PLUS Model Magazine - February 2014 Issue

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ISSUE diversity is beautiful transition your look

wear now, wear later

ashley stewart

mad for mod

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fashion 2014 the good, the bad

& ugly of modeling

sexy lingerie, sexy models, sexy YOU!


PLUS februar y 2014




ashley stewart mad for mod

first look at


fashion 2014

diversity is beautiful

the good, the bad

transition your look

sexy lingerie

wear now, wear later

& ugly of modeling

sexy models



PLUS februar y 2014

ashley stewart the

mad for mod



diversity is beautiful

the good, the bad

ISSUE transition your look

wear now, wear later

first look at fashion 2014

& ugly of modeling

sexy lingerie

sexy models



PLUS februar y 2014



ISSUE diversity is beautiful transition your look

wear now, wear later

ashley stewart

mad for mod

first look at


fashion 2014

the good, the bad

& ugly of modeling

sexy lingerie, sexy models, sexy YOU!


PMM [inspiration]

“The absence of people of color on the runways and photography reinforces to our young girls that they’re not beautiful enough, that they’re not acceptable enough.” Iman | feb 2014


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Photography: Vanessa Bates Model Rebecca Buckman-Winters

masthead madeline jones editor-in-chief

valery amador

marcy cruz

reah norman

alexandra boos

blog editor

executive director

executive marketing & creative director

executive fashion director

andre schneider photo editor

alissa s. wilson

tara taylor

yve edmond

shopping & style editor

beauty editor

Wellness Editor

luke jones

spry lee scott steffany allen

jennene biggins

staff photographer

digital app manager

fashion contributors

t i f f a n y b a n k | a s h l e y g r a h a m | k e n d r a c. j o h n s o n | d a n i e l l e m e l n y c z e n k o larissa laurel | shannon hiett | rosie mercado | colleen stovall contributors

plus model magazine | inspiration + style PLUS Model Magazine inspires the style-savvy, fashion-forward, full-figured woman to embrace her curves. 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. Online since 2006, PMM is the #1 plus size fashion & beauty magazine, blog and social media outlet.

P M M . M AG A Z I N E . B LO G . S O C I A L . E V E N T S . P R O D U C T I O N | feb 2014


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model magazine inspiration + style The #1 Fashion & Beauty Magazine, Blog and Social Media Outlet For Plus Size Women MAGAZINE 1 Million Page Views Monthly BLOG Over 1.25 Million Page Views Monthly FACEBOOK 473,740+ Fans TWITTER 27,660+ Followers INSTAGRAM 19,980+ Followers ALEXA RATING Global 50,869 . US 12,681

As the most powerful and far-reaching fashion magazine, blog and social media outreach in the plus industry, PMM is an unparalleled tool to help connect you with your curvy customer. Email me at to explore collaboration. Alexandra Boos Executive Marketing & Creative Director P M M . M AG A Z I N E . B LO G . S O C I A L . E V E N T S . P R O D U C T I O N

PLUS MODEL the black issue february 2014 | feb 2014


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Beauty 42 Top Beauty Brands for Women of Color 46 Tash’s Top 5 Beauty Favs 48 Ask Tara Style 50 Executive Fashion Director 52 Wear Now, Wear Later 58 Laced With Desire 64 First Look at Spring In Every Issue Inspiration 8 Editor’s Letter 24 Contest 30 Readers React 32 PMM Blog Report 36 Discovered on FB 98

Editorial 70 Ashley Stewart Spring Preview 78 Interview with Liris Crosse 86 The Black Issue Life 28 #CelebrateMySize 102 Plus Model Lauren Veluvolu 108 Models to Watch 116 Plus Modeling 101 120 Spotlight Model Kelly

Alexandra Boos Executive Marketing & Creative Director

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

the black issue In November 2013 Naomi Campbell, Iman and Bethann Hardison created the “Diversity Coalition,” whose goal is to end runway racism and shed light on the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. Their open letter to the Council of Fashion Designers of America stated the lack of diversity on the runway with statistics, and listed the designers who were guilty of not using any or only one, model of color. The letter received media attention around the world and created conversation. Almost two years ago I sat down with a group of plus size models in NYC after a photo shoot. The conversation on my half of the table had turned from idle chitchat to the lack of ‘working’ black models in the plus size industry. The models pointed things out that I had not realized, and it made a great impression on me.

