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The First “After” Valentines Magazine... Dark Valentine...

Model : Tlameika Wilson Photographer: Alec Turner Hair & Makeup: Barbie Armstrong

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Editors Note: February has always been the sexiest month of the year in our presentation of Full Blossom Magazine. Though we aim to show love year round, our February Issue is our defined “LOVE� volume. In this issue we aim and tend to push the limits of photography and art past the standards that we would normally go. Our aim is to show love, sex, beauty, fashion and art captured on a canvas called Full Blossom Magazine. Some of the industries most creative photographers have submitted photos that are sure to amaze you!

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CONTENTS 8. New Faces of fbm 10. Model of the Month 20. Sex Goddess 101 29. Crab Salad Appetizer 32. fbm Cover story Interview w/ Olga Gonzalez-Ramos 38. Puerto Rico Plus 42. Full Blossom Finance 46. Seeing Red 52. Only Barbie 57. I Am P.H.A.T. Girl Fresh 58. Pamper Yourself 62. Don’t Be Afraid to Show Your Sexy 64. The Outer Banks, North Carolina 70. The “ Un-Boxed Mind” of Jose Pagan 74. Love Thy Self: The St. Valentines Widow FBM ISSUE 14 | WWW.FULLBLOSSOMMAGAZINE.COM

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FBM MASTHEAD CEO | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | PHOTOGRAPHER Evron “Mello” Andrews info@FullBlossomMagazine.com CO-FOUNDER | PHOTOGRAPHER Tyquane Bates PhotosbyKai@gmail.com SENIOR EDITOR Latashia Andrews Latashia@FullBlossomMagazine.com MANAGING EDITOR Barbie Armstrong Barbie@FullBlossomMagazine.com PUBLICIST Ernest Jackson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Maui Bigelow, Dhylles Davis, Kym Fajardo, Harlem Diva, Nicole Flores

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Wayne Summerlin, Rick Jones, Alec Turner, Jose Pagan

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New Faces of 2014!

Domestic Faces

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International Faces

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Model : Ayana Smith Photographer: Wayne Summerlin Makeup: Barbie Armstrong

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Sex Goddess101

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While listening/watching one of Beyonce's new song/video's called "Partition", I was inspired by the super sexy concept. Our day-to-day 'Diva Grind' keeps us on our toes and in production mode, and it's important to remain 'ladies in the street' and for the world. But behind closed doors it’s time to unleash that Super Sex Goddess within, and this article will outline some tips to help you unleash her. In the video, Beyonce is imagining in her mind all the freaky fantasies that she wants to re-enact with her husband while sharing a nice breakfast at the dinner table, so the first tip for unleashing that Sex Goddess is #1: Imagination. Imagine all those things that make you tingle between those knees, and think about all the things that you've been wanting to do with your man. Imagination is powerful because it sets the stage for what may come. Have you ever wanted to have sex outside while other people watch? Or you secretly love watching porn, why not make a porno of your own for just you and your partner to enjoy? Whatever it is, get those imaginative juices flowing. #2 Keep those panties on for as long as possible Ladies, despite popular belief, men love a little chase.....especially when they know that the chase will result in some spectacular sex! Let the momentum build up before you allow him to penetrate you. Send a sexy picture of you in his favorite position, or wearing something freaky that you know he likes with a message to get his imagination flowing. Tell him you’re treating him to a romantic dinner and let him be the focus of all your attention. Wear something you know will drive him crazzzzzy, and flirt the entire time. When it finally comes to foreplay, take your time, give him a massage, tongue kiss him everywhere', and when he finally does get to the goods, he will be so excited and turned on, there's no telling what he's liable to do in return!

