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A Tribute to 6 Iconic Plus Models

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A Tribute to 6 Iconic Plus Models

Many people were puzzled when I announced I would be starting the “New Year” with a tribute to the veterans and “Icons” in our industry. In an overly “botoxed” world, where getting older or being honored for your longevity, just stamps you as old, I thought I would bring light and honor to those models you probably don’t know, or only recognize by face and knew nothing about.

I came into the industry many years ago, when it was already in the beginning stages, but I quickly admired what had been done before me, and I learned to appreciate all that I was afforded because of what others had done.

In order to know where you are going, you need to know where you come from.

The plus size modeling industry did not just begin five years ago by one plus size model going mainstream. This industry has been around for over 20 years.  Some of today’s models were just teen-agers when they began their careers and some of today’s most popular models can than their careers to the numerous people who helped to pave the way for them.

In the following pages, we pay tribute to those models we know and love, who have been instrumental in paving the way for the plus size modeling industry we love and enjoy today.

Plus Model Kate Dillon:

After starting her career as a straight size model in 1991, a very thin and frail Kate Dillon, decided to quit the business and began a healthy relationship with food. After a friend urged her to try plus size modeling, Kate was signed with Wilhelmina models in NYC, and became one of the most well known faces plus size modeling industry.  Kate appeared in Mode Magazine numerous times, had a cosmetics contract with Isabella Rossellnis Manifesto line, has worked with some of today’s top photographers and main stream brands and is a new mother on 12/21/10 to a son, Lucas.

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Plus Model Emme:

Plus size model Emme Aronson was the “first” plus sized Super Model in the plus size modeling industry. Emme was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and became a house hold name with her numerous magazine covers, editorials and television appearances. Emme had an “anti – Barbie” doll made of her image, her own clothing line and went on to host Fashion Emergency on E! After a public battle with cancer, Emme came back as co-host of Fox’s show More to Love and host of the main event during Full Figured Fashion Week 2010 in NYC.

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Plus Model Barbara Brickner:

Discovered by Bill Heffner, of the Heffner Agency in Seattle, plus size model Barbara Brickner is a timeless beauty. She has worked with companies such as Elena Miro, Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom, Land’s End and appeared in Mode Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. As an advocate for a healthy body image, Barbara speaks to young students about the unrealistic images in our society today. In 2000 she launched her own maternity clothing company called BB Maternity.

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Plus Model Christine Alt:

Plus size model Christine Alt came into the plus size modeling scene in the 1990’s.  This blue-eyed beauty was seen in advertisements, catalogs and magazines such as Mode, Vogue, People and Ladies Home Journal.  This straight size model, turned “plus” model, began making the rounds on the television circuit with appearances on Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight and The Oprah Show.

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Today, Christine lends her name to charities and participates in dozens of events.

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Plus Model Sharon Quinn:

 

Sharon Quinn, The Original Runway Diva began her career in the local NYC circuit in the late 1980’s.  By 1995 she was a signed model with Wilhelmina in NYC and went on to work with companies such as Ashley Stewart, The Avenue, Lane Bryant, Bloomingdales and Nordstroms.  She also graced the television screen for Just My Size, The View and in recent years is known for her appearances on Mo’Niques Fat Chance, MTV’s show “Made” and BET’s Rip The Runway.

Sharon is an accomplished vocalist, casting director for Full Figured Fashion Week,  and is the plus model liaison for PLUS Model Magazine.

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Plus Model Velvet D’Amour:

Velvet D’Amour came under the plus size industry radar when she received mass media coverage after walking for John Galiano’s “Everybody is Beautiful” in 2006 and her appearance for designer Jean-Paul Gaultier’s 2007 Spring/Summer collection. At 300 pounds, Velvet became one of the most well known plus size celebrities, and used her new found status to promote body acceptance for all.

Velvet has appeared in French Vogue and had a leading role in the movie Avida and is an accomplished photographer.

Visit Velvet at volup2.com

Photograph by Maya Guez

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Madeline Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of PLUS Model Magazine. "PMM brings you the fashion you love and closer to the models and influencers you admire." She is a sought-after industry influencer called upon by the top plus brands to collaborate on marketing opportunities.

