We had the good fortune of connecting with Dearrine Morrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dearrine, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Where I am from has had a tremendous impact on my outlook today, I was born and raised in North Carolina. I was reared by a single mother who championed my brother and I in the lure of her physical disabilities. It was my mother’s fortitude and persistence that fuels my hunger for success. At an early age, I understood I was different, and I developed this rigid outer shell that allowed me to tune my environment out and hone on a specific task, at times almost to a fault. The value of education in my family was immense, but the idea of entrepreneurship was not a term that was ever mentioned. After Undergrad, I quickly realized how unprepared I was for the real world; college had not prepared me for life, work, or the progression towards success. It was not until I enrolled in Graduate School. As Soon As I began school, I found my “why.” For years, I struggled with reading, math, and just general enthusiasm for school. However, with Graduate school, things were not the same. I worked relentlessly, I understood so much about managing a business that I finally felt confident enough to start my own. After my relocation to Texas, I began putting my MBA to use. I have subsequently established a community for Plus-Size women that promotes wholeness, body positivity, and business practices. My overarching goal is to work with major plus-size brands to bring more diversity, inclusion, and sustainable fashions to the industry, by utilizing my psychology background and extensive familiarity with business and marketing.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Thedivaofcurvestx is rooted in understanding the importance of building your brand to its full potential. Besides keeping up with the latest fashion trends and working in this creative space, I enjoy sharing my wisdom with other Entrepreneurs. It thrills me to have an opportunity to give back through instruction, networking and improving the way brands evolve. In Feb 2020, I began offering sustainable Plus-Size fashion; I started selling my slightly worn clothes on reselling platforms. Reselling my used clothing items increased my businesses’ reach to eliminate unnecessary waste and supply more affordable clothing options to the Plus-size community. It is my goal to offer more variety and extended sizes on my website in the coming months. So be sure to stay connected.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So, we are for sure heading to Sweet Georgia Browns which is a soul-food spot in Dallas that serves some of the best soul-Food which is what I was raised up on. Feel free to select from one of many types of meat and sides on display then top it off with a dessert of your choice. I am a laid-back person so my next stop would be a selfie- museum because a Diva can never have too many good pictures “lol”. In the cooler months, I would also navigate my way to the Dallas Farmers market where you are likely to find a host of farm to table delights. Lastly one of my favorite mid-day pick-up spots Cauldron Ice Cream they specialize in homemade, all-natural ice cream in small batches with amazing flavors. My favorite flavor is Vietnamese coffee, it’s the perfect treat on a warm day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Number one, God is my saving grace; he has continued to bless me when I have not always been worthy; my faith and belief in God keeps me grounded. After that, a colossal shout-out to my late mother, Debra Morrow, who was so selfless all the days of her life, always putting my wants and needs ahead of hers. My best friend Fanisha, who has been more like a sister to me! Fanisha is my cheerleader, my support, and most of all, my sister. Without a friend like her, I would not have the courage to tackled some of my “crazy” ideas. Lastly, educational non-profits programs like DARE, Communities in Schools, and Educational Talent Search provided me with the necessary support to begin my academic journey. I would be remiss if I did not mention the educators for their leadership and commitment to helping students from “disadvantaged backgrounds enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
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