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#Goddess Has an Oral Fixation In Beyonce's song, one of my favorite lyrics is "driver roll up the Partition please, I don't need you seeing 'Yonce' on her knees, took 45 minutes to get all dressed up, we aren’t even going to make it to this club..." every Sex Goddess Vixen knows that one of the keys to a man's heart is through some good head. You need to master the 6 arts of fellatio, and you'll know if you're getting it right if his toes are curling while you're doing it. Take my word for it. If his toes are not curling, and he 3 Every Sex is not moaning in ecstasy, you need to go back to the drawing board and learn some more. Some keys to mastering this art are two very basic concepts, *Always use your tongue and throat. The tongue is a powerful muscle, so put that muscle to work. Every time you're engaging in oral sex, it should be strength training for your tongue. Practice deep throating a fruit or cucumber to decrease that gag reflex, and become comfortable with your man’s nectars, just in case he wants you to swallow it once he's had his happy ending. f you're not passionate about it, don't even bother wasting your time. *Be passionate about it. If you're not passionate about being an Oral Sex Goddess, figure out ways that will help you to be more comfortable. Watch other people doing it (porn), or just talk with your partner about the kinds of things he likes, and think about the pleasure you will be giving to him in doing so. If you're not passionate about it, it’s going to be hard to get the intensity needed to curl his toes!

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Sex Goddess101 cont’d

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#4 Get Equal Satisfaction. Now it’s your man’s turn to please you. Your man should be equally as passionate about pleasing you, as you are about pleasing him. The key to obtaining that satisfaction is allowing him to be himself, but keeping him well-informed on the things that you like, so that he can make them happen. Give him feedback if he is doing something right. Let him know you like it when he slaps you on your bottom, or pulls your hair. Scream in ecstasy when he is licking your honey pot the way you like him to. The same passion you expect from him is what you should be willing to give to him to let him know when he is doing something right in the bedroom. It's always important to let him know that you appreciate all that he has done. Men love to feel appreciated and needed. Put him to work, but make sure that you are not taking advantage of him. Re-pay him for all of those super-sexy things he's done for you! #5 Maintain Intimacy Its ok to want to cuddle with your man after sex. After you finish messing up the sheets, it’s ok to lay together and hold each other until you fall asleep. It’s ok to watch a movie while holding hands, and its ok to make him a turkey sandwich after sex...after releasing all of that protein, he will need to replenish those nutrients. Develop a stronger bond with intimacy, and your sex life will strengthen as well. It's ok to be vulnerable sometimes ladies, especially when you know you have a good man in your life.

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Sex Goddess101 cont’d #6 Every Sex Goddess has a Costume. Fishnets, Garter belts, stockings, 5 inch heels, maid costumes, nurses’ costumes, latex, vinyl, lace, and hell even his white work shirt can be sexy. Unleashing your inner Sex Goddess means dressing the part. In Beyonce's video, she unleashed her inner sex fantasies when her outfit changed. Find the outfit that works best for you. In my case, his personal favorite is when I wear fishnets and heels to bed. I feel like he unleashes the Hulk when I’m waiting at the front door when he arrives wearing my Sex Goddess uniform. He instantly goes in for the kill. Men are visual creatures, so make your visual appealing, sexy and irresistible! Remember, its ok to be a 'lady in the streets', but a freak in the sheets. Unleash those inner desires and unlock the secrets to a super-hot and sexy love life. Keeping your sex life fun, spontaneous, and unpredictable, can make you the happiest Sex Goddess alive! Harlem Diva IG: @epicgoddess Facebook: facebook.com/msharlemdiva Twitter: @harlemdiva Email: harlemdiva@ymail.com

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It is that one day of the year where everyone’s mind is on love. We go to great lengths to plan a memorable date which includes the perfect present and of course, the ideal meal. This year, many couples are planning on enjoying the most romantic day of the year with an intimate evening at home. Filled with homemade food, sultry music and the perfect wine pairing. If you’ve got the main course and dessert all planned out, but are searching for a very simple yet palate pleasing appetizer to start the evening out right, give this Japanese Crab Salad on Wonton recipe a try. You might find eating with your fingers is a great way to make both you and your partner feel at ease. It is an almost primal way to enjoy your food. Imagine your partner licking their fingertips, then your fingertips after delicately placing one on your tongue. These bite sized morsels are the perfect way to tease your partner before the main course. The pinch of sugar in this mayo based dressing really balances out the rice wine vinegar that coats the crab meat and julienned cucumber. All of the flavors are made even more delectable with the addition of the crisp, wonton cracker. Not only is this recipe budget friendly since it utilizes common inexpensive pantry items, it is hassle and mess free. That means less time cleaning and more time for your sweetie to thank you in their own special way. Kani (Crab) Salad on Wonton Crisps

