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Designing Diva

Hip clothes for full figures

This story appears in the February 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

When Abbie Lynn Kearse, 34, was offered a chance to emerge from her behind-the-scenes job at MTV and become an on-air reporter, she turned the seeming dream job down. The reason? A warped body image and personal insecurities. "I wanted to be on the air, but I wasn't ready to deal with being under a microscope," explains Kearse, whose full figure initially hindered her from TV stardom.

But six years later, after turning 30 and experiencing the life-altering loss of her grandmother, Kearse decided to toss apprehension aside and ask her bosses for another shot at 15 minutes of fame. The only problem? Though equipped with a newfound confidence, Kearse couldn't find any fun, hip clothing to fit her plus-size figure. "They'd usually hand me something from Bill Bellamy's wardrobe, like an oversized windbreaker," says Kearse. Not wanting to dress like a rapper every day, Kearse was determined to find clothes to reflect her girlie, glam-rock image.

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