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ARTICLE TITLE | BY AUTHOR MAKING QUEEN SIZE MOVES

FROM THE DESK OF Tawana Blassingame Founder & Editor in Chief

Welcome to the August 2020 issue of Queen Size Magazine. Summer is HERE and it is no secret whatsoever that we have this love hate relationship. I love that we don’t have to suffer through the cold but I also hate the heat. Yep, I am one of those! Anywho!!! Enough complaining. I wanted to discuss these last few of months and some things that I learned about ME. I have learned the all of the small things that I thought were important, really wasn’t. I have learned to allow myself to not be ok. One very personal thing that I also learned about me is that I freak out when I cannot control situations. COVID-19 has taught me to spend some time getting learn myself. You can do that when you spend most of your time indoors. Often times we run through life and take it for granted. One of the most important things in life is time. Once it’s gone you can never get it back. I challenge you all to take some time for YOU. Find the things that you love. The things that are most important to you. And the things that it is time to let go of. Find what makes you tick. Find your passion. But most importantly; find YOU. In every issue I feel it is imperative to give thanks to everyone that continues to support us. We appreciate you more than words can say. We would love to hear your feedback. Email us at queensizemagazine@gmail.com and let us know what you like, don’t like and/or want to see in future issues. We value your opinion.

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MAKING QUEEN SIZE MOVES

MASTHEAD TAWANA BLASSINGAME CEO/Editor In Chief PHILIP DREW Executive Director & Director of Photography

Shatava Lindsey

MEESHA ANN Executive Director SHEENA POSTELL Social Media Correspondant LAWANDA SANYANG Beauty Editor ASHLEY WALKER Fashion Editor Sharonda Grandberry Oversees Ambassador EYANI COUTURE House Designer Nathaniel Jaye Beauty Janelle Simmons Fashion Nyemade Boiwu Lifestyle Detras Powell Lifestyle ValaRae Partee 2020 Face of QSM Contributing writing Emma Medeiros

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CONTENTS FEATURED STORY

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SHATAVA LINDSEY, CELEBRITY STYLIST AND CEO OF OURGLASS CUSTOM & BOUTIQUE By QSM

HEALTH AND FITNESS

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FOOD-FOR-YOU SWEET TREATS

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FLAVOR FUSION

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By FAMILY FEATURES

BEAUTY&FASHION SPOTLIGHT | MONIQUE 10 MODEL CARTWRIGHT By QSM

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HOW TO TREAT TODAY’S MOST COMMON SKIN ISSUES By STATEPOINT

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TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT SYNDROME

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BRANDS WE LOVE TO HATE

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ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT | NANETTE M. WEEKS “THE QUEEN MAKER”

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MODEL SPOTLIGHT | HEIDY JANTZEN

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By LAWANDA SANYANG

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By JANELLE “THE CURVY DOC” SIMMONS

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BUSINESS

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MODEL AND SUICIDE PREVENTION SPOKESWOMAN SPEAKS UP! | SABINA MICHEL By EMMA MEDEIROS

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HOW REAL DO INFLUENCERS HAVE TO KEEP IT By THAT AFRICAL BUTTERFLY

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MAKE THE BACKYARD A DESTINATION FOR FAMILY FUN By STATEPOINT

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Good-for-You Sweet Treats

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hile eating healthy and enjoying sweets seldom go hand-in-hand, choosing the right combination of nutritious ingredients can allow for guilt-free indulgences that shirks conventional dieting wisdom. In fact, some eating plans take it a step further by actually encouraging eating big in the evening when you’re naturally hungriest to help achieve your weight loss goals. For example, “Always Eat After 7 PM,” written by Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT, five-time best-selling e-book author and co-founder of the e-commerce supplement company BioTrust Nutrition, debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense cravings by eating the majority of your calories at night. The outlined plan features a 14-day “acceleration phase” designed for rapid results, a “main phase” when you’ll learn which fat-burning foods to eat to achieve your weight loss goals and a “lifestyle phase” to keep the weight off for good. Conventional wisdom dictates that it’s best to avoid carbs, eat an early dinner and never eat immediately before bed. However, Marion debunks the myths underlying traditional dieting with a simple, highly effective weight loss program allowing readers to enjoy social dinners without restriction, satisfy nighttime hunger with fat-burning sweet and salty prebedtime snacks and indulge cravings with strategically timed cheat meals. With straightforward food lists, easy-tofollow meal plans and recipes for each phase, this can be a simpler, more enjoyable way to lose weight without feeling restricted. Taken directly from the book, these recipes for No Bake Salted Caramel Bars, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Fruit Tarts can satisfy that sweet tooth before heading to bed. Learn more about the diet and book at joelmarion.com.

Fruit Tarts

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM” Prep time: 40 minutes Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Servings: 20 Custard: 8 egg yolks 1 cup raw honey 1 tablespoon coconut flour 3 cans (13 2/3 ounces each) full-fat coconut milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest Sugar Cookie Crust: 1/2 cup coconut oil, plus additional for greasing 1/2 cup palm shortening 1 cup coconut palm sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 egg yolks 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup blanched almond flour 1⁄4 cup coconut flour 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch Toppings: 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced 1 mango, peeled, pitted and sliced into 1/2-inch strips 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup blackberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup red grapes 1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced fresh mint leaves, for garnish To make custard: In saucepan, whisk egg yolks and honey until smooth. Mix in coconut flour.

In medium saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, vanilla extract and lemon zest; bring to boil then remove from heat. Pour hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture, stirring while pouring. Over low heat, simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool, continuing to stir occasionally. Once cooled to room temperature, pour into individual custard cups. Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes, or until serving. To make crust: Heat oven to 350 F. Line bottom of pie pan with parchment paper and grease with coconut oil. In large mixing bowl using electric mixer on high, beat coconut oil and palm shortening 30 seconds. Add coconut palm sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in almond flour, coconut flour and starch. Chill dough in refrigerator 15 minutes. Press chilled cookie dough into bottom of pie pan and 2 inches up sides. Bake 12 minutes, or until crust is golden and browned on top and edges. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Place cooled crust in refrigerator 30 minutes or overnight before assembling. To assemble fruit tarts: Spread custard over chilled crust. Decorate top in circular pattern with kiwis, mango strips, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes and strawberries. Before serving, chill at least 30 minutes or freeze 1 hour to help keep toppings in place. Remove from freezer and set out at room temperature 20 minutes before slicing. Garnish with mint leaves. Nutritional information per serving: 192 calories; 14 g fat; 16 g carbohydrates; 61 mg sodium; 2 g fiber; 1 g protein; 9 g sugar.

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No Bake Salted Caramel Bars

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM” Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Servings: 30 Cookie Layer: 2 1/2 cups raw pecans 8 pitted dates, soaked in hot water 10 minutes then drained 2 tablespoons blanched almond flour 1 teaspoon coconut flour 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted Caramel Layer: 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar 1/2 cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 pinch sea salt 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Chocolate Layer: 2 cups stevia-sweetened chocolate chips 2 tablespoons coconut oil coconut oil 1/3 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts, chopped coarse sea salt To make cookie layer: Place large skillet over medium heat. Spread pecans over skillet and toast, stirring often, 8-10 minutes until golden. Remove from heat. Transfer toasted pecans to food processor and pulse until fine. Add dates, almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, sweetener and coconut oil; pulse until dough forms. To make caramel layer: In skillet over medium heat, combine coconut palm sugar, sweetener, coconut milk, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla extract; bring to boil. Once boiling, decrease heat to low and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove skillet from heat; whisk in baking soda. Return pan to low heat and cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove caramel from heat and let cool and thicken 5 minutes.

