Most fashion brands have only recently incorporated extended sizing into their offerings, but QVC and HSN have been designing up to 3X — without comprising aesthetic, quality or affordability — since 1990. Now, the plus-size pioneers are hosting a virtual body positivity summit with the help of celebs like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady and former What Not to Wear makeup artist Carmindy.
Entitled “QVC Presents: Inclusively You, Powered by Create & Cultivate,” the free event is set to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST. It will give attendees the opportunity to interact with influential women (including Nicolette Mason, Tai Beauchamp and Chelsea Olivia) who are working to change the conversation surrounding size inclusivity and body positivity.
Those who tune into the summit will learn how to find the “perfect outfit” for their size and shape and look their best for virtual meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic. Panel conversations will also cover all things beauty, the “plus perspective” and the idea that size is not a trend.
"Shopping for fashion should be fun, empowering, and accessible for all women, everywhere, so this event will be a celebration of body positivity," Rachel Ungaro, GMM and Vice President, Multiplatform Buying for QVC and HSN's apparel division, said in a press release. "We celebrate diversity in all its forms, colors, shapes and sizes, and believe that everybody deserves a great shopping experience that makes them feel included and helps them look and feel fabulous."
Ahead of the event, PEOPLE caught up with McGrady — who became the first size 16 model to appear in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2017 — to talk all things confidence and body positivity, learn more about the new fall collection from her clothing brand All Worthy Hunter McGrady (which launched exclusively with QVC earlier this year) and find out why she initially wanted to collaborate with the iconic retailer.
"A lot of times, brands will kind of jump on the bandwagon and [be inclusive] for a little bit but it doesn't feel very authentic," she tells PEOPLE, whereas, "QVC has always been authentic. They have always been a champion for inclusivity. They have always been diverse."