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Catherine Schuller Introduces Photographer Kristy Leibowitz



Catherine Schuller, our PLUS Model Magazine industry liaison, has made it her mission to inform, inspire and infuse the spirit of sharing, support and encouragement in all aspects of her work over the years in the plus size industry. Her sense of community, not competition, allows her to be an advocate one day, and a go-to, go-between the next. As a market expert she realizes that although we’ve come light years from the days of half sizes, muu-muus and polyester jogging suits, we seem to lack resources, positive role models and high caliber visuals to reinforce confidence and self esteem. She often says she’s a self-professed ‘market expert’ who is promoting the full figured femme and making the plus field a fashion force to be reckoned with.

“I like to find ways to unite us, find areas that are being underserved, and create opportunities to improve the perception of who we are and what we want.” As a former Ford model, Catherine remembers her early days and knows how critical it is for young models to be given direction, advice and a healthy dose of reality check “girlfriend talk.” She speaks to hundreds of young hopefuls wherever and whenever they meet her, mostly at conventions, pageants and retail and charity events around the United States. She is often hired as a motivational speaker, but being in the trenches and not behind the podium is where she prefers to be. She doesn’t mind being a sounding board or a shoulder to cry on. “If I am the one good thing that someone has happen to them upon their entering this field, then I’ve done my job.” There’s a lot of ambivalence, confusion and misleading information, not to mention disheartening or rude rejections. “I like to think I’m an expectation manager.” Her aunt taught her a saying she has never forgotten, “Children, what does it take to just be nice?” She adds, “I don’t give false hope, but I’m certainly not nasty!”

We tracked her down to find out what she has been up to recently — what insights, tidbits, news and views she would like to share with PLUS Model Magazine for the New Year. As we would expect, her networking talents are still being put to good use. We caught up to her as she was packing her bags to go to Miami and then Orlando for the week after Christmas and between New Years. She is out there, for sure; she walks the walks, meets and greets, and filters it all for us here at PMM!

We asked her what she’s been up to in terms of helping new models and she tells us about her new favorite find — a hot photographer in New York City named, Kristy Leibowitz – no not Annie’s kid sister – but a talented photographer in her own right.

Catherine was excited about having made Kristy’s acquaintance in 2007 while styling a CD cover and jacket for curvy diva, Julie James, and her mega-watt talented husband, Josh Max. She was impressed with Kristy and talked her into testing some new models who occasionally come to visit New York and need to do test shoots.


Kristy feels that, “Rather than spend a lot on a first test, I’d rather new models have a positive, uplifting, fun experience that is within their budgets (since most of them are students or working). I mean, they are going to spend money on these first tests, and with no direction or advice, they often get useless stuff they can’t use and which breaks their bank, to boot. Kristy delivers the goods, and the models all love her and her work… and the parents, who usually tag along, are really happy, too!” Read on as we see what Catherine and Kristy have been up to and how they are helping new models who need a positive initial experience with test shoots. When Catherine has any free time, she sets up the shoot and tries to assist models in the daunting process of getting those great shots, putting together portfolios, comps and marketing themselves properly.

Catherine Schuller here! Okay, PMM readers… Happy New Year! Wow, ’08! Can ya believe it??? We are deep into the new millennium now, no turning back.

In the January 2008 issue of PLUS, I am thrilled to introduce Kristy Leibowitz…

I caught up with her for some Thai food at Why Curry?, our favorite spot in her neighborhood, and I decided it was time to share her with you all!

Catherine: So, Kristy after ten test shoots with plus size models of various levels of experience, beauty and comfort in front of the camera, what would you say you’ve learned or liked best about working with your first group of curvy models?

Kristy: I am loving it and it shows in the work. It’s really rewarding to capture these women and make them look uncompromisingly fabulous.


Catherine: You really did great work from day one… it’s not like you had to be coerced or cajoled or even trained! I’m anxious for you to share your background with the readers…

Kristy: In a nutshell, I graduated high school in 2000, went to the University of Hartford, and enrolled in the Hartford Art School, which had a great sculpture program. I was studying photography, but engrossed in sculpture and ceramics. After 9/11, I started reconsidering… I could see myself making a living with photography. I decided to transfer to one of the best photography programs at Parsons School of Design.

