Redefining Beauty: Meet Marcy Cruz
This week’s Redefining Beauty post features Marcy Cruz, a plus size fit model, blogger, and public speaker. We met Marcy last year during a happy hour in New York, where she fell in love with our plus size bras and we fell in love with her.
Read Marcy’s story below:
How did you find out about Trusst?
I got an invite to a small gathering in NYC by the brand and was so happy I went! It was an intimate get-together where I got to see and feel the bras and panties, as well as meet the team. They seemed so passionate about creating intimates that were comfy, functional and high-quality. After that event, I ordered a bra and the rest is history.
What is your favorite thing about the brand and/or products?
The support!!! I tend to get those red lines and dents on my shoulders from the bra straps digging into my skin, as a result of the weight of my breasts. And the underwire is comfortable and doesn’t poke through the fabric on the sides. With other bras, I am constantly adjusting my bras and breasts. With Trusst bras, I don’t have to adjust a million times a day and I feel supported.
I also love the moisture wicking factor because I tend to be a ‘sweaty betty’ while working a fit modeling gig. I have to stand under bright lights, changing clothes frequently. Not only do I have to make sure I wear the right bra since that can affect the technical aspect of the fit in the bust but the moisture wicking helps when I’m sweating like crazy.
How have Trusst bras changed your life?
I used to hate wearing bras but when I wear my Trusst bra, sometimes I forget I have a bra on! Seriously! I feel comfortable and supported. As someone who has back fat, side fat, everywhere fat, wearing a bra is not comfortable AT ALL. Add having large breasts to that and bras become something that feels like I am being tortured by some contraption. So Trusst bras make me feel free while keeping me supported all around.
What do you feel defines beauty to you? What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is something from within. It’s not just what’s on the surface. I believe that your body is comprised of your mind, body and soul in this incredible trinity that relies on each other and keep you balanced. If you only have one aspect on 100 and the other two on 15, your beauty will not shine through because you won’t be truly happy with who you are. You won’t believe in your beauty. I believe beauty and happiness go hand in hand. No one is perfect but the more in-line your mind, body and soul are, the more your beauty will radiate outward. You can see someone’s true beauty in their smile, their eyes and how they carry themselves.
Why did you choose this spot for your photograph? What does it mean to you?
I lost my niece Teá almost six months ago at the age of 18 to a fatal asthma attack. So the holidays were extremely rough for myself and my family. I fully admit I checked out for a few months and didn’t really venture out the house or do anything fun. My job as part of the media affords me opportunities to attend events and do exciting things, and during this time, I just couldn’t. It was hard enough to just show up for life, let alone “work”.
So this photo is me on my first night out at an event recently. I almost didn’t go! But I decided to put on a pretty red dress and just go. And I’m happy I did. This photo means so much to me because it symbolizes renewal, hope and that I can go on, one day at a time. It’s the first time I smiled and felt happy in a very long time. Teá would want me to get back to life and this photo is the start of that.
Give us an overview of yourself: what do you do on a daily basis, what are you passionate about? Hobbies, etc.
I’ve been a part of the plus size community and industry for 18 years, 8 of those years were spent working in Corporate for a plus size apparel company as a website content manager and then the last 10 years as a blogger, writer, fit model and public speaker.
Plus size fashion has changed dramatically over the years and I realized that, that is because of our voices. The power of the customer has such an impact and I want all women to realize that. We have the power of our wallets and word of mouth. But plus size women have been overlooked for so long, that many of us have lost faith in the industry and just don’t want to be vocal anymore.
I’m so passionate about pushing the message that fashion is for everyone and ALL women deserve to have access to fashion. Your size should not dictate where you stand in the fashion industry. Size inclusion means for ALL and not just for women up to a size 3X. So I will continue to use my pen and my voice to push that message while inspiring all women to believe in their beauty and know they are worth taking space, looking fabulous and being happy.
My blog Fearlessly Just Me was created as a way for me to share my journey with others. It has now become an outlet for me to share and be vulnerable, which has in turn inspired others to be fearless in their own way. It helped me to become a public speaker and get out there to connect with others.
I love to travel, I love being around children and crocheting calms my spirit. I also love to make jewelry and work on DIY projects. I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan and have collected so much memorabilia over the years that I call my bedroom, The Audrey Room.
Anything else you want to share?
I live by the mantra, “Self care matters.” And I always say daily on social media, “Do something nice for yourself today. Self care matters.” Self care comes in many forms. For me, I can treat myself to a mocha frappachino at Starbucks or go get a pedicure and that’s self care as I am doing something for myself that gives me a little joy in that moment. We can’t control what comes tomorrow but we can enjoy the present moment. I believe that the more you do little things for yourself that bring you joy, the happier you’ll be and want to live fully. To me, that’s the epitome of self care.
Trusst was founded by women who reinvented bra technology through engineering, physics, and product design, to create the perfect plus size bras for women with larger busts. That passion for challenge extends further than just through design; it resonates in the way you live your life as well as the way you perceive yourself and others around you.
We will continue to share stories of other women like Marcy who are redefining beauty. And we welcome you to share yours as well! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share photos and tag us with #trusstyourself and #redefiningbeauty and we’ll feature you in an upcoming blog post.
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