The cultivate awards grand prize winner, melissa mercedes

Melissa Mercedes, Winner of the Cultivate Awards

The Curvy Fashionista and founding sponsor, Eloquii, are thrilled to present the grand prize winner of the 2021 Cultivate Awards— Melissa Mercedes, founded by Melissa Mercedes!

Melissa, the indie designer of Dominican descent, is based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a self-taught designer with a passion for creating a more inclusive fashion world—she designed her own dress for the Latin Grammys in 2016 after not being able to find adequate plus-size offerings; the same dress ended up on the cover of People en Espanol worn by acclaimed singer & actress, Chiquis Rivera.

She has designed for notable celebs, including Laverne Cox (actress & LGBTQ+ advocate), Lauren Ash (actress & comedian), and Nina Parker (E! News Host).

cultivate awards melissa mercedes

As the winner of The Cultivate Awards, the indie plus-size design label, Melissa Mercedes wins a $10,000 grant, a one-year professional mentorship program, and a capsule collection designed with and sold on in 2022!

The Cultivate Awards Finalist- Melissa Mercedes

The winning designer also wins additional sponsored educational prizes, including a brand protection strategy session from The Influencer Attorney and 24/7 access to a robust library of interactive training videos and twice-weekly live video support from MTO Agency.