PLUS Model Magazine - December 2014 Issue

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cover model LIRIS Naughty or Nice...

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“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience



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masthead madeline jones editor-in-chief

valery amador

marcy cruz

executive director

blog editor

reah norman

alexandra boos

executive fashion director

executive marketing & creative director

alissa s. wilson

tara taylor

yve edmond

shopping & style editor

beauty editor

health and wellness contributor

luke jones staff photographer

spry lee scott steffany allen

jennene biggins digital app manager

fashion contributors

marcy cruz | tiffany bank | ashley graham | danielle melnyczenko larissa laurel | shannon hiett | rosie mercado colleen stovall | monique frausto contributors

plus model magazine | inspiration + style PLUS Model Magazine inspires the style-savvy, fashion-forward, full-figured woman to embrace her curves. Online since 2006, PMM has become a thought-leader shaping the plus size industry and providing a barometer for the season’s latest style trends for curvy women. With a monthly magazine featuring stunning editorials showcasing plus models, as well as ‘How-to-wear’ columns and shopping guides at all price-points, PMM reports on style, beauty and topical news, all while engaging our reader in lively and meaningful conversation on our daily blog and social media. Developed, designed and written by plus women, for plus women, PMM understands and speaks directly to the heart of our reader, because we are our reader.

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PLUS MODEL the holiday issue Brought to you by Ashley Stewart DECEMBER 2014 STYLE


Executive Fashion Director

Ashley Stewart, Tis the Season to Celebrate


With Friends

Wearable WInter Beauty Trends

Get to Know Cover Model Liris

Top 5 Beauty with Halle Ask Tara

LIFE Women of the Year


Plus Modeling 101

12 Uber Chic Coats

Spotlight Model Aliyah

Holiday Sparkle and Shine Party Perfect Holiday Dress Trends


PMM Loving Now


Holiday Gift Guide

Editor’s Letter

Splurge vs Steal

Readers React

10 Fashion Bloggers to Watch

#CelebrateMySize PMM Challenge Contests

“PMM drives traffic, empowering you to drive sales.” Alexandra Boos Executive Marketing & Creative Director

Blog Report | dec 2014


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letter from the editor madeline jones | editor-in-chief

Happy Holidays... This time of year is one of my favorite. The colors, the fashion, the time spent with friends and family, and of course, the yummy food. When I look back at the past 11 months I feel good about the concentrated efforts team PMM put forth. This year we tackled the “PLUS DIVIDE”... (celebrating plus size models), our very first “Black Issue” (the need for more diversity) and we began our celebration of our readers in our REAL Model/Real Woman features.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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As we close another chapter and another year, I encourage all of you to be more than a spectator in what is happening in the plus size industry. Do more than just post comments... get involved and support all of those that are trying to elevate the level of this industry. In the next year PMM will be making major changes and we hope that you will support us as we work harder to support you, the plus size woman. | dec 2014

In this issue we are celebrating women who are living passionately and whose lives encourage all of us to follow our journey. Our Women of The Year include Gabi Fresh, Myra Gale, the ladies behind Livi Rae Lingerie, Felicity Hayward and the woman who has started a plus size revolution in Puerto Rico, Suzanne Ujaque.

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We Love to Hear from You! Tell us what you think of your magazine, what you love, | dec 2014


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Maria Antonia High fashion never looked this good. I’m so impressed.

annoulzz I agree, wonderful cover. Marina looks amazing! cat_wlk I eally loved the featured model in this issue....her advice on just “relaxing”, not working yourself up over the small stuff, as well as running yourself as a business was the best advice I’ve read! tahiramar Buena mezcla de talentos!! thenaturalone I’m loving this loo... So elegant!

Dexter George I’m usually not a big fan of being all buttoned up; THIS IS SEXY!!! Rosa Sims More! More! More! I always want more from PMM. Sherry Wright As an aspiring model PLUS Model Magazine has become my GO TO source for information on plus size modeling. Thank you for the information.

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join the photo conversation and show us how you love your body and rock your gorgeous curves! Snap a pic of yourself, upload it to Instagram and tag your photo #PMMLOVEMYBODY & #CELEBRATEMYSIZE - We will be choosing 10 images per day to regram.

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What does NEW YEAR, NEW YOU mean to you in 2015? Show us in pictures and words exactly how you plan to live your best year... upload it to Instagram and tag your photo #PMMNEWYEARNEWYOU and #CELEBRATEMYSIZE - We will be choosing inspirational images to share in the January issue of PMM!

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PMM, JAN 2014 | Photography, Andre Schneider | Styling, Spry Lee Scott

reah’s letter

with executive fashion director reah norman

The holiday season is the most | dec 2014


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glamorous time of year to get dressed!

The hustle bustle and endless day to night celebrations inspire an abundant adornment of glitz, glam, sparkle, and shine that infiltrates our wardrobes. No matter how you choose to celebrate the season, there are endless festive trends to put you in the holiday spirit! Sequins, beading, lace, faux fur, cozy oversized sweaters, ornate embellishments and accessories galore!

