Sep 14, 2018
This internationally renowned fashion model has teamed up with
Women’s Running Magazine to found Project Start, a collaborative
effort to encourage and inspire women to begin their own running
journey. She has also launched a size inclusive clothing line for
women, Day-Won. While she is termed a “plus -size” model, Huffine
is at the helm of models pushing to expand boundaries for curvy
models and to eliminate the label “plus” from the fashion
vernacular. Candice is a runner and ran the 2017 NYC Marathon.
Candice Huffine is an internationally renowned fashion model.
She became the first plus-size woman to be featured in the Pirelli
Calendar, a UK Glamour trade calendar. Her A-list work includes
being featured in publications such as CR Fashion Book, Italian
Vogue (cover), Vogue, W, V Magazine, i-D and Glamour. She has also
recently launched a clothing line for the full size range of active
women called Day/Won.
What you will learn about:
- How she is living the dream she had as a little girl, despite
the fact that she doesn’t have the typical model body
- How being slotted into a role as a plus-model, at age 15,
allowed her to grow into being a woman with all the curves of a
normal woman, and being positive with her body as it is. It was the
impetus to grow into a role as a spokesperson for body
- How the body positivity acceptance move is allowing people to
feel they are represented. And how it is becoming more acceptable
to let our bodies settle where they are meant to be rather than
endlessly trying to lose weight to fit into some pre-conceived
- How she started running in 2015 when her husband dared her to
do a half marathon as a part of their annual discussion of their
goals for the next year. She first viewed it as just an impossible
and unfair dare, but he was so passionate about it she stopped and
listened to his reasons. She was inspired by the positive changes
in his life when he first took up running, so something in the dare
caught her interest.
- Her first half marathon (NYC half in 2016) was such a learning
experience, as she had never trained more than 8 miles and didn’t
know what at all to expect. So she psyched herself completely out.
But she then used it as a learning experience to move forward. She
learned that not only is she susceptible to a dare, but how
competitive she could be with herself. It also taught her how
important it was to take time for herself to do things that balance
you out, and running has been an outlet for that. It has given her
time to be meditative and thoughtful.
- How she found that the running clothing that was available was
so uncomfortable and she spent more time adjusting clothing that
just didn’t fit her body properly so she spent a bunch of time
tugging at things. She decided to found her own brand, Day/Won,
launched in the fall of 2017, that made athletic clothing that
really fits a woman’s curves and was inclusive across the entire
range of sizes.
- How she used her own brand to stand for causes she felt were
important. Inclusivity, sustainability, etc. From giving back to
charities, supporting the LGBT community, using recycled materials,
making things in the US, digital printing to avoid water waste, and
making things to order to save on waste.
There is always someone listening, being self-deprecating
can influence someone and you won’t even realize it.
We have to break the cycle of the negative things we say to
If you commit yourself to a goal, other things you want in
your life will fall into place.
You have to know it is going to be a slow process but
suddenly you start to see the progress you have made and how you
have achieved the short term goals that make you proud of what you
can accomplish. Run because of how it makes you feel, not how it
makes you look.
So many women of all sizes are out there doing incredible
things, it was time we started dressing them. You stand at the
sidelines of a race and see people of all ages, shapes, etc. and it
is so inspiring.
No one should feel on the outside, you should not have to
change to fit in. Explaining and apologizing for our bodies is
exhausting and frankly has nothing to do with the bigger
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