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model magazine CONTENTS INSIGHT inspiration letter from the editor reader's react pmm fffw! fffw contest w inner th is month in the blog

BEAUTY summer must-have makeup trends artemis: travel beauty guide tara: organized beauty top beauty favorites with ella get the look

FASHION executive fashion director monique's accessories report reah's style file ... what I love right now! marie's spotlight on international plus size fashion

EDITORIAL just wh ite make a splash plus size super model winner lauren lauren veluvolo, the next plus size supermodel behind the scenes video

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Va lery Amador EXECUTIVE MARKETING & CREATIVE DI RECTOR

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J ennene Biggins EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Natalie Monet EXECUTIVE FAS HION DIRECTOR

Reah Norman FASHION & S1YLE ED ITOR

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It's difficult to believe it is J une already and t ime for one of the most anticipated events of the year, Full Figured Fashion Week. NYC becomes saturated with plus size fashion and beautiful curvy women who come together to attend the many events. CEO of DeVoe Signature Events and Executive Producer of FFFWeek, Gwen DeVoe opens up about the shows and what we could expect this year. For more information visit FFFWeek.com. If our cover model looks familiar to you, you know her as the PMM and Dorothy Combs Model Search w inner. Lauren captivated our judges and readers with her confident curves as a final ist and we ar e prou d to for merly introduce her to the plus size industry. It is not very often that a "newbie" can step onto a cover, but Laur en is just that exciting to work with. What could be hotter than Male Models? Well,

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Instead of bright jewel tones and cool silvers; this summer's heavy metal heats up with bronzes, coppers and gold-leaf designs. Not for the faint of heart!

The Bold &: Beautiful Brow If you don't have them, fill them in, but going bold doesn't necessarily mean going dark, unless you really want to make a statement. Otherwise, follow your natural hair color, leave the shape natural, and stay away from the tweezers ... naturally!

Jump on the Retro Bandwagon The main focus of this look is a bright red lip, a clean defined eye, winged liner and a pair of lashes. Of course having the hair follow suit can help complete this reoccurring trend.

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Defining Your Contours

The best way to keep a sun-kissed glow all summer, without sitting in the sun, is to enhance the contours of your face with a matte or subtle shimmering bronzer. Added bonus: the cheekbones pop, noses enhance and jaw-lines streamline creating dimension that looks GREAT in pictures!

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Draw attention to your eyes by bleaching those brows. It creates lift and opens up the face. This is a trend that needs a little maintenance but gives a dramatic punch.

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Natural skin is always in, so matter what your complexion, it behooves you to take care of your skin. Treat yourself to a facial once a month, exfoliate regularly, use good products, drink plenty of water and eat healthy. You know ... less pollution! Taking good care of your skin allows you to wear less makeup. A brightening concealer and tinted moisturizer should do the trick. If you want to go a little further, add a highlighter to brow bone, bridge of nose and above cheek bones.

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Medium to full coverage foundation (light coverage for those w ith flawless skin) Conceal under, inner and outer corners of eyes, sides of nostrils, corners of lips and any other blemishes Set foundation and concealer with a pressed or loose translucent powder. For more coverage use a pressed foundation Contour face on outer edge of forehead , under cheekbones and chin , along jaw and the sides of nose with a matte bronzer 2-3 shades darker than skin tone. For darker skin a dark brown matte eyeshadow will work beautifully Highlight under eyes, above cheekbones, center of forehead, center of chin with a shimmery golden-toned powder 2 shades lighter than skin tone In the crease of the eyelid and into the outer bottom lashes, blend in a dark bronze eyeshadow From lash line to crease press in a matte black eyeshadow. Be sure to blend the black into the bronze so there are no lines of demarcation. The goal is to go from black on the lash line, blending up into bronze Line the upper and lower waterlines with a black kohl eyeliner Fill in groomed eyebrows with a brow powder or pencil! shade lighter than your hair color if you are a brunette, and 1 shade darker than your hair if you are a blonde, have light brown hair or fair skin Highlight under eyebrows with a flesh -toned matte ey eshadow Apply a set of natural false lashes with Duo Ey elash Glue Curl and apply a coat of very black mascara on upper and lower lashes On apples of cheeks lightly brush a soft pink blush Line lips with a flesh-toned lip liner Finish off with a creamy pastel Barbie pink lipstick. Tip 1: Do t he eyes first, clean up any fallen eyeshadow, then apply foundation. Tip 2: If you are weary of using black eyeshadow, substitute with dark brown until you build up your courage and skill. Remember, its only makeup!

