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PMM [inspiration]

“When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” - Audre Lorde

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Model, Rosie Mercado Photography, Inez Lewis Makeup, Rosie Mercado Hair, Amber Harlan - Hot Box Salon Las Vegas Wardrobe Stylist, Reah Norman Produced by Madeline Jones Dress, Fuerza Collection by SwakDesigns.com


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PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE

CONTENTS June 2013

Beauty Wearable Summer Trends DIY Hair Removal Summer Fun Protection Samantha’s Top 5 Beauty Favs Tara’s Beauty Q&A Get the Look

Style Executive Fashion Director Perfect Pairs Style Solutions Summer’s 10 Must Haves Trending Now

Editorial Summer Essentials Grisel’s Summer Must-Haves Rosie Mercado, Finding My Fuerza Behind the Scenes PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / JUN 2013


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Life

Face of FFFW, Toy Mo Bombshell Blogroll We Love Our Readers

Modeling

Tips for Aspiring Plus M

Ask Larissa: Networkin

Spotlight Model Brittan

Around Town

Ashley Stewart Model S

Heads to ATL, LA and N Project Curve Appeal

In Every Issue Editor’s Note PMM Readers Inspiration PMM APP Giveaways

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PMM [masthead]

PLUS M

Editor-

Madeli

Executiv

Valery

Exec. Marketin

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Executive Fa Reah Fashion & Style Editor

Shopping Editor

Marie Denee

Alissa S. Wilson

E. Coast Beauty Editor

W. Coast Beauty Editor

Tara Taylor

Artemis

Empowerment Editor

Host, PMM Radio

Kendra C. Johnson

Chenese Lewis

Wellness Editor

Entertainment

Yve Edmond

Tia Rudd

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g & Creative Dir.

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ashion Director Norman Contributors

Staff Photographer

Tiffany Bank

Luke Jones

Larissa Laurel Deborah Friedman

Digital App Manager

Shannon Hiett

Jennene Biggins

Colleen Stovall Michelle Rene

Executive Assistant Kristin Solis

PLUS Model Magazine, the premier virtual magazine celebrating the plus size fashion, beauty and plus modeling industries, inspires you to thrive in your curves, crave contemporary fashion and design your life on your own terms, sans apologies.


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to her unwavering efforts.

Madeline Jones

Her road was not easy, as you will read in her in-depth interview, but her faith and positive attitude has brought her to a place of peace, understanding and success. Her capsule collection “Fuerza” (available at swakdesigns.com,) speaks to the very root of what it’s like to be

editor’s note

a plus size woman in todays society, and with season 2 of Curvy Girls around the corner, Rosie is one of the plus size industry

All women deserve great fashion and should be celebrated!

leading ladies. Full Figured Fashion Week (fffweek.com,) is just a few weeks away and

This is what I thought about when

PMM is more excited

putting our Sexy Summer Issue

than ever! New faces,

together. What better way to do this

designers and brands

than to feature our very first size

will adorn the runway,

22 cover model, Rosie Mercado.

along with a NEW Face of

Rosie is a pioneer and a recognized

FFFWEEK. Toy Monique

name in the plus size industry due

is absolutely stunning and has a wealth of talent

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making her one of the most exciting “faces” to date. Make sure you follow us on social media as we bring you live coverage from the runway! I would like to thank everyone at Project Curve Appeal for hosting such an incredible weekend of events and for the beautiful Curvy Icon award I received. I had the most amazing time - you ladies ROCK! Lastly, I would like to thank TEAM PMM for all of your support as we went cross-country for the Ashley Stewart/PLUS Model Magazine Model Search. And to all of the ladies who came out, Thank You!! You are all winners in my eyes. I hope you enjoy this very special issue… and make sure to join us in July as we celebrate 7 years in virtual print!

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want to see in future issues... From fashion to beauty, modeling to television, and everything in between, share your voice, we’re always listening! I’m inspired by PMM to take off my cover-up this summer and embrace my curves with confidence. Thank you! Kelly Williams The swim guide was my favorite. Summer is always a trying time when buying a bathing suit & this helped a lot. Dorothy Patterson Thank you so much for creating a magazine designed for plus women! It gives me hope toward my journey of becoming a plus size model. Christina Marie Carpenter Beautiful! I’m a big fan! Beth Wilson The modeling advice and tips are invaluable for those of us trying to get our modeling careers off the ground. Angela Winters Great styling and images. Congratulations on another wonderful issue PMM. Shaneka Jones Congratulations on another great issue.. Hoping one day to grace the pages of PMM. Demetria Joly

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BB Creams

Beauty Balms are the ideal all-in-

product for those on the go! They

packed with anti-oxidants, and ar

with anti-aging, hydrating, comple correcting and SPF properties.

wearabl

Summe Shown: Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 , Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream SPF 30, AJ Crimson BB Cream

Barely There Lashes

This summer lashes are lightly defined with a soft separating mascara or completely bare with a clear formula. No volume, no plumping, no thickeningâ&#x20AC;Śclean fresh beauty. Shown: Sephora Clear Defining Mascara, bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara, Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara

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exion

Color Pink!

