A plus-size influencer recreated Kendall Jenner's outfits to empower women of all body types

Lauren licup kendall jennerLauren Licup/MIAMIPIXX/Backgrid‘Even if you’re not (Kendall Jenner’s) size or body type, you can achieve the same aesthetic,’ Lauren Licup told Insider.

Lauren Licup, a plus-sized influencer based in Southern California, recently recreated three of Kendall Jenner’s outfits to show style is for all sizes. A video she posted of the outfits has received over 24,000 views on TikTok and 22,000 views on Instagram.

“Kendall Jenner is known for having that dream, ideal body type,” she said. “Because she’s a supermodel, she gets the credit of being somewhat of a fashion icon. I think that stops people from wanting to recreate her looks because they don’t have the same body type. That shouldn’t stop someone from trying to attain her looks. Even if you’re not her size or body type, you can achieve the same aesthetic.”

Licup explained it can be hard to find trendy plus-size clothing to recreate celebrity outfits

Lauren licup kendall jennerLauren Licup/BackgridLicup recreated this Kendall Jenner outfit with a top she bought at a thrift store.

“The biggest challenge is definitely finding those pieces to recreate the outfit,” she said. “I can’t shop wherever Kendall Jenner shops. Not only is it financially unattainable, but also size-wise. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that – not everyone can shop at the same places because everyone has a different body type.”

Finding the perfect pieces for her outfit recreation videos involves a lot of “trial and error” by going to different retailers and searching for plus-size clothing items that have a similar style, she said.

“When you’re plus-size, it’s a lot harder to just put together an outfit,” she said, let alone one that is identical to a celebrity’s.

Sometimes, however, she’s able to incorporate items she already has in her closet. For her video recreating Kendall Jenner’s outfits, Licup came across a photo of the model wearing a green top with a black skirt, which were both from Australian company Princess Polly. Licup realized she already had similar items in her closet, and the top was actually purchased from a thrift store.

Licup’s tips for shopping at thrift stores, which is where she finds a lot of her trendy, vintage-inspired pieces, is to focus less on the label size and more on the fit.

“I have items of clothing in a size medium, a size XXXL, a size large, and everything in between,” she said. “The thrift store is a great place to experiment with style and focus less on the letter on the label.”

Licup wants to inspire people while making the fashion industry more inclusive

Lauren licup kendall jennerLauren Licup/Splash NewsLicup wants to inspire her followers with her fashion videos recreating celebrity outfits.

“I think it’s important that we have that inclusivity and representation for everyone, both racial and size-wise,” she said. “In high school, it was really hard for me to express myself through clothing and I always loved dressing up. It was really hard to find someone to look up to who was my size, who was my age, and had my style.”

Licup said that each time she posts a new fashion video, she hopes she can be that representation for people who are looking for outfit inspiration on a plus-size body.

“I get messages from people who say I help them with their confidence or that I inspire them to wear what they want to wear,” she said. “That helps me, too.”

Licup’s main goal right now is to continue helping other people gain the confidence to wear whatever they want.

“I also want to work with more brands and companies to push the fashion industry to become more size-inclusive,” she said. “I want brands to release more sizing – especially brands that have been around forever. Now is the time. There’s no reason to not be inclusive anymore.”

Check out the video of Lauren Licup recreating Kendall Jenner’s outfits:

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