PLUS Model Magazine - June 2014 Issue

Page 1

june 2014

cover model










brought to you by


inspiration+style | jun 2014


inspiration + style

PMM [inspiration]

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.� - Soren Kierkegaard

Photographer, Inez Lewis Makeup and Hair, Brittany Sullivan Fashion Editor, Reah Norman Assistant Stylist, Sauncia Amos On-Set Producer, Sarah Sapora Creative Director, Madeline Jones Model, Emily Nichols with

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

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag PHOTOGRAPHER Michelle Alexandra MODEL Sommer Green, IPM Models HAIR/MAKE-UP Tavia Garland | jun 2014

Bathing Suit: Becca Etc. Sheer cover-up: Mickey Mouse Ears: Custom Made Shoes: C Label

It’s All About The Curves Follow Us

Model Emma Meyer . White Cedar Photography


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 482.1K+ Fans TWITTER 29,644+ Followers INSTAGRAM 28,500+ 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

PLUS MODEL the sexy summer issue JUNE 2014



Summer Beauty Hit List

Sexy Summer Play (my way)

Wearable Summer Trends

Get to Know Emily

Top 5 Beauty with Lea

For the Love of Summer

Ask Tara Life Style

Achieving Body Confidence

Executive Fashion Director

Plus Modeling 101: Q&A

Cute Summer Styles

Spotlight Model Sierra

Beach Bum Essentials

Live 2 Empower

Stylists Secrets Closer to Curvezz

In Every Issue

For the Love of Prints


Blog Style with Lalaa

Editor’s Letter

Splurge vs Steal

Contests Readers React #CelebrateMySize PMM Pins Trending

Alexandra Boos Executive Marketing & Creative Director | jun 2014


inspiration + style

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

the sexy summer issue Sponsored by Live Passionately.... It’s time to drop the sweaters and coats for more exciting threads. We are so excited about our Sexy Summer Issue. This month our Fashion Director Reah Norman, gives us a special treat in the Venice Beach editorial featuring the beautiful Emily Nichols. Its a new day... so read up on the ‘Stylists Secrets’ and reinvent your summer wardrobe for a summer of sexy fun!

As I grow older and experience more in life, I realize that looking at life as a voyeur is not living at all. I meet so many women who live vicariously through others social media pages, not realizing they are just wasting their own valuable time. We are meant to be present in our lives and do those things that truly make us happy. We may not have control over the things that happen to us, but we have control over how we react to them. Live passionately and allow yourself to experience something new.

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag

events on Instagram and will be delivering a recap daily. Don’t think twice about attending as this will be your final opportunity; this will be the last year for this event. Visit for more details. | jun 2014

Full Figured Fashion Week will hit NYC June 16 - 21, 2014. The week will include panel discussions, fashion shows, a boat cruise around Manhattan and a 90’s Launch themed party! PLUS Model Magazine will be posting live from all of the

welcome | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Leyah Shanks It’s such an honor to welcome Leyah Shanks from The Body Confidence Revolution as a contributor to PMM. Her movement has landed her much deserved acclaim within main stream media and within the plus size community. Leyah is the founder of the #BodyConfidenceHour on Twitter and promotes Body Confidence at every size. Visit online at:

Carolyn Henry Photography. | jun 2014


inspiration + style


VIP Tickets by Marcy Cruz

Enter To Win VIP Tickets To The Runway Shows At FFF Week® 2014! PMM invites you to celebrate the Final FFF Week® Chapter with us. We are giving away two (2) VIP tickets to the Indie Designer Showcase on Friday, June 20 and two (2) VIP tickets to the Retailers/Boutiques/All Stars Runway Showcase on Saturday, June 21. All you have to do to enter is… Tell us and FFF Week®, what has FFF Week® meant to you? And what will you miss most about FFF Week®? (Some restrictions apply, see post for full details) Contest ends on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:59pm ET. CLICK TO ENTER


Enter our June contes



CLICK to visit


CLICK to visit our Facebook

why you chose the piece an

On June 30th, the most cre will be selected and the

st today

Choose your prize... In Your Size!



and select your favorite piece


k page, LIKE us, and tell us

nd where you would wear it

eative and compelling entry chosen piece awarded!

PMM [readers react]

We Love to Hear from You! Tell us what you think of your magazine, what you love, what you like and what you want to see in future issues

day because I know I will read my favorite

information about FIT MODELS. I honestly

magazine. I wake up early and I read it

had no idea this even existed and I’m

on my desktop sipping my coffee... it’s a

intrigued to see if I’m a good fit. Michelle Hildren

great read and you NEVER disappoint me.

I always look forward to this issue. It’s the

bad we don’t see any size 18’s in Lane

official start of summer for me.

Bryant campaigns. A girl could wish.

Olivia Fisher

Samarie Smith

So inspired by the Swim Issue. I love all

Great images in this month’s issue. PLUS

the options for us curvy women. Most of

Model Magazine is always stepping it up

all I love that your cover model is a true

for this industry.

plus size model. Just sayin’ lol

Samantha Gimenez | jun 2014

inspiration + style

Thank you so much for bringing so much


The first day of the month is a special

Marta Rivera I enjoyed the piece about Fit Models. Too

Melanie Craven PMM always leaves me wanting more. As Online but not in print. Wish this

someone interested in plus size modeling,

magazine would come to my doorstep

I’m so happy to have found

every month. Great job team PMM.

this publication.