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½ cup of (imitation) crab meat (pulled apart until stringy) 1/3 cup of julienned English cucumber 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise 1 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar 1 pinch of sugar 1 pinch of white pepper Black sesame seeds (for garnish) Wonton crisps (several for topping or dipping) Directions: Place mayo, rice wine vinegar, sugar and white pepper in a very small bowl. Mix with a spoon until mixture is smooth, no lumps. Place crab meat I mayo mixture and combine until all the meat is coated. Fold in the cucumber until gently coated. Place a teaspoon sized portion onto each wonton cracker, or eat as a dip. Garnish with sprinkles of black sesame seeds. Feel free to add a few drops of Sriracha to the mayo dressing for a spicy kick! 29


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FBM: What is your name? Olga: Olga Gonzalez-Ramos FBM: If you have a nickname/Stagename, what is it? Olga: My friends call me Beckie and in the industry I am known as 'Olgaplusmodel'. FBM: If you could use only one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why? Olga: Dedicated‌ because it is my strongest trait. I find a start and a finish for all I do and all I do for myself and others. Dedication will always bring success. FBM: What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy doing in your spare time? Olga: Yoga, yoga & more yoga. I am a die hard gardener, almost addicted to it. I been singing also in my spare time and not the usual in the shower routine. I been doing hooks & drops here and there. Will mention names once the songs get finished. FBM: At what age did you realize you wanted to become a model? Olga: I was told at an early age but since I was always on the heavy side I figured it was not in the cards for me. Then at the age of 30 my modeling in the plus world began and now I am almost 42. FBM: Who and what were your inspirations which made you decide to become a model? Olga: My husband Raul thought of it and it was him and my mother that gave me that push. I am most grateful.

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FBM: What is your most memorable experience since being a model? Olga: I have many but the most special to me was recently accomplished in Puerto Rico. I was invited as the International plus model for Puerto Rico Plus week 2013. FBM: How did you hear about Full Blossom? Olga: Everyone knows about Full Blossom‌ smile. Being also a journalist led to this fine read and of course being a model I heard about it and just had to check it out. So glad there is an outlet like this for the plus community. FBM: Who and what continues to inspire you throughout your life in general? Olga: Myself foremost. I evolve daily and want to be inspired and also be the one to inspire others. I must admit my family feeds my soul they are the air I breathe. FBM: Do you have a favorite quote or phrase that gives you extra drive? Yes, my favorite one " Don't hate me because I am FAT & Beautiful".

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FBM: What obstacles have you had to overcome while breaking into the modeling business? Olga: This is the million dollar question. Many but that is expected it is how you deal with it that makes you a champion among many. I started at a size 28 and I am not 5'11 so the modeling standards weren't there. This didn't mean I couldn't take a picture or work the curves I was blessed with. I did it my way and did a darn good job of it. Who wants to be like every other model out there plus or straight. I like to be different and bring the qualities that make me so different to the game. FBM: In times when you felt like giving up, what kept you motivated?

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Olga: I am a Taurus and I am Colombian therefore I am stubborn. I don't speak 'Give Up' language. It would show defeat and one must try it all, and continue until success is accomplished. That is how I was raised and that is how I am raising my children. FBM: What advice or last words do you have for women reading this magazine? Olga: You are doing the right thing. You are learning, and growing daily. Whether you want to model or are just a proud curvy woman reading about the plus community. We cannot do it alone. Readers are needed for this magazine and any magazine to succeed. As well as the curvy reader needs a magazine that appreciates her beauty or issues she may encounter as a full figured woman. 35


