Misty Copeland Named American Ballet Theater’s First Black Female Principal Dancer

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Showstopper and renowned ballerina Misty Copeland is continually making history! On Tuesday, Copeland was named the first female Black principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballerina Theatre.

This comes less than a week after Misty’s stunning performance as a lead in Swan Lake. She delivered a short speech during the official announcement which happened during a rehearsal. Overcome with emotion she remarked, “I never ever dreamed of being a principal dancer, that’s just not something I ever envisioned as a black woman. It’s just really a humbling moment for me and for ballet.”

Copeland, 32, has become an icon of perseverance and empowerment, speaking and writing openly about race in America and embracing her role as a positive example for underprivileged youth. She was the subject of Bill Whitaker’s “60 Minutes” feature this May, was on the cover of Time as one of the most influential people of 2015, and is the co-author of two books including the autobiography “Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” and a children’s book called “Firebird,” both released in 2014.

I salute Misty and know that she is far from finished! Be sure to support her Cinderella at the American Ballet Theatre in July. For ticket information, click here.

Workout Wednesdays: Important Foods that You Need in Your Fridge

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Of course exercise plays an instrumental role in fitness and maintaining an overall healthy body. But, research also shows that 70% of a healthy lifestyle and body is contingent upon your diet. With that being said, I think it’s important to have a healthy fridge to avoid temptations and cravings! Now the common belief is that eating healthy is expensive but most of the items on this list are available in your local supermarket or even a farmer’s market.

Black Fitness Today compiled this list of 10 Must-Have Foods for Your Grocery List that can help you remain in control of your health. So, here they are:

  1. Leafy Greens (Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Collard Greens): These are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and a number of healthy nutrients like calcium and folic acid, Be cautious not to overcook it as it can lose a lot of its health advantages.
  2. Apples: Research studies have actually revealed that consuming an apple day-to-day reduces the level of bad LDL cholesterol and boosts good HDL cholesterol.
  3. Sweet Potatoes: An excellent source for Vitamin A, B, C, fiber and protein. There are so many great recipes for sweet potatoes like baked potato fries 
  4. Oatmeal: Rich in omega 3-fatty acids, potassium and fiber, eating oatmeal promotes lower cholesterol levels and better heart health
  5. Avocado: They are rich in vitamins B, K and E and have high lots of fiber
  6. Wheat Germ: Common in protein shakes and powders, whole wheat bread and baked goods, wheat germ is a great source for Vitamin E, fatty acids and fiber
  7. Broccoli: Just a small cup of broccoli can supply you with enough Vitamin C that your body needs daily
  8. Almonds: Eat a handful of these for a snack to kick out your cravings while feeling guilt-free! Almonds are great for iron, fiber and calcium.
  9. Oily Fish (Salmon, Trout, Shrimp, etc.): Great sources of Vitamin A and D, oily fish wake up your brain, especially before a big presentation at work or an important test
  10. Blueberries: An excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, blueberries also pack lots of polyphenols. These polyphenols can boost your metabolism and assist in fat burning at the exact same time, stopping fat cells from even forming

 

Liris Returns to the FFFWeek Runway

Today marks my return to the Full Figured Fashion Week runway in New York City! I’m so excited to have friends & family in town from as far as London to Baltimore coming to see me set the stage on fire! Tonight is the indie designer showcase & tomorrow is the retailer showcase. Hope you got your tickets cause it’s going down!!! Check out this video from the last FFFWeek I participated in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites: June 12, 2015

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“But, If You’re Thinkin’ About My Baby/ It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White”- Michael Jackson said it best LOL! There’s beauty in both so today’s #FridayFavorites will have you serving it WHITE HOT or bringing the BLACK HEAT!
First up is this amazing black & white suit from Carma Koma which is currently on SALE! Carma Koma makes well made clothing which fits well & are fashion forward! I even wore them on a fashion segment on the Meredith Viera Show this year.

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This swimsuit from Torrid will bring all the boyz to the yard! It’s sexy & can hide those certain problem areas while still being fashionable!

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This Astoria backless maxi dress is simply angelic from KamiShade.com. You’ll float on air when you step out in this goddess gown!

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Love is in the details so I love the simplicity of this dress from Ready Attire with this sexy detail in the back. Classy in the front & party in the back plus it’s at a devilishly good price!

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This dress from PhilthyRagz.com will have you looking despicably good! The peekaboo cutouts reveal just enough & I love the midi length.

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Workout Wednesdays: Serena Williams Edition

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Even prior to her amazing performance in the French Open , the New Yorker had dubbed Serena Williams the greatest athlete in the world. So it was only right that ESPN officially gave her the title “trumping LeBron James, Derek Jeter and Tiger Woods”. Williams has been to twenty-two Slam finals and has lost only four times. Her French Open performance was nothing less than stunning! For her many triumphs and remarkable relentlessness, I salute her!

