Roxy Earle is the founder of the #MySizeRox movement. She is an entrepreneur and designer on a mission to help more brands be more (size) inclusive. Read Elle’s conversation to find out why we are thrilled to share Roxy’s journey with you. Be prepared to be inspired.
Elle: What does #GlobalCitizenry mean to you?
Roxy: To me it is the awareness of the responsibility you have in the world, that we are all connected, that we have a responsibility to each other, that you are not this solo person and your success is just operating on its own. You have to take care of other people on the planet.
Elle: A lot has been written about how you founded the #MySizeRox moment. What can you share with us about how life has changed for you since that first moment? And did you have any idea it would gain such momentum?
Roxy: I never could have imagined that it would gain this much momentum. I didn’t even plan for it and it wasn’t like I had this master strategy. I was just sharing my truth. I think when you share your truth and you are truly honest about it people connect with you because it opens up your heart to people and people feel like you are letting them into your world. And people did the same back to me and we were able to connect on this idea that we don’t need to be perfect to love ourselves. We don’t need to live up to some standard that was set for us, and what is that standard even?
My life has changed immensely. I feel like I found my purpose. I have always gone through life as a good person and worked hard but for the first time in my life I very much feel a sense of purpose in this world. I feel this is why I am here. This is what I was intended to do, to make this difference to make this change. I feel very grounded knowing that. I must keep going.
Elle: Some people may recognize you from The Real Housewives of Toronto. On the day of the photoshoot we briefly spoke about having your own identity, opinion and achievements as a woman while celebrating your partners. I know you are an entrepreneur and are on a mission to help more brands become inclusive. I am sure there are still some people who like to put you in that first box where they first saw you. How do you deal with that?
Roxy: For the most part I just zero in on the supporters and ignore the haters. The bigger you get the more successful you get the more opinions get thrown into the mix. It almost dehumanizes you a bit. People start talking about you in the third person as if you are thing not a person. I just ignore if for the most part. There is an element of it that makes you think that this is just part of success and you just have to get used to it. Haters are not what motivate me. I am doing this for the girls that need me and it’s very clear who they are. I don’t feel like I have any responsibility to the haters and the critics, they would only get bigger and at least I am giving people something to talk about.
Elle: Do you use the same strategy to deal with the ‘faceless’ critics on social media as well?
Roxy: For the most part what people write about you and say about you says more about them than what it says about you. That old adage that those who hurt, hurt. When people write me these terrible things it indicates to me that they are broken people like they have insecurities in their life. People who are happy don’t write those things. There is a weird part of me that almost has empathy for them and at same time you catch me in the wrong mood and I fire back. So, it isn’t so black and white how I handle it.
Elle: You often talk about taking any opportunities no matter how small and building on that or turning it around. What’s the smallest opportunity you took and made it in to something bigger?
Roxy: Early on in my career I really wanted to be in the advertising business and work at Ogilvy and the only job available was an executive assistant. I really wanted to be an account person at the agency but the only job they were hiring for was an executive assistant. I knew that if I just got my foot in the door I could make something out of it. And six years later I was the client. I went from being the executive assistant to being the account manager and worked my way up as the account person in London on the global team to being a client of that ad agency. I just knew that all people needed to do was to see me and get to know me and know that I had something to offer.
Elle: I like to think that pets, especially dogs, take on the energy of their owners. I found Lola to be a gentle loving soul who is obsessed with you and it was fun having her on set. You take her everywhere with you. How has having her changed her life?
Roxy: It’s so true, she is like a miniature me. I can’t even talk about how much Lola has changed my life as it’s hard for people who haven’t met her to understand. She is just like a human to me. We communicate and have interactions that are so meaningful. She really understands me emotionally. She is my support and I am hers. We are best friends and we do everything together. I hate when Lola is not allowed in places. She just makes everything better. I don’t know if everyone has this relationship with their pets but Lola is like my daughter.
Elle: If there is one thing you would like people to remember about you and your #MySizeRox movement what do you want that to be?
Roxy: That no matter what size you are and no matter how you look that you have permission to love yourself. Even if you want to change you can love yourself in the process of changing. It’s so much happier of a life when you just accept who you are instead of the opposite.
Elle: What’s next for you?
Roxy: In 2020, the goal is to change the way more brands operate in terms of the sizes they carry and to put more sizes in more stores, as well as continuing to collaborate and design with more brands on clothes for women of all sizes.
Credits: Zvelle shoes. Top to bottom image: Anais Ankle Boots (Eggplant), Noor (Nude), Tara (Eggplant).