PLUS Model Magazine - May 2014 Issue

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fit models


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10 inspiration+style brought to you by


summer style list | may 2014


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PMM [inspiration]

“We gain power in our refusal to accept less than we deserve.� - Amber Hollibaugh

pmm, feb 2012 issue model: krista mays

photo by

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 pricepoints, 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. 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

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MODEL Tinder Badhesha FASHIONS Youtheary Khmer by Theary Sim PHOTOGRAPHY Nichole Alex HAIR STYLIST Allie Pagan MAKEUP ARTIST Stephanie Loise


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 480,725+ Fans TWITTER 29,195+ Followers INSTAGRAM 26,050+ Followers

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


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Top 5 Beauty with Maja

Wet & WIld

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Get to Know Yanderis Miami Dreaming


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Swim Glamour

Health & Wellness

Summer Style List

Plus Modeling 101: FIT Modeling Spotlight Model Julenny In Every Issue Inspiration

Alexandra Boos Executive Marketing & Creative Director

Editor’s Letter Contest Readers React #CelebrateMySize PMM Blog Report Discovered on FB

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It’s All About The Curves Follow Us

Model Melissa Masi . Photographer Jessica Lavoie

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

the swim issue

Sponsored by I’m so excited about our Swim Issue... After a long winter, many of us are ready for the warmth of the sun and eager to put away the gloves, scarves and bubble coats. For many years I used to regret summer parties because it meant dealing with the dreaded task of shopping for swimwear and then having to reveal my body in front of strangers.

We hope this issue inspires you as it has inspired me.

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Always For Me is one of the leading plus-size swimwear companies in the world and we are so proud to have them on board as our swim sponsor. In addition to talking swim this month, we are also bringing some much needed attention to models who are often not acknowledged in the modeling industry. Fit Models are the backbone of the modeling industry. Their job is not glamorous like print models, but their job is very important. Learn more about the fit modeling industry and help us celebrate these amazing models. | may 2014

I quickly got over the part about showing my body, but shopping for cute swimwear remained a task. In the last few years there’s been a serious push for swimwear to be made more supportive of our bodies and trendier. Swim 2014 is certainly proving to be one of the best seasons in plus size swimwear.

the cele bra tion


YOU #CelebrateMySize

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.

@plusmodelmag | may 2014


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PINS trending PMM Covers On the Pages Curvy Celebrities Staff Favs Trends of the Day Plus Models Behind the Scenes Looks We Love Plus Size Bloggers Words to Live By ...And So Much More @plusmodelmag | may 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, | may 2014


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

I’ve enjoyed Jessica’s lingerie editorial...

My wife is a full-figured woman and

I’ve seen a whole new side I’ve never seen

enjoys this magazine very much. I wish

before... Sexy yet Classy! I think she gave

I could buy her every issue in print. She

those Victoria’s Secret models a run for

talks about the fashion all the time and I

their money! Keep up the good work.

like to see my wife happy.

Terry Caldwell Jr.

Ed Peterson

This is the type of issue that women need.

I’m already married but this issue still

Embrace and love what you have, because

made me smile and kept me intrigued to

someone loves and embraces you.

flip through to the next page. Good job

Chantal Arbour

PMM! Dana Adams

(In regards to our cover model...) That’s what most of us really look like!

I wish the stigma over plus size people

Tanya Melo

would disappear. This magazine is proof that we are just like everyone else.

This is the best Bridal Issue by far for

Cynthia Burnett

PMM. The fashion section really informed me of places to shop I never knew existed.

2014 is your year PMM! I’m excited to see

Thank you for this.

what you have in store for us this summer.

Cathy Towe

Melanie Johnson

Love Rosie Mercado, she’s such an

In love with your issue!

inspiration to all of us, especially Latinas.

Maribel Kalata

Mary Lassen

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PMM blog

report with blog editor Marcy Cruz | may 2014


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Spring is in full bloom and we’re in full bridal mode on the PMM blog. In April, we covered some wonderful bridal stories and topics, which included beauty and lingerie. It’s also been exciting on the modeling front with plus size models being included on straight size runways and in mainstream fashion magazines. Change is happening in the industry and it is long overdue. Spring is all about vibrant colors and being playful with fashion and the clothing we’re seeing is evident of that. Before you know it, summer will be here so get out there, break some fashion rules and embrace the season while it’s still here. Make sure to check out our fashion spotlights on the blog to see the latest spring fashion must haves. Until next month… ~ Marcy

If you have any questions or comments, you can always email me at

Plus Size Fashion Spotlight: 10 Beautiful Prom Dresses Under $150

Plus Size Modeling News: Model Ashley Graham Featured In Stunning New Beauty Spread From Harper’s Bazaar