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was beautiful and such a paradise of a place. I found the people to be more even more beautiful and they welcomed me with open arms. I love how you can now be friends with the anyone in the world when it comes to the online connection. I have made some amazing friends and fans this way. They support & follow my career and cheer me on thought we are literally miles apart. Being one of the faces of Puerto Rico PLUS Week 2013 brought many of these friendships closer to me. I finally met so many plus size models & curvy girls that came from PR. It was great to put a face with the online friendships so many offered me all of these years. The Puerto Rican plus size community is thriving and growing rapidly. Otis Rutinel is the CEO of Puerto Rico PLUS Week and her vision is huge for women with curves. Her designer line up in PR was serious and although it wasn't the fashions you can find in the streets of New York City she found gems. I fell in love with all of these designers. Many I met for the first time when I arrived yet they all had catered to me and created lovely pieces for me to wear. Pieces I was given as parting gifts & new celebrations of our new friendships. 38


I walked for several designers and did a huge shoot for Leslia NYC. I cannot wait to share my campaign with her. Look for that in an upcoming Full-Blossom issue.. I enjoyed my self-love seminar given at Puerto Rico PLUS Week 2013 at the Doubletree in San Juan. The connection was made. I inspired many and spend hours talking to the curvy community even after the event was over & done with. I spend 8 lovely days in PR. Most exciting is that I booked three new clients & have huge FBM ISSUE 14 | WWW.FULLBLOSSOMMAGAZINE.COM

plans with Otis Rutinel my inspiring and dedicated client. She took me under her wing and allowed me to be, simply me, nothing more and nothing less. The runway stole my heart. I had not done runway in over 9 years. I lived it up and felt the support from the crowd. Yes, you can count on seeing me again on the runway. I am counting the days until Puerto Rico PLUS Week 2014!

Olga Gonzalez-Ramos About Olga, she is a curvy celebrity model, actress, Latina blogger, celebrity journalist Facebook: Olga Gonzalez-Ramos Twitter www.dailyvenusdiva.com

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Full Blossom FINANCE By Ron Freeman

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As I sit here and type out this article, I am touched and filled with gratitude on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014. There have been numerous strides we have made as a people because of our ancestors, heroes, and sheroes! We still have a long way to go and the journey is just beginning when we talk about African-Americans, finance, and economics. But, why is that? Why is it that we lag behind our peers (since that was part of the “dream” that Dr. King had, not being judged by the color of one’s skin) in financial education, financial opportunities, and finances PERIOD!! In order to fully accept “The Dream” that was so eloquently conveyed to us, we must by our actions do better financially so the dream does not turn into a nightmare. There is a huge problem when the only “successful” people we can run off the top of our heads are entertainers and athletes. We must remember that there is someone that signs their checks… so guess whose bank account is BIGGER! Here’s a stat for you, of the 1,426 people that made it to the 2013 Forbes list of the Worlds Billionaires, only 7 are black, only 2 are black women and ONLY ONE IS AN AFRICANAMERICAN WOMAN! Let’s applaud works that really mean something!! Take for instance a young man, Dr. Farrah Gray, who at the age of 14 became the youngest recorded African-American millionaire. He is also the author of the book “Realionaire”: 9 Steps to Becoming Rich From The Inside Out published by guess what, Farrah Gray Publishing. Or, let’s have a conversation about Jaylen Bledsoe who is about to graduate high school with his own 3.5 million dollar IT company.

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It is possible folks!! We can do it!!! Is it because we’re too comfortable to want anything more for ourselves that we don’t strive for better? Cool, great, give up on you but do not show our children, our futures, the same example. What do you think Harriett Tubman, Nat Turner, and Madame C.J. Walker would say if they saw us now? We are squandering our ability to transform our communities, schools, and families because we lack the true essence of freedom associated with financial knowledge and empowerment.

