Grammy nominated gospel singer Kierra Sheard is officially a clothing designer now that her Eleven60 fashion line has been launched online.
Sheard, 27, debuted her fall and winter collection pieces from her full figured Eleven60 fashion line at www.MyEleven60.com. The singer and "Sunday Best" judge recently spoke about the inspiration behind the clothing line.
"It's a clothing line that compliments the thick woman. While being a full-figured woman, I've found it hard to find quality high fashion trends in my size," Sheard said in a statement obtained by The Christian Post. "But no more skimpy clothes! And no more muumuus! Since the average American woman is plus size, I should be able to healthily, and fabulously, own it!"
Sheard announced that she would release Eleven60 in March and spoke up about the need to create quality apparel for what appears to be an underserved demographic of women.
"I've learned that the full-figured apparel represents almost 18 billion dollars and is growing. However, we haven't been accepted into the high fashion realm," Sheard wrote last March. "Why?! We are the money! Let's show them how and why we should be accepted."
The daughter of Grammy award-winning singer Karen Clark Sheard of the gospel music group The Clark Sisters, and Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Kierra has managed to make her mark in the music world and signed on to serve as a judge on "Sunday Best" last year. While she is planning to use the platform to showcase her upcoming clothing line, she was once apprehensive about appearing on the show next to big names like Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin and Kirk Franklin who have helped usher new talent into the gospel music industry.
"I always said I don't think I ever want to be a judge! So I thought about it because I was a little nervous about judging and being the youngest judge on the panel," Sheard told CP last year. "It's been a great journey because I've been able to glean from the trailblazers that are on the set and I'm just thankful to have the opportunity because I would never have said no to 'Sunday Best.'"
"Sunday Best All Stars" premieres at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 19 on BET where fans can tune in to see what Sheard's clothing line will offer. She will release her entire collection later this year.