In this month’s issue, our Shopping & Style Editor, Alissa has handpicked “12 Uber Chic Plus Size Coats” that will keep you warm and toasty while still making a statement. I have highlighted 7 holiday dress trends that will have you looking your best for a season full of celebration, and fashion contributor, Monique puts the perfect finishing touches on your most festive outfits with accessories full of “Holiday Sparkle & Shine”. Finally, Beauty Editor, Tara shows us how to wear the season’s top hair and makeup looks with “Wearable Winter Beauty Trends Straight from the Runway”.

I hope this issue inspires you to embrace all the sparkle and shine that the season has to offer, and encourages you to create beautiful fashion memories.

Not only is December a time of celebration and cheer, but also a time of great reflection on the success and the struggle that has shaped another year. I am grateful for all the amazing opportunities that have presented themselves this year and I move into the New Year full of gratitude, hope, and thanks!

Cheers to a 2015 full of love, joy, good health, happiness and prosperity to you and yours! xoxo


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Wearable Winter Beauty TrendsStraight From the Runway Even though I don’t live by trends, I always find it fun to tailor those of the season and make them wearable for my clients and myself. Instead of going all out, take a subtler route by taming the more extravagant looks. Save for a few, the Winter 2014 beauty trends are really wearable!

Bone Straight {Photo: Indigital} Slicked Back Ballet Bun {Photo: James Cochrane}

Glossy Pony {Photo: Indigital}

Cornrows {Photo: Indigital}

Strong Brows {Photo: James Cochrane}

Undone Updos {Photo: Indigital}

Blue Eyes {Photo: Indigital}

Heavily Mascaraed Eyes {Photo: James Cochrane} | dec 2014


Fresh and Clean Skin {Photo: Indigital}

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Flushed Cheeks {Photo: MAC}




Clinique Exfoliating Scrub

As women, we are always aiming to have smooth and clear skin, that is why this exfoliating scrub is awesome! It leaves your skin radiant. It unclogs pores, and leaves your skin clearer and smoother!

halle’s favs Victoria’s Secret Flavored Lip Scrub

I love this lip scrub so much because it makes your lips super-soft, clear, and keeps them moist! I also cannot resist the tasty smell!

MAC Lipstick

I absolutely LOVE LOVE lipstick! It boosts my confidence everytime I put it on. My favorite brand is MAC, simply because there are so many different shades and textures. In addition, it STAYS on my lips. My favorite lip is “Ruby Woo” (if you’re feeling sassy - lol) or “SNOB” (a soft pink). Lipstick honestly completes my everyday looks and makes me feel a bit more feminine.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes

I understand that after a long day of wearing makeup, most of us do not want to take it off! These makeup wipes are oil free and are easy to use and are gentle on your skin! Must - must - must have!

Maybelline Volum’ Express Mascara

Ladies, this is a MUST HAVE! This mascara makes your eyelashes look INCREDIBLE! It’s long lasting effect is amazing and gives your eyes a sexy, intense look.

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ask tara

with Tara Taylor

I loooove makeup, and have been wearing it since I was 16 | dec 2014


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years old. I am approaching my 40th birthday, and the years of wearing makeup have taken a toll on my skin. I know I need to wear less makeup to heal, but I’m very insecure about going out in public without it. How can I fix my skin, but still use makeup to cover up the damage. Katrina from San Antonio, TX

Hi Katrina, It sounds like there could be several things to consider here. Makeup usually doesn’t damage your skin unless there is an allergic reaction. In that case, see a dermatologist. As a matter of fact, it’s another protective barrier from free radicals and UV rays that DO damage your skin. Especially the complexion makeup today: SPF, antiaging, blemish treatment, etc.

My view on makeup is that you don’t have to wear much if your skin is in great condition. That begins with what you eat and drink. Starting with more water and omega fats, and less sugar and caffeine is sure to make a positive impact on your skin.

Also, make sure to cleanse your face properly before bed with products that are fit for your skin concerns. If your face is typically dry, use a cleanser that nourishes and moisturizes rather than strips your skin of oils. Then follow up with a good moisturizer.

In the days, always be sure to wear at least SPF 15, even in the winter. UV rays don’t care what season it is. And once or twice a week, exfoliate. That instantly improves the texture of your skin, not to mention helps your skin breath by clearing pores. CLICK to find my Easy Steps to Glowing Skin.

So all this said, you now know you can keep wearing your makeup, provided you keep your brushes and sponges clean by washing them once a week and making sure your complexion products aren’t too old. I’ve given you a detailed list of Makeup and Tools Expiration on my blog - click to view.

HAVE A BEAUTY QUESTION? Email Tara at and your question might be featured in an upcoming issue of PMM!