To make chocolate layer: In double boiler, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir until mixture is smooth then remove from heat. To assemble salted caramel bars: Line bottom and sides of 9-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over sides. Lightly rub parchment paper with coconut oil. Press cookie dough into bottom of pan to create even layer. Place in freezer 5 minutes to harden. Pour caramel over cookie layer and spread to coat evenly. Place in freezer 5 minutes. Pour chocolate over caramel and spread to cover evenly. Sprinkle with macadamia nuts and coarse salt. Place in freezer 10 minutes until chocolate sets. Use overhanging parchment paper to ease set mixture out of pan. Transfer to cutting board and slice into bite-size bars. Nutritional information per serving: 180 calories; 15 g fat; 15 g carbohydrates; 56 mg sodium; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein; 4 g sugar.

Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM” Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 1/4 cup fresh Bing cherries, pitted and halved 1/4 cup stevia-sweetened dark chocolate bar, chopped 3 overripe frozen bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1 pinch sea salt Chill cherries and dark chocolate. In food processor, pulse frozen bananas, milk and salt until smooth, creamy consistency of soft serve is achieved. Stir in cherries and chocolate. Serve immediately or place in freezer-safe container and freeze until serving. Nutritional information per serving: 165 calories; 7 g fat; 27 g carbohydrates; 134 mg sodium; 6 g fiber; 2 protein; 12 g sugar.

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distinctive and unexpected ingredient like rice vinegar is an easy way to bring faraway flavors to your favorite summer dishes. This pantry staple adds an Asian-inspired flavor to recipes of all kinds, from marinades to high-end meals. Explore a new way to enjoy steak this summer with a recipe for zesty, marinated beef paired with crisp broccolini and peppers

to give a familiar dish a fresh makeover using flavors from another origin. Give fajitas an Asian makeover with shrimp seared in a decadent hoisin-ginger sauce or try a fresh take on a crunchy salad with this Mexicanmeets-Asian layered approach that’s perfect for lunch. Include seasonal produce like cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes to enhance your summer flavor fusions. Pantry staples like black beans

Sizzling Shrimp Fajita Stir-Fry

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 6 1 1/2 pounds large, raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (21-25 shrimp total) 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided 4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided 1/4 cup NAKANO Roasted Garlic Rice Vinegar 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 1 red onion, cut into thin slivers 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1/2 pound shishito peppers, stemmed 6 warmed corn or flour tortillas

and canned corn also offer accessible ways to make elevated summer classics. Capture Asian flavors with ingredients like NAKANO Rice Vinegar, which has perfected its rice vinegars over eight generations to offer unique and delicious flavors perfect for making mouthwatering Asian-inspired recipes at home. Find more flavorful ways to put an Asian twist on your summer dishes at nakanoflavors.com.

1/2 cup finely shredded red cabbage 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions In medium bowl, combine shrimp, 2 teaspoons soy sauce and 2 teaspoons cornstarch; let stand 5 minutes to marinate. In separate bowl, whisk remaining soy sauce, remaining cornstarch, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce and ginger until blended. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering. Add half of shrimp; cook 1 minute on each side. Transfer to clean bowl; repeat with remaining shrimp. Wipe out skillet with paper towel. In same pan, heat remaining oil until shimmering. Add red onion, bell pepper and shishito peppers. Cook, stirring, 2-4 minutes until peppers begin to blister. Add vinegar mixture; cook, stirring, 1-2 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened. Add shrimp to pan. Cook, tossing well until shrimp and vegetables are coated with sauce. Fill tortillas with shrimp mixture, cabbage and green onions.

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FLAVOR FUSION| FAMILY FEATURES

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Glass Jar Layered Taco Salad

Spicy Steak and Broccoli

Spicy Steak and Broccoli Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 6 1 beef tenderloin (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 2-inch cubes 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided 2 cups multicolored, mini sweet peppers, cut into thin rings 1/4 pound broccolini, cut into 3-inch sections 2 large shallots, chopped 1/4 cup NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (Asian-chili garlic sauce) or sriracha

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger In medium bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, cornstarch, black pepper and garlic powder. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add peppers, broccolini and shallots; cook 3 minutes, or until tender crisp. Transfer to clean bowl. In same skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering. Add half of beef in single layer. Cook undisturbed 2 minutes, or until bottoms are browned. Stir. Cook 1 minute, or until outer surfaces are no longer pink. Transfer to bowl with vegetables. Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Return beef and vegetables to skillet over mediumhigh heat. In small bowl, combine rice vinegar, sugar, sambal oelek, salt and ginger. Add mixture to pan. Cook 2 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened.

Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 1 1/2 avocado 1/4 teaspoon serrano pepper 1 tablespoon cilantro 2 tablespoons NAKANO Organic Seasoned Rice Vinegar 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon lime juice 1/3 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup corn 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded 1/2 cup jicama, diced 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup extra-firm tofu, diced 1/2 cup corn chips, crushed 1/2 cup spinach 1 tablespoon queso fresco In bowl, mash avocado and add serrano pepper, cilantro, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice and salt. Stir to combine. Build salad in layers of corn, cabbage, jicama, black beans, cabbage, tomatoes, tofu, corn chips, spinach and queso fresco while adding drizzles of dressing between layers.

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and five-spice powder, which adds a sweet, umami-rich, aromatic flavor to the dish. Shishito peppers are slender, mild, green Japanese peppers available in the produce section of well-stocked grocery stores or Asian markets. If shishito peppers are unavailable, substitute with multicolored mini peppers. To accommodate those who love a lot of spice and those who prefer less spice, serve mild-to-medium-spicy foods with additional chili sauce on the side. Swap out heavy, high-calorie salad dressings for a splash of additional flavor with NAKANO rice vinegar. Glass Jar Layered Taco Salad

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BEAUTY AND FASHION

onique Cartwright

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MODEL SPOTLIGHT | MONIQUE CARTWRIGHT

Photographer | Antionne Duane Jones @antoinneduanejones Model | Monique Cartwright @iammoniquecartwright

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onique Cartwright is a captivating plus-size model, video vixen, and influencer based out of Atlanta, GA. Monique is proud of her God-given curves and has been labeled as the “the boutique killa” with the shape and flexibility to showcase multiple sizes ranging from XL- 3XL. Having this ability makes her the perfect muse and sine qua non for many designers and boutique owners. Since relaunching her modeling career back in 2016, Monique has been published in a plethora of top magazines such as Fabuplus, Cream Magazine, Luxe Kurves, and Voyage ATL. She was also featured by the Bailey Agency as their June Curvy Model of the Month. Another accolade, known only to a few insiders, is Monique’s Video Vixen title, awarded for her smashing debut in the Beautiful music video by singer Lamont Starr. In 2019, she achieved her first reality show role, with the popular Models of Atlanta series, which aired on Fox TV. Monique is a professional model and positive body image advocate, who embraces all things curvy. Body image and self-acceptance is of major importance for Monique, reflecting her own lifelong struggle with self-esteem. She would like to reach out and assist other women and people of the younger generations to learn how to love and accept who they are no matter what body they may have. Throughout her time in the industry, Monique has evolved a genuine passion for modeling and branding. Monique has enjoyed the blessings of working with various brands like Rebdolls, TouchDolls, and She Fit, just to name a few. With over 4 years in modeling, Monique has developed a special skill set for creating engaging content that her brands and followers enjoy. Monique has a humble soul and a winning personality that will endear you to her! Her confidence, creativity, grace, and willingness to learn sets her above the rest. Monique is well on her way to becoming a force to be reckoned with.