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The first day of summer is still officially a few weeks away, but summer fash ion is here in full swing, and we love every minute of it ! Surrounded by carefree warmer weather, styles that are bursting with colors, patterns, and textures, and contrasting all white styles that inspire a clean, crisp summer look, this fresh fash ion has us more than ready for summer's warm days, long nights, and hopefully, if we are lucky, a nice, long vacation to an amazingly exotic destination! Not only in the US, but all around the world, the plus fashion industry is growing leaps and bounds, and now globally, plus size women have more shopping options than ever before. In this month's issue of PLUS Model Magazine, we are celebrating international travel and plus s ize fashion across the globe . Fashion & Style Editor, Marie, puts the spotlight on international plus s ize fashion, highlighting clothing companies across the globe that cater to plus size shoppers. Shopping Editor, Monique, showcases the season's best accessories and gadgets to "Travel in Style", and in "Reah's Style File", I have chosen my favorite plus size fashion and accessories that I love right now and it is all just a click away from being a part of your current wardrobe! On a

beauty note, East Coast Beauty Editor, Tara. shares beauty trends of the summer, as well as her top picks of products for keeping you an "Organized Beauty". Finally, West Coast Beauty Editor. Artemis, shares her tips for keeping your skin beautiful while on the go with her "Travel Beauty Guide". June marks the most anticipated plus size fash ion event of the year, where the "who's who" of the industry including retailers, designers. models. bloggers, publications, stylists. photographers, makeup artists. editors, and industry icons w ill all be coming together for Full Figured Fashion Week. PLUS Model Magazine staff will be in NYC for all the events and we are thrilled to celebrate what brings the industry together - our passion for plus s ize fashion! I cannot wait to see you all there! What will you be wearing to the events? When planning your FFFWeek wardrobe, make sure to take a chance, try something new, and always "think outside the fashion box."

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Sl.\'lPLY BE This major plus size retailer is quickly on the r ise, with a soon-to-be-released collaboration w ith Gemma Collins and w ith stores popping up all across London! Having recently launched its US website, Simply Be is already enticing the US shopper and if you head to Eng land, make sure you pop in here and v isit simplybe.com to learn more!

EVAl\'S Another anchor and no stranger to plus size fash ion, Evans has been a mainstay retailer t hat gives plus size women a place to shop and fu lly experience the brand! Hot off the heels of its first designer colla bor ation with Clements Ribeiro, Evans has long been introduced the US fashion lover. You can shop t he brand and learn more at evans.co.uk for locations. www.plus-model-mag.com

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HOPE AND HARVEST lndie plus size label has made quite the wave once it popped on the scene. Chic dresses, playful skirts; Hope and Harvest has an eye for style and the moxie to match. The lookbooks entice, the model sells and fashion oozes. Hurry now to hopeandharvest. com to check out the latest looks!

EMBODY DENTJ\1 BY NATALTEWAKElJNG Premium plus size denim designer and model, Nata lie Wakeling delivers denim fr om a high fashioned place. Not one to skimp on fashion, Embody denim marries the best of the denim fabrics and a quality f it. Most recently Embody Denim launched a rea dy to wear collection t hat sizzles just t he same. Stay up on the latest at embodydenim.com.au.

