The Bold Community is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Nancye Radmin, one of the first pioneer women to break into plus size fashion.

Radmin ran a chain of plus size fashion stores called Forgotten Woman for nearly two decades. Forgotten Woman served as a safe haven for plus size women, and Radmin felt that plus women were often forgotten and deserved to be seen. While Radmin was straight-size for a lot of her life, after her pregnancy she was a size 16. That’s when she decided to launch Forgotten Woman, making a huge impact on the plus size community, especially for young plus women.

Radmin will be so missed! She passed away in her home at the age of 82.

Nancye Radmin in 1979 at the Forgotten Woman, her Manhattan boutique for plus-size women. She opened the store, she said, after finding that “absolutely nothing stylish was available” in her size.

“Fat was the F word of fashion,” Radmin said in an interview with Newsweek. “Absolutely nothing stylish was available. I just knew I wasn’t the only fat woman in New York.”

To read more about Radmin, you can check out this New York Times article that talks about the legacy of her life.

Thank you so much Nancye for all you have done for the plus community! You will be missed.