Backstage I was having my normal moment of nerves, checked and rechecked my flat ironed hair; they even placed a mic near my breast just in case the host asked a spontaneous question. Everything was all set and then just as we were about to walk out in front of the studio audience, someone from production said "Suzette you're not going out, we're running out of time". I hoped she was joking, but she was completely serious. I maintained my composure, but let them know politely that I was the only model who represented women that are sitting in the studio audience, and home viewers who are full figured. These women need to see positive images of confident plus sized women on television. Everyone knows its easy to find cute vintage and thrift store clothing in small sizes, but the market for plus sized women is much more limited. As far as I know, Re/Dress in Brooklyn, NY is the only shopping Mecca for vintage styles in plus sizes; in fact, that's where they bought my dress. I expressed my profound disappointment in their decision in a professional manner and received a nice parting gift along with being able to keep the dress they bought for the segment.
On the bright side, I had my hair and makeup done for the rest of the evening, and the production assistants apologetically let me know they would keep me in mind for future segments. I think a bedroom makeover would definitely be a sweet consolation. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Here's a pic of the dress that was Never Seen On TV: