GLAMOUR WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2016 – ASHLEY GRAHAM

“I’m really trying to make a change in the industry,” she says. “I’m trying to have more quality clothing for curvy women.”

“Be your own woman. Be your own kind of role model. And remember that the women around you are women you can lift up. You can change their lives.” ~ Ashley Graham for Glamour Magazine

Glamour magazine has named curvy supermodel Ashley Graham as one of the ‘Women of the Year 2016.’ See all winners here.

This news is no surprise for me at all. Ashley is making waves every week and sometimes several times a week, she has achieved the superstar status since being on the cover of SI swim. We saw her on the cover of so many fashion magazines, although one in Vogue is still waiting to happen. We saw her at so many events, rocking the red carpet with costume made dresses and she always represents us plus size women in a beautiful way. Ashley has been featured on the covers of Elle QuebecLondon TimesCover MagazineStyle Magazine and The Edit, and has been featured in the Shape Issues of VogueHarper’s BazaarGlamour and Elle UK. She has appeared regularly in several Levi’s, Calvin Klein and Marina Rinaldi campaigns; her list of regular clients includes Nordstrom, H&M, Old Navy, Bloomingdale’s and more. Besides this examplary resume, she also turned into a Designer for lingerie with Addition Elle and for swimsuit with Swimsuitsforall. Although she said many times that she doesn’t want to be labelled as plus size in which I don’t fully agree, I still think that she deserves to be admired as a role model for young women. She has been involved in media controversies ever since her Lane Bryant ad was banned, because it showed a curvy and sexy woman which Ashley is undoubtedly.

Therefore, we use her nomination as ‘Woman of the Year,’ to share our favourite images of her.

 

We from Style & Curve Magazine also created a lot of unwanted online controversy whenever we shared an image of her. The reactions of the fans towards her images go from praising her to shaming her as ‘fat,’ ‘obese,’ ‘unhealthy,’ and the shamers accuse us of ‘promoting obesity.’ All these accusations are pure nonsense and we ignore it, because we know better. Nevertheless, this will not stop us promoting beautiful, sexy, confident and curvy women like Ashley Graham – EVER!

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Editor-In-Chief
Style & Curve Magazine

MODEL SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Nedra Philips from Arden’s Closet

We are having a new model spotlight feature for you. This time it is NEDRA PHILIPS from Atlanta, USA.

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1. How did you got into modeling?

A friends told me about this plus size contest that she insisted that I try out for. So I did and I found a whole new world and have been modeling since 09.

2. What do you habe to do with Arden’s Closet?

Arden’s Closet is actually my company. It is a pull closet for styling real size women for events, photo shoots or just everyday wear. I also offer personal shopping and Closet’s Cleanups. Every 3mths Arden’s Closet puts on a Sip n’ Swap where the FAB Plus Fashionistas of Atlanta get together and sip on Moscato and swap gently used or new clothing, shoes, hand bags and accessories. 

3. Do you also offer shipping? In which countries?

No Arden’s Closet doesn’t provide shipping but when I have the yearly closet cleanup I do put Items up for sale and will ship anywhere.

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4. What are your wishes for 2014?

In 2014 I want to push my self to the next level and work out side my box.

5. What was your best and worst experience in your life?

The worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life is losing my father at the age of 13. The best experience is when I realize that I have the best mother in the world and she is my best friend.

6. What do you like about yourself the most and what do you hate about yourself?

I love my determination the will to keep going even though people think I shouldn’t. I hate that I wear my emotions on my shelves.

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7. Do you think the plus size industry need some more inprovement? which ones?

I feel this industry is improving but I wish the industry was more open to petite plus models in high fashion and mainstream and would not be so quick to shut you down because of your height. 

8. What do you like about Style.& Curve?

I really enjoy Style & Curve because it celebrates women with curves in a positive way. It shows that women with curves have beauty & Style!!

