Page 1



w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m





are multidimensional,

resilient & unique


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


OPERATIONS MANAGER Chris Dixon SENIOR EDITOR Bailey Rufer BLOG MANAGER Jade Owen BRAND Kristin Gallina AWARENESS MNGR SALES AND Elizabeth Adams PARTNERSHIPS Alexandra Wolf CONTRIBUTING Avni Parekh WRITERS Daniel Wilkens Ebony Jordan Jonna Capone Kerry Carmody Krissy Mallard Kristin Gallina Natasha Toffa Nikki Platt CONTRIBUTING Daniel Wilkens PHOTOGRAPHERS Marcus Harris Neil Glover SOCIAL MEDIA Tyler Irwin TEAM Khari Johnson Robin Agweyu Nicole Miller Judy Vu COVER MODEL PHOTOGRAPHER Fabiana Bergara Iwona Alfred


Arrogant Dreams, LLC. 1971 W Lumsden Road #215, Brandon, FL 33511 Advertise With Us | Collaborate With Us | © 2018 Love U Magazine. All Rights Reserved. All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Products or services mentioned within are referred to under the guidelines of the United States Fair Use Doctrine.   We assume no ownership over third party trademarks. This publication provides authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered.  However, due to the ever-changing pace of the internet and the industry, we give no warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information given. This publication is to be used for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for ones own due diligence to obtain appropriate legal and/or professional advice. Some of the hyperlinks within this publication are referral links. The publisher may receive affiliate commission on purchases made through referral links.. (Credits Continued on Page 86)

Love U Magazine is growing up right before your eyes! We’re no longer just a digital magazine, now, we’re magazine app (available on both the Apple App Store & the Google Play Store). By transitioning from a free magazine to subscription-based magazine, we hope to give you even more of the awesome content that you have grown to love. If you are a free subscriber on, you’ll have access to this issue (as our thank you for being a long-time subscriber). However, we hope that you continue to support us by purchasing a paid subscription to receive future issues. Over the next few issues, you will see a world of changes as we revamp our website and messaging. If you would like to give us feedback and help take part of the process, sign up to join our new Facebook group. It’s not open yet, but when we open it, we’ll be able to engage with our most active readers directly -- so we can make Love U Magazine even more amazing for all of you! Whether you are a long-time reader or new to the magazine, I hope you are able to sink your teeth into this issue. We have an amazing team that works hard to bring the content that you will love, so from our heart to yours... Enjoy!


Fabiana Bergara | Photography by Iwona Alfred

Chelsea Dixon

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m




T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8












w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

















T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


Krislynn’s OOTD

Takeover! Featuring Commentary by Krislynn Mallard & Chelsea Dixon


he centerpiece of this look is the Catherine Malandrino Handkerchief Shirt. Its vibrant and multicolor design allows her to dress this look up or down while playing with an extensive color palette. Krislynn paired this shirt with a clean, white top. The unpolished, fringe ends of this top by Klab (found in Kohl’s department stores) compliments the unfinished, frayed ends of the handkerchief skirt. Playing off the vast colors in the skirt, Krislynn punches up the color with her bags and shoes. Her textured orange clutch is striking on its own, but adding some open-toed red pumps with faux wood cork heels just screams “springtime.” Krislynn finished the look with a few Charlotte Russe bangles and jewelry from her personal collection!


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

All photos featuring Krislynn Mallard | Photographer by Kristin Langlais

Kristin’s Beauty Beat

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


by Kristin Gallina

The Power of Multipurpose Products


adies, don’t we want to have less clutter in our makeup drawers and cabinets? Do you ever look at the labels of your hair and skin products and get shocked with the paragraph long lists of chemicals you can’t even pronounce? We all want to save some extra money, free up some space in our home and of course look and feel great while doing so. I’m going to tell you some of my favorite all-natural, multipurpose products that won’t break the bank!


Sweet Essentials Premium Organic Moroccan Rose Water

I have been on the hunt for 100% pure rosewater spray and I finally found it with Sweet Essentials. In order to reap the benefits of rose water, the ingredients should read either 100% rose water, 100% rose hydrosol or water and rose petals. It should not have any other ingredients or additives. There are endless benefits of pure Rosewater. It helps soothe skin irritants, reduces skin redness and puffiness, helps with scars, cuts, and burns. It also has many hair conditioning properties, it is filled with antioxidants and anti-aging properties, and is used in aromatherapy to help relieve headaches and much more.

Coconut oil also has maximized benefits when it is 100% pure. It is amazing for ALL skin and hair types. Coconut Oil has a wide range of beauty-boosting and healing properties. It conditions and tames hair, especially frizzy and unmanageable hair textures. It is a great moisturizer for dry flaky skin, as well, and will also keep your heels, elbows, and knees super smooth. Also, besides the hair and skin benefits, coconut oil has a ton of health benefits. It is proven to balance hormones, kill candida, aids in digestion, balance blood sugar and lowers cholesterol.



