August 2015 has Entertainment Personality ERICA WATSON to cover the FALL FASHION PREVIEW ISSUE of DAILY VENUS DIVA!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
Erica Watson: Well, I must say that I consider myself to be a comedian who just happens to be plus. Yes, I embrace my body and I love who I am, but I would love me no matter what size I am. I try not to base too much of my comedy on size. Yes, I address it, but I also talk about other things.
EW: I am so happy about the strides that have happened in the plus fashion industry with regards to size diversity and cultural diversity, but we still have a long way to go. Honestly, I feel that women size 14 and below should be straight size models. I believe that plus size models should be a size 16 and up….waaaay up! The straight size fashion world needs just as much size diversity as the plus world, and I am excited to see how things unfold.
EW: Yes!!! That’s what I want to see. I wear a size 22/24 or 26. So I NEED to see larger women modeling so I can know what will look good on ME. Have you ever seen a hair product that is solely intended for black women use a white woman in their advertising? NO! Because the product is targeting black women and must advertise accordingly. But why is it when it comes to plus fashion retailers market to us WITHOUT using US. It doesn’t make sense to use skinny women to sell fat girls clothes. LOL! Just like it does not make sense to use a white model in an AD campaign for makeup for black complexions.
EW: Plus is Plus!! Big is Big!! Fat is Fat!! You have a right to be called whatever you want. However, I agree that women who ARE NOT plus size should not be categorized as such. Plus size models should actually be plus sized women. We keep putting people in the wrong category, and then mad at them for self-identifying as something else. It does not make sense. The women that want to get rid of the word plus need to really say “Hey straight size modeling world… let us in. We belong there!” LOL!
EW: One of my biggest dreams was to work with Spike Lee and I got the opportunity to do that recently. I also wanted to work with Angela Basset and that happened for me too. Next up on my dream list is Steven Spielberg, Judd Apatow, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Idris Elba, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Will Farrell and Oprah. I pray to work with them all one day, as well as Shonda Rhimes, Antoine Fuqua and Martin Scorcesse.
EW: Look out for me in a VERY BIG film project in December 2015 and my Fat B*tch Tour Spring 2016. I also have my own late night talk show in the works so stay tuned!!
EW: This is a hard question. I would use some of my favorite young comics out today like Hadiyah Robinson, Marina Franklin, Del Harrison, Yamanieka Saunders, Pat Brown, Calise Hawkins, Alycia Cooper and Nicky Sunshine just to name a few.
EW: I’m preparing for a Spring Tour Now. I’ll be performing at The Laurie Beechman in Times Square on February 27, 2016 so get ready!