Today's featured business might be the most unique one I've featured, but it also might be the most necessary one. As a lover of thrift and vintage and someone who is very much not a size 2, I can speak from experience when I say that shopping second hand for larger sizes can be rough and it's almost always tedious. It's demoralizing to search through racks of 24" waist vintage dresses (but if that's your waist size, go you for getting those dresses!), and it can take a long time to find a great piece that fits. When one comes along though, it's always special and something worth celebrating.
Thank goodness there's someone like Mya Price to take the work out of it for others. Mya founded More Than Your Average, and her shop is a curated selection of vintage and secondhand finds - all in sizes 12+. Searching for good secondhand clothes can be difficult for people of any size, so Mya is taking the work out of it. Her shop is filled with bold, stylish pieces in a variety of styles, proving that women of all sizes deserve to look and feel their best. The items she curates are not only one-of-a-kind, but they're a reminder of the idea that women CAN and should take up space. Many of the pieces she selects are colorful and in loud prints. They're the type of clothes that you can't help but have fun in.
What I love about Mya is that so much of her work feels empathetic. It's clear that her business doesn't come out of wanting to capitalize on a lucrative market (though she obviously has the business sense to see how important it is), but that she genuinely wants to help all women - regardless of their size - feel confident. She does through her personal styling service as well, and her empathy is even more evident in her full-time job working for Feeding America. Of course, what she does in both her job and her business are important at all times, but especially now. She's helping people in a myriad of ways, and it was a joy to talk to her for this interview. Enjoy!
My pick: I am FEELING this pastel pink and yellow cut out dress!
Q: Let’s start from the beginning. Can you tell me a little bit about the process of starting your business? What made you want to do this and how did you turn your idea into a reality?
A: As of October 2017, I launched my business More Than Your Average. MTYA has both an online and in-store vintage boutique presence that specializes in one of kind vintage finds for plus size women considered 12+. As a plus size woman myself, I was inspired to launch my business because of my personal passion for thrift fashion and because of the lack of clothing selections in the fashion industry for plus size women.
MTYA gives me the space to highlight this lack of representation and bring a voice to how thrift and vintage fashion generates a solution for the large gap in the fashion representation of plus size women. In reference to lack of fashion representation, MTYA is about bridging that inequality in the realm of vintage plus size finds.
In addition to using my business as a platform for plus vintage selections that are specifically curated by me, I also use my platform as a space to uplift women through styling tips featured on my blog and featured experiences from others. All women should be celebrated, no matter their size, shape, or form and I believe everyone should be given equal opportunity to shop and select pieces that fit their style, size, and interest. In addition to my resaling finds, I’m also a plus fashion stylist and a part-time blogger in which I offer both styling services and additional tips on my blog.
Q: Was there a moment when you felt like this was something that was going to take off and become a success for you?
A: I enjoy thrift shopping and have found much self-care in thrift shopping for myself and others. Over time I saw myself beginning to develop a skill set around navigating thrift stores and specifically finding plus size selections. In a state of fear and uncertainty, I decided to turn my passion into a business that can fill a need for so many women to benefit from, who are struggling to find selections that fit their ‘More Than Your Average’ selves.
Q: What were your friends and