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October 2013

Suzette: A Survivor

In Fashion, Plus Size Fashion

This post brings me to tears because it’s very sentimental to me.

Suzette Michelle is not only a beautiful plus model, but she is an admirable survivor for the beast that is breast cancer!

I have lost two aunts to breast cancer and I have one aunt who is currently in stages of beating her breast cancer!

I had the honor to interview Suzette and hear about her amazing story of becoming a model and beating breast cancer.

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Name: Suzette Michelle
Age: A diva never tells her age
Ethnicity: Black & Haitian (If that makes sense) I do believe that your ethnicity has an influence on your fashion preferences.

 

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion means freeing yourself while allowing creativity that is visual to the eye.

 

What’s your background in modeling? When and why did you get started? Was it for the glamour? The money? Pure kicks?

I modeled as a child with my Aunt Stella Green in local fashion shows. I was so young. I barely remember. I also was a contestant in the Ms American Coed Pageant at the age of 16. My mother, Jeannette Green, stopped this immediately when a pornography photographer contacted my home after the pageant. I decided to start modeling again as a bucket filler after my Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis. Once I started, I could not and have not stopped. I am the face and muse of designer Marco Hall’s curvy line. I am currently one of the faces for Manik Mag. I modeled on Arise 360 T.V. for designer Shanda Freeman. I have walked on numerous runways. I am also an actress. I have held roles in two different Gospel plays: “Yet Will I Trust Him” and “Underneath It All.” UIA will be showing at the Apollo in Jan of 2014. Stay tuned.

 

Who are you favorite designers?

My favorite designers are Marco Hall, Shanda Freeman, Tina Knowles, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen and Sherita Jennings. Jessica Simpson is one of my favorite shoe designers. Her shoes are so comfortable. Some of my favorite models are Coco Rocha, Cici Ali, Denise Bidot, Tiffany Bank, Jeannie Ferguson, Tricia Campbell, Nicole Zepeda, and Andre J just to name a few. I love all of their work.

 

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Out of all your photos that you have taken thus far, which one is your favorite?
My favorite photo was taken by Traci Anderson Noxie Studios
It just says so much!
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Who would love to work with that you have yet to work with?

I would love to work with Shamayim. He is the CEO and photographer of Seven Tribes magazine. I have been in attendance at 2 of his shoots where he was shooting Marco Hall and I was swept off of my feet by his talent. He is a true artist

 

We are talking about plus size models but it would be a good idea to define what that is. What does the industry describe it as and what would you personally define it as?

he industry describes plus size models as a size 10 and up. Some even consider a size 8 to be plus size. Sad but true but we don’t make the rules, we only try and change them. The plus size model is your everyday curvy women.

 

What are your feelings towards padding the plus model industry?

I think that it is horrible that models are padded in his industry. There are all types of body shapes for modeling and I’m sure if people want to hire models that need to fit clothing a certain way, then hire that model but there is so much that has been done and even more that still needs to be done and every day the plus size industry is changing things.

 

What advice do you have for other aspiring models?

Please do your research. Learn the pluses and minuses of being with an agency verses freelancing. Know that your brand is your is your business so handle your brand accordingly. Keep on top of your business and just because an agency may sign you or take interest in you, does not mean that lose sight of your brand. Remember you are not the only model at the agency.

 
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*Designer: Marco Hall Photographer: Thomas De Leon*

How do you prepare for a shoot?

The night before a shoot I get in the mirror and practice, practice, practice. I prepare a bag so that I will not be fumbling in the morning of. On my way to the shoot I play music to get prepared. I often listen to Beyoncé or Jay Z to get my alter ego going. Something upbeat to get me motivated.

 

How would you describe working with a photographer?

Working with different photographers have been wonderful experiences. It is always interesting to see what each photographer’s eye catches. It is also cool to be behind the camera watching how a photographer creates. It’s all art when you think about it.

 

Do you think it’s important to be fit as a model?

I think it is important to be healthy. I think I like that word better.

Courtesy of Ashley Stewart

Courtesy of Ashley Stewart

 

I’M A SURVIVOR!

 

How did you find out that you had breast cancer?

