Monday, November 7, 2016

Is she even a Model?? Why I decided I could "Do that Too" – The Importance of Showing Love to the Crew

For the better part of 2016, this questions repeatedly circled my brain despite years of working successfully both in front and behind the scenes. My ambidextrous work style has left colleagues and critics to question the role I play within the industry....

"I mean... but what does she do?? Is she a Writer, a Model or a Publicist??" 

So many people have asked me this question expecting me to choose one over the other to which I confidently and emphatically answer with, "I do that too!" and it's just that simple... These are all the skills I possess and all the ways I can contribute to the whole. In staying true to what I know and do best, I've been fortunate to work with some of the most respected figures across a variety of industries and genres, from Fashion to Music to Television; as well as growing and learning from prominent leaders within the Plus Size Fashion Community it has been through sharing my experiences and connecting people on a genuine level that we have grown our brands 'Xponentially'. Why dummy that down?? As an independent modelprenuer, making the decision to utilize any and all skill sets will best represent the projects and people you work with producing incredible portfolios all while showing that crew love. (XOXC)

High/Low Top: Zara - Accessories: H&M - Vintage Leopard Jacket Buffalo Exchange

During fashion shoots you'll find the usual suspects; Wardrobe Stylists, Makeup Artists,  Hairstylists, and Photographers.... those whose creative drive bring editorial storyboards to life. As an independent artist, giving and receiving credit is everything, so in transitioning from model to writer, I began Xponential Curve not only to collaborate with but celebrate these artists and BTS folks who, without them, would leave the Fashion, Film and Art worlds amiss. 

On one of the last balmy days of this Summer '16, while working on set as a publicist our models medical emergency would have been a missed opportunity to shoot. With a crew of 4 who traveled far and wide to be there, there were no choice that the show must go on.  I transitioned from BTS to working as the subject of our Fall Fashion inspired shoot.


Like revered Stylists, Styles Lewis; Co-host of Styles Chamber fashion podcast, whom I got to work with at Jose Pagan Photography's studio in NYC. Hauling several huge bags filled with tops, bottoms, and accessories galore, Styles 20+ years of impeccable fashion composition has garnered her connections with the now curvy inclusive fashion brand Rachel Roy as well as a stylist residency at the NYC fashion mecca Lord & Taylor. Styles doesn't shy away from thrift and vintage stores either and it is her eye for savvy, that gets us models to Slay.  There's an extra confidence that comes from knowing a look was chosen and put together specifically for you... I highly recommend hiring a stylist for special occasions or even at the beginning of seasons to help refine your look. A good stylist will know your body and proportions... see which colors work for you pulling together looks that will translate sentiment through visual aesthetic inspired by the latest high fashion runway collections.

@StylesLewis14 and I on Set "Fall Shoot 2016" 

For the first look, Styles wanted to translate Holiday Glam with a classic feel pulling this season' trendy pleated Skirt paired with a Lace Top.  



Lace Top: Zara Skirt: H&M




Another incredible talent on set was lead MUA, Rayyan Akhdar of 'Nayyara Beauty', a New York City-based hairstylist and makeup artist. I first met Rayyan during 'Bridal Couture Fashion Week' produced by Nailah Lymus of Amirah Creations where Rayyan gave me my High Fashion Big Bun complimenting the extravagance of the Bridal Dresses. 

MUA @Rayyanakhdar of Nayyara Beauty

Rayyan is a part of the growing Muslimah Fashionista movement formally trained at Paul Mitchell School in North Haven, CT with her work appearing in fashion and beauty publications nationwide as well as on major industry runways including New York Fashion Week and Full Figure Fashion Week. Rayyan is available for commercial and editorial print, bridal, special events, speaking engagements, and much more.

Nayyara Beauty is an independent start-up style brand with Rayyan Akhdar utilizing Nayyara Beauty products to showcase her work, as well as share her tips, recommendations, tutorials and more. Inspired by the fashion industry and being extremely passionate about her craft she hopes to develop her own beauty line under the Nayyara Beauty name.


