Friday, April 30, 2010

'The View' snags Gabourey Sidibe as guest co-host;

Gabourey Sidibe has already tried her hand at hosting "Saturday Night Live," and next week she'll get her shot at co-hosting "The View." A few days later, "Iron Mike" Tyson will make his first-ever guest appearance.

ABC announced Wednesday (April 28) that the "Precious" star will get her chance to gab alongside the ladies of "The View" on Tuesday, May 4, followed by Tyson's guest appearance on Friday, May 7th.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

FFFWeek(tm) 2010 Aspiring Models Panel Discussion - Tix on sale NOW!!

Have you ever seen a live fashion show, watched a fashion on TV or flipped through a magazine and said to yourself: "I wish I could do that?" Well the good news is chances are you CAN do it! Whether you are a new model just starting out or you are a few years into your career, you will benefit from our "Aspiring Model Seminar & Panel Discussion". Learn the secrets to starting a career as a plus sized model from the ground floor up and/or how to take your career to the "next level"....from the people who are making it happen as we speak!

The fashion industry has in general frowned upon the idea of the “plus sized” model, preferring to holding steadfastly to the antiquated belief that fashion begins at a size Zero and ends at a size 6. These days with a shaky economy, 2/3’s of the world’s population wearing a size 14 or larger and growing rapidly by the minute and with February 2010 marking the official end of NY’s Fashion Week at Bryant Park; Seventh Avenue has begun to rethink the notion of the Plus Sized Model in print and on the runway.

Designers are beginning to realize that designing clothing for a small minority of folks is no longer cost effective and therefore a whole lot of them are quietly branching out to other
markets (i.e. plus) to keep their businesses afloat. The issue of size acceptance has been a hot topic over the last few years and is getting hotter by the minute….

So what does this mean for YOU the aspiring plus sized model you ask? It means that a whole new WEALTH of possibilities can open up for you to take advantage of if you are willing to

learn how to “play the game” called Fashion!

Sharon Quinn, "The ORIGINAL Runway Diva “ - Actress/Veteran Plus

Model/Writer/Singer/Casting Producer, whose recent appearances include The Style Network's Ruby, Oxygen's groundbreaking Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance, MTV’s MADE, Cash Cab & The Food Network's Throwdown With Bobby Flay; Statuesque, poised, graceful and striking are all adjectives used to aptly describe the attributes belong ing to Miss Sharon Quinn, affectionately known as "The Original Runway Diva", due to her presence, style and unbelievable confidence on the catwalk. She has handled the casting for Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance has well as The Bachelor and will be on hand to host and moderate the panel discussion.

Find out from The Runway Diva:

  • The 7 Deadly sins for a plus model!
  • What the basic qualifications are to become a plus model.
  • How to have maximum success on a local level (the Underground).
  • How to adapt and overcome obstacles without sacrificing who you are.

Your All-Star Lineup of Panelists (subject to change) include:

Mia Amber Davis - Plus Model/Actress (Road Trip), Television Producer (The Ricki Lake & Star Jones Shows), Stylist and Editor-At-Large for Plus Model Magazine

As a model Mia Amber has worked, with Richard Metzger, Monif C., Queen Latifah for Curvation, Abby Z., Lane Bryant and numerous others. As an

Ashley Stewart campaign model Mia Amber was selected to be the face of The Butterfly Bra designed by R&B superstar/Actress Jill Scott.

Mia has graced the covers and pages of numerous magazines and has appeared on countless television shows. The determined Mia went toe to toe with Janice Dickinson on Oxygen's The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, as well as Anti-Fat activist Meme Roth in a highly publicized segment of CNN's Campbell Brown. In 2008 she was appointed Creative Editor-at-Large for Plus Model Magazine. In an effort to help aspiring models make an impact on the industry, in 2009 she began a career as a Style Consultant.

Most recently, Mia launched her own blog as a way to keep in touch with her fans and answer the multitude questions asked of her daily by models and model citizens alike!

Register and listen to Mia as she explains:
  • How to make it or break it as a plus sized model on ANY level.
  • How to develop a "signature" runway walk.
  • How to stack the deck in your favor!
  • Building your skills within your personal budget.
  • How to avoid being typecast.

Yvette Ray Pinfield
- Plus Model/Author (Your Guide to Plus Sized Modeling)

Yvette Ray Pinfield is a working mom and a plus size
model with agencies in both New York and Miami. Her portfolio of work spans over 7 years and includes the Today Show, Good Morning America, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Motherhood Maternity and many more. Yvette holds the title of Mrs. Manhattan 2008 and is also an active member of a number of professional organizations including the International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA).

Learn What Works in Plus Size Fashion and Modeling from an Industry Expert....

