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THE 8TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

JULY 2014

PLUSMODELMAG.COM

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KRIS YEO

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If you’re your authentic self, you have no competition. - Scott Stratten

MODEL, A ARTUKOVICH LEBARON STANLEY DESBAS PHOTOGRAPHY


masthead madeline jones editor-in-chief

valery amador

marcy cruz

executive director

blog editor

reah norman

alexandra boos

executive fashion director

susan moses

executive marketing & creative director

guest editor

alissa s. wilson

tara taylor

yve edmond

shopping & style editor

beauty editor

health and wellness contributor

luke jones staff photographer

spry lee scott steffany allen

jennene biggins digital app manager

fashion contributors

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

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

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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PLUS MODEL the 8th anniversary issue JULY 2014 Editorial Anniversary Our Shining Stars Beauty Non-Toxic Beauty Top 5 Beauty with Lauren Ask Tara Style Executive Fashion Director Travel in Style Rock the Stay-cation Style Americana Who Wears Short Shorts? We Do! Splurge vs Steal

Bold & Bright Get to Know Kris Great Style In High Contrast Behind the Scenes Life Spotlight Model Laura FFFWeek... Interview with Bree, ‘The Face Of’ FFFW Indie Designer Showcase Boutiques, Retailers & All Star Showcase In Every Issue Inspiration Editor’s Letter Readers React

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

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PMM May 2013 Model, Lauren Shaw Photography, Lesley Pedraza Fashion Director, Reah Norman Swimwear, alwaysforme.com

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

the anniversary issue Grateful... Welcome to our 8th Year Anniversary Issue! When I think about all that has transpired in eight years all I can think about is how grateful I am for every experience. I was a model that found my voice, but had no idea how my life would change when I met my business partner Valery Amador.


As always, we welcome your feedback, you can reach us on Facebook or on our blog plus-model-mag.com and stay tuned for some very exciting news coming soon! To our amazing staff of editors and contributors both past and present we say thank you for making PMM part of your journey. To our readers, thank you for your support and for your honest feedback. Keep being fabulous and confident..

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This month our guest Editor, Susan Moses, brings us two exquisite fashion features you are sure to love. If you love pairing high-end classic pieces with trendy, inexpensive items, you are going to love what we have for you this month.

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There have been many changes in fashion and in our industry, but one thing remains true, plus size women are more empowered and vocal than ever before. With this in mind, PLUS Model Magazine is more committed than ever to providing quality fashion features, creating meaningful conversations and promoting the industry with integrity.

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We had no idea where PMM would take us and where our readers would ask us to go.


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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

I want to live in that cover editorial...

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issue. I love the Swim Feature with plus

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model Sommer. Curves and creativity go together!

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Every month is like Christmas for me... a

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new and exciting issue. Love PMM! Julie Nunez

I recognized the Forever21 model the moment I saw her. Great job PMM!

Great fashion features this month. I really

Barbara Corothia

enjoyed it all, now if we can have the stores hire plus-size models that are plus-size,

Transitioning seasons used to be such a

your magazine would be perfect!

headache. I literally print your pages and

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use them as guides. Thanks PMM!!! Lisa Elay

I love the new fashion features this month, Splurge vs Steal... this is just what I was

Always a wealth of information! Can’t wait

looking for.

for the next issue.

Marie Clarke

Nicci Rodriguez

I have always wondered about this model. I

Plus size fashion has come a long way. So

always see her modeling for Forever 21 and

excited for our summer trends.

knew nothing about her. I’m a fan!

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During the month of January we launched

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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.

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Full Figured Fashion Week 2014 Recap In its sixth and final year, Full Figured Fashion Week took place in New York City on June 16 – 21, 2014. It was THE plus size fashion event to attend of the year and from the looks of the sold out shows and many attendees from all over the world, it was an event many made sure they would not miss. If you did not get to attend FFF Week 2014, don’t despair. PLUS Model Magazine was there, reporting on location daily with show and event recaps on our blog as well as images and postings on all of our social media channels to keep our readers in the know… ~ Marcy fearlesslyjustme.blogspot.com

If you have any questions or comments, you can always email me at marcy@plusmodelmagazine.com


Full Figured Fashion Week 2014 Recap: 90’s Theme Launch Party

Full Figured Fashion Week 2014 Recap: Press and Buyer’s Reception

Full Figured Fashion Week 2014 Recap: A Sultry Night in Harlem Concert

Just My Size Celebrates 30th Birthday With Plus Size Fashion Event & Survey Results

