Iconography The Thickest Issue Ever
With this Winter/Spring issue we will be celebrating the plus size fashionista. In the fashion industry they are more than often forgotten. Iconography the Magazine will pay homage to the curvy woman, the thick chick, the voluptuous mommy and the burlesque queen by highlighting industry models, fashion trends and the latest in what is going on in your world of fashion.
THE THICKEST ISSUE EVER Issues If you are reading this then you have seen the latest installment of Iconography the Magazine, The Thickest Issue Ever. As with every quarter we embark on a theme, choose a topic and magically make it come together. This issue was no different. A month late and not a day too soon I have nick named this issue the Toughest Issue Ever. Out of all our past publication this issue has to have been the most difficult to produce to date. We had issues for several months in trying to get this issue to come together, to the point of almost ditching the project completely. But just like children when they do badly you don't give up on them, you check the error of their ways and make those issues a learning experience. I have Issues with the lack of garments in larger sizes; I am so disappointed that we could not include a majority of the beautiful ladies that attended the model calls. Issues with the weather, shoots were cancelled and never rescheduled, Issues with the models who were scheduled to shoot but never showed. I could go on for a while about the issues. I thank those who gave us support with this issue. Without you all there would be no Thickkest Issue. Kijuana Chinette, Torrid of White Marsh, Zipporahs Touch hair salon and others that I may have forgotten. But!!! This issue, The Thickest Issue is why we are here right now. I will not dwell on the negative; I will only look to the positive... our future issue. A Mid Summer Nights Dream (a couture issue), Pride (focus on gay and lesbian individuals in the fashion industry) and last but not least our 2yr anniversary issue The Naked Issue. What more can we say it's our birthday. So for today enjoy this issue. Editor Aaron Williams Editor In Chief Aaron Williams Managing Editor Ty Brown Editor at Large Eboyne' Jackson Copy Editor Elizabeth Moemeka Jennifer Wood Editorial Assistant Ashley Cox Journalist Petra J. Canan Brie Higgins Imani Pope Assunta Catalano Cara Rehbein Melanie Stanton Kendahl Damico Art Direction Aaron Williams Ty Brown Andrea Tomlin Contributing Photographers Yann Feron Krista Svalbonas Contributing Stylist Kijuana Chinette iconography the magazine 5 THICK THICKER 6 iconography the magazine THICK R KEST The Thickest Issue EVER iconography the magazine 7 14 44 34 table of contents The views expressed in the magazine are those of respective contributors and are not necessarily shared by the magazine, its staff or publisher. Although Iconography the magazine is always on the lookout for hot topics, artwork and photography, all contributors of unsolicited material must make arrangements for their collection and return. Iconography the Magazine is not responsible for loss, damage or injury to unsolicited contributions. On the cover Photo � Krista Svalbonas Hair: - Vanessa Striffolino MUA � Tara Taylor Model � Camilla H. from Whihelmina 8 iconography the magazine 80 88 56 Iconography is published by Think Grey Media Group 4 times yearly. No part of this publication may be produced without written permission of the publisher and editors. Iconography does not accept responsibility for unsolicited material. All views expressed are those of the writers alone and do not represent the views of Iconography and its iconography the magazine 9 BU CONTRI TORS Eboyne' Jackson is a lifestyle journalist on the rise, whose immense passion for fashion, music, and pop culture, has led her to her destiny. Her writing credits include R&B singer- songwriter, Ne-yo, Marlon Jackson, Keri Hilson, Nick Cannon, Sherri Shepherd, as well as fashion connoisseurs, Angela and Vanessa Simmons of "Run's House;" among others. With story appearances in AOL Black Voices, the awardwinning newspaper, the Telegraph, and Iconography Magazine (as Editor at Large,) Eboyne' s writing flair is trendsetting, and aims to make the reader feel luxurious. When she's not busy traveling to meet fashion designers, musicians, and PR personnel in the pursuit of her next `big story,' she can be found designing a collective handbag collection, and working on a style self help book. Eboyne' is a journalist on the move, always ready and willing to listen to a fabulous story, so be on the look out! www.eboynejackson.com twitter.com/queenofmedia EBOYNE' JACKSON POET TAYLOR An up & coming media talent that can be found on television, radio, and film. A proud product of the Maryland & DC foster care system, she's a firm believer it's not how you start but never giving up and how you finish that matters. Although born in Detroit, Poet grew up in Washington DC, by way of Prince George's County for a while before settling in Baltimore. Her start in radio was an act of fate, she entered a contest because someone had told