Danielle Kelsey

Karina Wood

Share what’s on your mind || ||

Everywhere YOU Want to Go The PMM app!

available for all mobile devices

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 | jun 2014


inspiration + style


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 | jun 2014


inspiration + style


2014 schedule

by Marcy Cruz | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Tickets are going fast for Full Figured Fashion Week® 2014! You have the option of buying single tickets per event or purchasing a VIP All Access Pass that includes VIP access to both runway shows, the shopping event, launch party and more. Click here for information. If you would like to just attend the runway shows, you can purchase a VIP Fashion Show Access Pass and receive VIP access to both shows, reserved seating and special VIP gift bags from both shows. Click here for more information. The Full Figured Fashion Week® event schedule: Monday, June 16 7PM – 11PM: FFFWeek 2014 90’s Theme Launch Party (Fundraiser for the Alex House Project) hosted by Bree Woodley, 2014 FACE of FFFWeek. Admission: $20 Tuesday, June 17 12 PM – 2 PM: Press/Buyer’s Reception (By Invitation Only) 3:45 PM – 6 PM: Fashion Event Production 101 Workshop presented by Gwen DeVoe. Admission: $40.00 7 PM – 10 PM: Sultry Nights in Harlem Concert Featuring Eric Roberson & OTHERS (hosted by Taihisha Grant). Admission: 50.00 Sultry Nights Afterglow (immediately after concert), Admission: FREE

Wednesday, June 18 9:30 AM – 12 PM: Building Your Brand Through Social Media Sponsored By Just My Size. Admission: $30.00 7 PM – 11 PM: “Curves at Sea” All White Sunset Dinner/Dance Cruise Sponsored by Fashion to Figure. Admission: $45.00 Thursday, June 19 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: JMS 30th Birthday Blogger Breakfast @ FFFWeek Blogger (By Invitation Only) 1 PM – 4 PM: Arden’s Closet Sip’n Swap (Plus size Clothing Exchange). Admission: $20 1:30 PM – 4 PM: True Model Management presents “Welcome to The Great Debate: The Future Of The Plus Industry”. Admission: $30 6 PM – 9 PM: Curves in the City Trunk Sale (Evening Edition). Admission: $12 Friday, June 20 8 AM – 4 PM: Plus Model Shoots® for POSE Magazine presents “The All-Inclusive Mini Shoot”. Cost: $100 Due at Registration 12:30 PM – 3 PM: “Loving Curvy” – Exploring Relationships Today (Moderated by Shanda Freeman). Admission: $25 1 PM – 3 PM: ModaMix Blogger Event (By Invitation Only) 5 PM – 7:30 PM: Eloquii Private Trunk Sale (By Invitation Only) 7 PM – 10 PM: Indie Designer Showcase. Admission: $50 Saturday, June 21 10 AM – 2 PM: G.R.I.T.S. Productions Presents the Ashley Stewart™ Style Star Competition. Admission: Free for Guests, $20 Registration Fee to Compete 7 PM – 10 PM: Retailers/Boutiques/All Stars Runway Showcase & Industry Awards Event. Admission: $50 11 PM – Until: FFFWeek Finale Afterglow Party, TBA

For more information and to purchase tickets to any of the events listed above, visit

new beauty trends

we all want to try. This month PMM brings runway makeup to your fingertips.

Photographer: Model: Natalie, Makeup: Amanda Vigue Hair Stylist: Alicia Fajardo Stylist: Steffany Allen

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag

Every season brings | jun 2014




Clover Canyon Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Source:

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014

Mint Green Swimsuit Carmen Marc Valvo for Earrings - Ashley Stewart Bracelet - Lane Bryant



Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Photo: Gustavo Villar | Source: | jun 2014

Ivory & Black Bikini Sorella Swim


inspiration + style



Photo: Shape Source:

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014

Blue/Black Snake Skin Swimsuit Sorella Swim Earrings - Lane Bryant



Fashion Week New York Spring Summer 2014 | Interviews with Team: Czar by Cesar Galindo Photo: Gustavo Villar | Source:

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014

Purple/Pink Multi Swimsuit - Sorella Swim Earrings & Ring - Ashley Stewart



Dita Von Teese | The Fragrance Foundation Awards 2013 Source:

Black & White One Shoulder Swimsuit - BECCA, ETC | jun 2014


inspiration + style

For bookings contact


tara beauty with Tara Taylor

makeup & hair wearable summer tre

Loud Mouth Bright orange lip any time, any day‌ Photo by GoRunway

Bronzed Beauty Glow for the healthy sun-kissed skin without the burn of the sun. Photo by GoRunway

Pure Clean, unadulterated a faced. Minimal Photo by

Line of Demarcation Bold, heavy, strong in-your-face-makea-statement line. Photo by James Cochrane

Tossled Updo Glamorously messy‌ ball games to red carpet. Photo by Imaxtree

Romantic Braids A funky, diffused version of last season’s simple plait. Photo by Imaxtree

e Beauty and fresh makeup. InDigital

Pageboy Wigs No time to do your hair? Why not a wig? Photo by Imaxtree A Wash of Shadow A bright summery halo of color around the eyes is a great alternative to the heavy, dark smokey eye. Photo by Imaxtree


inspiration + style

Straight Talk No bounce, no volume, bonestraight and falls close to the head. Photo by InDigital | jun 2014

p rends

Low Pony Sleek or messy, always a classic style for girls on the go. Photo by GoRunway




Cococare, Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

I know it’s not the most expensive or fabulous but it keeps your lips so so soft with a natural shine and hydration. It smells wonderful with no funny taste.

lea’s favs

Palmer’s, Cocoa Butter Formula Complete Stretch Mark Care Set

I do have a few stretch marks that I’d like to erase if I could, but I can’t... so my ‘go to’ alternative is this kit. It comes with 3 great products that really do work, and leaves your skin so hydrated.