FFF Week Panel Discussion Leads To Great Debate About The Future of The Plus Industry

Plus Size Fashion Brand Modamix Hosts Blogger Event During FFF Week

FFF Week 2014 Recap: “Building Your Brand Through Social Media” Blogger Conference

Plus Size Fashion Retailer Evans Hosts Pampering Event During FFF Week

Eloquii & Redbook Host Shopping Event During FFF Week

Full Figured Fashion Week 2014: The Indie Designer Showcase

FFF Week 2014: Retailers/Boutiques/All Stars Runway Showcase & Industry Awards


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Anansa Sims February 2012 VIEW COVER

After you graced our February 2012 cover, we watched

you on the hit reality show “Beverly’s Full House”

on the OWN Network. Can you tell us about tha experience?

My experience on the show was both challenging and rewarding

It’s not easy opening up your life to the world. I had just had my

first child, Ava, and my hormones were out of control, my Fathe

was sick and my Mom and I were facing our most challenging

period in our relationship. Something about having my own

daughter drudged up old memories about my childhood. Having

the cameras present forced my Mom and I to address old issues

instead of sweeping them under the rug as we often did. During

taping I was so stressed and hurt, but today I’m so grateful fo that experience.

Sometimes you have to go through the storm to get to the

rainbow on the other side. My Mom is my best friend, amazing Grandmother to my kids and my biggest cheerleader.

Now that I’m a Mother I understand her and appreciate her so

much more. As kids we think our parents are our superheros

and are perfect, so when they make mistakes and disappoint us

it’s like the end of the world. Being a parent made me realize tha

they are just people doing the best they can. I lost my best friend

last year, my Father, and that experience has taught me that life

is truly short. Accept & enjoy your loved ones for who they are.

We hear you have some exciting news to share with us... We are expecting the birth of my 2nd son on June 23rd... Life is wonderful!

*Anansa Sims-Patterson and husband David welcomed thei third child Dean Danny Benjamin on June 20, 2014. Photographer: Inez Lewis


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Katya Zha January 2012 VIEW COVER

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d your career change after, “Plus Size Bodies, What’s

way,” went live?

got a Green Card! Since that feature came out I had been working

rs, but I’m happy to have freedom in my hands. in the industry since I was 14, I am now known as “Katya from

e feature I kind of jumped to another level of my life. I’ve done 3

me a ‘Face of’ for a Russian TV channel and worked with Marina

men Are Back’. I was also featured in Marie Claire Italy.

ve learned that women AND men cannot accept the reflection they

hat there is nothing wrong with their bodies. It is not necessary to looks; find your own way, find you own life. We all look different

y in my own life... to be able to see the differences and appreciate

ch my child.

very plus positive and you have taken your message to

some of your projects you have been working on and

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how called, There Is One Secret with Katya Zharkova. We give

at they are looking for that will make them happy. Also, this year

e who organized the casting for, Fashion Week Russia Autum-

ner Nikolay Krasnikov created a size 12 dress for a plus size

alking on the podium in Russia and it was a victory for the Plus

so easy in pushing the plus size industry in Russia. Last September

the casting for a TV show called Model XL, which I was to Host

ow was postponed till spring 2015; the producer found the issue

Italy and did not believe it was good for the show’s image. This is people just cannot accept their real reflection in the mirror. They

the women who do high fashion magazines. I’ve been arguing there’s nothing wrong with my body and nothing wrong with the

Photographer: Victoria Janashvili


Grisel Paula March 2012

VIEW COVER

Since your last cover with PMM, ho changed for you?

Since my cover with PMM, my life has chang

As a plus size model, I’ve been introduced an many new facets of the business. For the last baby, custom-plus.com has been my main

of modeling. My knowledge of the plus size i

me cater to my customer. My newest end

women’s ready to wear fashion line, grisel., w

provide fashion alternatives for women sizes

Did you ever see yourself as a desi did this passion come to fruition?

I’ve always had an interest in fashion, and bec

size model helped motivate me to gain a m

knowledge of the fashion industry. I though

of grisel. would help bridge the gap between

and plus size ready to wear fashion. My ulti

a designer is to inspire women to expres through fashion and take control of their trendy garments at an affordable price.

