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LILY CUMMINGS

I AM PLUS LANE BRYANT W/CARNIE WILSON & JAY MANUEL

SPRING TRENDS

WEDDING DAY SURVIVAL KIT

SUMMER WAYANS

THE BRIDAL ISSUE 5 TOP BEAUTY ‘MUST HAVES’

PMM & ASHLEY STEWART

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THE BRIDAL ISSUE

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PMM [inspiration]

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I love her and that is the beginning and end of everything.

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CONTENTS Beauty Wedding Day Survival Guide Bridal Do’s and Don’ts Summer’s Top 5 Beauty Favs Beauty Q&A Timeless Beauty

Style PMM Executive Fashion Dir. Spring Trends First Comes Love... Bride on a Dime

Editorial Interview with Lily Cummings High Fashion Bride Behind the Scenes

Life I Am Plus We Love Our Readers On The Purple Carpet

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April 2013 Bridal Issue Modeling Ask Larissa

MODEL SEARCH

Spotlight Model Naimah PMM / Ashley Stewart Model Search PLUS Model Intensive

Around Town Lane Bryant Flagship Store Grand Opening Torrid Spring/Summer 2013 Blogger Event Posh LA Fashion Week ASOS High Summer 2013 Preview Curvy Girls Closet Raid APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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PMM [masthead]

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Fashion & Style

Marie Dene

E. Coast Beauty

Tara Taylor

Empowerment E

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Kendra C. John LUS Model Magazine, the premier virtual magazine celebrating the plus size fashion, beauty and plus size modeling

Wellness Edi

Yve Edmon

industries, inspires you to thrive in your curves, crave contemporary fashion and design your life on your own terms, sans apologies.

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Staff Photogra

Luke Jones


LUS MODEL Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones

Executive Director Valery Amador

Exec. Marketing & Creative Dir. Tulin Reid

Executive Fashion Director Reah Norman Editor

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Editor

Shopping Editor

Contributors

Alissa S. Wilson

Tiffany Bank Larissa Laurel

W. Coast Beauty Editor

Deborah Friedman

Artemis

Shannon Hiett Colleen Stovall

Host, PMM Radio

Michelle Rene

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Chenese Lewis

Colleen Stovall

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Entertainment Tia Rudd

Graphic Design Jamilla Harbin

Digital App Manager

Executive Assistant

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Kristin Solis

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PMM [editor-in-chief]

how unique your wedding

Madeline Jones

day can be. Traditional is a beautiful way to go and bringing your own personal style to one of the most special days of your life can be really exciting. In addition, we are celebrating women who work behind-the-scenes and are making incredible

editor’s note

W

contributions to the industry in our I AM PLUS feature. Check out the creators of Curvy Girls:

hat do you wear when you say “I do”?

Welcome to our Bridal Issue!

Everyone celebrates their special day in a different way. I have personally done the big 300 person wedding and also the City Hall wedding, but what we wear is sometimes just as memorable as the wedding day itself. In this month’s issue we celebrate love, fashion and APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM

Lisa Nelson Toton and Laura Poorman; Celebrity Makeup Artist, Leila VonSleichter; Director, Marketing and Creative Development, Sarah Sapora; and Model turned successful Photographer, Marisa Balletti. PLUS Model Magazine had the privilege of attending the launch of the 34th Street Lane


Bryant Store in NYC. The star studded event included appearances by the ever so stylish Jay Manuel, Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips, plus size models Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Allison McGevna, Grisel Paula, select plus size bloggers, Gwen DeVoe - Executive Producer of FFFWeek and various other industry professionals. Our very own Alyssa Wilson was one of the fashion bloggers asked to curate a look to be featured on the floor at the new store. Congrats Alyssa! As you read the April Issue, you will notice some changes and new design elements. The magazine always strives to be better and you will see even more changes in the coming months. We love receiving emails with your stories, well wishes for the magazine, and constructive suggestions. We look forward to unveiling what is coming really soon! APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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what you love, what you like and what you want to see in future issues... From fashion to beauty, modeling to television, and everything in between, share your voice, we’re always listening! Anita Marshall looks stunning. Love this cover shot! - Marta Rivera Thank you Chelzea for giving me the opportunity to shoot with you; it has been a great experience! And thank you Madeline for the opportunity to be featured in the #1 Plus Mag! - Michelle Rudan Love it! - Sommer Green Amazing work Team PMM! Love the Look Book. - Karen Tracey Classy and beautiful as always... excited to see the next issue! Michael Ward Inspirational and REAL! This is what it’s all about. - Shelly Johnson Superb start to the spring season. Great job Team PMM! - Ellen Barbosa I wish I could buy every single outfit in the look book. Great issue and love the modeling articles! Michelle Coles

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PMM [beauty] confessions of a beauty editor...

WEDDING DAY SU THE BRIDAL EMERGENCY KIT By West Coast

so meone maki ng su re that we ate so mething, and then of co urse more photos. I remember that I

neve r once went to the ladies room •

I

and that my husb and nearly fainted from dehyd ration. st ill remember our wedding

I, in true form, never once

day… Getting ready at

reapplied my red lipstick after

home, finally getting to the

we ate dinner because I was too

ch urch (an hour late), my

busy partying. We danced and

husb and waiting at the altar, danced and danced. Shared our

telling me how beautiful I looke d

love and happiness with loved

and also wondering why there was

ones, and then laughed about the

so much cl eavage vi si ble, ki si ng

party on the way back home.

him after our hour long ce remony,

Yes, we want our wedding

photos, my uncl e drivi ng us away

day to be perfect, but the truth

in his 1957 red and white Chevy

is that it may not run completely

trailing a “Ju st Married” si gn on the as planned. No matter what back.

Finally getting to the hall,

happens remember, most of all, to have a whole lot of fun!

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Here is a Bridal Emergency Kit for

URVIVAL

you so that you are ready for any little ‘mishap’ that may happen that day. Look for travel friendly sizes so that everything fits nicely into one small bag.

