Dallas Plus Size Takeover

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of covering this event. This show was put on by Nikki Rose of Girl Talk Salon with a goal to inspire. I must say that she accomplished just that. She had fierce models hit the runway that varied in age from 22 to 60. Yes, each woman brought her own unique flare with a variety of body types and personality.

As I sat there watching the show, there were 3 ladies that grabbed my attention. Immediately afterwards, I went to them to find out who they were and was very pleased with what they shared. Each one of these ladies had a story of inner strength which gave them an extra boost of confidence. These ladies took their steps in stride which relayed to the crowd.

The first one, Jeanna McManus from Oklahoma City is 49 and gorgeous. This mother of two is not just beauty but has brains as well. Once she completes her dissertation she will receive her Doctorate Degree. She’s also represents the growing number of women entrepreneurs since she’s owned her insurance agency since 2007. Based on her walk I was certain that she had been modeling for quite some time. Surprisingly, she informed me that she’s been modeling for only 4 years and strives daily to perfect her craft.

Designer: Rose Malone

When asked why she chose to be apart of the production she said there was a great feeling and she knew she had to participate. For her, the most enjoyable moment was seeing this huge number of plus size women come together and give each other that extra boost of confidence. She is very graceful and poised on the runway so do keep your eye on her. She’s involved in several upcoming shows including Essence of Curves in Nola. Her words of encouragement is to step out and do it, as you never know how far it will go.

Second on my interview list, Myesha Nicole. This 34 year old mother of 4, BROUGHT IT! She had a walk that grabbed your attention. Anyone present could see that she was serious about honing her skill. Modeling everything from a tutu, denim, and my favorite was a criss-cross halter swimsuit paired with fishnets and pumps. This young lady was in heavy rotation during the show. She’s signed with the Great Entertainment Incorporation and has modeled for Master Piece African Boutique as well. The natural cut she rocks was the perfect compliment to give her the perfect dose of edginess and class. Her message to Dallas, “WE ARE BOLD AND WE ARE HERE“. She travels to participate in different shows as well so be sure to keep your eye on her she’s definitely going places.

Photography: TRS Photography

Designer: Code Fresh

Last but certainly not least is Ms. Park Shun Hee from Corsicana, Texas. This 44 year old philanthropist and mother of 5 is such a caring soul. She has one biological daughter, two adopted daughters, and 3 foster daughter. As if that alone doesn’t capture your heart, this lady has lost a whopping 190 pounds! Yes, almost 200 pounds have been shed without any surgical procedure. She has many hats that she wears which include being a Certified Fitness Trainer, Runway Coach, Dancer, and Model. She’s also a survivor from domestic violence and loves sisterhood. She has a passion for mentoring and had three of her daughters participate in the show as well.

This diva was first in the show and managed to keep the crowd engaged during her performance. She was intentional wit her delivery. She walked, twirled, and even managed to squeeze in a little breakdown with Nicki Minaj which sent the crowd in a frenzy. This lady loves people and entertainment. I give her a grand salute because it’s not easy but she makes it look though it is.

Photo Credit: TRS Photography

Designer: Tymechia Smith

Nikki Rose, a hairstylist is to be applauded for even stepping into the plus size fashion forum. She had a vision and was able to execute it. I was one of the first in the building and was so happy to see the long line of people waiting to get inside. The city of Dallas was receptive in their support which made this show a huge success. As with anything, there’s always an amazing support team. Kudos to James Polk, Betty Tillman, Isacc Birdlong, Cratina Webb, and so many more. As a Curvy Influencer, I appreciate her executing the vision. Their isn’t a huge platform in Dallas and I know that will soon change. We have too many big girls and guys in a state that’s known for doing everything bigger. I’m excited to see what the future unfolds as the year continues.

For more event footage visit @thefashionfold on IG and FB. This message is #FashionFoldApproved and I hope you’ve enjoyed the quick journey we had. 💋

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The Curvy Industry Experience 2016

 

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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!!!

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(Left to Right) Gwen Devoe, Kristen Booker, Chenese Lewis, Christina Mendez, and Lisa Scott. Photo: Drea La’Trice

 

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Plus Size Embracement: Curvy Women Take Over

  This cover of Ebony has given me so much life. These ladies are bold, confident, and beautiful. Not too mention that these ladies look flawless so a huge kudos out to the stylist that helped them flaunt their stuff. 

Plus size in America is deemed size 10 and up. With that being said, just about everyone I know is there or sitting on the dock of the bay…lol. 

Seriously, you have to embrace yourself where you are. If you’re a 10 and you feel flawless, continue to walk in stride and keep it pushing. There are so many society handles on what’s deemed beautiful and what’s not. I’m at a point where I know who I am and I embrace it. The things that I don’t like, I work on. The things I do love, I work harder to perfect them. I like to deem myself “PERFECTLY IMPERFECT”. 

These women standing in confidence, will inspire the next generation to not allow society nor social media to place a damper on their looks. Keep rocking it ladies! 

 

What is the Dallas Pin Show Exactly?

I recently posted some pictures on my IG in regards to the Dallas Pin Show. I have received several inquiries from people who just want to know exactly what the Pin Show is. So I’m going to break it down so you’ll be in attendance on next year.

The Pin Show is a fashion show that features collections from local established as well as new designers. The event is open to the public and is thrown together by Julie McCullough. The designers feature pieces from different categories. This year’s collections were in bridal, urban street wear, men’s wear, women’s wear, swim wear, jewelry and even hand painted bags by Wendistry. There was also live music from Zhora and friends and an aerial performer during intermission.

There’s no other fashion show like it so please get your tickets and tables for next year. It’s one show you’ve got to see in order to believe! Keep yourself in the mix by going to http://www.thepinshow.com. The website also has photo galleries from the show as well.

Who is Jazzie P

IMG_2755Jazzie P is looking to make her mark on the fashion and entertainment industry. Loving all things fashionable and not being afraid to create my own boundaries with my personal style have allowed me to create a certain platform for myself. Still in the creative phases of my entrepreneurial career I am learning to take one day at a time and consistently try to be better than I was the day before.

Currently, I’m a full time college student which is a task within itself considering I am a single parent. Then I work two part time jobs that keep me quite busy. I try and volunteer with different opportunities and work a lot with my church on top of building a brand for myself. This life of mine is quite hectic. However, it’s something that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Giving my son’s an example of what hard work is and how it pays off is very important to me.

I am hoping that my transparency of my journey and outlook on different topics will help someone else learn to live out loud. I’ve procrastinated with my first post for quite sometime and realized I can never fail, if I never try. I want to inspire others to be comfortable in the skin they are in. I am perfectly imperfect and I’m okay with it. Meaning, there is always room for improvement but I don’t beat myself up over the things that aren’t so great, I just work on them!