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Hello guys and gals!
Well, let’s be honest. It’s been a few years since I’ve posted on this blog. I’m sorry for leaving all of my readers, though it seems like your support for Curvy And Curious somehow hasn’t faded. I guess we are a strong community! I guess that meand I should feel comfortable sharing my story with you…
Let’s call this Chapter 1)
It was 2014, Curvy And Curious was still in full swing, but behind the scenes things were becoming a bit too much. I ended up struggling with Bipolar disorder, and left my family to move in with a male Photographer I hardly knew to Newark, NJ (not a very nice place). We turned the place into a studio. I went slowly from being a confident model to fading behind the scenes as abuse started going on – both mental and physical. I learned how to work the camera, assisting on photo and video shoots. However, soon things took a turn for the worse after he started becoming more and more abusive, sending me into a downward spiral.
One day in October, 2015 it all came crashing down and I had had enough. I decided that was it. I decided it was time to boss up and get the police involved. He was taken away and a weight was lifted. I was free from the negative force keeping me from living my life. Now it was time to start over.
I was all alone with just my cameras, and had to learn to make due with what I had invested in. Practice makes perfect, and I have now been a professional photographer on my own for over 4 years now. I’ve had my own Portrait Studio for the past year and a half. I also am an expert Real Estate photographer. I have also Filmed abd Edited an award winning Documentary film called “Fascination: Helena’s Story.”
If it hadn’t been for the man that tore me down into shreds of nothing, I wouldn’t be the strong, successful, single and strong woman that I am today. Am I still damaged from what he did to me? Of course – soneone I loved tried to take my life. But would I change it for anything in the world? Not now I wouldn’t.
Keep an eye out for two of my shoots being published in two of Black And Black Magazine’s March issues!
Feel free to send in any questions about where I’ve been the past few years and any ideas to get CurvyandCurious going again!
Please check out my photography work at WWW.ELLIPORTRAITS.COM
Keep Curvy and Stay Curious
After falling into a YouTube blackhole, I decided to try and decode some of the imagery that Beyonce has been working into her videos to subliminally influence the public ever since her “Beyonce” and “Sasha Fierce” gave us all a little bit more reason to point towards crazy conspiracies like the Illuminati, Satanism in the Music industry, and especially Mind control and MK Ultra… which is pretty much why this video and others released simultaneously, were such a hit with conspiracy theorists from day 1.
I will spare you all of details such as the Elevator fight, Blood Sacrifices, etc., and allow you to research that on your own, because I am breaking this video for “Hold Up” down from views from an entirely different culture. I am referring to the Nigerian religion of Yoruba (also practiced in Cuba), Santeria, and Hudu/Vudu (or VooDoo) – which all follow similar traits, including spells, animal sacrifice, etc. Beyonce is clear that her mother is Creole, and she may very well have grown up practicing the rituals of these religions.
The music video for “Formation” was made to push your political buttons, but we all know there was some controversy around Beyonce dropping “Lemonade.” All of Beyonce’s music from 2006 on is manufactured, but it seems she was able to snap out of Jay-Z’s mind control and make this video that HE may not understand. She is finally starting to see her man’s corruption, and is trying to take back the upper hand. I will show and explain to you how she put her hubby in place, via these visuals…
LETS START WITH THE BASICS OF YORUBA
“Everyone has heard of the phrase, “opposites attract”. That is the case in many situations in scenarios. Legend has it that Chango was the king of the Oyo, a great city in West Africa. He had numerous wives, but he was particularly fond of Oshun, the river goddess. Their marriage symbolizes a union of two great basic forces known as the feminine essence and the masculine power…”
Beyonce, adorned in flowing neutral yellow, represents her Orisha, or, Guardian, “Oshun,” The African Goddess of Love and Sweet Waters.
Oshun was the “principle” wife of Chango, the god of Fire and lightening, whom she fell in love with at a drum festival, and stayed with him despite his numerous other love affairs wish different Orishas. Oshun is Chango’s Ride or die… but that’s not to say jealousy doesn’t still exist…
We have all been dying to know who “Becky with the good hair” is… Well.. my calculations here may be way off… but the visuals are telling me that Jay Z likes Trans women.. I get that from Beyonce’s smashing of an inner city “SPA” (usual under cover brothels) that takes cash, featuring pink wigs in the window. The obvious name “Becky” is ebonics for a blowjob. We also see an interracial couple sitting on a bench next to the shop, but… notice this guy is wearing heels?
With all of the conspiracy theories surrounding this royalty of the Illuminati, maybe Beyonce is using “Lemonade” to break free from the mind control of the Illuminati and go back to her African and Hatian Roots… Could religion be the nail in the coffin for Jay-Z and Beyonce?
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I recently posted the following message to the public on my Facebook page before I unpublished the fan page for Curvy and Curious.
If you’ve been deleted off of my friends list, you probably either a) think you have what it takes to be a model but never will be; or b) run or take part of some sort of scam “magazine” or “troupe” catering to plus size models, tricking these girls into thinking they have something.
For years I let people sweet talk me into thinking I had what it takes, only to be looked at as thirsty, being asked to do anything and everything for FREE! I participated in runway shows put together so badly it was EMBARRASSING to even put on my resume, and met people who have called me any and every word referring to “white b***ch” (but only behind my back). I’ve publicized designers that then pass me over when the paid work comes in… Been spoken down to because of my race, and been buttered up by nearly every grimey “businessman” I’ve come across.