Plus size fashion is always evolving you see grisel. moving towards?

I see the brand being recognized by million

globally. I hope to gain the trust of my con

brand that provides quality, affordable, and tr to women worldwide. Grisel is represented by dorothycombsmodels.com Photographer: Michael Hermogeno


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Thanks to a heightened awareness, many of us are making the effor eat the foods that will fuel our bodies in the right way. As important it is to be aware of what we put in our mouths, we may also want to mindful of what we use on our skin: our largest organ. Here are a fe clean beauty lines that can get you started on the healthy track.

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Voluminous Butterfly Effect Mascara

Mascara is a must in my book. Even going makeup free, mascara will enhance all-natural beauty and give life to my seemingly duller moments. I recently fell in love with the Butterfly mascara and I’m never going back (laughs). I’m all about making my eyes pop, or even the “cat look,” and this bad boy gets the job done, every time.

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque

I’ve tried a variety of different masks, but this Sulfur Masque is one of my all-time favorites. It’s not for everyday use, but when applied it’s super effective, plus it contains eucalyptus oil which I adore!

Whipped Goods “Light” Facial Moisturizer

I have sensitive skin, so this moisturizer not only moisturizes but it leaves my face dewy & hydrated. It’s also 100% Organic & Vegan, so it’s definitely guiltfree knowing no one was harmed in the process. Desert Essence Coconut Lotion

Covergirl TruBLEND Fix Stick

This is my all-time favorite body cream. It smells like delicious coconuts, it’s vegan, paraben, petroleum, wheat, AND gluten free and no animal testing was done in the process. This stuff is pure love & oh so yummy.

Concealer is a must and so essential because break outs can literally happen anywhere and at anytime... a small dab-on is so effortless yet so effective for a flawless finish. Ladies, always carry concealer like it’s your phone, you’ll thank me.


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I don’t know if this is an actual “beauty” question, but I get

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deodorant on my clothes all the time. I really don’t like the clear gels; they don’t work for me. Is there some quick trick to getting it out of my clothes without washing them? Marilyn from Buffalo, NY

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Of course, Marilyn! This is a great beauty question! My tactics would be to gently rub out the spot with a dryer sheet. If you don’t have a dryer sheet, use the spongy strip that comes on the hangers you get from the dry cleaners. If you don’t have THAT, simply fold your clothes onto itself and rub away the mark. There are a few products on the market that you can buy... one is a deodorant removing sponge by Miss Oops. HAVE A BEAUTY QUESTION? Email Tara at beauty@plusmodelmagazine.com and your question might be featured in an upcoming issue of PMM!


reah’s letter

with executive fashion director reah norman

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celebrations, leaving us craving a fierce wardrobe that keeps us cool and takes us from day to night looking effortlessly chic.

What styles and silhouettes are you loving and wearing this season?

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Maybe it’s the California girl in me, but this time of year I always crave bright colors, fun festive prints, gauzy and crochet fabrications,

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The dog days of summer are here! Long days, warm nights, and festive

Since much of how we dress is driven by where we are going and what

and tons of dresses. Take me to the beach and let me soak up the sunshine!

we are doing, it makes perfect sense. We are {hopefully} relaxing, traveling, sun bathing, and spending more time outdoors, and in this month’s anniversary issue, we are celebrating all of the above!


In this month’s issue... Our Beauty Editor, Tara has put together her “Non-Toxic Beauty” picks to put our skin on a healthy track, our shopping editor, Alissa shares her tips on traveling in style, with “What To Pack For Your Summer Vacation”, and if you are planning on staying in town this summer, our contributor Danimezza and I have put together chic outfit ideas for a “Summer Staycation”. Last but not least, in celebration of Independence Day and an ode to classic, all-American style, I have put together my festive picks for American style galore!

Happy Anniversary PMM! Cheers to another great year of fabulousness! xo


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TRAVEL in Style with alissa wilson stylishcurves.com

Summer is here, which means it is time to relax and have some fun in the sun! Whether you’re laying out on the beach in Mexico, or tapping into your frugalista skills by doing a staycation, we’ve created a little shopping list to help you look and feel your best.

When packing for a vacation, it is best to pack items that are lightweight and wrinkle resistant, and each piece should be able to work with everything you’re packing.