CITY CHIC One of the largest retailers in Austra lia, City Chic offers fast fashion that you can fu lly exper ience with stores across the country! Giving plus size women a place where fashion forward options are literally at their f ingertips, make sure you mark them as a must shop while visiting down under. Visit citychic.com.au for locations, and shop online in the US at www.citychicon line. PLUS Model Magazine June 2012

17 SUNDAYS This emerging fashion label is definitely one to look up! Drawing from early memories of 90's fashion and pop cu lture- as well as the attitude, 17 Sundays shakes th ings up bringing a high- end street style in the likes of a tailored acid denim jacket! Online only, this store is one to check out at 17sundays.com

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Contemporary little sister to Max Mara and Marina Rinaldi, Persona is the contemporary counterpart of the Italian family bring ing a youthful spin on Italian luxury fashion. Not accessible in the US, but internationally, shou ld you make your way to Italy, and then visit personamr.com.

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The French have a way with words, food, and fashion. Over here, plus size fashion is one of the many things to take in while you vacation in France. Some brands are available online only, while some are headquartered here. Take a read at a few favorites here ...

COLEEN BO\V Sweet, romantic, and playfu l, Coleen Bow brings her Parisian flair to the plus size woman. The Coleen Bow brand is an online designer that allows the plus size woman the freedom to be herself at coleenbow.com.

JEAN MARC PHILIPPE French designer Jean Marc delivers an ease of elegance and sophistication with his eponymous label, as one of the top plus size designers in France. Effortless style and fashion is at your fingerti ps in his three signature boutiq ues in France. You can learn more at jeanmarcphilippe.com.

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ZIZZ1 Denmark plus size powerhouse. Zizzi which features Zizzi, ZJ. Zay, and Details by Z izzi caters to t he plus size woman who craves fashion. design, and style. In add ition to its fashion magazine. Zizzi showcases what the plus size woman wants in a variety of locations throughout Denmar k. You can learn more about this brand by visiting Zizzi.dk.

Now that you have your inter national shopping guide, where wil l you vacation and shop next? Sure to be an exciting time, make sure you visit t hose places that have physical boutiques!

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Maddy: How would you describe yourself? Lauren: I'm young, adventurous, a fashionista, animal lover, love bringing out the best in people, and I am in LOVE with plus size modeling and the overall power of curves and confidence combined!

Maddy: Was entering t he model search something you did on a whim or did you put a lot of thought behind it?

Lauren: When I first came across the ad for the PLUS Model Magazine and

Dorothy Combs Next Plus Size Super Model search, literally I was so excited that an opportunity like this had come up. As an aspiring plus model, I know when a good opportunity surfaces, you must submit ASAP! I knew this competit ion was going to be a tough one seeing that both PMM and DC Models were behind it. It was a big step, yet I fe lt ready enough to take it.

Maddy: Have you always wanted to be a model?

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the craziest and most exciting things that have ever happened to me. It was and still is truly a blessing, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity of a lifetime. Soon after I told my mom and the rest of my family, and they were so ecstatic and excited for me! I was going to work in New York and winning a contract, and not just any contract but a contract w ith Dorothy Combs Models was a dream come true! It just goes to show that when you continue to work hard and never give up, what sounds like the impossible can be turned into the possible.

Maddy: You came to NYC for a shoot with Lucaspictures, PLUS Model Magazine and Victoria Janashvili. What lessons did you walk away w ith that you did not know before?

Lauren: After a long and fun fil led weekend of shooting in New York, I walked away with so much more than I had when I f irst learned I won the model search. I met some of the most amazing, hard working, and talented people! Ifelt so welcomed and appreciated, and knowing that I was there because they had bel ieved in my overall potential is one of the greatest blessings of all. I learned so much about movement and angles, and how to work my curves even more on camera than I had known prior to the shoots. I learned about the plus industry itself, and how much of an impact it is making on the overall fash ion world today. It's such a beautiful thing! I could have shot from sunrise to sunset; I had that much fun. Modeling has definitely turned into a passion of mine, and I am going to continue to work hard at what I love doing most. There is definitely no stopping for t his gal anytime soon!