Catherine: Where are you from originally?

Kristy: I’m a native New Yorker, raised in Long Island. My mother and father were very creative and hands-on, always working on “projects”… so I inherited that gene. New York is a great market for photographers, too, so I was lucky to have been here already. I was so busy working as an intern while I was going to school, I had tons of experience even before I graduated in 2005 from Parsons.

Catherine: What were some of your favorite courses, because having gone to Parsons, I know they make sure your education is diverse and well rounded?


Kristy: Some of my favorite courses were Art History and the History of Fashion. It’s funny, because one of the first inspirations that stuck out in my mind was when I learned about the Venus of Willendorf. Talk about your “original curvy chick”

Catherine: I see what you mean! But right away you were being exposed to flesh being sensual, voluptuous and fascinating.

Kristy: Yes, and I was always comfortable with the idea that it was highly desirable and artistic and yes, even sometimes preferable, to artists to have some flesh on those bones. And because I am a woman, I completely understand that “thin is the not the only body type” that is beautiful or acceptable. I love the diversity of how many different ways we are shaped. And I am not some sleazy guy panting over a sexy full figured woman. I am an artist trying to capture nature in an honorable way that serves it up in the highest and best way possible.

Catherine: You just seem to trust and allow those things to evolve when we work together, too.

Kristy: Yes, it’s about experimenting with angles, lighting, shooting up vs. shooting down. I just move around the subject…move her body, face, her basic position within the frame. I just see what emerges and what inspires me. I try not to pre-determine anything. I know it will happen when the person gets in front of the lens. It’s a collaboration. It’s not about me doing all the work.


Catherine: You sound so knowledgeable about working with the subject. Did you get a photography job right out of school?

Kristy: Pretty much… about six months after graduation I was working at the Daily News as a photojournalist and at the stock agency, Getty Images. I was out on the field, on assignment, shooting everything and anything they requested. Some of it was dangerous, some of it was tedious, some of it was ridiculous, some of it was grueling. I also started freelancing as an event photographer for Deitch Projects at their galleries in Soho.

Catherine: What a great combination of commercial and artistic… It’s as though your drive has opened up the opportunity and your talent has allowed you to make it into something called life’s work. You strike me as someone who never gets bored.

Kristy: I also get a lot of inspiration from some of the traveling I’ve done to date. I’m only 25 and I’ve only been out of school two years…. and a few of my favorite places have been Israel, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. I loved that when I got to those places I got to go to the non-touristy places and parts that no one gets to see that were off the beaten path. It taught me a lot about how people live differently and how they are so content with what they have. It really makes you appreciate life in a different way then how we live in this country.

Catherine: I’m glad we’re doing this interview because I was only getting bits and pieces of your background. But I knew you were not a cookie cutter, bang it out kind of artist. You are also cooperative, someone who thinks on their feet and someone who knows how to get the job done…


Kristy: Well, I figured we’d start working and the creativity would kick in. I was willing to do whatever it takes because I had enjoyed working with you on the album shoot where we met, and I trusted that you were serious about using me as a test shoot photographer. I didn’t know if I would hear from you, but when I did, I was glad you took me up on my offer.

Catherine: That first shoot was challenging too. Talk about biting off more than you could chew!

Kristy: Yeah, two male models, a plus size female model who had only some sporadic experience — and a 95 degree summer day!

Catherine: And a makeup artist who had just had foot surgery and was a hurting puppy. But we did it!

Kristy: Not to mention some of those street shots are really great. I love the one with Jeff on his skateboard whizzing in front of that graffiti wall.


Catherine: Exactly! Can you believe how many props those guys brought to the test?

Kristy: Yes, and we were so crowded, using your studio as a makeup and change space!

Catherine: I knew you were a trooper when we showed up with surfboards, skateboards, and three filled suitcases!!

