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Buzz Around the Web: Evolution Of Curves NYC Finale 2013


On November 9th, 2013, One Chance Entertainment held its 4th Annual Evolution of Curves Tour Finale in NYC. This charitable show rocked the DiMenna Center for Performing Arts. This event was a huge success and many media outlets came out to capture the dangerous curves in the building! Check out all of the photos and videos from around the web!

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Photos by Turf Photography

Photos by Doug Swaim – Never Forgotten Photography

Also make sure to check out Full Blossom Magazine‘s Nicole Flores’ blog Xponential Curves coverage of the event!

Stay Curvy and Keep Curious!

The Model Bag Rules


So lately I’ve noticed that most new models have no idea what to bring to fittings or shows. This is ok girls! We all start somewhere and I am going to share with you the necessities of your MODEL BAG!

The NECESSITIES

1) The Bag – A small suitcase is convenient and about the perfect size. Remember – backstage is always cramped so you dont want to take up too much space. Try something like this to put your sacred belongings in:

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2)  The Shoes – 2 pair – Black pumps and Nude pumps. Heel must be at least 3″ and no wedges. Good to bring an extra pair of black open toe and/or a colorful choice with you just in case.

 

3) SHAPEWEAR! – This is important no matter how great your figure is. Shapewear smooths you under tight garments and distribute your weight more evenly. This is a MUST! Check out my article here for my best shapewear picks.

 

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4) Stockings – Ah, the one I didn’t even know about until as of late. Nylons are great to have on hand. thank god I brought them to my last runway show 🙂

5) BRAS! –  Lots of them! OK, maybe I’m just a little too obsessed with boobs, but I wear a full-coverage bra (like this) to every fitting or show, and bring at least 2-3 more (black strapless, white strapless, black convertible), plus bandeau tops in case I need to smooth things out. Check out this article all about my favorite bras.

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6) Foundation – This is another one I just learned how important it really is. I prefer to bring a full eyeshadow palette along with all my makeup necessities. Most makeup artists I know reccomend Smashbox High Definition, but for us drugstore-budget girls, I personally use Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Foundation.

I hope you ladies have found this helpful! From now on, anyone I spot WITHOUT a full model bag will be immediately directed to the nearest computer to visit CurvyAndCurious.com!

Keep Curvy and Stay Curious.

Curvy Girl Spotlight of November: Ms. Candy J


This month’s Curvy Girl will be rocking the runway alongside Emilie Alpert, Founder of CurvyAndCurious.com! Watch out for these ladies on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at the Evolution Of Curves NYC Finale Show for Haiti! Visit http://nyceofcurvesfinale.eventbrite.com for your tickets now!
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Name: Ms. Candy J.
Age: 23
Measurements: 40D-35.5-50
Location: Bronx, NY
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an aspiring actress and model. I recently relocated to New York from Miami, FL. I’ve lived here for two months and I am just getting used to the big city. I love the entertainment industry and I am very much dedicated to making a lucrative career in modeling and acting. I have trained at Barbizon School of Modeling and Acting. I have experience as an extra in film, television, and commercial. I also love to sing, I would to see if there is a possibility of me making it in the music industry, but I know that I need to work on it a little more. I am planning on taking acting classes and vocal lessons to hone my craft and make myself more marketable.
What inspired you to get into modeling?
I’ve wanted to model since I was 13
What type of modeling have you done? (runway, glamour, print, etc)
Plus Size Fashion, Commercial, Runway, and Print
What are your likes and dislikes about modeling?
I dislike that there are so many limited opportunities for plus size models who are not 5’9″
I like the fact that so many aspiring plus size models are making the opportunity for themselves
Are you with any modeling agencies or teams?
I am the President of an up and coming modeling agency in South Florida, Star Plus Model. But I am not a part of any agency.
Appearance is a big factor in the fashion world.  What words would you use to describe your personal style?
I have a versatile personality, so when it comes to my style
What does Curvy and Curious mean to you?
Curvy and Curious, I love my curves and I want to see just how far I can make it in this industry
Where do you want to be 1 year from now in the modeling industry?
I want to be on the cover of Plus Model Magazine and I want to be the featured model in music videos and commercials
What type of advice have you been given that you would give to aspiring models?
I was once told that preparation plus opportunity equals success. So if you want to be a  model do your research and invest in yourself don’t wait for opportunities to come to you go out and find them.
Where can Curvy and Curious viewers see more of you?
Twitter: @MsModelBehavior
IG: MsModelBehavior22

More Photos from THRIFT STORE SWAGG Fashion Show

Thrift Store Swagg Plus Size Clothing Exchange was a Success!