PLUS Model Magazine celebrates the industry, it’s fashion, models and the women who wear the fashions. Could there be a serious lack of diversity beyond the size issue? I polled 5 agencies in the United States who either have a ‘plus’ division or are boutique agencies, and here is what I found. Out of 313 models... 45 were Ethnic (Hispanic, African American, Indian, Asian) Of the ethnic models... Only 15 were brown skin girls Take a look at any plus size fashion website and look at the campaigns, do you see many non-white models? The models I was speaking to were not asking why THEY were not working more, but why are there far less black models working today than in the past? Over the past two years I have spoken to working mothers, entertainers, models, students and even grandmothers, all of whom recognized the fashion industry is a fantasy and is aspirational. One young woman shared her struggle with accepting her dark skin and wishing for many years that she was lighter. After a health scare due to skin lightening creams she is now on the road to living her best life and has a strong support system around her. To that young woman and the countless others who have or are struggling with embracing the color of their skin, we embrace you and encourage you to love the skin you’re in. You Are Beautiful! Madeline Jones Editor-in-Chief Visit Online

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YOU During the month of January we launched #CelebrateMySize on Instagram. Women from all over the world snapped their photos and used the hashatag to proudly celebrate their curves. Check out a few of our favorites!

We are excited to be continuing this body positive incentive. Snap a pic of yourself, upload it to Instagram and tag your photo #CelebrateMySize - We will be choosing 10 images per day to regram.


#CelebrateMySize | feb 2014


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PMM [readers react]

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


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what you like and what you want to see in future issues

Once again you have put out a wonderful magazine! I always look forward to reading everything. When it comes to plus size women, I have always been under the impression that “PLUS” size started at size 14, but this is going back to 1988 when I got my first job in clothing. Anything smaller was considered “NORMAL”. Why must society, mainly clothing designers, tell us what is plus size? We are who we are. I have maintained to be a size 18 for the last 16 years and I consider myself normal because this is normal to me. Francisca Acks-Ramos

Awesome cover. Models look amazing. Michele Hilton

Great issue! Love the Editorial Bianca Bombshell

You turned it out!!!!!! Amazing issue!!!! Yanderis Lodos

Beauty come in all shape and sizes...Very nice Punchie Gibson

I like the cover. It reminds me of the old Mode magazines. Vita Reed

I wish you would come out with a paper copy of this mag too Jennifer Gohm

Amazing issue for 2014 you covered ALL the aveunes for the curvy world. LaShawn Waiters

This particular issue was very inspirational. Thank you for always being a platform for plus size women of ALL shapes and sizes️ @plusmodelmag Vanessa Mays-Hinds

Beautiful cover!

I used to not look at magazines. What for? Now I’m excited to look at a magazine where I know the clothes will fit and I won’t look like I’m wearing kitchen curtains Paulina Newberry


Amazing!!!! Everything about this cover and magazine is beautiful!!!! Jezrammodel

I absolutely enjoyed this issue.... simply love it! Aliyah Cherrisse

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report with blog editor Marcy Cruz

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2014 kicked off with a great conversation about the lack of size diversity in the fashion industry. Many great questions were raised such as “What is plus size?”, “Should a size | feb 2014


12 be considered plus size?” and “Why aren’t plus size retailers using larger sized models?” We love hearing what our readers think and the discussions on the blog were insightful and empowering. It’s a new year and a time for change and renewal. We all should stand up and be heard. If you have any questions or comments, you can always email me at Be inspired! ~ Marcy

Plus Models Are Disappearing… PLUS Model Magazine Tackles the Controversial Subject of “What is Plus Size?” in the January Issue Swedish Retailer H&M Accused Of Using Medium Sized Model In A Plus Size Ad Danish Plus Size Brand Zizzi Launches New Inspiring ‘Accept No Rules’ Campaign Featuring Plus Model Denise Bidot PLUS Model Magazine Sound Off: Is This Picture Too Curvy For Comfort?

PLUS Model Magazine Hot Topic: Is Photoshopping Really Needed In The Fashion Industry and Media?

PLUS Model Magazine Sound Off: Is Size 12 Plus Size?

PLUS Model Magazine Survey Results: We Asked, YOU Answered… What Is ‘Plus Size’?

Ten Plus Size Models To Watch in 2014 Actress Gabourey Sidibe Hits Sundance Film Festival To Promote Her New Movie & Garners Rave Reviews From Critics Plastic Surgery Game App Marketed To Kids Sparks Twitter Outrage And Gets Pulled From iTunes

welcome danimezza | feb 2014


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From the moment I met her, I was instantly enamored by her aura, beauty and honesty. reads like many of our diaries and speaks honestly about all that being a woman is about. Her keen eye for fashion is something I have long admired and I’m so happy to have this talented young woman working with PMM. Madeline Jones, Edditor-in-Chief

Danimezza is a professional photographer, lifestyle blogger and founder of #AussieCurves. She’s a mom and wife and is one of the most popular Australian bloggers known in the United States. Dani has a vast appreciation for fashion and everything curvy. Her very popular blog offers all women advice about living happily and with purpose.

tara beauty with Tara Taylor

Many women of color don’t know where to begin when looking for a foundation that truly matches their skin tone or a skincare product that actually works! Here is a short but strong list of | feb 2014


brands that should alleviate some of your frustration.