Benefit Cosmetics, They’re Real! Mascara

I don’t have the longest lashes in the land so when I’m not wearing fake lashes or getting lash extensions, I use this... a jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular ‘out-to-here’ look. Spectrum, Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

I use this on my hair as a hot oil treatment, a scalp moisturizer, a hair softener, even on my skin... just everywhere! It simply keeps your hair and skin soft, radiant and healthy.

Borghese, Fango

This exclusive mineralenriched mud mask is sourced from Tuscany’s volcanic hills. It energizes and nourishes skin cells on the face and body.

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014 Photographer: Rick Day | Model: Lea Lorien |

ask tara

with Tara Taylor

My heels are so dry and cracked. Even though I get pedicures

inspiration + style

Monique, Lithonia, GA


1. At the end of your shower, scrub the bottom of your feet, from | jun 2014

every two weeks, what can I do in between salon visits?

with the smoother side for baby soft tootsies. Doing this daily with

Monique, I feel your pain, and now is the time to get your feet right! Here are two steps you can take to cure and prevent cracked heels.

heel to toe, with a pumice stone or foot buffer that has a coarse and smooth side. I tend to like the foot buffers with a handle. Start with the coarse side on areas that need a little extra care, and finish

prevent rough feet, not to mention they will always be sandal ready. 2. Take an emollient cream like shea or cocoa butter, or any oil you have in your kitchen and give your feet a nice thick coat. Slip on a pair of socks, and in the morning your feet will be remarkably soft.

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

JENIPAPO In the magnificent Cerrado region of Brazil blooms a majestic tree: jenipapo. Its golden flowers brighten the landscape and fill the air with a floral-fruity fragrance. To pay tribute to this tree of the sun, L’OCCITANE created the Jenipapo range, featuring sun care products for the face and body made with extracts of this flower with protecting and hydrating properties. The design of the Jenipapo line comes from the collaboration with AndrÊs Sandoval, a Brazilian illustrator and graphic artist.


PMM, Sep 2013 Issue


Celebrity Make-up Artist

reah’s letter

with executive fashion director reah norman

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer and the season’s hottest plus size fashion trends, than with a cover shoot at one | jun 2014


inspiration + style

of the most popular places in the world... Venice beach, California, where people from all walks of life come together, nothing you see is a surprise, and absolutely anything goes! Venice’s quaint canals, lively boardwalk, colorful graffiti walls, and gorgeous sunset were the perfect backdrop for our ultimate ode to summer with amazing plus size model, Emily Nichols. My inspiration for this shoot was the ultimate California girl vibe- sexy, bohemian, free spirited, and a vibrant, unapologetic attitude that leaves you craving the dog days of summer. Color galore, aztec prints, kimonos, pattern on pattern, gauzy fabrications, shorts, straw hats, and crop tops and bikinis that are easy to throw on under your outfit for a day in the sun are everything that California dreams are made of! Also in this month’s issue, Shopping & Style Editor, Alissa has picked some of the best hot weather trends in plus size fashion with

“Trendy Summer Style”, and I have brought you my stylist secrets for “Creating a Chic & Smart Summer Wardrobe”. Our fashion contributor, Monique has highlighted playful “Beach Bum Essentials” for a festive day in the sun and sand. On a beauty note, Tara has highlighted “Wearable Summer Trends” in hair and makeup, straight from the runway, that are fresh, effortless, and summer chic. I hope the SoCal vibe of this month’s issue inspires you to celebrate your summer style by trying a new color, print, style, or silhouette that is outside your comfort zone… crop top, shorts, bikini!? Go for it, girl!

summer white


SUMMER Styles with alissa wilson

Summer, summer, summer, summer time. Let’s just sit back and unwind. It’s here, so it’s time to cue-up the music to Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff’s classic hit, take your best girlfriend and get ready to shop for your perfect summer wardrobe. Whether you’re hitting up a family barbecue, having brunch on a rooftop patio, or doing a little summertime party bar hopping, I’ve picked some of the best hot weather trends in plus size. Checkout these summer wardrobe staples…

BB Dakota Crochet Dress, Modcloth $69.99 Crochet Lace Jumpsuit, Ashley Stewart $59.50 Crop Top and Tulle Skirt, Zelie For She Top $36, Skirt $80 Cabaret Mesh Sleeve Dress, Monif C. $178

Fashion to Figure $32.50 Lace Playsuit, ASOS Curve $76.22

Colorblock Romper, Monif C. $158 Canyon Recreation Romper, Modcloth $54.99


Boohoo Plus $50

inspiration + style

Plunge neck playsuit, | jun 2014


Geo Print Romper,


Jacquard Shorts, Simply Be $33.50 Paisley Print Shorts, ASOS Curve $28.58 Distresed cutoff shorts, Forever 21 Plus $19.80 Star Print denim shorts, Wetseal $28.90 Lace Shorts, Torrid $35.48

bralettes & bandeau tops

inspiration + style

cutout dresses Petal Cutout Dress, Fashion to Figure $44.50 Floral Print Cutout Dress, Eloquii $110 Cutout Scuba Knit Dress, Forever 21 $24.50 Modcloth $37.59

Monroe Bralette, Zelie For She $45 Animal Print Bralette, Eloquii $48 Polkadot Bandeau Top, Forever 21 Plus $6.80 Arizona Plus Bandeau Top, JC Penney $8 | jun 2014


Roommate Date Dress,

Fine Sterling Silver Jewe

40% Off on Barcelona Collection to PMM Readers: CODE: BCLN40


In Your Size!