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CHIC coats

with alissa wilson | dec 2014


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Mint Wool Ove Old Navy, $8

perfect for winter

The winter season is all about outerwear, and I have one rule of thumb for a fabulous winter coat wardrobe‌ If your budget allows, you should have at least 3 amazing coats in your closet- a casual coat, a dressier option coat, and one that offers a little something extra, like a bold print or texture. If your budget does not allow for 3

Longline Co Evans, $14

coats, then I suggest investing in one killer coat that will turn heads when you walk down the streets. Also, knowing the current trends will help you choose the most stylish coat for your budget. There are a plethora of options in plus sizes, including camel color wool coats, plaid, fur and leather embellishing, and rich bright colors. To help you out, I’ve handpicked 12 statement making plus size winter coats.

Flanellato Fiona Lafayette 148, $


ercoat 89

oat 45

Tartan Faux Leather Wool Coat Eloquii, $198

White Race Style Wool Coat Sportalm available at Navabi, $616

Straight Plush Camel Coat Modcloth, $149

Houndstooth Coat Torrid, $108.50

Long Haired Faux Fur Coat Simply Be, $109.95

Plaid Wool Coat / Carmakoma available at Navabi, $261

Military Coat Maurice’s, $159

Performance Puffer Jacket Calvin Klein available at Macy’s, $169

Relaxed Wool Coat ASOS Curve, $170


a Coat $1,128


sparkle & shine!

Monique’s picks for a season full of glamour, glitter and glitz!

with monique frausto

BCBG Max Azria Harlow Signature Sequin Envelop Clutch / $98





more in the holiday spirit

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It’s that time of year again

than making a statement with glitzy and glamorous accessories that put the perfect finishing touches on your most festive outfits!

Nina Lam Betsey Johnson Betsey’s Big Bow Clutch / $68

A Glamorous Clutch No matter where your next holiday party is, arrive in style carrying your must-have essentials in one of these glamorous eye-catching clutches. Natasha Couture Beaded Minaiudiere / $158

Tory Bu Envelop


A Dazzling Statement Necklace Make heads turn with a dazzling statement necklace! Dress it up

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with your holiday cocktail dress or


with your favorite t-shirt and heels.


take it casual with a pair of jeans Limited Ornate Statement Necklace / $35.97

mona Clutch / $58

Bauble Bar Galaxy Bib / $58

Tasha Crystal Collar Necklace / $72

urch Ellie Quilted pe Clutch / $350

Forever 21 Faux Gemstone Statement Necklace / $13.90

Evans Pearl Navette Section Drop Necklace / $35

J. Renee Chrissy Pump / $94.95

Topshop Magnum Glitter Ankle Boots / $135

A Shimmering Pair of Shoes Leave a trail of glitter this holiday season with any of these shimmering pair of shoes. From heels, wedges, booties, to flats—there’s a perfect style for every one. Torrid Crushed Stone Ankle Strap Heels / $56.50

ASOS Party All Night High Heels / $113.70

Tory Burch Vanessa Metallic Flat / $295

It’s all about putting on the glitz, when it comes to your hair this holiday season. Stand out with any of these alluring hair accessories. Tasha Beaded in Light Headwrap / $28

Urban Outfitters Hallways of Jewels Headband / $24

Warehouse Chain Back Crystal Hair Slide Pair / $15.16


Glitzy Hair Accessories

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River Island Mega Black Sequin Turband / $18.95 | dec 2014

Forever 21 Ornate Rhinestone Headband / $14.90

Party 7 Perfect Holiday Dress Trends By Executive Fashion Director, Reah Norman

The hustle bustle of the holiday season is upon us, and with a jam packed social calendar full of holiday festivities, the glitz and glam of the season is in full force, so I have highlighted 7 holiday dress trends that will have you looking your best for a season full of celebration!