Pure Body Naturals 100% Pure Organic Raw Shea Butter, 8 Oz

With 100% raw shea butter there are a multitude of uses. It is an amazing moisturizer for your skin and hair. It can be used as a lip balm, natural deodorant, as an SPF before the sun and as a replenisher after the sun. It is commonly used on scars and stretch marks as it helps improve the skin’s elasticity. As a hair and scalp treatment, raw shea butter works wonders! You can even use shea butter as a makeup primer under your eyeshadow or foundation. Not only does your makeup last longer, it is conditioning your skin while doing so!

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Shenelle LaPierre | Photography by Jose Pagan

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 10


SPRINGTIME Pictorial Throughtout this issue, we are celebraing spring fashion and powerful women of all shapes and sizes.

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m



T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8

Jennifer Gonzales | Photography by Shelly DelRosario


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

Jai Michelle | Photography by Alexander Robles

Lisa | Photography by Marcus Harris

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 14

Continues on page 34 w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m



T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8

8 Spring Fashion Trends & How to Wear Them

Everything from denim to color, shine, and feathers; Spring 2018 trends are pulling out all the stops! by Nikki Ellis

e can’t talk about Spring without talking about COLOR! This trend is a no-brainer, but Spring is the time to shed off your dark, dreary layers of Winter, and inject some much-needed life back into your wardrobe. The easiest way to do this is with bold color. As seen on the runways of Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, and Marc Jacobs -- whether worn monochromatically or colorblocked these designers kicked off Spring with a bang. You can embrace this trend with a bold colored jumpsuit or dress and some bold, statement accessories for maximum impact. If head-totoe bold isn’t your thing, you can take baby steps with bold colors and add them to your wardrobe. Whether it’s with a loud pair of turquoise pumps, some electric colored earrings, or a funky handbag, there’s no such thing as too bold or too bright. How bold can you be?


r o l o C W

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

. 1Bold


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8

. 2 enim D


enim tends to be a hot trend in the Fall, denim is huge this spring! Most of us already own denim, so you won’t have to rush out and buy something to take part in this trend. Unless you want to, of course, and who doesn’t need more denim?! The best part about this trend is there is no right or wrong way to wear it. You can pile it on and rock the Canadian Tuxedo, or you can take it in smaller updated doses, like fun denim patchwork or new hem treatments such as frayed or high-low. You could even add denim accessories to your look with denim heels or sneakers. Like I said, there is no wrong way to rock this trend!

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m



he runways of Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein featured windbreakers, parkas, and anoraks alike. This trend has been strong for a while, and let’s face it, it’s a fabulous transition piece for your wardrobe as you move from cooler months to warmer temps. An anorak is a true must-have. As the seasons change you might need a light layer to add to a dress or tank to keep you warm when the sun goes down on those early Spring days. The anorak gives your outfit a different look than adding a blazer or cardigan. It’s an effortlessly chic way to add some punch to any outfit, or it can take a simpler outfit and give it an extra something. Accessorizing your anorak is simple and your look is a blank canvas if your anorak is understated. You can add statement necklaces or earrings, even an amazing bag or fab shoes. If your anorak is more of a statement piece, then let the jacket do the talking and keep your accessories minimal. Anoraks are perfect with jeans and a tee or over a skirt and tank for the office. If you’re ready for Spring but Mother Nature has other ideas, an Anorak is a perfect piece until the temps warm up.

. 3 Ano r aks


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8

. 4 M

wild. Challenge yourself to have fun with this trend. Print mixing isn’t just limited to your clothing; don’t forget about mixing prints with your shoes, handbag, and even your sunglasses. One of the biggest trends on the runways for footwear was the return of the slingback shoe. Why not rock a mixed print outfit with a new pair of slingbacks! You will be killing it this Spring.

ixed Prints M

ixed prints have been on the fashion scene for years but have re-emerged this Spring with a vengeance, thanks to the collections of Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and many others, proving that when it comes to print mixing, the more the merrier. Wearing mixed prints can be overwhelming if you are new to this trend or tend to stray from prints. The key to this trend for a novice is to find prints that go together, like florals and stripes, or stripes and polka dots. Then, ensure that both prints have a common color or two in them. This will help with your overall cohesion until you learn how to conquer this trend without fear. If you’re a seasoned vet to print mixing then use this as an excuse to let your creativity run


. 5

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

Pastels P

astels are a huge trend this Spring. Most notably was the Victoria Beckham Spring 2018 fashion show. Her models were adorned in sorbet colors, but don’t dare call her collection sweet. This trend isn’t seen just in Victoria Beckham’s collection, but Celine, Preen, and Hermes also had ice cream-colored collections. Add this trend to your wardrobe in small doses with accessories, like shoes or handbags, or you can take the trend head-to-toe. This trend can be worn monochromatic or you can mix several of these fun hues together. If pastels are too sugary sweet for you, add a

white leather motorcycle jacket for some edge, or try adding any type of shoe in a snakeskin print to pump up the volume.

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8



t r o h S T

his trend is as groundbreaking as “florals for Spring,” but it’s a huge trend this season. So, bring on the shorts! Long, short, baggy, distressed, cutoffs, classic, preppy, the possibilities are endless! We even saw the comeback of the bike short march down the runways. You can practically wear any shoe you want with this trend. If you wear a t-shirt and shorts, you can dress it up with a blazer and some heels. If you want a more casual look, pair them with sandals or sneakers.