Kristy: Yes, we’ve learned to not try and do so many models in one day!

Catherine: But I was impressed again with how you made it work and just got into it. Those shots were beautiful and since we used your neighborhood, you knew all the great spots to go… the park, the graffiti murals, the interesting nooks and crannies, street walls of interest, the courtyard, the lobby with the tile work and wrought iron doors.


Kristy: We discovered we had the ability to work under pressure, under adverse conditions and get some creative results that the models needed.

Catherine: Yes, I could see how cooperative and wonderfully engaged your interest remained throughout the day. Even though it was hot! You never complained and we got some great stuff.

Kristy: And it just kept on going from there.

Catherine: I often have new models come in town and need someone to shoot them who has patience, can give good direction and doesn’t pass judgment on their new-ness or out of town qualities.

Kristy: No, every person has something about them that you can capture and interpret. Sometimes the outfit is just killer… I am a woman and I love fashion. I am young and hip and very involved in the downtown scene. The transformation that occurs is stimulating. And our makeup artist, Dawn, is such a great asset to our team. Her makeup and hair inspires me.


Catherine: What things do you like and what things do you not like about “new models.”

Kristy: Well, I like when they come prepared with outfits that are planned and put together. I like when they have devoted some time to understand what they have to contribute, maybe even watched America’s Next Top Model, pulled tear sheets out of magazines with looks they’d like to try. I’m not going to duplicate them, but it gives me an idea of where their sensibilities lie. I also love models who can take direction and all this preparatory work helps. I mean, sit in front of a mirror and study your facial angles, take dance and yoga… learn to move and be in touch with your body. Know what is comfortable, what silhouette outlines your body frame can make and think composition. Know how to work your shoulders, your chin, keep your eyes “alive.”

Catherine: I always say that you just capture what they give you.

Kristy: It’s very odd to be in front of a camera if you aren’t used to it. New models lack the experience and they don’t know that they have the permission to “give” and they clam up.

Catherine: You are SSSSSOOOO good with first timers. I watch you talk to them about body positioning. I watch you give them an inner dialogue. I watch you tell them where to direct their eyes, to vary their facial expressions. They love that they are being “told what to do” but that it is still coming from them. You aren’t making them into robots or trying to duplicate something over and over because it worked with 100 models before.


Kristy: Well, I admire what you are trying to do with new models. To help them in their first endeavors. To give them beautiful shots that will make them believe in themselves…to boost their confidence….it’s important to make their experience in NY a good one, and make sure they don’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money on the test. ‘Cause there is hotel, meals and transportation to consider during a visit to NYC.

Catherine: Yes, I can get them a great apartment, a great photographer, styling, hair and makeup and a comp card and a portfolio started for a very reasonable price.

Kristy: Yes, you can tell they appreciate that you are working within their limited budget. There is always a very upbeat vibe about the shoot. The models are all nice and patient and professional. And strangely enough…grateful!!!

Catherine: Well, I know most of these models are students or are working and that money is tight. Especially since they have to take time off, get themselves here and navigate around New York. I help them with that and keep the cost very low, so I’m not going to go through all this work for someone who is a brat!!! I don’t have any desire to help anyone who isn’t worthy. The business is not for entitled princesses, or divas or someone who thinks they are God’s gift to the modelling world.

Kristy: We’ve had that conversation! I grew up on Long Island with lots of daddy’s little girls and spoiled rotten kids who expect it all. If there’s one bit of advice I would give someone, it’s keep a great attitude about everything you do. Try to treat every experience as if it is something worthwhile in its own right…give it your all and have fun with the process. You are in good hands with us!


Catherine: I agree…can’t wait to keep shooting with you and developing a website of our work real soon. We’re going to have an interesting year and I’m so glad I met you and brought you on board with CurveStyle. You are truly helping redefine this woman as an icon in her own right and show positive images of beauty, style, healthy and sane living. Here’s to 2008 and our quest to keep reshaping fashion.

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Vacation or Staycation These NEW everydayJONES looks are perfect for YOU!