Plus Size Bridal Spotlight: Show Some Color onYour Special Day with These Non-White Wedding Gown Ideas

Plus Models Ashley Graham and Marquita Pring Seen On The Runway At Bridal Fashion Week

Spring 2014 Hair Report: All About Braids

5 Gladiator Sandals You Need For Spring/Summer 2014

Plus Size Entertainment News: Glee’s Amber Riley Premieres New Single on the Queen Latifah Show

Bridal Spotlight: 10 Plus Size Wedding Gowns With Sleeves

Plus Size Fashion News: Wet Seal to Open 31 Plus Size Stores By Late July

Plus Size Fashion Spotlight: 10 Stylish Denim Looks For Spring

tara beauty with Tara Taylor

Benefit – Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara $10

Swim-Proof Your Makeup As we get our bodies ready for the approaching beach weather, we also need to update our makeup. Who wants to worry about runny mascara and streaky blush!? BareMinerals – Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara $18

Stila – Stay-AllDay Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner $20 Wet n Wild – H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner $4

Sephora – Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color $16

Too Faced – Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick $21

Tarte – Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer $29

MAC – Pro Longwear Paint Pot $20 | may 2014

Hourglass – Superficial Waterproof Bronzer $45


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L’Oreal – Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow $8

Harlow Australian Made


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maja’s favs

Nimue Day Cream (together with the cleansing gel )

Ciatè nail polish Gold Glitter ( I loooove it!)

Kevin Murphy Angel Hair Wash/Rinse Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara (my all-time favorite )

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Photo Courtesy of | Lars Wahl Model: Maja | CURVE Model Management |

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ask tara

with Tara Taylor

Is there anything I can do to get my nail polish to last longer | may 2014


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than 3 days? Sometimes it starts chipping on day 2! Elizabeth from Tarrytown, NY

Elizabeth, I have been doing my own nails for years and have tried, what seems to be, every product under the sun. This is my own technique that works well. I can get a strong 7 days out of it. Step 1: One coat of Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. This works as a glue for the polish to adhere to. Steps 2: Three coats of your color of choice. Make sure the polish hasn’t gotten too thick and has a good medium consistency. Step 3: One coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. This not only dries your polish straight through to the base coat, it gives beautiful shine. Tip: If you are not able to do your own manicures yourself, purchase the top and base coats from your local drug or beauty supply store and take them with you to your appointment!

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

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reah’s letter

with executive fashion director reah norman

Season after season, the plus size fashion industry continues

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to take chances and create more fashion forward options for plus size consumers, and plus size swimwear is no exception. Now, more than ever, we have extensive fashion possibilities at our fingertips and gorgeous wardrobe options, no matter what your personal style. Bold, conservative, classic, trendy, refined | may 2014


or eccentric- the swimwear on the scene offers something for EVERY one and EVERY body! Even more importantly, plus size women are wearing their curves with unapologetic confidence, and THAT is something to celebrate! Page after page in this month’s swim issue we are featuring gorgeous swimwear and accessories to prepare for the summer season.

On the fashion front, Shopping & Style Editor, Alissa Wilson has created a swimwear shopping guide to “Fit and Flatter Your Shape”, and our international fashion contributor; Danimezza

has shared her picks for styling your swim look, head to toe and full of chic glamour! Also, I have rounded up 10 must have styles to effortlessly take your wardrobe from spring to summer in the “Summer Style List”. On a beauty note, our Beauty Editor, Tara has highlighted must have products to “Swim Proof Your Makeup” during the summer month.

I hope the fashion and beauty in this month’s issue inspires you to approach the season with self-assurance, glamour, and a chic, unapologetic attitude- no matter what your size!


SWIMSUITS to fit & flatter your shape

with alissa wilson | may 2014


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Plus size swimwear has come a long, long, long, waaaaay! Just a few years ago, you couldn’t find any sexy swimsuits above a size 14; every swimsuit was a one-piece, and it was unheard of for a plus size woman to wear a bikini. Today we have swim options like never before. A plus size woman can now rock a bikini, tankini, or a strapless uber sexy onepiece, and the plus size swimwear market has expanded from traditional tropical floral prints to more fashion forward inclusions, such as Aztec and animal prints.

