The Curvy Industry Experience
I’m sure your curiosity is peaked and you are wondering just what The Curvy Industry Experience was all about. No worries, I am here to be your personal guide and help explain just what this dynamic experience was all about. The plus size industry is a billion dollar industry and continues to grow because Cosmo now deems plus size as a size 8, imagine that. This event was the first of it’s kind held here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and created by none other than Kristen Booker, CEO of Vanity Curves Boutique, located in Arlington, Texas. Her vision was to create a platform for plus size women of all demographics and create them with insiders in the plus industry.
TheCIE 16 started with a Fashion Mixer on Friday Night at the Hotel Nylo in Las Colinas. There was an easy check-in accompanied with a welcoming aura. There were drinks, music, and great networking among all the beautiful ladies. With that being said, everyone look fantastic and rocked their own individual style with a boldness that said they were confident in who they were and where they are going. I met everyone from radio hosts, models, pageant queens, and boutique owners, just to name a few.
Saturday Morning, kicked off with a Workshop and closed with a Panel Discussion. They offered golden nuggets of information from some very resourceful power houses in the plus industry. They set out to provide invaluable knowledge, training, and experiences from expert professionals and they surpassed any expectations that anyone could’ve had.
Gwen Devoe, Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week was there. She been featured in everything from Good Day New York, Entertainment Tonight, and Huffington Post Woman. She partnered with Chenese Lewis, a multi-media personality,Former Miss Plus America, and multiple radio and television appearances. These two partnered together to provide us with priceless information on how to successfully put together your next fashion event and gaining sponsorship. They even shared the in’s and out’s on how to break into the Plus Industry, no matter which avenue you’re going through.
Christina Mendez, one of the most gorgeous faces in the plus size modeling industry has worked on campaigns from Ashley Stewart and Sofia Vergera. She’s also been featured in Cosmo Latina, Glamour, and Essence Magazine. Multiple television appearances on shows such as Project Runway, Good Morning America, and The Rachel Ray Show. She combined her knowledge with a veteran in the plus size industry, Lisa Scott. Scott has modeled for companies like Macy’s, Target, Avenue, Belks, Lane Bryant, and Ashley Stewart. She is also an ambassador for many brands and is currently still a plus size fashion blogger. Their workshop tackled how to become a model in a competitive industry and to not let the fear of “no” keep you from pursuing your dreams.
After the separate workshops both group joined together for an AMAZING Panel Discussion accompanied with a great Q & A Session hosted by the Fabulous KiKi J from K104.
As you can see there was a plethora of knowledge poured out and I am extremely appreciative for all that I gained. Kristen, has truly out done herself and I thank her for bringing her vision to life for us all!!!
(Left to Right) Gwen Devoe, Kristen Booker, Chenese Lewis, Christina Mendez, and Lisa Scott. Photo: Drea La’Trice