Blush Pink

Beaded Mesh Dress Simply Be

Blush Sequin Sash Tie Dress Lane Bryant

Pink Lace Overlay Gown Tadashi Shoji

Pink Embellished Dress Roberto Cavalli White

Sequin Top Prom Dress Simply Be


Sequin Sheath

Metallic Sequin Sheath Eloquii

Beaded Sequin Sheath Adianna Papell

Teo Sequin Shift BB Dakota

Sequin Shift Addition Elle

Metallic Sheath Pisarro Nights


Winter White & Cream

White Sequin Bodice Dress Simply Be

Dahlia Dress Monif C

Mock Turtleneck Ruffle Dress Jibri

Silver Sequin Party Dress Eloquii

White Lace Beaded High-Low Addition Elle


Black & Gold

Gold Metallic Tulip Dress Eliza J

Sleeveless Gold Bodice Gown City Chic

Floral Sequin Sheath Dress Anna Scholz

Metallic Lace Floral Gown Igigi

Embellished Jersey Body Con Lovedrobe available at Simply Be


Lace & Sheer

Purple Lace Party Dress Eloquii

Federica Wine Body Con Igigi

Black & White Lace Tulip Dress Lane Bryant

Red Lace Midi Dress ASOS Curve

Lace Peplum Gown Kiyonna


Navy & Cobalt

Lace Shimmer Gown Tadashi Shoji

Sheer Sweetheart Navy Dress Little Mistresses available at Simply Be

Sequin Fit & Flare Dress Eloquii

Velvet Zip Detail Dress Monif C

Off Shoulder Sweetheart Neck Body Con / Ashley Stewart



Shiny Velvet Shift Dress Eileen Fisher

Burgandy Side Ruched Dress Alex Evenings

Emerald Joan Gown Rum+Coke

Sparkle Crushed Velvet Dress Melissa Masse

Velvet Cut-out Body Con By Grisel available at Rebdolls



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NOW PMM Craves...


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Every Piece is Curvy FAB!




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Visit the PMM Blog daily for curvy news, fashion, modeling inspiration and more! CLICK

PMM, Dec 2013 Photography, Andre Schneider Model, Liris Crosse Makeup, Tara Taylor Hair, Johanna Javier Styling, Spry Lee Scott Fashion Director, Reah Norman


Cotton Luxe Unlined Wire-Free: (#1 Best Selling Style) For your superior comfort all day long!



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Lace Shine T-Shirt Bra: Everyday Career Wear, we’re obsessed with the side smoothing lace





Exotic Allure Floral Embroidery: Your favorite balconette and matching tanga for behind the bedroom door

l Attraction Perfect Plunge Multi-Way: ur sexy night out on the town!

Strapless Sensation Multi-Way Push Up: Giving you the liftloving shape you crave for your holiday dresses, up to H cups!



Pearl Lotus Embroidery Unlined Underwire: For the romantic at heart, giving you an elegant and sophisticated look.



Evans Red Reindeer Pyjama Gift Set





UK seas part sizes or th

Black Embellished Tunic $85.00


Black Glitter Mesh Skirt $57.00



Gray Christmas Sweatshirt 45.00

Gray Snowflake Sweater $55.00

Let It Snow Sweater $59.50

rom the UK with love…

brand Evans have got the holiday son all wrapped up, from the sparkliest ty numbers to super cozy sleepwear in s 10-28, you’ll find a treat for yourself he perfect holiday gift for a loved one.


Mega Stack Ring Pack $27.00



Faux Fur Boucle Coat $150.00 Navette Crystal Pendant $29.50 CLICK

Gold Glitter Court Heels $59.50


Gold Metallic g Line Cardi $55.00

Gray Polar Bear Onesie $57.00



Live Unlimited Lace Panel Skirt $85.00



New Year’s

Sleeveless Embellished Peplum







Rhinestone Ankle Strap Heels


3-Tier Midi Ring




Surplice Tank Sequin Dress

Beaded & Ruched BodyCon Dress

Strappy Glitter Heels


Layered Pave Ring

Mesh Sides Peep Toe Heels


Layered Pave Knuckle Ring

Caged Stone Heels


Princess Cut Statement Ring | dec 2014




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Sequin Chiffon Skater Dress


Calvin Klein Two-Tone Curving Ring


INC Internationa Hematite-Tone P Dome Stretc





Bar III Silver-Tone Blue Crystal Knuckle Ring

Calvin Klein Silv Open Rin



Lauren Ralph Lauren Signature Collection Gold-Tone Swarovski Crystal Ring

INC International Hematite-Tone Pa Dome Stretch


al Concepts Pavé Stone ch Ring

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Concepts avé Stone h Ring



Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone Turquoise Bezel Oval Ring

