Danielle Brooks On Plus-Size Women’s Fashion Needs: ‘We Want More’

Danielle Brooks designed her first fashion collection with Universal Standard

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Danielle Brooks has long advocated for curvy women. (Danielle Brooks for Universal Standard)

For Danielle Brooks, the answer to what curvy women want in fashion is simple.

“We want more,” Brooks told Mic Tuesday, Nov. 14 while promoting her new collection with Universal Standard. “Fashion is so tied into who we are as people, and our personalities. We want to be able to express ourselves, so the more options that we have, the easier it is for us to walk down the street with our head ups feeling like powerful women. Just give us more options.”

The collection is the first for Brooks, who formerly appeared in Lane Bryant’s #ThisIsMyBody campaign last fall. The actress previewed the collection in September and Tria — named for its three staple items of a shirt dress (which Brooks told Glamour magazine was inspired by Solange), sweater dress and overalls — dropped Tuesday.


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“I want every woman to wear these clothes,” Brooks said. “And if men want to jump in these overalls, they can jump in these overalls. I think that was my main goal. But it did start with me. The question posed was like, ‘What do I wanna be seen in?’ I remember saying to [Universal Standard co-founder Alex Waldman], ‘I want something that’s comfortable. I want something that is so universal that I can go from night to day, or day to night.’”

The Tria collection is available online now and features bold colors like rose and aubergine with sizes ranging from 10-28. Prices start at $110.

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