Beauty Editor, Artemis

Tissues and a pretty handkerchief Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash Lip balm Antacid, pain relievers, Band-Aid, anti-bacterial wipes Nail file, clear nail polish (for runs in stockings), polish in your bridal color, nail polish remover Comb, hair brush, hair spray, bobby pins

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Deodorant, baby powder, tampons, pads, razor, eye drops for redness Stain remover, white chalk (will cover scuff marks on white in a pinch) Extra pantyhose, hem tape, safety pins, sewing kit with thread in your dress color Earring backings Straws, bottled water Makeup palette in case your tears of joy cause you to touch up your eye makeup Lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss Concealer, face powder and blotting papers for shine

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Wedding Day...

Do’s and Dont’s for Brides

by Tara Taylor

Before You Say “I Do” Check Out These Beauty Tips for Brides...

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DO MAKEUP & HAIR •

Hire a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for your wedding day •

Schedule a pre-wedding makeup and hair trial at least 2-3 months prior to your wedding day. If you’re not happy with his or her work, you have the time to find someone else •

Realize that wedding makeup is different from everyday makeup. Don’t expect to look like you are wearing “nothing”, but rather look like an enhanced version of yourself •

Bring magazine tears of makeup and hair ideas to the trial. Sometimes it’s easier to “show” than “explain” •

Request a natural pair of false lashes and CURL them •

Have your artist apply only WATERPROOF mascara and liner •

Schedule the trials early enough in the day so you can monitor how well the hair and makeup wear and last throughout the day and evening •

Take a picture of the finished makeup and hair looks in natural daylight at the end of the trials. Make sure they photograph well and keep copies for continuity •

Use a fixer spray after makeup application for longevity and waterproofing •

Keep eye drops on hand to combat redness if needed •

Wear a button-down shirt when doing hair and makeup •

Keep a touch up kit for hair and makeup if your stylists are not

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staying with you throughout the day (hair pins, hairspray, comb, lip gloss/lipstick, concealer, pressed powder, eyelash glue, tissue, cotton swabs, etc.)

GROOMING & SKINCARE •

Have your eyebrows professionally groomed •

Give your skin at least 3-5 days to recover from any body and fa•

cial waxing Sleep in an organic hydration masque for 2-3 days. If you can, •

also use a humidifier Use a gentle facial mechanical exfoliator the morning of and at •

least 4 times a week beforehand (baking soda works nicely) Exfoliate your body using an organic moisturizing scrub 3 times a week •

Lather up after your showers with a deep moisturizing cream or oil •

Get a good manicure and pedicure

HEALTH & WELL-BEING Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, especially the week •

leading up to your big day Try and get a full night’s sleep the night before. It will do wonders •

for your skin and your eyes Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes 5-6 days a weeks begin•

ning 4-6 months prior Plan your day ahead to allow for some “me” time. Don’t rush through this very special day. Allow ample time for things to run as •

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DON’T MAKEUP & HAIR •

Be afraid to speak up at the pre-wedding trials. You want to feel comf •

Wear too much shimmer on your eyes and face. It photographs poorl •

Use too many colorful or trendy eyeshadows. Keep your look timeles •

Wear too much makeup •

Wear eyelashes that are too thick and heavy, but individual clusters o

GROOMING & SKINCAR •

Visit your aesthetician too close to your wedding day. Give a space o

you are having a more serious procedure allow more than the recomme •

Wait too long to begin a good skincare regimen; give yourself 2-3 mo •

Pick at your skin •

Change your skincare routine too close to your wedding •

Get too much sun. You don’t want to be red, sore or peeling

HEALTH & WELL-BEIN •

Consume too much alcohol the week before •

Stay up chatting with the girls the night before •

Eat too much salt, sugar, greasy foods or carbohydrates; at least for •

Stress about things you can’t change or you have no control over

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fortable and confident

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or those with a clear band strip

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of two weeks incase there is a flare-up. If

ended time for healing, to be safe

onths but you can never start too early

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the week leading up to your wedding

MOST IMPORTANTLY‌

Have a Fantabulous Wedding Day!

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PMM [beauty]

Summer’s Top 5 Beauty Favs Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Face Wash This is the one product that I have used consistently since high school! After a photoshoot or fashion show this is my ‘go to’.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick

The best spent $3. I love this stuff and I carry it everywhere I go primarily use it as my everyday lip moisturizer, like a chapstick.

NYX Felt Tip Liner

This is my favorite! If I had to choose one cosmetic piece to wea

this is it. I have almond shaped eyes and this liner allows me to

accentuate them. My makeup skills are novice at best so the pe style liner gives me the stability I need to be able to use liquid li

Luster’s Renutrients Slick Stick My beloved Slick Stick! A great alternative to gel. I use this to

keep my edges down and give a polished look to my style. This

definitely in my model’s bag and I use it on essentially every ph shoot and show.

MAC Tinted Lip Glass

This lip gloss is lightweight but lasts a long time. It is just enoug

for a go see or casting, It is the perfect finishing touch to polish

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PMM [beauty]

BEAUTY

Q&A

with Tara Taylor

Becky from Jersey City, NJ...

By the end of the day my makeup has faded away. Is there anything I can do to help it last longer?

B

ecky, there are several steps you can take to achieve stayput makeup. First, make sure you are using enough foundation and

concealer. Afterwards, separate tissue plies and press one sheet over your entire face to absorb excess oils. Set your foundation with a translucent loose or pressed powder. Considering you are applying enough product, this will keep your makeup in place. If you would like to take it a couple steps further, be sure to use an eyeshadow primer as a base to your eyeshadow and mist a fixer spray over your entire face for a totally budge-proof makeup application.

Tip:

Ben Nye, Cinema Secrets, Kryolan, Urban Decay, Makeup Forever and Model in a Bottle are brands that carry great fixer sprays.

Beauty Question? Email Tara at: beauty@plusmodelmagazine.com and your question might be featured in an upcoming issue of PMM!