Dresses are a no brainer to pack because you can just slip right in and out of them. A convertible dress is perfect for creating numerous looks and A maxi dress is an easy piece to help you transition from day to evening with a quick swap out of your flats and into a pair of strappy sandals. Always pack more than one bathing suit and make sure you pack a pair of heels for the evening and flats or wedges for daytime. Keep colors bright and try playful prints. They’re instant mood boosters. Jumpsuits and rompers are also fun vacation options because they can be chic and comfy simultaneously. I’ve picked out a few perfect items to jumpstart your vacation shopping.


Fashion Zebra Luggage, eBags $42.99 Eyelet Button Front Dress, Torrid $58.50

Striped One Piece, Swimsuits For All $51 Paisley Jumpsuit, Simply Be $59.95

Magisculpt Printed Sarong, Simply Be $19.95 Color block Tank, Evans $45 Striped Shorts, Ralph Lauren Plus, Macy’s $85

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City Chic One-Shoulder Maxi, Nordstrom $89.95

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Striped Two-Piece Swimsuit, Target $49.99


inspiration + style Kady Ankle Pants, Eloquii $68 Dot Skirt, Modcloth $49.99 Straw Hat, Forever 21, $14.80 Floral Print Dress, Eloquii $98 Multi-Strap Sandal, Barefoot Tess $99 Black Cut-out Midi Dress, Grisel $42.10 Floral Playsuit, ASOS Curve $72 Eat Cake Tote, Kate Spade $198 Cateye Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples $335 Marc Jacob Espadrille, Piperlime $268 Convertible Maxi Dress, SWAK Designs $89

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Suede Ankle Strap Sandals, INC $69

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[DANI] Glamorous holidays abroad, matching luggage, room service and days spent at the spa aren’t exactly in everyone’s budget when summer holidays come around. Never fear because you can always rock fresh summer style on your home turf without leaving yourzip code, it just takes the right attitude and the right wardrobe.

Lands End | Lane Bryan


ocal Pool

ip the sun whilst channelling your inner

. A white suit adds drama with a vintage

, sip your iced tea and flick through your

gazine between dips in the cool water.

Outdoor Festival [REAH] Catch your favorite band live, stroll through a local art festival, or indulge on a day of splurges from your favorite food trucks. A printed playsuit gives your ensemble a festive vibe that is comfy for a day of walking. Keep your shoes comfy with flats, and keep your hands free with a cross-body bag. Sheer lips and sunnies are all you need! Top to Bottom, From L to R t | Forever 21 | Forever 21 | St. Tropez | ModCloth

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accents, and a

Glamping [DANI] Be it your local national park or your own backyard, embracing the outdoors in a glamorous way is how it should be done. Make practical and pretty choices when it comes to your outfits and keep your make up simple with multitasking products. Add some friends, a fire pit and some marshmallows and you’ve got a winning weekend out in the wilderness in style. Top to Bottom, From L to R - Forever 21 | Old Navy | ModCloth Forever 21 | Evans | Benefit

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um Strolling

eat and embrace the history and culture of

t artistic and pair your printed pants with

fringe kimono, polished off with metallic

s, a printed scarf in your hair, matte polish in a chic hue.

m L to R - ASOS Curve | MICHAEL Michael Kors Hinge | Tory Burch | Illamasqua | Torrid

Bake Off [DANI] Not the outdoorsy type? Why not invite your friends over to your place for a bake off or maybe even sign up for a summer cooking class! This sweet ensemble will get you in the mood to mix up a multitude of treats and inspire the romantic within. Top to Bottom, From L to R Lands End | ModCloth | Forever 21 | Forever 21 | Evans


Cole Haan

Sperry

Michael Kors

Ali Khan

Old Navy Plus

INC International Concepts

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Executive Fashion Director, Reah Norman shares her seasonal style picks that are festive, casually chic, and perfectly patriotic for summertime of fun and celebration.

Old Navy Plus

Rachel Stone

Robyn Lawley

Lucky Brand

Michael Kors

Old Navy Plus

Dooney & Bourke

ASOS Curve

Avenue


Rebecca Minkoff

Converse Keds

City Chic

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Betsey Johnson

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Grisel

DKNY

Ralph Lauren


Rachel Roy

Gucci

Jessica Simpson

Avenue La Blanca

Collection XIIX

Lucky Brand

Torrid

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F21 Plus


who wears SHORT SHORTS? WE DO!

Forever 21 Mineral Wash Denim Shorts

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No matter what your style preference, there’s a pair of shorts with your name on it. Go ahead... show them off!

