Nina Parker is adding fashion designer to her already impressive résumé — and making history while doing so.
The E! star just became the first Black woman-owned brand to design a plus-size line exclusively for Macy’s — and it’s officially hitting stores and online May 14.
“It’s kind of crazy to have that title, but it’s really dope to be honest,” Parker tells PEOPLE, 41.
The Nightly Pop host explains that she was first inspired to create the clothing line because she felt like the choices for her body type were “limited.”
“I felt like options were kind of few and far between, and it just started to become frustrating. It either was really expensive or the quality wasn’t that great and it was kind of just like the quick fashion type of stuff,” she says of her struggle to find quality clothes for her body type. “It was frustrating because there were so many things I wanted to participate in as far as fashion goes that just wasn’t available to me.”
Parker says she had toyed with the idea of creating a clothing line before she was approached by Reunited Clothing and was “surprised” when her concepts with the company were then green-lit by Macy’s.
Of her collection, the journalist says it was “important” for her to create fun yet functional clothes that can go from day to night and could be worn “multiple ways” so that you’re “getting your money’s worth.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Morgan M. Evans