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As your monthly finance writer all I ask is for you to keep your minds open to doing things differently. We are at the beginning of a brand new year. In order to achieve different results and do better than last year you have to start the process with CHANGE! Just imagine if our ancestors accepted the norm, didn’t strive for excellence, or maintained the status quo, we would still be picking cotton on someone’s plantation. Let’s begin the year by electing to read a book on finance. If that’s too much, read a financial article (like this one) in Full Blossom magazine. Finance, or should I say LACK thereof brings about countless other issues such as: poor credit, poverty, stagnation. Therefore, don’t you think we should have a better knowledge of financial topics? The saying goes that if you want to hide anything from black people put it in a book. Well for this Black History Month let’s prove them wrong!

Suggested Reading List Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph. D. The Twelve Universal Laws of Success by Herbert Harris “Realionaire” 9 Steps To Becoming Rich From The Inside Out by Farrah Gray

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SEEING RED By Maui Bigelow www.phatgirlfresh.com

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Valentine’s Day... although it doesn’t grant us a day off from work, it is very important to many, especially for women. I know that a lot of women find themselves at a crossroad when it comes to how to execute sexy on this day all about love, relationship and being sexy. I have taken the liberty of comprising some of my favorite sexy looks that will take from a romantic dinner all the way to the bedroom. These looks are guaranteed to leave your mate’s heart racing and seeing red.

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Let's set the mood with some music! Yes dolls, it's Speakal’s fun and colorful players. Speakal’s iPom looks like a garden apple with the ultimate girlie edge and features iPod speakers, TV/CD/MP3 connect and gaming console, plus a ton of other features to customize the

www.bestbuy.com If he's into games join him but don't settle for the ugly gray controls. Every doll need to be stylish. Now girlie gamers can make their mark with Sony’s DualShock 3 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 3 in Candy Pink.

www.bootyparlor.com Now it's time to get kinky! "Good Girl Bad Girl Wrist Cuffs For the ultimate 'bonding' experience. The double-draped gun-metal chain is seductive and strong and the cuffs are adjustable to fit your pretty wrist, no matter the size. The chains can be removed to wear as darling accessory for a hot night out." Dolls, Anna Rodriguez also introduced me to this ..look at the description from her website : Www.bkparties.com/54 "Some call it witchcraft. At Bedroom Kandi, we call it "I'M HOOKED." Rocking a flexible come-hither design, this G-spot massager hits all the right notes with seven patterns that have the power to thrill in any situation (even water). Trust us. You've got no defense for magic like this." I had no defense! Yesssssssss dolls Order today! 52


www.bootyparlor.com Kissaholic Aphrodisiac Lip Stain Set "Be irresistible with Kissaholic Aphrodisiac Lip Stains. This moisture-rich formula glides on and simply won’t budge, smudge or kiss off. Infused with a unique blend of coveted aphrodisiacs, (including Ginkgo Biloba, Ginger, Passion Flower, Damiana and Muira Puama), desire will be inspired . . . and the minty-fresh taste and scent will ensure your lips are smooch ready." www.bootyparlor.com Flirty Little Secret Firming Bronzer With Pheromones

What's her Flirty Little Secret? Flirty Little Secret Firming Bronzer is the only body bronzer infused with a sexy secret weapon - a powerful pheromone designed to make you feel irresistible to the opposite sex! Be a serious glow-getter with this lightly shimmering, lusciously scented firming bronzer. This bronzer matches every skin tone. The light jasmine fragrance inspires romantic moods while subtle shimmer imparts a healthy glow to your skin."

www.bootyparlor.com Skin Honey Kissable Body Topping Desire , Drizzle ,Devour! For a seductive , playful experience , drizzle this mouthwatering kissable body topping anywhere you want to be kissed. This is an edible elixir will nourish your skin and light up your libido.

Www.bkparties.com/54 Www.facebook.com/anna.rodriguez.127648 Now dolls let's get to the pleasure! With Bedroom Kandi, you can treat yourself or your loved one to these lovely toys. Bedroom Kandi products are stylish and fun, and definably girly! It's a vibrating lip stick and compact for the love of .... I Love ittttttttttttt, oops lol. Thank you Anna Rodriguez for introducing me to these lovely girly toys.