Vacation or Staycation These NEW everydayJONES looks are perfect for YOU!

Our editor Madeline Jones continues to celebrate the joy of fashion on television shopping networks HSN, TSC (Canada), and QVCUK.

Our editor Madeline Jones continues to celebrate the joy of fashion on television shopping networks HSN, TSC (Canada), and QVCUK.
* WATCH HER LIVE ON HSN – May 31st at 11:00 am and 6:00PM
* Watch ONLINE by visiting and clicking on WATCH LIVE

“I know I’m supposed to only be focused on selling clothes but it’s such a great opportunity to speak body positivity to so many people. I can’t help myself!” – Madeline Jones

After two very successful drops her first SUMMER DROP is here. When we asked where her inspiration came from she said, “This collection is my version of quiet luxury. No, you will not be paying thousands for an item but the aesthetic and luxury are present throughout this drop. I leaned into hues of moss, sunset orange, and off-white and added new fabrics like stretch lace and stretch linen. Also, lots of pockets!

Below are some of the new pieces we are LOVING right now…

Shop the entire collection on HSN, QVCUK, and TSC here:

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Black Woman’s Guide to Self-Care



Black Woman’s Guide to Self-Care

When you’re a black woman, it can feel like everyone is watching you.

It can feel like the entire world is focused on your every move and every word, waiting for you to say or do something they can use to tear down your reputation.

It’s exhausting—and it’s why taking care of yourself is so important.

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to share this guide to help you make sure that you are taking care of yourself every single day so that you can be your best self for everyone else around you! 

1. Eat:

You need food. It literally keeps your body alive, so make sure to eat at least one time every day! 



2. Drink water:

This seems obvious, but sometimes we forget about it! Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day—it’ll help flush out toxins and keep your energy levels up. 


3. Sleep:

Sleep is important for everyone, but especially when you’re a black woman who has to deal with all kinds of BS every day just because of who you are (and not because of anything else). Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! You need sleep! Sleep gives us the energy we need to keep going each day without losing our minds or giving up entirely on society as a whole (or even just ourselves).  


4. Pamper yourself:

Get a massage or other type of bodywork—it’s a great way to relax and decompress after a long day at work. 



5. Develop a gratitude routine:

Practice gratitude every morning and night by writing down three things you’re grateful for in your journal or telling yourself out loud what they are before bedtime. 


6. Make space for what you enjoy:

Take time for yourself in whatever way works best for you—whether that’s reading a book or taking a bath or just sitting outside for 15 minutes in peace and quiet. 



7. Know your worth:

Get clear on what you deserve—and don’t settle for less than that. You can’t really love yourself if you don’t know what makes you happy and then pursue those things. If you want to be happy, start by figuring out what makes you happy and go after it.


8. Stop trying to please everyone else:

You are not responsible for how other people feel or what they think about your life, so stop worrying about them so much. You don’t have time for that! Focus on yourself and let others do their own thing without your interference (unless they ask for it).


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Lane Bryant To Launch First-Ever Mannequins with Diverse Skin Tones



Lane Bryant is ending Black History Month on a diverse note.

The plus size fashion retailer will be rolling out a new set of revolutionary mannequins featuring a variety of skin tones, which is reflective of the brand’s ethnically diverse consumer base.


The size-14 mannequins come in four skin tones, taking inspiration from the beauty industry, which has made strides in showcasing different skin tones in marketing campaigns and in-store ads.

Lane Bryant is the first major retailer in North America to launch mannequins with different skin tones, according to the brand. These mannequins will make their first appearance at Lane Bryant’s new Columbus, Ohio store.

This is a great addition to their in-store imagery, mailers and social media channels, which feature customers of different skin tones.

It’s so important for customers to see models and mannequins that they can identity with, so this was a smart choice for Lane Bryant to make as we enter a new decade.

Kudos to Lane Bryant for making this move!

Stay tuned to the blog for updates on what other stores will be included in the mannequin roll-out and IF there will be mannequins in different sizes as well.