As a lipstick, blush or halo around the eyes, this flirty, feminine hue is back in full force. Shown: Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Betsey, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Woodstock, Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Pink Rose

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er 2013 trends By Tara Taylor

Bright Matte Lips

I know we’re accustomed to

wearing and seeing lip-gloss, but every now and again it’s good to venture outside the norm. Velvety matte lips in bright colors can be flattering, not to mention long lasting. Matte too dry? Go for a creamy textured lipstick.

Shown: Sephora Clear Defining Mascara, bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara, Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara

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Brows

Those who know my work know brows are my specialty. Well, this summer they are big, they are bold, they are arched! Shown: Benefit Brow Zings, Maybelline Wear Twin Brow and Eye Pencils, Anastasia Brow Wiz

Emerald Greenâ&#x20AC;Ś

... Is the color for 2013. Point. Blank. Period.

Shown: Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Antique Jade, Illamasqua Paranormal Nail Varnish in Omen, Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Trio in Helmut

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PMM [beauty] confessions of a beauty editor...

DIY Hair Removal E

The Ancient ART Art of Sugaring

By West Coast Beauty Editor, Artem

ver wonder how Cleopatra had her body hair removed? Sugari

which is a paste made of sugar, lemon, and water, that resemb

wax has been around since at least 1900 BC. The original recip

possibly consists of honey, as sugar was not introduced to the western

world until Alexander the Great’s soldier carried sugar cane reeds back

Greece after being introduced to it in South Asia. I prefer to make this p

using sugar, solely for economic reasons: honey is simply more expens than table sugar.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SUGARING

• The mixture only sticks to the hair, and not the skin. Wax sticks to bot hair and the skin.

• Unlike waxing, you apply the sugar mixture in the opposite direction o

growth, while pulling it off in the direction of the growth, making ingrown less likely to occur. • It is safe to go over the same area twice without burning the skin.

• Many women will find that the hair growth has slowed down considera after a period of time.

• Sugar & lemon are both antiseptic, and not known for causing irritatio

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SUGARING 2 cups white cane sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice (juice of two lemons) 1/4 cup water I simmer these ingredients in a medium to large saucepan on a low flame until the mixture becomes a rich, amber color. I test a small drop on a dish to see if it has reached the correct consistency. When

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roll it into a ball, then it is ready. Test it on a tiny

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to reach this consistency. Store it in a microwavable container. If you want to apply this without the strips, you simmer it to a golden color, so that it resembles honey. Wearing disposable gloves, dip into the warm sugar paste, and apply to hair. Allow to cool, and then pull it off using your fingers, without the use of a strip. It dries hard, like candy and is easily removed. Before I use it on my body or face, I allow it to cool down completely, and reheat it for a minute in the microwave. Sugar has a very high temperature when cooking it, so if it is scalding hot, it will of course burn you. I like to control the temperature in this way. Happy Hair Removal! JUN 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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PMM [beauty] {LIPS}

As a makeup artist, I have always stressed proper skin care. When

{FACE} your skin is in great shape, the less {EARS} corrective makeup you have to wear. Which means all you have to do is {NECK} focus on enhancement instead of covering and camouflaging. During the summer it is equally, if not more, important to protect your skin from the sun as it is to cleanse and exfoliate. And if you are exfoliating on a regular basis, protection is ESSENTIAL when that beautiful new skin is exposed to the sun.

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By Tara Taylor


Left to Right: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free, Sephora Skin Perfect CC Cream SPF 20, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, Miracle Skin Transformer Rewind Advanced Peptide Lip Treatment SPF 20, Lavanila The Healthy Lip Screen SPF 30, Essie: Butler Please, Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15, Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 70, Coppertone Ultra Guard Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Clarins Sunscreen Stick for Sun-Sensitive Areas SPF 30, Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 – Oil Free, and Philosophy Miracle Worker SPF 50+

{NAILS} {BODY}

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Samantha’s Top 5 Beauty Favs! MAC Cremesheen Modesty Lip Stick Great Day Lip Cream finish... It’s the perfect nude lip for women of my complexion. You can pair it with MAC Chestnut lip liner True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Body Cream Keeps my Skin Soft throughout the day and gives me a glow. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque Closes my Pours and leaves my face feeling tight! I use this product 2x a month. CHANEL Moisturizer HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE I love how it keeps my face hydrated during the day and at night. I even wear it under my make up at times. ViVa LaJuicy Perfume’ I wear this perfume everyday “FAVE” ...Sweet Fruit Champagne Smell I just LOVE PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / JUN 2013


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PMM [beauty]

BEAUTY

Q&A

with Tara Taylor

Jennifer from San Francisco, CA Asks... How do I know whether to use an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder?

