100 WOMEN WE LOVE 2008

Hats off to the 100 Women We Love, class of 2008 (in no particular order, ’cause we love ’em all!).

Deb Malkin

Even after seven years working for an online, plus-size clothing retailer, plus-size clothing pioneer Deb Malkin felt there was something missing from her own shopping experience—community. While the Internet offered a wider selection than New York City’s brick-and-mortar shops, she missed hanging out with her friends, trying on clothes and asking for advice on what to buy. Hence her decision to open Re/Dress, a vintage and resale clothing store featuring sizes 14 and up. Malkin’s vision for Re/Dress, which opens in Brooklyn this summer, is based in her core beliefs as a fat activist. “I’m really interested in connecting with women and giving them a positive message,” she says. Bonus: her wares are recycled and affordable, so go ahead and shop till you drop. –LL

In no particular order…