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MODEL SPOTLIGHT | MONIQUE CARTWRIGHT

Photographer | Antionne Duane Jones @antoinneduanejones Model | Monique Cartwright @iammoniquecartwright

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TREATING COMMON SKIN ISSUES | STATEPOINT

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HOW TO TREAT TODAY’S MOST COMMON SKIN ISSUES Spending a lot more time at home indoors these days or adjusting to going back outside? New habits and big lifestyle changes can have an effect on one’s skin. Here are some of the more common skin care issues associated with life today and their solutions, some of which can be easily found at the drugstore: • DRY SKIN: Our new reality of wearing masks can have a drying effect on our skin. But you can easily enhance your skin’s own moisture-retention with a serum-containing dermatologist-recommended hyaluronic acid. “Using gentle and lightweight skincare, especially now that the temperatures are rising, will properly hydrate your skin without clogging the pores, even under a mask. Hyaluronic acid products, such as serums, that are correctly formulated will also help plump the skin and reduce wrinkles,” says Dr. Rocio Rivera, VP of scientific communications, L’Oréal Paris. For long lasting hydration, apply two to three drops of L’Oréal Paris 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to the face and neck every morning and evening – its lightweight and fast-absorbing texture works well under a mask. • NOT PRIORITIZING ME-TIME: If you have a lot going on these days, you may forget to take some time for self-care. Beyond your skin care routine -- which you should continue to maintain -- you can also promote a healthylooking glow by prioritizing sleep, eating a wellbalanced diet, staying hydrated and getting regular exercise. “Sun protection equals skin health and it is the most important age preventive product in your skincare routine. A broad spectrum SPF formula is always a must: Rain or shine, indoors, outdoors, and yes -- all over the face, includes under the mask,” says Dr. Rocio Rivera.

• LIGHT EXPOSURE: Spending large portions of the day indoors unfortunately doesn’t eliminate risks associated with light exposure. With more screen time comes increased exposure to blue light. What’s more, you are still susceptible to incidental sun exposure coming in through windows of your home and car. Refresh and protect your skin with a moisturizer that also has broad spectrum SPF, such as L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple PowerSPF 30, which can be smoothed over the face and neck every morning. Formulated with pro-retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, it will make your skin feel smooth, soft and refreshed after use. • LACK OF GLOW: For many, skin glow is a key sign of skin health, and while you may not be catching as many rays outdoors these days to achieve this, there is an aesthetically-pleasing and much healthier way to achieve a sunkissed glow without the damage and premature aging caused by UV exposure. Stash your cabinet with the latest innovation from L’Oréal Paris, Sublime Bronze Water Mousse. Its clear liquid formula delivers a seamless, streak-free application and quick absorption for a natural-looking bronze tan that does not transfer. Infused with coconut water and vitamin E, it leaves skin soft and beachysmelling. For best results, shake well. Pump into hands and smooth evenly over clean, exfoliated skin. Allow four to eight hours for the color to fully develop before showering. For a longer-lasting tan, apply three times over 12 to 24 hours. Wash hands thoroughly after use. Let skin dry completely before putting on clothes. More skin and beauty tips can be found by visiting lorealparis.com/skinhub. Your new lifestyle means now, more than ever, you should not neglect your skin. A few simple steps can keep your skin refreshed and healthylooking. WWW.QUEENSIZEMAGAZINE.COM| AUGUST 2020 ISSUE


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TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT SYNDROME! by Lawanda Sanyang (LaLa)

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TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT SYNDROME | LALA (LAWANDA SANYANG)

Hello Queens, There’s nothing more satisfying then finding that perfect foundation or lipstick shade at the makeup counter. And then having the luxury of being able to try on the product before we take it home. I call it the try it Before you Buy Syndrome! We all love trying out products before we buy them. We like testing out our cars, clothes, fragrances, foods and beauty products. You name It, we want to test it out before we pull the trigger to take it home. However, the days of testers maybe long gone with the onset of Covid-19, especially beauty products. Beauty testers have always been a health concern because of the bacteria if they’re not properly sanitized. Sephora and Ulta has announced that they no longer will allow customers to try out the testers. The testers are only there now for display purposes. Customers will be given a vacuum pack sample of the product in hopes to reduce further contamination. Sephora was sued in 2017 by a woman alleging she contracted Herpes from a lipstick tester. That alone should make us think twice before testing that pretty looking lipstick. This could become the common practice in the beauty industry as the new normal. Yes my Queens, the world looks a little different on other side of the Makeup brush. A client’s health and safety should always guide our practices. Let us do everything we can to protect ourselves, and stay safe. With Love, LaLa (Lawanda Sanyang) www.lalafaces.com

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Brands We Love to Hate By Ashley Walker

Photographer | @charissolutionsphotography Model | @msbeyoudoyou

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BRANDS WE LOVE TO HATE| ASHLEY WALKER

Have you ever stopped to wonder what things were like when our well-known fashion houses and staple spots to shop were just getting off the ground? Sure now, we couldn’t imagine a world that never saw a Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Neiman Marcus, or Bloomingdales, but were trendsetters and consumers just as hesitant to patron these brands as they are now with the up and coming online brands? Was it ever frowned upon by anyone to wear a piece or sport an item from any of the above mentioned? How do you feel when you hear a name like Fashion Nova or Shein? Are your thoughts positive or negative, and why? What about any of the others? Maybe the reluctance to give certain brands a fair chance, comes from some of the early feelings many had dealing with online shopping. Maybe the hesitation with adding an acceptable stamp in fashion to these newcomers stems from many of these brands falling under the “fast fashion” category. Either way, there is an obvious hierarchy in the fashion world that keeps these brands from gaining clout, even if they have the coins rolling in. Overall, many knew back then that online shopping would be a huge deal. The Who’s who in fashion knew at some point online shopping would be a really big business. Has the shift to online shopping worked in our favor, both pre and post Covid-19, and if so whose favor? Can things really be good for all parties involved? The rise of influencer culture and social marketing has opened up a lane for fast fashion brands, specifically online retailers, to flourish. We have our firsts of “fast fashion”, that still have fancy store fronts whose brand names probably hold a bit more weight such as our Zara’s, H&M’s, and Forever 21’s, but they are just the same as a Fashion Nova or Shein, aren’t they? The last two probably being in a better position with much less overhead than their counterparts. Photographer | @charissolutionsphotography Model | @msbeyoudoyou

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This rise of “fast fashion” made it easier for the modeling and influencer worlds to collide. Is that a bad thing? Stores like Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 who have the ability to turn whatever our models and influencers wear into an instant trend, in turn, those models and influencers drive the fast fashion economy, and affect how normal people think about their own clothing choices. Are models and influencers sporting labels like Burberry doing anything different from models sporting our “fast fashion” brands? Other than the length of time these brands have been around and their price tag, the work and exposure is essentially the same. Our Fashion Nova, Shein, and the others known as ultra-fast fashion brands probably have more exposure with their aggressive marketing tactics. Shouldn’t our models and influencers on both sides maintain a certain level of respect? Who knows where Fashion Nova and Shein will be in the same amount of years in existence, as a Burberry or a Dolce and Gabbana. There are some things that our “fast fashion” brands may still have to overcome prior to being named along with the veteran fashion houses. Fashion Nova and those like it have the ability to produce at rapid rates, new collections and trendy designs. Fashion is literally being changed like underwear and these rapid releases only feed into shoppers’ desire to buy more. These speedy supply chains often rely on outsourced and underpaid labor from factory workers overseas, are tough on