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Model: Caralyn Mirand DorothyCombsModels.com Photography by Lucaspictures.net Makeup & Hair Team TaraTaylor.net Alicia Fajardo Facebook.com/FabHairForAll Fashion StylingAPRIL by SteffanyAllen.com 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM 3


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Dancing Queen Polka Dot Dress Lane Bryant lanebryant.com

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PMM [executive fashion director]

our readers; we want to

Reah Norman

inspire and excite your fashion sensibility, and break the barriers of what we see as the “norm” in plus size fashion. In this month’s issue of PMM, plus size fashion meets bridal in a way that has never been seen in plus size. Deconstructed fashion

spring...

paired with lingerie, hand made couture headpieces mixed with vintage jewelry and classic bridal

M

y goal as a editor and stylist in the plus industry is always to push the

envelope, take chances, and “think outside the fashion box”, without compromising quality and flattery of the plus size silhouette in images. Maddy and I have constant

elements portrayed with conceptual, and high fashion flair. Wow! What an absolute dream creating this editorial has been! Bringing this high fashion bridal vision to life was purely magical,

conversation about creating editorial

and there was no

concepts that will accomplish all of the

question that plus model

above, while still connecting with you,

Lily Cummings was the

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perfect choice. Lily is uniquely brilliant in front of the camera. She is a high fashion plus size model - rare and exceptional, taking chances, breaking boundaries, and raising the bar. We are beyond thrilled to have come together to create this fashion moment. Along with our bridal feature, our issue is packed with amazing bridal beauty, a bridal emergency kit, looking fab on your wedding day without breaking the bank, plus size bridal designers galore, and spring fashion on a budget! Spring is in bloom, love is in the air, and fresh fashion is at our fingertips!

Happy April!

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PMM [style]

SPRING RING TRE TR TREN EN E N By Alissa Wilson | Shopping Editor

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es, it’s April and the warm weather is here to stay for

Eshakti Striped

the next couple of

Dress $79.95

months. Much like fall, spring is an important season because it makes up at least half of your closet. You will transition your spring pieces into summer and that means you have to get a lot of bang for your

I Heart Posh Shoppe Striped Tunic $29

buck when it comes to shopping for spring. Many of us don’t have disposable incomes, so it’s important that you’re buying clothes that are stylish, on trend, and most importantly wallet friendly. This is why we decided to indulge you with more spring trends all under $150!

STRIP E IT UP this spring with these fun and feminine styles

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Fashion to Figure Striped Dress $32


NDS NDS UNDER $150 Jessica Simpson Striped Wedges $89

d Simply Be Striped Skirt $50

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013

Ralph Lauren

ON THE

Striped Dress $119

RUNWAY

Eloquii Striped Michael Kors Striped Bag $328

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Try yo ur hand at past els with the o c lor of the se aso n,

MINT Mossimo at Target Mint Denim Jacket $29.99 Zac Posen Spring 2013

Forever21 Plus Mint Skinny Jeans $24.80

Torrid Mint Heart Bracelet $18.50

Mossimo at

Target Ombre Min

ON THE

Ankle Strap

Top $21.99

RUNWAY

Lucite Heels $66.50

Modcloth Mint Dress $59.99

Forever21 Plus

Soprano Mint

Striped Mint Blazer

Peplum Top $27.99

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nt

FEMININE ROMANTIC RUFFLES

Evans Ruffled

Adriana Papell

Top $69.50

Ruffled Dress $140 Gucci Spring 2013

ON THE RUNWAY Melissa Masse $375

Gemma Collins at Simply Be $105

Jessica Simpson Ruffled Dress $80 Baby Phat Ruffle Top $54 APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


FLORAL DENIM Torrid Floral Skinny Jeans $64.50

Mossimo for Target Floral Jeans $16.08

Forever21 Plus Floral Skinny Jeans $24.80

NYDJ Floral Jeans Style & Co Floral Straight Leg Jeans $59

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PMM [style]

FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES THE DRESS… by Fashion & Style Editor | Marie Denee

Curvy Girls Bridal curvygirlsbridal.com

It happens… The proposal, the acceptance, the excitement, and the glee; then reality sets in and you go into planning mode… to find THE perfect wedding dress! As a plus size woman, do you know where to go? Do you know the designers that exist in plus sizes? Yes, from haute-couture to accessible contemporary finds, there are both designers and retailers who specialize in and include plus size in their repertoire of dresses. In this issue, we share with you a few gems to help you look your best on your wedding day! APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


MEET THE DESIGNERS

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es, there are

Most require appointments

designers who cater

anyway, but at least you will

to the plus size

know what you are working

bride. There are others who

with and have the right

feature their collections in

expectations.

plus sizes. While we focus

Here we have a few

on the former, it is keen to

designers, whose style and

know that before you head

price range vary greatly, so

into bridal salons, ask ahead

there is something here for

for their range and selections.

everyone!

Allure Bridals allurebridals.com

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Bonny Bridal: Unforgettable bonny.com

Kiyonna

Igigi by Yuliya Raquel

Bridal Curves

kiyonna.com

igigi.com

bridalcurves.com

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Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner: The Juliette Collection morilee.com

Roz La Kelin:

Occasions House of

Glamour Plus

Bridal: Curvy Couture

rozlakelin.com

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THE RETAILERS Aside from David’s Bridal

(sydneyscloset.com) and offline

(davidsbridal.com), there

retailers that carry plus size

are quite a few bridal salons

bridal options, but here we

that specialize in plus size

spotlight the retailers who pay

bridal gowns. Yes, there

specific homage to the plus

are other retailers both

size bride and the entire dress

online, like Sydney’s Closet

shopping process.

Real Size Bride realsizebride.com This online boutique aims to change the way plus size women shop for their dresses. Offering stunning imagery and a carefully curated selection, they aim to be a one-stop online destination for the plus size bride. Cherry Blossom Bridal cherryblossombridal.com Cherry Blossom Bridal is the premier plus size bridal salon in Washington, DC, MD & VA. Their exclusive collection of plus size wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and formal gowns are stocked in sizes 12-32. APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Trudy’s Bridal trudysbrides.com Trudy’s is a Bay Area bridal salon in Campbell, CA celebrating 38 years of helping gorgeous brides find their dream bridal gowns! Curvaceous Couture curvaceouscoutureonline.com After being laughed out of one salon when she requested a size 16 sample, Yukia Walker decided enough was enough and opened this Maryland plus size bridal salon. Curvy Girls Bridal is a VA based boutique salon dedicated to giving plus size women the opportunity to walk into a store where Curvy Girls Bridal curvygirlsbridal.com

they can actually try on beautiful gowns, whether trendy or traditional, and have them zip!