What do you think of Lane Bryant rolling out mannequins in different skin tones in their stores? Follow us on social media and let us know: @plusmodelmag:  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

Have you seen our February 2020 cover celebrating Black History Month with the beautiful Jazzmine Carthon (sponsored by City Chic)? Click here to check it out!

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The 10 Best Plus Size Moments of 2019



The 10 Best Plus Size Moments of 2019

A new decade is almost upon us and we’re looking back at some of the best plus-size moments in 2019.

We’re definitely ending the year with so many wins for the plus-size industry and here are 10 of our favorites from 2019:

#1: Visibly plus women are seen on magazine covers and in campaigns

This was the year we saw visibly plus size women (size 18+) front and center. With the average American woman now a size 18, we say, it’s about damn time.

From Tess Holliday gracing the July 2019 cover of Nylon to Lizzo ending the year on the cover of British Vogue, visibly plus size women were showing the world that they can exist in a larger body that may not be the perfect hourglass shape and be confident, happy and beautiful.

Universal Standard also continued to push the envelope by using a size 34/36 model on their website, which we predict will prompt other brands to use larger models alongside their usual size-14 and size-18 ones.

#2: More brand launches and size expansions

2019 was definitely the year of exciting brand launches, especially focused on a customer that hasn’t really been talked about… the high-end luxury buyer. New brands such as Ryllace and Henning directly serve that customer with luxe closet staples and quality basics. This new wave of luxury high-end brands forces the industry to recognize that plus size women are worth quality-made clothing and will spend the money to buy them.

Henning Launch

Photo, Henning

Popular mainstream brands also expanded their size ranges to get in on the $30 billion dollar industry, such as Anthropologie, American Eagle and Madewell. With adidas recently launching up to size 4X in select styles and looking to expand on that in 2020, we’re excited to see where this will lead in the new decade.

#3: Successful Influencer Collaborations 

Eloquii made the spring season a little brighter and bolder this year with their collaboration with celebrity makeup artist Priscilla Ono. Lane Bryant partnered with plus-size style influencer Rochelle Johnson of Beauticurve for a fresh and feminine collection


Photo, Fashion to Figure

And Fashion to Figure’s collabs with influencers Nadia Aboulhosn and Sarah Rae Vargas gave us sexy and classy, along with snake print wide calf boots that plus-size fashionistas are still coveting.

There were some collab fails this year (we won’t name names) but if these successful collaborations are any indication of what’s to come in 2020, we can’t wait!

#4: Major mainstream designers expand into plus sizes

This year, we saw iconic designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg (via 11 Honoré), Betsey Johnson (via Dia & Co), Veronica Beard, Tanya Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff (via Stitch Fix) and Hilary Macmillan expand their sizing, with most notably, Macmillan offering up to a size 4X. 


Speaking of 11 Honoré, they are truly disrupting the designer fashion world and changing the belief that only straight size women wear designer clothing. When looking at the designer list on their site, we see well-known names such as Dolce & Cabbana, Rachel Comey and Carolina Herrera available in plus sizes. While only Herrera goes up to a 24, we see this as a step in the right direction, as we walk into a new decade.

#5: Nike Adds Plus Size Mannequins to Flagship Store

In June, Nike stirred quite a bit of controversy when it made a bold move, adding plus-size mannequins to their UK flagship store. 

This came as no surprise to us as they have been integrating plus sizes into their assortment and working with key plus-size influencers, as well as partnering with Alabama State plus-size dance team The Honeybeez on a feature.

#6: Miley Cyrus’ video featuring a diverse cast

When Cyrus dropped her new video “Mother’s Daughter” during the summer, who knew including a visibly plus-size model in it would cause an uproar?

The model, Angelina Duplisea, is not a size-14 hourglass shape with a flat tummy. And Cyrus was trying to show the beauty of all in her video. The comments that were posted on social media were downright horrible and no one deserves to be shamed in that way. Ever.


