By  on November 7, 2019

Part & Parcel founder and chief executive officer Lauren Haber Jonas fluctuated between a size 20 and 22 since she was 10 years old and suffered all the indignities of a fashion industry that historically turned a deaf ear toward women size 14 or above. “I was that kid wearing maternity clothing giving the graduation speech for my class,” she said. “And, I was that kid in college wearing Jos. A Bank [men’s wear] for an internship. I’ve been a member of this community my whole life.”

The plus-size brand, which is sold by the brand’s customers, often as a side hustle, today is launching Part & Parcel Talent, a response to Haber Jonas’ own challenges in finding and booking plus-size models. Talent’s inaugural modeling class consists of 15 women whose sizes range from 14 to 36. Haber Jonas plans to triple the size of the modeling pool by early next year.

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