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Top Beauty Brands for Women of Color: Complexion & Skincare

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Foundation $36

MAC Marchmaster Foundation SPF 15, $34

Becca Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation $42

Fashion Fair Foundation $21-$28

Iman Time Control SPF 15 $15 Iman Stick Foundation $13

LaseResults System $36-$85

Clinique Stay-Matte Free Makeup $23

Rx For Brown Skin $60

CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue $9

Aveda Enbrightenment Skincare System $60-$120 La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream $37




tash’s favs

Ponds Lasting Oil Control & Vanishing Cream

Carmex Lip Balm

Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer

Mac Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

Mac ‘False Lashes Extreme Black

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Photographer: Exposition By Raf Model: Tash | BMG Models

ask tara

with Tara Taylor

I love wearing eyeshadow, but I always seem to choose colors that are too light or “ashy” against my darker skin. How do I find colors that complement my skin? Tanya from Chicago, IL

Tanya, thank goodness that’s an easy fix! You are going to want to choose colors that are richer in and deeper in tone. Stay away from colors that have a white base like pastels and those that are light and frosty. Think deep bronzes, jewel tones and rich plums.

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

reah’s letter

with executive fashion director reah norman

Hello February! We definitely have a lot to celebrate! Welcome to our first look at fresh, spring plus size fashion,

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lingerie galore to celebrate the month of love, and most importantly, our first black issue! PMM’s fashion and beauty team are in love with spring trends and all their glory. Traditional nautical, pastels, ruffles and pleats, which continue to steal our hearts each spring, as well as some fresh, new twists on the traditional trends. An artistic approach to florals, longer midi-skirts, and unexpected metallics are all at the forefront | feb 2014


this season, and I have it all covered with “First Look at Spring”. Our beauty editor, Tara shares her picks for “Top Beauty Brands for Women of Color”, and as the most romantic day of the year, along with warmer weather approaches, Shopping & Style Editor, Alissa offers smart solutions for the spring transition with “Wear Now/Wear Later”, and our new fashion contributor, Danimezza, has gathered the season’s best plus size lingerie in “Laced with Desire!” Welcome to the PMM family, Dani! We adore you! PMM always has, and always will stand strong for change, and will continue to fight for the inclusion of size and color diversity, in our industry. It all starts with us as individuals, using our positive voices to spread the message and build momentum for change. We hope you love this issue as much as we do!

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Estée Lauder Pink Starry Night Powder Compact

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Bond No. 9 New York Perfumista Avenue Swarovski Solo Stunner/3.3 oz.

Alexis Bittar Marcasite Caged Lucite Bib Necklace Alexis

Bittar Lucite & Crystal Knot Bangle Bracelet

Aerin Erickson Beamon Jeweled Ear Cuff Earrings

Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Glitter Mini Shoulder Bag

Jimmy Choo Trina Jeweled Leather Pumps

wearnow wear


with alissa wilson

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Since the new year has started, you’ve probably cleaned and organized your wardrobe already as part of your New Year resolutions. February is a | feb 2014


great month to start updating your wardrobe. When it comes to updating your wardrobe it’s important to look for transitional pieces. What’s a transitional piece, you say? Transitional clothes are pieces that can take you from season-to-season. Transitional pieces can be used for layering in the colder months and worn on their own in the warmer months.

To help guide you on how to get the most out of your wardrobe, we chose a couple of stylish pieces that you can wear now in the winter and later during the spring and summer.

Check them out.

Look I: The printed Shell Top: Wear it now with a pencil skirt, tights, and ankle boots for a winter dressy look Spot print shell top: Simply Be $44.95 PU trim pencil skirt: Evans $32 Black tights: Lane Bryant $18.95 Suede ankle boots: DUO $200 Swing Coat: Evans $65 Chain link necklace: Adia Kibur, ShopBop $70

Look 2: Wear Later – Dress down a printed shell top with a pair of skinny jeans and classic pumps for a spring look

Spot print shell top: Simply Be $44.95 Skinny Jeans: Levis, Macys $58 White Pumps: Gianvito Rossi $535 Chain link necklace: Adia Kibur, ShopBop $70

Look I Leather has been a hot trend for the past two years. Try a leather trim pencil skirt with a corseted peplum top for a summer date night look. Corseted peplum top: Simply Be $49.95 Leather Trim pencil skirt: Manon Baptiste, Navabi $217.90 Kenie caged sandals: Nine West $69.99 Bib Necklace: Forever21 $10.80