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the environment, and run greater risks of inconsistencies between garments. Also, the fast pace at which clothes are now manufactured, worn, and discarded means that they’ve become more disposable, and shoppers are essentially conditioned to expect a constant stream of new items. Is “fast fashion” the new direction? Have garments turned from keepsakes to commodities to serve an immediate purpose than to be thrown out with next week’s trash? One thing is certain, the brands we love to hate or here and growing more and more each day. Both sides of the coin are bringing in the coins, just with different tactics. So is a Burberry, LV, or Nieman going vintage? Will going into our Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 be somewhat a thing of the past? Guess we will have to wait a few years and see. Is a model or influencer that decides to work with Burberry better or more respected than one that works with Fashion Nova, Shein, or any of the other up and coming online brands? If so, Why? We have models and influencers like @Tabriamajors, @ Mauibigelow, and @Mskristine just to name a few, who we’ve seen rocking the “fast fashion” lanes, who will be next and what will we see from these brands in years to come? Models @msbeyoudoyou, @ therealmisshollie Photography by @ charissolutionsphotography, @ therealmisshollie Wearing @fashionnovacurve, @shein


BRANDS WE LOVE TO HATE| ASHLEY WALKER

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OURGLASS CUSTOM & BOUTIQUE | QSM

OurGlass Custom &Boutique

TV Personality Shatava Lindsey is a television/celebrity designer and philanthropist who is growing her popular apparel brand and shaping the looks of today’s notable women from all walks of life. Her clothing line, OURGLASS offers women an empowering and uplifting selection of high-quality clothing. Shatava has also become a visible television presence, as a cast member of the critically acclaimed Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) reality program “Ready To Love” and appearing regularly on TVONE’s “Sister Circle” as a fashion segment expert. While working with Sister Circle, Shatava has styled some of the cast for the show, and has shared her expertise with the host of Good Day Nashville and other talk shows across the country. In these talks, Shatava epitomizes the apex of her craft.

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Who is Shatava? QSM: Shatava, thank you for taking time to chat with us. Tell us something about you that people would be surprised to learn. Shatava: Surprised…Let me see. Before my life of fashion, I was on a path to Law School. Growing up, it was always, I’m going to be an attorney because the life of a lawyer, especially criminal lawyers, was so interesting to me. While on that journey, I found my love for fashion and this is what I chose. I wanted to fulfill a need and fashion gave me a bigger purpose. QSM: Where did you grow up? Tell us about that? Shatava: I’m originally from Chattanooga, TN. I came from humble beginnings. We didn’t always have money for the most expensive clothing so as a child, I watched my mom take clothes that were so inexpensive and make them look like a million bucks. I became fascinated by this. So, throughout school, I would “remix” my outfits so that they were fashionable. Add a belt, added shreds, buttons, etc to give my clothing extra flare. QSM: Anyone in your family in the fashion industry? Shatava: Crazy that I am the only one in my family in the fashion industry but I have been around women that sew all my life. QSM: When did you fall in love with fashion? Shatava: I developed a love for fashion at an early age but it was not until college at Tennessee State University that I truly realized I needed to step into fashion to solve problems associated with curvy women feeling empowered and confident

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in finding quality clothing to fit. Before I started my brand, OURGLASS, I would spend hours trying to find clothes to fit me because of my figure. After growing completely frustrated, I sought to create a fashion brand where women of all sizes could purchase clothing items and feel confident about their purchase. The vision of OURGLASS came about because I wanted to create my own unique brand, utilizing quality fabrics for custom wear and the need to find flattering clothing items for boutique wear that would fit a woman like no other. The name OURGLASS came from the concept of looking at every woman’s figure as their “Glass” so in essence, My Glass (referring to my figure), Your Glass (referring to another woman’s figure), OURGLASS - referring to the Figures of all Women. QSM: Tell us about your entry into the fashion world; how did you get started? Shatava: I started off creating denim jeans because jeans were a huge issue for me. Since I could not find great ones to fit me, I purchased denim fabric, created patterns, found a denim company and had jeans produced solely for me. When I would wear the jeans, everyone would ask me where I got them from. I told them I created them myself and everyone wanted a pair. So, I started to produce various sizes for others. I would literally sell jeans out of my car. From denim, the business grew to dresses, jumpsuits, tops, etc. I looked up and I had entire collections of items. Once I created full collections, I would take them to fashion shows to show the world designs and I developed a great customer base.


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Currently, I have a heavy focus on the online market. As we all see, there is a heavy push for online due to COVID so I am learning the business of fashion online. QSM: You have had the opportunity to be interviewed by some major new outlets. Can you tell us about some of those interviews? Shatava: Yes. Sister Circle was so amazing. I received so much love from this show and I was able to showcase my love for fashion and styling. I appeared on several episodes and for each show, I showcased various OURGLASS designs for a different season or event. I highlighted Prom Looks, demonstrated fashionable items to wear to various events, plus educated the audience on hot fashion items for each season. This show was a blast and allowed me to be creative with fashion.

QSM: When did you decide to open your first boutique? Shatava: I opened my first boutique in Nashville, TN in 2016. For quite some time, I placed OURGLASS in a few boutique stores and over time, I grew close with one of the owners. In our conversations, I was so intrigued by the business and wanted to own one myself. At this time, I lived in Atlanta, GA but I was still new to the area and did not know many people so I decided that since I went to college in Nashville, TN and I knew a lot of people, I would open there first. There was definitely a need for a fashionable boutique. I opened in an area where a huge mall closed and people needed a place to shop. After 2 years of having my Nashville store, I opened the Atlanta, GA store (2018). Atlanta is totally different from Nashville, so the biggest thing was learning to understand my audience.

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I have also had the pleasure of being on different news outlets due to my involvement in community development and giving back. I have appeared on Headline News and Fox 5 news in both Nashville, TN and Chattanooga, TN to discuss my annual prom dress drive. Every year, I donate prom dresses to girls in need and I have been blessed to highlight this charitable event on the news. I have received prom donations from so many places because of the news features. QSM: What would you say is your most memorable interview and why? Shatava: My most memorable interview was with Fox 5 in Chattanooga, TN. This was my first year doing my prom dress drive and being featured on the news for my first giving back event was incredible. I received so many donations and was able to give away so many dresses. QSM: In an industry saturated with designers and boutiques, how do you make yourself stand out from the rest? Shatava: I am true to my brand. I am heavily involved in selecting fabrics for my custom items and shopping for boutique items to make certain they fit a woman like no other. I am so into the way a garment fits a woman. When you look good, you feel good so I take the extra time to make sure I have items that will fit a wide variety of women. Designing custom is key to this. I love boutique clothing, however, there is nothing like getting a garment custom made to fit you perfect. It will completely change how you view fashion. I love being able to give women the option of having a look custom made or selecting from handpicked boutique items. QSM: As a designer, have you ever had a client that did not like what you created for them? How did you or how would you handle that? Shatava: I have never had a client not like what I have created. I am involved with my customers every step of the way to understand what they want. We converse together to discuss every look. I like to take time with my custom clients to truly understand what they are looking for. QSM: You just showed in Full Figured Fashion WWW.QUEENSIZEMAGAZINE.COM|AUGUST 2020 ISSUE