We wrote back then:

“One of the biggest takeaways from this video launch and the aftermath is that fat hatred is still prevalent in the world and there is still a ton of work to be done within the body positive movement.”

Let’s hope the 2020’s see less fat hatred and more body positivity. And kudos to Cyrus for speaking up after the launch, in defense of Duplisea.

#7: Lizzo finally gets mainstream success

Let’s be honest, it’s been Lizzo’s year and again, we say, it’s about damn time! 

Three’s a charm in Lizzo’s case as it was her third album “Cuz I Love You” that helped her achieve mainstream success.

From earning eight Grammy nominations and three American Music Awards to an appearance on Saturday Night Live (which will be the final episode of the year and decade) and a small role in J Lo’s movie Hustlers, Lizzo was everywhere this year. 


She also graced the cover of British Vogue, and Time Magazine named her their Entertainer of the Year, as did Entertainment Weekly. She had 61.6 million listeners on Spotify this year alone and Apple Music called her Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Despite her single “Good as Hell” being three years old, that record and “Truth Hurts” were both on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Lizzo is so well-known to the point where she was even an answer to a Jeopardy question

We would not be surprised if Lizzo made an appearance during the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2020 since JLo is the headliner with Shakera. After 8 years of touring and putting in the work, we’re happy to see Lizzo finally getting her due and kicking off a new decade in a successful place.

#8: The Curvy Kili Crew Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

When the Curvy Kili Crew announced that they would be hiking up Mt Kilimanjaro on International Women’s Day 2019, we were in awe. Twenty plus size women of many shapes and sizes made that climb, showing the world that larger bodies can not only move but soar. 

Curvy Kili Crew leader Christa Singleton climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 and as a self-described “slow, fat hiker”, the experience was life-changing and inspired her to go back. All the women in the crew have their own empowering story as to what inspired them to hike, however one goal unified them: to have this amazing experience with other women who understand what it’s like to be fat and active


Crew member Deb Malkin summed it up perfectly:

“The chance to go on a great adventure with other plus-size/fat women was something I couldn’t miss, an experience of a lifetime. We all know what it’s like to be in the back of the pack. We will meet this challenge together.”

In 2020, the crew will head back to Kilimanjaro in February, Peru/Machu Picchu in July and then to Iceland in August. And you can join the crew on any of these hiking trips. Click here for more info.

#9: The FFIAs

This was the year the plus-size industry finally got its own awards show. The Full Figured Industry Awards (the FFIAS) took place, with categories such as Model of the Year, Photographer of the Year, Retailer of the Year and others.

With key industry professionals such as celebrity stylist Timothy Snell, IMG model Zach Miko and Project Runway model winner Liris Crosse in the building, the awards show was a wonderful opportunity for those in the industry to be recognized for their hard work. 

Most of the industry goes unseen by the mainstream media/fashion industry so to be honored by your own community is a major win. And of course, the red carpet fashion was pure slayage. We can’t wait for next year!


#10: David’s Bridal Gets Rid of “Fat Tax”

Ending the year and decade on a positive note, the major bridal retailer announced that it will no longer charge more for plus size wedding gowns. This new policy will include bridesmaids’ gowns as well.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “fat tax”, it’s when plus-size customers are charged more for clothing, visiting a spa or salon, etc. It’s been called unfair and some even say it fat-shames customers. The fat tax is especially prevalent in the bridal market, where manufacturers charge more for extra fabric, beading and lace.

Jim Marcum, CEO of David’s Bridal said in an official statement:

“On average, the upcharge for a plus size wedding gown is nearly 15 percent, and we do not believe that a woman’s size should determine how much she pays. Since I started at David’s Bridal just over four months ago, I have made it my number one priority to serve all brides, making it our mission to remind every bride that she is beautiful.”

Now that’s how you start a new decade! Thank you, David’s Bridal!

2019 was an exciting year and as we usher in a new decade, we can’t wait to see what happens next in the plus-size industry and beyond.

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Loni Love Has Twitter Feud with Project Runway’s Liris Crosse Over “No Plus Size Icons” comment



Loni Love continues to get herself into hot water over a recent comment she made in an interview with Hello Beautiful.