Michael Kors Gold-Tone Crystal Stackable Ring Set

Betsey Johnson Gold-Tone Mouse Ring




INC International Concepts Rose Gold-Tone Pavé Square Ring Set

Calvin Klein Stainless Steel White and Grey Colorblocked Ring

Michael Kors Open Arrow Clear Pavé Ring



Michael Kors Clear Pavé Bar Motif Ring

Michael Kors Gold-Tone Clear Pavé Stackable Pyramid Ring

GUESS Ring, Multicolor Flower and Butterfly



Michael Kors - ‘Slim Runway’ Bracelet Watch






Michael Ko Multifunct Strap


Movado - ‘Bold’ Crystal Accent Leather Strap Watch

Michael Kors Crystal Encrus Bracele



Gucci - ‘G Timeless’ Diamond Dial Bracelet Watch

Movado - ‘Ron Accent Ba

ors - ‘Callie’ tion Leather Watch

- ‘Mini Camille’ sted Chain Link et Watch

ndiro’ Diamond angle Watch


Versace ‘Reve’ Two-Tone Chronograph Bracelet Watch


Fossil ‘- Georgia’ Boxed Crystal Bezel Leather Strap Watch Set & Bracelet Set


La Mer Collections - ‘Diamond Crystal’ Leather & Chain Wrap Watch


Nixon - ‘The 42-20 Chrono Chromacoat’ Watch


Tory Burch - ‘Reva’ Logo Dial Leather Strap Watch, 28mm


Michael Kors ‘- Channing’ Round Bracelet Watch


Burberry - Check Stamped Bracelet Watch


Movado - ‘Large Bold’ Watch


Michael Kors - ‘Slim Runway’ Embossed Leather Strap Wrap Watch


Tech iPhone 6S





KATE SPADE NEW YORK Lenticular Eyes iPhone Case


FRENDS Ella Earbuds & KATE SPADE NEW YORK Polka Dot Bluetooth Speaker



Samsung Galaxy S 5 LTE

iPad速 Air


MICHAEL KORS Jet Set Leather Travel Phone Case

KATE SPADE NEW YORK Dance Till Dawn Mini Ipad Folio Hardcase CLICK CLICK

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Leather Phone Wristlet Case

KATE SPADE NEW YORK Sparkle Bows iPad Foilo



SEPHORA COLLECTION, Color Festival Blockbuster Palette

Fresh, Su Ruby Rom

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WEN® by Chaz Dean, Cleansing Conditioner Trio



L’Occitane, Hand Creams Of Provence

GLO Science, GLO Personal Te Whitening D




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Sephora Favorites, Give Me More Lip

Josie Maran, Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection




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SEPHORA COLLECTION, 24 Karat Gold Mine Brush Set


Clarisonic, Mia 2 Pure Glow Holiday Gift Set

Smashbox, On The Rocks Always Sharp Liner Set



O Brilliant, eeth Device


Drybar, Big Hair Don’t Care Holiday Kit

Urban Decay, Ten 24/7 GlideOn Eye Pencil Set

tarte, Bon Voyage Collector’s Set And Travel Bag


CHARBONNEL ET WALKER Handbag and Heels Milk Chococlate Shoes

JOYA Composi Soap And Tr

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MULLEIN & SPARROW Detoxifying Bath Salts

GODIVA 12 P Holiday Truffl



JOYA Jasmine Ab Sugar Diffuse




ition No 1 ray Set

Piece le Box

bsolute and er Set

HARRY & DAVID Holiday Bento Gift Box

Nixon - ‘The 42-20 Chrono Chromacoat’ Watch

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles



TEMPEST IN A TEA POT Rosie Loose Leaf Tea

JOYA Prism Collection Blush Candle

REGAS Gold Foil Desk Calendar




CHARBONNEL ET WALKER Drinking Chocolate 70 Percent Dark

SEE’S CANDIES Assorted Lollypops

REGAS Three Notepads Set







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Perforated Leather Biker Jacket Saks Fifth Avenue, $1,035

Forever 21 - Quilted Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $34.90

Convertible Bra





Elomi - Bijou Convertible Seamless Bra, $51.99 - $70

Lane Bryant - Seamless 5-Way Convertible Bra, $38.00

Print Dress








dget! Evans - Cut For Evans Bright Multicoloured Contrast Digital Print Dress, $99.50


Anna Scholz - Silk Crepe de Chine Beaded Shift Dress, $530.25

Faux FurVest





Zizzi, available at Navabi Open Faux Fur Gilet, $117.90

Ashley Stewart - Long Faux Fur Vest $41.65 | dec 2014


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10 Fashion Bloggers 2015 to watch in

by Marcy Cruz

A sneak peak of 10 of our favorite bloggers to watch in 2015, who are stylish, fashion-forward, on-trend and size 22 and up!

Amanda Allison of Fashion Love and Martinis Cynthia of Flight of a Fat Girl

Rebecca of Plus Size of Me

Sarah of StyleIt Meagan of

Angela of 24 Plus Style Bee of Curvaceously Bee


Courtney of The Glitter Thread | dec 2014

Naomi of Diamonds n Pearls

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Chastity of GarnerStyle | nov 2014


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Photography, Andre Schneider | Makeup, Tara Taylor | Hair, Johanna Javier MODEL KRIS YEO |Styling, MUSENYC.COM Spry Lee Scott | Fashion Director, Reah Norman | As seen in our December 2013


get to know


This month, Liris shares her tips to aspiring models looking to follow in her footsteps. Maddy: This past year has been an exciting one for you; can you tell us a little about it? Liris: Well, I kicked off the year with my “Life of a Working Model Boot Camp�, which educates aspiring models on how to break into the business and also give them the tools to better reach their dreams and maintain it. I rocked the cover of Daily Venus Diva Magazine and appeared in the first Black issue of PLUS Model Magazine. Then I headed to London for UK Plus Size Fashion Week where I ripped the runway as a feature model! I popped over to Paris and shot the cover of Volup2 Magazine. This year, I also started working as the premier model for Eveden Lingerie in their NYC showroom. I shot my second campaign for Blush Prom. I also have a weekly radio show on every Wednesday called The Commission, started a monthly brunch party called