The digital print leather trim pencil skirt

Look 2 During the winter, make the skirt cozy with a turtleneck sweater and over the knee boots. Add a little edge to your look with a biker jacket. Biker Jacket: Inspire New Look 49GBP Ribbed Turtleneck: Sonoma LIfe, Kohls $27 Leather Trim pencil skirt: Manon Baptiste, Navabi $217.90 Hervaline Over the knee boots: ALDO $250

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by danielle melnyczenko

February tends to stir the romantic within. Valentine’s Day is a time to show appreciation to those you love and one way of doing that is with lingerie. Yes, I know it’s a little bit predictable but it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you plan to adorn your curves simply for yourself or for the enjoyment of others, remember there are no rules. The seductiveness of lingerie lies within the mystery of it, hidden under layers, a woman’s secret until the moment of reveal. | feb 2014

There is so much more on offer today than red and black. Surprise yourself with flattering on-trend colours like soft lilac, shimmering emerald, deep sapphire and evocative pinks. Be playful, throw traditional rules out the window and embrace colour!

Clockwise from t “Satin Push Up”, La Lace Plunge”, City Lane Bryant “Bold

top: Lane Bryant ane Bryant “Beaded y Chic “Marissa”, d Lace Balconette”

Bras and Panties No matter your preference, plunging or pushing, there are plenty of pretty colour options for your curves. Investing in matching sets can make even your most ordinary day just that little bit sexier.

Chemises & Babydolls Whether you prefer a figure hugging chemise or a floaty babydoll, they’re both perfect for those who prefer a little more coverage for those intimate moments.

Bustier & Corset

If you’re craving an hourglas or simply demand more su your lingerie then these wi pull in all the right pl

From top: Simply Be “Green Envy Chemise”, Lane Bryant “Strappy Cup Babydoll”, Hips & Curves “Stretch Lace Chemise”, Lane Bryant “Point d’esprit Babydoll”


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From top: Lane Bryant “Lace Overlay Corset”, Hips & Curves “Pleated Ribbon Corset”, Hips & Curves “La Sirena Luxe Steel Corset”, Hips & Curves “Satin & Net Corset”



ss silhouette upport from ill push and laces.


figure hugging dress on date night often equires unsexy shapewear, but there are plenty of pretty vintage lace options that your partner won’t mind peeling off.

From top: ModCloth “Contouring Undies” ModCloth “Slip Corselet” ModCloth “Waist Corset” ModCloth “Contouring Shorts”

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by norman

trends, colors & styles we can’t wait to wear With the official spring season just around the bend, plus size spring colors, trends and prints are slowly making their way into our hearts, offering a bit of something for everyone! A color palette of blue crush, black & white, icy pastels, coral, yellow, and subtle earth tones, and new unstructured silhouettes, mixed in with a bit of those that we still love from the fall, and of course all the tried and true spring trends we can always count on, shown with a fresh twist.

Cobalt Blue Tuxedo Striped

Cobalt is the vibrant, g that works on every and tuxedo stripes on trousers, create a long, even with looser fitt From C

Boxy Cropped Jackets Non-moto, unstructured jackets that crop just at the waist, create an easy, breezy, yet polished look. From ASOS Curve

Printed & Wide Leg Pants Floral, geo, and tribal printed pants done in a wide range of silhouettes, and wide leg pants come to the forefront in both denim and looser flowing fabrications. From Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Statement Sweaters & Pop Art Prints Sweater dressing makes a statement with pop graphics and prints, paired with pants, skirts, and layered over dresses. From Michael by Michael Kors

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Bomber Jackets Classic bomber style jackets offer a nod to the prominent sportswear trend, done in ladylike colors and prints for a fresh, casual look. From Forever 21 Plus

Classic White Button Down The classic white button down is a spring’s must have wardrobe staple with endless combinations to layer and style, season after season! From Avenue

Crop Tops & Metallics

Collarless Coats

Pair a bold crop top with a high-waisted pant or skirt for a perfect peek-a-boo at the smallest part of the waist, and wear your metallics in the daytime with more casual styling, ideal for spring. From Forever 21 Plus

Mod inspired collarless coats and jackets done right in lightweight color-blocking and chic texture, perfect for the spring transition. Michael by Michael Kors

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Nautical & Stripes Traditional red & blue stripes are always seen at the forefront for spring, and pastel stripes offer a fresh, subtle transition to a soft spring look. From Old Navy

Artistic Floral Prints & Sheath Dresses Tried and true florals are seen this season in an artistic, abstract, all over print for a fresh, new approach to the trend. From Marina Rinaldi

Neutrals & Earth Tones Back to basics with soft, neutral earth tones that are perfectly paired with both pastels and vibrant hues. From Forever 21 Plus