If you’re on the hunt for a swimsuit this season, take your time to find one that really fits and flatters your body. It can be overwhelming, but I’ve picked out some of the best swimsuits for your plus size shape. If you have an ample tummy, hips for days, or if you’re busty, I have got you covered.

more in the middle

“Tahiti” One Shoulder One-Piece, Monif C. $138

Fringe Bikini, Monif C $180

“Hello Kitten” Shirred Swimsuit, Always For Me $136

“Composed by the Pool” One-Piece, Modcloth $90

Peekaboo One-Piece, Torrid $79

more on the bottom

“Casablanca” Bikini Set, Josephine Swim $225

“Bon Voyage” Ruched One-Piece, Forever 21 Plus $28

Shimmer Twist Bandeau Two-Piece, Always For Me $89

Leopard One-Piece, Torrid $89

Halter Neck One- Piece, Evans $60


“Feelin’ Fierce” OnePiece, ModCloth $158

“Marilyn” One-Piece, Sorella Swim $149

Tie-Dye Cleavage Enhancer Bikini, Torrid $94

Printed Midikini, GabiFresh for Swimsuits For All $59

Mesh Cut-Out OnePiece, Anne Cole, Swimsuits For All $98


“Fruit Frenzy” Bikini Set, Forever 21 Plus $30

“Santorini”, La Blanca, Swimsuits For All $115

“See It Through Tart”, Becca Etc. Swim $172

“Sweet Stripes” Strapless Swimsuit, Forever 21 Plus, $28

“Flip Turn It Up” OnePiece, Modcloth $120

swim cover up

Striped Cover Up, Old Navy Plus $37

Lace Maxi Cover Up, Lane Bryant $80

“Morocco” True Blue Cover Up Tunic, Becca Etc. Swim $78

Mesh Sarong, Lands End $29

Reflective Palm Print Cover Up, ASOS Curve $47

Swim Glamour

by danielle melnyczenko

You’ve found the perfect swimsuit (or three) but you’re looking for ways to style. There is more to accessories than just bags, sunglasses and cute flip-flops. Don’t forget to deck out your tech gear,

activity is. I’ve got you covered with five swim trends that you’ll be seeing a lot of whether you’re at the lazing beach, strolling along the boardwalk, sipping cocktails poolside or getting wild at a festival.

neon | may 2014


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protect your head with a funky hat and stock up on plenty of sunscreen, no matter what your

geo TS 14 Plus - Palatial Necklace, Always For Me - Cover Sheer Mesh Swimwear Coverup, ASOS - Oversized Straw Floppy Hat, ASOS - River Island Iggy Metal Sunglasses, Macy’s - LeSportsac Seventeen Collection Reversible Beach Tote


tribal Macy’s - Big Buddha Bloom Tote, Madison Plus - Peppermint Bay Sunset Safari Pareos, Ashley Stewart - Drape Chain Sunglasses, Nine West - Lace Straw Floppy Hat

Holster Fashion - Rockstar Jelly, Nine West Show Stopper Medium Shopper, Kristin Miles - Aztec Print Dress, Forever 21 - F1710 Color Wave Sunglasses


Old Navy - Cuffed-Denim, Sea Folly - Beach Scene Cap, ASOS - Aviator Sunglasses, Sea Folly - Beach Scene Tote, Swimwear Galore - Dri Dock Waterproof Smartphone Pouch

TS 14 Plus - Dashed Necklace, ASOS AJ Morgan D Frame Sunrise Mirrored Sunglasses, ASOS - iPhone 5 Case In Pineapple Shape, Madison Plus - 17 Sundays Fit and Flare Dress, Forever 21 - Keep Cool Straw Sun Hat, Forever 21 - Fruit Frenzy Midsize Cosmetic Bag

summer style list by reah norman


must have styles to take you from spring to summer | may 2014


inspiration + style As the longer days and warm nights of summer approach, fashion shifts to more playful prints, casual styles, lightweight fabrications, and easy-breezy ensembles. I have chosen 10 must-have styles that will give your wardrobe a smooth summer fashion transition and keep you on trend for the upcoming season!

Simply Be USA

aztec print shorts

Forever 21 Plus

ASOS Curve

white peasant top Old Navy Plus

Lucky Brand

Forever 21 Plus

lace dress

Lane Bryant

Lovedrobe for Evans

Style & Co. for Macy’s

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printed maxi INC for Macy’s



midi skirt Simply Be USA | may 2014

Melissa Masse

Youtheary Khmer



ASOS Curve

Forever 21 Plus

Melissa Masse

denim shirt Avenue

Lane Bryant

Old Navy Plus



Michael Kors

Jones New York

denim cut-offs




soft pant

Living Doll Los Angeles


City Chic USA


: Els Sprenkeling / ww

Hair & make-up

: Yvonne van Dalen /


: Yvonne van Dalen /

Creative Director : Nancy Herkul / ww




Let bea ex as

FASHIONS Youtheary Khmer by Theary Sim PHOTOGRAPHY Nichole Alex | may 2014


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this seasons autiful colors xpress life s you see it | may 2014


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ELEGANCIA | may 2014


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Prominente en LACE | may 2014



