When an overweight, insecure teen’s talent for fashion design is discovered by her fat and fabulous classmate, she must choose to put her designs on display for the world to see—or return to a life of sewing in the shadows.
When an overweight, insecure teen’s talent for fashion design is discovered by her fat and fabulous classmate, she must choose to put her designs on display for the world to see or return to a life of sewing in the shadows.
ABOUT THE FILM
EMPIRE WAIST is a heartwarming comedy about teen girls learning to love their bodies through inclusive fashion design. Ranked the #1 Comedy on The Black List and selected as a Finalist for the 2019 PAGE Awards, the screenplay has been acclaimed for its deft handling of teen body image, body diversity, and for being just plain funny. EMPIRE WAIST is currently represented by UTA and recently secured funding with an LA-based studio. Production is set for 2021.
ABOUT THE WRITER/DIRECTOR
Comedy writer Claire Ayoub wrote and directed her first play at age 14 and never really stopped. After coming up through the NYC comedy scene at the Upright Citizens Brigade and writing for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, Claire wrote the movie she wished she had seen as a teen girl struggling with her own body image issues. Now, she's directing EMPIRE WAIST with an inclusive cast & crew in 2021.
In 2019, Claire hosted 16 live readings across the country—including a nine-city script tour—and audience reviews are in: "The world needs EMPIRE WAIST!"
ABOUT TRY ANYWAY PRODUCTIONS LLC
Try Anyway Productions LLC is a production company dedicated to creating educational, empowering, and entertaining content for women and girls. Founded by Claire Ayoub, all creative projects are powered by fair pay, diversity, and inclusion — both behind and in front of the camera.