experienced the many ups and downs of a modeling career. | dec 2014

As a veteran model in the plus size industry, Liris Crosse has

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by madeline jones

#TheChrisCrosseBrunch and I’ve hosted some panels for I’m currently in the holiday campaign for Ashley Stewart in stores and featured in the holiday press shoot for UK retailer Evans. Whew, that was a mouthful, lol! I’m already setting up 2015. I stay driven! Maddy: There are many aspiring models looking for their big break. What is your advice to them? Liris: Most people aren’t an overnight success. After I was signed, it took me a year to get my first job. Research, do the work, stay steadfast, get out there and network. Make sure to shoot with quality photographers, submit online for projects that can up your visibility in the market, attend my boot camps or any workshops where you can learn more and be ready to spend some money. Modeling is a constant investment. Maddy: You are one of the most body confident plus size models we know. Has self confidence been a progression for you? Liris: I was lucky because I grew up with a dad who always told me I was beautiful. My body has gone through quite a few changes over the years. I started out on the smaller side of plus modeling as a size 8-10 and grew into the size 14 I am now. I like to call it “my grown woman size”, lol! I had to embrace my curves on a different level. I have always been about healthy curves. I feel women should be at a size that’s comfortable for them and that is healthy. Skinny doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, just like plus size doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy. So I do my best to love my body no matter how it fluctuates. Maddy: How do you feel about modeling for plus size women who have historically been treated as second-class citizens in the fashion industry? | dec 2014


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Liris: I remember when I started out, I didn’t even know plus modeling existed. When I met with my first agency and saw the comp cards of the women on the board, I saw that they were all beautiful with just some meat on their bones. I felt accepted because I finally fit in somewhere. I knew that there was lots of work that needed to be done as far as changing the fashion industry and the public’s view of curvy fashion and beauty. So I began to push my way into the music and fashion industry through my appearances in different projects, alone and alongside straight size models. I’ve been known to be one of the first models to start that push. | dec 2014


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I feel it’s an honor to represent plus women because it means diversity. It means that someone feels as though they can see themselves represented in fashion and media. I’m proud to model and be one of those who represents for the plus woman. Maddy: Who are your personal mentors? Liris: My mom has always been a mentor to me. She has so much compassion and is so strong. My dad has been a trailblazer through politics so he has prepared me to be a trailblazer as well. My sister is a life coach, who constantly gives me great advice and makes me check myself. NFL Hall of Famer Curtis Martin is also a friend and personal mentor to me through his private life class. He has helped me to grow more than he’ll ever know. He’s a great man of character. I also look up to people like Oprah for her inspiration and business mind, Tyra Banks for making her curves work for her and her enterprising ways, and Naomi Campbell for her longevity and body of modeling work. Also, there’s women like Bevy Smith of Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” who’s a friend and inspires me by showing that you can follow your dreams at any stage in life and also to embrace reinvention. Lashawnna Stanley of Ethnicity Talent has also been a trailblazer and a pot of realness & positivity for me. | dec 2014


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Maddy: How would you like to see the plus size industry change? Liris: I would just like to see more diversity, period! More size diversity, more racial diversity! I would like to see the blurring of the lines between plus size, straight size, and color lines where we all work together more. Plus and straight size of all colors on the runways, on the magazine pages and in campaigns together! Hopefully, high fashion will start to reflect our world! I already see it starting to happen more. Maddy: What are your goals for 2015? Liris: Hopefully, return to London again for UK Plus Size Fashion Week 2015 and other work with clients there. Expand my Life of a Working Model Bootcamps with more locations & classes. Start to invade your TV screens and movies again. I would love to work with Target, Macy’s, Swimsuits for All, Covergirl and Addition Elle, to name a few. Start doing yoga! Fall in love! Start to write my book! Get a campaign with a high fashion brand or designer. Shoot for Vogue Italia! Travel! Live, laugh, love! Liris is a model signed to Dorothy Combs in the U.S. & Hughes Models in the UK.


size women who inspire and




passionately. This year we assembled a diverse group of women who are experts in their field and are taking their careers to the next level.

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Magazine celebrates plus


Every year PLUS Model | dec 2014

Women of the Year

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Puerto Rico is a beautiful island populated with women of all sizes, but when Suzanne Ujaque realized the void for plus size women she decided to do something about it. She is passionate about plus size women and fashion, and has made great strides to spread her plus positive message to all who will listen.