Also on set was my girl, Hairstylist Kemora Hakara, CEO of her hair brand, Elite High End hair. We always crack up on set everytime we meet. With an effortless hairstyle technique its Kemora's 18+ years in the industry has led her to work with celebrity clients, on music video shoot, NYFW runways and more.
Kemora Hakara CEO of Elite High End Hair

Ig @yourhairmajesty FB @Kemorahakara
Gmail Kemorahakara@gmail.com

Jacket: NY & CO 


 Kemora's company offers 40 inch hair and she also makes custom full lace and lace wigs closures in frontals. If you're looking for cuts, hair care braids, weaves, dreads, twist
wigs or crotchet dyes you can reach out to Kemora on her Social Media sites:


 


Finally, if you've been following Xponential Curve over the last 3 years you would have gotten a glimpse into the "Unboxed" and subsequent illuminated genius behind the images shot by Nationally recognized Photographer, Jose Pagan of Jose Pagan Photography. Leaving his imprint on the plus size fashion world as the go-to photographer, Jose is also widely celebrated for his gallery art celebrating the naked Zaftig form recently developing his own Quarterly online publication iDare Magazine with a bold perspective on the latest Art, Fashion, Models, and Music. That which pushes beyond the binds of societal conformity. Jose's production are always a next level event with Pagan being the principle photographer and producer behind our shoot pulling together all of the creative energy on set that day in late August.
Here are some of the looks we shot in the spirit of Crew love and letting the world know the immense talents that reside in the realm BTS.



Jacket + Jeans: NY & CO 








Thursday, July 23, 2015

MODEL CASTING CALL SUNDAY 7/26/2015- 'PINK THE RUNWAY' Couture Fashion Show



Calling All Curvy Models Ready to Strut for High End Couture 'Pink The Runway'!! 

Get Those Comp Cards Ready!!! 

Laura Mazurek of 'Laura Mazurek Fashion Services' and Crystal Carmen of 'Pink Stiletto Cosmetics' are joining forces with Top Designers and Industry Professionals to present The First ever Black Tie Couture Runway show 'Pink the Runway' which will be held at the ultra chic Le Meridian Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

With a lack of representation of Curvy Models in High End Couture Ad campaigns, Pink the Runway is advocating major marketers and advertisers begin including the Full Figured woman in Luxury Brand advertisements. Curvy Model, Full Figured Model or just plain model.. How every you describe the voluptuous figure Pink the Runway is setting out to secure our rightful place in the High End Fashion market. In addition to the Curvy Evolution,  a portion of the evenings Proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If you can not attend the event but wish to donate you may do so here.


For more Model Registration Details and Location for Pink the Runway Casting Click Here

Out-of-State models interested in submitting must submit their professional Comp Card to:
Pinktherunway2015@gmail.com

Selected Models will get a featured Model Spotlight in Queen Size Magazine!!!



Good Luck!! and here are a few of the Designers Sponsors and Media involved.. More TBA!!!

Platinum Sponsor Lapazimageing Fashion Forward



Diamond Sponsor Uber



Diamond Sponsor Philly Bride



Diamond Sponsor Amentas Key





Featured Designers and Press include:




Marco Hall
Doug Swaim Never Forgotten Photography

Doug Swaim Never Forgotten Photography






Curvy Chicks Consigment Boutique


Beyond Curves Magazine @BeyondCurvesMag 




















Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Say Y.E.S.S to the Test and Find 'Your Essential Signature' Style!!!!

Discovering our own fashion sense can be a bit of a challenge for anyone of any body structure. We follow runways and magazines, looking to our favorite celebs for inspiration to recreate distinctive looks but somehow can't fully grasp how we can cinch these trends to fit the make up of our personal Signature Style. Sometimes for the sake of being trendy we end up doing exactly what our parents told us not to do, following the crowd straight off that Bridge into the abyss of a 'Fashtastrophe'. I'll never forget my recent Fashtastrophe... The high wasted jean... BUT WHY NICOLE???!!! You should have known you would only create a Faux Pas with your FUPA (Fat Upper -we'll just say- 'Pelvic' Area) and end up cringing once the photos surfaced... However, hindsight is 20/20 right guys?? It's best we let these misses create that Xponential Learning Curve for future Rockin Red Carpet/ Night on the Town Moments.... And yes, Needless to say, we do have the freedom to wear whatever we want just personally I would rather accentuate the assets and minimize the rest.  With this concept in mind pioneering Plus Model Royalty, Runway the Real Way inclusive catwalk Curator, Innovator, Musician (and I'm honored to say, one of my closest confidantes) Catherine Schuller came up with the 'Y.E.S.S Style Assessment Quiz' to help you hone in on what 'Your Essential Signature Style' may be! 