Glass Slipper Bridal Boutique glassslipperbridalsalon.com This Minnesota based bridal salon carries a full selection of beautiful gowns and are dedicated to providing beautiful dresses for beautiful women. Specializing in sizes 14-32, all to make your experience a perfect one. APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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PMM [style]

Bride on A Dime By Shopping Editor Alissa Wilson

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etting ready for your wedding, one of the most special days you’ll have in your life, can be

exhilarating, fun, and nerve wrecking simultaneously. Not only do you have to think about, location, food, and entertainment, you have to worry about what you’re going to wear. Choosing the right wedding dress is not easy, especially when you’re plus size. While there are many more options today than ever before, it still can be a challenge to find the right wedding dress for you, your body… and your budget. Shopping for that special dress really can break the bank, as dresses can go up to thousands of dollars. PMM to the rescue! Planning your special day is stressful and expensive so we have searched high and low for wedding gowns under $500, as well as shoes and accessories that won’t break the bank.

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IGIGI Lace Celine Wedding Gown $375 / igigi.com APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Sydney’s Closet or Sonsi $418 sydneyscloset.com

David’s Bridal Flower Detail Gown $199

Kiyonna Celine Chiffon Wedding Dress $328 / kiyonna.com

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David’s Bridal Rhinestone Chiffon $199


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Tasha Crysta Badgley Mischka $245

nordstrom

badgleymischka.com

NIne West Jusskippy Satin Heels $89 ninewest.com

Light in the Box Lace Veil $29.99 lightinthebox.com

Guess Glenisa Platform Pump $98 guess.com

Infinity Hai

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al Garland Headband $98

m.com Vince Camuto Janene Platform Sandal $139 vincecamuto.com

Tasha Flower Pin $38 nordstrom.com

Smart Bride Online Bird

Cage Veil $98

smartbrideonline.com

ir Comb $58

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PMM [cover interview]

In the Mirror...

Cover Model Lily Cummings Opens Up About Body Issues, Modeling & More

L

by Madeline Jones ily Cummings never imagined her life as a model. Her love for fashion was present, but body issues did not let her move on until she made a conscious decision to love what she was

seeing in the mirror. Now, a successful model and photographer she shares a bit more about herself and some advice to aspiring models.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I grew up in Maine where I was definitely a bit of a nerd; make that a huge nerd. I watched tons of old movies from the local library and this led to film school. I spent 4 years in Boston at Emerson College then headed out to Los Angeles to work in production. I think deep down I had always dreamed of modeling due to my obsession with fashion magazines. (I have ten years of Vogue stored in my basement.) But, I had so many body issues growing up that when I was scouted to model in Boston I didn’t even consider it. Only in LA after deciding I actually liked how I looked did I give it a try. I’m so glad I did! Modeling has brought you to NYC, can you tell us about your decision to brave the concrete jungle? I feel at home here. In the last couple of years, every time I would visit friends I knew in my gut I had to leave California. I love the pace and APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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the people and the opportunity

The ability to let go and feel a

in New York! So many wonderful

moment; to react to a mood and

friends and interesting work has

not just pose! pose! pose! I’ve

come my way in this city. I get

learned through being on both

excited just thinking about what’s

sides of the camera that for those

next.

magic photos to happen there must be an intimacy involved. If

In your opinion what makes a

you don’t give into the moment

good model, a “great” model in and get out of your head, photos front of the camera?

loose that enticing personal quality. You have to feel the clothing you are in, whether it’s your own or something you’re selling as a model. If you could talk to the aspiring models out there what would be your advice? Do your research! This is a business and as a professional you should go into every casting and agency meeting like you would an interview. Know who the players are, practice your moves, and be courteous. And show up on time!!!!!! Visit online lilycummings.com Bookings, MuseNYC.com

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Photography, Lucaspictures Producer, Madeline Jones Model, Lily Cummings MuseNYC Fashion Editor/Stylist, Reah Norman Makeup Artist, Johanna Javier Hair Stylist, Alicia Fajardo Stylist Assistant, Ashlee Henderson Executive Assistant, Kristen Solis Production Assistant, Griselangel Paula

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Sofistafunk tee & 31 inch “Gathering Skirt” layered over 41 inch “Gathering Skirt” and 41 inch Petticoat, “Big Bow Wrap” (as waist sash) / Large Satin Peony Bridal Flower by Vintage Box 1947 / “Golden Royalty” Vintage Necklace by Prettied APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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“Celine” Wedding Gown by Igigi / Custom Spring Bougainvillea Head Dress by Vintage Box 1947 / “Love, Like an Arrow Thru Your Heart” Vintage Earrings by Prettied

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Sofistafunk “A Short Dance” Skirt layered over “Full Recital” Skirt, “Big Bow Wrap” (worn as top) & Lace Caplet (available upon request) / Houndstooth Crystal Bridal Hat with Veil by Vintage Box 1947 / “Delicate Beauty” Vintage Bracelet by Prettied “Cailyn” / pump by RSVP

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“Ingenue” Gown by Sydney’s Closet / Deco Inspired Curled Goose Feather Fascinator by Vintage Box 1947 / “Big and Beautiful” Earrings by Prettied / “Layers of Sparkles” Vintage Bracelet by Prettied “Jordane” / Sandal by RSVP

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Satin & Sheer Bodysuit by Empress Lingerie / “Cinderella” Petticoat by Hips & Curves / Custom Multi-Layer Tulle Veil & Crystal Embellished Single Orchids (worn as a grouping) by Vintage Box 1947 / “Amazing, Huge, Bold, Historically Impressive” Vintage Necklace by Prettied “Jutte” / heel by RSVP

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Hips & Curves “Amelie” Steel Boned Corset & “Cinderella” Petticoat Sophistafunk Petticoat (layered over top) / Vintage Inspired Spanish Veil by Vintage Box 1947 / “Starry Sky” Vintage Necklace by Prettied “Lorna” / heel by RSVP

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by Madeline Jones

They are plus-sized, fabulous and contributing to the industry. Meet five inspiring women who are making it happen in our I AM PLUS feature.