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Suzanne: In Puerto Rico, it is the first plus size fashion media outlet. My goal was to create a quality media outlet that was fashionable, reliable, trendy and aspirational. Anyone who visits the site can identify with the topics I bring. Our goal is to communicate with the highest standards of information and tools and update them regularly. Maddy: The plus size fashion industry has been evolving, can you tell us about how it has changed in Puerto Rico? Suzanne: Puerto Rico has always had people working on plus size projects, but none have ever demanded the fashion industries recognition. I am very happy, that thanks to my experience in communications, I have been able to impact more people and achieve strategic alliances in order to achieve a greater reach of the population in Puerto Rico. In one year, we achieved recognition in mass media/television, newspapers and magazines with the message, “Being fashionable is not determined by your size�. Now people are beginning to accept the term PLUS SIZE; this is a great joy for me. Maddy: You have taken the plight of the plus size woman and her right for fashion in Puerto Rico to the masses and anyone who will listen. Can you tell us about all the exciting things that are happening? Suzanne: Currently I have a fashion segment on EGOTV that is transmitted in Puerto Rico on WAPA TV, and in the United States

through WAPA AMERICA. I also I have a plus size fashion column in the newspaper EL VOCERO DE PUERTO RICO (, and I’m a contributor to several local media outlets. Maddy: Tell me about Caribbean Curves and why you decided to bring this type of event to Puerto Rico. Do you have any plans to expand? In Puerto Rico 67% of the population is plus sized and 52% of the

model is really like and also the business side of modeling. On December 6th and 7th you, along with Christina Mendez, will be in Puerto Rico for a two day workshop that will cover everything from posing and runway to the business side of modeling. In 2015, we will hold the first,“Plus Size Fashion Week” in Puerto Rico. We want the local and international audience to have the opportunity to know the fashion market and beauty of our island. Facebook Fan Page - Instagram/Twitter - @sustyletv


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good fashion.

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population are women, so it is a fertile market to invest in and exhibit

the blogger

woman of the year gabi fresh Gabi Gregg is the LA-based brand consultant and blogger who started her site, in 2008 after noticing the lack of fashion resources for young plus size women. One of the first blogs of its kind, GabiFresh mixes style advice, outfits, and body positivity, while rejecting outdated fashion rules and the concept of dressing for your body type.

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woman of the year felicity hayward “One of Britain’s latest IT girls” - Huffington Post “Plus-size sensation” - Daily Mail “It’s only a matter of time before the British bombshell well and truly conquers the modeling scene, with plus-size curves worthy of a painting by Reubens, a doll like face and infectiously fun personality that comes with an expected, endearing dirty laugh” - Vogue

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First scouted whilst dancing to Diana Ross in an East London pub, Felicity Hayward started her modeling career with international photographer Miles Aldridge, posing for him as Anna Nicole Smith. She has worked with Aldridge a few times since, alongside model Cara Delevingne, and has been featured in his new book for Mac Cosmetics. She was also the

Since then Hayward has worked with some of the worlds top fashion photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Dan Jackson, Matt Irwin and Rankin. She has also been featured in publications such as VOGUE, GLAMOUR, Schon! Ponystep & Numero. She is also an I-D Cover girl. Currently the first ever curve stylist and ambassador at ASOS. Currently represented by MILK MANAGEMENT London, WILHELMINA New York & Los Angeles, BRIGITTE Germany & CURTIS BROWN London.


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at Somerset House and book, ‘I only want you to love

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only curve model to be featured in his retrospective

the entrepreneur

woman of the year myrna gale Myrna B. Lopez-Gale is the Founder and CEO of 3G Publishing, Inc. Her passion for children inspired her to develop a company that would keep the basics of reading, writing, and creativity a top priority for children, adolescents, and adults.

Photography by Michael Robertson | dec 2014


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Ms. Gale previously worked in the legal environment for nearly three




passion for the law remains, she is now combining her passion for creative writing and publishing into her repertoire, bringing 3G

to protect and assist against the transfer of unsightly germs. It allows the proper amounts dispersed according to one’s needs so that overusing of tissue and clogging up your toilet-bowl is less of a problem. Photography by Michael Robertson


venture. ”. This product is designed | dec 2014

SOFTOUCH ™ is Myrna’s newest

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Publishing, Inc. to a major success.

the bra-fessionals

women of the year cynthia decker & molly hopkins Cynthia Decker and Molly Hopkins first opened LiviRae in 2006. The idea, inspiration, and original concepts for a custom fit lingerie and bra boutique arose, as they often do, with a need to help women feel confident and sexy, not just in Georgia, but around the world.

Photo courtesy of Livi Rae Lingerie | dec 2014


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The name “LiviRae Lingerie” comes from Cynthia’s and Molly’s daughters’ | dec 2014


names: Olivia (Livi) and Rainey (Rae) and thus the brand was born for LiviRae Lingerie. As the ‘Double Divas’ stars, Molly and Cynthia are self-proclaimed “country girls” with a true God-given talent for fitting, design, and helping women “one breast at a time!” While Molly handles most of the business side, Cynthia is a talented seamstress that loves to let her creativity run wild with her custom-made lingerie. “I never knew having a virtual fitting could be so much fun and so rewarding” – Madeline Jones/Editor at PLUS Model Magazine



with madeline jones We took to our Instagram to answer your most important modeling questions!


pursue plus size modeling; (amazing, and a little scary!) What is the most valuable piece of advice you can give to someone trying to get started in the industry?