’m actually giddy with delight for this trend. The feather trend shows no sign of stopping thanks to the collections of Prada, Celine, and Nina Ricci, showing everything from feather trimmings to full-on looks. If this trend is too extra for you, think smaller with accessories -- earrings, necklaces, or even shoes and clutches. If you’re feeling fearless, feathers will definitely get you noticed, so why not take it to a higher level with a full feather ensemble. Depending on your type of feather, this is a trend that could be worn day or night.



w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8



t a S ne i h S & T

his trend is as groundbreaking as “florals for Spring,” but it’s a huge trend this season. So, bring on the shorts! Long, short, baggy, distressed, cutoffs, classic, preppy, the possibilities are endless! We even saw the comeback of the bike short march down the runways. You can practically wear any shoe you want with this trend. If you wear a t-shirt and shorts, you can dress it up with a blazer and some heels. If you want a more casual look, pair them with sandals or sneakers.

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m




T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


DEFINING MOMENTS The making of a model comes with many defining moments -- meeting a fellow model was one of Valentine’s moments. “It wasn’t until I met Tess Holiday that I realized plus-size modeling was something I could actually be doing. I connected with her and her story. I went to a photoshoot where she was helping to pose models. It gave me the confidence to say ‘I can do this.’ It was very inspiring.” One of Valentine’s loves is travel. Her time as a plus-size model has


moment and went ahead with the photo shoot. Valentine opened an Instagram account and posted the pictures online. She fell in love with body positivity and being in front of the camera. “I forgot about that side of me. It awakened this beautiful dream and passion within me. That’s how it started, with a boudoir shoot with a friend of mine.” Valentine says she’s seen changes in the time during her time in the modeling industry. “There are a lot more body positive plus-size models out there, which is great. I’ve seen advances in models with differing heights, sizes, and body shapes, and that’s incredible. When I was at my higher weight I struggled to find clothes that were stylish, fit appropriately and were still affordable. Now there are a variety of brands available. There are retailers who are getting it right.”

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


hen someone mentions a ‘California girl,’ we may get the cliche vision of a tanned beach goddess. If it’s directed toward plussize model Alabama Valentine, it is a spot-on description. This stunning Golden State native embodies all things sunny and West coast. But getting to the top of the plus-size model industry has its struggles. “I’ve always been photogenic. [I] did some modeling as a young girl. I played volleyball at Pepperdine and did some promo through that. I’ve always loved being in front of the camera, but I never went down the road of having a career. When I was growing up, the trend was to be quite thin; that’s not my particular body shape.” As a result, Valentine turned to finance and spent ten years in wealth management. Ms. Valentine struggled with her weight during that time; she weighed around 300 pounds by age 35. She then realized she had to come to terms with her outlook on life. “I decided I needed to love myself in that moment ... exactly the way I was. I had a friend who was a photographer - she did wedding photography as well as boudoir and pinup on the side. I also knew a girl who wanted to shoot with her, but I wasn’t in the mindset of being in front of the camera then. We talked and she said ‘Well... I’ll do it when I lose 20 pounds.’ I thought ‘No! That’s so sad!’ We need to start doing things today and loving ourselves as we are.” Ms. Valentine decided to seize the

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 28



the last four years. I’ve spent a lot of time becoming the very best version of myself. There’s a lot of self-esteem, self-confidence, and happiness that comes from that. I have a great amount of love in my heart. I want to spread that as far as I can.” Valentine was quick to respond when asked what someone who is struggling with body issues can do to help themselves. “Wear something more form-fitting than you’re used to. Wear your bathing suit around the house. Get more comfortable with your naked body. Challenge yourself to go of what you would normally ACCENTUATING THE outside do. Take small risks; you’ll start to gain POSITIVE confidence.” As a person, Alabama Valentine Valentine’s upbeat attitude towards exudes loving vibes. It’s not by life isn’t an accident. She aspires to accident. She says she has a special spread her enthusiasm and outlook affinity with the word ‘love.’ “When I wherever she goes in her career. “This was at the beginning of my journey, is why I’m on this earth. I believe in the my younger brother would always go body positive movement.” by and say ‘Love you!’ One day it hit For Valentine, it’s about focus. The me; I thought those two words were path she’s on is a direct result of past so powerful. It means three different turmoil and difficult situations. “I’ve things to me. ‘Love you,’ as in loving been through a lot. It’s tough. In the you personally, ‘love you,’ [as in] loving beginning, I didn’t know if I was going yourself, and the third part... you have to make it! There’s a part of me that to be your own advocate according to knows how [precious and powerful] you and the dreams that you have. You every moment is. We don’t know how can’t wait for someone to do it for you.” much time we get on this earth. I have Using the ups and downs of life chosen to be positive and make the as reference material, Valentine has most of every single day.” emerged with an upbeat state of mind. Life is progressive; where Valentine There’s no doubt this California girl is in her life appears to be an ongoing is ready to face the whole modeling journey. “I really did a lot of work on world. my emotional and physical health over

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

led to memorable destinations. She’s worked in many locations on the west coast, including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Some of her favorite excursions are courtesy of her friends north of the border. “I was lucky enough to travel to Toronto twice now; Once with the Malia Indigo fashion show ... and again to walk for SexyPlus. I have been following her brands for a couple of years now. I connected with her models. There was every body type you can imagine in that show; I love that.”