her that she would NOT succeed if she did. In 2000 Poet won the "Who Wanna Be A Qj?" contest with 92Q and turned what was intended to be a 6 month internship into a 4 year career with Radio-One Broadcasting. It was during her time there that Poet expended her resume' to include acting and won then went on to win the 2002 Best New Air Talent award. You can catch Poet aka "The Just Curious Correspondent" living her dream on WPGC 95.5FM... www.wpgc.com and stay in the gossip loop courtesy of her OhReallyPoet Blog at www.whwweb.com "owwwww" PETRA J. CANAN Petra J. Canan is a freelance journalist based in Chicago who covers the fashion industry for both national and international publications and websites. A native of Metro Detroit, she moved to the city last fall after graduating in May 2009 from Michigan State University where she studied journalism and art history. Canan's first article for Iconography the Magazine was published in "The Naked Issue." Her fashion philosophy is that you should always dress to suit your own unique style, body and spirit. As a member of the prospering society of young moguls, I stand proud and write intriguingly as Imani Pope-Johns, but known as Modelisque. I am 20 years old with a passion to express and create. I can be found in the Metropolitan area od Washington,DC with my mini laptop, recorder, pen and pad with me at all times. I am a staff writer for J'Adore Magazine, based in ATL, but in print nationwide and a publicist for two female artists, Paula Campbell and Lola Maxwell. I am willing to learn and grow with an audience there to experience it wth me. Assunta currently lives in Long Island, NY and may be considered a workaholic. Working as a Social Media Editor/Fashion Show Coordinator at a mega-retail fashion store, blogging and writing for Iconography Magazine, and interning at a modeling agency in Manhattan sums up this ladies day by day. Assunta loves her Italian food, dancing, and SHOPPING!! H&M is probably her favorite store. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/assuntacatalano Kendahl Damico -- With a broad background in media, Kendahl Damico brings a unique voice and fresh perspective to Iconography. Based in Chicago, Kendahl is an experienced journalist and copywriter whose work can be seen throughout magazines and online media. Her fashion sense is unmatched making her writing relatable and recognizable to every Iconography reader. IMANI POPE ASSUNTA CATALANO KENDAHL DAMICO BRIE HIGGINS Fashionista Brie Higgins is making the streets of Baltimore her runway to bring you the hottest trends in the cities' ever-growing fashion industry. An Entrepreneur in both the fashion AND writing industry, Brie has achieved a degree in Fashion Marketing, has choreographed charity fashion events, and has been a stylist for such companies as Levi Strauss. Her latest fashion tips can be found both locally and nationally as she has been published in places like Iconography, Baltimore's very own fashion magazine, as well as the national publication Girl's Life, and even syndicated websites like GirlWorldDaily.com. MELANIE Born as an only child and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Melanie works part time as an administrative assistant while pursuing her dreams. She models throughout the DMV area, as well as acts. She hosts webcast productions for the Iseecolorlive network and she is the associate producer/part time host for The Y Factor Show. She graduated from Towson University with a degree in International Business but longed to get back to her passions. As a Virgo, Melanie is a great organizer and in her spare time, Melanie loves to travel. She enjoys writing, reading, playing with her dog and being loyal to her family and friends. Currently her favorite colors are green, gold, and purple. She has a sick love affair with Asian food (Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Indian, etc.) Melanie is mixed with Czechoslovakian and African American roots. CARA REHBEIN Fashion is the queen of my life. Since I was young, I have been studying the trends of couture culture, having an ingrained affinity for the world of vogue and beauty. Obsessed with health and self-betterment, I research and run a blog about physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness, focusing on up and coming natural anti-agents. I commute between Los Angeles and New York, and am graduating with a degree in writing this spring. blog site:hourglassmic.com social networking site: www.facebook.com/ people/Cara-Vedolla/1150720748 iconography the magazine 11 12 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 13 14 iconography the magazine 16 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 17 18 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 19 20 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 21 22 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 23 24 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 25 26 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 27 South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, The Five Bite Diet-- this was the decade