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Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion

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Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion

Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion…

Thirteen years have passed since the world bid farewell to Mia Amber Davis, a beloved figure whose vibrant spirit and unwavering advocacy for plus-sized individuals left an indelible mark on the fashion industry. Mia’s sudden departure at the age of 36 sent shockwaves through her family, friends, and the fashion community, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and uplift.

Mia’s journey was one of resilience and determination. Born with a passion for modeling and acting, she fearlessly pursued her dreams despite the challenges that often accompany unconventional beauty standards. Her magnetic presence graced the screens and pages of entertainment, most notably in the cult classic film “Road Trip,” where she fearlessly challenged stereotypes in a memorable love scene alongside D.J. Qualls.

Yet, Mia’s impact extended far beyond the silver screen. As a trailblazing plus-size model based in New York, she shattered boundaries and paved the way for future generations of curvy models. Her work transcended mere representation; it was a testament to self-love, confidence, and empowerment. Mia’s advocacy for body positivity resonated deeply with audiences worldwide, earning her the adoration and respect of countless individuals.

In the wake of her passing, the fashion industry mourned the loss of a true icon. Madeline Jones, editor of PLUS Model Magazine, encapsulated the collective grief, expressing how Mia’s absence left a void that could never be filled. Mia’s commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusivity was not just a profession but a way of life—one that touched hearts and inspired change.

Though Mia’s time with us was cut short, her legacy endures through the countless lives she touched and the barriers she broke. Her journey, marked by triumphs and challenges, serves as a beacon of hope for those striving to embrace their unique beauty and pursue their dreams against all odds.

As we reflect on Mia Amber Davis’s remarkable life, let us honor her memory by continuing her legacy of acceptance, kindness, and unwavering self-belief. Though she may no longer walk among us, her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her, reminding us to love ourselves fiercely and unapologetically, just as she did.

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ELOQUII’s Denim Dream Collection… Exclusive Soirée!

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ELOQUII's Denim Dream Collection... Exclusive Soirée!

ELOQUII’s Denim Dream Collection…

We had the absolute pleasure of attending an exclusive soirée celebrating the launch of ELOQUII’s latest denim dream collection. And let me tell you, it was a night to remember!

From the moment I stepped into the chic venue, it was clear that ELOQUII wasn’t just unveiling a collection; they were throwing a full-blown fashion fiesta. The air buzzed with excitement, from style icons, models, and influencers to the crème de la crème of fashion media, all gathered to catch a glimpse of the denim delights ELOQUII had in store.

And the music? Oh, honey, DJ BayDriana had us moving and grooving all night long! It was impossible not to catch the beat and sway to her tunes, creating the perfect backdrop for an evening dedicated to fashion, flair, and fabulousness.

But let’s talk denim, shall we? The new collection was nothing short of spectacular, with pieces displayed throughout the venue, inviting us to get up close and personal. We touched, we felt, and we fell head over heels for the impeccable craftsmanship, innovative designs, and, of course, that unbeatable ELOQUII fit. From sleek skinnies to bold boyfriend cuts, there was something for every body and every style.

ELOQUII's Denim Dream Collection... Exclusive Soirée!

The highlight of the evening, though, had to be the inspiring speech from Yesenia Leigh, the VP of Design and Creative Director at ELOQUII. Standing before a captivated audience, Yesenia shared her vision for the collection, her passion for inclusive fashion, and her belief in the power of denim to transform, empower, and unite. It was a reminder of why we adore ELOQUII: their unwavering commitment to celebrate and cater to every body, making fashion accessible, joyful, and downright dazzling.

So, my fabulous friends, if you’re looking to elevate your denim game and embrace your most stylish self, you know where to turn. ELOQUII’s new collection is a treasure trove of must-haves that promise to enchant, inspire, and invigorate your wardrobe.

Until next time, keep strutting, keep shining, and remember: in the world of fashion, the only rule is to be unapologetically you. XOXO

CLICK HERE for a glimpse of the evening’s events…

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In Loving Memory of a True Plus Size Icon: Samantha Lebbie

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In Loving Memory of a True Plus Size Icon: Samantha Lebbie

Today, we take a moment to remember and honor the incredible legacy of Samantha Lebbie, a shining star who graced our lives and magazine covers with her unparalleled beauty and grace.

Samantha was not just a model; she was an inspiration to us all. Her presence lit up the fashion world, breaking barriers and redefining beauty standards.