Your Guide to Plus Size Modeling is a great read for those who want to get into the field of modeling and it also teaches women to believe in themselves through reinforcing their self-esteem and positivity.

Find out from Yvette:
  • How much money you'll need to get started.
  • Getting in where you fit in (other branches of modeling).
  • How to properly prepare for the open call.
  • How to invest in the business of YOU.
Fluvia Lacerda - Plus Model/Actress
"The Brazilian Bombshell"

Plus-size Brazilian model Fluvia Lacerda is the star of "16", a short film that challenges the stereotypes of beauty currently set by the film, fashion, and advertising industries. At her size, Lacerda is an anomaly in the fashion world, which has historically been defined by bone thin, size 00 models. After several models died of anorexia in 2006, a push was made inside the fashion industry to change the unreasonable size standards in runway shows.

Television and print media is also starting to show women who more accurately represent America - where the average woman is a size 14.

Fluvia was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to New York City almost 13 years ago. She was discovered by a magazine editor on a Manhattan crosstown bus and has not stopped working since. She's the only Brazilian working as a plus size model overseas and has been called "The plus sized version of Gisele Bundchen". Fluvia is one of the most known faces within the plus size industry and has been featured in ads for Fashion Bug, Torrid, Igigi & Monif C. and in Latina & Glamour magazines.

To see more of Fluvia's work CLICK HERE to visit her website.

Aminah Benjamin - Casting Director/Producer (BET's Rip The Runway)

Aminah will be on hand to answers the questions that EVERYBODY wants to know.

Find out from Aminah.....

Everything you wanted to know about Rip The Runway!

Learn he secrets behind the casting process for Rip The Runway.
  • How to avoid the mistakes that most models make in their auditions.
  • What the producers are looking for when they cast the show!
  • Why preparation is KEY in getting selected for RTR.
  • What direction the show is going in for 2011!
And much more!

This is definitely a panel discussion that you DON'T WANT TO MISS if you are serious about a career as a plus sized model.

So sharpen those pencils, pack those pens and notebooks and come on down and get the necessary knowledge you need to succeed in your career!!

CLICK HERE to register for FFFWeek(tm) 2010's Aspiring Model Seminar & Panel Discussion!

FFFWeek(tm) 2010's Aspiring Models Seminar & Panel Discussion

Friday, June 18, 2009

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Hotel Pennsylvania

401 Seventh Avenue @ 33rd Street

The Madison Room / 18th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Tix $22.00 in advance / $30.00 at the door

Seats are limited!!! Get yours now!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Plus Sized Supermodel Emme Aronson to host FFFWeek(tm) 2010 Finale!!

Industry Icon and television host Emme Aronson (she is our very first plus sized supermodel) has been tapped to host the 2nd annual Full Figured Fashion Week (tm) 2010 Finale Runway Showcase on Saturday, June 19th, 2010 in New York City!

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to FFFWeek(tm) 2010 Finale Runway Showcase

Here's a little background info on Miss Emme (via Wikipedia):

Emme is currently host of FOX's reality dating series More to Love.

She previously hosted Fashion Emergency on E! where she gave fashion advice to women of all ages. Emme is frequently seen on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and other cable networks about socially compelling and women-related issues.

Her "Simply Green with Emme" iVillage blog came about from her brush with lymphatic cancer in 2007, pondering all things for the quest of green living for herself and her family.

Emme posts as well for the Living channel on The Huffington Post on body image, self esteem, and related matters. Her New Year post for 2009[3] is one of her most popular.[citation needed]

Her column "Ask Emme" appeared monthly in Mode magazine in the 1990s. She's been named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" (1994 and 1999) and Glamourmagazine's "Woman of the Year" (1997). Ladies' Home Journal selected her as one of its "Most Fascinating Women of the Year" (1997) and as one of its "Most Important Women in America" (1999).

Her first book, True Beauty—Positive Attitudes & Practical Tips from the World's Leading Plus Size Model, was published in 1997. Also in 1997, she was invited to speak before aCongressional subcommittee about eating disorders.

Her second book, Life's Little Emergencies: Everyday Rescue for Beauty, Fashion, Relationships, and Life, was published in 2003. Her third book, written with her husband, Morning Has Broken: A Couple's Journey Through Depression, was published in January 2006. She and her husband wrote their first children's book What Are You Hungry For?, illustrated by Erik Brooks and published by Harper Collins, which was released in the summer of 2007

Vote NOW for The Face of FFFWeek(tm) 2010!!!

Let’s "face" it, not all curvy women are meant to be runway divas, but that does not mean that they are any less fabulous or beautiful.

Full Figured Fashion Week™ endeavors to support ALL curvy women, not just those who are booked to walk our runway. Therefore, we are pleased to announce the return of our "Face of Full Figured Fashion Week™" Cover Model Search, which will run from March 29, 2010 to April 29, 2010.

