We had the good fortune of connecting with Callie Richards and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Callie, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first became self-employed I really struggled with finding balance between ‘work’ time and ‘personal’ time. It felt impossible to define that when I was working from home and was the only person holding myself accountable. I came to the realization that I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy the lifestyle I wanted to create for myself if I didn’t start setting boundaries when it came to work. One of the best choices was physically separating my work space from my personal space the best I could. It made it harder to answer emails at 10pm and forced me to start associating work space with work time and personal space with personal time. Several years in, I now value balance more than ever and when I am making potential business plans, I ask myself ‘is this going to help me build the life I want’.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started working after high school in retail and quickly transitioned to luxury goods. I enjoyed my work but found it difficult to work for iconic fashion houses while not being able to wear anything they sold. As a plus size person, I found joy in fashion and started sharing that via social media. I had no idea at the time that it would become my full time job and create an entire brand.

Being a plus size social media creator in a space that is still widely dominated by thin creators was not easy. There were, and still are, obstacles surrounding fair pay, visibility, unfair censorship and more that trouble the fat community online. There is a long way to go, but I am starting to see more and more diversity in the creator spaces on new platforms like tiktok, which is promising.

My goal with my content is to create a space on social media where plus size and curvy people can feel accepted and relate to the realities of trying to shop and travel when you’re plus size. I often say that I want my content to feel like a reference site for plus people to come to when they need to find something to wear or someplace to go. I aim to create enough varied content that when you need a dress for an occasion, you can come to my profile and know there will be some options I have tried that will help you narrow the field and shop more confidently.

I am so excited about the growth and increased visibility we are starting to see around the body positivity, body neutrality, and plus size fashion discussions. Generations of marginalized communities, specifically Black, disabled, and LGBTQ+ body positivity pioneers laid the groundwork for what we are now seeing, and I cannot wait to see the progress we will continue to make

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles:

Places to eat:
Giorgio Baldi
Gracias Madre
Dekkadance at the Intercontinental
Openaire for Brunch

I love strolling the third street promenade in Santa Monica for beach views, shopping, and people watching. I would skip Hollywood Blvd and instead my reservations at Tower Bar in West Hollywood for late night drinks. A coastal drive up PCH to Malibu is beautiful.

Make sure to head to Olvera Street for taquitos!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so grateful for the endless support from both my family and friends. Becoming self-employed and leaving the security of a corporation can be scary and I am fortunate to have had the privilege of being raised by parents that always instilled a sense of confidence and the ability to chase my dreams. My circle of close friends have always been the incredible hype girls. My partner James has shown me a level of love and support I did not know was possible, and his endless pursuit to help me achieve anything I dream of is nothing short of selfless.

Website: hotpinkandglitter.com

Instagram: instagram.com/hotpinkandglitter

Facebook: fb.com/hotpinkandglitter

Other: tiktok.com/@hotpinkandglitter

Image Credits
angela delahoussaye (image in blue romper)

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