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INSPIRADA | may 2014


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MODEL Tinder Badhesha FASHIONS Youtheary Khmer by Theary Sim PHOTOGRAPHY Nichole Alex HAIR STYLIST Allie Pagan MAKEUP ARTIST Stephanie Loise | may 2014


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Plus size swimwear takes a sexy turn for those who enjoy the spotlight. photography by stanley desbas

White Two Piece - Modcloth / Shoes - Luchiny / Earrings - Lane Bryant | may 2014


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Orange Multicolored One Piece - Modcloth / Bracelet - Lane Bryant / Earrings - Stylist’s Own / Shoes - Model’s Own | may 2014


inspiration + style Black & White Polka Dot Siut, City Chic / Shoes, Luchiny

Animal Print Bikini Top - Swimsuits For All / Bikini Brief - BECCA ETC by Rebecca Virtue

Black Studded One Piece - Modcloth / Bracelet & Earrings - Stylist’s Own / Shoes Luchiny | may 2014


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inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | may 2014 photographer : stanley desbas , stanleydesbasphotography . com

model : joby bach , ford models miami , ford chicago , montage models canada

make - up / hair : catherine lavoie with gloss artistes , using tresemmĂŠ products

wardrobe styling : steffany allen , steffanyallen . com retoucher : leela , lkretouch . com


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get to know

yanderis by madeline jones

An industry insider once told me, “Maddy, models can’t just be pretty, they have to be a package.” Yanderis Lodos is just that, a beautiful and very talented package. Signed at the tender age of 17, this stunning Cuban beauty has been seen working for Macy’s, Walmart, Sydney’s Closet and works on Livetv | may 2014

on HSN for Queen Latifah. We

traveled to paradise, also known as

Miami, to shoot and get closer to this warm hearted young lady. What we found was a very confident and humble beauty that radiates positivity from the moment you lay your eyes on her.

Maddy: How long have you been modeling and how did you get started? Yanderis: I never once thought that modeling would be written in the stars for me. I grew up as tomboy and wasn’t too much into fashion until I started getting into acting and realized that scuffed up knees were not really a good look for me. I would always attend cattle-call type castings for acting and modeling and I would always get past the first round. But the second round always remained a mystery to me because there was money involved. Growing up being raised by a single parent, money was tight. When I finally got the chance, my father helped me get to that second phase. My good friend Jonathan drove me from Miami to Orlando to meet potential talent and modeling agencies. I went to school for theatre so my main focus was to get callbacks for acting, but to my surprise I got 12, solely for modeling. I signed with my first agency, Irene Marie, at the age of 17. Maddy: Being a model is not always as glamorous as it seems. Is there someone in the industry that has inspired you to follow this journey? Yanderis: I have to give Kudos to Emme Aronson, Barbara Brickner and Mia Tyler, who have paved the way for plus models. But the one that hits home is my dear friend Denise Bidot. She has really inspired me as she is not simply just a plus size model but actually a multifaceted figure in the industry. She has made herself a brand and that’s very admirable! Maddy: Body image is such a hot topic in society today. How do you maintain a healthy relationship with your body? Yanderis: Ohhhhhh, it’s a struggle! It’s not easy coming from a Cuban family, when everyday there’s rice and beans (and you can’t forget something fried)! However, I do try to fit in evening power walks to keep and maintain my weight. Maddy: The plus-size woman is pretty proud of her curves these days, how do you feel about the term PLUS-SIZE? Yanderis: It’s referencing my size that I see as an ‘everyday woman’ size, and I take the PLUS as a positive. | may 2014


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get to know yandy My current favorite song: | may 2014


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“Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Love, Love, Love it!!!!! What makes you happy? My family. What is your must watch TV show? My heart breaks that AMC’s Breaking Bad is over but now I’m obsessed with Scandal on ABC. What do you wish you could go back and tell your 15 year self? I wouldn’t change a thing! What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you? I have heterochromia in my left eye. Photographer Assistant Photographer Model: Yanderis Lodos Makeup and Hair by Daniel Pazos Produced by Madeline Jones

Exclusive Always For Me Editorial

MIAMI dreaming The vibrant colors and prints of the season are here to take you away from the ordinary. Splash into summer in swimwear that hugs your curves. Photographer | may 2014


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JEWEL ENVY Always For Me Separates Status Link Underwire Tankini Top Always For Me Separates Ruched Brief Bracelet, Fashion to Figure Ring, Lane Bryant CLICK TO VIEW

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag Always For Me Cover Drawstring Waist Tunic CLICK TO VIEW | may 2014


Pale Pink Baby Doll Plus Size Plum;