The beautiful faces you see below are some of the contestants who have entered our Cover Model Search. Please show your support by casting your vote for the contestant that you feel would make a great representative of our event. The winner will be flown to New York City to host our Red Carpet on June 19th and will receive many other prizes.

Remember, only one vote per IP address is allowed. Thank you for supporting the beauty in curves!

Voting ends on April 29, 2010.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the ballot!

Time To VOTE!!! FFFWeek(tm) 2010 Awards!!!

Full figured fashion has made significant strides over the past few decades. While mainstream fashion argues over our legitimacy in fashion, for the first time ever, Full Figured Fashion Week™ takes the time to celebrate those who have and are continuing to bring plus size fashion to the forefront.

On Saturday, June 19th, during the 2010 FFFWeek™ event, we will honor designers, models, photographers, pioneers, blogs, and many other integral trailblazers within the industry and we need you to help us select the winners!

By the way....I am up for an award in the Plus Industry Icon Category.....So make sure you VOTE NOW!!!

Remember, only one vote per IP address is allowed.

Thank you for supporting our trailblazers!

Voting ends on April 29, 2010.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the ballots!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tix for FFFWeek 2010 Events are ON SALE NOW!!!

Tickets to the Full Figured Fashion Week™events are ON SALE NOW!
Purchase your tickets by going to the website and clicking on schedule/tickets.

But, of course you already knew that because 100 of you bought tickets within 30 minutes of the information going up! Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Click here to check out the list of events for Full Figured Fashion Week(tm) 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Project Runway's Daniel Vosovic to dress Gabby Sidibe?

According to's The Cut....Season 2 Project Runway contestant Daniel Vosovic recently approached the Academy Award Nominee's people with the possibility of dressing her in the future....from The Cut:

"He hopes that even as a small label he'll be able to dress celebrities for red-carpet appearances. "I’m a little obsessed with Zoe Saldana, but that’s too easy. You could throw combat boots and a paper bag [on her], and I guarantee she’d rock the shit out of it," he told us last night at the premiere of Breaking Upwards. "But I did approach Gabby Sidibe’s stylist, and we are going to hopefully be working in the future on something."

Finally! A designer with balls big enough to take on the challenge of dressing someone who isn't a size two! I hope they take him up on his offer....I would love to see what he would design for her!

Gabby Sidibe to host Saturday Night Live!!!

Word on the street (via E! Online) is that Academy Award Nominee Gabourey Sidibe is set to host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live.

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Hmmm.....guess that means Howard Stern & Co., can KICK ROCKS!!! (lol)

You GO Girl!!! Congrats on the gig!

Jill Scott Covers Essence Magazine!!

Jill Scott looks phenomenal as she graces the cover of the May 2010 issue of Essence Magazine!

"Ever since I had my son, I feel like there's a stitch of lava in my spine. I feel like I can do anything."--Jill Scott

With a string of lead movie roles under her belt and on the eve of a new album, the inimitable Jill Scott covers ESSENCE's May issue--looking and feeling better than ever! In "And Baby Makes 2," Jill is photographed at home with her 9-month-old son Jett, as she opens up about the difficult road that led her to single motherhood, the sister circle that helps her get by, and the perfect life she enjoys today.

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Jennifer Hudson Reps Weight Watchers

Jennifer Hudson is the new spokesperson for Weight Watchers. The Grammy Award winning singer recently told Huffington Post:

Jennifer Hudson didn't gain a huge amount of weight when she was pregnant with her son, but it was enough to make her do a double-take when she saw a picture of herself.

"I didn't realize it was me," the singer and actress said Thursday. "I was like, 'Who? ... Oh, my God, this is me.' And now when I look back, wow, look at the difference from then to now."

Hudson, a former "American Idol" finalist who won a best supporting actress Academy Award for "Dreamgirls," has lost the baby weight and more, and she says it's because of Weight Watchers – for which she is the new spokeswoman.

Hudson said she has always been happy with her curves but after she gave birth to David Daniel Otunga Jr. last August she felt the need to take control of her body and her eating habits.

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The April 2010 Issue of Plus Model Magazine is live!!!

The April 2010 issue of Plus Model Magazine is live! and available for your reading pleasure. This month's issue is the official Music Issue and celebrates our curvy divas and their male counterparts in the music industry!

April 201o features my Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance homegirl, the beautiful Joanne Borgella.
My article in this month's issue covers the Curvy Alumnus of American Idol (including Joanne!), highlighting their lives before, during and after Idol!
And if I do say so myself (lol...and I do!) it's an awesome read!

CLICK HERE to begin reading the article!