Week 2020. What was that like for you? Shatava: Oh it was awesome. The Plus size fashion industry always intrigued me. When I opened my store in Nashville, I got the opportunity to talk to customers in person to understand what their issues truly were with fashion. With my plus size women, I wanted to know everything about fit, what fabrics work well, what colors were a preference, and what made them most comfortable. So when I shopped for boutique items I knew what would look good. It was an honor to showcase those plus size boutique items for Full Figured Fashion Week. QSM: Let’s talk TV…. You were on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) reality program “Ready To Love”. A beautiful, successful woman like yourself; what made you decide to enter? Shatava: Crazy. Lol! You know what, sometimes I get so busy and so tunnel focused that I don’t think about my personal life. My love life has always been placed on the backburner and Ready to Love gave me the opportunity to take time from my business to focus on Love. Even though I didn’t find love on the show, I created some amazing friendships with the ladies on the show. The women are so amazing, so creative, and amazingly successful in their own different industries. I learned a lot from them. QSM: I love to talk to successful people who understand the importance of giving back. With that being said. Tell us more about your prom dress drive. Shatava: I started the drive 2 years ago. I had a father come into my store looking for an affordable prom dress for his daughter. I realized I didn’t have any. As I talked to him, he shared with me that he had recently lost his job and was feeling the pressure of not working but wanted to get a perfect prom dress for his daughter to see that beautiful smile on her face. This got me to thinking. After speaking with him, I called a few friends to see if they had their old prom dresses and I found 4 for the father to choose from as a gift. He called the news and told them about my nice gesture and I thought this could be something I could do for multiple people. So, I embarked on collecting as many dresses as possible to give to girls in need.


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great guidance, you can begin with a great foundation and understanding. QSM: Thank you so much for your time. Please leave us with your final thoughts and let people know how and where they can follow you Shatava? Shatava: Thank you for having me. I would love to encourage everyone that is focused hard on something and creating new something from scratch to never give up. Faith without work is dead. So, keep your faith, believe in yourself and work hard! You can follow me on my social platforms: IG: @iamshatava Twitter: @iamshatava Facebook: Shatava Lindsey You can follow OURGLASS as well. Website: www.shopourglass.com IG: @shopourglass Facebook: @shopourglass Twitter: @shopourglass WWW.QUEENSIZEMAGAZINE.COM| AUGUST 2020 ISSUE


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Nanette M. Weeks “The Queen Maker” Co-Owner and Executive Producer of the Miss Plus World Pageant A graduate of the prestigious educational institutes New York University and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Nanette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. She is a former New York Police Officer, retired Elementary School Principal, a renowned pageant coach, the Co-Owner and Executive Producer of the Miss Plus World Pageant and a three- time published author. Nanette’s interests include, floral design, fashion design, jazz dance and human psychology. She enjoys exploring elements leading to success and circumventing obstructions that can impede positive outcomes. To that end, her favorite books are Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty. With a pageant journey that spans across four decades, Nanette has held numerous local, state and national titles, including but not limited to Miss Black Teenage New York, Miss Single New York, Miss Greater New York USA, Mrs. Roosevelt America, Suffolk County America, Miss Manhattan USA, Ms. Plus America Woman, Ms. American Elegance Lady and Ms. U.S. Sophisticate Classic Woman. Through her company, Pageants Unlimited Plus, Nanette has produced numerous finalists and titleholders in several systems including the Miss USA, National American Miss, Plus America, All World Beauties, USA National Miss, International Junior Miss, Royal International Miss and American Elegance Systems, among others.

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With a 95% win/place record, Nanette’s stellar pageant coaching record has earned her the nickname, “The Queenmaker”. After serving as the Texas Plus America Executive Director for 10 years, Nanette became the Executive Director/Producer of the national Miss Plus America Pageant, from 2016-2017. After much prayer, planning and determination the Miss Plus World/Ms. Plus Intercontinental Pageant was launched. Royal Reign Productions is the Parent Company< Co-Owned by Nanette and Constance Zehner, her friend, Sister in Christ and business partner. After just 2 years of production, God has blessed them to have national directors

in South Africa, the United States, Australia, Nigeria, the Bahamas, Kenya, Bolivia, Lesotho and Ethiopia. The vision of the Miss Plus World/Ms. Plus Intercontinental Pageant is to showcase the diversity, creativity, leadership, style, grace and beauty of “Women of Equity” worldwide. Their primary mission is to build a diverse sisterhood of influential ladies who promote education, peace, cultural awareness and cultural appreciation. Email: Nanettewekksqueenmaker@ gmail.com www.missplus.world Podcast: Let’s Get At It!

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Janelle: How did you get your name “The Queen Maker”? Nanette: I have been blessed with a very successful record for producing pageant queens. My win/place record is approximately 90%. As a result of that, I have been dubbed The Queen Maker. Janelle: Can you talk about your pageant journey? How did you get started in pageantry? Nanette: The year was 1966. I was mesmerized as I watched the regal queen walk across the stage and down the runway. Her name was Deborah Bryant and she was Miss America 1966. The ladies were all beautiful in their white gowns and gloves. (We had a black and white television.) I imagined them as rich princesses in their Cinderella gowns. The only blemish on the picture was that none of the ladies looked like me. I dared to dream, deciding that one day, I would be a Miss America. I became enraptured in the thought of pageantry. Whenever one was broadcasted, I was glued to the television. When I read the society pages and wedding announcements in the newspaper, I studied the gowns, envisioning how they would look on the Pageant stage. My first pageant was hosted by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. It was the Little Miss Blue Review Pageant and I won. It felt different because I was a little girl. I entered my second pageant at the age of 15. It was the Miss Black Teenage New York Pageant. Placing second runner-up, I was inspired to try it again. The next year was a charm. I won and was off to the national pageant where I became a finalist and earned a scholarship to Fisk University. I studied the walks of Alberta Philips and Von Gretchen Shepherd, both African American beauty pageant queens. That was it. I was hooked and wanted to become the first African American Miss America. I studied pageants and dreamed of making a name for myself in the industry. Janelle: What would you say has been your biggest achievement in pageantry? Nanette: Some things in life are not about winning. Sometimes when you lose, you really win. I have had several major achievements in pageantry. I can’t name just one as they served different purposes. In the early 1980s, there were not many African American delegates in the Miss U.S. A. Pageant System. In 1981, I competed against 97 other delegates in the Miss New York U. S. A. Pageant. I made it into the top 10. I felt a gigantic sense of accomplishment! It felt like I was helping to WWW.QUEENSIZEMAGAZINE.COM|AUGUST 2020 ISSUE

