“I was telling her how a lot of boots don’t fit thicker legs,” La’Shaunae Steward said told Refinery 29 in a 2018 report, she tells a conversation she’d had with Sanam Sindhi, Jeffrey Campbell’s creative director. . “As my friend—[and someone] who knows how the fashion world doesn’t celebrate fat brown women enough—she saw this as an opportunity for me, an under-appreciated curve model.”
This conversation inspired Jeffrey Campbell to unveil its latest line. The capsule collection of size-inclusive footwear designed in collaboration with 21-year-old model La’Shaunae Steward.
The five-piece collection includes three pairs of thigh-high, wide-shaft boots and two pairs of wide-fitting, heeled sandals—all available on Jeffrey Campbell’s website with prices ranging between $125 and $235.
Steward explained to refinery29 how excited she was to see such a well-known designer diversifying its size options. “So many brands never care about their fat customers. Most plus-size stores have the ugliest clothes and wide-fitting shoes,” Steward said. “For [a brand I’ve] loved since I was a teenager to believe in me and to acknowledge me is amazing.”
According to a 2018 Refinery29 report, The curve model currently boasts 71.8 followers on Instagram and was discovered as a model after being taunted for posting pictures of herself on social media last year. Since then, she’s used the platform to build a supportive and body-inclusive support system. It’s her hope that as the fashion industry continues to make strides to becoming more diverse, more women of different sizes will be signed to modeling agencies to break the mold.