Catherine's 'Y.E.S.S Series' will be featured monthly on the  Plus Designer Clothing Brand Igigi.Com 'Igigi Style Blog'. Some very lucky Curvy Influencers will be able to take the quiz, have their style assessed and be featured on the go to premier fashion brands blog scoring some beautiful dresses for participating!!! XC is so honored humbled and proud to be the FIRST featured Blogger setting off this interactive informative fashion style blog and from the bottom of Mi Corazon I want to thank Igigi.com for my new 2 GORGEOUS dresses and of course Thank you to my lady Catherine for being such and amazing support system and inspiration in both my personal and professional life.. Love you Beyond...

Photography by my great friend and visionary +Jose Pagan of PaganPhotgraphy.org

Igigi Francesca Dress in Tuberose Jewelry By www.sheshecloset.com

Igigi Kelly Dress in Noir Rose  Jewerly by sheshecloset.com


"Style is being yourself on purpose.  Dressing without guessing….always be true to your nature.  Take the Y.E.S.S. Style Quiz and discover Your Essential Signature Style.  This will help you in selecting clothing and in building a wardrobe that is truly an example of your personality and inner self.  This quiz is a fast yet effective way to determine which criteria are appropriate for you and will assist you in making clothing selections that are reflective of your essence.  The results will help you deliver a message of consistency that allows you to express who you are and achieve what you want.  You will begin to develop and define immediate visual impact, hone rapid fire messages which are revealed in subtle, obvious, deliberate and purposeful ways.   Define a strategy for dressing once and for all based on style selections.  Master your purpose by knowing your style and what it means to have that “distinct aura” that only visual presentation mastery exudes.  Put your best look forward!"
~Catherine Schuller

Catherine and I out to Lunch on a beautiful afternoon after another Successful RTRW

So there you have it!!! We know you want to take the test and Xponential Curve got you covered!!!  Answer these 6 quick and easy questions below and you will be savvy, self sufficient and better able to gauge where you land on the spectrum to create unique or recreate inspired outfits based on 'YOUR Essential Signature Style'.  



YOUR BEST LOOK FORWARD
What’s Your Style Type?
Circle all that apply (no more than 3 per question....)

  1. How would you describe your attitude and personality?
    1. Energetic, friendly, casual, fun, spontaneous, unpretentious
    2. Discerning, conservative, refined, efficient, reliable, dignified
    3. Gentle, compassionate, caring, delicate, warm, soft, charming
    4. Daring, exciting, sensuous, flirtatious
    5. Independent, self-assured, flamboyant, unconventional, unique

  1. How do you prefer your clothes to fit?
    1. Comfortable and easy
    2. Softly tailored
    3. Loose, gentle, flowing
    4. Body-defining or a little revealing
    5. Structured, fitted, architectural

  1. What kinds of fabrics do you prefer to wear?
    1. Easy care fabrics – cottons, blends, tweeds, khaki and denim
    2. Fine quality gabardine, twills, silk, cashmere, wool jersey
    3. Fluid, lightweight silks, rayon, lace, challis, velvet, crepe and chiffon.
    4. Knits and jerseys with drape or stretch, or shiny and smooth textures
    5. Medium to firm weight fabrics with body and shape, leather and fabrics with unusual weaves or textures.

