NEWSFLASH: The Leader of the Fashion World is….PLUS SIZE?! #NYFW #MBFW

Jinkes! This has to be the biggest kept secret never told and I’m so happy to share it with you. If the leaders of the fashion world had a pyramid of power who would be at the top? I think we could all agree the Editor of Vogue Magazine (currently Anna Wintour) and whomever controls the runway during New York Fashion Week being at the top with a slew of your favorite designers falling right up under. But did you know one of the two on the top of the pyramid is actually Plus Size?


Meet Christina Neault executive producer of Mercedes-Benz  New York Fashion Week for IMG Fashion. Yes THAT Fashion week, New York’s largest media event. Ms. Neault produces and oversees every show at Fashion Week at Lincoln Center while managing over 500 employees. Not only have she been involved in the production of New York Fashion Week since 1998 she also produces Miami Fashion Week which combined is over 250+ shows a year. Wait, let’s run this back. The producer of Fashion Week is plus size.  The one that controls New York’s catwalk …is…PLUS…SIZE…. Let that sink in for a moment.

So just how did this AMAZING Curvy Chick under the “radar” get her start?

“I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology and got a part time job Xeroxing press clippings for a trade organization called The Men’s Fashion Association (MFA). They did press events for consumer and regional press. Part-time turned into full-time and within a couple of years I was their fashion show producer. MFA started downsizing as the fashion editors and regional newspapers started going away and I began freelancing with some of our 300+ members doing events, fashion shows and public relations. During that time, I became a venue manager for 7th on Sixth and shortly after IMG purchased 7th on Sixth, I went full-time.”  – Christina told FashionSchoolDaily

A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ms. Neault immediately began working in the fashion industry, and soon became the Fashion Director at the Men’s Fashion Association, working with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hart Marx. Following her time at the Men’s Fashion Association, Ms. Neault discovered her intrinsic talent for producing fashion shows, television segments, and galas, having worked with clients such as Cotton Inc, Dallas Market Center, Operation Smile, The View, Today Show, QVC and the NFL Kickoff.

In May, We directly contacted Ms. Neault for comment. She nicely directed us over to IMG’s PR department who politely declined. No surprise there. But the fact that she actually responded to our email for that brief 5 minutes pretty much changed my out look on life forever.  The entire plus size industry have  fought for the respect for years to be under the Fashion Week’s tents. But in a sense we actually control the tent. Now that’s what you call a real Curvy Revolution.


Comments (33)

  1. And then? You still see very skinny girls on these shows. It doesn’t mean anything who is in the background.

  2. RT @shopCURVY: NEWSFLASH: The Leader of the Fashion World is….PLUS SIZE?! #NYFW #MBFW: Jinkes! This has to be the bigge…

  3. Just a big girl wanting to be a waif…

  4. Wow, this is amazing…I love fashion week and all that it represents. I will love to read more about her.

  5. What?! Hypocrisy?! Oh… who’s shocked?

  6. Im looking 4 a girl friend I love full figured woman inbox please.

  7. It really makes me wonder, why would someone whom has so much influence in the fashion world not doing something for the plus size fashion community? Please interview her on this. I really would like to know!

  8. I think it’ wonder-(full), that the fashion industry is paying attention to full figured women, i would love to be model for the industry, i just don’t know where to get started

  9. love this “@KeKeDillard: @ShannonLazovski @JessNoel @fashdet @detstylereview #NYFW #MBFW Best Kept Secret #CURVY”

  10. Extremely inspiring, I had no knowledge of this woman. Christina Neault represents my career aspiration: Powerful yet ambigous!

  11. Exactly. She has the forum and ability to showcase plus size fashion yet she chooses not to. Im not seeing any reason to applaud this person.

  12. Yeah for plus size fashion models…..not everyone is thin as a rail….;-)

  13. I’m loving this! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I’m not happy that they declined…she must be ashamed…or it would ruin the image of what is really beauitful

  15. LOL i have to chuckle at this because it is so stero typical that people would think that she would be a skinny person. Big Girls do Big things people!

  16. Problem… Plus size in fashion is a size 9…which is a NORMAL size in the real world

  17. I would love to hear more thoughts on this. Why, if she is leader of the NY Fashion week, wouldnt she push for more plus size representation? Why are we (plus sized women) mostly unrepresented? If we have an insider that is not even willing to represent us, then how can we increase our representation in the media/fashion/etc?

  18. This is a crazy , crazy ass reality that we live in…

  19. I had to go look at the date of this story…it’s from last year. But she’s not one of the only heavyweights (pun intended) in the fashion world. Fern Malik is another!!!

  20. And yet, this year was the first time a Plus Size designer was shown during Fashion Week… kudos for her to be part of this amazing fashion world but she should take the lead towards more plus designer joining the runway…

  21. Frances Guzman…what plus designer is at Fashion Week?

  22. This woman is the EP but I don’t know how much influence she actually has over the various designers and their businesses — many of these are private companies and they’re going to do what they want to do.

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