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8



by Avni Parekh


ow can women gain financial stability while staying on top of the latest fashion trends? Statistics show that on average, men are better at math than women. With that being said, is being financially stable about being good at math or simply about being responsible for managing one’s finances? When I was in college, I read a book that I still refer to now in my 30s called Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money by Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D. The underlying premise of the book centers on women being “nice” when managing money instead of being “smart” about it. The author pinpoints 75 common mistakes “nice girls” make that result in not obtaining greater wealth. To start your journey, I’ve outlined a 10-step plan adapted from the lessons in this book that you can implement immediately. These steps can help you get on track for earning and retaining your hard-earned money instead of owing it.

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8



Make Your Financial Well-Being a Priority – Dr. Frankel explains that part of the “nice girl” syndrome is that women’s mindsets are focused on doing for others at the expense of taking care of their own needs. Reprogram your mind not to feel guilty when you are doing something that benefits you.


Create a Financial Goal – Behind every aspiration and goal lies a magic number. Dr. Frankel presents a simple formula for figuring out this number, “current savings + amount needed to achieve your vision = your financial goal.” What’s your magic number?


Start Budgeting – Dr. Frankel suggests viewing a budget as “nothing more than a plan that will make you more conscious of how you spend your money.” She mentions you can never get rich if you think you can spend money as long as you have checks in your checkbook, or available credit on your charge card.


Distinguish Between Wants and Needs – “Women are prompted by emotion and desire instead of pure necessity,” notes Dr. Frankel. They are more prone buy what they want, when they want it. When you figure out what you need, it’ll make it easier to control your spending.


Negotiate – It’s not petty to negotiate, nor is it scary. “Women don’t get as much monetarily as men because they don’t ask for it, and they don’t ask because negotiations tend to make them anxious.” Getting rid of preconceived notions about negotiating will only strengthen your confidence and ability to get what you want at your suggested price.


Trust Your Intuition – Dr. Frankel points out that many women mention doubting their own intuition as a “major impediment to attaining financial independence.” She says women often rely on other people’s advice as opposed to trusting their own gut. Part of

trusting your intuition means not being afraid of saying “no thanks” to investments that sound off and not succumbing to anyone else’s sense of urgency.


Stop Ignoring Rebates, Cash Back and Mileage Options – Taking the time to fill out rebate forms can save you money, and enrolling in cash back and mileage programs offer rewards that are worth hundreds of dollars. Why not take advantage of making money off the money that you spent?


Stop Giving into Social Pressure – Being “bullied” into contributing to group gifts at a price greater than what you want to spend at the risk of looking cheap, or feeling bad for saying no, also affects your bottom line. Remember to put your financial goals first.


Stop Shopping 24/7 – Being able to purchase virtually anything from anywhere at any time opens the door to unnecessary spending. Assess which purchases are simply based on desire, and then make a conscious effort not to buy them. Every fashionista is a boss. Now it’s time to be the boss of your finances. You have the ability to reclaim your earning power simply by reconditioning your mind to approach money matters differently, and by being conscious of breaking bad habits. Therefore, I encourage you to make a pact with yourself to follow this simple 10-step plan for the rest of the year. It all begins by putting yourself first.

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

Leverage Company Contributions – “You’re just plain foolish if you don’t take advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) plan,” exclaims Dr. Frankel. All you have to do is enroll in the plan, and some companies even match your contribution. If you’ve delayed enrolling, how does it feel knowing you are losing out on free money?



Crystal Renee | Photography by Auvon Chandler

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 34

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


Samira Unmüßig | Photography by Silvana Denker

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 36

Christen Marucci | Photography by Nikki Gomez

Continues on page 58 w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8







w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


ll Women Have Wings is a visual representation and reaction to the angelic, untouchable woman we celebrate in today’s fashion and culture. It is shortsighted and misguided to suggest or conflate beauty as the sole essence of strength. In fashion, this ideal can be appealing and compelling as an artistic attempt, but this only goes so far. When beauty is reserved for such one dimensional concepts, the exploration of what it means to be beautiful and transcendent becomes narrow and weak. This project was built upon the premise that the timeless beauty of women comes from their resiliency, multidimensionality, and unique attributes. This beauty is NOT bound by a certain weight, shape, size, age, or ethnicity. This beauty comes from the fierceness, raw, real and AUTHENTIC determination to be resilient no matter what -- to fight for themselves and others, to embrace all of their strengths and weaknesses, and persevere through tough times. Our project features different body types and shapes to highlight a concept of beauty that is often overlooked. It is also a rejection of the idea that in order to be beautiful, we must be an angelic, virginal, and untouchable divine being. This project embraces the idea that women are beautiful because they are real, resilient, and unstoppable. Thus, we chose to show these women as the beautiful, winged creatures that they truly are. We show these women as creatures who walk through the fire and rise from the ashes -- creatures who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the fight to survive and thrive. We aimed to showcase women embracing their wings and the power that they derive from them.