On October 12th, 2013, CurvyAndCurious held it’s first event, “Thrift Store Swagg” Plus Size Clothing Swap and Runway show at Pioneers Bar in NYC. The event was a lot of fun – Full figured women from all over brought bags of gorgeous clothes to exchange for new ones! I know I’ve been enjoying my new wardrobe. Ose (Uh-Seh) and Mad! Couture showed some fabulous looks on our gorgeous models (more pics coming soon), and I even previewed my line pf upcycled t-shirts 🙂 This is a must-repeat event! Check out the photos by Turf Photography below!

Get your Foot in the Door : How to be a Model 101


So you have decided that you want to be a model. Great Idea! Just be prepared for the hard work to come.

In the past month, I have been organizing my first fashion event and runway show, and being on the CASTING end of the modeling world has really changed my perspective on things. I have recently met some great ladies who want to model but don’t know where to start, which inspired me to write this article, How to be a Model 101. 

Rule #1: KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS

Everybody knows their dress size, but this means nothing unless you know your measurements. Go to the craft store and pick up a measuring tape – you will be using it A LOT.

This video is a great guide on how to get your basic measurements:

In addition to your Bust-Waist-Hips, there are other measurements you will need to know, and numbers you should be familiar with. Here are my tricks of the trade:

Extra Measurements:

  • Thigh circumference (widest part)
  • Bicep circumference (widest part)
  • Across back of shoulders
  • Inseam
  • Waist-to-floor
  • Neck circumference
  • Apex (from nipple, around neck, to other nipple – helps determine neckline sizes)
  • High Hip (4″ below your waist)
  • Low Hip (8″ and 10″ below waist)

Tips and Tricks:

  • Industry standards state that anything size 8 + up is PLUS SIZE. Market yourself as such!
  • The standard minimum height for models is 5’8″. Do whatever you can to get there if you’re close.
  • If you’re shorter that 5’8″ and have the right look, your height won’t necessarily hold you back, but good luck if you’re under 5’6″
  • In FIT modeling, the height for petites is 5’5″-5’6″ and for women’s regular 5’8″ and up.
  • Male models should be at least 5’10”
  • measure yourself before any go-see. They will likely measure you there, or ask you your measurements when you walk in the door.
  • Keep your resume up-to-date – I update my measurements at least once a month

Rule #2:  Model Mayhem is your Friend

I always thought ModelMayhem.com was a site for creepers and wanna-be’s, but most of the photographers I ave worked with were professional, open minded, and happy to shoot “TF” (meaning “trade for” pictures in exchange for credit). Still beware of creeps! get phone numbers, references, and make sure their portfolio matches your style of photography you’re seeking.

Rule #3:  Comp Cards / Business Cards

Comp Cards (model version of a headshot) are probably the most important thing in your model bag. A comp card should have a headshot on the front, and various photos on the back, along with your measurements and contact information. I use Spotlight Printing for mine – they have the best prices and customer service. Here is an example of the most recent proof they sent me:

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Back of Comp Card

Business Cards are also very important. I give out business cards at every audition, photo shoot, go-see, or just networking. I have made many connections through business cards alone. You may not think you’re not ready for cards since you’re just starting out, but they will be what gets you the connections!

Rule #4:  Building your Portfolio

After about three-four months of modeling, I starting printing out pictures from my shoots for my portfolio book. I chose 3-5 or my best shots from every photo shoot, and had them printed by Adorama Pix. Great quality prints at some of the best prices on the market. When I put my photos in my book for the first time, I really felt like a model!

Rule #5: Work for Free

Getting your face and name out there take a lot of time, hard work, and dedication. Fan sites for BBWs on Facebook will not make you a professional models. Do a lot of runway work if you can. They are a great chance to meet people and network, plus are a lot of fun! Eventually with enough experience under your belt, you will become in demand and payable.

Remember, this is no easy process, and event the most beautiful models take time to get known (ahem…. even Michelle Hilton, Annoula Dritsas, and Ayana Smith are all  STILL working their asses off and they were born to be models!)

Work hard, play hard, and keep your mind straight. Most important;y, be REAL!

Keep Curvy and Stay Curious


FASHION WITH A PASSION Fundraiser Fashion Show

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://ubmfashionwithapassion-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Tickets are $25.00 general admission and $40.00 VIP

Ladydoves Self Enrichment Organization and Unique Blend Models together with their friends Fashion Avenue News Magazine presents Fashion with a Passion Fundraiser to be held on October 5, 2013 at the NY Hotel Pennsylvania located at 401 7th avenue (at 33rd street), New York, New York. This wonderful event is to benefit our scholarship fundraiser which will assist underprivileged high school graduates in their goal to pursue their college education.

The event will include a fashion show that provides an entertaining and inspiring demonstration of models showcasing todays high-fashion designs with musical entertainment from local artists along with vending opportunities during the show.