That comment Loni Love made, “There are no real plus size icons for me” has resulted in taking the focus off her recent holiday collection with Ashley Stewart and putting more focus on plus size women voicing their opinions on Love’s comments, including naming many plus size icons, white and black.

Loni Love Has Twitter Feud with Project Runway’s Liris Crosse Over "No Plus Size Icons" comment

And it appears Love’s way of listening to those opinions is to block those individuals, most recently blocking plus size model and Project Runway model winner Liris Crosse, after having a heated discussion in a series of tweets.

Yes, you read right. Liris Crosse.

As many in the fashion industry know, plus and mainstream, Crosse is a veteran in the modeling game. She has had a successful career in modeling for 20+ years, as well as acting, hosting and public speaking. She is now an author and has a successful Boot Camp program she developed for aspiring models. She was dubbed the Naomi Campbell of Plus by the media and was the first plus size model to win the model competition on Project Runway.

Photo: YouTube / Liris Crosse

So when Jami Griggs of the blog Style Over Size responded to Love on Twitter, mentioning Crosse and Ashley Graham are plus size icons, it ignited a heated conversation, which resulted in Love blocking both Griggs and Crosse. See the exchange below (Screenshots courtesy of Liris Crosse/Twitter):

Loni Love Has Twitter Feud with Project Runway’s Liris Crosse Over "No Plus Size Icons" comment
Loni Love Has Twitter Feud with Project Runway’s Liris Crosse Over "No Plus Size Icons" comment

Author Danielle James wrote in that infamous article for Hello Beautiful:

“Loni Love is a pioneer in the industry for plus size women from being a hilarious comedian to having a successful talk show as well as an acting career and an author. One thing about Love is that she has always empowered plus size women, particularly Black plus size women, while on and off the set.”

We don’t dispute Love’s career accolades or her contribution in empowering women with those boss moves. However, after that interview, her recent interactions with plus size women, most of whom are Black, are not empowering other plus size women. What it’s doing is showing a side of Love that is not plus positive at all.

These women are simply trying to point out that there are plus size icons out there, including recent ones in the last five years. Past or present, that is a fact… the plus size industry is full of plus size icons in many areas, including fashion.

As Crosse pointed out, Love could have used her platform to actually empower plus size women but in turn, she is showing herself as a plus size woman talking negatively about the plus size industry.

To echo Crosse, we haven’t been afforded the mainstream press opportunities to become the type of plus size icon that Love is apparently seeking.


Your words are not helping to elevate us, Loni Love. And that’s not the definition of empowering plus size women.

Instead of blocking our voices, we hope you will consider humbling yourself and actually listening to what we’re saying. You might actually find that plus size icon you seek in the process and learn more about the plus size industry.

We reached out to Loni Love for comment and no response has been received as of the publishing of this article.

What do you think of Loni Love and her “no plus size icons” comment? Follow us on social media and sound off: @plusmodelmag: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Spring Pantone Palette for Plus Size Fashion



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Nothing says spring like beautiful color!

Whether soft or bold, this season’s Pantone color palette is showing itself in a stunning array of color choices.

PLUS Model combed the web to find the perfect plus fashions featuring each gorgeous color!

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VINCE CAMUTO Drawstring Sleeve Top from Nordstrom

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Colorblock One-Piece Swimsuit with Tie from Eloquii

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Jessica Howard Cold-Shoulder Ruffle Dress from Macy’s

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JM Collection Cold-Shoulder Dress, Created for Macy’s

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GIBSON Living in Yellow Claire Cardigan from Nordstrom

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Pleat Cold Shoulder Top from City Chic

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Ruffle Hem Wrap Dress from Eloquii

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Lavender Floral Maxi Dress from City Chic

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Longitude Feline High-Neck Swimsuit from Swmisuits For All

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Bow Neckline Sheath Dress from Eloquii

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Smocked Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress from Eloquii

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Cold Shoulder Ruffle Blouse from Avenue

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