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Makeup Artist: Leila VonSleichter

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

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y name is LeilaVonSleichter and I am a plus size, 30 something year old wife and

mom of two. When I’m not being called “Mommy”, I’m a celebrity makeup artist and YouTube Beauty Guru based in Las Vegas, NV.

Working in the industry you must hear many opinions on the “plus size” industry. How do you feel about it? I actually don’t mind the word “Plus Size...” I feel it’s actually a beautiful word; it is a word that describes a lot of women today. Have you always been comfortable in your own skin?

I am one of those gals that has not always been comfortable in her own

grew up a plus sized teenager and was often told that I have a beautiful

needed to lose weight. It wasn’t until my late twenties when I found my p for Makeup... and that’s when I discovered YouTube beauty videos with

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I knew at that moment it was time for a change, the world needed a

verse “Plus Size Guru” that could show them that big is beautiful and

o I decided to start a beauty channel. With almost a million views on

ouTube has been the best thing I could have ever done! It has not only boosted my own self esteem but I get emails all the time from everyday girls thanking me for inspiring them to know that Plus Size is beautiful. What is your advice for women who may not be feeling confident? My advice would be to embrace your curves! You should not think of ‘being a double digit’ as a negative, but as a positive. We’re beautiful no matter if our dress size is a single or a double-digit. Surround yourself with positivity and tell yourself everyday “I am Beautiful”. When you believe that you are... people will too. YouTube.com/SincityMua and sincitymakeup.com

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Director of Marketing, SWAK Sarah Sapora Tell me a little about yourself and your position at SWAK.

I

’m a New Yorker who landed in Los Angeles by way of Las Vegas and Louisville. This

means I appreciate a good bagel, am a straight shooting businesswoman, can casually slip a “ya’ll” into conversation, and love the sand under my toes at the beach. I’m also the Director of Marketing and Creative Development for Sealed With a Kiss Designs (aka SWAK Designs) with its current, and growing, subsidiary brands.

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aspects of the brand. It’s a dream job for me as a plus size woman AND customer to really be able to translate what women (just like me) want into wearable fashions and engaging, personalized marketing. What are your thoughts about the term plus size? Plus size is simply a descriptive word. A word that describes me. One way of many. I’m also blonde (ish), industrious, creative, fiercely loyal and a dozen other things as well. Unfortunately, with many people, that’s what they see first, although my overtly buoyant spirit often trumps it. I’m not afraid or bothered by the term plus size. Why should I be? Saying I’m short isn’t offensive to me. Neither is saying I’m a straight-shooter. Or pointing out my eyes are blue. Telling my best friend she’s tall and slim doesn’t offend her; so you are welcome to call me plus size. Because I am. I am full-figured. That, along with the zillion other things, and I wear them all. If you choose to see only one thing about me, you miss the whole picture. And I kinda like the picture as a whole. Can you recall when you became comfortable in your own skin? For me it was a gradual process. But the change started in my mid-20’s. I was living in Las Vegas and working in the entertainment industry. APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Bubbly personality, baby face, plus size, eager and hardworking. I found myself having to hold ground in meetings with 40+ something male executives in a city where your outside appearance is pretty important, and where the person who has the best idea, the fastest and the loudest wins. It was then that I learned that my power came from inside. If I felt it, it showed. At the same time, I started to learn how to dress my body and to develop my own sense of style. The two went hand-in-hand for me. I gradually morphed into a woman who felt confident walking into a room and owning it. What is your advice to plus-size women that do not have a positive body image? Stop comparing yourself to other people. This isn’t as easy as it seems, I know. We’re exposed to images and messages all day long that tell us things we aren’t. Then we compare ourselves to people we actually know. As much as I love social media, it can make it the journey to self-love harder. I mean, who puts a bad looking selfie pic up? So stop trying to be what everybody else wants you to be. Just be you. Start by learning to accept the stuff you don’t love, and realize that those things don’t define you. Cut yourself some slack. You’re human and imperfect and that’s totally ok. Then pick out some things you do like. Slow and steady. Have a great smile? Play it up. People will notice and your smile will shine from the inside out. Loving yourself is a journey. Some days it will come easily, some days not so much. Allow yourself to ebb and flow, resting on the knowledge that there is no such thing as perfect. There is only you. sarahsapora.tumblr.com and swakdesigns.com APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Co-Creators of Reality Show “Curvy Girls” Curvy Girl LLC

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Lisa Nelson Tonton As co-creator of Curvy Girls how important was it for the show to depict plus size women in a positive light?

A

bove all else, this was the number one priority. We grew up in an environment where most of our closest female relatives were plus size. We’re over 6 feet tall, so even

when we are at our smallest, we are a size 12, which is still considered plus. We saw a void in TV of successful and beautiful plus size women who were living fashionable and fast paced fun lives. We made it our mission to fill that void – and we did it. It took almost four years, but we never gave up, even when production companies and networks were saying, “No one wants to see fat people on TV.” How would you describe Curvy Girls to those that may not have watched the show? On the surface, Curvy Girls may seem like another guilty pleasure reality show, but it’s more than that. It’s not just a show about the plus modeling world, it’s a show about the underdog. It’s about the plus woman whom society thinks is sitting around waiting to live her life after she has lost X number of pounds. This just in: She’s not. When the emails and tweets started pouring in after the premiere of the show, we knew we had accomplished what we set out to do. The term plus size has caused controversy at times. What are your thoughts about the terms used in the industry to describe fuller figures? APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