Mich Mara Hoffman For Pendleton To wel

ael S

tars C


ti Pri

nt S

Canteen by Free People

Venessa Ariza

ople Ni

inspiration + style

Free Pe

ga Palm Beac


h Bracelet

lanket R



land s I l r u C


Tote h c a e vas B

stro d r o N via


Bum {essentials}

The sun is shining and the beach is calling your name! N

swimwear and sunscreen in hand—do yourself a favo

#plusmodelmag | jun 2014

pomo B

Sunnylife Beach Sound Portable Water Resistant Speaker Radio via Nordstrom

Lucky Brand Turquoise Band Floppy Hat

essentials in order. Make the sand your home away fro

inspired accessories all summer l t Torrid Croche


Nasty Gal Ou



Beach C

afe Stra

w Hat v



pl o e P


e Abb


d Roa


as l g un


t West iPad C



via Ev

er yth

ing b

u t Wa



Br y k uc


yer a L d


kla c e N


Wild Fox Couture Classic Fox Deluxe, Twiggy & Le Femme Havaianas Slim Thematic Super Pink


Handcandy Samba LadyBuds Headphone Necklace

Mary Sol Tote via Everything but Water

by monique frausto

Now that you have the perfect

or and get your beach bum


re u t u o aC


Bra d e r ye


er y v E a i let v


Wa t u b ng


om home with these beach-

long. Flight 001 Go Clean


one t S d e d Brai n g i s e strom ol D d r m a o k N a N via e c a l k c Ne


Ecase Waterproof iPhone case

Sunrise Blanket by Roxy

Peo e e r F


ko C e S e l


Printed chemise features a unique, soft built-in bra with no underwire. Can be worn as a sundress. Comfort, support, and style for women of all sizes. Click here or shop online at Free shipping on all orders in the U.S.

stylists secrets | jun 2014


inspiration + style


Creating a Chic & Smart Summer Wardrobe

by reah norman

Bold All-Over Prints All-over prints are perfect for balancing out your silhouette, as prints are often more forgiving than a solid and will create a camouflage effect to smooth out a silhouette. Avenue Printed Sharkbite Hem Tunic ASOS Curve Strapless Printed Playsuit Igigi Nichol Maxi Dress

Strapless or Multi-Way Bra Tackle hard to wear tops and dresses with a versatile strapless bra that can be configured multiple ways, including strapless, oneshoulder, halter, and racerback styles. Lane Bryant Multi-Way Strapless Bra Torrid Multi-Way Strapless Bra Avenue 5 in 1 Convertible Bra Maximize your summer wardrobe with the perfect combination of versatile basics, smart style solutions, and festive seasonal trends that can be styled at least 3 different ways to keep your ensembles fresh, effortless and chic, all summer long!

Long Tanks Tunic length lightweight tanks are a must have summer staple that are ideal for layering while still staying cool, and are easy to throw over your swimsuit. Old Navy Jersey Stretch Tank Torrid Foxy Cami Forever 21 Long Line Cami

Biker Shorts One of my favorite style solutions… wear a pair of biker shorts under dresses and skirts for comfort, added coverage, and to completely avoid the dreaded “chub rub”. ReDress Comfy Cotton Bike Shorts Evans Comfort Shorts Old Navy Compression Shorts

Playful Belts

Build your ensemble with vests, cardigans and jackets in lightweight fabrications and natural fibers that breathe. Also, starting with a sleeveless piece underneath, or as the top layer keeps it cool without sacrificing style.

Bold colors and gold always pair flawlessly with summer’s bright palette and prints, and will instantly polish a dress or top and highlight a waistline.

Waist Emph

Instantly create an ho highlight your waistline has a empire, drawst add a belt over your e cinch at the | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Cool Layering Items

Eloquii Studded Vest Michael Michael Kors Drape Front Leather Vest Nordstrom Sejour Lightweight Cardigan

ASOS Curve Faux Ostrich Belt Eloquii Gold Belt One Stop Plus Muk Luks Pattern Belt

Igigi Tiana Old Navy Twil Torrid Striped

hasizing Styles

ourglass silhouette and ne with a dress or top that tring or elastic waist, or ensemble for an instant natural waist.

Maxi Dress ll Utility Jacket d Peplum Top

Straw Hats

Chic Flat Sandals

Function and fashion! The ultimate must have for a day in the sun, and for accessorizing a chic summer look.

The perfect fashion forward heel alternative for day or night, that goes above and beyond a basic sandal.

H & M Embellished Straw Hat Forever 21 Patterned Straw Hat Vince Camuto Fedora

Lane Bryant Snakeprint Gold Panel Sandal Torrid Studded Sandals Comfortview Metallic Ankle Strap Sandal via One Stop Plus

to CLOSER CURVEZZ Interview by Madeline Jones | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Nancy Herkul is the fashion mastermind behind the sexy plus-size clothing line Curvezz, From the onset, her bold style and commitment to our curves was evident. This month we get closer to Curvezz, where Style Is Not Defined By Size. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born in Suriname, and relocated to Holland when I was just one year old to live with my Aunt, in the hope of a better life. When I was eight, I was reunited with my parents in Suriname again and was happy to be there to learn more about the Country that I was born; I stayed there until I was 25, before returning to The Netherlands, where I now live with my husband and son. I love fashion, 5-star experiences, quality goods and shopping. The empowerment of women is something I advocate and am honored to teach the young women in my country, as well as design, manage and run Curvezz. Did you always want to be a designer? I immersed myself in fashion after a car accident a few years ago, where I injured my back badly, and as a result I put on a lot of weight. It was then I realized how hard it was to buy nice clothing for plus size women. I would often re-design pieces to fit my body shape and knew that there was such a demand for beautiful, feminine, sophisticated plus size clothing—Europe just did not cater to that market.

