So today is the day that tons of ladies have been waiting for…The announcement of who the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 will be! With close to 60 candidates in the running, the official judges had a tough decision to make. The panel is more than qualified. The judges include Marina Zelner, CEO and Founder of the Queen Grace Collection, Tiffany Braxton Belvin – Mrs. New York American Beauties Plus 2012, Madeline Figueroa-Jones – Editor-in-Chief of Plus Model Magazine, and Steffany Allen – Fashion Stylist & Personal Style Coach.
I thought it would be interesting to reflect back to last year and talk to the amazing spokesmodel from last year, Nina Taylor. She’s definitely short, curvy, and fierce. With brains and beauty she is making her mark on the plus size community.
Stylist Domonique Revere-Lincoln of Empress Lingerie
I reached out to Nina to ask her some questions and she was sweet enough to take time out of her busy schedule to do it.
One of my favorite pics of Nina
SCF: I started this blog as an outlet for my frustration with height discrimination in the modeling industry. How has your experience been as petite plus size model?
NT: At first it was very difficult to obtain work because I am only 5’5. However what I lack in genetic gifts I make up in being business savvy, approachable, easy to work with and creative. Yes I have to work harder than most models that tower over me, but in the end it makes me a better model. A little adversity is great to fuel your need to grind.
SCF: Full Figured Fashion Week looked like an amazing experience. What was your favorite moment?
NT: My favorite moment was sitting on the teen panel, speaking to the youth about self esteem and setting goals regardless of what anyone says. I sat alongside some very esteemed women in the plus industry and I felt like the young ladies took alot away from that panel. The red carpet was also an amazing experience. Everything about fffweek just oozes fabulousness. I enjoyed it all.
SCF: One of the reasons you were chosen as the 2011 Face of Full Figured Fashion Week was for your amazing pictures. Who are some of your favorite photographers to shoot with?
NT: Some of my faves are Ajani Truth, Jovanna Reyes, Don C. Oriana Layendecker and my fave Maria G. I also developed amazing friendships with them just by working with them.
SCF: Has your life changed since FFF Week last year? If so, how?
NT: Yes, FFF week helped me to expand myself as a brand and I was able to make connections with industry leaders on a personal basis. I also obtained several amazing friendships that will last what I am sure will be a lifetime.
SCF: What’s next for Nina Taylor? In the scientific world? In the plus modeling industry?
NT: My business partners and I will be opening a modeling agency in the Washington DC area, working and developing exclusively with plus size models, I will continue writing for Daily Venus Diva Magazine as their East Coast Beauty Editor, I am nominated as Plus Print Model of the year in Maryland for the MD Fashion Awards, you’ll see me modeling for Curvaceous Boutique as well as Curvysta in the coming months, there is a layout in process for Skorch Magazine, some webisodes in progress and i’ll be back at full figured fashion week 2012 in another capacity
SCF: So this year’s submissions are in and we are all waiting to hear who will be the next “Face”! If you could offer any advice to the lucky lady chosen, what would it be?
NT: Stay true to yourself and Give women a reason to look up to you, and do not look at the opportunity as a way to promote yourself, but to promote the industry and your beliefs on beauty and size acceptance. Enjoy the year because it will go quickly
Photography: James Anthony, Retouch: MRG, Studio: Catwalk Studios, MUA: Chaneese Martin, Stylist: Apuje Kalu
Thanks to Nina Taylor for answering my questions! I expect nothing but greatness from her and am excited to see what the future has in store for her.
Congrats to Venessa De La Rosa!
The Face of Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 - Venessa De La Rosa
I wonder what plans she has on how she will make her mark in the curvy community. After following, Rosie Mercado, Teslyn Butler, and Nina Taylor, she has some big shoes to fill.