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For" list, and on that list I listed different companies and clients that I had my heart set on modeling for. I am going to keep shooting until I am able to finally work for them! I love the acceptance of curves in general and it seriously is the most amazing feeling seeing other plus size models also succeed and the confidence they carry. I am definitely a true believer of all around beauty, and I cannot wait for more and more acceptance of further audiences. It is such a beaut iful thing!

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Every June, circa 2009, one topic is highly trending on blog sites, in conversations with friends, and on the mind of every curvy fashionista: Full Figured Fashion Week! Created and produced by model, entrepreneur, and mogul, Gwen DeVoe; FFFWeek has grown from a production for plus size women into a week full of multi-faceted events catering specifically to the curvy woman. Not only about showcasing fashion, but also empowering curvy women, providing industry education, conducting health and fitness workshops, creating networking opportunities, and cultivating new talent. A mover and a shaker, Gwen DeVoe's moves have opened the doors for mainstream positive attention for the full figured woman. She has shaken up preconceived notions about the full figured woman and their importance in all aspects of fashion, garnering worldwide acclaim. Lets meet the woman behind the movement, Ms. Gwen DeVoe.

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A : I am a former athlete who switched careers to become a freelance plus model. After freelancing as a plus model for many years, I decided to try my hand at event planning and hosting. I no longer consider myself a planner, but an event producer.

Q: What were some of the challenges you encountered along your journey to success? A : I think some of the challenges I encountered were not realizing and ultimately maximizing my ability to bring people together. You know the old saying "If I knew then, what I know now", I imagine life would be significantly different fo r me.

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What is your most memorable moment, to date, in recognition for the plus size movement? A : My most memorable moments came from not selling my soul for the sake of popularity. I produced FFFWeek the way I wanted to produce it, embracing and including as many individuals as poss ib le who typica lly would not have been invited to partic ipate in such an event. I included sizes above an 18 and petite models, which fo r some was (and still is!) a high risk. I stayed true to what I believed and did it my way. Nothing beats that, absolutely nothing.

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In 2009, Full Figured Fash ion Week debuted in New York City. What was your vision behind this premiere show? Has your vision for FFFWeek evolved and if so, how?

A : My vision in 2009 was simply to produce an event that resembled MB Fashion Week, but exclusively Shoulder Dr ess: UniqueVintage.com

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for plus sizes. My v ision for the event has now expanded to include not just the runway shows, but also more educational workshops. I want FFFWeek to be known as the event that assists in expanding other fashion businesses.

Q: What can sponsors, industry insiders, and guests expect from Full Figured Fashion Week 2012? Can you tell us in one word?

A : One word is hard to describe a monumental event like FFFWeek but if I had to choose a word, it would be: GROWTH.

Q: I have noticed in this years show, you are featuring Big &Tall men. This is a f irst for FFFWeek; how did you come to that decision?

A : I was motivated to do a Big and Tall mens fashion show by the tons of emails I received from big and tall men who asked me to find a way to include them.

Q: The itinerary for this year's FFFWeek is very colorful, featuring new events and partnerships. Once again, as an innovator, how do you decide on offerings at FFFWeek? I have a f ive year plan for FFFWeek and so many of the offerings that are presented to me in the form of FFFWeek partnersh ips are seriously considered because I feel that most of these offerings bring me that much closer to my overall f ive year plan.

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A : I would advise anyone who wanted to achieve their goals is to be diligent. persistent and humble. These are the key ingredients to achieving your goals. What an honor and privilege it has been to interview Ms. Gwen DeVoe! Thank you kindly for t ime and candor!

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We have talked about a million and one things that you are doing. How do you get all of these things done within a 24-hour day?

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A : Of late, I have not been too successful in the "balancing" part but I try to remember to make an effort to enjoy life while working. It is difficult sometimes because when you are passionate about what you do, you can often become overwhelmed by that passion. A good way to avoid becoming overwhelmed is to make sure you spend time with people outside of your industry.

