To Love. To be loved.

heartTo love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakableviolence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.” – Arundhati Ro

Meet The Woman Behind The Brand, Laura Rene’

“Without emotion there is no beauty”

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Confidence, sexiness, and femininity encompass the designs of Laura Rene’ Roberson and are her signature style.  She is not afraid to celebrate the curvaceous female form and will always be known to make curvy women look and feel “fantastically sexy”. With her inspirations being Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe, it is no doubt that the designs exude sensuality and confidence.

Laura Rene’ Roberson began her life as a fashion fiend, infatuated with fashion and design. From her teen years on she analyzed every page of Vogue Magazine, obsessing about the current trends and designers and finding a way to make it her own on a very limited budget.   Born in a small town in North Carolina and growing up around confident, voluptuous women, she began working at the age of 14 in men’s and women’s retail stores because of her love for fashion and her desire to help everyone feel unique.  It was that work ethic that led her to study business and marketing in High School, becoming the Marketing Regional President and running for State President. Later, in college she would study business, management, marketing, interior design, art history and fashion design.

Being a fashion fiend and wanting to create a sensual but timeless clothing and accessories line, Rene’ tapped back into the fashion industry and solidified a valuable team to help her bring her sketches for her founding brand, Laura Rene’ Private Label, to life.  She has worked with her team to create a brand centered on premium fashion for curvy women, who want excellent style and the same options that smaller sized women have.  The spirit of a vivacious, curvy women herself, Rene’ is very familiar with the style options available and the difficulty it sometimes brings in trying to find sexy and classic premium clothing that fits well but is also fashionable.  Her brand recognizes the void in the market and wants to empower women to be comfortable in their own skin and to feel inspired by their own sensuality and confidence, no matter what shape or size.

Everyone she meets can attest that they instantly become fast friends with Rene’. She is the woman that everyone loves to talk to and the woman that everyone wants to be best friends with.  Her clothing and accessories makes a woman feel seductive from the first moment the fabric touches her skin. Laura Rene’ Roberson is the women who inspires sensuality and timelessness and that is the heart of her label.

Why Does Curvy Matter?

Vogue Italia June 2011

The black and white cover features plus-sized models Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley dressed in sexy lingerie lounging promiscuously over plates of spaghetti.

Vogue Italia’s gutsy editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzaniwanted to make a bold statement with the June 2011 issue. Her bold decision to host curvy models on the front cover sent the fashion world into a tizzy.

Did you know Vogue Italia had a Vogue Curvy online magazine celebrating everything curvy?  Neither did I!  As the fashion industry is trying to portray a more positive body image with their models, it seems that CURVY is the new trend. Ralph Lauren just named Robyn Lawley as the face of their brand.  I, myself, as a curvy Designer and CEO of LAURA RENE, am an US size 10/12, just like Robyn.

As a divorced mother of three, I have spent the last 10 years struggling with weight issues.  As a fit size 4/6 before kids, and then after a hysterectomy, I found that losing weight was a huge battle! Blame it on genes, not eating well, lack of hormones, etcetera.  It became an obsession that I could no longer feel or look like I did in my twenties.  Do I workout? Yes! but weight does not melt off like it did.  Now, at 41, I am accepting of my body image. I love who I am and that I feel more sensual, sexier and beautiful in the skin I am in.  I live a healthy lifestyle, but I am not going to freak out that I have a piece of cake or ate a plate of pasta that week.  I watch what I eat, I exercise with my dogs and kids and am in love with life.

Curvy does matter to me.  It matters that I portray a healthy, positive attitude to generations that think a size 0 is what we are all supposed to obtain.  No woman or girl is shaped the same and it is wrong that as a designer, mother, sister, daughter,  and friend to show an emaciated form in my models or  that my clothing only looks good on stick thin figures.  That is not what my brand embodies and it is not what I personally believe.  I love the fact that women, such as Marie Denee, speaker,  influential blogger of The Curvy Fashionista and writer of the e-book, Curvy. Confident. Chic, has taken a stance to show the world that curvy is beautiful.  That many women and men in the fashion industry, editors, modeling agencies, designers, etc., have acknowledged women come in all shapes and sizes.  I hope this “trend” continues in the fashion industry and that all women become empowered to voice a broader view of beauty.

XO

Laura Rene

Valentine’s date night

Valentine's date night

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…….

Happy LOVE LOVE LOVE Day!

This is the day that we honor LOVE. Let’s soak up the energy the world is putting out. Let’s take it in, receive it, accept it, luxuriate in it.

Love is your birthright. It is what you are made of. Right now, think of one person who has loved you. Right now, think of one person you have loved. THAT is real. Whether the actual relationship lasted or ended, the love is real.

Believe in it. Seize it. It emanates from you.

May this year be the year you know without a shadow of a doubt you are worth loving.

I love you. XO Laura René