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Singer Nicci Gilbert on her plus-size line

By// Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

“Curvato was inspired by my struggles as a plus-size entertainer,” Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert says of her collection which she debuted at New York’s Full Figured Fashion Week in February. One-third of ’90s R&B girl group Brownstone, Gilbert hit it big in ’95 with the trio’s Grammy-nominated anthem “If You Love Me.” Through it all, the songstress, who explains she has been full-figured her entire life, was battling self-esteem issues. “I got into very unhealthy habits,” she admits to JET. “It wasn’t until I realized that being skinny does not translate into being happy that my passion for making plus-size women feel big, beautiful and sexy was fueled.”

The Aug. 20, 2012 issue of JET magazine. On sale Aug. 13.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HER LINE AND PHILOSOPHY IN THE CURRENT ISSUE OF JET MAGAZINE.