make the most out of our collections, and awards like this show that our efforts have been resonating well with our community.”

Renown for its unique, great-fitting, and red-carpet-ready designs, IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel has been featured in major fashion and life style magazines like Marie Claire, The Oprah Magazine, People StyleWatch, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, and Essence, and it has been a favorite among celebrities such as Nikki Blonsky, Kim Coles, KayCee Stroh, Jill Scott, Kelly Price, and Gabourey Sidibe. IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel collections are available online at www.igigi.com and select boutiques worldwide.