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A Testing We Will Go!

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As a plus size model, keeping your portfolio updated is so important. Our looks change over time. No one wants you to show up the day of the job and they don’t recognize you. It’s also a great way to practice in front of the camera. You can only get so much done at home in the mirror.

I reached out to Rick Jones for my test shoot. If you are looking for a photographer in the NY/NY/PA area I would definitely recommend him. He is professional, fun, and always gets the shot! He also has affordable rates so you can get the job done without breaking the bank. The part I love the most are the turnaround times, I shot with him Saturday and I’ve already seen some of the images! How cool?! I can’t wait to see the rest!

I’m sharing a few with you. I’d love your feedback. ;)

To book Rick, you can contact him via email at photos@rjonesphotographyllc.com.

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Photo: RJones Photography
Shirt/Dress: Forever 21+

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Photo: RJones Photography
Dress: Asos Curve
Shoes: Forever 21+
Bracelets: Ashley Stewart

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Photo: RJones Photography
Shirt/Dress/Shoes: Forever 21+

If you are looking for more information on what type of pictures you should add to your portfolio. Check out this article.

Update: Full Figured Fashion Week Casting Tour

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Last month, I went down to Virginia to audition for Full Figured Fashion Week. I talked about my experience here. I got an update from the FFFWeek team so I wanted to make sure I keep my supporters and followers in the loop.

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A quick pic before heading to the FFFWeek casting
Makeup: Nakia Williams
Hair: Split Artistry Salon
Top/Jeans: BellaNOR Boutique

There is still a chance that I may be on the Full Figured Fashion Week runway in June. I have been placed on the standby list to be a featured model this year. Some people would be saddened by this but I actually feel encouraged. Over 1,500 women attended castings across the country to be considered to be a model for FFFWeek. There are only 50 spots for models and the competition was fierce. I know that being a petite plus model isn’t easy and I’m proud to still be in the running.

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An update from the FFFWeek team

I’m staying optimistic. I have a lot of great people in my circle and they are all praying for me to be chosen. I know what God has for me is for me, hopefully it’s in His will for me to be a featured model at Full Figured Fashion Week this year. Congratulations to all the lovely ladies chosen.

I’ll be at the event either way. ;)

Keep me in prayer!

Petite Plus Models Prepare to Takeover Tropical Divas

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I am excited to announce that petite plus models are getting some extra shine at the Tropical Divas 2012 Plus Size Fashion Show.

This is the first time I have seen a show do a segment of all petite plus models and I hope this starts a trend!

The plus size modeling industry was created to represent the average woman. We all know half of women in the country are size 14 and up. But, what the industry chooses to ignore is that the average woman in the United States is 5’4″. To me, that means that models shouldn’t have to be 5’10″ to be taken seriously. Women of various sizes and heights should be used to represent brands so consumers have a better idea of how they will look in the garments designers produce.

Come out Friday, July 20th to support and see me and other beautiful petite plus models show that you don’t have to be a glamazon to rip the runway up!

Our amazing fashion will be provided by The Fuller Figure. The online vintage shop launches August 19th, so prepare for your sneak preview in Richmond!

Thanks to Ms. Theresa Flatts, founder of The Unforgettable Woman for giving petite plus models a place to shine.

For more info on the show, the competition, and the schedule of events, visit:
http://www.tropicaldivasrichmond.com/Schedule.html
http://www.tropicaldivasrichmond.com/Short.html

The Face of Full Figured Fashion Week – A Flashback to 2011 with Ms. Nina Taylor

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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. ;-)

Celebrity Stylist Anthony Henderson presents ONE NIGHT ONLY Gala Event

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Flyer for the One Night Only Gala


Celebrity Stylist Anthony Henderson came on my radar last year. In 2011, plus size models were showcased in one of his events, 17 Days of Fashion… Being an aspiring plus size model, I love to see curvy women showcased in fashion events. I had the pleasure of meeting him at The Germantown Fashion and Arts Festival. He was kind and open, making me feel like we had known each other for ages, instead of being just another Facebook friend.

