So…..this is me. Yes, I am young but with passion, determination and the backing of friends and family, I have created a business for the gorgeous curvy women of New Zealand.
I am 18 years old and started dabbling in this business when I was 16. I left school part way through year 12 after struggling with some health issues but I always knew that school and university was not the path I wanted to pursue. I was diagnosed with ADHD at 9 years old but was very creative so art, colour and design were always something I was keen on. So with that in mind, I could not wait to leave school. I attended a full-time Makeup course in 2019 at The Makeup School in Ponsonby to achieve my Diploma in Film, TV, Fashion, Wig and special Effects Professional Make-up and Hair Styling. This was an absolute highlight in my life, I loved it and it made me realise that I needed to be in an industry where I can be creative, individual and true to myself. I have been involved in short films, photoshoots, weddings, special events and ball make-up jobs so I am pleased to be able to offer my Make-up services alongside The Curvy Rental Boutique if any of my gorgeous customers require the full glam experience.
I am a fuller figure girl myself but I never used to be. I put on a lot of weight due to medications and it was an incredibly difficult experience. To my horror, I was not able to buy clothes that would fit my figure in the stores I would usually shop, and this was mainly due to the bigger sizes being sold out so quickly. Yet, most brands still only provide the majority, if not all, of their clothing in sizes 6-12. It was soul destroying and totally unbelievable to me that I struggled to buy most things off the rack. I was so shocked at how upsetting shopping became. Not only did my body grow but so did my bust to the point it was so painful and uncomfortable in bras and tops never ever fit me properly. The comments and stares were heartbreaking. I have now had breast reduction surgery that has been life-changing.
This change in my body made me realise how many other women must be feeling as disappointed and distressed about shopping and trying to find the right garment to fit and make them feel gorgeous too. So……The Curvy Rental Boutique was born.
I am so thrilled to be able to provide such stunning garments to the curvier New Zealand women. I have such a strong belief that all bodies are beautiful and that society does not have the right to determine the standards of ‘beauty’. We all have our own story and I want to help make you all feel amazing – you deserve it.
Love, Ella x