  1. What’s your favorite jewelry?
    1. Simple, practical, classic, non-fussy
    2. Elegant, simple but rich-looking
    3. Antique pieces, cameos, pearls, delicate items
    4. Big, dangling, sparkling, shining
    5. Striking, bold, ethnic, angular, unique

  1. Which describe your favorite accessories and finishing touches?
    1. Simple, easy shoes, bags and belts that mix and match, go anywhere
    2. Highest quality silk scarves, fine leather bags, belts and shoes
    3. Lace trimmed pieces, ruffles, ribbons, bows, delicate colors
    4. High heels or sling-backs, dramatic jewelry, perfume
    5. Bold, unusual pieces, handmade or one of a kind items, art-to-wear, dramatic wraps and hats

  1. What are your favorite color palates and strategies?
    1. Neutrals, earth  tones, colors from nature
    2. Conservative, low contrast and monochromatic colors in shaded or muted tones
    3. Pastels, lighter and brighter colors and whites
    4. Bold, bright, high contrast colors in pure tones
    5. Black and contrast mixes, metallics and brights.




The Five Styles of Modern Lives 
               
          Did you see a pattern?  Were you torn between one or two types?  Individual style is nearly always a blend of styles based upon a dominant, or core style.  To find your core style - the one that defines how you approach clothing, and your personality – look at your answers to these questions, and think about the type of clothes you are drawn to (whether or not they reflect those hanging in your closest at the moment).  Compare that information to the style definitions.

          If you answered mostly A’s you are Natural/Sporty; B’s you are Elegant/Classic; C’s you are Romantic/Feminine; D’s are Glamorous/Sexy; E’s are Dramatic/Artistic. 

A = NATURAL/SPORTY
B =  ELEGANT/CLASSIC
C =  ROMANTIC/FEMININE
D = GLAMOROUS/SEXY
E = DRAMATIC/ARTISTIC













Monday, February 9, 2015

Play @ Museum of Sex All Star Weekend After Party Hosted by LHHNY's Chrissy Monroe with 1 hr Open Bar sponsored by 'Tiny's Tequila' Feb 13th 2015

For Immediate Release                                               February 9th, 2015


Presents



New York, New York- For the first time since 1998 NBA's All Star Weekend will be held in the forbidden fruit mecca known as 'The Big Apple' and its in NYC's newest hot spot  Play @ Museum of Sex where the hottest All Star Celebrity Game after party will be taking place. Just a Hop, Skip and Jump Shot away from Madison Square Garden, Play @ Museum of Sex offers the perfect setting for coupling up in a sultry ambiance amidst a library themed bar conclave just a short distance from the plenti- playful gift shop which is sure to get your Valentine's Weekend off to a steamy start. 

Photos Courtesy of the Museum of Sex





With Museum of Sex's mission in expanding awareness on all facets of human sexuality through education, it seems only right the Alluring Chrissy Monroe, star of the VH1's 'Love and Hip Hop NY', would reign as host of 'Play @ Museum of Sex' All Star Celebrity Game After Party'. Considering Chrissy Monroe's striking sex appeal combined with her entrepreneurial facilitation in developing of some of the worlds most sought after talents of the modeling world through her agency Le Jue Ent, this blonde bombshell is an industry force to be reckoned with. Its pretty safe to say where Chrissy Monroe is there is sure to be a bevy of beauties ready to turn up the heat index on the dance floor. With DJ Danny Dee the Harlem Showstopper and Wilhelmina Models own DJ RIA on the turntables there's no doubt Play @ Museum of Sex will be the HOTTEST after party in the city.

Chrissy Monroe Star of LHHNY seen with furbaby @MargeTiffany

 DJ Danny Dee The Harlem Showstopper

DJ RIA

The stars will be present in a variety of capacities as R&B Singer and Grammy Award Winning artist Tameka 'Tiny' Harris sponsors Play's 1-hour open bar with her Tequila brand 'Tiny's Tequilas'. Launched in December 2014, 'Tiny's Tequila' two signature flavors, Lime Light and Honey-Orange, have since received the International Review of Spirits Reward Bronze Medal sure to satisfy any palette. Tiny's Tequila is blended through a unique distillation process offering potency juxtaposed with subtlety. With Libidinous Libations abound during NYC's Highly Anticipated All Star Weekend we invite all Lovers and Friends to 'Play' with us by reserving your table and purchasing your tickets online via our Eventbrite today!!!!




For more information please contact Marvin Coleman 516-864-9378

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