Celebrating almost two decades as a Graphic Designer/Published Illustrator, Jean Nerestant Jr (Jness) got his start as a graphic artist in 1994, Still working as a graphic designer by day/ Jness devotes time to his hip hop Culture, comic book art and Plus size/BBW Art.


Defining Your Personal Plus Sized Fashion

with Jness



Since the days when I attended the High School of Fashion Industries and majored in Fashion Illustration under the tutelage of my favorite teacher Ms. Sweet, I had a love for fashion. Oddly it was never a desire to design but more of a passion for its representation. I have always been a person who recognizes and respects the individualís sense of style. I believe that your sense of style is what fits you and what feels right to you. I know there are many licensed and registered fashion police officers who dispute my position. But I say what good is the implementation of fashion attributes if they donít help define who you say you are?


Even though there have been great advances in the area of plus-size fashion there is still a size range that is left greatly unattended. Many women in larger sizes know what it is to go to a plus size boutique and discover the popular styles become limited and unavailable once you get to 4X and up. You end up shopping online or having things made custom fit by a seamstress. Very frustrating Iím sure. So as you develop your own sense of style while working around these limitations, let your confidence blossom, be secure in who you are and in the style you have developed. You define who you are, remember that the opinions of others are just that. Itís what they think based on their own experience. Your position is defined by your thoughts and your experience. What you think and say about you is whatís important. Take positive suggestions into consideration but you have the last say so.


This monthís illustration was inspired by a woman Iíve known online for years. She is a true advocate for size acceptance. She is a wife and a mother, and a shining example of living womanhood to its fullest. She is a great light to young women of size. Her voice speaks in volumes on behalf of the campaign for being who you are and refusing the negative voice of others defines you by their venomous words. Her name is Mikel.


The illustration I submit this month is entitled, ďBigger FashionĒ. This piece started as a pencil sketch loosely referencing a photo of her. Once the sketch was complete, I inked the lines using a medium Paper Mate Flair felt tip marker. This marker gives me a clean line with a thickness that allows for nice clean scanning.


Hope you like and Share your thoughts, send your e-mails to jness4bbws@gmail.com.

Iím looking forward to hearing from you.