Celebrity Stylist Anthony Henderson and I at The Omega Optical Shopping Event - Sept 2011


Celebrity Stylist Anthony Henderson is hosting another one of his amazing events in Philadelphia on March 3rd, 2012. I reached out to him to see if he would give me a few moments to ask him some questions about the event and his plans for the future. He was kind enough to oblige.

Celebrity Stylist Anthony Henderson


SCF: Please tell my readers a little bit about your story and how you got into fashion styling?
AH: I got my start styling because I wanted to be an actor but it was not a large enough source of income. My first styling gig was for Urban Expressions TV show in Philadelphia. Then, the major turning point in my career came when I was an assistant for the movie, “Train Ride” starring Esther Role, Wood Harris (from HBO’s The Wire), and MC Lyte. The head stylist was fired and I was promoted to head stylist. Then the mother of Eve, a rap superstar, called and asked to go on tour with her. I was only given 24 hours notice but I took the offer and have been going ever since.

SCF: What are the top three tips you offer new and old clients?
AH: Great posture, Good undergarments, and Confidence. These key factors go a long way with any outfit.

SCF: In Philadelphia, one of the things you are best known for is putting together great events that bring the city’s fashion elite together, such as “17 Days of Fashion”. What do you enjoy most when hosting these events?
AH: What I enjoy most is meeting people and helping other people make great connections in the industry.

SCF: What made you add plus size women to the line up of 17 Days of Fashion…?
AH: A producer approached me and I thought it was a good idea to showcase full figured women.

SCF: How do you think your career will evolve in the near future?
AH: My career will develop by styling selective, bigger celebrities. I also plan to produce TV shows and will build my own multimedia company. I am also the Producer and Executive Producer for Mothers with a View, in which we highlight five African-American mothers. Of course, I will still be active in the community, giving back and continuing to help others make great connections.

SCF: What can Philadelphia expect to see at the One Night Only Gala?
AH: We will honor six fashionable women that have contributed to the community, charities, and the fashion industry. You’ll hear great entertainment and see the guests great fashions.

Look out everyone the dates for 17 Days of Fashion… for 2012 have already been announced, August 17th – September 2nd.
Celebrity stylist Anthony Henderson is looking for new producers for events. Visit 17 Days of Fashion…’s website and/or Facebook page.

Anthony Henderson’s events never disappoint so if you haven’t purchased your ticket already you must do it before tickets sell out. The women being honored include Kharisma McIlwaine from the CW Philly, Sharon Phillips Waxman of SPW Productions, Julie Wilch of Wilch Productions, Lori Wilson from NBC 10, Jenice Armstrong of the Philadelphia Daily News, and Tweety Elitou of Young Hip Chic. Each of these women are amazing in their own way. It’s great that Mr. Henderson is providing a platform to highlight women who add so much to Philadelphia and the fashion scene here.

For more information, check out these links:
Anthony Henderson

http://www.Facebook.com/AnthonyHendersonFashionStylist

http://twitter.com/AHFStylist
One Night Only Gala
http://urbantix.com/Event/One-Night-Only-Gala-Event.aspx
17 Days of Fashion…
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/17-DAYS-OF-FASHION/129272880447738
Mothers With A View
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mothers-With-A-View/215303458531909?ref=ts&sk=wall

Empress Lingerie Giveaway – Three Month Anniversary for SCF

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I’ve been really busy so I haven’t posted in a little while. The good news is I’m working on a lot! :)

Guess what…Saturday marked three months of blogging for me! I want to thank everyone who reads my blog and follows me on Facebook and Twitter.
Tomorrow is Valentines Day! To celebrate both of these amazing dates short, Curvy, FIERCE is having our first giveaway sponsored by our amazing friends at Empress Lingerie.