This is a big commitment and I’m sure you have already done your research, and maybe even got signed to an | dec 2014

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I am moving from Nashville to New York in January to

go them and get to know the industry movers and

agency. If you have not, try to get with an agency in New York City (MUSE Models, Wilhelmina, MSA, True Model Management to name a few). NYC is the “plus size mecca�, we have events happening here,

shakers. Keep your portfolio up to date. Shoot with different photographers and reach out to indie designers about working with them. Getting your presence and image out there is important. Keep your social media interesting and be honest about your journey. I think people will be fascinated with it.

Photography, Yan Bleney | Hair & MUA, Isabella Forget

@violet_sag10 I love seeing plus size models, but I never see any with stretch marks... Do none of you have them or do they get “Photoshopped” out? What’s the story?

I’m going to answer you honestly. The fashion industry and magazines always use Photoshop to tweak pictures. Every single ad you see in a paper magazine or editorial is tweaked. The plus size industry is no different. Editorials sell a fantasy and fashion is about aspirational ways to sell the clothing. Do some | dec 2014


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people take it way too far? Absolutely, but for the most part the plus-size industry is extremely modest in how they use Photoshop.

@marquiesa What are some great tips for walking runway? With FFFW Auditions coming up, the advice could really help!

If there is a local runway workshop in your area, take it! If not, then start practicing. Go on YouTube and search for FFFWEEK videos and look at the models walking down the runway. Some will be more experienced than others, so mimic your walk after those that seem most confident and whose walk seems most mature. You may also search for the model director, Sharon Quinn. She has a lot of experience on the runway and you will see her on the runway during her modeling days.

@elizabethfox93 @plusmodelmag I’m getting into modeling, and I’m in that awkward size where I don’t quite fit in either size group, regular or plus size. What tips do you have for girls like me to make it in modeling?

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interview by tiffany bank

Tiffany: What made you decide to become a plus size model?

Aliyah: Becoming a model has always been a dream of mine. Growing up and learning what the standard was made me a bit discouraged because I felt I would never have a chance in Since learning about the demand of plus size clothing and models in 2010, I became hopeful again seeing that the dynamics had changed and jumped right into my research to figure out how I would be able to turn this dream deferred into a dream come true! Becoming successful in something that I never thought I had a real chance in is more than Aliyah Cherrisse Atlantic City, NJ 5’8” | 14/16 Fav Quote: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”--Jeremiah 29:11

fulfilling, it’s EMPOWERING! I am so honored to be able to apart of a positive change.

Tiffany: Whom do you look to for curvy inspiration?

Aliyah: I used to look to our lat her blog because she was truly

her follower’s emails and was al

right direction. From following

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tic City, NJ. In my hometown

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Tiffany: Finish this sentence... The plus industry is:

Aliyah: Small, yet rapidly growing, and here to stay! It’s a tough and competitive industry, especially for us models, but I love it!

Tiffany: Who are your favorite plus designers, models, bloggers and/or celebrities?

Frazier, Youtheary Khmer, and a few others. I really have a different type of love for the indie designers because they understand the hustle of chasing this dream. I am a huge fan of Denise Bidot. I look to her often and I aspire to be as great as her. I adore Essie Golden, who is one of my favorite bloggers. She embraces and shows a lot of love.

Tiffany: Where do you see yourself in the next year?

Aliyah: In the next year my heart’s desire is to be successful in the modeling industry. I look forward to the continuous growth, growing my client list, and working closely with my agency to be sure I’m staying on track.

Tiffany: What has been a highlight for you so far?


designers I love for Monif C., Serita Bell, Poppy and Bloom, Qristyl | dec 2014

stunning, hardworking, and they own everything they’re put in! As for

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Aliyah: I absolutely adore Jill Scott and Queen Latifah! They’re so

Aliyah: Aside from being chosen as the Spotlight Model for PMM? {Laughs} I must say a highlight for me would be becoming the winner of the Plus Night Out Model Search 2013 of course. After

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castings in five different cities,



Model Management, and was | dec 2014


is endless. God’s favor is my

little old me took home the GOLD! In one night I received a modeling contract with my current agency, TRUE

booked Ashley Stewart, one of the biggest clients any of us models would kill to have. My gratitude for that opportunity

highlight over all!

PHOTO, Madeline Jones for

are you the new

PMM spotlight model?

It’s Your Time to Shine!

PMM is looking for our next Spotlight Model to introduce to the plus industry and PMM readers! For




3-4 professional shots, including a headshot and 3/4 full-length, to Models can be unsigned/freelance/ aspiring or freshly signed. If chosen, we will conduct an interview, which will appear in an upcoming issue, PLUS Model Magazine | July ‘13 Model: Schnaya Pamplin Photographer: Enrique Vega

along with your photos!

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