Ashley Stewart Striped Bermuda Shorts

Lane Bryant Printed Soft Short ASOS CURVE Exclusive Culottes In Summer Floral Print

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Forever 21 Prairie Girl Embroidered Top - $27.80

Eileen Fisher Plus Silk Drawstring Skirt - $298

Ashley Stewart Crochet Trim Pleated Poplin Skirt - $21.90


SKATER SPLURGE STEAL

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Monif C “Spencer” Crochet Lace Sleeve Dress - Mint $158.00

Fashion to Figure Joan Flare Dress $42.50

STRAPPY SPLURGE STEAL

Schutz - Bluefly.com blue and red ‘Enyd’ suede and leather sandals - $120

Payless Women’s Haley Ankle Strap Pump- $15

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY STANLEY DESBAS STYLING BY SUSAN MOSES MAKE-UP BY JANINA LEE HAIR BY DANIELLE WRIGHT MODEL, STEPHANIE VAN DEN BERGH


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MODEL KRIS YEO | MUSENYC.COM

WHITE FE ZOE TUXE BLACK PL WHITE &


get to know

kris

a little girl playing in clothes. I first noticed Kris on Tumblr when people were obsessing over her images. By the time I saw her in her first Monif C. campaign I knew I wanted to work with her. In an industry that celebrates plus size fashion, it’s sometimes difficult to book models that speak specifically to our reader. They want to see confidence, passion and most of all a model that is proud of her curves; Kris is all that and more. Get to know Kris Yeo... Maddy: Your cover and editorial photo shoot was a pretty busy one, yet you maintained an exceptional positive attitude. What do you love most about your profession?

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Lane Bryant and Calvin Klein, our cover model, Kris Yeo, looks like

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Standing in our NYC studio surrounded by clothing from Tadashi,

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Kris: I had an amazing time during the shoot... I absolutely

has helped me r

love to get dolled up! The part I love the most about my

are, as long as y

profession is being a positive role model for girls and women

confidence will s

all over the world and letting them know that sexy does not have a specific size!

Maddy: Size div

How do you feel Maddy: Your figure is absolutely amazing. Can you give us

your work mark

some insight into your beauty and health regimen?

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Kris: I love it! I t Kris: Thank you! I try and eat a healthy diet. Although I do

are now acceptin

indulge, I indulge in moderation. I work out at the gym at

too! I love bein

least 3 times a week, and enjoy my veggie greens!

girls to see and

my picture and Maddy: There are many beautiful plus size models around

very rewarding.

the world, what qualities do you believe you must have to really make it?

Get to Kno

Kris: In order to really make it, you have to really want it! Success takes hard work and you have to be able to commit

Can’t leave the

yourself and push through the rejections that come along

Chapstick, purse

the way. Maintaining a positive attitude is also a huge part of this business and can take you far. You need to be self-

The last movie I

motivated and try and push for your goals, while stopping

“That’s My Boy”

at nothing.

If I were not a m Maddy: You exude happiness and confidence, how do you

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maintain a positive attitude towards your body?

My personal sty Kris: I have struggled with an eating disorder in the past.

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I used to think that to be considered beautiful I had to be skinny. It took a long while, but I realized that beauty

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isn’t just on the outside; beauty comes from within. Once

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I learned that, loving and accepting myself followed, and

and my boyfrien


realize that it doesn’t matter what size you

you can love yourself for who you are, your

shine through and prevail.

versity is always a “hot topic” in our industry.

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Great

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“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” ― Coco Chanel

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SPOTLIGHT

MODEL


L AURA

...

interview by tiffany bank tiffanybank.net

Tiffany: What made you decide to become a

being plus size when I was growing up wasn’t really an “IN” thing, it was more frowned upon. I remember my mom taking me to a modeling agency in Redding, California and they told me I had a beautiful face but I was too big to be a model. I heard the horrible comments that people said and I guess I believed them. It was the words of a stranger that gave me that last push and slap of reality that woke me up and got me to believe in myself, and believe in this dream I’ve had since forever... and now here I am! Laura Lee Resides In: Saddle Brook, NJ Height/Size: 5’7”, Size14/16 Online Portfolio: facebook.com/MissLauraLeeJ My favorite quote: “Know your worth”

Tiffany: Whom do you look to for curvy inspiration?