Angie in Empress Lingerie


The contest starts on Valentines Day (2/14/12) and runs to February 28th. There are so many ways to increase your chances of winning just check out all the ways to enter below.

Shalone in Empress Lingerie


I thank everyone for their support and good luck to all who enter!
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OOTD: Thrifty Chic from Wear House Boutique

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When I went to the Proof is in the Palette 101 with Nikkie20six at Wear House Boutique, I went for two reasons. Of course, the obvious reason was to get some makeup tips. My second reason was to check out Wear House Boutique.

Wear House Boutique


I first found out about Wear House at the Brag Fashion Show at Philadelphia University in November of 2011. I was there modeling for Sean Anthony Designs. I was eyeing every piece from their boutique wishing I was in their segment too! I had no clue the pieces were vintage. I am one of those girls that admires the fierce fashionistas that turn their thrift store finds into amazing fashion. I need a “pretty” environment to shop effectively so the thrifting experience always intimidated me. Wear House Boutique makes it easy by finding all the great garments and putting them in one place.

This place is great for curvy ladies like myself because the store focuses on sizes 10 and up. Corrinn Lichet from The Fuller Figure, one of the owners of Wear House Boutique made the process even easier for me and helped me pull some garments. I left with two outfits. The prices are the icing on the cake, perfect for the diva who “balls on a budget” or just likes to look nice without breaking the bank. Here is one I wore to Gold Label Shoppe’s “The Jewelry Box” Party at Elocin Plus Size Boutique in Trenton, NJ.

Outfit I purchased at Wear House Boutique

Stay tuned because I hope to interview the owners Monique Hankerson and Corrinn Lichet very soon!

Ladies in Philly, there is a gem in your backyard. You definitely need to check it out.

Pink is my favorite color!


For more info, check out these links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wear-House-Boutique/221251454553041?ref=ts
http://www.wearhouseboutique.com/
http://www.thefullerfigure.com (Corrinn’s blog)

Shirt and skirt purchased at Wear House Boutique
Jewelry: Gold Label Shoppe (in the first picture)
Shoes: Payless

Proof is in the Palette 101 with Nikkie20six

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Nikkie Davis

On January 14th, I went to Wear House Boutique. I’ve been meaning to check out the store since I saw their pieces at the BRAG Fashion Show in November 2011. One of my goals for 2012 is to overcome my fears of makeup and learn how to “beat my own face”. When I heard of the event Wear House Boutique was hosting, Proof is in the Palette 101, I thought it would be a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

Wear House Boutique

 

I checked out the makeup artist that would be leading the event, Nikkie Davis, on YouTube. Her videos are just as entertaining as they are informative. I see why she has over 12,000 subscribers! Of course, I reached out to her so I could share all her fabulousness with you.

 

Tell my readers about yourself. How did your career as a makeup artist begin?

I was never into makeup. I had an older sister that loved it! By older I mean a couple of months, lol. She put makeup on me one day and I loved it. But it took years later for me to pick up the brushes and start to experiment. I purchased whatever makeup books, one was Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces it introduced me to techniques and application. It was not the same as watching an instructor watching exactly how they stroke their brushes and blend but I had to take what I could get. I practiced as much as I could on anyone who would let me until I felt confident in my skills and started doing it professionally. I went to cosmetology school but ended up doing mostly hair and teaching the makeup course because I knew more about makeup than my teachers!

 

There are so many beauty products out there. What do you like Graffiti Divas Cosmetics?

Graffiti Divas Cosmetics is a line that’s created and packaged by a friend of mine. She custom makes and blends her pigments, foundations and blush. She really takes pride in her brand and I stand behind that 100%. My company is actually an all natural bath and body line called Bubble Babez Bath Company. We hand make luxury for your body.

How did you develop a relationship with WearHouse Boutique?