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


he bluebird is often considered to be a muse. Although they are recognized as a symbol of happiness and cheer, they are fundamentally territorial and rid the garden of unwanted pests. Much like a matriarch standing in her power, they uphold the beauty and integrity of their environment for the greater good.

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m



heir flamboyant feathers and colors represent the masculine power that women inherently possess, as peacocks are the male version of the peafowl. They are bold, primal and unapologetically sexy. A woman’s ability to fluidly tap into her masculine and feminine energy is what keeps people on their toes and makes our power undeniable.

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 42


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


hen spotted in pairs, ravens can elude to “double trouble.” They have a reputation for being unkind and an omen of misfortune, when in fact they are merely creatures symbolizing metamorphosis or transformation. Although change can be uncomfortable for some, a women’s transformative nature fuels the curiosity behind our feminine mystique.


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


ockingbirds are best known for mimicking the songs and sounds of other birds, insects, and amphibians -often loudly and in rapid succession. The women of our world have the tendency to instantly amplify our environment and each other, for better or for worse. When women band together, we echo a sound and presence that simply can’t be denied.


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


he elusive flamingo perplexes as it stands effortlessly on one leg, poised for flight. Much like the temperamental nature of a woman, they are vocal but can also be skittish and will fly away if disturbed. Pretty in pink, sometimes red, but always girly, flamingos are social creatures who are known to switch mates and flock amongst each other in larger vibrant groups.

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8



esides a dove’s white feathers, there is no real difference between a dove and a pigeon. What makes doves pure and pigeons dirty, other than human perception? Therefore, doves are our symbolic reminder of the many labels that we wear and the women who fight against labels and misperceptions that are based purely upon our exteriors.

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8



he pheasant sits on its pedestal as the most well-known, widespread and ancient game bird in the world. For those very reasons, it is also one of the world’s most hunted birds, and it is symbolic of the social mores put on women and the ever-present pursuit of us.


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


sually depicted as a red bird, cardinals actually come in different shades and various colors. Unlike other species, the cardinal can biologically suppress disease upon infection. Like cardinals, women have the intuitive ability to nurture and heal, which is the cornerstone of a woman’s strength and resilience.

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


STAY #INTHEKNOW t u o b a e r o Learn m d n a s g n i W e v a H n e #AllWom , s t n e m e v o m e l b a e t other no s t n e v e & s n g n i a p cam e u s s i h s a l f g n i m o c in our up r u o a i v y l n o e l b a l i a v -- a ! p p a e l i b new mo

FEB 2018

bout a s u ed d in em r s n o Cherrie Pie Producti ne’s ti n le a V t s a p is th e v #TheGiftsofSelfLo ed 20 r tu ea f n ig a p m a c e Day. Their inclusiv ing from sizes 0-28 ng incredible women ra ot just on Valentine’s ve, n -- promoting self lo year round. Day, but all


APR 2018

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m





lous u b a f a d te s o h n o s n Antoinette Joh oost selfb to t en ev te et in to n #CocktailsWithA g them in h c a te ls a u id iv confidence in ind er them w o p em d n a es v el s how to love them on. ti a s er v n o c d n a n io h through fas


MAR 2018

ent kicked em v o M y it n U ’s en Wom l project to u f ti u ea B y d o B # r ei off th nity, u t, en m er w o p em le celebrate fema of all en m o w r o f e c en id f self-love & con sizes. d n a es p a h s , es n to ethnicities, skin

D O B #




e ib r c s b u s , t u o s is Don’t m to the app today!

Designer Fanny of the Fanny Collection

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 52

Fashion designer and Congo refugee, Fanny of the Fanny Collection is a self-made designer who’s had an eye for fashion since she was just 5 years old. We asked fanny 10 questions and here is what she had to say:

1. How long have you been a fashion designer? Professionally, I’ve been doing this for now 3 years.

2. What made you decide to pursue fashion design/become a designer? I’m in love with my culture and heritage and colors. I’ve seen my Grandma making dresses and dressing women at a young age and I was blown away with her creativity and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up.

3. What is your muse? Who inspires you? Africa is my inspiration. And being an African woman there’s so much to us that the world doesn’t see.


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

Meet Fanny!

4. Who are your favorite designers?

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


I love Betsey Johnson. Also, Christie Brown from Ghana.

5. In your own words, how would you describe your designs? My design is young, fun, sassy still using African prints but with a modern touch.

6. What do you think about size inclusivity and/or the body-positive movement? If you have a ‘body-positive’ story, please share it with us. This is how I like to put it. With so much discrimination in the fashion world, I refuse to be that designer who only dress certain body types of women. I create my collection for every woman in all ethnicities. I will never discriminate on clothes because as a woman, we are all beautiful in our own way and fashion should never have a limit on size, color, race or weight.

7. Every woman has a superpower, what’s yours? Vision (even though I wear glasses) developing your power begins with a mental training. Then my vision allows me to see things others don’t.

8. What do you want your legacy to be? I want to be remembered as a girl who came here with nothing and made a name for herself. No one will market you the way you will market yourself.

9. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? This too shall pass.