I

have heard this question so many times; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad you asked, Jennifer. It all depends on your brows and the look you want to create.

Powder is good for giving a softer appearance and great if you already have pretty full brows, but have a few spaces to fill in. If your brows are sparse and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of skin showing, pencil will give a sharper line and better definition. An option for sculpted brows is to use pencil and follow with powder.

Note: Pencil tends to be waxy, so applying a little translucent powder on top will take care of the sheen.

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Beauty Question? Email Tara at: beauty@plusmodelmagazine.com and your question might be featured in an upcoming issue of PMM!

When a Girl Just Needs to Know...


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PMM [beauty]

Get the Look

With Tara Taylor

Summer is here and of course we all want to look sun-kissed, even if we

had the time to get some sun. But this look created on Griselangel isn’t

sweet-bathing-on-the-beach look. This is your sexy-hot-vixen-ready-to-t night-AFTER-spending-the-day-on-the-beach!! Did you get that?

The Complexion If you have that perfect flawless skin, that I would love to have, by all m

without foundation. Otherwise, keep the coverage minimal and where y

Then go for a nice warm illuminating bronzer and dust around your foreh and nose.

The Eyes

If you are daring enough, take your black eyeshadow and wash it across into your lower lash line. Be mindful to blend the edges of the shadow.

extreme, use a pretty bronze. It will be softer and less intimidating. To c

eye, use a blackest black kohl liner and rim your entire eye, including th

lower waterline, and top of with a few coats of black volumizing mascara

Note: To prevent raccoon eyes, complete your eye makeup first, wipe aw eyeshadow, then do your complexion.

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PMM [executive fashion director] Reah Norman

From the inception of PMM, Maddy Figueroa Jones has been committed to breaking boundaries, taking chances, and showcasing size diversity on the pages and covers of PLUS. Back in 2007, Maddy asked me to be the first size 18/20 model to grace the magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

...Happy June and happy (almost) summer!

cover. To say that I was honored and grateful is an understatement. Being part of the publication gave

T

me so much hope for the he month of June has

industry and the positive

become a very significant

direction we were headed,

month for plus size fashion.

and it was refreshing to be

In just a few weeks, the plus industry

embraced and be part of

will come together in NYC for the

the change, when so many

biggest plus fashion celebration of

doors were being

the year, Full Figured Fashion Week

closed in my face.

(fffweek.com), and what better way

Maddy has made

for PMM to rejoice, than with our

it her mission to

first size 22 cover model, Rosie

highlight the beauty

Mercado!

of plus size model

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diversity- all career levels, all sizes, and all ethnicities! It is always a delicate balance of creative vision, business practicality, and a little serendipity, and when we were discussing our June issue, we knew it had to be Rosie! It has been amazing to watch Rosie’s journey since I first had the chance to style her back in the summer of 2010. She is positive, uplifting, inspirational, and just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. The meaning behind Rosie’s new capsule collection, FUERZA for SWAK Designs, is strength and power, so when finalizing the concept for her editorial feature, I wanted the styling to bring her vision to life. Bold statement accessories, mixed metals, studs, grommets, gold chain, and graphic power heels! FUERZA to inspire us all! This month’s issue is jam packed with all the best in plus size fashion, accessories, and beauty for the summer season, and the team’s tips and tricks on how to flawlessly put it all together! I hope this issue inspires you to celebrate your style, showcase your strength, and as always, to “think outside the fashion box”!

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PMM [style]

Perfect Pairs Fun, Flirty Summer Dresses & Cute Sandals

By Alissa Wilson

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ummer is finally here and that means it’s time to just throw on a dress and go. There is so much more to worry about during the hotter months, like planning vacations, that

the last thing you want to worry about is what to wear. Summer is all about easy breezy living and that’s exactly how you should be getting dressed for the day. Throw on a simple dress and a pair of cute sandals, whether they’re flats or heels is up to you, but you should be out the door in a snap. To help jumpstart your summer easy breezy dressing we’ve picked out 7 really, really cute chic dresses and matched them up with a fun pair of sandals.

Here’s to a stylish easy breezy summer.