I was determined to make a difference, so I bought machine and taught myself to sew - in April 2012, was born. I am self-taught, I did not go to a fashio school, but I instead did courses in sewing, drawing styling. How would you describe Curvezz? | jun 2014


inspiration + style

“Style is not defined by size,” is our mantra - a bran designed for women who like strong and powerful s whilst still keeping a feminine and sexy edge. The b focuses on quality and the right fit when designing for women of curves. What type of woman is wearing Curvezz? A Curvezz woman is bold and confident about who she is and where she is going in her life. She embraces her curves and loves to look fabulous. She adores fashion and standing out in a crowd for all the right reasons. What do you hope to see in the future of fashion for plus size women? I hope to see many more designers, with all their different styles and qualities, catering to women of size. There are so many ‘straight’ size designers all over the world providing their different styles for all kinds of different women and tastes. Just because women are over a size 12, does not mean we all like the same thing, so I hope to see many more designers catering to women of all sizes. Visit online at

Photography: Victor Sanabrais

a sewing , Curvezz on design g and

nd styles, brand

for the LOVE ofprints | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Belted Floral Dress Look Macy’s

Skulls in Love Skirt Domino Doll House

Exposed Shoulder Tunic - Avenue Avenue

Summertime is such an amazing time to experiment with fashion. Wear print as an accent or as your statement piece. Either way, you are sure to look fabulous!

Snake Print Leather Sandal Zara

Badgley Mischka Violet Nappa bi-color Shoulder Bag - Zappos

Navabi - Blouson Jacket with Floral Print

Redonda Swimsuit Monif C

Sunglasses - Nordstroms (Fantas Eyes)

Dune Dita Leopard Print ASOS

Crosshatch Woven Joggers - Forever 21

Striking Floral Bodysuit Forever 21

BLOG STYLE with Lalaa Misaki

@lalaamisaki Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest

Interview by Madeline Jones | jun 2014


inspiration + style

How long have you been blogging? I launched my blog in January 2014 but did not start posting looks until March, so it is very recent. The response has been extremely positive and overwhelming. The part I enjoy the most about blogging is waking up to heartfelt messages from other women inspired by my work. On a professional level, I have already been invited by industry professionals to Denmark, England and Germany. I am very excited to have sparked PLUS Model Magazine’s interest at such an early stage. I have been following your publication for quite some time all the way from Paris, France and was completely speechless to see myself ranked #7 on your list of 25 Fashion Bloggers to Follow on Instagram. To now be the first Fashion Blogger featured in the magazine is just surreal. I am so grateful!

Photography: Sissi Johnson (L) Tee-shirt: ZIZZI Skirt: ZIZZI Earrings: H&M (R) Dress: ASOS Earrings: FOREVER21 Scarf: VINTAGE

Where do you love to shop? The plus-size market is still very new in Europe, so I am always looking forward to going back to New York. Forever 21 is great for cute basics, Lane Bryant is definitely another style destination of mine. The current Isabel Toledo capsule collection truly counts some gems! Nothing beats SoHo boutiques for unique jewelry and accessories, especially vintage. For those of you who are not familiar with European brands, I am happy to recommend some of my favorites... | jun 2014


inspiration + style

For a fresh and casual look, JIULY PARIS has a beautiful range of products. I had not worn jeans in years and it seems they reconciled me with pants! If you aren’t afraid to unleash your inner rock star, ZIZZI is the way to go. Fabrics and fit are great, and the gorgeous Denise Bidot really does the brand justice in their latest campaign. IGIGI and ASOS Curve have a gorgeous selection of cocktail dresses and evening wear overall. NEW LOOK always has amazing pumps. Do you prefer online shopping or in-store?

Photographer: Sissi Johnson Top: JIULY PARIS Blazer: ZIZZI Jeans: JIULY PARIS Shoes: NEW-LOOK Eyeglasses: BURBERRY Earrings: SIX

Though I am an avid online shopper, there is nothing like a brick and mortar experience for me. With the ridiculous amount of time I spend behind my computer as a blogger, going shopping is almost like flying to some exotic destination. I love it! Nothing compares with being able to see and feel the product for yourself. Online is very convenient of course, but sometimes size charts and product descriptions just aren’t enough. Being able to try something on to see how it looks on your body

saves you a lot of time and hassle. How would you describe your fashion aesthetic? Eclectic, fun, bold and experimental are the best words to describe my style. I like to make a statement and do not follow trends. Fashion is fun and life way too short to be formal! Over 10 years ago, people were giving me sideeyes because of my red tie and dyed hairstyle. It did not become popular until a couple of years ago! Although my style is very funky, I am always put my own way. For a very long time, I was very self-conscious and lacked confidence. I am in a much better place now and the sky is the limit! My wardrobe consists of a large variety of styles spanning from bohemian, to urban and ultra sexy. I love mixing and matching. The key is making sure your silhouette remains streamlined. I am also a firm believer that with the right accessories and shoes, you can make the most basic outfit phenomenal. What trends are you looking forward to wearing this summer season? Hats and crop tops for days! I also cannot wait to get my hands on some swimwear for the summer. I already spotted some amazing pieces from Monif C. and Nakimuli. High-waisted bikinis are to die for! The biggest event of the summer will be the World Cup in Brazil, so prints, pastel and vibrant colors are definitely a must on my list.