10. Where can people learn more about you and/or purchase your designs? On my social media Facebook and Instagram “Fannyshousecollection” or my website

Fanny Collection | Model: Le Vondria Bridges | Photography by Marcus Harris w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 56

Fanny Collection | Models: Le Vondria Bridges & Peyton | Photography by Marcus Harris w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


Christen Marucci | Photography by Nikki Gomez

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 58

Sissy de Boer | Photography by Silvana Denker

Continues on page 62 w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8



Why Female Unity is the Solution


by Natasha Toffa

nnalise Keating, Olivia Pope and Jessica Jones are among many strong female characters we see on screen. Although fictional, I find myself drawing much inspiration from them. From the way Olivia Pope strong arms male government executives, to Annalise Keating’s brilliance in finding ways around the law and getting away with it, to Jessica Jones’ plain and simple ass whoopings, women are portrayed as strong and self-determined. After the amazing year we’ve just had I feel that if we can take a few lessons from these women and in some way, combine them with our own everyday life rules, and still incorporate our values and morals, we can achieve just about anything in 2018. Let us continue to break barriers and cast off old stereotypes! Women are now making more progress than in any previous year. Don’t get me wrong, we still have “miles” to go, but we have great role models, like Ashley Graham, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah to name a few. In general, women are killing it right now in almost every industry. As actors in motion pictures and television to fashion designers and leading sports figures, women have and

continue to make their mark. Be it in music, becoming entrepreneurs in fashion, in politics and picking up the mantle of humanitarian aid and relief, women are handling it all. Women’s rights are here to stay. It is a movement that is not going to recede. Even with increasing progress, many of us still tend to hold ourselves back with the petty behavior we display towards one another. Also, I am not a fan of the “only support your own” mindset. Be that your own skin color, your own social status, your own gender or dress size and only supporting women of the same religious group. Any woman who withholds support from anyone who differs from herself disappoints and sickens me. How can we expect to inspire the next and future generations of young girls to be amazing women? We have to set the standard to educate them that amazing can be anyone, from anywhere and in any place. We want these future leaders to be inspired, just the way we were. No woman is better than another! Need I repeat, no woman is better than another! We are one in the same. Yet instead of joining forces to creatively, or otherwise, achieve great things together, many are doing the opposite by letting their egos, their pride and jealousy

Natasha Toffa


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

consume them. Acts of terror around the world still affect so many women and children. Men are still abusing women through rape and other forms of physical and mental abuse. Women are still viewed as objects who must fit within a preconceived role. Their minds, thoughts and opinions are often not recognized or valued. For this reason, women must come together and stand together. Only then, can we make a difference! So, let us take the time to get to know one another; putting aside all judgement and biased misconceptions. We already have the media and men labelling us do we really need to add to the problem? Learning about one another can help to teach us how to embrace and accept each other as equals, and enable us to stand together. By uniting as one, we can creatively use our differences to achieve great things, to grow together and succeed. Uniqueness, diversity and individuality is what makes us all beautiful. We must remember that we are all beautiful in every sense of the word and stand tall -- united as one.

Destiny Marie | Photography by Madelyn Cordova-Hamilton

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 62

Sheila Lopez | Photography by Tommy Kim w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


Ebony Walker | Photography by Rick Jones

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 64

Elena Egea | Photography by Jose Ortiz

Continues on page 82 w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


Fabiana Bergara | Photography by Ricardo Rodriguez

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 66

Rae Nicole Davis | Photography by Andrea Garland

Continues on page 80 w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 68

hen you hear the words “spring cleaning,” you think of cleaning out your closets and reorganizing your house. However, some people focus only on cleaning their physical space. They forget that mental cleaning ’s important as well. Do you want to have the best year possible? Get a jump-start on your mental spring cleaning. These habits are getting in the way of you living up to your full potential.


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


Constantly worrying about what might happen in the future. It’s normal to feel a little anxious about the future and what may or may not happen. Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid. But, worrying too much can cause you unneeded stress and that can get in the way of your happiness. Worrying about something doesn’t stop it from happening. Anxiety can’t change the outcome. Deal with things as they happen rather than spending time replaying possible scenarios in your head.

Putting off everything on your todo list until the last minute. Are you a chronic procrastinator? I have always been one too. Occasionally, getting down to the wire gives me the pressure I need to get things done. But it also leaves me stressed and fitting too many things into a short amount of time. Life

will become much smoother if you stop procrastinating and start working before your deadlines.

Handling disappointment with self-destruction. Life will sometimes disappoint you in different ways, whether it’s other people letting you down, letting yourself down, or things not going the way you’d hoped. The sooner you accept that it’s normal to feel disappointed from time to time, the easier it will be to handle it in a healthy way. When someone feels disappointed, they turn to self-destructive habits as an escape. Although those habits may feel good momentarily, the aftermath leaves you feeling a lot worse. These destructive habits may even add to the disappointment you already feel.

Keeping people in your life that regularly cause you any kind of negativity. You don’t need to keep people in your life for any reason, even if they’re family or you’ve known them for a long time. If

Putting self-care on the backburner. I know that life can be busy, and it can seem almost impossible to get everything done, but self-care shouldn’t be something you do occasionally. Self-care should be a daily priority. If it’s not, you won’t be able to give your best effort in all of the other areas of your life. Habits are not easy to break. But the more you work at changing your bad habits, the more natural breaking them will feel. You’ll notice your life will be less stressful, and you’ll be able to make 2018 the best year you’ve had yet.