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Left to Right: Kors Michael Kors Rosalie Wedge sandals $199.50 shopbop.com, chained sandals $350 dvf.com, floral dress $88 londontimesfashion.com, orange print jersey tube dress $29.94 oldnavy.com, highgate heeled sandals $76.36 us.asos.com, Denise Keyhole Dress $139 monifc.com, Labworks chiffon maxi dress $31.99 target.com, Pitchit orange canvas wedges $99 ninewest.com, striped cut out back dress $90 simplybe.com, studded sandal $99 zara.com, Knotted Yoke Knit Dress $89 eloquii.com, Kasota studded flats $80 piperlime.com, Polka Dot Dress $69.95 eshakti.com

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Something Right in White

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Vince Camuto Neon Top Nordstrom.com

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Graphic Prints Digital Print BodyCon Dress Dominodollhouse.com

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Swan by Clements Ribeiro Animal and Daisy Print Dress evansusa.com

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Summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 Must Haves TRENDING NOW By Marie Denee

Can you believe that it is summer already? Some places

Head in Over-alls Twill Overalls asos.com

skipped spring and already tested us with the heat to come. With the summer ready to bless us with its rays, fashion has come along to help us bare the heat and embrace the trends! How does one stay AND look cool in the heat? Which trends are catering to us plus size women? No worries, we have rounded up ten trends that are sure to keep you cool and chic! JUNE JUN2013 2013 / / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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GLADIATOR Dress, H&M Necklace, Amrita Singh Sandals, Urban Outfitters

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CHECKER BOARD Top, Asos Pants, Lane Bryant Shoes, Forever 21 Earrings, Johntine’s Boutique

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NEON DELIGHT Dress, Donna Morgan Belt, Lane Bryant Shoes, Asos

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PMM [trendy]

Griselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Must-Haves! ASOS CURVE Exclusive BodyConscious Dress In City Print

Ray Ba Sun

Torrid Black Ankle Jeans

Chinese Laundry Shoes, Motion Platform Wedge Sandals PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / JUN 2013


Harlot Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

ans Aviator Glasses

Photography by Lily Cummings Model: Grisel Paula DorothyCombsModels.com

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Maria Elena Dress, Fuerza by Rosie Mercado for SWAK Designs | Studded Acrylic Choker by Vince Camuto | Gold Geo Earrings by Rachel Roy | Gold Bracelets by H&M PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / JUN 2013


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Last summer this month’s cover model, Rosie Mercado was introduced to the world as the happy go lucky, mother and model on NUVO TV’s hit reality series “Curvy Girls”. While battling rumors in regards to her drastic weight loss, dealing with divorce, and experiencing a major health scare, this Latin beauty was forced to find her inner “FUERZA.” Determined to beat the odds no matter what, and encourage every woman to do the same, businesswoman Mercado is introducing her FUERZA COLLECTION by SWAK to the masses.

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ongratulations on

pull it together. When I had a cyst

everything you have

in my brain and I didn’t know

going for you. You

what was going to happen, I had

have a new collection with

to get the “Fuerza” to deal with

SWAK (swakdesigns.com,)

the diagnosis and move forward

called “FUERZA” which will

and create health and vitality

consist of pieces that you

for myself, and that took a lot

helped design. Why the name

of strength. So it’s those hard

FUERZA?

moments in my life, moments

Fuerza means strength and that is what life is about, finding your FUERZA!!! In the toughest moments when I wanted to give up, I had people like my mom &

of criticism and moments of rejection that have been moments of breakthrough for me; through support and love I was able to break through that.

my dad, Tony Robbins and my

I see that your collection

life coach that told me I better

FUERZA ranges in sizes 14-

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Paris Maxi Dress, Fuerza by Rosie Mercado for SWAK Designs Gold Chain Stretch Belt by Forever 21 Stud Earring Cuffs by H&M Gold Tiered Statement Necklace by Forever 21 Nude Studded Sandals by Forever 21

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Ester Cold Shoulder Top & Isabella Maxi Skirt, Fuerza by Rosie Mercado for SWAK Designs Gold Triangle Earrings by Kenzie Gold Drop Tassle Necklace by Vince Camuto Printed Scarf (worn as belt) by H&M Metallic Ombre Wedge by Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s INC Int. Concepts


36, obviously you want every

moment, I’m going to take care of

woman to feel like she can wear

myself regardless of my size.”

something of quality and feel beautiful. What inspired you to get into fashion designing, what can consumers expect when they shop FUERZA?

Last year ‘Curvy Girls’ debuted on NUVO TV and there was tons of press surrounding the reality show. It is not common in television that a show dedicated

Fuerza is a beautiful collection

to plus- size women is given the

influenced by my style and taste.

opportunity to run a second

I love elegance, femininity, the

season. How does it feel to be a

softness of a woman and the

part of television history as a plus

sexiness as well. The biggest thing

sized woman?