People need to understand that plus size does NOT equal fat. Having been in the fashion world we know that plus size models do not look like the average plus size woman, as a straight size model wouldn’t look like the average straight size woman. Models are taller than the average woman and they have more places to distribute the weight. So a plus size model may even seem thin. There is an increase of women criticizing others who aren’t plus size enough and it needs to stop. We read a quote recently that resonated with us: “Dimming someone else’s light does not make yours shine brighter.” We’ve been told that shows starring plus women promote obesity. Nonsense. That would be like us saying that Victoria’s Secret runway shows promote Anorexia. It requires just as many assumptions on health, based only on the factor of appearance, and it sounds just as hypocritical, ignorant and uninformed. Modeling is about fashion, not health. What is your advice to plus women that are looking to get into producing and furthering the depiction of plus women on TV? Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity – Seneca. Breaking into television is extremely hard and may seem impossible, but it can be done. You won’t sell a show just on a verbal pitch, unless you have a lot of credits to your name already. It’s an uphill climb. Prepare to feel frustrated a lot. Be patient. Reality TV can move slowly, but time is going to pass anyways. Also have discretion. Don’t blast your idea to everyone, especially people who can’t get it on TV. That’s just inviting others to try and steal your thunder (and ideas). Know when it’s time to keep quiet and when it’s time to shout from the mountain top. And protect your ideas; register your treatment with the WGA and get things in writing.

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Laura Poorman As co-creator of Curvy Girls how important was it for the show to depict plus size women in a positive light?

I

t was critical for Lisa and I to ensure the show was produced in a way that reflected plus women as successful and inspirational and we are very fortunate Stage 3 and Nuvo both share this

vision. There is definitely a universal belief among many that full figured women are lazy, consumed with self-hatred, and lack discipline. Thankfully there are women (and men) out there who don’t buy into this garbage and dedicate their time/effort/blood/sweat/ tears to transforming the fashion and entertainment industry, but more importantly – transforming each other.

How would you describe Curvy Girls? Curvy Girls showcases four (soon to be five) gorgeous women LIVING.THEIR.ABUNDANTLY.BLESSED.LIVES.TO.THE.FULLEST. I love how the focus is on their daily itineraries versus their insecurities and it gives the viewers an opportunity to see you don’t have to put your life on hold because you aren’t perfect according to an industry who manufactures beauty and perfection using every trick in the book (Photoshop, plastic surgery, prepubescent female models to pitch wrinkle cream, etc.). As someone in the plus size industry, how have you seen it grow in the last five years? I think the popularity of social media is really starting to enable people to connect in a way we weren’t able to five years ago and it APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


gives plus women an opportunity to be introduced to products and people they wouldn’t normally cross paths with otherwise. However – you will notice many of the women who are vocal had achieved great success before they spoke up, meaning they bought into that Hollywood dream for as long as they felt necessary. This needs to change. Newsflash, people: WE ARE THE MAJORITY. If you don’t watch the shows that insult fat people or read the magazines that ignore plus models or buy perfume/makeup/panties from a store that BLATANTLY ignores you (It’s no “Secret” who this mega-brand is), you will hit them where it hurts most --- in the pocketbook. It angers me to see how many of us are watching shows on networks who said “no one wants to see fat women on TV” when we were pitching Curvy Girls. Clearly they do not support us. So remind me as to why we are, as the majority of females, literally supporting them???? If you want to be the change you see in the world, start putting yours into the wallet of someone who loves you back. What is your advice to plus-size women that are looking to get into producing and furthering the depiction of plus size women on television? My advice is simple – become a force to be reckoned with. Take action. Don’t wait for opportunities to come your way ---- CREATE THEM. Don’t let obligations and obstacles in life define or distract you – use adversity as fuel for the fire to keep moving forward. Follow me on Twitter @laurapoorman And curvygirlproductions.com / Twitter @CurvyGirlsCA APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Photographer: Marisa Balletti-Lavoie Tell me a little about yourself. What made you decide to pick up the camera and pursue a professional career?

T

he idea of being ‘famous’ has been something stuck in my head for a

long time, and along with that idea, it was always for something artistic. I am an actress who can’t act out other peoples words, a performer who gets nervous on stage, and everything I tried, I did just lovely at, always did well at new stuff, but I wanted to be a ROCK STAR (who couldn’t play an instrument) and needed to find out how that was going to happen. Then Sassy Mouth was born. I first opened under the name ‘Sassy Mouth Productions’ to encompass a bunch of my ‘skills’. I have a million different paths laid out, but nothing was THE THING. Did I know it was going to be photography? No way. I have always documented through writing in a journal, and then in phoAPRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


tographs during high school and so on. Always had a camera in my purse, I would turn one disposable in to be developed and buy another on the way out. I have known for a while that life is short, and memories fade. I want to be able to tell the stories of all these things I have seen and done, these photographs will help me remember, and I want to make those memories as beautiful as possible. Hopefully, one day, these photographs are going to be able to tell my story long after I stop telling it. As far as to pursue it as a career, it only seemed like the natural steps when I started getting inquiries as to how to book me for sessions. Going for the weddings, that was a hunch, a leap of faith, and one that paid off pretty magically so far! And it sort of keeps clicking together, day after day, and year after year; if it were not meant to be, it would not feel so right. This is what destiny feels like, I am sure of it. What are your thoughts about the term plus size? I like it more than some of the similar terms used to try to dance around it; like the terms ‘pleasantly plump’ has made me cringe since the first time it stung me coming out of someone’s mouth in reference to myself. Throughout the time I modeled, and even when I APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


reference it now, I called it ‘plus size modeling’ and I talk about when I worked at ‘plus size clothing stores’. My personal favorite? Curvy. Because that word has a note of sort of sexy, sort of comforting, attractive: Curvy. What woman, no matter which size, wouldn’t want to be called that? What guy wouldn’t want to check that out? Can you recall when you became comfortable in your own skin? After high school, when I started to work as a sales associate at The Avenue I would try on stuff, and customers would go nuts about how good it looked, and I would sell tons of things that way, and they were all just loving me. I moved up the ranks pretty quickly and became all different sorts of managers, eventually getting my own store. Those years I worked retail (went to Lane Bryant eventually) I grew, and learned, and laid the groundwork for becoming a confident woman. As much as I helped my customers, they helped me. What is your advice to plus size women that do not have a positive body image? GET A BRA THAT FITS. True Story. My best friend Sam, she loved how she looked in this picture of her and my mom and I. It was my mom, and Sam in the middle, with her hands in the hair, and me on the end. Why did she like how she looked? Her arms were up in the air, and her boobs were up, so her waist looked small. Guess who went and got new bras the next week? A proper bra, holding the girls up where they belong, it will do wonders for your life, your self-esteem, your posture, and so much more. sassymouth.net APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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the PURPLE CARPET with Carnie Wilson and Jay Manuel by Tia D. Rudd