The Chambray Shirt Denim and chambray shirts have become a new wardrobe staple. Wear it on its own as a statement with colored denim, or layered underneath a sweater, blazer or cardigan to complete the look. Sejour by Nordstrom


Kimono style tops draped over free-flowing tops, skirts and resses offer a cool boho vibe r spring. From ASOS Curve | feb 2014

Kimono Tops

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Chic sportswear creates a laid back, casual vibe for spring, styled fabulously, to be worn outside the gym! From Lane Bryant

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Models: Samantha Lebbie, Liris Crosse,

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inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | feb 2014 Photography Stanley Debas Makeup Tara Taylor | Hair Styling Alicia Fajardo | Fashion Styling Spry Lee Scott

Both Photos: Top, Calvin Klein | Leather Leggings by INC International Concepts



interview by madeline jones

The moment she steps out onto the runway during Full Figured Fashion Week® there is instant euphoria. Liris Crosse, “The Body” as she is affectionately called, has been a plus size model for over a decade. In this month’s issue we sit down with Liris to talk about her views as a working African American model.

Maddy: To those that do not know your story, can you tell us how you got started in the plus size modeling industry?

Liris: I went to a Model Search America convention. I got 4 call backs from Seventeen Magazine, Michelle Pommier, Elite & Zoli. They all loved me, but wanted me to lose weight. I tried to lose weight although I was a curvy 6-8. I went back for a 2nd convention & only one agency gave me a callback & that was Nova Models in Baltimore.

I was enrolled to start college at Bowie State and told my parents I wanted to move to NY to do commercial modeling. They said okay, they would give me a year to try it out. I moved on Christmas Day of that year, since we were already coming up for the holidays with my mom’s side of the family.


I met with Susan Georget and she loved me. I saw the women on the board and they looked like me and had natural bodies, but were exquisitely gorgeous. I didn’t know plus modeling existed then; I found out at that meeting. They offered me a contract that day and the rest is history. Maddy: Did you notice any differences with being a new Black model? Liris: I’ll say that starting out, I didn’t notice color as much because I was a smaller plus model and I was young. I thought that many times I didn’t get jobs because they felt I was too young. It wasn’t until years later that I noticed race playing a part. I observed it first working as a model for hip-hop videos. There was this shift in the girls they were using. They all seemed like mixed, Brazilian or Latina models. Maddy: We surveyed five agencies that have plus size model boards and out of 313 models, 45 were ethnic and 15 were visibly African American. Why do you think we do not have more African American plus size models being represented? Liris: I think we don’t have more visibly black models on boards because bookers feel like the clients aren’t using them, so why flood a board with more Black girls when they will complain about not working? Maddy: I have come to realize that the clients are the one’s holding the cards. If they ask, then the agency will provide. Liris: If the clients use them, then the bookers will have them. I feel it really starts with the designer/brands/companies and of course, the consumers being vocal about it.

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Liris: When the agencies opened after the holiday, I went to one open call at Images. They said I was pretty, but needed to lose weight yet again. I said, you know what, I know Model Search America said to call them if I was ever in NY so maybe I should go get direction from them. A lady by the name of Leah McCloskey met with me, saw my photos and said I’m going to send you over to an agency that has women that look like you. She sent me to Wilhelmina; they had a 10-20 board at the time. | feb 2014

Maddy: That was a huge risk to take. How soon after moving to NY did you get signed?

Dress: JS Collections | Fur Coat: Stylist’s Own

I had an interesting experience once with someone in the plus industry. I was at a fashion show where there were mostly African American models on the runway. When I asked the person how they liked the show, they said, “Well, I was not aware this was an ETHNIC show.” I won’t say what my immediate reaction wanted to be, but I did compose myself enough to ask why she thought it was an ethnic show when many of the top plus size retailers were involved. She said to me, “Well, I meant it was mostly Black models.” How do we change this way of thinking? Liris: Well, let’s get into this, Maddy. The thing is most Black models aren’t working and will do whatever they can to get seen by major brands, even if the show is non-paying. Most of the White models are signed and their agents forbid them to even walk in those shows. Maddy: So basically we go back to the fact that if we do not have the brands and designers asking for and booking Black models, than they have to try and create their own opportunities. Maddy: Models are followed, have become role models and are admired by many women from young to old. What message does this send to the customers when they do not see visibly African American models? Liris: The message it sends is that you really aren’t important, or take what I give you and be happy. I find it interesting that brands will hold events and invite a lot of the African American bloggers and journalists, but not have one single Black model on their site or in their campaigns, yet they want them to blog about their products and get the sales from their followings. Maddy: This is a GREAT point. This also stands true with size. Bloggers will put an outfit on and sell it on their body, but companies will not put

Liris: A lot of brands are scared to use Black models because of that very same stigma you are talking about. They don’t want their brands to be labeled BLACK/URBAN/ETHNIC, so what does that imply, huh? That’s why you see a lot of Black models trying to work for indie designers who make great clothes, but let’s be realistic they don’t pay the money that major brands can pay. We want to make good money, too. LOL Maddy: In 2013, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison and Diversity Coalition wrote an open letter to the CFDA about the lack of diversity on the runway. Iman went as far as to say that there were MORE Black models working in the 1970’s than in 2013.

