Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks understands that real women have curves.
And the “Taystee” actress announced on Instagram (@daniebb3) that she is designing a new size inclusive collection for Universal Standard, a brand that focuses on “modern, elevated essentials for women size 10 – 28.”
Brooks is no stranger to fashion. The 28-year-old was the face of a Lane Bryant campaign and has modeled for designer Christian Siriano. She gave a sneak peek with a photo of herself looking flawless from her Afro coiffed head to her oxford flats covered toes in a fall fashion piece from her Tria Collection.
“The day has come. I’m designing @universalstandard’s new Tria Collection!” Brooks wrote below the photo. “Beyond excited about this collaboration with this amazing brand! You’ll soon be able to shop this look and a few others. Can’t wait to show you more. For now, stay tuned!”
Universal Standard announced the three-piece collection will be available online in mid-November. Their work with Brooks is the second collaboration in their ongoing Tria series, which prompts women to design three pieces that they always wished they had in their closet but could never find.
“We worked closely with Danielle Brooks to design the three pieces in the collection, which reflect both our established downtown, yet classic, aesthetic, and Danielle’s strong personal style,” the company said in a statement on their website. “The ‘Orange is the New Black’ star is an outspoken advocate for plus size women, and consistently pushes for better representation for the 67% in mainstream media.”
In an interview with PeopleStyle, the Tony Award nominee for her portrayal of Sofia in The Color Purple musical, added, “The reason I chose Universal Standard to be the first company that I design for is because they symbolize the fact that all women, no matter their shape or size, want and deserve to wear beautifully made, fashion forward clothing. They stand for everything I believe in!”