model monday!!!

Updated: Jan 15, 2019

hey #stackedconfidentialconfidantes happy monday!!! i hope that you all have had a wonderful weekend!!! we had some inclement weather here in #rva so one would think that i had plenty of time to get this blog post up! yet, here we are... i was trying to gather my words about modeling, because i use the word very carefully in regard to myself. in my teenage years i attempted to sign up for a meeting held by a modeling agency that came to the high school i attended. i remember being discouraged as the scout gave me a once over and stated that i was not at all what they were looking for. i watched who they interacted with and were excited about signing up. those girls looked nothing like me. everything from skin color to body type... i was not a match. i went home that day wondering about inclusion and representation. of course my then fourteen year old mind didn't register it in those terms, but the feeling stuck with me. i looked into modeling & who was popular at the time. there was no internet as we know it, i bought magazines, started watching the E channel & other entertainment outlets. mtv & bet became my weekly guilty pleasures as i was scouring the shows looking for someone who looked like me. emme was the first plus size super model & was 5'11, never mind skin color! i was 5'5 on a good day!!! there was also Big lez, the dancer, she had a great shape & i was definitely inspired by her! as the years went on, i became more interested in photography. i was determined in seeing the beauty in everyone through the lens, but rarely did i get in the pictures. fast forward into adulthood. i continued to be a creative, through several outlets. but make up is one of the things that stuck. . i eventually landed a job with MAC cosmetics in 2008 and worked with the company through 2015. during this time, i started collaborating with various photographers & boutiques in the area, doing beauty looks & themed shoots. i continued my make up career with various brands, such as Christian Dior & estee Lauder. but we'll talk about that another day! about three & a half years ago, i met a photographer that i started working with regularly. after some coaxing, i became the "model" for a few shoots. and here we are. plus size fashion has evolved. period. i have always had some extra weight on me. my grandma used to call me "pleasingly plump"... she made some of my clothes, the rest came from sears, jc penny & as i became a teenager lane bryant. the term plus size used to be described as a size eight or ten, then it went up to twelve. and now according to a survey done in 2018, is at size fourteen with sixty eight percent of american women wearing that size. having said all that, i'm looking forward to doing some more "modeling" & being someone's muse. fashion is fun! style is a choice &it's something you can create! blessings!

dress is Forever21 plus (hand me down), shoes Via Spiga suede, lace peep toe booties circa 2011



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