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I AM P.H.A.T. GIRL FRESH Hello, my name is Shantia Howard; Mother, Plus Model and Dental Hygiene Student at the University of Georgia. Although I am fairly new to modeling I have participated in a variety of charity fashion shows, worked with many professionals, and other women with the same dream. Aside from being a mother, school and spending time with loved ones, I am pour all that I have into my dream of become a model for brands and companies that are world renowned.

What motivates me most about being a model has little to do with me. Yes, it is true, for years modeling has been a part of my dreams, but I shied away from pursuing it. However, the past two years, something has awakened in me. That something made me aware of my sense of responsibility not just to myself but others as well. I have met and worked with women who lack confidence, they look to me and other women to motivate and inspire them. If feel that those women need to see that the curve of your hips and the number on the scale are not restrictions. Another reason is for my daughters. I never want my daughters to feel that they can’t live out loud and achieve their goals. I want them to know that adversity builds character and to never give up. I am a firm believer that God will use you to encourage and empower others and I am ready and willing to be used. I am Passionate (about life), I am Happy (with who I are), I am Appreciative (of God for his blessings) and I am True (to ourselves and others). I AM P.H.A.T GIRL FRESH!!!!!

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOW YOUR SEXY! I love being comfortable in my own skin. It is such an amazing feeling to have peace, bliss and happiness bursting inside. I love my hair, my smile, my curves and of course my rolls. I find myself to be very sexy and carry myself with much confidence and self-respect. I am not afraid to show my sexy!! I am not afraid to look in the mirror and feel good in who I am seeing looking back at me. I am not the person I once was that picked at every physical flaw that I wanted to change. I no longer compare myself to other women wishing and hoping I can become like them. I have accepted and embraced who God created me to be. I am not afraid to show my sexy! I no longer feel uncomfortable in being told how beautiful I am because I know it, feel it and believe. I no longer feel guilty about accepting the positive gifts and feedback from others. I know I deserve everything life has to offer me. I deserve all the goodness and happiness that I experience daily. 62


I am not afraid of my sexy! I am comfortable in allowing myself to be vulnerable and show emotions in order to go through the process of building my strengths and improving my weaknesses. I am comfortable in peeling back the layers of the onion which is me in order to discover the truth within myself to live life fully. My inner truths allows me to be sexy and open to all possibilities in being the woman I know I can and will become.

I am not afraid to show my sexy when, I feel the need to wear stilettos and my cape and become the superwoman God created me to be. I am comfortable in being balanced when I need to put me first and everyone secondary. I am not afraid to be sexy to be free in my peace, bliss and happiness. Dhylles Davis Certified Professional Life Consultant 347-637-8191 www.dhyllesdavis.com Blog: www.startlivingstopexisting.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ lifeconsultantdhylles Twitter: www.twitter.com/dhyllesdavis Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/ dhyllesdavis Instagram: lifecoachdavis

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I am not afraid to show my sexy, when I am comfortable in being as natural as I can possibly be without any make up and still feel sexy and confident to step outside into the world. I am not afraid to show my sexy, when I feel the need to just walk around in sweat pants and a T-shirt. I don’t need to keep up with the latest trends and colors of the season. My shoes and my clothes do not define who I am. I am defined by how I respect and treat myself and the way I allow others to respect and treat me.


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Kym Fajardo Freelance Photographer & Writer www.kymfajardophoto.com https://www.facebook.com/KymFajardoPhotography Twitter:https://twitter.com/KymFajardoPhoto Blog: www.freespiriteater.com I'd like to give a special shout out and thank you to Kathleen Morgan for opening my eyes to the wonder and beauty of the Outer Banks. 69


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The 'Un-Boxed Mind" of Visionary Photographer Jose Pagan. (Excerpt)