As we reflect on the moments she captured our hearts, let’s celebrate her enduring impact on the world of fashion and beyond.

May her spirit continue to inspire us to embrace diversity, celebrate our unique beauty, and chase our dreams fearlessly.

Rest in peace, dear Samantha. You will forever remain in our hearts. #InLovingMemory

PLUS Model Magazine features – 2016 Love Your Body Issue:

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SCAM ALERT – kevin.goff@chantretalents.com IS a SCAM Affecting Photographers – Part 2

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YES, SCAM ALERT – kevin.goff@chantretalents.com IS a SCAM Affecting Photographers – Part 2

**UPDATE 4/27/18** We have been contacted by photographers in both Texas and Nebraska, but this may be happening in more states.

**UPDATE 4/24/18** The scammer is also using the email address kingkavah202@gmail.com – this is NOT the real email of well-know influencer Kavah King, it was created by the scammer to pose as Mr King.

**UPDATE 4/20/18** We have filed a fraud report with www.ic3.gov

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Yesterday PLUS reported on a scam affecting photographers and a well-known plus blogger/influencer… we have an update.

As we have already confirmed, this is a SCAM!

Here are more of the details…

Please read Part 1 for the initial scam information

It seems that someone posing as kevin.goff@chantretalents.com has been contacting photographers. From what we have seen so far, they all seem to be in the Texas area.

The contract is for a large sum of money for a photoshoot.

The photographer is told that once the contract is signed by the photographer, and that their (the scammer’s) lawyer is satisfied, that they will be given the contact information of the talent manager.

After the contract is signed, the talent manager name is revealed as kevin.goff@chantretalents.com.

The photographer is sent a check Priority mail from James Alex, 3695 Avacado Lane in Miami Florida – however the actual check says it is from Refinery 29 at Suntrust Bank.

If the photographer goes to the bank and asks the manager to verify the check, the account number on the check is a legitimate account number (not verifying this is Refinery 29).

Once the check has cleared, the photographer is to send a large portion of the check to the talent manager in order for the photoshoot to commence.

According to the FTC:

Banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take them weeks. If a check you deposit bounces – even after it seemed to clear – you’re responsible for repaying the bank. Money orders and cashier’s checks can be counterfeited, too.

So by the time the photographer has cashed the check and sent the ‘cut’ to the talent manager, the scam has already taken place!

If you feel that you are the victim of a cybercrime, please file a report with FBI fraud division as well at www.ic3.gov

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* IMPORTANT: PLUS Model Magazine and Venus Imaging Education, LLC, the publisher, will accept no responsibility for the actions of this scam organization/company. As with any opportunity on the internet, you must be diligent in NOT sharing your personal information as well as doing your research when contemplating working with any organization that contacts you via the internet.

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SCAM ALERT Affecting Plus Blogging and Photography Community

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Important Notice From PLUS Model Magazine: SCAM ALERT Affecting Plus Blogging and Photography Community…

**UPDATE 4/27/18** We have been contacted by photographers in both Texas and Nebraska, but this may be happening in more states.

**UPDATE 4/24/18** The scammer is also using the email address kingkavah202@gmail.com – this is NOT the real email of well-know influencer Kavah King, it was created by the scammer to pose as Mr King.

**UPDATE 4/20/18** We have filed a fraud report with www.ic3.gov

Please be on the lookout for this scam affecting the plus blogging and photography community.

We were contacted by photographers asking if a contract they received was legitimate – it was not.

Here are the details of this scam:

  • It appears that kevin.goff@chantretalents.com is claiming to be an agent representing well-know plus male blogger, Kavah King – the blogger is not represented by him.
  • The photographers received an email contract from kevin.goff@chantretalents.com. The contract claims to be representing PLUS Model Magazine for a photoshoot between Kavah and several other models – we did not contract with an agent or photographer for a shoot.
  • Upon closer inspection of the contract, we have identified that the illegal party has forged Kavah’s signature, as a representative of PLUS Model Magazine.
We are pursuing legal action against this this illegal entity kevin.goff@chantretalents.com.

What can you do if you think you are being contacted by someone claiming to represent PLUS Model Magazine?

Please click to email us immediately via our website contact form or official Facebook page with any/all information and correspondence you have received.