It may seem like the nice thing to do is to lie to someone to keep them from getting hurt, but being secretive and dishonest hurts in the long run. Dishonesty also takes a negative toll on you, since you’re pretending to feel some way you really don’t, or you’re trying to “fake it” to keep someone else happy. It’s not healthy for anyone involved. Honesty is always the best policy, even though it’s not always the easiest option.

someone regularly makes you anxious or makes your life more difficult, stop giving them the ability to do so. You deserve to be surrounded by people who make your life better. You shouldn’t settle for anything less.

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

Not being honest about how you feel in order to spare someone’s feelings.

Ebony Jordan | Photography by Marcus Harris T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 72

by Ebony Jordan


once knew a girl whose light shined so brightly that everywhere she went people couldn’t help but notice her. Her presence demanded attention when she entered the room. Her only downfall was she struggled to see her own light. No matter how often people encouraged her to embrace her light and shine, she was incapable of doing so because she did not see anything worth embracing. As a result of her lack of self-awareness, she grew up to feel small, timid, and unsure of herself. She allowed doubt to seep into her consciousness from every direction. She felt powerless when surrounded

by those who were secure in who they were. Those people knew how to lead a conversation, stand their ground, and not sell themselves short for the sake of someone else’s comfort. She craved those abilities and longed to know what it was like to feel in control. Does she sound familiar? I think we all knew a girl like this. I was this girl. I believe that everyone has what it takes to tap into their power and be in control of their own space. All it takes is some focused attention and power-influenced habit building. With that being said, here are five tips to reclaim your power and put you in control of your environment:


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m



T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8

Boost your Confidence

Activate Your Sexy

onfidence is made up of many components, and when trying to boost it you can end up going down a rabbit hole of ways to do so. However, we are going to solely focus on confidence and its influence on power. Have you noticed that those who have expertise on select topics exude confidence when they speak? So much so that you may assume that it is highly unlikely that they’re ever wrong? That’s the power of confidence. Speaking with conviction will cover up any sense of doubt and insecurity that you’re feeling, making it difficult for those involved in your conversation to question your merit. Reading new things can expand your mind and allow you to offer insight on interesting topics. It can also initiate some great discussion in a social setting. If you don’t know much about a topic of conversation, don’t speak for the sake of being social. Showing curiosity and being confident shows maturity, a sense of security, and wisdom.

As women, it is our birthright to tap into our feminine gifts and exude sex appeal. It’s a hidden superpower that may be dormant because we take it for granted. I believe that men think our sexy is for them. In reality, it belongs to us. Some simple actions may surprise you and make a world of difference in how sexy you feel. Like drinking water -- After drinking so many bottles of water, I feel like I’ve lifted and flushed out all the toxins in my body. To put it simply, I’m glowing by bedtime! This is all just a feeling, but when it comes to power, feelings are everything. Also, being consistent -- When I’m being consistent with my beauty regimes, academia, and hobbies, I feel so sexy and mentally tough. Self-discipline is no easy feat. inally, and our personal favorite, getting dolled up! Looking your best will have you feeling sexy. These are only a few simple examples of what it takes for me to get my sexy on. Think about what your idea of sexy is and bring it on. Feeling sexy will have your presence demanding attention in no time.




w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

Ebony Jordan | Photography by Marcus Harris

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


Be Present


laiming your power is only possible if you are attentive. If you focus solely on the task at hand or on who is in front of you, you will undoubtedly feel a sense of power because you’re fully aware of what’s going on. Your experience is only as valuable as you make it. To make the most of it, you must submerge yourself and be fully involved. Showing someone that their presence is important enough to you that you were able to give them your full attention is a sign of respect. Giving respect will earn you respect; nothing says power like being respected.

Sorry, I’m Not Sorry Remove the phrase “I’m sorry’” from your vernacular. I feel differently when I say, “I apologize” versus when I say, “I’m sorry.” Notice the difference in the vibration of words between those two phrases to help break this habit. Sure, “I’m sorry” is an informal way of apologizing but it is also a way to exclaim you suck. “I apologize” is the perfect alternative and it’s not as casual as, “I’m sorry.”

When you’ve wronged someone, it is completely acceptable to formally apologize as you didn’t mean any harm. However, saying you’re “sorry” because you’re struggling to complete a sentence or you’re being indecisive are not good reasons to claim you are sorry. This powerstealing habit is usually brought on when we think our flaws are showing in the presence of others. It is a very human thing to say, but it is worth eliminating because it is damaging to the subconscious mind and can affect the external reality. Using “I apologize,” can aid in eliminating the destructive phrase “I’m sorry.” This will reflect a strong sense of security that nobody can ignore. Mark my words, after reading this, “I’m sorry” is going to feel awkward every time it’s stated. You’re welcome!