LINKS

website: http://http://www.nedraphillips.com/

fanpage: http://https://www.facebook.com/ArdensCloset

modelmayhem: http://http://www.modelmayhem.com/2343446

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ALL PICS WERE TAKEN FOR ARDEN’S CLOSET.

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MODEL SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FORGET

Last week sunday we had our first Model Spotlight feature. On one special day we only share the model work or other work of one certain model.

The first plus model was ISABELLA FORGET from Canada. Isabella is not only a model, but also a make-up artist.

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Modelpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Forget-Plus-size-model/489715384427042

Make-up page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maquillage-BellaFor-Makeup/100409293355955

Here is her interview for  Style & Curve:

1. How did you became a plus model?
I started in the fashion industry as a make up artist, one day my friend told me about a contest to become the next plus size model in Montreal and said I should go try it out. So that’s what I did, I showed at the contest with no expectations and I was in the final 10…. And finaly win the contract with the model agency.
2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? What?
I never really tought I will became a model one day. I was always behind the camera. I always been an artistic person but my parents always wanted me to study and go to university. So that’s what I did, I went to school to do a bachelor in fashion marketing. I hated it… that was not really my thing but I wanted to be proud of myself by accomplishing and finishing something. I’m now in the proccess of finishing my master in communication. My subject is actualy the identity of plus size and regular model in the fashion world.

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3.What would you respond to the current discussion about size 8 models presenting plus size fashion and to the people who say they are not even plus models?·
Plus size fashion is a relativly new trend and I think people don’t really understand it. There is different categories in the cast plus size. I think and it’s regarding the size zero of the «normal» model. So everything above that would be called plus size. I’m not a size 20 either and people sometime told me I was not a real plus size… I have real problems to find stores and places that would sell pants and jeans that will actually fit me. There is girls with bigger breast, belly or legs… every woman is beautiful in a special way and that is what we need to have in mind.

 4. Why do you regard yourself as a plus model?
I think I look at my self as a model, I’m proud to reprensent my curves. I want to show the world I have curves and I’m proud of them so everyone should embrace themself and be confident as they are.

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5. Did you ever got bullied for your curves?
I called myself a plus-size but it’s just for the industry. I consider my body curvyliscious and that’s it. But it was not always been that way. I’ve been victim of intimidation when I was in elementary school. I was then obligated to construct a shell around me and grow stronger… and that’s what I did. So in secondary school, I went to a private school…. I gain on courage and made a lot of friend but I know I was different; all my friends was wearing 3-4 and sometime 0 of pants and skirt size… but I was wearing a size 8-9… at that time I thought I was fat and I wanted to look just like them. I wasn’t comfortable with myself and never realize that I was just normal and that I was really taller then all of them. It took my years to realize that I was proud of my curves and how I look and that most of the time, it’s society that make people feel bad about themselves. I’m now a sexy size 14 and it took me 50 pounds heavier to realize it. I like my body «as is» because that is who I am. I don’t want to change it, I don’t want to do diet, I just want people to respect me as I am. I think that is what make me beautiful, it’s because I like myself as I am and that can be disturbing for other people to see someone just comfortable in their own skin. So it took me year to realize it but now I’m happy.

6. What would you say to young girls who got bollied for their curves?
Been bollied teach me one thing, to be stronger. I stopped to focus on what those bad people told me and said to myself that i needed to show them I was better then that. Beauty is not only from inside, but in you’re mind. I’ve met a lot of people that emanate charisma and that is what make them crazy beautiful.

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7. What do you like about Style & Curve?
The fact that you represent really confident women from around the world. Fashion is hard game, specially in the plus size section and Style & Curve do it differently and in a great way.

The pics in the interview are from a special editional she did.

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL:

http://institutemag.com/2013/05/07/bold-beautiful/
Models:
Isabella Forget Plus-size model
Joby Bach Official
Photographer: Anthony Turano
Source: Institute Magazine

Cheers Lyz Lupo for  Style & Curve