Fuerza is a beautiful collection influenced I mean right now season by my style and taste. I love elegance,

2 of ‘Curvy Girls’

femininity, the softness of a woman and

is going on. It is a

the sexiness as well.

benchmark in reality

is being able to wear clothes that prepare you for success. You have to be in that state of mind, you have to dress for success and show the world that you can. FUERZA offers fashion for women up to a size 36, I want to make sure that every woman has the opportunity to say “You know what? This is my

TV and on national TV; it’s the first plus size show to get picked up for a second season. It’s amazing because it gives us an open door to showcase the reality of the plus size industry. To open the doors and show people we are beautiful and women in power, not just in modeling but in business .We need to show the plus JUN 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


size world… because if we don’t

women. People see the beautiful,

everything will be surrounded by

glamorous pictures and that’s a

a size 8-10. It’s an opportunity to

wonderful thing, but most people

show people even at a size 22 and

do not see the hard work that goes

249 pounds. Just because other

into it and sacrifices that we make

people say they can’t do something,

to get to where we want to be. I

I’m going to do it and I will prove

think a lot of people are going to be

that I can. We need to be able to

shocked with a lot of things that I

represent women of different sizes,

have going on; not only as a model

nationalities, and be able to send a

and an entrepreneur, but also as

strong message of love, positivity

a businesswoman and a lot of the

and self-empowerment.

sacrifices that I make. I think fans

Last season, you were really

will be able to relate to us.

transparent with your personal

There has been a lot of

struggles and career struggles;

speculation about your weight

you took viewers on a very

loss. People have suggested that

vulnerable journey. On season

you might have gone the surgical

2 of ‘Curvy Girls’ what can fans

route for weight loss. Care to

expect to see from yourself and

give your thoughts on the rumors

your cast-mates?

that have been circulated?

You are going to see more into

(laughs) Oh my God, this is the

our personal lives… everything

funny thing, I had some people

from love, to the reality of making

text me and ask me did I get

a family, to the harshness of the

gastric bypass. HELL NO I didn’t

industry and who we really are as

get gastric bypass. Am I against

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others getting it? Absolutely not.

I do Zumba three times a week, I

Everyone has a choice in life and

do kickboxing twice a week, and I

we do what we want to do with our

do meditation every single day for

life. For me it was about consistent

about 15 minutes. Also I stay away

and determined change and taking

from dairy products. I allow myself

action in my life in a natural way,

to have bread once a week. Usually

making sure I was in control of

most of the week I am extremely

what I wanted to do and making

healthy and I allow myself one day

sure I knew what was going on with to have 2-3 things I crave. I don’t my body every step of the way.

eat red meat whatsoever, and I have

A lot of women

We need to be able to

a daily vegan

ask me if I am

represent women of different

protein shake and

I drink lots and ashamed of being sizes, nationalities, and be fat. Absolutely able to send a strong message lots of water and not! I just want

of love, positivity and self-

no caffeine. I feel

to be able to do

empowerment.

like I’m taking care of myself.

more things, I’m not shooting to be completely thin and not have curves. I love my curves! Unfortunately at 400 pounds you are limited in certain ways, so I chose completely natural foods, I was juicing quite a bit, meditating and became more active. What exactly is your diet and exercise regimen?

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How does it feel to be a Latina in the world of entertainment? How far do you think the Latinas have come with paving the way for the next generation? Do you think there is still a lot of work to be done? You’ve got to be proud of where


you come from and your heritage.

Oh God Balance! The sacrifice I

I think it’s powerful to be in the

make is sleep. Sometimes I am

USA, in the industry that I am in

on two hours of sleep, I travel on

and be able to speak English and

the red-eye and I give up staying

Spanish. I can speak to people

somewhere for an extra day. I

from the US and I’m able to

sacrifice having someone I love

translate a message for people

in my life, it’s not time for that

who come to the US that don’t

yet. Right now my focus is on

understand the English language.

my health, spirituality, career, and most importantly my

Being Latina

it’s not my timing, its God’s

opens up the

timing and his timing is perfect. kids. It’s not about

door for me

When you are faithful, driven,

quantity; it’s about

because I want

and passionate, your dreams

the quality time I

to inspire

will come to pass. When

give my kids. And

women across

you are faithful, driven, and

along this journey of

the board, not

passionate, your dreams will

balancing comes my

just Latinas.

come to pass.

breakthrough, like

When you are

being on the cover

in a place of power you are able to

of PLUS Model Magazine. That

influence, and influence is what we

just shows that it’s not my timing,

need to change not only in the Latin its God’s timing and his timing is community but all nationalities. How are you balancing motherhood because now your

perfect. When you are faithful, driven, and passionate, your dreams will come to pass.

career is really taking off?