that I did just about everything I could to cram myself into size 8 jeans. From the trans fat abolition in which we ditched our preservative packed goodies in exchange for expensive organic foods, to the ten year contracts we so gleefully locked ourselves into at Bally�s, I must say I was shocked and a little disappointed to discover that I tread milled my rear end off for a society that has finally decided to accept, nay, endorse fat people. In the past twenty years, the rate of obesity has more than tripled in adolescents from 5% to 17.6% (NHANES). Currently, more than 64% of American adults are overweight or obese (NHANES). Obesity increased, so far, in 23 states this year alone, and claims more than 300,000 lives a year. It weighs in at a whopping #2 on the list of most preventable deaths, and despite the scale-tipping statistics, our waistlines continue to grow. Ever since I was a little girl, it was made clear to me that thin was ideal, and I was not. I remember my mother grabbing her stomach in dismay in the mirror, and I remember having to specially order my very grandma-ish clothes from the husky plus girl�s section at JC Penny. I recall idolizing Barbie�s perfect body-- a body that, if realistically achieved, would have the woman toppling over with breasts that no frame could begin to support. In seventh grade, a little boy named Tommy called me a whale at 170 pounds. I never had a date to prom, and I grew up being jealous of all of my skinny friends who fit into the latest trends verses the ill-fitting Fashion Bug duds that could hardly be considered in vogue. I attributed all of this to my weight. 28 iconography the magazine (CITY) a society grows, a standard changes words by Brie Higgins So, after committing fashion homicide for years, I finally decided I was going to jump on the health-ariffic bandwagon and drop my excess weight in the name of fashion. Shortly after, well-known clothiers such as Wet Seal and Alloy began producing plus sized clothing lines. Faith 21, by Forever 21, was introduced just months ago and carries sizes ranging from XL to 2X. Target, the great land, decides to take a bite out of the action by mass producing the Pure Energy line, a curvy collection for women up to size 30. Even higher end designers such as Juicy Couture surrender to the ever-growing trend with a plus line sold exclusively for Nordstrom�s online. After all this time, designers have either become sympathetic or they have discovered that excluding 64% of the population is hurting their wallets. The average woman in the US is a size 14, so you will be as shocked as I was, to learn that the plus size corner of the fashion market takes up a minuscule $2 billion dollars of the $298 billion which makes up the entire fashion market in the US alone. As society evolves, you can bet your last dollar that that sizes will continue to soar. Plus size lines will expand, without question. The thought then arises, is this a feeble attempt at making all fashion opportunities equal no matter the size? Or is our nation evolving in such a way that the industry is being forced to meet a need that has become prevalent, an epidemic even, in the last 30 years? Perhaps it�s a temporary band-aid rather than a healthy step in the right direction to decrease the recent spike of morbid obesity in our society. Do plus size lines promote obesity? Meme Roth of the NAAO seems to think it�s a matter of codependency. �When you look at the human cost, what we�re doing is we�re on the Titanic and rather than forcing our children into a lifeboat, we�re telling them to join the band.�Could this be true? After all, many people, including me, signify that the desire to wear smaller, more fashionable clothes did indeed greatly affect their weight loss. iconography the magazine 29 30 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 31 32 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 33 Embrace every curve and dimple that makes you who you are. hen I was first asked to contribute to �ICONOGRAPHY�S Thickest Issue Ever�, I thought how hard could it be? I�m a writer, right? But instead of my article flowing freely from my mind to my laptop, it fell into my lap a jumbled mess of nerves. Am I not �thicker than a Snicker?� I�m one of the women that this issue is celebrating: the curvy, the voluptuous, the curvaceous, the amply stacked woman in all flavors and all sizes. I started my radio career by entering a contest at a local station in Baltimore, MD. My desire to enter the contest was because it�s what I always wanted to do -- broadcasting. My fuel to try out not once but twice stemmed from my frienemy telling me it was a cute idea, but I did have a lisp ( talk with my tongue) and I�m pretty and all but I�m also fat. Then she began to nicely point out how there weren�t any fat people really on T.V. or radio). I had tuned her out by then. I was used to the prejudice society had against those with a little more cushion for the pushing. The word fat was normally accompanied by the words lazy, ugly, and desperate to name a few. Even though I saw curvy girls high-stepping all