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a visibly plus size model in their campaigns.


Maddy: Models are followed, have become role | feb 2014

Top: Calvin Klein Skirt: DKNY

Clearly, this is a serious issue in the fashion industry, both straight size and plus. Liris: First, I want to say that what Bethann, Naomi & Iman did was brilliant and powerful. I thank them for taking a stand for equality and diversity! I have looked up to all three women over the years. When I saw the campaign they did, it made me think about how this is also happening in the plus industry, but no one is speaking out about it! I have posted about it numerous times on my social media just to start a conversation about it and it’s like people are scared. Truth can be scary for some at times. Just like Naomi said, I don’t feel that companies are racist, but the act of what they are doing by not using Black models isn’t right. There are some AMAZING Black models out there who should be working a lot more. They call me “The Body” or the “Naomi of Plus” but there’s no major lingerie or swim brand I work for. Why is that? Maddy: We do need more ethnicity in the fashion industry. If you are selling to all of us, we should be represented! Liris: I research the clients and they don’t have anyone who looks like me (color-wise) on their sites or catalogs. My agent has sent out my card and they either don’t respond or say I don’t fit the look for the brand. The fashion industry is the only place where you can be discriminated against, but it can fall under ‘personal choice’. I must say thank GOD for brands like Ashley Stewart! I am proud to have a great working relationship with them. They are a prime example of racial diversity and size diversity. Maddy: For African American aspiring models that are reading this interview, what is your advice to them?

Liris: For the models reading this, I say, don’t give up, change is coming! Just continue to put your best foot forward and give them great material so eventually they can’t deny you. Just keep giving them your best; they will get it sooner than later. Maddy: For brands and designers reading this interview, what is your advice to them? Liris: For the brands I say, please don’t ignore the African American models or just the minority spending dollar, period! There are some amazing models out there of all races, who want to work. Take a chance and try them. Our world is changing and mixing and the campaigns and advertisements should show that. Liris Crosse is signed with and is bi-costal.


BLACK issue photography luke jones styling steffany allen

Animal print bodycon dress w/black side panels: Chic and Curvy Boutique Earrings: Lane Bryant Rings: Lane Bryant Shoes: | feb 2014


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Crop top paired with fitted skirt Crop Top: Forever 21 Skirt: H&M Velvet Booties:

Cold shoulder minidress: Chic and Curvy Boutique Shoes: Forever 21

CamiBra and High Waisted Brief: Ashley Stewart

Bodysuit: Chic and Curvy Boutique Fishnet Hosiery: Bare Necessities Zippered faux leather jacket: Torrid Earrings and Rings: Ashley Stewart

One piece bathing suit w/gold zipper detail: Always For Me Shoes: Forever 21

Striped skater dress: Forever 21 Faux leather jacket: Forever 21 Necklace: Lane Bryant Velvet Booties:

Makeup by Tara Taylor and Amanda Vigue Hair by Alicia Fajardo Fashion Editor Reah Norman Models: Wyinnetka Aaron Chearice Vaughn Ariel Brownridge Monique Robinson

Evening gown: Theia Earrings: Lane Bryant Bracelets: Ashley Stewart

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Magazine/Dorothy Combs Models model

or not they would like me. This client had put

search change your life?

their faith in a new model with expectations of a

Lauren: Winning the PLUS Model Magazine and

DCM model. The people at Sydney’s Closet are

Dorothy Combs Model Next Supermodel Search

the sweetest, most warm-hearted souls I had met.

changed my life in ways I could never even have

I felt very much at ease with them. In preparation,

imagined. I’ve grown so much as a person, and

I listened to my agents about what to bring in

a model. Not only did this opportunity change

my models bag.

my life within the industry, but also it was an indirect way of God telling me that this is what

Maddy: Can you tell us about your first

he wanted for me. I could not be more grateful

shoot and what you learned after your first

for the opportunities.

professional job? Lauren: After my first professional job I realized

Maddy: Your first client after winning the

that this is exactly what I was looking for, and

model search was Sydney’s Closet. Can you

wanted to do. The professionalism, the fashion

tell me how you felt and how you prepared

and the genuine love for offering clothing options

before getting on set?