Photographer: Sissi Johnson Top: JIULY PARIS Blazer: JIULY PARIS Shorts: NEW LOOK Necklace: PRIMARK Clutch: H&M Shoes: NEW LOOK


Old Navy Women’s Plus Distressed Slim-Fit Boyfriend Jeans $39.94

Nordstrom Organic Cotton Boyfriend Jeans $198

STATEMENT NECKLACE Forever 21 Standout Faux Stone Bib Necklace $12.80

Style&co. Silver-Tone Blue and Green Bold Stone Bib Necklace $34

SPLURGE Neiman Marcus Clustered Amazonite Necklace $395.00


wear what you love... no matter what your budget! SANDALS Express Crisscross Strap Heeled Runway Sandal $79.90

Payless Women’s Missy Embellished Sandal $34.99

SPLURGE Helmut Lang Silt Sandals $495.00


Nordstrom - Eyelet Cotton Fit & Flare Dress $158

inspiration + style

Ashley Stewart Keyhole Princess Seam Sheath $49.50 | jun 2014

Macy’s Trixxi Plus Size Sleeveless Empire A-Line $66.99


SEXY summer PLAY (my way) Photography by Michelle Alexandra | jun 2014


inspiration + style | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Bathing Suit: Becca Etc. Swim Pants: Necklace: Forever 21 Oversized Sweater: Forever 21 Floral Minnie Mouse Ears: Custom Made

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014

Bathing Suit: Red Blazer: Forever 21 Bracelets: Torrid Shoes: Qupid Ears: Disneyland

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014

Floral 2-piece: Oversized Sweater: Forever 21 Floral Minnie Mouse Ears: Custom Made

Floral w/ Stripes 2-piece: Forever 21 Striped Blazer: Forever 21 Shoes: Forever 21 Necklace: Guess Minnie Mouse Ears: Custom Made

Polka Dot Swim: Sheer Top: Forever 21 Minnie Mouse Ears: Disneyland | jun 2014


inspiration + style | jun 2014


inspiration + style

PHOTOGRAPHER Michelle Alexandra

Bathing Suit: Becca Etc. Shoes: Forever 21 Minnie Ears: Disneyland Gloves: Disneyland

MODEL Sommer Green, IPM Models HAIR/MAKE-UP Tavia Garland

Crop Top by Eloquii Sweater & Necklace by Forever 21 Plus

You may have seen our cover model working for companies such as Forever 21, Torrid, Macy’s and gracing the pages of PLUS Model Magazine. This month, Emily Nichols opens up about leaving “Corporate America” to pursue her personal passions in sunny California. How did you begin your modeling career? Five years ago, I was burning out at my fast paced finance job in New York City and decided to make a life change. I packed up my car and moved to California to begin studies in Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. With the flexibility of my new schedule, I was able to pursue hobbies I had previously put on hold while working in New York. I started playing around with my camera again and became more absorbed in photography, art, and fashion.


by madeline jones | jun 2014


inspiration + style

get to know

I remember running across a picture of Crystal Renn when she

savvy to build your b

was a plus size model – the one of her on the beach in a light

of one. Use social m

purple bathing suit – and thinking it was so feminine but also

personality. Once yo

so strong and rooted. I could relate to the image. So I decided to

be known as a hard w

take a shot at plus size modeling and sent some polaroids to big

check your phone be

agencies around the country. After a couple of weeks of waiting

early so be the mode

in anticipation, I received an offer from Dorothy Combs Models to join their board.

How have you seen

first began your care What is your fashion aesthetic when you are not in front of the camera?

I feel like I started m


inspiration + style

industry. Each year, My fashion aesthetic is a mishmash of where I’ve lived. On

media of the


the weekends, I usually revert to my Northeastern roots with a

unattainable beauty s

chambray shirt, some leggings or comfy jeans, and my Sperrys. A

out. Plus size model

night out on the town calls for Manhattan’s all-black-everything,

magazines. Major ph

usually paired with a great leather jacket and some pumps. And

rolling! It’s exciting t

during the week, California color blocking makes its way into

would be nice to see

my wardrobe.

just a size 2 or 14. Le

size 8, and the spring Maddy: What do you love most about working as a model?

sample sizes will lead would that be!

Nothing is more rewarding than inspiring girls to be comfortable with their body, whether big, small, tall, petite, pear, apple,

Get to know Emily: | jun 2014

banana…whatever! The mind is such a powerful tool and shouldn’t be wasted on the anxieties of weight and social standards. I really

My Goals For The N

love reading the positive comments on social media and being

Obviously as a model

part of a body positive movement.

I also want to penet

travel overseas for wo What tips could you offer aspiring models reading this

had an eye on shoe d


can be uncomfortabl

want to design a tren Be business smart. The modeling industry usually doesn’t fall

want it to feel like sta

into people’s laps. It takes a lot of self-motivation and business

Who doesn’t want a

brand. Remember you are really a business

media to market yourself and showcase your

ou’ve booked jobs, always be on time. And

worker. Clients don’t like to wait while you

etween changes. Everyone likes to go home

el that gets the job done. the modeling industry change since you


modeling right at the cusp of change in the there is more recognition by mainstream

us size industry and the problems with

standards. Straight size models are speaking

ls are landing big editorials in top fashion

hoto shopping is being exposed. The ball is

to see what ceiling will be broken next. It

e designers create sample sizes that are not

et’s say for example, a fall line is sampled in a

g line is sampled in a size 18. A spectrum of

d to a spectrum of models. How refreshing

Next Five Years Include:

l, my goals include more national campaigns.

trate the international markets and maybe

ork. Besides modeling though, I’ve always

design. Standing on set in heels for 9 hours

le to say the least, especially at a size 11. I

ndy pump that is like butter for your feet. I

anding on memory foam instead of concrete. fashionable AND comfortable heel!?!