Affirm your Power!


epeat positive, powerful affirmations daily. Here’s why: “I am” are two very powerful words because what you say afterward help create your reality. Here are some powerful affirmations that you can add to your morning routine:

Ebony Jordan | Photography by Marcus Harris w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m



T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8

• I am in control. • I am enough. • I am limitless in my ability to succeed. • I am love. • I am a highly respected woman.


s you get into the habit of stating daily affirmations you will naturally start to form your own personalized affirmations. There is no point in stating anything negative because you don’t want to give any of your powerful energy to negativity. You always want to affirm positive things in the present tense. Using the future tense will give off a vibe that you are lacking in some way. In my opinion, the morning is the best time to recite affirmations. However, there is never a bad time to recite them. Take heed of these five tips and get your power popping. Just be sure to use your power for good!


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m

Ebony Jordan | Photography by Marcus Harris

Joleen Green | Photography by Amanda Valentine

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 80

Cece Marie | Photography by Julia Guydeychuk

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


Sheila Lopez | Photography by Tommy Kim

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 82

Jessica Teixeira | Photography by Eugene Bennett

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m


Delicia Garrett | Photograph by Marcus Harris

T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 84

Delaney & Shaleesa | Photography by Marcus Harris

w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m



T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8

Cover Model & pg 2-3. Model: Fabiana Bergara, Photography by Iwona Alfred / pg 7-8. Model: Krislynn Mallard, Photographer by Kristin Langlais / Model: Shenelle LaPierre, Photography by Jose Pagan, Makeup Artist: Keyonah Orr, Hair: Shenelle LaPierre, Creative Styling: LaFina Philips, Floral Jumpsuit: Eyani Couture / pg 12. Model: Jennifer Gonzales, Photography by Shelly DelRosario / pg 13. Model: Jai Michelle, Photography by Alexander Robles / pg 14-15. Model: Lisa, Photography by Marcus Harris / pg 34-35. Model: Crystal Renee, Photography by Auvon Chandler / pg 36. Model: Samira Unmüßig, Photography by Silvana Denker, Makeup Artists: Ilka Müller, Fania Million, Wardrobe: Astrapahl / pg 37. Christen Marucci, Photography by Nikki Gomez / pg. 38-39. Models (From left to right, top to bottom): Ashley Busch, Isabella Wolf, Alexandra Wolf, Denize Cinette, Maya Dujela, Jacqueline Kirby, Athena Bownds, Athena Golden; Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio; Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 40. Model: Jacqueline Kirby, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/ Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 41. Model: Denize Cinette, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 42-43. Model: Alexandra Wolf, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 44. Athena Bownds, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 45. Model: Ashley Busch, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 46-47. Model: Isabella Wolf, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 48. Model: Athena Golden, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 49. Model: Maya Dujela, Photographer: Daryl OH & Holyrad Studio, Photo Editor/Retoucher: Borislava Ivanova, Hair & Makeup: Ochanya O. Artistry & Athena Golden / pg 55. Model: Le Vondria Bridges, Photography by Marcus Harris, Wardrobe by Fanny Collection / pg 56-57. Models: Le Vondria Bridges & Peyton, Photography by Marcus Harris, Wardrobe by Fanny Collection / pg 58. Christen Marucci, Photography by Nikki Gomez / pg 59. Sissy de Boer, Photography by Silvana Denker, Makeup Artists: Ilka Müller, Fania Million, Wardrobe: Astrapahl / pg 62. Destiny Marie, Photography by Madelyn Cordova-Hamilton, Makeup Artist: Kiana Bonneau Artistry, Hair: Hair Youphoria Salon - Sharece Young, Wardrobe: All Brides 2 Be -Jessicas Rios-Reyes / pg 63. Sheila Lopez, Photography by Tommy Kim / pg 64. Ebony Walker, Photography by Rick Jones / pg 65. Elena Egea, Photography by Jose Ortiz / pg 66. Fabiana Bergara, Photography by Ricardo Rodriguez, Makeup Artist: Shreelaxmi Netra, Hair Stylist: Jen Forbes / pg 67. Rae Nicole Davis, Photography by Andrea Garland, Hair: Destiny Wright / pg 80. Model: Joleen Green, Photography by Amanda Valentine, Makeup Artist Sabina Chowaniec / pg 81. Cece Marie, Photography by Julia Guydeychuk, Makeup Artists: Devan Divided / pg 82. Sheila Lopez, Photography by Tommy Kim / pg 83. Jessica Teixeira, Photography by Eugene Bennett, Makeup Artist: Key Hawkins / pg 84-85. Delaney & Shaleesa, Photography by Marcus Harris / Back Cover. Model: Luci Lux, Photography by Marcus Harris


w w w. Lo ve U M a g a z i n e . c o m Love U Magazine is a quarterly, digital publication. For information on our quarterly publishing cycle, please contact us via 2018 Power Issue--Published May 5, 2018. | © 2018 Arrogant Dreams, LLC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. EDITORIAL OFFICE Love U Magazine is published by Arrogant Dreams. 1971 W Lumsden Road #215, Brandon, FL 33511 Want to Write for Us? Email General Inquiries:  |  Advertising: |  Collaborations:


T h e Powe r I s s u e • S p r i n g 2 0 1 8


Love U Magazine | The Power Issue, Spring 2018