BRILLIANT ACCENTS Always For Me Chic Prints Palm Island Tankini w/Foil Shimmer Ring, Lane Bryant CLICK TO VIEW | apr 2014 #plusmodelmag inspiration | may 2014 + style #plusmodelmag

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EXOTIC TWIST Always For Me Chic Prints Santiago Twist Strapless Swimsuit Cuff, Lane Bryant Ring, Fashion to Figure CLICK TO VIEW | may 2014


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Bra & Panty Cacique for Lane Bryant; Lace Bolero Empress Lingerie;

Always 4 Me Newport Mesh One Piece Swimsuit Sunglasses, H&M Ring, Fashion to Figure Cuffs, Lane Bryant CLICK TO VIEW | may#plusmodelmag 2014 #plusmodelmag inspiration | apr 2014 inspiration + style + style


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CODE RED Always For Me In Control Nantucket Ruffle Swimdress Earrings, Fashion to Figure CLICK TO VIEW | apr 2014 #plusmodelmag | may 2014

Chemise Cacique for Lane Bryant;

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WILD PLUNGE Always For Me Chic Prints Serengeti Twist Front Bandeau Swim Mini Statement Piece, Fashion to Figure CLICK TO VIEW

INTO THE DEEP Always 4 Me Crystal Sarong Bandeau Swimsuit Statement Piece, Fashion to Figure CLICK TO VIEW

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag inspiration + style| may 2014 Assistant Photographer Model: Yanderis Lodos Makeup and Hair by Daniel Pazos Produced by Madeline Jones | apr 2014



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Always for ME for you... Swimwear from the May 2014 photoshoot



inspiration + style FEATURES: 2 Adjustable & Removable Straps Side Boning Foam Cups w/ Power Mesh Gold Ring Detail Front Ruching Fully Lined COLORS: Multi SIZES: 16W, 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W, 26W | may 2014

The Santiago Twist Bandeau 1 Pc / #78460 Chic Prints features vibrant colors and accented by a gold ring detail at the center bust.

The Always 4 Me Crystal Sarong 1 Pc Bandeau #8009 A plus size one piece bandeau swimsuit. FEATURES: Button Adjustable & Removable Straps Foam Cups Heat Sealed Crystals Along Front Power Mesh Front Lined Faux Front Sarong w/ Lettuce Edging Conservative Leg COLORS: Black, Royal SIZES: 16W, 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W CLICK TO VIEW



inspiration + style FEATURES: Swim Bottoms Not Included Underwire Bra w/ Removable Cups Side Boning 2 Adjustable/ Removable Straps Gold Link Detail Flattering A line Body Side Seam Measures 17� from Underarm to Hem COLORS: Black, Jade Green, Hot Coral SIZES: 16W, 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W | may 2014

The Status Link Plus Size Underwire Swim Top #8209 by Always For Me Separates construction is beyond compare.

The Nantucket Ruffle Swimdress #IO755 by Always For Me In Control Features a sexy deep V neckline which is accented by contrasting white ruffles. FEATURES: Halter Neck Tie White Ruffle Detail at Neckline Foam Cups w/ Power Mesh Fully Lined Front & Back Side Seam Measures 21� from Underarm Side Seam to Hem COLORS: Navy, Red SIZES: 16W, 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W, 26W CLICK TO VIEW



inspiration + style FEATURES: Adjustable/Removable Straps Molded Foam Cup & Power Mesh Bra Briefs Fully Lined Front & Back Side Seam Measures 16” from Armpit to Hem COLORS: Turq/Yel/Silver, Purp/Rose/Gold SIZES: 16W, 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W, 26W | may 2014

Palm Island Plus Size Tankini #AFM400 by Always For Me Chic Features a molded foam bra with 1” elastic at the base and power mesh

The Serengeti Twist Front Bandeau Swim Mini #80914 by Always For Me Chic Prints are undeniably sexy. FEATURES: Adjustable/Removable Straps Foam Cups w/ Power Mesh Side Stays Fully Lined Front Ruching 7� Swim Mini Skirt COLORS: Leopard SIZES: 16W, 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W, 26W CLICK TO VIEW

MORE FEATURES: High Mesh Neckline Foam Cups Power Mesh Lined Front & Back Ruching Across Front Moderate Leg Opening COLORS: Black, Coral, Jade SIZES: 16W, 18W, 20W, 22W, 24W, 26W CLICK TO VIEW

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The Newport Mesh One Piece Swimsuit #IO734 Features mesh covered dĂŠcolletage and power mesh. | may 2014