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I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO WORKOUT BUT I KNOW I HAVE TO; I AM NEVER EXCITED TO GET ON THE TREADMILL EVERY DAY. WHEN I WALK INTO THE GYM I AM LIKE, "OH MY GOSH, WHY DO I HAVE TO DO THIS?" SO, I CANNOT EVEN LIE, THERE IS NO FAVORITE THING FOR ME TO DO IN THE GYM. BUT I FEEL SO GREAT AFTERWARDS. (LAUGHS) I PLAN ON EXPANDING OUTSIDE OF TRACK INTO NFL AND NBA MANAGEMENT.

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zine had the pleasure of talking e a osal the immaculate 20~ 2 igured fashion Week new York and what she has to say! not on_, does this beautiful face, she has a beautiful ercoming cancer and regaining her siren to walk, Yenessa proves thai anything is BOSSible with fclith. 3oin Ri.US model magazine as we delve info ~nessa's wofld below. Colleen: What motivated you to apply to be the Face of Full Figured Fash ion Week 2012? Venessa: Well for the last few years I had always wanted to, but always made an excuse of why I shou ld not. My selfconfid ence was low and this yea r I am in a better place in my life and my conf idence is better than ever before. I just feel timing is everything and I felt like this was my year. C: Who inspires you in the plus size industry?

V: Monique and Jill Scott. They are two beautiful women that ar e confident inside and out. C: How do you feel events like Full Figured Fashion Week affect plus size women? Does it shine a more positive light on full figured women to mainstream society?

V: I feel that FFFWeek brings unity amongst full figured women across the US. When full f igured women and designers can come together and eel-

ebrate who we are and that we can be accepted with our size. we are showing people that we are here to stay. The more we stand together and voice our opinions, the more we are breaking down barriers in today's society and their outlook on plus size woman.

C: How would you describe your persona l style?

V: Well to be honest I am a very simple woman, I love to throw on a tee-shirt and capris, but when I do go to an event I love to be fabu lous with a nice dress and killer pair of heels. C: How do you feel about the current state of the plus size modeling indust ry? Is there anything you want to see changed?

V: It is a very challeng ing industry to be accepted as a plus size model. I think we have made some progress but I st ill feel we have so much more ground to cover. The change I would love to see is more designers making clothes that fit full figured women. not just go up to a size 12 or 14.

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C: What has been your biggest challenge to becoming a plus size model? V: For me either I was not small enough or big enough. My size has fluctuated from a size 22 to 10.

C: You have faced some medical challenges such as battling cervical cancer and losing your abil ity to walk due to a problem with an epidural injection. How have those challenges changed your outlook on life? V: I have been through so many trials and setbacks, but through each exper ience I have been through have made me a stronger person. Without my faith in God, I wouldn't be where I am today. Life is not guaranteed so each day I live my life to the fullest. C: We recently saw you in the Spring/ Summer campaign for Wole Designs. Are there any other upcoming projects that we can look forward to seeing you in?

V: I am currently in two fashion shows coming up this week modeling for the House of Van Miller, with Vanessa Henderson and Felicia Dietrich Crochet Couture. Most recently I was working on a project and modeling for a new fu ll figured clothing line, CURVATO by Nicci Gilbert-Daniels from the R&B group Brownstone.

C: You have three wonderfu l daughters. How do you balance being a mother w ith modeling and acting? V: Oh wow, it is very challenging with our hectic schedules. I am truly blessed

with som great f r 1 them I do n know w er am also glad at m~ augn rs have grown up in thi 路 ustry with ~ e~o they are used to going with me and they want for me to make it. They are so supportive and my biggest motivators an my inspirations.

C: Acting was your f irst love. How di you get into the plus modeling industry? V: I actually started modeling when was I was thirteen for a few years, but it was not until I moved Atlanta in 2006 that I actually started doing fash ion shows and worked my way up.

C: How was your experience in the US Army? Has it had any impact on your modeling career?

V: It was very challenging and definitely made me a diverse person with being able to adapt to different situations as in w ith my modeling career. The military is not for everyone.