to the curvy woman is something I want to be

Lauren: When I found out that I had booked

part of. When you collaborate with people who

Sydney’s Closet I was super thrilled and crazy

see eye-to-eye with you, it’s absolutely refreshing.


nervous. All I could think about was whether | feb 2014

Maddy: How did winning the PLUS Model

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It has been two years since PLUS Model Magazine joined forces with Dorothy Combs Models for our Plus Supermodel Search.We had over 2,000 entries and had the very hard task of choosing one lucky winner. In this month’s issue, we wanted to catch up with the stunning beauty and talk to her about her experience as a new model. Images courtesy of Sydney’s Closet

Maddy: Sydney’s Closet is a very well known special occasion and bridal dress company. How did working with them prepare you for other clients? Lauren: Working with Sydney’s Closet offered me hands on experience on what clients expect from models. They also offered me a lot of advice about working in the industry.

Maddy: What advice would you give to aspiring models who are serious about being agency represented and work as a plus-size model? Lauren: I always urge aspiring models to follow PLUS Model Magazine for amazing tips and pointers. If you’re truly serious about getting your hands dirty in the industry then start off with getting professional shots done. Start submitting yourself to legit and professional events, runway shows, and agencies. Without professional photos and/or experience you have no base, which is crucial. You never know who may just get back to you... I know I didn’t.

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Developing models is something IPM Model Management owner Fallon Sinclair is well known for. Meet three of her rising stars. Name: Samantha Lebbie

Agency Name: IPM Model Management | feb 2014


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Where We Have Seen Her: Ashley Stewart in-store & online, PlusSizeFix LA, Elocin Plus, FFFWeek, CurvyClosets, CurvesRockFashionWeekend.

Beauty Essentials: Queen Helene Face Mask, CHANEL Hydromax Active Moisture Mask, Organix Hydrating Argan Oil of Morocco Lotion, & EOS Strawberry Lip Balm

Inspiration: My Inspiration is my Mother., who passed away some years ago. Growing up as the only child my Mom was my best friend, my sister, my everything. All I do is for my Mom!

Fashion Aesthetic: I love Fashion!!! I’m Classic, Chic & Trendy. Fashion has no rules.

Photographer Roberto Ligresti

Name: Summer Wayans

Agency Name: IPM Model Management and Shakir Entertainment

Where We Have Seen Her: Ashley Stewart, Jones New York, Wet Seal, Sydney’s Closet, POSH at LAFW, Plus Night Out, FFF Week-LA, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim-Miami, PLUS Model Magazine, Daily Venus Diva, Hip-Hop Weekly, Huffington Post and LA Examiner

Beauty Essentials: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and Daily Moisturizer, Johnson’s Shea & Cocoa Butter Baby Lotion and Baby Oil Gel, Palmer’s Cocoa

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Butter Formula Swivel Stick with Vitamin E, NYX black liquid or MAC gel liner, a bandana or headband, and scrunci.

Inspiration: I am inspired by the world, specifically by what I see and experience. I am fueled by my passion to leave a lasting positive impression on | feb 2014


the world, inspired to be someone else’s inspiration. Since inspiration is found in some of the most unconventional places I keep my mind and heart open to seeing and feeling it.

Fashion Aesthetic: I am really low-key and down to earth but I like to feel like a Princess too. I love to be comfortable and cute at the same time. I am really into spikes , sparkles and bling, combat boots and chucks, and like a true Wayans, headgear is almost always a must! I am likely to pair these with some leggings or skinny pants and a tank or tee. I am trendy by my own definition and love to mix and match pieces to make them my own.

Photographer Stanley Debas

Name: Sommer Green

Agency Name: IPM Model Management

Where We Have Seen Her: L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week for City Chic, Full Figured Fashion Week N.Y., Plus Night Out, PLUS Model Magazine, Zen Magazine Africa, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Igigi, Torrid, and Hope and Harvest Australia

Beauty Essentials: Coconut Oil, Hot Six Oil, Clinique Dramatically Different | feb 2014


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Moisturizing Gel, Clinique Anti-gravity Firming Eye Lift Cream, Alba Botanicals Hawaiian Moisture cream - Jasmine &Vitamin E, Rehydrating Neroli Water, and Silica

Inspiration: My inspiration comes in many forms and people. Not all of them are necessarily in the fashion industry but all have been successful in my eyes. Those who inspire me may have had a simple dream that they achieved or the drive to never give up. When I see innovation or creativity in others it inspires me to keep pushing for my goals but to also appreciate what I’ve achieved already.

Fashion Aesthetic: My fashion aesthetic is a mix of soft and hard. I also like a bit of edge in my outfit. I’m also a very casual, effortless dresser. I love to travel and am always on the go. I think my aesthetic reflects my travels, both nationally and internationally.