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Rosie’s Rules for Success

1

Wake up in the morning and say “THANK YOU”; wake up with a heart of gratitude. Walk with gratitude through the good and bad, understand that when good happens it’s a blessing and when bad happens it’s a blessing as well. If you come from a place of gratitude you will attract more of that in your life.

2

The people you surround yourself with. The top five people

3

The power of I AM! Declare and speak things into your future.

must be quality people, inspirational people, people that strive for the best. People that come from a place of LOVE.

Come from a place of inspiration rather than desperation. Say I am beautiful; I am successful and so on. As you speak it, it will be done; it’s biblical and that’s a big part of it.

4

Action! Consistent and determined action, make sure you have a strategy and game plan. When you have that strategy in place, start taking action. When you are consistent your dreams will come to pass.

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MEET THE... FACE OF 2013

TOY MONIQUE Full Figured Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Each year models enter to be chosen as the “Face of FFF Week” and this year the winner is a very beautiful and talented young lady, Toy Monique. PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / JUN 2013


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hor and advocate for human

In 2011 you were the reigning Miss

ficking. We had the wonderful

Illinois Plus America, can you tell

ortunity to catch up with the

us about your platform and advice

vy beauty weeks away from her

to women thinking about joining

F Week debut.

the competition circuit?

at does being the Face of Full

To this day, I advocate for human

ured Fashion Week mean to

trafficking and child abuse

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awareness. It’s a hard subject, yet a very real issue where willing

ut five years ago, when I decided supporters, volunteers and voices are needed. Many think the issue ursue modeling, I was quickly

dy to give up on the notion and

only exists in third world countries

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but domestically the statistics

er. In that same season, a

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believe it and heal or become less

on the right path… a destined

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Anyone interested in competing The plus size modeling for a pageant title and promoting

industry has come a long

a platform near their heart should way, in your opinion, what visit missplusamerica.com. Key

have been the most profound

advice: get sponsorship, be

changes and what do you hope

humble yet confident and be

to see happen in the future?

prepared for anything at all times! The evolution of plus fashion You recently authored your

itself has been the most radical

first novel “Deceived by Lust”.

change as a result of the plus

Can you tell us a little about it

modeling industry. Considering

and where we could purchase?

that in recent past, fuller figures didn’t have many options, it’s so

Deceived by Lust, is a

refreshing to see what’s become

contemporary fiction novel and

available since.

the first installment in the Lust,

Polished and professional

Lies & Sin Trilogy. This vitalizing

plus models are an example for

prose reveals just how blurred

everyday women to be beautiful,

the lines between deception

sexy, confident, bold and

and truth can seem when lust

unashamed without devaluing

masquerades as love.

themselves. I hope to see this

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grow beyond a trend to the place

in paperback for $7.99 & e-book

where size is no longer the

for $0.99. Currently, autographed

discussion, instead fashion and

copies can be ordered from

the beauty of being a woman is

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A New Book by Sara Bartlett Elizabeth Weston never thought her little blog, Bombshell Beauty, would be much more than a hobby. But when she gets invited to Plus Style’s blogger conference, she gets more than she bargained for: a nemesis in the form of a bratty blogger; a possible job opportunity with the foremost plus size retailer in the country; and a really cute guy who completely shakes up her love life. With nothing but her wits and a closet full of fabulous clothes, Elizabeth tries to decide where exactly she wants to go - in life and in love. First in the Bombshell Beauty Series of novellas. “Just read page 1 and have already chuckled out loud a couple of times...”Kimberly Brinkman, Fab Finds Under $50 “Jen Lancaster better watch her back, because this is the start of something...” Kristin C. Available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

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PMM [modeling]

Tips for Aspiring Models By Fallon Sinclair

Agency Director IPM Models

The world of plus size modeling may seem a lot more complicated than it actually is. This month we sat down with IPM Models Agency Director Fallon Sinclair to discuss her top tips for aspiring models.

1

Please educate yourself beforehand. Before you make any move — whether that’s working with a photographer, or signing with an agency, do your research!

2

So many models make the process of finding an agency more difficult than it needs to be because they are casting too wide of a net. Start at the local level, find out who is considered the best in your city and/or state and that can give the right guidance and nurturing you need; use that as your starting point. I guarantee it will simplify things and make the whole process of getting into the industry that much easier for you. It doesn’t make sense to ask around for the best agencies...

