Summer talked with Jennifer about her store and why she wanted to create a safe space for plus-size women and teens.
“Being a chunky girl all my life, being picked on and bullied, not being able to find clothes,” she said, “I wanted to create something for plus-size women, only for us, exclusively for us — no small, no medium or large. You gotta be a big girl!”
“You gotta be 2-somethin’ to do somethin’!” exclaimed Summer, stating her store’s unofficial tagline. “You gotta be over 200 pounds just to play!”
Summer also shared the story behind the TikTok video that went viral of her giving a prom dress to a young client for free.
“She reminded me so much of myself,” she said. She said the girl had her mother and a few aunties there with her, and they planned to split the cost of the dress between them all. Summer told Jennifer that when she got to the register to check them out, she had a feeling come over her that she should give the girl the dress for free.
“Everybody was crying. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” she recalled. “It was magical.”
“It’s free therapy for me,” she says of helping plus-size teens get ready for their prom. “I get to live through them.”