What I learned in 2014: DON’T follow your heart. DON’T live broke but do what YOU’RE GOOD AT and what pays the bills! If you’re not getting paid to wear clothes you’re not a model. If you’re over a size 16 you will most likely never be a model. Just freaking deal with it! It’s disgusting seeing women in their 30’s and 40’s spending every penny they have on modeling classes. HAH!
Discover what you’re good at, don’t let other people tell you what you’re good at to make their pockets fatter.
I apologize to my readers for falling off the grid, but I must say I prefer life out of the public eye, as I am now honing my knowledge of the modeling industry by working behind the scenes, building my skills behind the camera as a photographer and videographer.
Though my interest in modeling has faded, I am still a curvy girl in a big world, and plus size modeling has been the hot topic of 2015, with models like Ashley Graham getting an editorial spread in Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, and most notably, the infamously emo, tattooed up size 22 blogger/model we all love, Tess Munster, has been signed to MiLK Management (I can’t even count how many times I’ve submitted to them… *sigh*).
The way I see it, the more that these astonishing bigger beauties are nearly breaking the Internet, the more girls are being fed false hopes of becoming a plus-size model. I came across This article on Ravishly.com the other day which made me feel like I’m not the only realist out there among a sea of wanna-be’s. Let me quote one of my favorite paragraphs from the article:
“But I have to admit something: Tess Holliday’s gorgeous face intimidates me. There is no way, short of wearing countless layers of makeup and spending hours at a salon, adding perfect lighting to every place in the world where I might be present, that I could ever look anything like that. If I aspired to beauty like this, I would forgo a lot of precious time and energy to fall very very short.
When I see Tess boast #effyourbeautystandards, it doesn’t mean what everyone else seems to think it means. She’s a professional model, perfectly coiffed right down to her eyebrows. Slathered in makeup with the doe eyes and pouting mouth. To me, this is a contradiction.”
Well, Tess. This is how I #EffYOURbeautystandards:
Every time I go on Facebook I feel like I am being brainwashed to think that the fashion industry is finally accepting plus-size models. Note to world: THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE. The term “Plus-size” is still absolutely taboo when it comes to creditable fashion houses, fellow models, photographers, and designers (with the exception of custom made gowns for celebrities like Gabourey Sidibe, memba that?).
We’ve all read article after article that Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition 2015 will be featuring “plus” model, Ashley Graham and her #CurvesInBikinis movement. Check out the video below… it’s definitely HOT, but…
….How many of you read the fine print?
…. and learned that Ms. Graham was hired to shoot an ad campaign for SwimsuitsForAll.com, who then PURCHASED ad space in SI. This means that Sports Illustrated never actually sought out a plus size bikini model, just that one was presented to them and they are following the trend of “thick women” (I.e, Kim Kardashian clan, Amber Rose, etc.) being the center of pop culture. My question is, why didn’t they feature the Fatkini as well????
I have a special project that in the works that will cover how the public feels about size….. This article is certainly TO BE CONTINUED as there is much more debate of what sizes are are acceptable and what is not.
In the mean time, Listen to Nicki Minaj’s new banger, “Only” and tell me what you think of the lyrics….
They are models, designers, bloggers but also know how to combine good business and pleasure, and their Instagram are the proof: this is the profile of the curvy girls to follow.
It starts with the most popular, Gabifresh, designer of Fatkini, real fetish curvy overseas. A photograph taken on the set like Gabi and in his free time with colleagues, capture moments in a relaxed backstage or her decision to look at an event.
Stephanie Zwicky, curvy French blogger, like to find the funny side of each day, her Instagram is full of playful images, interesting details, tips about beauty: in short, all those moments that make life less boring.
Margieplus is almost a trademark for that her look that distinguished her from her colleagues:…
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Name : Marlucia Felix
Sizes: Bust: 116cm, Waist: 98cm, Hips: 124cm
Dress : 14/16
Location: São Gonçalo / RJ , Brazil
Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a plus size model for 3 years and Miss Congeniality Plus Size Carioca 2011 and Example Divine Woman 2013. Working on the MF models Models Plus agency of Rio de Janeiro. I like to help other women to rescue their self-esteem. I am a social worker by training and plus size model in my spare time. I attend many events and have walked twice in the United States in 2013 – the Melange Fashion Show in San Francisco , CA and 1426 Fashion Week , Miami , FL .
What inspired you to get into modeling?
I saw some plus size models on TV and realized they were not very different from my body type. I researched the profession and did my first book and mailed to agencies, to my surprise, all the agencies liked my profile and I signed up as a model.
What kind of modeling have you done?
I have attended a few fashion shows in Brazil and abroad, did catalogs, billboards, and other advertising pieces. I also work as evidence of the Leader brand style. Winner of the contest organized the Great Muse Summer 2012 and the 1st Meeting Plus Size RJ. I also recorded a short film last year .
What are your likes and dislikes about modeling ?
I like clothes that enhance my curves and make me beautiful, elegant and comfortable. I love dresses because they make me sexier, but I do not like too short or tight clothing.
Are you with any modeling agencies or teams?
Yes, I am a partner in MF Models Plus agency.
What words would you use to describe your personal style?
I am a very outgoing person. I am a business woman and plus size in the world do not have many friends , but my focus is always professional .
What does Curvy And Curious mean to you?
I enjoyed the work of yours, so I decided to sign up to promote my work. I believe you will help many women to appreciate their curves and recover their self-esteem.
What kind of advice have you been given that you give to aspiring models ?
Before taking the first step, study on the profession to know if this is really what you want. It is a challenging profession and rather complicated – only the strong will win! Run after your dreams and do not listen to people because many do not want your success! Work and study hard , because sooner or later success comes!
Where can Curvy And Curious viewers see more of you?