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telling me to go for it and follow my dream, but

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Laura: For years my friends and family have been

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plus size model?


Laura: I look to anyone and everyone. The Intern

and social media have a full range of inspiration people. I not only look up to curvy fashionistas

bloggers but strait size ones as well. Fashion is fashio

My mother may not be thick and curvy like me b

her style is classy, elegant and has that little spice th

makes it her own. I definitely get a lot of inspirati from her.

Tiffany: What is the plus industry like in your hometow

Laura: I grew up In Redding, California and Cartagena, Colombia, and the plus industry nonexistent in both places.

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

Laura: The plus industry is showing women that y

can be stylish and wear fashionable clothing at a size. Wepa!

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

Laura: I’m like any woman: I LOVE TO SHOP. M

favorite plus designers are ASOS, BCBG (yes th

make bigger sizes), Shanda Freeman & Ekineyo. A

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to size. The plus size models that I look up to and can only wish to become one day are the

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beautiful Ashley Graham, the gorgeous Fluvia Lacerda and the curvaceous Nadia Aboulhosn. As for bloggers... brooklynblonde.com is one of my favorites (her style is just WOW) & thedaileigh. com. The curvy celebrities that I love are Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian and Beyonce.

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

Laura: Since becoming a Bicoastal Model just 6 months ago, I can only pray that my work/photos get out there and people start to recognize me in industry.

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PMM spotlight model?

It’s Your Time to Shine!

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

consideration,

please

send

3-4 professional shots, including a headshot and 3/4 full-length, to spotlightplusmodel@gmail.com. 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?

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meet the ‘face’

of FFFWeek

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BREE

by madeline Jones

New York City is still buzzing with excitement as we celebrated plus size fashion, sisterhood and the end of a very important event, Full Figured Fashion Week. The “Face” of FFFWeek 2014 was a beautiful, smart and eloquent young lady, Bree Woodley. When we spoke to her about life and her journey she shared this... “I live by the philosophy that all things hold their own specific purpose. This is how I remain grounded and mindful of my significance in this world. I am in love with life and choose with purpose to treat each day like poetry.”

Maddy: FFFWeek was spectacular; have you processed and recovered from all of the excitement? Bree: NOT EVEN CLOSE! I just celebrated my birthday as well on the 24th and it’s been nonstop for the past 9 days. The excitement has been continuous. I’m still buzzing.


Photography: Luke Jones

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Madeline Jones, Bree Woodley, Alexandra Boos Photography: Luke Jones


Bree: Being on the red carpet (for the first time ever I might add) and speaking one-on-one with so many down to earth, respected, cool and funny people was so awesome. It was a challenge for me at first because I’d never done anything like that before. When the camera starts rolling, that moment can become very intimidating. I made up my mind that the camera wouldn’t record anything that I didn’t allow; I found my voice and the tone I would carry throughout the evening and it became so fun and effortless. I was excited to interview everyone... and a big thank you to you and Alexandra for the awesome interview; it was a thrilling and a very proud moment for me.

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Maddy: I’m sure there were many special moments for you... which will you take with you for years to come?

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Bree: Being the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week was like no other experience I’ve ever had. It was high energy and exceptionally beautiful. It was incredible meeting so many amazing people and working with the FFFWeek family was a dream. It was my first time ever being a part of an event like this and I was, and still am, in total awe of what a great production Gwen and her team have established. FFFWeek literally shuts down New York for the entire week. Whether we were on land or at sea, we left the FFFWeek stamp everywhere.

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Maddy: What was your experience at FFFWeek from your perspective as the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week?


The pressure was definitely on... it was the finale and FFFWeek deserved a proper send-off. I took my role seriously and feel I represented myself, the team and the brand with style and grace.

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Maddy: Did being the Face of FFFWeek change or enlighten you in any way? Bree: It has enlightened me in every way for the better. I don’t want to drown you in the extent of the blessings that have opened up (I could go on-and-on) because I do also count prospect as an opportunity. To say it simply, my time is now and Full Figured Fashion Week saw my potential and gave me the platform to be myself. ...They all know it, so I will make it public knowledge. They are stuck with me now. I love them to the moon and back.

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Maddy: If you could describe FFFWeek in one phrase, what would it be? Bree: Full Figured Fashion Week may be over BUT don’t sleep on the potential of Full Figured Women. Visit Bree Online Facebook/Bree Woodley IG: @beeewooods

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