I performed a self-breast examination and felt the lump. I went to the Dr. and was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer which metastasized to my lymph nodes.

 

Did you have a family history of Breast Cancer?

Yes there is some family history on both sides of my family.

 

What was life like during treatment?

Humbling. It was chemo & home while I took care of my baby whom was 5 months old at the time of my diagnosis. Lots of reflecting and quiet time with GOD. This is when I learned not to take life for granted.

 

Picture taken one day after Chemo

Picture taken one day after Chemo

How did you manage to stay positive during the hard times?

My faith in GOD, Prayer and my children are all components of how I stay strong.

 

What are messages of hope that you’d like to give to others who are combating any type of cancer?

Keep GOD first and remain hopeful. I believe that your attitude has a lot to do with your healing. Remember that the Doctor has to give you every worse case scenario when you are diagnosed but don’t get lost in the side effects that are provided. You can mentally take them on and not really be suffering from them. Research but limit yourself to the internet. It is worse than the diagnosis itself.

 

Have you done any events or campaigns where you were able to intertwine your love for modeling and breast cancer awareness?

I modeled in The Pink Show which was my first show that I walked in as a survivor. I also walked for Beauty For Pure Purposes where I was featured as a breast cancer survivor. I donate to some charities. I’ve donated wigs for makeovers for cancer patients. I am currently working on my own breast cancer campaign. Stay tuned.

Photo courtesy of Falcone Reale wearing designer Adik 369

Photo courtesy of Falcone Reale wearing designer Adik 369

LASTLY, DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS FOR CURVY GIRLS EVERYWHERE??

Stay hopeful and keep fighting. Believe in yourself first before others believe in you. I salute an support each and every one of you. We are all unique in our own way and add something different to this life we call Plus Size Modeling.
Courtesy of Ashley Stewart

Courtesy of Ashley Stewart

 

 

 

The Day in The Life

In Fashion, Plus Size Fashion, Uncategorized

Last weekend was such crazy weekend. Jumping from birthday party to birthday party, I must say, it’s been a lot of work.

But, I do have a couple outfit updates :).

One Friday, I went to a dinner date with one of my best friends. We had to catch up on everything that was going on in my life and she hasn’t seen me since November of last year.

Before we went of to the Sushi house, I thought I would put on something simple.

 

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Quite the comfortable look and it finally gave me a reason to wear a crop top from the straight size of H&M.

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Top: H&M. It’s sold out, but you can find it on EBAY too.

Skirt: F21. Still being sold here.

Boots: Lane Bryant. Still being sold here

The next day, I went out for my brother’s 25th birthday!

Boy oh Boy did I run out of things to wear. HA! Losing 80lbs really does mess with how much clothes you have left, but I did my best .

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Top: F2. Still being sold here.

Pants: Thirfted

Shoes: Steve Madden (no longer sold).

Wait til next weekend as I celebrate my birthday in NYC!

 

 

Curvy Closets

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On October 13th, me and my sister Nyviana went to Philadelphia for Curvy Closets. Curvy Closets is the brainchild of Dominique Revere-Lincoln CEO of Empress Lingerie and Blogger Colleen Stovall of  shortcurvyfierce.com.  This runway show and cocktail reception is becoming a legendary annual fashion craze in the Philadelphia area.  Our goal is to bring the best of plus size fashion to Philadelphia for our astonishing one night affair.  In addition to having a great showcase and event, we are dedicated  to donating a portion of the proceeds from our show to 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations.

When I say WE HAD A BALL, that was an understatement.

Being able to meet so many curvy models, industry people, and even fellow bloggers was like a dream come true. I don’t know the complete inner workings of the Plus Size Industry, but I have to say Colleen Stovall REALLY put up a great show this year!

I was also given the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by the Curvy Correspondent this Aleea Slappy while on the pink carpet!

She asked me a range of questions from where my out fit was from and my Curvy Boston.

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I will make sure to post the interview as soon as I get the link.

Now onto the great stuff! The show was hosted by the amazing Allison McGevna who not only showed up with her beau but released the capsule of her collection called Twentyfour20 Designs.