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...we all know who the big players are, but unless you live near those agencies or plan on moving there, pursuing them isn’t very realistic when you’re just starting out. Remember, it takes baby steps.

3

Always be prepared. Some models choose to take classes — which may help — but are not always needed. Just make sure that you study before every encounter, whether it be an interview or a photo shoot.

4

Be yourself. One thing that will draw people into your work is authenticity. People want to hire models that they genuinely like being around. A winning smile, and a wonderful disposition will likely be remembered and looked upon favorably.

5

Through careful research, consideration, waiting and patience, you can make it into the business. You may get signed right away or it may take a while. Just remember that you’re not the only person applying and it does take some time for agencies and their staff to go through picture after picture until that rising star shines out at them, so please be patient... and be able to handle and take constructive criticism.

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PMM [modeling]

Ask Larissa Laurel PMM Q&A... Networking

People say to “network” but what exactly does that mean?

I

have taken countless

You are unique and you are

marketing/network classes

enough. Now, how do you let

and seminars and the

others, especially those who do

word “network” always seems

the hiring, get to know you?

to strike fear in most artist’s

In the traditional sense, to

and model’s minds. When

network is to get out there in the

you break it down, it really

world and meet people; whether

is about being yourself and

it is parties or events. It is crucial

letting others see you for your

to be ready in any situation

uniqueness; it is the ONLY

and being “ready” means the

thing that will separate you

following:

from the sea of other models. It is always important to

1) ALWAYS have business

remember and believe that you

cards with your website

are the only person in the world

address and contact info.

that looks like you, has your

It may seem old fashioned,

personality, and your talents.

but in the business world it is

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still a crucial asset. Do not put

and say either how you heard

your home address, as you do

about them or remind the

not know where your card will

person how they met you. I did

end up. A website, email, and

this for a designer who went to

professional phone number is

Stephens College like I did and

important. Do not try to fit tons

she accepted my friend request

of pics on your business card. It

right away and called me in for

is a small size for a reason. One

a casting! I had never met her,

to two pictures is sufficient. Also, but heard about her and did do not hand out comp cards at

the research and found out we

informal gatherings. It is too big

shared our Alma Mater.

and looks like you are trying too hard.

3) Get involved with organizations that cater to the

2) Facebook and other social

industry.

sites are a great way to

Even PLUS Model Magazine

connect to people you may

has events that require

not know or have met and

volunteers and it is a great way

would like to keep in touch.

to meet other models and get

However, there is etiquette

“in the know”. Find local events

to networking this way that has

that pique your interest and

fallen to the wayside. When

connect.

you either “like” a page or send a friend request, it is proper

4) If you get called into an

form to introduce yourself in the

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...regardless if you got signed or booked the gig, a follow up thank 5) Research!

When you also get a business card in return, DO your research and

business. It also gives you something to talk about should you meet t like photos or photographers you may want to work with or emulate. 6) Know yourself! In the modeling world we all have specialties that set us apart. Are smile that makes people want to purchase whatever you are selling?

“I’m an hour glass shape and I wear swimsuits like they were made fo

do whatever you need me to do,” to a swimsuit designer or company.

Remember, desperate is not a desired attribute and you may be po yourself and your assets and highlight those. 7) As I always say, this is your business, take ownership! Be proud and smart and let people see your uniqueness! Modeling is not just about a pretty face! If it were, almost anybody could do it.

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you card or email is very much appreciated.

d see how this fellow model, agent, designer, etc. is working their

them again or follow up with them. You may also see inspiring things

you known for fierce high fashion editorials or do you have a killer Yes, we can all ‘do it all’, but knowing how to solve a problem like,

or me” is much more “saleable” than, “I have a curvy body and can

.

ortraying that without even knowing. So, take a strong look at

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PMM [modeling]

Spotlight Model of the month June

by Tiffany Bank

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What made you decide to

my research and began studying

become a plus size model?

everything about plus-size modeling; I became a sponge;

Honestly, until about a year ago,

the more I learned, the more I

modeling never even crossed my

craved to learn more.

mind. Growing up, I dreamed of

The whole experience of that

becoming a fashion designer or

first show was amazing. I got to

a fashion buyer. I was frequently

work with and learn from some

told I should model but I always

amazing models and the moment

saw myself behind the scenes.