Embellished Gauze Top by Wet Seal Plus Necklace by Forever 21, Floral Crown by Reah Norman

Top 3 Beauty Must Have’s: A great matte lip color. I really like Lime Crime right now - it goes on glossy and sets matte. The best part about it though is that it lasts through the entire day, even during eating. You don’t end up with the crazy-ladylip-liner look after a meal. Orlane moisturizer. My skin is so dry, especially in the Southwest desert heat. So every night I put on hydrating cream to keep my skin plump and

a tanning bed though... That’s just asking for wrinkles and sunspots! Favorite TV Shows: I know I’m about 5 years late to the party but I just started watching Mad Men. And I’m hooked. It’s like, all of a sudden, five hours have passed and all I’ve done is go from loving to hating Don Draper 20 times over. Last Movie I Watched: I just caught Shawshank Redemption the other night on TV… and watched it for probably the 700th time. There is something about it that never gets old! Follow Emily Nichols at: Instagram: @EmilyNichols_Plus Model Facerbook: Emily Nichols Plus Model Website: For bookings: Photography by Inez Lewis Fashion Director Reah Norman


tan. It evens out skin tone and gives off a nice glow on camera. I never use | jun 2014

Spray tan. It sounds a bit odd but before every shoot I get a light spray

inspiration + style



For bookings email | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Venice Beach was the perfect backdrop for this vibrant and sexy feature. Play with colors and textures, this season’s best accessory is YOU! Photography by Inez Lewis Fashion Director Reah Norman

inspiration + style



LOVE SUMMER | may 2014


inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014

Bikini Top by Swimsuits For All Denim Shirt by Eloquii Hat & Printed Pants by Forever 21 Plus Sandals by Seychelles Earrings by Kendra Scott

Bandeau Bikini Top by Josephine Swim Boyfriend Jeans by ASOS Curve Crochet Poncho & Headband by Wet Seal Plus Sunglasses by Forever 21 Shoes by MIA | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Crop Top by Eloquii Sweater, Shorts, Belt & Necklace by Forever 21 Plus

inspiration + style #plusmodelmag | jun 2014

Bikini Top by Josephine Swim Maxi Skirt by Living Doll Los Angeles Fringe Bag by BCBGeneration Necklace by H&M Wedge Sandals by Chinese Laundry

Floral Jumpsuit by ASOS Curve Hat and Sandals by Steve Madden | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Embellished Gauze Top & Crochet Shorts by Wet Seal Plus Necklace by Forever 21 Sandals by Seychelles Floral Crown by Reah Norman | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Fringe Trim Tankini by Jessica Simpson via Swimsuits For All Floral Kimono by Living Doll Los Angeles Floral Crown by Reah Norman Necklace and Bracelet by Forever 21

Photographer, Inez Lewis Makeup and Hair, Brittany Sullivan Fashion Editor, Reah Norman Assistant Stylist, Sauncia Amos On-Set Producer, Sarah Sapora Creative Director, Madeline Jones Model, Emily Nichols with

industry award honorees

by Marcy Cruz | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Annually, Full Figured Fashion Week® honors those industry leaders that offer great contributions to the plus size industry. This year’s honorees include PMM Shopping & Style Editor Alissa Wilson, being honored as Blog of the Year for! We also want to give a special mention to plus size model Wyinnetka Aaron, who was recently featured on the cover of our February 2014 issue, The Black Issue. She is being honored as Model of the Year! Full Figured Fashion Week® 2014 Industry Award Honorees: Blog of the Year – Stylish Curves by Alissa Wilson Model of the Year - Wyinnetka Aaron Designer of the Year – Kenneth Doswell (Betty Jean Couture) Entertainer of the Year – Erica Watson E-zine of the Year – & Editor-In-Chief, Velvet D’Amour Icon of the Year – Audrey Smaltz Photographer of the Year – Michelle Alexandra Photography Retailer of the Year – Simply Be All honorees will be recognized at the Retailers/Boutique/All Stars Runway Showcase on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Full Figured Fashion Week® 2014 Industry Awards are being sponsored this year by To purchase your ticket to the Retailers/Boutique/All Stars Runway Showcase and other FFFWeek® 2014 events, visit:

2014 June 16-21 NYC FFFW.COM

achieving BODY confidence

by Leyah Shanks “How did you get so confident? How can I achieve body confidence?” I get asked these questions regularly. The annoying thing is, there’s no one answer to either. There’s no automatic way of boosting someone’s self esteem. No magic potion or spell that will enchant them into loving their body. No ONE thing that you can tell someone that will suddenly change the way they see themselves. I think that having an understanding of certain things is a good way to get yourself on the road to self acceptance. For example, Photoshop. I absolutely despise what this software is capable of. When I was growing up, unbeknownst to me, it was the cause of a lot of my body hatred. Once I realized that not a single one of the girls in the magazines I used to read as a youngster hadn’t been retouched, I started to see my own body in a different way. When I look through some publications now, it makes me laugh and shudder at the same time.