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Carnie Wilson On February 28, 2013 Lane Bryant brought plus size fashion glamour to the world famous 34th Street in New York City. The event was filled with tasty libations, beautiful curvy fashionistas, and of course celebrities. PLUS Model Magazine had the chance to hit the “purple carpet� and speak with fashion icon Jay Manuel and music icon Carnie Wilson about Spring fashion favorites, life, and celebrating women of all sizes.

It is no secret Carnie Wilson has lessons with the readers of PLUS lived her life as an open book

Model Magazine.

and become an inspiration for all women. Surviving the harsh

Tia: How excited are you to be

realities of Hollywood stardom,

at the Lane Bryant Flagship

Carnie shares a little of her life

Store unveiling around all these

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n

beautiful women of different body be here tonight because this types? What are your fashion

is a celebration of fashion. I

must haves and favorite pieces

am very shocked and stunned

for the Spring Season?

at Lane Bryant. We are in the middle of New York City and

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are open; I just love how Lane Bryant split it so that it is open at the bottom. Black fancy dresses like the one I have on from the Lane Collection I just love this fabric very light, I love! I must have my sexy black dress that I can wear to a dinner party or on store. Women that are plus size

stage, or to a press event. I must

do not have to shop in a dark

have that blush blazer that is a

closet store and feel ashamed.

really versatile piece. You can

They can come right in here and

wear boots, or shiny flats with it,

find gorgeous pencil skirts with patterns and blush blazers with

“

I do not strive for perfection, am wearing the Lane collection tonight and this is gorgeous. This I strive selfconfidence, self– is it. I feel great in this dress because it hides everything I do esteem, beauty that comes from not want to be seen. I just love this high fashion! My must haves within. pockets in the right places. I

for spring are turquoise and black

�

of course. I love this tangerine

very versatile. I love the fact that

and the gorgeous peach colors,

it is not black leather it has color.

the hats, the jewelry, I love

Of course I love the stripes, for

everything. I love the tunics that

me it is about keeping it light with

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these colors that is my must have. conscious thing. When you love Do not be afraid to wear color.

what you wear you say YES to more and NO to less. It is a lot of

Tia: Absolutely, now on a

work. I drink a lot of water, I try to

personal note how are you

get my sleep, I drive a car pool,

enjoining motherhood? How are

I am a soccer mom, I am on the

you balancing motherhood with

plane to the next concert, I am

being a Hollywood Starlet? You

showing up in New York City at

have been so open about your life Lane Bryant, but that is what I do. in the past and how is everything I have to keep it rolling; I am like working out for you now?

a shark I do not stop moving.

Carnie: It is not easy, I am a

Tia: One last question, what

working mom I am an average

advice would Carnie Wilson today

size woman with a career and a

tell the Carnie Wilson of ten years

job and I pay my bills like every

ago?

other woman. I am proud to be in my skin now and it has taken

Carnie: Oh God you are going

a long time for this. I do not

to make me cry. (Laughs) I would

strive for perfection, I strive self-

say do not beat yourself up and

confidence, self–esteem, beauty

accept who you are and you are

that comes from within. I always

the essence of you when you are

say this - you love what you wear, there. Do not try to be someone then every day you make better

else, be yourself and celebrate

choices; you do not know that

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Jay M

Fashion icon Jay Manuel is back

Tia: You have been a part of

and better than ever! Having

the Lane Bryant team for a

teamed up with the Lane Bryant

few months now. How are you

staff, Jay Manuel shares his

enjoying being a part of the plus

fashion advice about the HAUTE

size brand?

Spring fashion trends. APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Manuel

size and different shapes. Working in mainstream fashion for so long I have never believed in size. I love Diane Von Furstenberg who championed not having the size two model. I have just always believed that it is about playing with proportions and that applies to any woman. Every woman should understand how to play up her assets and play down things that you really do not care for that much; which everyone in this world has! I love the positive message of Lane Bryant and the re-branding they have done. For me it is so much fun to show what Lane Bryant is doing now. When you walk in the door a lot of black and white and stripes. We have read about the black and white stripes in every major

Jay: I am going to be

magazine. Another trend is ruffles, all

very honest with you I do these great ruffle tops here. A woman not think of this as a plus of size does not want ruffles everywhere size brand. You know it

but some ruffles are great and dresses

is obviously Lane Bryant

of course. Recently when I was at the

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said, “I am pear shaped and I

them, but I say you can still go

want the hour glass shape and I

into that black and white trend but

am never going be small.” You

with strong bold graphics I call

can have that shape and the real it “Graphic Playtime” and that is trick is playing with the illusion

such a strong trend in fashion.

front dress or top. The illusion

I am really a fan of this and it

goes around the bust and cuts

really is not for every woman but

in at the waist. Usually the

I say go into your closet turn the

sides are a contrasting color. Stella McCartney last season did illusion front dresses but she showed them

lights out and grab

I have just put them on. Do not always believed try to match, do not that it is about try to have them be playing with the same color, this proportions and is something that applies to an we have seen on woman.

on straight sized models.

three patterns and

all of the runways

this spring and all of the major magazines are reporting on this.

Tia: What is your absolute

It is not for every woman, so what

favorite look for this season?

I say is, if it is not for you, keep it to simple line silhouettes, do

Jay: I do not have a favorite

not lay on too much jewelry when

look. I am a fan of the black and

pattern blocking , and when you

white, the stripes. Some women

get to four or five patterns you

say stripes just really are not for

start to look a little tacky (laughs).