C: We are all counting down to Full Figured Fashion Week! As the spokesmodel for the event. who are you looking for ward to interviewing on the red carpet? V: Well to be honest I am actually excited to meet all the different designers and models! We all look forward to seeing Venessa's beautifu l face throughout Full Fig ured Fashion Week beginning June 13, 2012. Congratulations Venessa!

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SH: How did this new series opportunity for Big Brooklyn Style with TLC come your way?

SH: How long has your boutique, Lee Lee's Valise been open? Where exactly are you located?

LD: Stacy L ondon, our executive producer was in our store the second day we were open. She immediately recogn ized that we were f ill ing an important niche with fashion forward clothing for the plus community. A few weeks later we were featured on What Not to Wear and have been on more than twenty times. We first talked w ith Stacy about our own show three years ago and now it has finally happened.

LD: Lee Lee's Valise celebrated its five year anniversary on May 5, 2012. We are located at 368 Court Street at the corner of President Street in beautiful Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Born in Brooklyn, we intend to always stay in Brooklyn and serve our neighbors and friends in the same way that stores did in the 1940's. Personal service where they know your name and make sure that you are satisfied with your purchases.

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SH: Why did you decide to open Lee Lee's Valise?

SH: I see that you sell online as well as retail in store; where does most of your customer base come from; internet shoppers, walk-ins, or regulars?

LD: Most of our business comes from people who Google us or have seen us on one of our many appearances on What Not to Wear or other media appearances. When you Google "plus size boutique" we come up on the first page. Then, the customer either visits our brick and mortar store or orders something online. S ince New York has so many visitors we also have many destination shoppers who plan their trip around a visit to L ee L ee's Valise. Then they become dedicated online shoppers. We also have our regulars that found us one way or another. The walk-ins are the most fun. They were just walking by, and then I usually hear a scream before they come bursting in! Its a blast after that!

LD: I decided to open Lee Lee's because I lived in a beautiful area with many small hip boutiques that I could not shop in. There wasnt a place where someone like me cou ld walk in and try on fashion forward clothing and have a lot of options in making a purchase. I wanted to create a fash ion boutique, but just with different sizes. SH: Which is your most popu lar clothing item?

LD: My most popular garment is my Franny open cardigan. It is the perfect piece for layering or to cover your arms if you are sensit ive to that issue. I teach my customers to drizzle or leave it open and flowing down the side to elongate the torso and use a solid color to break up some of my prints which may be too much for some people without a little contrast. It is my bestseller and most of my clients have one in every color and style that I make.

SH: I am loving your online retail photos

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out there doing it. I feel most of the ones who are, do not take real body issues into consideration and neglect the fact that we are fashion forward women.

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models personally. weanng They are either fam ily members like LD: It is hard to choose my daughter or my one because each of their customers. I like to use stories is so moving and "real people." I want an online shopper interesting. Many of the subjects have to see my model and say, "I look like that." become "Valiser's" which is what we call What often happens is that one of our people who become part of our store. customers will look particularly good in Everyone will have their own favorite a dress and we decide then and there based on which story is most like them. to photograph them for the website. It is It is impossible to pick one since some of real people wearing real clothes. these girls have become part of the L ee Lee's Valise fam ily. SH: What are your feelings on plus size fashion today? SH: Do you f ind that some of your customers are resistant to trying new styles or even hesitant to walk in to a plus size boutique because of the stigma attached with the phrase "plus size" or have most women gotten past that?

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SH: Whats the most exciting part of your journey with f il ming Big Brooklyn Style t hus far?

LD: The most exciting part offilming Big Brooklyn Style is what will be happening in the future due to the show. Our store and our ideas will be exposed to a much larger audience and it will enable me to help many more people. I can make more clothes and open new stores and bring the experience to rest of the country. This show allows me to reach so many more women and let them know that they can get clothes for the way they are right now. Not how they will look after t hey lose ten pounds or two sizes. That they can dress for who they are today, for that party on Saturday night and wear something that makes them feel good to work tomorrow! Plus size women everywhere wi ll not have to take the crumbs big companies give them. They w il l be able to dress as confident as they feel by wearing stylish clothes that look and fit great. The first season of Big Brooklyn Style is just the beginning.

