Big Fat Flea Model: Mathew Rodriguez
How did you hear about the Big Fat Flea?
I heard about Big Fat Flea in 2013 from my friend Charlie, however, I was unable to make it that weekend in 2013. In 2014, Charlie asked me to be a model, and of course I said yes!
What does the Big Fat Flea mean to you?
The Big Fat Flea means that as people of size we have just as much a right to look fabulous as anyone else, and if the fashion industry won't look out for us, we'll look out for ourselves. The Big Fat Flea is a community where people of size tell each other that not only can they wear great garments, they deserve to and we share those clothes with each other!
Who are your style icons or inspirations?
My style inspiration is definitely Nicki Minaj, because she does everything from crazy get-ups that are so wrong that they're right to straight-up classy dresses. I have actually gone to K-Mart and bought clothes from her line, though she doesn't have too many plus size items, so I've pretty much just had to buy her leggings and I look pretty amazing in them.
Describe your current favorite outfit & how it makes you feel.