The owner of Wear House Boutique is my sister from another mother, my sewing mom. We kind of grew up together and she was always my guinea pig for whatever talent I was practicing no matter if it was makeup, hair, or nails. I’m so proud of Monique for making her dream reality so whatever I can reach back and help with I do.

 

Your YouTube channel is another resource for makeup mavens or ladies like me trying to learn. When did you start it? Any new videos we can look forward to?

I started my YouTube channel about two years ago. I watched many makeup tutorials and I was like I can do this! And I did. When I first started my goal was to hit 10,000 subscribers and I did and I was like this is awesome! You have to have thick skin on YouTube because you have hate from everywhere lol, about your race, being a lesbian etc., What videos I will be working on in the future are makeup applications for teens, I have decided that I want to do more wearable looks instead of the crazy neon makeup looks I used to do!

 

I don’t like the cold. Although it is a while from now, I’m looking forward to the milder temperatures. What beauty trends do you think will be popular this spring?

I don’t follow trends at all! They are repetitive and if the trend doesn’t look good on you your not going to follow it anyway. So my trend is always the same, wear what looks good on you! Everybody doesn’t look good in Nicki Minaj pink lips lol or smoky eyes! You always have to do what works for you trend or no trend!

Nikkie Davis at Wear House Boutique

 

Thanks again to Nikkie Davis of Nikkie20Six for a great lesson! I definitely picked up  some tips that I will try to put to good use. Special thanks to Monique Hankerson and Corrinn Lichet at Wear House Boutique for hosting a fun and informative event. Don’t forget to check out her channel and subscribe.

Nikkie20six

For more information check out the following links:

Check out her YouTube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/user/nikkie20six

Graffiti Diva Cosmetics

http://graffitidivascosmetics.com/

I loved WearHouse Boutique! Stay tuned for another post about my experience and some of the great clothes I found.

http://www.wearhouseboutique.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wear-House-Boutique/221251454553041

Gold Label Shoppe

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I found out about Gold Label Shoppe recently and was truly impressed. If you keep up with shortcurvyfierce.com, you know I have worked with Elocin Plus Size. At the boutique, the accessories there are amazing. I had the pleasure of wearing many of the pieces modeling for Elocin and also modeling for Gold Label Shoppe. I was pleasantly surprised that this accessories designer was open to using models of various, shapes, and sizes.

Model Domonique Revere-Lincoln with accessories from Gold Label Shoppe

Nigel Beckett is just as kind as he is talented. I contacted him to see if he would be kind enough to answer some of my questions. When I find something I like I try not to keep it a secret. Nigel was nice enough to oblige.

Owner of Gold Label Shoppe, Nigel Beckett

SCF: How did you get your start in jewelry designing and what do you love most about it?
GLS: I got my start designing and selling jewelry when I realized that my fashion sense was making me draw things I had never seen. It seems like it came at the right time because right around that time is when I realized I wanted to be my own boss. Having that in mind and a will to succeed, I started the business Gold Label Shoppe.

SCF: How would you describe the look and style of your pieces?
GLS: I would describe all my pieces as classy, elegant, and edgy. When I make jewelry, I give each piece an individual touch so that is truly one of a kind. I put as much effort into making and selecting my jewelry as I would if I was picking out a gift for the most loved person in my life.

SCF: What are some of your favorite materials to use for your jewelry?
GLS: I love to use Swarovski crystals, chains, and different types of beads.

SCF: Please tell the readers how they can purchase from Gold Label Shoppe.
GLS: Anyone interested in purchasing jewelry, can purchase in store at 313 Market St. Trenton, NJ 08611 or if you like our page on FACEBOOK or follow us on TWITTER “Gold Label Shoppe” and see something we post you can contact us on either networking site or email us at goldlabelshoppe@live.com and give a description of the item you like and we will have it shipped to you or you can pick it up in store!