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his month I had the opportunity to sit down with Aja Graydon, the neo-soul goddess that is best known for belting out sensual love songs with her husband Fatin Dantzler sue h as "Far Away" , "Star" , an d the smoo th party song "You Got Love" featuring HipHop legend Snoop Dogg. Together they form KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL. To my surprise Aja is not only a wife and an artist, she is also a mother of six. Yes, six beautiful children! Aja and her husband Fatin highlight their adventures with their family in a web based reality series titled "SIX IS IT!" (www.kindredthefamilysoul. com). Certainly she has proven herself to be the modern day Renaissance woman with balancing a family, and a booming career. A true example of a strong woman; Aja took a little time out of her busy schedule to talk, career, family, love , her new album "Love has no Recession", and of course FASHION! .....

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regular jobs and have a baby and we did all of that but when the opportun ity presented itself to do someth ing different when my husband lost his job, the rea lization of we have been doing music all of our lives set in. Why would being married and having children detour us from continuing on? He thought it would be a good idea for us to do it together so that is how we started.

community. We both had our own separate things going on. He was producing and also sing ing himself and I was a solo artist as well. We met each other when he was asked to write some songs for me as a solo artist. That is when we got to know one another. TIA: That is wonderfu l, how long have Because the musical community is like a you been married? family and you are around each other a lot, we got to know each other really well AJA: 14 years. and became fr iends and our relationship TIA: So how do you balance your margrew and we got married. riage in the entertainment business, along with having six children? I mean it must be TIA: So how did you two form the really challenging. Kindred the Family Sou l? AJA: Balancing can be really difficult. I AJA: It was not until after we got married have a really great support system. I that we decided to start the group and have never really had to worry because that came more so of us stepping out of my family is always there to watch the the music business for a while, to kind of kids when we need them too. I am rea lly live this life of what we thought we blessed. My marriage is not affected by wanted. You know get married, get work. We are able to travel and share our

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dreams together. I am really blessed.

AJA: We have a new season of

TIA: That is great! You have a really

"Six" is starting up on our website as well as working on a major theater project. I cannot really say too much about that now.

solid relationship and of course anything worth having is worth working for, what advice can you give on relationships for our readers?

AJA: Be 100 % honest w ith yourself. Do not be ashamed of you. You have to accept your own truth. Whatever your highest tolerance for patience is - double it (laughsJ. But have a level of compassion because men are different when it comes to bridginge the communication gap.

TIA: What has been your experience with being plus sized in Hollywood? Have you ever felt any pressure about size/ weight?

AJA: No. I am lucky because my body goes w ith my image. I am a mother and a w ife. But you know what I have not iced about being a plus sized woman; people become in love w ith your talent. Hey, the person who needs to love my body loves it, so I'm good!

TIA: Interesting. So tell me a little about your must haves! What are some accessories you must have? And what is your favor ite shoe?

AJA: I love a jumbo sized cocktail ring, and I love stilettoes. Oh and textu red pantyhose like fishnets - love them, and of course my black framed glasses. (Laughs]

TIA: Who is you favorite designer?

AJA: Rachel Roy, because she has a real extra-large (laughsJ.

TIA: So what is next for you Aja? I know you have your new album currently out in stores "Love Has No Recession" and what else do your fans haveto lookforwardto?

Tia: What is your advice to plus size women everywhere on confidence?

AJA: Take care of you r self and be healthy. Be honest. and love you! If you enjoyed this interview and what Aja Graydon had to say make sure to check out The Kindred Family Sou l website for concert dates! www.kindredthefam ilysoul. com. Follow Aja on twitter @kindredthew ife as we ll as her husband Fatin @ kindredthefam.

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Betty: London, New York and LA.