day, fly as ever, when I watched T.V., movies, and music videos, I noticed a very unattractive trend. Society didn�t have a lot of love for the woman with curves. Sure men with curves get a bad rap too, but they�re still accepted a lot more in society. I want to be a part of the movement that changed the public�s view of women like me. I could go into the statistics of how women of this size make up this percentage of yada�yada...yada... I think you see for yourself the consistent double standard. People say society isn�t ready to accept full �figured divas as sexy and brilliant, that society isn�t ready for the curvy diva to have the leading roles or to be put on public display. I say these people are wrong. If reality T.V. has taught me anything, it�s that people want to see more realistic portrayals of their lives on the little and silver screens. It�s time for the world to see more positive portrayals of fabulous full figured women in the media. It�s time for women of every thickness to be seen. This issue of Iconography couldn�t have come at a better time. I can finally show my niece and her friends that beauty comes in every shape and size and there�s no one prototype for beauty, regardless of what the media tries to shove down our throats. We are models, actresses, TV/radio broadcasters, platinum selling artists too, and the list goes on. We must all do our part in making the �Curvy Girls United� movement a success. Right now, I�m talking to all my curvy divas around the world. We can�t expect the world to see us for the beautiful and talented women we are if we give credit to and enhance the shady stereotypes that surround us. Walk tall, head high at all times. Embrace every curve and dimple that makes you who you are. Find not only what embodies your style but flatters your body�then OWN IT, everyday all day!!! Now for you �supporters of the movement� telling us we�re cute, talented, fashionable for a big girl, that�s a back handed compliment and you know it. Making jokes about full figured people then turning to us and saying �you�re not fat like that though� should be a thing of the past. Now tell a friend to tell a friend that us CURVY DIVAS have been here, are here, and ain�t going nowhere. words by Poet Taylor 34 iconography the magazine THE OF IT iconography the magazine 35 ROC Photorgapher - Aaron Williams Hair/Makeup - Jamaya Moore Stylist - Kijuana Chinette Model - Chelsey Christensen Chelsey 36 iconography the magazine CKS Pleated Belted School Girl $45 iconography the magazine 37 38 iconography the magazine One Shoulder Boho Maxi Dress $110 Kapacity Collection Chiffon Pencil Dress $60 Kapacity Collection, accessories: stylist own iconography the magazine 39 40 iconography the magazine Sweetheart Strapless Top $25 Kapacity Kollection Calvary Coat with Tail $65 Kapacity Kollection iconography the magazine 41 42 iconography the magazine Boho Pencil Dress $85, Kapacity Collection Goddess Ruched Dress $80 Kapacity Collection iconography the magazine 43 44 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 45 46 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 47 48 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 49 50 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 52 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 53 54 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 55 sizzling models - Jese Lewing Gary, Ty Brown,Shannon Hiett makeup/hair - Bethany Townes, Cynthia `Cindy' Jones stylist - Kijauna Chinette all fashions provided by Torrid of Whitemarsh hot scorching 58 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 59 60 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 61 62 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 63 64 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 65 66 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 67 68 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 71 iconography the magazine 73 74 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 75 76 iconography the magazine 78 iconography the magazine iconography the magazine 79 photography by yann feron www.yannferon.com stylism by EFA model marina for IPM location NYC roof top photography assistant bonnie hair by arsene aronov make up by yutitham chunthong PLAY ON MY ROOFT Y TOP iconography the magazine 81 82 iconography the magazine dress by vix jeans by the GAP top new york and compagny scarf old navy shoes by aldo 84 iconography the magazine shoes guess dress dona ricco skirt bcbg max azria top by new york and compagny belt h&m iconography the magazine iconography the 85 a tiq p ou a B in27 Harford ion 2 43 as4h271-853 F 4 3d ireRd. 2nd floo sp tey iu c y rKaltimore,M b ,B s veD 21214 ur Wardrobe stylist: Kijuana Chinette Accessories are stylist own MUA-Dollface Make-up Artistry firstname.lastname@example.org Hair- Zipporah's Touch Salon: stylist Ashinea Id ie IDIEH COLLECTION by Heidi idiehcollection.com now available @ Kapacity Boutique I Got an 88 iconography the magazine eh Pebble Beach $265 THE "MUST HAVE" SPRING/SUMMER DRESSES!!! 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