I stepped on that catwalk, I knew

I was busy with basketball

I found my passion. There is a

(played year round and for part

quote from Mark Twain I really

of my college career) but also,

like, “The two most important

like much of society, I thought

days in your life are the day you

you had to be under a size 4 to

are born… and the day you find

model.

out why.” The day of that show,

Last summer, I heard about

I found out the ‘why’, and there

a local plus size fashion show

was no turning back. Shortly

casting that paid. I thought to

after, I was fortunate enough to

myself, why not? I could use

sign with Dorothy Combs Models

the extra cash and thought it

and here I am today.

would be fun. At the casting, the casting director told me I was “a

Who are your favorite curvy

natural” and “New York material”

role models?

then casted me on the spot. Hearing this really shocked me

This is hard one because there

and sparked my interest so I did

are so many great, influential

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curvies out there! A few models

advantage of this huge business

I look to regularly for inspiration

opportunity. Yes, we’re curvy.

are Robyn Lawley, Ashley

Yes, we have money. And, yes,

Graham, Denise Bidot, Tara

we want to look good and dress

Lynn, Clementine Desseaux,

fashionably! It’s as simple as that

Ivory Kalber, Marina Bulatkina

yet society still places a stigma

and so many more.

against being plus size or selling

I also love all the curvy role

larger size clothes.

models that lead from behind the

It’s only a matter of time

scenes such as Madeline Jones,

before the fashion industry is

Reah Norman, Gwen DeVoe,

forced to give us more options

and Sharon Quinn, just to name

because our market segment

a few. They do so much for the

is only growing and becoming

plus size community and their

more vocal. We’re not going

passion and confidence is truly

anywhere so the sooner the

contagious.

fashion industry recognizes this, the better off our society will be.

Finish this sentence: The plus

I’m ecstatic to be a part of this

industry is:

movement!

Revolutionizing fashion and our

If you could pick the perfect

society as a whole. The plus size

plus modeling campaign for

industry has made major strides

yourself, who would you want

in the past few years, but there is

to work for?

still a need for more trendy plus size fashion. I’m just amazed

The perfect campaign for me

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because I shop there the most

(hopefully PMM!). Eventually,

or Lane Bryant because they are

my vision is to create my own

most well known for plus size

clothing line dedicated to fun,

clothes. The day I land either one trendy, quality clothes that cater of these brands will be a very

to larger sizes. My long term

proud day for me.

goal is to make a difference on

Ideally, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to be the face

society by inspiring girls to love

of a plus size campaign for a

themselves and recognize their

store just launching a plus line.

own true beauty.

To be the first model to promote

I have so much self love

a new plus line for an established and confidence that I have this store such as Banana Republic,

overwhelming need to share it

Arden B, or Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret

because so many young girls

would be a huge honor. I want to

lack self confidence today. My

be a part of that process and be

dream is to create some sort

someone who others can look to

of charity or national campaign

as a role model.

geared towards these girls. The most important thing is to be

What are your dreams, desires

healthy and confident regardless

and goals as a plus model?

of your size or shape. If I can inspire others to believe this

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been one to set high

too, that would be the biggest

goals for myself. My short term

personal reward of all.

goals are to be able to model full time, to travel outside of the

What can we look forward to

US for a modeling job and to

you doing in the next year?

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For starters, I will be walking in

Name your favorite store to

Full Figured Fashion Week (fffw.

shop for curvy clothes in your

com) this June! I feel so blessed

hometown.

to have this amazing opportunity. I look forward to working with

I’m a big fan of Macy’s. There’s

some amazing talent, meeting

always so much variety to

as many people as possible and

choose from and the clothes

doing lots of networking. Excited

are usually better quality. I can

isn’t the word!

mix and match brands to put my

The rest of the year, I plan

own look together at one store.

on building up my client base

I also like Forever 21, H&M,

and continuing to gain all the

Fashion to Figure, and various

experience I can. I also have a

designer consignment stores. I

few test shoots coming up that

don’t always find something at

I’m really excited about. They’ll

consignment stores but when I

be like nothing I’ve done before

do, it was usually well worth the

so it’ll be great to diversify my

hunt (especially for shoes!)

portfolio and hopefully appeal to more markets.

Who were the Photographers

I feel like I’ve gone from 0

and Makeup Artists for the

to 60 in the past 6 months and

photos?

can’t even fathom where I’ll be in the next 6 months! The fashion

The photography, hair and

industry will soon realize they

makeup are all done by Kate

have one determined woman

Moore. Visit online at:

on their hands! I’m crossing my

katemoorephotography.com

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On the Road...

With the Ashley Stewart & PLUS Model Magazine Model Search! From East Coast to West, Beautiful Women Lined Up to Represent Curves! First Stop... Atlanta! PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / JUN JUNE 2013 2013

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t it Was to LA! LA Photographer: Lesley Pedraza

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stop... YC! NYC Photographer: Luke Jones

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PMM in Atlanta for the Project Curve Ap

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ppeal Convention...

2013 Curvy Icon Award Recipient PMMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Own Madeline Jones!

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I Rock My Curve Appeal Showcase

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