Deborah: When did you realize you had a passion for acting?

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Deborah: You attended the Stagedoor Manor Camp which is wellknown for having many famous alumni. How did the camp prepare you as a performer?

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productions my very first summer. It was sink or swim.Abitofthrowingupon assignment night, but after that I was determined to swim. Whenever I got the jitters, I switched from ME to WE and kept telling myself that regardless of my nervousness, I could not let the rest of the cast down. The place is such a fantastic incubator for develop ing

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the whole person as an actor and, crucially, as an indispensable cast member, no matter how small or big your role. We were each other's extension. We lived together, we played together and we acted together. That makes you grow up in the right direction really quickly

personal connection to the role for you? Did you ever feel invisible like Meredith?

Betty: I am quite the

Deborah: How did you approach Meredith? Did you create a history for her?

Betty: I did. I looked closely at my own experiences as an art student. A lso, I looked at my own ups and downs with the bullying that goes on in schools and society against heavy kids. By the way, a lot of adults conveniently forget that

I was able to reflect the world around her in those pieces. Once I tapped into that, I was able to keep going into darker and darker corners of her mind. Because of the environment that my father created on the set, and because of his

opposite in private life. I am quite a 'joke-ster': But look, we all struggle with lots of things as we grow up and at times we all feel invisible. It is not just the heavy kids. When I first read the script, I saw her in my mind almost instantly and had a feeling of who she was way before I reached the last page. I felt her pain. Sometimes I felt like she was invisible, but I also think that, with kids who are like Meredith, they a/ways leave something behind. They leave little clues of their existence that will be seen by those who choose to look.

f1lled with veteran actors like Marcia Gay Harden and James Caan. What was t he atmosphere like on the set? Did anyone give you great acting advice you will be able to bring to your next role?

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Deborah: Have you experienced any weight bias as an actress? Do you feel like you have equal access to roles as a plus size act ress?

Betty: I just want to portray great characters and people that everyone can relate to. I want to be someone who could be your sister, your cousin,

but also be comfor table. I am a photography student in London, so I think that what I wear reflects the amazing creative energy of that place. I do not have a set style. It is whatever catches my eye and looks good on me. It is actually much easier to get great clothes for me in London. I can get great outfits on High Street. I think every woman in my position wants to look and feel good and be able to walk into a store and walk out with a fabulous outfit.

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Trader Joe's Vitamin E Oil Vitamin E Oil is great for everything! It's a wonderful moisturizer for my body, face, hair, scalp, everything! I tend to have dry hair, so my hair loves this. It's wonderful for multi-use and very affordable.

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Finish this sentence: The plus industry is: Evolving. I think the plus industry has quickly adapted to new channels like social media and has created an ecosystem where plus size women all over the world can be heard. But more needs to be done to make it main

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What can we look forward to you doing in the next year? I do a little bit of everything, and I do not see that changing. As they say, variety is the spice of life ! Modeling for just over a year, I have done most of my modeling locally so spreading my wings into other markets could be the next step. Name your favorite store to shop for curvy clothes in your hometown. I love Gussied Up located in Toronto. Gussied Up has a great selection of clothing from all over the world, fair prices, and a great owner who bends over backwards to ensure great customer service. I also really love ASOS! The ir clothes are sexy and â&#x20AC;˘ un1que.

brand I deeply love and r espect for its sense of style but does not feature plus size women in their advertisements currently. Featuring a plus size model like me would change a lot of people's perceptions of the brand and I want to be part of that change.

Who were the Photographer and Makeup Artist for the photos? I was really fortunate to work with Lily & Li lac Photography and Boriana Karan of brani/bo Studio. They are an awesome group to work with !

What are your dreams, desires and goals as a plus model? I want to inspire young gir ls and women to feel beautiful in their own skin. Too often women of all shapes and sizes do not appr eciate their beauty inside For bookings contact: and out. I want to show them that there ar e many sides Ben Barry Agency to beauty and to appreciate what they have. www.benba rry .com

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