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Taking what is seen by the eye... capturing those moments of physical mastery and seamless design... transferring perception into timeless art is what I most admire and respect about photographers. Back when I first started on my journey as a model, research was a huge part of the deal, not only to protect myself but to understand the caliber of work I wished to accomplish. In this instance, my research lead me to find a most amazing visionary photographer, Jose Pagan of Pagan Photography. Similarly, how us writers view and feel the intensity of the world, using descriptive and comparative language to draw the reader into our experience, Photographers are mused in the same way expressing their vision by what motivates and moves them; whether through the model, the clothing, the scenery, the lighting... photographers begin to shape our perspective through their most treasured of the 5 senses.... Vision Pagan Photography Studio is located in what is known as The Heights of NYC. On a frigid cold afternoon, I headed out to meet with the Lens Master so I could observe his creative process as well as discuss his experiences in the profession. Since 2005 Jose Pagan has offered his photographic viewpoint to the world, having received a Meritorious Accolade for the short film thriller 'Madness' from his production company kwolfmedia, as well as having contributed his works to several magazines which include Designer Original Magazine, Bronze Magazine, Alize' La Vie, PopImpresska, Millennium Magazine and The uncompromisable Volup 2 magazine from Legendary Plus Model/Photographer Velvet D' Amour. "I like to take it to the top"... I decided to become a photographer because there is more control over the creative process." Jose's Studio is like walking into the surrealism of Picasso's mind. Every different piece having a function, not seeming to fit yet working together brilliantly. There is a brick wall to the right which Jose created himself. There are crates, butterfly wings, a jewelry section, horns, hair, bras... all a designer or model could ask for. In the event you don't have it Jose is sure to craft up just the right prop to make it all work together. This is a working photographers’ studio. Jose also works on what is known as the Black Light Workshop which has been featured in Volup 2 Nude Issue of Summer 2013. Jose does not shy away from the full figure and believes there is beauty in everyone no matter their size. Since 2010, Jose has captured full and standard size models for his Black Light Photography Series priding himself on developing an innovative technique where he can stretch the bounds of both the technical and creative sides to photography. "With my new technique, I was able to push the technological boundaries of my equipment and bring out colors and detail mostly unwanted by other artists. Through these colors I decided to use nude models, so I can meld the art of the human body with the visible light spectrum we see. With UV lights I was able to bend what is invisible to our eye and bring to you my audience visual candy. My work is not about the body but a collaboration of body and sight. “Go forth and Let your Eyes be the Judge" - Jose Pagan Jose shows a lot of influence lending itself from the native spirit with vibrancy and vigor captured in every image. He attacks his photo shoots with a type of warrior spirit led by the wisdom that we as an industry and people not be afraid to transcend imposed beauty ideals as it relates to what society has conditioned many to believe is beautiful. BRILLIANTLY Jose Pagan captures curves and femininity of plus size women in the Black Light Photo Series. I leave you with these captivating images graciously offered from Jose Pagan as a "creative outlet for my UN-boxed mind" to yours. To Read this Blog in its entirety head to www.XponentialCurve.Blogspot.com

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Love Thy self: The St. Valentines Widow Just days before Valentine ’s Day, you are unlucky in love and experience a terrible breakup. Thru it all, you decide to say screw him, screw the world and Love thy self. Rolling around in lingerie, silks and robes you are also tangled up in emotion and sad to be alone... Joy and pain reign... Joy of self vs pain of divorce vs the PRIDE of being free. Serious FACE work. There is a story line here that most women have felt at one time in life or another. The girls were instructed to tell a personal story that will be told thru the eyes...The dreaded St. Valentine’s day.... DARK VALENTINE.

Model : Terry-Ann Billups Photographer: Alec Turner Hair & Makeup: Barbie Armstrong

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Model: Andrea Scotland Photographer: Alec Turner Hair & Makeup: Barbie Armstrong

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Model : Alisa Wade Photographer: Alec Turner Hair & Makeup: Barbie Armstrong

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Model : Techla Nesbitt Photographer: Alec Turner Hair & Makeup: Barbie Armstrong

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Model : Annoula Dritsas Photographer: Wayne Summerlin Makeup: Barbie Armstrong

See This Mad Couture Dress & Full Coverage of FACE THE SWEET Next Issue!!! | fbm Issue 15!!!| Released on Feb 28th 2014!!!

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