Candice Huffine Expected More from New York Fashion Week

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Candice Huffine had waited for last season’s New York Fashion Week for close to two decades. The famed plus-size model and former ELLE cover star, who this week walked the runway for Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano, watched a riot of designers walk plus-size women in their shows. She read the numbers like tea leaves; at least one model of color was cast in every presentation, plus-size women were hired more than ever before, and trans models saw better and more holistic inclusion. It was, for Huffine and her peers, a triumph, “a high of all highs.” – Continue Reading BelowThis week, Huffine can’t hide her disappointment. New York Fashion Week, which wraps up this evening, could have been so, so much better. On Tuesday, Huffine joined Siriano, models Precious Lee and Andreja Pejic, actress Keke Palmer, and Planned Parenthood Director of Constituency Communications Alencia Johnson for an candid ELLE.com panel event at the YouTube Space in Chelsea Market to discuss the changing faces and bodies of fashion. The conversation kicked off with an assessment; how did the business do this week? “Give ’em your real answer!” Siriano said, a prompt for Huffine. And, oh, she did. “[We didn’t do] as great as I thought we could,” she said, especially compared to the previous season’s shows. “I’ve waited for February for my whole career, for 17 years,” she said. “I was patient and positive that that day would come, and it did, and look, that was validation for me.” But after the record-setting season, Huffine “expected a little bit more.” – Continue Reading BelowRelated StoriesWhy Candice Huffine’s ELLE May 2017 Cover MattersOn Ashley Graham’s Lane Bryant Lingerie ShootAll Your Faves Had a Blast at Christian Siriano Six months ago, Huffine was sure: “I was like, ‘Wow, there’s no way backwards from here. This is the future. Look how excited everyone was, look at the positivity around it,'” she said. “How could you ever then remove that?” Why do I have to prove so much to just get a pat on the back?