Skip to main content

Heavy on Fashion talks to

Hello Glen Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview. What made you get into the plus size fashion industry? What would you change about the fashion and beauty industry as a whole?

GLJ: My reasons are pretty boring to be honest.  I was out of work at the time and using my computer to help my wife look for lingerie and clothing. I decided after reading an article on blogging to start a blog specifically for plus sizes.  I started off writing about fashion and lingerie on two separate blogs then after 3 years I combined the two into one and pressed on.  Initially, I tried to incorporate big and tall men's fashion into what I do but I found men don't come online to shop, we just replace.

I would eliminate the size tags from clothes.  The numbers are meant for companies to catalog their clothes but the numbers inside clothes have become a crutch for millions of women around the world as well as ammunition for critics. The tags would be replaced with a system that relies on measurements to ensure a perfect fit every time.

Additionally, what I would change about the beauty and fashion industry as a whole is the false aspirational images and words of emaciated women which are the cause of the size discrimination issues in the plus community. By getting rid of that thick layer of discrimination there would be more reality in terms of sizes on the runway and magazines.

What are your top 5 store for plus size women today?

GLJ: IGIGI, Hips and Curves, Monif C, City Chic, Torrid

How did Full Figure Plus come to be? What makes Full Figure Plus different from all of the other plus size fashion websites/blogs online?

GLJ: As I stated before FFP came to life as a result of helping my wife to find affordable bras and clothes on the Internet.  It initially was only shopping links but with all of the changes in the industry it has evolved to include articles on size acceptance and discrimination, health and fitness, plus modeling, small business features, and a lot more. As a result of writing about so many different topics I have been able to build a business brand that is recognizable across the plus industry.

The first thing that sets FFP apart is the most obvious one.  I am a man writing mainly about women's fashion.  Because I am not a woman and have no desire to wear women's clothes I look at plus fashion from a different, or male, point of view.  I bring that to my writing which goes straight to what I think will look good on the plus size silhouette instead of what is the flavor of the moment in the fashion industry. Another aspect that sets me apart from others is the amount of time I have been online.  I started off in 2004 and have been blessed enough to work exclusively on FFP though I have other projects in the works.

Tell us about the plus size beauty hall of fame on How can any plus size diva be a member of the plus size beauty hall of fame?

GLJ: The "Plus Size Beauty of the Week" started off back in 2008 with a video tribute set to Mika's "Big girl You are beautiful".  The original video can be viewed on You Tube.  The hall of fame came about from the literally hundreds of photos I have received over the years and how I wanted to continue celebrating plus size beauty from literally around the world. With the popularity of Pinterest it was the perfect way to showcase beautiful plus size women from all walks of life.

Any lady who has ever submitted a photo to become the PSBOTW is eligible.  The only photos I reject are blatantly graphic nudes, headshots, and grainy cell phone pictures.  To submit a photo all ladies have to do is submit their photos to

Any upcoming events for

GLJ:   I just got back from the 2012 edition of Full Figured Fashion Week™ and plan to attend a few events before the end of the year.  One event that I would like to pull off for FFP is to partner with a brand or blogger to bring a different voice to the readers to be able to keep the
momentum in the future.

Finally, What type of impact are you hoping to make in the fashion industry? In the World?

GLJ: That’s a hard one but when I really give it thought I want plus size to get the same chance that straight sizes get in the industry.  I am thankful the voice of the plus size blog world has been a big part of pushing the agenda out to the world despite the critics but there is a lot more work to be done.  Additionally, I would like for all those who read FFP to see it as my way of serving the plus size community regardless as to the location.

Overall, I would like the fashion industry to view my work as a mission to help the plus size women not only feel better about herself but to look good every time she steps out of the house.
I had a lot of fun going down memory lane of my journey into the world of plus size fashion via FFP. Thank you for this opportunity to share my story with you and your readers.

I would like to thank Mr. Glen L Johnson for the Interview. 
Check out Full Figure Plus at:
FullFigurePlus Website 


  1. thanks for allowing me the chance to rant. I enjoyed it and hope it gives people a look into what makes me tick.

    1. No problem! I love exposing my readers to new and interesting people in fashion. I am happy you enjoyed the interview!


Post a Comment

Do not post spam. Engage and have fun! Thanks again for leaving a comment on Heavy on Fashion.

Popular posts from this blog

Heavy on Fashion at Shecky's Girl Nights out in NYC - Fall 2011

Hey guys! As you all know, I had a chance to cover Shecky's Girls Night Out in New York City.  I am a fan of Shecky's  event but this time around I found some great fashion, a celebrity sighting, and of course some great cocktails. Here is Heavy on Fashion at Shecky's in NYC!   All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion Vh1's Tough Love Miami @ Shecky's Host and matchmaker Steve Ward along with fellow match maker and founder of Master Matchmaker Joann Ward (also Steve's Mom!) was at Shecky's giving out some great dating advice to all the ladies in New York!  All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion Don't you just love this dress. Fabulous!  All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion Here is a look at the crowd for Steve and

Heavy on Fashion at the Panel Discussion in NYC

Hello all my Heavy On Fashion Readers, I am happy that I got the chance to attend the  How I’m Making It: What It Takes To Succeed In Fashion panel discussion on Monday, May 9th at the NYU Cantor Film Center. The panel was full of professionals in the Fashion Industry. Here is quick bio of the speakers at the panel Skye Parrott is the Photographer and Creative Director of  Dossier  Magazine. Katherine Krause is the Editor of  Dossier  Magazine. Gayle Dizon is a founder of Dizon Inc. Dizon is an acclaimed production company for some of the best fashion brands in the industry. Dizon Inc, is known for their fabulous fashion shows productions.   Cindy Krupp is the founder of the Krupp Group. Krupp Group is a public relations agency that works with tons of fashion designers including Chris Benz and tons of companies. Chris Benz is a well known American Fashion designer and columnist for Gayle Dizon,  Cindy Krupp, and Chris Benz give seriously

Heavy on Fashion Goes to The Alex Soldier Showroom

Hey everyone! I had a great opportunity to visit the The Alex Soldier Showroom in New York City. I became familiar with Alex Soldier at a private showcase in New York City. When I received a email from Maria Soldier, Executive Director of the Alex Soldier Showroom, to come and check out the Alex Soldier collection in New York City. I was honored. Alex Soldier has a vast collection of jewelry and artwork that is exceptional in craftsmanship and quality. From unique luxury jewelry with exotic diamonds and precious stone designed for the rich and famous to awards for Royalty. Alex is a creator and a example of true artistry in the world of luxury. All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion Here is one of my favorite piece from Alex's collection. This starfish ring is full of precious stones including diamonds. The best thing some of Alex Soldiers' pieces is that are interchangeable.  Each piece has a custom key for each interchangeable piece.  T