It is not an uncommon scenario for former plus-size models to eventually venture out into a business of their own, whether it is related to modeling or not. In fact, the plus-size industry boasts of a number of these models who established a name for themselves not just by modeling, but also by becoming accomplished entrepreneurs. One of the plus-size models who joined the ranks of models turned businesswomen like Ashley Graham and Robyn Lawley is Grisel Paula.
Former plus-size model Grisel launched her very first 13-piece fashion line in May of 2014. The collection featured trendy fashion pieces that were personally designed by the model herself. This year, she expanded her fashion portfolio by recently releasing her summer line with the swimwear collection called Grisel Swim.
The former model shared that transitioning to swimwear seemed a natural thing for her. She also expressed that she always held a soft spot for swim wear.
“It was an easy decision to make because I did not see a reason not to explore swim. I like swimwear and it was time to give that option to our diverse growing fan base.”
Grisela’s newest swim wear collection features a combination of “safe” and “non-safe” pieces. She elaborated further on how her new swimwear collection came to be with this statement:
“There is always an appeal for an amazing swimsuit with great functionality, but sometimes, we as women, want to step outside the norm and push our own limits by wearing something a little more show – stopping. We have sexy options for those who want something a little risqué, as well as, simple options for women that prefer to play it a bit safe.”
The new 24-piece swim suit collection comes with one-piece suits and separates that range from bikini tops to high-waist bottoms. One of the main highlights about the collection is how it showcases sexy silhouettes often seen being worn by straight sized models.
Grisela Swim also boasts of stunning details that can be seen on its mesh inserts, seams, and straps. What is also breathtaking about this impressive swim wear is that all pieces are adorably and confidently named like ‘Get Me Bodied’, ‘Upgrade You’, ‘Ring the Alarm’, and ‘Jealous’. They also come in bold colors and vibrant prints. The entire collection has pieces that reach up to the size 5X.
And, what makes this line unique is that Grisela made the swimwear both for straight and plus-size women.
The model-turned-entrepreneur gushed about the importance of representation and integrity in labeling her own fashion brand to the world. She shared that when she created the brand, she focused on women of all shapes in sizes rather than focusing on a certain population.
“It’s about creating a fashion brand that caters to all women, not solely plus sized or solely straight sized. It’s about the garment; it’s style, color, fit, etc. Being a brand that is working to reach various demographics, I decided to take this route to showcase many things: the fit of each suit on varying body types, how the colors translate on different complexions, and how the style of the suits exude personality.”
The Grisela Swim collection was launched in May 8, 2015. Catch a glimpse of some of the amazing swim suits she has lined up for the summer below:
Got any favorites from this new swimwear line?