SCF: Most jewelry designers use only straight size models, but Gold Label Shoppe is different. How do you select your models?
GLS: We select our models based on attitude; we believe that everyone is beautiful no matter what shape, size or race you are. We at Gold Label Shoppe believe in building self esteem, and as a modeling / runway coach I myself think that anyone has what it takes to be a model it just takes a little hard work and some great motivation, which we at Gold Label Shoppe don’t mind helping out with!

Gold Label Shoppe

Ladies if you love accessories that make you stand out from the pack, contact Gold Label Shoppe.

How amazing is this piece?!

Come to the special event Gold Label Shoppe is having at Elocin Plus Size Boutique on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Trenton, NJ. It’s going to be a great event. Let’s start the year off right! Come out and have a good time feel free to invite a few friends! Enjoy music, wine, food, fun and a few games! There will be door prizes, raffles, and more. Hope to se you there!

Gold Label Shoppe

For more info, check out these links:

Gold Label Shoppe
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gold-Label-Shoppe/127633413983992
https://twitter.com/#!/GoldLabelShoppe
https://www.facebook.com/events/117128445072200/

Elocin Plus Size Boutique
http://www.elocinfashions.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ElocinPlus
https://www.facebook.com/pages/ELOCIN-Plus-Size-Clothing/151495964422
https://twitter.com/#!/ElocinPlus

Walk This Way with Jeannie Ferguson

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If you know me, or have read my blog, you know Jeannie Ferguson is my favorite plus size model. Of course, she’s short, curvy, and fierce; but more than that, it’s because she has beaten the odds. Despite the industry’s height discrimination, she is a sought after plus size model even though she is petite. You’ve seen her all over the place. Most of you probably know her from BET’s “Rip the Runway”. To me she is a great source of inspiration.

Petite Plus Model Jeannie Ferguson

In the beginning of my journey as an aspiring plus size model, I was always anxious to talk to other models leading the industry. I reached out to many asking how they got their start or for some pearls of wisdom. When most ignored me, Jeannie was different. She was receptive, offering advice and encouragement.

Jeannie is just as gorgeous in person as she is in photographs. I had the pleasure of meeting her at a shoot for Manik Magazine. I know that issue is going to be hot so be on the lookout for the Manik comeback!

When I heard she would be holding another runway class this year I was ecstatic. I was even happier when she agreed to answer some questions for me to share with my readers!

Jeannie Ferguson

SCF: How do you stay positive when you are faced with height discrimination? Do you think the plus size fashion industry has become more accepting of petite plus models?
JF: It can be really hard because in some instances I have 2 strikes against me for having no hair and being short. I always feel that for every no there is a yes. I do think some industry folks are warming up to the Petite Plus Models as you know they don’t exist.

SCF: I know you started modeling because a model was a no show for your line, Big Girls United. What can we expect to see this year from BGU?
JF: You can expect to see a small change with more variety. We are pushing to cater to the masses.

SCF: Has modeling changed how you see yourself?
JF: No, I am still the same ole Jeannie just regular.

SCF: Who should attend your runway class? And what can they expect to learn?
JF: I think every aspiring, established and experienced model should take my class. For the aspiring models it will show them how to prepare for a casting etc. so they can hopefully book the job. For the established & experienced models the class will help you brush up on your runway. You can never learn too much even if you think you know everything.

Big Girls United and Manik Magazine are hosting the event, so I know it’s going to be a blast. The class is Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Ripley Grier Studios in New York City. For all aspiring plus size models, tall and petite I suggest you take this class and work on your craft. I know it will be worth the trip. I definitely won’t miss it! The class is limited to twenty-five participants, so act fast.

This flyer has all the info you need to sign up for the class!

A special thanks to Jeannie Ferguson for speaking with me!

For more information, check out these links:

Jeannie Ferguson
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plus-Model-Jeannie-Ferguson/236951539683105

Big Girls United
http://www.biggirlsunited.com/

Manik Magazine
http://www.manikmag.com/