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Health &


by Yve Edmond

Welcome back, readers! Hopefully, this fabulous May 2014 Swim issue has lifted your spirits and leaves you anticipating wonderful things to come this summer. This month, we’re celebrating mothers of all types with discussing ways to maintain health throughout the stages of pregnancy. Did you know that May is Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM)? Established in 2008 by lifestyle expert Anna Getty and producer Alisa Donner, PAM was developed to empower, inspire, and build communities of support for expectant women and families. Their philosophy is simple. They want to help both mothers and children to be healthy by focusing on four core areas: education, exercise, nutrition and wellness, and nurture. Education before Conception: A healthy pregnancy begins before you become pregnant. Being in a state of good health also increases your chances at conception. This is known

as preconception and includes your individual health and your partner’s health as well. highlights five of the most important things to boost preconception health: • Avoid contact with toxic substances. • Taking folic acid. Speak with your health care provider about recommended dosage. The average prescription is between 400mcg 800mcg. • Stop smoking. • Regulating and managing all preexisting health conditions. • Ensuring all vaccines are up-to-date. Exercise, Nutrition, and Wellness: As soon as you think you may be or are pregnant, call your health care provider and schedule an appointment. At this visit, your physician will request the date of your last period, perform a pregnancy test and physical exam. This information will help your physician to provide you with an estimated due date.

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Model: Jewels Hay & Daughter Photographer: Dorothy Shi Makeup: Virna Acosta | may 2014


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Once your doctor establishes your estimated due date, he/she will usually schedule your appointments as follows (if there are no complications): • Every 4 weeks until 28 weeks. • Every 2 weeks until 36 weeks. • After 36 weeks, every week until delivery. As your baby grows, you are now eating for two (or more) so nutrition is key. During this time, your weight, blood pressure, and development of the baby will be closely monitored. Nutritionists recommend incorporating lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, and low fat dairy products into your daily diet. Other essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, and folic acid may be supplemented via prenatal vitamins to keep your bones strong and your body healthy. Exercise is also important for maintaining and improving health. Some suggested activities include yoga, pilates, water aerobics, and moderate-intensity activities. Prior to beginning or resuming any workout regime, consult with your doctor first. Being mindful of your body at this time is very important as additional hormones such as relaxin could make you more prone to injury. If you choose to partake in physical activity while expecting, be sure to obtain your physician’s approval, take plenty of breaks, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Nurturing Yourself and Baby: The process of becoming a mother is said to be one of the most exciting yet stressful times of many women’s lives. With all the emphasis placed upon the life growing within the woman’s body, many forget to nurture the woman carrying the baby as well. Experienced mothers speak of an understanding gained throughout the process of becoming a mother. This understanding is based on believing pregnancy is not entirely about the baby nor is it entirely about the mother. It is about the journey and successful meeting of the two. In many readings, experienced parents recommend that first time parents relish the moments before baby arrives. Get massages, meditate, read books, and get plenty of rest to prepare for the transition into parenthood. As seasons continue to change, so will the seasons of our lives. I wish you all very happy pregnancies, be it literal babies or metaphoric. Happy Mother’s Day to all!! As always…Be Blessed. Be Well. If you have any questions or would like additional information about pregnancy health, check out the links... If you have a topic you would like to see featured in the Health and Wellness column, email me at

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MODELS the backbone of the modeling industry

by madeline jones

understanding fit... A fit model is someone who works closely with designers and apparel manufactures while they work on the specifications

5’8” and wear a size 18 or 20. Specifications generally consist of height, bust-waist-hip circumference, arm and leg length, shoulder width, and a myriad of other measurements.

It is not uncommon for designers to use fit models that are smaller or larger. It all depends on the size garments they offer.

A fit model also has the opportunity to weigh in on the fit, style and material of the garment she is wearing.

Before a garment goes into production, the fit model has worn that garment and helped the product team create the best possible fit and style for our plus-size bodies.


vary, but most are 5’7” to | may 2014

Fit model requirements

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of a garment.

talking fit

With Lane Bryant Fit Model | may 2014


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Size 20 She has one of the most important jobs in the modeling industry, but up until now, you probably didn’t know her name. Ashley Max-Dixon is a fit model for plussize retail giant Lane Bryant. As a fit model, her body is used as a live mannequin with decisions being made based on how the clothing looks and feels on her.

For many who are not familiar with the industry, Ashley gives us an inside look into the life of a fit model.


Photography: Makeup and Hair: Johanna Javier Styling: Spry Lee Scott Produced by Madeline Jones

Many aspiring models do not know anything about Fit Models. Can you tell us how you got started in the industry and what a fit model is?

I started in the industry about six years ago and I am ecstatic to have a job working as a size 20 in-house fit model. Fit modeling is like being a live mannequin that you work | may 2014


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directly in front of designers trying on their latest designs so they can see the garments on a real body. It gives them a better visual of the fit and drape and also brings the garment to life. As a fit model, I work directly with technical designers who use the fashion designers’ vision to ensure the execution and fit are perfect and that the garment reaches the store, made especially for the plus-size woman’s shape and size.