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Here are my favorite looks from the night.VEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and for the finale, Allison released her line!

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Here are a few pieces

Here are a few pieces

The networking aspect of the show is always the best part for me. Check out the super dope bloggers who came out!

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(L to R)
Alexis Baker from KurvyKatie
Shainna Tuckert from A Thick Girls Closet
and MOI

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Nathaline Collins wearing a skirt by JIBRI

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(L to R)
Christina Mendez (Plus Model)
Chante Burkett (Everything Curvy and Chic)
Alexis Baker (Kurvy Katie)

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My Boston Traveling Buddies
Priscilla Williams
Nyviana Colon
and ME again.

 

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I tried something new this time around. I bought a piece from every part of Forever 21.

Vest: Straight Size Forever 21 (Size Large)

Denim Top: Males section Forever 21 (Size Large)

Pants: F21+ (Size 18)

Shoes: Just Fab

Accessories: F21 AGAIN.

Also wanted to shout out Nyviana’s outfit, which I loved and helped style as well.

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Top: Thrifted

Skirt: Forever 21

Booties: DSW

Another huge congrats to Colleen Stovall and Dominique for the amazing show.

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Hope to see you next year!

 

Photo Creds:

Doug Swain

Plus Gorjus

Jay Matthews

 

 

Plus Night Out : Memoirs of a First Timer

In Fashion, Plus Size Fashion, Uncategorized

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For the past two yrs I would look at pictures from Plus Night Out and say to myself “Man I wish I was there!”

Well this year I went to PNO with the beautiful ladies of Curvy Boston and experienced the amazing fashion show.

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Pictured with Catherine Schuller the “Fairy Godmother of Plus Size Modeling”

For those who don’t know what Plus Night Out is:

Plus Night Out is a fashion event exclusively for the plus size woman, a plus-centric event, held during Fashion Week in NYC. It is a designer incubator for the independent designers to showcase their collections to media, press, retailers, stylists and other plus industry professionals. Plus Night Out is in its third year, with its second runway event in New York and have a platform that has established itself as a leading fashion event for Curvy women.
This is their first year with a Corporate sponsor. They chose to work with Ashley Stewart because of their commitment to on trend selections at great prices. Ashley Stewart showcased two collections on the Plus Night Out runway this year, one of which is a signature collection by a prominent Plus celebrity.
The designers this year were an eclectic mix of style, design and ideas. The Cotrice Collection, from Los Angeles, was a featured designer in Lifetime’s “Project Accessories”. Her avant garde designs flatter the female body in ingenious ways. Chocolate Sushi Couture from the Chicago area, brings elegance and ladylike sensibilities to the runway in resplendent fabrics. Intimate Plus from New Jersey, showcased a collection of high quality intimate wear seldom seen in plus garments. These are just a few of the collections that walked the Plus Night Out runway last Friday during Fashion Week.

 

This yr the show was hosted by Joanne Borgella of Nuvo TV’s Curvy Girls.

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Joanne was a very funny and witty host for PNO 2013. She also announced that she is looking for the new face of her brand JBny. Look for it on IG.

Also, keep Joanne in your prayers as she is battling a rare form of cancer. Check out her post here.

The show was filled with amazing features from different plus designers, boutiques, and online retailers from all over the U.S.

This year I wore a limited collection dress from Theary Sim or YouthEary Khmer.

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Dress: YouthEary Khmer
Sandals: Zara 

 

Although the show started late, we definitely got the bang for our buck.

Here are few crowd pictures:

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Look who came through: Luenell !

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Here are a few of my runway favorites:

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This was a great networking experience for me because I finally got to meet many of the face that I communicate with online.

I want to shout out the beautiful women that always support me and my blog:

Vanessa

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and Samantha

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Plus Night Out Model Search 2013 Winner, Aliyah Cherrisse
Here is a video of Ms. Aliyah Cherrisse on the PNO Runway.
Congrats Aliyah!

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Lastly, check out Fly Girl Couture . Unique Carter (creative director and designer) worked day and night to produce these pieces, so don’t hesitate to contact her!

She made all these outfits!

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Photo Creds: Lucivory Photography