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I

PMM Q&A... The Tax-Man Cometh am putting some questions

the I.R.S. The I.R.S. cares, prob-

together I have received

ably a little too much, about how

about a topic most models,

much money you made, espe-

let alone people, do not want to

cially freelancers. Why? Because

know about. It is not a glamor-

you now have to pay taxes on

ous topic, but in a freelancer’s/

that income; we have not had tax-

model’s life, it is one of the most

es taken out for things like Social

important! TAXES!

Security, city taxes, etc. and are

Here is the thing, when I first started modeling I was so excited

now responsible. From my research and also

with the money I was making! No personal contact with the I.R.S. one, and I mean no one (not even most models, actors, freelancers, my agent), explained to me that

etc. are expected to pay about

I was a freelancer, which meant

30%-40% of each check you re-

at the end of the year I would get

ceive. This is where you take hold

a 1099 from my agency and the

of your small business, being the

companies who booked me di-

CEO of your modeling career

rectly. A 1099 is what you made

and put aside a certain percent-

from that particular company or

age of funds. Now, some signed

agency for the whole year.

models can make arrangements

Who knows about it and why

with their agency to hold a per-

does it matter? Here is another

centage for them. I like taking

word everyone dreads hearing:

control of my own funds, so I put aside the money. I have a busi-

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ness account and set it up where

lancers, etc. Let me tell you from

my bank will go in and take a cer- experience and lots of lost montain percentage out and put that money into a savings account. Therefore, I have my “tax fund”

ey, it will be worth the investment. Whether you made $50 last year as a model or $500,000

available when tax season comes you are accountable for the taxaround, which is now. I have made my living solely

es owed. The I.R.S www.IRS.gov or your tax professional can an-

from modeling and acting gigs,

swer any questions you may have

but in those bumpy years I also

and get you started on something

had a regular job. So I was told

called “Estimated Tax” due.

by an IRS consultant to claim

If you are working as a model

0 so the maximum deductions

and really starting to earn a good

could be taken out from the “reg-

income, then you can pre-pay the

ular” job and maybe balance out

taxes you think you might owe for

what I was making via the 1099

the year you are working. You set

route.

this up directly with the I.R.S. and

Also, because you are a model it is recommended for all freeand/or performer you can write off lance types. things like go-see outfits, shoes, hair, test shoots, etc. as deduc-

Welcome to the wonderful world of modeling! Seriously, it is

tions. Keep your receipts and ver- wonderful but anyone who thinks ify the write-offs with a tax profes- models only stand there and look sional to keep you safe from an

pretty have NO IDEA the work

audit or any other surprises.

that goes behind it. I hope this ar-

If you live in a big city, there are

ticle has empowered you with the

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knowledge you need to build a

specialize in tax preparation for

better and smarter career in this

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What made you decide to become a model?

From the time that I got my fir walking shoes, I was on My mom was the first

remember, standing a

heels, and she often b

her fashion show rehea

ended up on a few runway

time and I knew I was go

model! But little did I kno

most of the women in my fam

jump from a 2T, to a kids 14,

14. There is no in between in m

I started to seriously pursue modeli

career after I graduated from Rutger

and was back home preparing to take

was invited to a ReDress Fashion Sh

of 2010 where I met the fabulous Gw

and Sharon Quinn and learned abou

(Full Figured Fashion Week). I got to

a Glamazon who told me about her e

in the plus industry and saw models

bigger rip the runway‌ I felt so emp have been on the grind ever since!

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a plus size

Who are your favorite curvy role models? My favorite plus models are Fluvia Lacerda,

rst pair of

Ashley Graham, Denise Bidot, Christina Mendez,

the runway.

Chasity Saunders, Tricia Campbell, and Jeannie

model I

Ferguson. Not a day goes by where I’m not on one

about 6’2” in

of their websites or social media pages looking for

brought me to inspiration so that I can practice in my mirror at

arsals. I even

home. It is extremely humbling and an honor to

ys before my

have gotten many chances to work with, learn from,

oing to be a

and even develop a friendship with a few of these

ow that, like

beautiful women. Honestly, the biggest role models

mily, I would

in my life have been the beautiful curvy women in

, to a women’s my family and extended family that have shown me

my family!

ing as a

that modesty, confidence, humility, dedication, and good work ethics will take me anywhere I want to go in life.

rs University

e the LSAT. I

Finish this sentence: The plus industry is…

how in the fall

Providing endless opportunities for women to

wen Devoe

start new businesses and brands that are actually

ut FFFW

creating work for many people in this industry. It’s

o sit next to

TRULY AMAZING!

experience

s my size and

If you could pick the perfect plus modeling

powered and I

campaign for yourself, whom would you want to work for?

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I would love to do campaigns for products that I wear everyday and retailers where I actually shop like MAC cosmetics, Macy’s, and Forever 21, to name a few. What are your dreams, desires and goals as a plus model? To master my craft and maintain my health so that I will develop a modeling career that lasts; I want to be working when I am 90 years old. I also would like to incorporate my community development background one day and be a spokesperson for companies and organizations with platforms that I believe in. What can we look forward to you doing in the next year? The majority of my work is in fit and showrooms, but I am praying that you will see me modeling at Full Figured Fashion Week this June! Fingers Crossed! I will be walking in Plus Night Out’s runway show as a representative of TRUE Model Management and be featured in an editorial for PNO magazine, APRIL 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


which will be distributed in Ashley Stewart stores this month. For the rest you will have to follow me on Facebook or Instagram and see the magic as it unfolds. Name your favorite store to shop for curvy clothes in your hometown. I am in Manhattan almost every day and you can find me in Macy’s Herald Square often. I also love to just walk around the city and shop in random boutiques and POP UP Shops. Who were the Photographer(s) and Makeup Artist(s) for the photo(s)? The amazing Stanley Desbas was the photographer for my first test shoot, which was styled by Susan Moses, MUA JaNina Lee, and the hair stylist was Danielle Wright! For the 127East Campaign, Darnell Gourdine was the photographer and the MUA Tanaya J.

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