Currently you are a freelance fit model for Lane Bryant. That must be so exciting! Can you tell us what a typical day would be like?

Every day is my runway, in my mind! Presentation is everything so I spend my early morning prepping my hair and makeup. Then I head to work at the Lane Bryant corporate headquarters. My day begins at 9am, Monday through Friday. Typically, I’m working with our technical designers on perfecting the best fit of a garment. I also support the technical design team by helping with measuring garments, organizing and filing garments. Occasionally, there may be special events where I would present future collections on a small in-house runway or in meetings. These meetings are my moment to be the saleswoman for the design team; the more I work and “sell” that garment, the greater chance that it will be selected to be in a Lane Bryant store one day. I love being a part of the process in bringing fashion to our guests.

Some girls have the measurements but do not know much about fashion. Should you be well versed in the construction of garments before you try to be a fit model? Photography: Jessica Lavoie Wardrobe Stylist: Heather Dinneen MUA & Hair Stylist: Holly Jean Ernst

In my opinion, the key to being a successful fit model is confidence. Confidence radiates through the clothes when they’re presented. You don’t need more than the average consumer knowledge to begin in fit modeling, but you should be eager to learn anything and everything the designer wants to teach you. A love for the fashion industry is a must. The most important part of fit modeling is constantly maintaining those measurements because they are so important in ensuring the ideal fit for every garment.

As a size 20 fit model, you see the clothing before it’s made available. How do you feel about the way some brands and designers market to plus size women?

It’s a lot of fun to get a sneak peek at clothing before it’s in the stores and it’s exciting to see the new ways that the clothing is being marketed. Lane Bryant recently introduced its firstever designer collaboration with fashion designer Isabel Toledo with a runway show in New York City, that was featured live on their Facebook page and website. It’s a big step forward for the industry and I’m looking forward to more collaborations that show plus-size women that they are worthy, beautiful and deserve to be part of the fashion experience.

Do you believe that there is room in the industry for models who look more like you to be used as print models?

I would love to see ALL women being showcased in great fashion designs and am encouraged by the plus-size advertising that is being accepted by mainstream fashion magazines. I was happy to see a plus editorial in Vogue this month! That would not have happened five years ago.

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Photography: Jessica Lavoie Wardrobe Stylist: Heather Dinneen MUA & Hair Stylist: Holly Jean Ernst

it’s all about Before clothing ever hits the stores, it’s fitted on live mannequins the fashion industry calls Fit Models.


These women have so much to do with how clothing fits on us | may 2014

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the fit

seldom hear or even know who

and what will ultimately end up in your closet. The role of a Fit Model is very important but we

these women are. This month, PLUS Model Magazine celebrates our unsung heroes, plus size Fit Models.

laura johnson IPM Model Management and Bicoastal Fitting Models

Size 18

Years as a fit model: 8 years Have worked with: Jessica London for OSP, Ralph Lauren, Adorn, Delia’s/Alloy, Liz Claiborne and Sears/Kmart just to name a few! What you enjoy most about being a fit model: I enjoy all aspects of fit modeling, and I take my job seriously. I feel great satisfaction in providing a service for the plus-size community, as most clothing doesn’t fit well regardless of the size, but especially for our community. Fit modeling is not just about standing there and saying nothing. I think it is really important to be honest with the client about the fit of a garment. Since most plus-size clothing is purchased online or via catalog, the client needs accurate input about a garment, as the information I give them greatly affects how that garment fits once in the hands of the consumer. Knowing fit terminology is also important as I can assist clients to work more efficiently, since I know exactly what they are discussing regarding a garment. I can move or adjust my body according to what I hear a technical designer say to a buyer without interrupting a fit session. Although fit models are mainly photographed from the neck down, it is important to arrive completely groomed. If a garment looks and fits particularly well on me, I am often escorted around the company floor and sometimes even to the president’s office. And of course, free clothing is always a plus and a perk!

Photography by Styling: Steffany Allen Makeup Artist: Griselle Rosario Hair Stylist: Alicia Fajardo

cathy o.

Size 18

True Model Management Years as a fit model: 14 years | may 2014


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Have worked with: Avenue, Kmart, Sears, DKNY, Lane Bryant, Talbots, Kohls, JCPenney, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Jones NY, Eileen Fisher, Nikki Ménage Brand, Calvin Klein, etc. What you enjoy most about being a fit model: When I get a particular client or technical designer who REALLY gets the plus size woman- when they allow me to do my job and we can work together making the best possible fit/style, that’s thrilling. Plus size bodies are VERY different but that doesn’t mean we want to be treated differently in our style of clothing. Yet, there are sensitive fit issues that need to be considered. So when I get to work with some who gets that, woohoo!