blaze a trail for those behind me. From there I went on to compete in the Miss America Pageant System. I competed 4 times before winning my Local title. I was told I the first African American Miss Suffolk County America. Advancing to the Miss New York America Pageant, I felt a great sense of pride. I did not become the first African American Miss America. That distinction was rightfully earned by my fellow delegate, Vanessa L. Williams. Almost 20 years after competing in the Miss America Pageant System, I competed in the Miss Plus America Pageant. It was 2004 and I was no longer what I lovingly refer to as a stick chick. I was more than twice the weight I was when I competed in mainstream pageantry. I was 5’7 inches tall, 265 pounds and a size 20/22. I wanted to prove I could be as successful in this newfound plus pageant system. I won my division and got my wish. I was finally a Miss America. I was Ms. Plus America Woman! My last of 5 major competition achievements was when I won my American Elegance Lady title. I wanted to see if I could hold my own competing, as a plus size woman, against ladies who were smaller than me. God blessed me another win. Then there are the lifechanging, soul changing achievements and blessings in pageantry. I held numerous pageant titles so I experienced a lot of success as a delegate. I must say, however, that my coaching success has had the most profound impact on my life. My most frequent prayer is for The Lord to use me to make a difference in the lives of others. Coaching has turned into mentoring ladies. I share relationship advice, help them to develop platforms and discover who they are beneath all of the makeup and bling. I attend graduations, weddings, and family gatherings. I interrogate boyfriends and provide job references. Pageantry has given me daughters from Texas to Georgia, to Guam, to South Africa, to the Bahamas, to Kenya. My biological daughter passed before I could raise her but when I tell you that not one birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas or Thanksgiving passes without me hearing from my babies, my daughters, my pageant daughters. God had blessed me beyond measure. You can’t even put a price on that kind of achievement.


ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT | NANETTE M. WEEKS Janelle: Do you think major pageants (Miss America, Miss Universe) will ever allow plus size women to compete? Nanette: Miss America 2.0 is more inclusive. They recognize talents outside of the traditional pageant performance talents. There is no longer a swimsuit competition. Since they changed their branding, I believe we will have a pleasingly plump Miss America. I am not sure about the Miss Universe System. They have not changed their brand nor do I believe a change is necessary. Pageants should be allowed to establish their own brand without pressure to change. There is a pageant for everyone. Delegates should not be required to fit within a box. I say let’s celebrate the differences. There are plus pageants, talent pageants, pageants for slender ladies, wheelchair pageants and more. We should not force pageants to change their standards and branding. Simply find the pageant that best highlights your strengths and assets. Janelle: What would you tell someone looking to explore pageantry? Nanette: Do your research. Ensure that you know the pageant’s brand and whether the system is a good fit for you. I would also say to be more than a pretty face. Be prepared to work your platform and to become a change agent. Janelle: Where do you find the time to serve as the Executive Director of three pageants, and be the Executive Producer of the Miss Plus World Pageant? Nanette: Janelle, I am actually the Executive Producer of two pageants, I own one pageant and I am the Co-Owner of another. When you love what you do and you are passionate about it, you make it happen. Between my daughters, my Mom, my best friends, business partner, my special somebody and God, everything falls into place. Janelle: How has pageantry changed from when you first started? Nanette: The largest change I see is that there is more diversity. There are also some production changes. The major pageants are grand shows. The music is up tempo and spunky. Also, for the pageant interviews, it is not enough to be knowledgeable, your personality must really shine through. The judges want to feel like they got to know the lady. They want to see her beyond what she knows. And, of course, the evening gowns are more revealing and the swimsuits require less material! Lol!

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Nanette: I am still working on my book Rogue Queen! I believe part of the delay has been attempting to tell my story in a manner that won’t cause anyone discomfort or pain. There will be quite a few shocking disclosures. I have to strategically compile and design the storyline. It will be inspired by true events, making the people and events fictional but based on things that actually happened. I am also pursuing lifestyle modeling and acting under the guidance of a great instructor, Mr. Isaac Birdlong. Additionally, with the support of some pageant daughters, I have launched a relationship podcast entitled Let’s Get At It! My former classmate and friend, Cobbo, gives a very raw /real male viewpoint of the subjects breached. Janelle: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your work producing pageants? Nanette: Constance Zehner is one of my best friends and my business partner. We CoOwn the Miss Plus World Pageant. We had to change our pageant from the end of July to February 2021. We will soon assess the need for additional adjustments. Janelle: What kind of legacy would you like to leave in pageantry? Nanette: I want people to remember me as a queen, mother figure and mentor who walked my talk and lived a principle centered life. I want to leave a legacy of love, respect and never ceasing in my desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Meet Heidy Jantzen I was thinking back to when I became a new mom. It was all I ever wanted to be. Growing up in a large Latin family the importance of family was instilled at a very young age. My family consists of so many strong women that are the pillar of their homes and families; I had some big shoes to fill. The day I held my son in my arms for the first time I felt; there it is. My purpose is reentered. When I came home from the hospital the person that looked back at me in the mirror was someone I had never seen before. Physically I was unrecognizable. I gained over 100 pounds with my pregnancy. The change was not just physical. That fire in my eyes that was a reflection of the drive and passion for my personal goals was not there. I was a mom. For many years it’s the only thing I felt I was. It took me almost 12 years to get myself back. I had 2 children within three years. I was coparenting with my ex-husband. I had a full schedule of my children’s school activities and extracurricular events. On my time sharing, aka alone-time, I would be organizing for the next events. It was time consuming running this super mom world I had created. One day I was talking to my kids and they asked me “when you were younger like before you were a mom, what did you want to do or be? What do you like to do?” The questions hit me hard. They have no idea? Do I even remember? I want so much for them, I want them to live their truest life to go for their dreams. But how was I showing them that? What example was I giving them? I had no life of my own. Photographer | Butch Carmichael @butchcarmichael Hair and makeup | Karolina Marie Mejias @glammedbykarolinamarie Trench coat |Fashion to Figure Lingerie Victoria Secret | @victoriassecret

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How was I growing as a woman, a person? How was I contributing to the world? What made me excited and feel I was living and not just being alive. I started inward. I knew I wasn’t happy with my weight. I knew my first step was taking the reins of my health back. I was always tired and I knew that if I didn’t do anything about it I would create a number of health issues that I could prevent. I lost over 100lbs, became active and have maintained it ever since. I started using my alone time on workouts and enjoying self-help books that gave me motivation. I always loved reading. Why had I stopped? I decided to make a list of what I loved and writing and fashion was at the top. Today I am pursuing my love of fashion with passion for modeling, hosting, and speaking. As a Latin woman of color we are in a pivotal moment. We must use our platform to help and educate where it is needed. Be the change. As a plus size model being a part of the shift in media and brands, diversity is truly remarkable. To know that in some way my work can help someone regardless of gender, skin color or size feel seen is what motivates me. I’m working on my personal and professional goals while living my best life with my biggest cheerleaders; my two kids cheering me on. Motherhood is and has been the greatest joy of my life. Unlike I thought years ago it wasn’t the end of my story. My story is being written by me. Today I feel more confident than I have at any age. To represent the plussize woman that can be strong, smart, sexy and always classy. This photoshoot definitely represented that for me. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and loved the outcome. There is no better example we can give our kids than showing them we are in the ring of life trying to live our best life. I want to empower others to do the same. It is your story feel free to hit them with a plot twist.