Photographer Roberto Ligresti

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101 with madeline jones

Modeling is like any career; you don’t randomly choose to be a doctor, so you should not just randomly choose to be a model. There are many different types of modeling and once you know the type of modeling you are best suited for, know that you will invest money and lots of time into developing your career. Click here to view ‘types’ of modeling. Below are some of the questions we received via our social networks:

(Q) Do I have to be in a big city to be a model?

(A) You don’t have to be living in a big city, but know that most castings in the United States are done in NYC, Chicago and LA. You will have to set aside money for train, bus or plane tickets for when you have to travel to a casting. The castings do not come to you, you have to go to them.

(Q) Many people tell me that I’m pretty and

(Q) I’ve been trying to become a working

should model. Do I have what it takes?

model for many years. When do you know when it is time to give up?

(A) Here is the truth about fashion modeling: being pretty or taking a good picture ‘does not’

(A) No-one can give you this answer. These are the

a model make. Before you make the decision

questions you should ask yourself when thinking

to pursue a modeling career, know the type

about going in another direction. Do I posses all

of modeling you are best suited for. If fashion

the requirements to be a professional model? Am

modeling is what you are pursuing, know that

I prepared to invest more time and money into a

models are a package. Models have a look, know

possible modeling career? Is there something else

how to move in front of the camera and can

in the fashion industry that I’m best suited for?

connect and have chemistry with the camera.

Most of all search your heart and listen to where

Models need time and money to develop their

your journey is taking you. Sometimes where you

book and skills. It’s a serious commitment.

begin is not where you are supposed to end.

For more modeling advice, click here to visit the PMM Modeling section.

Photography Stanley Debas


augustine interview by tiffany bank

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

Kelly: I wasn’t seeing enough women that looked like me. I’m a size 18 and I noticed most of the major

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14/16 and under. Being immersed in the industry, I know that most plus-size consumers are sizes 18+. Why aren’t we being represented?


plus retailers were using models that were a size

Kelly: Essie Golden is one of my favorite models. We have similar body types, so I can see myself in a garment when she has it on. For style inspiration, I love Kellie B of, Franceta Johnson, and Elann Zelie. They’re all so eccentric and so unafraid to be different! | feb 2014

Tiffany: Whom do you look to for curvy inspiration?

Tiffany: In addition to modeling, you’re a blogger! What is your blog about?

Kelly: Yes! My blog is, and I share my personal style, fashion news, beauty & natural hair tips as well as my life in NYC. I’m also currently pursuing branding and I’ll be including that more in the blog. I’ve been blogging for almost five years now and it’s been such a gratifying experience.

Tiffany: Finish this sentence: the plus industry is:

Kelly: Changing steadily but is it fast enough?

Tiffany: What is one thing you would change currently in the industry?

Kelly: I think there needs to be a firm reevaluation of what “plus size” looks like and how that diversity is displayed. The industry is stuck in an uncanny catch 22 - retailers use smaller models so consumers accept that image as perfection, though in reality a lot of us have guts, rolls, and dimples. When designers try to use larger models, much like SWAK’s campaign in the January issue of PMM, consumers don’t

like it, even though she looks more like them.

Danielle Brooks from “Orange is the New Black”

It’s an ongoing conversation and PLUS Model

is so fun to watch. As for bloggers, there’s so

Magazine does an incredible job of constantly

many I don’t even know where to begin! Stylish

bringing the issue to the forefront, and yet things

Curves, Everything Curvy and Chic, A Thick

seem to stay the same.

Girl’s Closet, Closet Confessions, Little Lime Dress, Manfattan, Tiny Red Shoes... the list goes

Tiffany: Who are your favorite plus designers,

on and on. So many plus-size fashion blogs are

models, bloggers and celebrities?

popping up with ladies that have such great style!

Kelly: Design-wise, I love Rue107, Zelie

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

for She, Nakimuli, Pile NY, 17Sundays, and SWAK. As mentioned before, Essie Golden is

Kelly: 2014 will be a year of reckoning on so

one of my favorite models. So are Alex LaRosa

many levels for me. I am looking forward to

and Philomena Kwao. Amber Riley’s story on

modeling a lot more and blogging with purpose.

Dancing with the Stars was so inspiring, and

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 consideration, please send 3-4 professional shots, including a headshot and 3/4 fulllength, to Models can be unsigned/freelance/aspiring or freshly signed. If chosen, we will conduct an interview, which will appear in an upcoming issue, along with your photos! What are you waiting for?

Plus Model Magazine | July ‘13 Model: Schnaya Pamplin Photographer: Enrique Vega

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