Photgraphy: Madeline Jones Maddy for Lucaspictures Makeup by Amanda Vigues Hair by Alicia Fajardo

yve edmond Click Models - New York TRUE Models - New York Reinhard Model & Talent Philadelphia Years as a fit model: 4 years Have worked with: Chief Supply, Chinoo Designs, Davids Bridal, Deb Shops, Destination Maternity. I also fit swimwear, intimates, and outerwear for some of the largest retailers within the US. What you enjoy most about being a fit model: Prior to working as a fit model, I never knew the behind-thescenes elements that went into producing garments. Working with my clients, I learn something new each day via patterns and technical design elements as well as working with some of the most colorful and eccentric people in the world. I love being a part of the garment process, which makes plus women happy and feel great about themselves while looking amazing. That is the most enjoyable element of my job.

Photography: Olan Montgomery

Size 18

larissa laurel MSA | may 2014


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Years as a fit model: Over 10 years Have worked with: Jessica London for OSP, Ralph Lauren, Adorn, Delia’s/Alloy, Liz Claiborne, Sears/Kmart, Dereon, Apple Bottoms, Macy’s, Lane Bryant, NY &Co, Alfani, Tommy Hilfiger, Jones NY, Baby Phat, The Limited, GAP, Lee Jeans, Levis, US Polo, Jordache, LL Cool J, Playboy, Coogi, Gloria Vanderbilt, and many others! What you enjoy most about being a fit model: The suggestions I can give to help improve the look and feel of an outfit. Also, seeing people wear the clothing that I helped work on. It is exciting to see how it’s worn and how it can improve the confidence of the woman wearing it. Queen Latifah always wore clothing from AppleBottoms in the fit size I fit for, so that has been a highlight as well as being a fit model for Oprah!

Photography: Ted Dottavio

Size 18 Jr Fit 14/16W

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fit behind scenes the


Photography, Andre Mcneil





interview by tiffany bank

Julenny: Becoming a model has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I just didn’t have the confidence or the opportunity to do so until now! My height and weight were something I’ve ALWAYS battled with growing up. I always felt different and being the tallest and heaviest girl in my class didn’t make me feel good about myself;



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Tiffany: What made you decide to become a plus size

Julenny Veras Resides In: New York, NY Height/Size: 5’11”/ 16 Online Portfolio My favorite 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

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that it was OK to look and be different than everyone else! As cliche as this may sound, I wanted to become a model not only for my own “selfish” reasons, but to inspire girls, who thought they’d never have a | may 2014

on the contrary, I hated it.

chance of ever appearing in a magazine, on a runway or anything at all having to do with the fashion industry, because of their size.

Tiffany: Whom do you look to for curvy inspiration?


I love Khloe Kardashian and

Beyonce. Not only because of their sense of

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Tiffany: What is the plus industry like in | may 2014

well. To me, they are two women who set


fashion, but because of their work ethic as

their minds to do something and they DO IT! They don’t really care what anyone thinks or says. They just GO!

your hometown?

Julenny: It’s surprisingly very small! Everyone knows everyone.

Tiffany: Finish this sentence: The plus industry is:

Julenny: Rapidly evolving , Thank God!!

Photography, Michelle Alexa


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


My favorite plus size designers

are those who brilliantly design and create the garments for Asos Curves, Torrid and Forever 21. I regularly shop at Old Navy and K-Mart, so I love them as well!

My favorite models are Allison McGevna, Denise Bidot, Ashley Graham, Christina Mendez, Fluvia Lacerda and Nicole Zepeda. These inspirational women are not only smart and beautiful, but also very humble! These are the women in the industry who I look up to and who knows, will maybe work with someday!

My favorite bloggers are the super-sweet, motivating and creative Allison McGevna, Susie-Beauty With Plus, Tess Munster, Jojo, Yanika Nicholas and Rochelle Johnson.

My favorite Curvy/Plus-size celebrities are: Beyonce, Khloe Kardashian, Sara Ramirez,

and Amber Riley. They have proven to the world that you can be smart, | may 2014


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sassy, successful and sexy, and you DO NOT have to be a size zero. Tiffany Bank proved this to the world when she and Ray Edwards pushed the envelope in their super empowering and ultra sexy spread in PMM’s “Love Your Body” Issue! One of my personal faves!!!

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

Julenny: In the next year I see myself working as a model. I’ve been preparing myself mentally, spiritually, and physically to make this dream a reality and God willing it’ll happen!

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