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MedZone Releases The First All-Natural Face Balm to Help Reduce Chafing & Rubbing Associated With Wearing Masks MedZone, an industry leader in sports medicine, skin care, anti-chafe products and hand sanitizers, announces the release of Face Balm, an all-natural facial skin friction reducing product designed to help prevent the rubbing, friction and irritation created by wearing medical masks, industrial masks and CPAP masks. On the heels of the successful launch of a line of high-quality hand sanitizers available at MedZone.net, the brand moved quickly to bring this much needed product to the market for first responders and medical professionals. “Last month our customers were asking us if our other chafe prevention products could work on their face due to skin irritations and rubbing from medical masks. Once we heard that, our team went to work to create a premium solution to our customers problems to use on the face.” Said Joe Freeman, CEO of MedZone. Repeatedly wearing masks of any type can cause skin irritation, bruising and scars. Face Balm by MedZone was created to be a gentle balm on the face to help reduce the effects of rubbing and chapped skin from wearing the mask. MedZone used its years of expertise to create an easy-to-apply formula of natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, aloe extract, avocado, jojoba and olive oil, making it great for all skin types.

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Crosse in 2016. I’d definitely recommend that aspiring models take formal training because it is important to hone whatever your skill or craft is. The age-old saying “practice makes perfect” applies no matter what trade or industry you’re in. I learned different techniques on how to walk, pose and tips about the industry in general to take my career further. Emma: What skills do you believe are necessary for a successful plus size model? Sabina: Number one: confidence! Sometimes someone’s self-esteem or confidence is learned like a skill; not everyone is born with it but belief in yourself reflects outwards and makes all the difference. As a model, you are a walking advertisement and if you don’t feel beautifully confident and empowered by what you’re wearing, how do you expect people to be interested in buying that product? Oftentimes, our own insecurities show through our photos without any words.

Emma: Why did you become a plus size model? Sabina: When I was growing up, I didn’t see women that looked like me (plus size and of color) unless I was looking at Jet or Essence Magazine. Growing up, people always told me that I was pretty and tall and if I lost a little weight I could go on to modeling. But I didn’t have to lose weight to go into modeling; now we live in an inclusive world where I have a platform! Emma: Did you receive any formal training or are you self-taught? Would you recommend aspiring models pursue formal training? Sabina: I started modeling in college by literally just stepping onto the runway but, when I moved to DC in 2012, I actually did take runway training with Harvey Star Washington and I took the Life of a Working Model Boot Camp class with Liris

There are also plenty of other skills like walking on the runaway and learning how to walk in different fashion settings or events but also posing is very important. You have to look at yourself in the mirror and find out what is your good side, what your bad side is and what you need to work on. Emma: What did/do you find are the most challenging aspects of being a plus size model? Sabina: Breaking through the industry and getting those front facing opportunities. Now that I’m signed with True Model Management, they present me to a lot of clients but that’s not the be all, end all. I also need to keep my pictures up to date, keep my measurements steady and grow my portfolio with stronger and stronger pictures. Emma: What are some of the craziest things that have happened to you while modeling?

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Sabina: I haven’t really had anything crazy happen to me in this industry yet. I would say that a photographer got very raunchy verbally with me once during a shoot and I had to put a stop to it. So I warn girls about taking random shoot opportunities, especially if they go by themselves. Besides that, I’ve had just the normal day-of-show mishaps such as a dress that didn’t fit, trying to tape fabric down on a boob so it doesn’t pop out on the runway, or a strap that breaks and trying to safety pin it before the scene ends. Emma: What makes you different from the many other plus size models looking for their big break? Sabina: My versatility! I’m willing to break into different creative spaces such as acting. I’m not just a pretty face; I also have a brain and I’m talented. I don’t want to just take photos, I also want to use my brain. Like in fit modeling; the more I can learn about fabrics, stitching and behind-the-scenes production of clothing, and the more knowledgeable and insightful I become and can give more valuable feedback to the designers that I’m working with. Emma: Who are some of your favorite plus size models and why? Sabina: That would definitely have to be Liris Crosse. She has created a program to give back to and teach aspiring models which I personally benefited from so she will always be one of my model mentors. I just love how transparent she is and open to answer questions. However, I don’t just look at models in the plus size realm but also at other models like Coco Rocha. She also has created a platform where she can give back by teaching models what she’s learned about the business. The ones that are giving back I find most inspiring. Emma: What made you want to become a spokesperson for suicide prevention and how do you hope your followers will

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benefit from it? Sabina: I’ve been through both depression and a suicide attempt and I believe that my followers and anybody reading my story can benefit from it, either for themselves or someone they love. As a model, people look up to you and think that you have everything together. That you have beauty so life is just peachy for you. They think you don’t have real struggles or real problems but the problems I and others went through are very real! I want models to know that others like them are dealing with insecurity and depression and not to wait until it’s too late to seek help. I waited until it was too late to seek help and if it wasn’t for the friend that I was staying with at the time I wouldn’t be here and that’s why I want to get my story out, to reach people before they get to that breaking point. If they think they don’t have someone to talk to, I’m available, I’m here and I will take the time to listen because I wish I had someone to talk to when I was in that dark place. I’m not saying 100% I would’ve reached out but it definitely would’ve been nice to know. And, of course, I had people around me that loved me but it’s so hard to break your walls down and show vulnerability to the people you think you have to keep it together for. Emma: Do you think models are at a higher risk for suicide and mental illness? Why or why not? Sabina: There is just so much pressure on models and celebrities. We have to personify what it really means to be a model and embody the essence of a role model. Sometimes we are not seen as regular human beings. Our job is to look good and happy in the items we’re marketing but sometimes it’s not always happy-go-lucky and it’s hard to show that side. I feel that being transparent about how human we are will benefit people much more than just being a pretty face or mannequin.


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Photographer | Chris Carroll @chriscarrollphoto Model | Sabina Michel @sabina_michel

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Photographer | Prince Brown @princedaphotographer Model | Sabina Michel @sabina_michel MUA | Dillia Ulysee @iamdillz

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MODEL AND SUICIDE PREVENTION | EMMA MEDEIROS Emma: What are some suicidal behaviors for people to watch for in their loved ones? Sabina: In my case, I didn’t really show any suicidal behaviors that my loved ones should have watched out for. When I lived with my family, I would say things like “I hate my life” and “I hate this” but I never gave inclination that I was actually thinking about ending it. They just chalked it up to me being dramatic, which some people think I am. I kept all my deep, dark thoughts to myself. So I don’t think there is anything specific to look for. Just remember that, if you have a family member that you know is going through a tough time, check on them. That “Hey, what’s going on?” might open a crack and they might let you in.

want our readers to take away from this interview? Sabina: Mental illness is much more rampant then we actually believe and, especially in the minority communities, therapy is seen as such a taboo that no one wants to go. But during these times we need more resources to get through life. Like I said, even if it is not a professional, talk to someone. Girls night, drinking wine and venting to your friends may be therapeutic for the moment but what about after they leave? In therapy, you can learn the tools to feel better not just for one night but the rest of your life. And I am not saying God doesn’t help because He does. I am Christian and have faith but I am still growing in my faith.

Emma: What should people do if they feel suicidal or think their loved one is potentially suicidal? Sabina: Take them to or advise them to talk to a professional therapist. If you don’t have access to one, you or they can call a suicide hotline (https://www.cnet.com/health/ suicide-hotlines-crisis-hotlines-to-call-or-textwhen-you-need-help/) for local resources. The first thing is breaking through that stigma that depression or suicidal thoughts are not normal because, as we see today with all the pressures of the world, they have become pretty common, which is a testament to our quality of living. I know the elders in my family would say to pray and ask God for help but that simply wasn’t enough for me and I know it’s not enough for a lot of people. I will say that though the mental illness institutions I went to did a poor job of helping me, it wasn’t until I attended one group session that I really realized my life is not that bad. There are people walking around that you will never know who are way worse off than you. Granted, I did stay only for one session because I was getting even more depressed thinking about their horrible situations, but it did help me gain some perspective.