TIME: 6:00PM-10:00PM

SPONSORS: Occasions Banquet & Catering Hall, Diva Dynasty Magazine

DESIGNERS: Juul Couture, Douglas Says, Dee Couture, Lonie Cisco, Azure-Marie, D. Diamond by Daniel Kydd, Kianna Marie Tracy, FJC, RicLamar and Ashley Stewart

ASHLEY STEWART collection will be on the runway.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Rick Jones, Doug Swaim

MEDIA SPONSORS:
Ernest Jackson, CEO of MNS Media…StricklyForThePromo, Fashion Avenue News Magazine

MUAS: Yvette Hunter-Bennett, LabelleLadiva Enterprises LLC, Alice Young (DivaEye Studio, Glam Squad AC, Iesha Nicole Mua

PERFORMERS: La SoStereo, Alyssa-Marie Prendergast

AFTER PARTY LOCATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED!


Get Your Tickets Now! – PLUS SIZE Thrift Trade

Come trade your best used outfits for better ones at “Thrift Store Swag!” There will be a Clothing Swap, runway show, Happy hour specials, Live DJ, Photography, and more!

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The Best Shapewear for Fat Girls! (Caution: Curves Ahead)


Check out our Plus Size Bra Fitting and Review Video Blog here!

I have come to learn that one of the most important, yet most DIFFICULT part of being plus size is having to deal with making the fat look like curves. If not done properly, this could go horribly wrong. The trick? SHAPEWEAR!

No matter how big or small you are, beauty is pain at times. Currently I am wearing a pair off spanxs so tight I can hardly breathe! But after you get used to wearing Shapewear and making it part of your daily routine, you’ll learn some tricks to make it a lot easier.

  • Shapewar Tank tops & Camisoles are a lot easier (and sexier) to wear than high waist briefs, and they still cover your ass when you bend over. A must-have alternative to Spanx if you plan on hooking up tonight!
  • Spanx have a built in hole in the crotch so you don’t have to take them off to tinkle!
  • Bras can double as Shapewear as well – side and back smoothing, bridal corsets, and minimizer bras are made to shape you better.
  • Waist cinchers (like Squeem) not only give you an hourglass figure, but improve posture too.

When I was in high school I was too scared to wear shapewear, thinking… “How can I go to school looking sloppy fat one day and sexy curvy the next without making it obvious that there’s Shapewear under here?” There is no easy way. You can either start off a little at a time, or go balls to the wall and just do it! I started off slow, and now am a Shapewear junkie.

Here are MY spandex staples:

Best Brands & Where to buy:

  • Spanx -When it comes to undergarments, Spanx is the leader of the pack. Affordable, durable, and practical.
  • Squeem – Gives you unbelievable curves! no, really – unbelievable – as in, too good to be true and its pretty obvious when you wear one. But damn sexy anyways. Better for big booty girls, rather than us muffin top chicks.
  • Lipo In A Box sold by QVC and on Amazon.com – The quality is by far, the best – this coming from someone who has tried them all. Though pricey, totally worth the money. Goes up to size 2X (they stretch!)

My Choices:

  • Camisole: Lipo in a Box Long Tank (original fabric) – I have to admit, I wear this garment almost every day. When I first took it out of the package it was so tiny, but you step into it like a swimsuit and BOOM! Takes off 20 lbs. Its durable fabric has held up for probably a year now, and every time I wash and dry it, it shrinks back to its baby shirt size. It doesn’t ride up, so no adjusting all day. Flattering neckline fits under most shirts without noticing.
  • Bottoms:  Spanx Higher Power Brief –  Again, you get what you pay for – High Quality. Great to wear under a dress , too tight jeans, anything! I avoid the thigh slimming version because it seems to cut me off mid thigh and create some unlovely lumps.

Hope this helps you ladies find the best shape for your body!

Stay Curvy and Keep Curious

 


PLUS SIZE Clothing Exchange & Fashion Event!

I am hosting my first clothing exchange!

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Date/Time:
October 12th, 2013
1pm – 6pmLocation:
Pioneers Bar NYC
138 w. 29th (b/t 6th & 7th) New York, NYHAPPY HOUR SPECIALS ALL DAY FOR PARTY GO-ERS!!!Admission: $20

Contact: Emilie Alpert & Tahirah Sharif

Here’s how it works:

For every item of clothing you donate, you get to take a brand new piece home with you! The more you bring, the more you take!

This is not only a clothing exchange and shopping day, but also a great place to network, meet people, party your ass off!

We Plan to have some awesome Vintage & Retro style designers give us a live show!!

Show up at ON TIME by 2pm please so we can swap all sizes

Sizes 12 and up only!

**PLEASE BRING CLEAN, FASHIONABLE CLOTHING ONLY**

Events will include:
– Clothing Swap
– Fashion Show
– Hair & Makeup (for purchase)
– Professional Photos Provided by Size Matters Photography
– Food & Beverages (for purchase)
– Live DJ

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