Tim Snell

Tim Snell

Queen Latifah's Longtime Stylist Shares His Style Insight and Expertise.

Tim Snell’s impressive body of work can be boiled down to a simple moniker with a not-so-simple purpose. “The Man Behind The Curves” is the brand, hash tag and mission that fuels his career in front of and behind the camera in order to help women of all shapes and sizes dress their bodies in the most beautiful and authentic way possible.

Through his work as Queen Latifah’s long time stylist, sartorial confidant and on-air fashion expert, Snell has honed a no fail set of rules that he implements in every project and appearance in which he’s involved in order to make all women feel their best. He has also created a swimwear line that speaks to the curvy market and he understands first hand every technical aspect involved in creating beautiful, elevated and realistic silhouettes for varying body types.

Snell truly is the man behind the curves, not just dressing them, but promoting, highlighting, accentuating and embracing curves and the women who have them, in order to make sure fashion continues to become more inclusive and diverse.

“ I don’t see curvier women as plus sized women, but just as women who want to look beautiful. There are so many women out there that are so inclusive of that – they’re mothers, they’re business owners, they’re taking care of an elderly parent…they’re tired of buying accessories and shoes. ”
-Tim Snell
Queen Latifah dressed by Tim Snell
Queen Latifah attends the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors wearing a custom gown by Michael Costello and diamonds by Lorraine Schwartz.
Queen Latifah dressed by Tim Snell
Queen Latifah attends the 82nd Annual Academy Awards wearing a custom gown by Badgley Mischka and jewelry by Chopard.
Queen Latifah dressed by Tim Snell
Queen Latifah attends the Los Angeles premier of Girl's Trip wearing a Giambattista Valli jacket, Marina Rinaldi pants, Oscar de la Renta necklace and Marni cuff.

TIM'S TIPS - @timothysnellone

1. Shape, slim and smooth your body to look amazing. Everything starts with a great foundation. This means great bras that don’t dig in and the right panty that gives you a good shape, so underneath your clothing you look well put together.

2. Always buy for the biggest for your body. Invest in a dry cleaner that has a tailor that can do some minor alterations to make it fit properly.

3. You really have to be the architect of your body. Make an investment in knowing your body, so you can be the architect of your body.

4. The key to being a well-dressed individual is: "When you feel good, you do good." Oprah’s been saying that forever, but it holds true. For so many years plus-sized women have been seen as lazy or that they don’t care about their looks, but that is so far from the truth.

Q & A With Tim

What have been the biggest challenges for you in dressing women who are not sample size?

The biggest challenge is finding things that have a high-end appeal and feel modern and current. I can find up to a size 10 or 12, but beyond that, my hands are tied. I believe in the high low mix, but there are also so many missed opportunities on the part of brands to make clothing that has a hipness and elegance.

I feel that a lot of brands are getting on board, but not necessarily investing in the pattern makers, fit models and technical aspects needed. There is a general lack of knowledge of the plus-sized body and what’s needed for the right fit. There is a lack of people who understand the possibilities. There is also a common misconception and repetitive conversation that curvy women want a cap sleeve, unattractive pair of slacks or jersey dress.

Who are some of the go-to designers you feel have been making beautiful clothing in more inclusive sizes?

Carmen Marc Valvo has consistently been making beautiful things for years now. Christian Siriano does custom pieces for plus-sized women and features curvy models on his runway, which always looks seamless. Badgley Mischka has always been so gracious. So have Pamella Rolland and Georges Chakra. There are some designers that don’t want to work with you and that’s OK too. The ones that do, we celebrate them, and give them great credit.

What and who inspires you and your work?

Growing up around women who were curvy and dressed amazingly and then getting into fashion, I naturally migrated early on toward women that had a curve to their body. My mother was chic and modern and had impeccable taste.

Latifah is my muse. She is what a clothing line by Tim Snell would look like. I don’t see curvier women as a plus sized women, but just as women who want to look beautiful. There are so many women out there that are so inclusive of that – they’re mothers, they’re business owners, they’re taking care of an elderly parent…they’re tired of buying accessories and shoes. They want to have the same experience as their friends. She wants options and the same shopping experience. I wish I could go into every department store and recreate the curvy shopping experience.

What are key ways a curvy woman can wear current trends and still dress for her body?

Trend is all about proportion. When you know how to proportion your body right, you can adopt any trend. Metallic or stretch velvet may be the trend for fall, so find the right proportion and most flattering aspect of that trend for your body type. There are no limits to fashion just alterations.

To contact Tim Snell for styling requests, email:   [email protected]

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