About Alysse Dalessandro
Alysse Dalessandro is a size inclusive designer, fashion and beauty writer, body positive advocate, plus size fashion blogger, professional speaker, and all-around loudmouth. Her designs have appeared on HuffingtonPost, ATTN, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Skorch Magazine and many more. Currently Dalessandro's writing can be found on BUSTLE, The Curvy Fashionista, On The Plus Side, and The Body Is Not An Apology.
Dalessandro first starting making own jewelry and writing about fashion in high school before going onto to earn a dual degree in Journalism and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago. As a sophomore in college, Dalessandro earned her first freelance position as a writer and eventually became the assistant editor of Cleveland Business Connects Magazine. Throughout college and in the years that followed, Dalessandro would go onto to write for outlets such as Venus Zine, AOL and Chicago Tribune's The RedEye. With a strong focus on female artists, entrepreneurship and fashion, Dalessandro's writing struck a chord both with her own passions and those of her readers.
In 2009, Dalessandro got her first taste of entrepreneurship as the co-owner of the Chicago-based vintage clothing store, The Sometimes Store which earned Dalessandro and her partners accolades in the local press. When Dalessandro's business partners both moved to New York in 2011, she decided shift her focus back to the jewelry-making and metalsmithing she first learned in college and continue her education at Lillstreet Art Center. In February 2012, she began selling Ready to Stare's first jewelry items on Etsy.
Dalessandro started to establish herself as a trusted voice in plus size fashion and body positivity in early 2014. By celebrating her own body and advocating for more inclusive representation in mainstream fashion, she quickly grew a strong social media following.
She expanded her reach when she began writing about fashion and beauty for both BUSTLE and The Curvy Fashionista. Her favorite pieces include "9 Ways To Be An Ally To Plus Size People When They're Fat Shamed," "A History of the Words 'Fat' and 'Fatkini' In The Fashion Community And Why These Still Matter", and "Ten Models Size 18 and Up Who We Need To See Slay More Mainstream Campaigns."
In addition to writing and designing, Dalessandro has spoken at local universities such as Kent State University, Ursuline College, and John Carroll University about entrepreneurship, fashion design and how her own self love journey played a role in growing her brand. She served as a judge for the Kent State University School of Business Ms. Entrepreneur Competition. Her growing brand regularly takes her around the country for trade shows, fashion shows, events, trunk shows, and speaking engagements.
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