While Dascha Polanco’s Orange is The New Black role may leave little room for personal style to be seen on screen, her red-carpet game is on another level. Like the fashionista that she is, Dascha isn’t afraid to take risks when it comes to her ensembles. However, as a curvy woman Dascha also faces the struggles of limited fashion options.
Last year, the star got candid with Vogue sharing that many fashion designers did not want to work with her due to her size. (Serious side-eye to them.) Today she continues to serve as a body-positive figure in Hollywood, embracing her curves to the fullest and looking beyond fierce while doing so.
Luckily for us, the star revealed her top style hack when it comes to dressing a curvy figure. “I think that if you want to wear something loose have it fitted in the waist. It’s always great to accentuate your waist and the best assets that you have", she told The Lookbook at a fashion event in New York City.
“If you have beautiful arms, and you have nice thighs, and you want to wear something see-through then show us that. It’s all about how you wear it and how you feel in it,” she said. We hear that.
She also shared that any pieces with stretch fabric are absolutely “fantastic.” In addition to these simple hacks, Dascha is also a huge fan of athleisure wear (which the star told us pretty much takes up most of her closet), and maxi dresses. Oh, and of course shoes. Tons and tons of shoes. Hey, a gal can never have too many shoes, right?
Not only does Dascha use fashion as a display of self-love by embracing her figure, she is also using her passion for fashion to give back. She recently teamed up with Rookie USA and Haddad Brands to collect over 500 back-to-school outfits to donate to less fortunate children in the Dominican Republic through the Dream Project, a charitable organization providing children with a quality education. Dascha is currently working with the Dream Project to help create a theater school for children in less fortunate communities. “I really want to work on instilling within our culture how important it is to have film,TV, and theater for the youth so they can focus on more positive things."
Now, that's what you call using fashion for good.
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