If you feel that you are the victim of a cybercrime, please file a report with FBI fraud division as well at www.ic3.gov

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Thank you… and be web safe!

* IMPORTANT: PLUS Model Magazine and Venus Imaging Education, LLC, the publisher, will accept no responsibility for the actions of this scam organization/company. As with any opportunity on the internet, you must be diligent in NOT sharing your personal information as well as doing your research when contemplating working with any organization that contacts you via the internet.

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Do Plus Models HAVE to Get Nude to Get Noticed?

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Recently, another body image-related debate has surfaced that raises the question:

“Do Plus Models HAVE to Get Nude to Get Noticed? Is it necessary to post scantily-clad or nude photos of themselves on social media to boost their careers and be successful?”

There are models who post many images of themselves in lingerie or nude on their personal (and public) social media accounts and have a huge following so this leads other models to think that’s what they have to do in order to be discovered and get more work.

The irony of this is that the same models who post sexy images then talk to the media about their bodies being over-sexualized by society and their bodies being treated as “fetishes”. That sends a confusing message to young girls and women on body image and the world of modeling.

While your body is your body, the question is, what does this mean for a model’s career and how she is viewed in the industry? Is it working in her favor or being detrimental to her career?

Recently, Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista spoke with model/host/entertainer Chenese Lewis for an article that Denee wrote on her blog, focusing on models size 18+ that should be seen more in campaigns. When asked about this topic, Lewis stated:

“A long time ago, I tried to do a project with models over a size 18 and had a hard time finding quality pics because all of the bigger girls were being too overly sexual.”

During a time where women are calling for more size diversity in campaigns, this is yet another facet of this important conversation that needs to continue to be discussed.

Inspirational body acceptance site Healthy is the New Skinny is also asking these questions and challenging the belief that your sexiness defines your confidence. And how you are not just a body, you are a being.

This week, they asked the following question via their Facebook page to models who choose to not post sexy photos to their Instagram accounts:

“Why don’t you post “sexy photos” on Instagram?”

Model Germaine Nichols of Natural Models Management responded with a short video that was featured on Healthy is the New Skinny’s Facebook page to which they said:

“In our media driven society we are seeing models being pressured to gain a large Instagram following in order to book modeling jobs. Because of this new requirement, young girls are feeling pressure to resort to the one thing that gets your followers up fast; sexy photos! We want girls to feel confident in their skin but also know the difference between self love and the sexualization of their bodies for Instagram followers. We loved when Germaine said that she doesn’t need to show her body in order to know her value. Our bodies are amazing and having a healthy relationship with your body is important. Hope this post inspires you to realize that you can post whatever you want but just know that your value doesn’t come from the number of people following you! If it doesn’t feel right to you then don’t post it no matter what other people are doing.”

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PMM spoke exclusively with successful plus model Liris Crosse on her thoughts on this topic:

“I don’t feel I have to post sexy pics to advance my career. Actually in the plus modeling world, it’s more commercial if anything so you want more ‘smiley’ photos. Overall, I just try to post great images period. I know because of my body, I have the lingerie and swimsuit lane that I go after but I try to only post those type of things when I’m working those actual jobs or if it’s a tearsheet from a print job. I try to remain sexy but classy when I do.”

Also, being a woman of color, I can’t post the same oversexed pics that some do and get the same respect. I just can’t. Honestly, I’ve made more money with my clothes on than off! <laughs> I am a sexy gal but I must play that fine line. Just because I have a bodacious booty, it doesn’t mean I should pose to the camera, butt first every time. You advertise what you want people to see in you. I want them to see a great model who can work the camera with personality and who’s smart. You have to play that fine line and I have to be responsible to those who look up to me.”

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Model Liris Crosse

PMM Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones weighs in on this topic as well:

“It’s sad to say but the plus size community has done this to itself. We seem to only applaud for women who are either showing all of their rolls and cellulite or those with an “ideal” hourglass figure and are showing it off. We don’t seem to appreciate fashion and true role models who are not about showing their bodies but inspire with words and experiences. There is still a percentage of the community that want to see the integrity brought back to the plus size industry but our voices are drowning among the ‘overly sexualized’ images that seem to get most of the attention.”

What do you think? We want to know. Leave your comments below and let’s talk about this important issue.

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