Emma: What are three weird/fun facts about you as a person that people may not know? Sabina: Most people don’t know that I am Haitian-American. I was born to immigrant parents and I am the third and last girl. Going to law school has always been one of my goals and I’m definitely going to make that happen! I want to help young teams of all backgrounds know their rights so that when they encounter situations with law enforcement they know how to navigate and conduct themselves. Lastly, I am a cat lover, especially kittens. Since I just moved to New York in November, I haven’t gotten any yet but I’m in the process of fostering to possibly adopt.

Emma: If you could tell your past-self anything about mental illness, what would it be? Sabina: Reach out for help. There are people out there who are willing to listen and, even if you think your family cannot help you, together you are strong. Emma: What is the most important thing you

Emma: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Sabina: In five years, I hope to be further along my modeling career and to have started acting. I hope to be done with law school and be working on a plan to build legal aid centers in underprivileged communities. I hope to start a family and be married. However, my main goal is to change someone’s life, even if it’s indirectly. I hope that someone reading this will make that phone call for help and be here tomorrow and the days on. To learn more about this caring curvy gal, visit: www.facebook.com/ SabinaMichelPlusModel/ www.instagram.com/sabina_michel sabinam21@gmail.com WWW.QUEENSIZEMAGAZINE.COM| AUGUST 2020 ISSUE

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How real do influencers have to keep it?

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No doubt the way to become a Social Media influencer is by connecting with a large audience of people. Often this connection happens due to the influencer being transparent with their audience about their particular topic of choice. However, where is the line between privacy and transparency. As someone’s following grows does their responsibility to the people following them grow also? Beauty influencers build their following based on their looks. Many use their page to show up new looks or new products. Most make up does a job of reducing a problem area or enhancing a positive WWW.QUEENSIZEMAGAZINE.COM|AUGUST 2020 ISSUE

feature. If a beauty influencer were to get cosmetic surgery do they owe their followers an explanation on the change? Unless they’re saying they, contoured their new nose instead of admitting that a doctor worked on it is it anyone’s business? Of course, there are times where the ethics of being open about cosmetic work is a matter of ethics. A fitness influencer who has procedure to look better while also selling a workout method needs to be honest. People are following them thinking that they can achieve what influencer achieved when that person didn’t really achieve it at all. So, in those cases it’s important to be transparent.


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What about on a general scale? If a home décor influencer gets a chin implant, does she need to disclose that with her followers? What about a suspense writer who gets liposuction? One of the biggest problems with social media is that many people think once a person is in a social space that means they’re allowed carte blanche access to them. They feel that it’s their right to comment on the lives of others even if that’s not what the person is presenting. People want to follow people they can trust. They want to follow people who seem genuine and authentic. Many influencers struggle with figuring out how much of their privacy they must give up to gain the trust of their followers. Once followers are gain next comes the even more difficult part of keeping them engaged. It’s easy to look at insights and see where engagement comes from the most with posts. It can be tempting for someone trying to get their follower count to focus on that specific type of content. However, if they know that’s not the type of content, they want to have long term, is it ethical to grow a following then change the content on them? Also, how much do influences owe their followers. Growing and changing is just part of life. It’s natural to find yourself pivoting in life in a direction different than where you started. When this happens it’s best to make a change. What if the new change is a complete 180 from what they previously promoted? Do influencers owe their followers an explanation even if it has nothing to do with their official brand? The

reason why so many people enjoy influencers and look to them for suggestions of things to purchase is because of that connection I mentioned earlier. That connection does not come easily. As result, many people consider various influencers their “friend in my head”. No one likes it when a friend keeps secrets. Even though influencers are complete strangers to them people dislike it when they don’t give full disclosure of their lives. To them it feels like having a friend who refuses to give you all the details of a story they’re telling. It’s frustrating. People rely on influencers to keep it real. They see them as more than just sales people but rather their trusted friends who periodically make purchasing suggestions. While every detail of someone’s life doesn’t need to be given to the public, full honesty is always best. Those who are fans of influencers should try to keep in mind that they’re still entitled to their privacy. At the same time, influencers should remember that the quicker an issue is addressed the quicker it can begin to go away. People will always fill in the blank with the worst possible option if given the chance. I’m a strong believer that it’s best for potentially bad news to be heard from me. This way I can sculpt it as I want and also some people just live to “gotcha” somebody. I don’t like to give them the opportunity. Standing in your truth is the best way to navigate life for both SM engagement as well as your real-life circle of influence.

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Make the Backyard a Destination for Family Fun

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MAKE THE BACKYARD A DESTINATION FOR FAMILY FUN | STATEPOINT

With many events canceled and public venues closed, the backyard is likely going to be the new hot spot destination for families nationwide. But staying home doesn’t have to be boring. Using these tips, you can put together an afternoon of sunshine and fun, right in your own backyard. Focus on the Food For delicious wings, you don’t need to head to a favorite restaurant. You can prepare them at home with this recipe for Milo’s Sweet Tea Wings:

INGREDIENTS: • 3 cups Milo’s Sweet Tea • 2.5 pounds chicken wings, cut into drums and flats • 2 teaspoons garlic salt, divided • 1.5 - 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, depending on heat preference • 2 teaspoons garlic powder • 2 teaspoons chili powder • 2 teaspoons paprika • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper

Instructions: • In a medium bowl, whisk together Milo’s Sweet Tea and 2 teaspoons garlic salt; set aside. Place chicken wings in a large shallow dish. Pour Milo’s mixture over chicken; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. • Preheat grill to medium or oven to 400 F. • In a large bowl, combine remaining garlic salt, cayenne, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, and lemon pepper. Toss chicken and spices in large zip lock bag or bowl until evenly coated. • For grill, place wings over heat turning frequently. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees and skin is crispy.

is always a summer classic, but be sure to have a variety of flavors on deck to satisfy everyone’s taste buds -- sweet tea, zero calorie sweet tea, and tea mixed with lemonade, to name a few. The high-quality, fresh beverages offered by Milo’s are made with natural ingredients and have no added colors or preservatives. Create a Theme Night Choose a different theme for every backyard BBQ you enjoy with your family -- whether it’s all songs about summer or you focus on a particular decade, you can create a specialized playlist to set the tone and dress for the occasion. Game On

• For oven, arrange wings on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, turning halfway through, until skin is browned and tips are crispy. Serve warm. For extra crisp, toss wings on the grill over medium-high heat for three minutes per side before serving.

You may be feeling a bit cooped up these days, so be sure to play some yard games that allow you to stretch your legs as well as concentrate. Cornhole and bocce make great choices, or set up outsized versions of your favorite board games that are best played outdoors.

Find even more recipes perfect for a backyard barbecue at DrinkMilos.com/ recipes.

With delicious eats, cool drinks, games and music, you can make the backyard the ideal place to “get away from it all” and enjoy an afternoon of family fun.

Cool Off Keep a cooler of delicious drinks handy to stay refreshed on a warm day. Iced tea

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August 2020 Issue  

Queen Size Magazine (QSM) is an award-winning monthly print and digital publication dedicated to servicing the full-figured industry. We are...

August 2020 Issue  

Queen Size Magazine (QSM) is an award-winning monthly print and digital publication dedicated to servicing the full-figured industry. We are...