According to some magazines, every single woman around the world is six feet tall, a size 8, has porcelain doll-like skin, has luminously white teeth, no stretch marks and is completely toned from head to toe because cellulite does not exist. They have no scars (which means they have never had an operation or even fallen over), has never had a baby, works out more than the average woman, is no older than 20, has no form of disability and has boobs exactly the same size. I now know that all of the above applies to SOME women. But not ALL women. As women and as people, we come in such a delicious array of shapes, heights, sizes, ethnicities, abilities and ages! There is absolutely no need to show people such a one sided, and quite frankly, boring view of what women look like! I use my blog, The Body Confidence Revolution to display versatility. Diversity is a wonderful thing which, instead of condemning, we should be celebrating. At the end of

inspiration + style

why shouldn’t we enjoy it when times are good? It’s one of the constants in our lives and is something that we need to stop criticizing/being criticized about. This summer, I urge you NOT to feel like you HAVE to lose weight, tone up or go on a diet before putting on your swimming suit. Instead, stand in front of the mirror and look at all of the things that make your body unique. Powerful. Beautiful. A marvel of nature. You do not have to do anything to get a beach body aside from put on your swimwear and get down to the beach! Remember:“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt | jun 2014


the day, our bodies are the crafts that we live our lives in. They host all of us, as human beings. They embody everything about us and allow us to be alive. We go through stages in our life where we lose or gain weight, gain stretch marks, have children, have accidents or operations, go through traumatic and stressful experience, and go through other generally life altering things which may change our outer appearance slightly but ultimately make us who we are. The mental and physical scars that life leaves behind remind us of the journey we’ve been on, how much we’ve grown as a person and that our body has gotten us through difficult times. So

Malik Tog Photography



This month we received some rea

our readers about the plus size m

have questions, send us a messag

inspiration + style

may choose your question for our

Should I do local runway shows a

area for free? Sasha Smith, New Y Depending on who you ask, you | jun 2014


responses. I say listen to what we

with your gut. Every opportunity not be a good one. Ask questions

will the event take place? Will ther

many hours of preparation will I h the event itself?

Doing a show for free is fine, as lon

for the experience, exposure and n The same goes with photo shoots.

wants to work with you, he or s

budget. Make sure that your lun Model Katherine Ani for PMM August 2013 Issue Ashley Stewart Model Search Winner

you will be able to use the tears for



with madeline jones

ally great questions from

I sent in my photos to a modeling agency and they asked to see

modeling industry. If you

me. I went in and shortly after received an email that said they

ge on Facebook and we

were not interested. What did I do wrong? Mary Elizabeth, Texas

r next feature. Not knowing exactly what you were wearing, what you sent in

and photo shoots in my

and how the meeting went, I can’t say anything for sure. I will,

York, NY

however, give you some advice for the next opportunity.

will receive a myriad of

1) Make sure that you send in correct height and measurements.

e all have to say and go

Some of these people have been working in this field for many

y presented to you may

years and can look at a girl on sight and know she is not 5’9”.

about the event: Where

2) What you wear says as much about you as your pictures. Did

re be press present? How

you wear tons of makeup and have long bright nails? Leggings

have to commit to before

and a tunic, denim jeans, tank and a blazer or a beautiful dress would do the trick. Simple makeup, hair and neutral nails. No fishnet stockings, thigh-high boots and overly styled hair. They

ng as you are able to use it

need to see you as a canvas.

networking opportunity.

3) Were you on time? If you were late, it’s a no-no! Always be

If a small town designer

EARLY! This way if you run into any trouble, you are giving

she may not have a big

yourself some space and may actually make it on time.

nch is covered and that

r your book. Good luck!

Hope this helps!


LOVE flir

irt magic


Kicka Witte Photography |





interview by tiffany bank

NYC to go into a casting and went in. They signed me on the spot! I was 18 and had no idea this was even an industry or that I could be a plus model. However, I took a hiatus for several years and I’m now back, with a very different body and outlook than when I started.

Tiffany: Whom do you look to for curvy inspiration?

Sierra: I look to the women I see in the streets who have style and know how to dress to flatter their Sierra Carrère Resides In: Brooklyn, NY Height/Size: 5’11” - Size 12/14 Online Portfolio:

bodies and walk with confidence! Model Ashley Graham has that feminine sensuality, gorgeous


Sierra: I was asked by someone in the street in | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Tiffany: What made you decide to become a plus size

body, goddess power and an exotic energy about her that I most admire in a model and desire to exude myself!

Tiffany: What is the plus industry like in your hometown?

Sierra: There is none! I am from Ithaca, New York and growing up I noticed the older, fuller women in my community would wear unflattering baggy clothes, which I really did not care for. My mother has always had amazing style and elegance and embraced her 5’11� Amazon-like body and raised my sister and I to do the same. I am so grateful for her as a role model and for teaching me how to dress to make myself look and feel my most beautiful.

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

Sierra: The plus industry is keeping it real and should be as popular as the other industries.

Tiffany: Who are your favorite plus designers, models, bloggers and celebrities? Jasmine E. Photography, LLC | | jun 2014

Jasmine E. Photography, LLC |


inspiration + style | jun 2014

#plusmodelmag inspiration + style

Kicka Witte Photography |

Sierra: I like to buy clothing that hugs my curves, allows me to dance and ride my bicycle and still makes me feel sexy. As for plus designers I love Lane Bryant and Asos. They both have such a nice variety of styles for any occasion and I can find my own style within theirs! As for celebrities I admire Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, and Marilyn Monroe for being public figures that have embraced their bodies. Just follow your passion and talents!

Kicka Witte Photography |

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, along with your photos!

What are you waiting for?

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

2 | jun 2014


inspiration + style

Live Empower created by Limarie Lewis & Yve Edmond

Mother’s Day Health and Empowerment Symposium Sponsored by Lane Bryant and Katie K Active photography by

beth lincoln, empire photography ig:

@empire_photography facebook: empire photography

PLUS Model Magazine December 2013 Issue Photos by Vera Belyavskaya Make up and Hair by Tiffany Oliver

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





(and 94 issues!)


JULY 2014

Click to Advertise