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I also want to salute her as a fellow curvy sista. Serena’s body is always on point and she trains very vigorously. Her commercial for Beats’ wireless earphones gives us just a glimpse of a day in her shoes:

A lot of people think that Serena’s workouts are strenuous and out-of-reach for the everyday person, which is false! As Serena stated in an interview with Fitness Magazine, “it’s all about motivation and discipline.” Serena revealed a part of her full-body Nike workout in an article for Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine. The full workout can be found on the app Nike Training Club which specifically has a complete workout designed by Serena Williams, herself. So, I’m challenging you all to do Serena’s core workout with me that I have included below. Equipment needed includes resistance band(s), which if you don’t have you can easily substitute something else, and an exercise ball which are sold everywhere for a relatively cheap price. Are you up for the challenge? Take a look below:

1. Place shins on gym ball with arms straight down for support. Roll the ball in until it’s beneath you and your knees are near your chest. You should look like a frog. Roll back out, extending your legs behind you.

2. Lie with your stomach on the gym ball and lock your hands together behind your head – elbows out to the sides. Using your feet for balance, dip forward, keeping your back, neck and head in line, and return upwards.

3. Lie on your back and place the fit ball between your feet. Raise your legs to vertical – further if you can – and pass the ball to your hands. In one smooth motion, take the ball back above your head and extend arms so the ball is almost on the floor. Repeat in reverse and continue the sequence.

4. Place a resistance band around your ankles. Step your right leg out to the side and squat deeply. Let your left leg naturally drift across with you as you rise out of the squat. With feet no wider than shoulder-width, repeat on your left leg, stepping your left leg out wide and squatting deeply. Add arms to up the burn.

 

 

 

How Beyoncé Stays Flawless With Her Curves

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Everyone knows I am a Beyoncé Stan. Now, I know some people were upset about her Good America Announcement about her 22-Day Vegan Diet Plan because I guess they were expecting a new tour or album announcement. It even got to the point where people took to Instagram and posted burger and pizza emojis under Beyoncé’s posts.

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I have to give it to Beyoncé; being vegetarian is already a difficult task but vegan? Like she said though, she is proud of her curves and as we all can see, she flaunts them well! I feel that her speaking up about her dieting woes humanized her even more since she is seen as a goddess for her body in the media. I also felt it’s good with her being a Black woman from a Southern background, she is showing us that there are healthy alternatives for our #healthycurves.

Maybe I’ll try her vegan diet this summer as a 22-day challenge although I’m such a big poultry and seafood lover! What are your thoughts? Could you go vegan for 22 days?

Model Mondays: Denise Bidot Changes 17-Year-Old’s Life

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Denise Bidot is a model I respect and I absolutely loved this article! It tells the story of Vera Tieno, a brilliant 17-year-old young lady from Brooklyn that usually shied away from dresses because she didn’t feel comfortable in them. She often resorted to jeans and t-shirts. With the help of Tieno’s uncle, who introduced Vera to Denise, by the end of their shared weekend Denise had taught Vera one of the greatest lessons in the book: self-confidence.

Tieno attended the Gordon Parks Foundation Gala as an art scholarship recipient. She arrived in a black Ply dress picked out by her and Denise during their $500 shopping spree at Fashion to Figure. Tieno noted that Denise helped her to get outside of her comfort zone and that self-happiness was the first step in a having a healthy body image. Tieno commented, ““It was very uplifting. I learned that I can look beautiful, and it’s not wrong to be who I am.”

Denise stated, “She came in as a shy little woman, but the more we tried on, her confidence was going up and up. She totally embodied everything a young lady should. She was confident and unapologetic. Really secure in who she was by the end of it.”

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I’m so happy that Denise was able to teach a powerful lesson that girls around the world must know and that lesson is that we are all beautiful. Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The beauty standard may be one thing, but how we each look at ourselves individually should not depend on a size or color. Be confident in who you are and love yourself always!

For the full article and more pictures, click here.

Friday Favorites: June 5, 2015

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Thank God it’s Friday & here are my favorites of the week!

First up is this pair of Olympia sunnies. They come in handy when you want to floss on them in your simple crop top & pencil skirt look this summer!

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Next I found this cupcake company on Instagram called MyCutestCupCakes.com they have so many different types to please any sweet tooth! Let me go order some now!

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Did you know Coko from SWV has her own shoe boutique? They have a gorgeous variety of shoes! I fell in love with this strappy pump which is on super discounted sale for $26.99 Get yours before they’re gone!

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This airy Florinda lace top from Colors of Aura had me at HELLO! It’s perfect with short shorts or as a swimsuit coverup!

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Last but certainly not least is this show stopping necklace from http://fantasyaccessorybox.com/. They have lots of great pieces to help you make a statement whenever you’re out & about!

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Christian Siriano to Collab With Lane Bryant

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I’m so excited to announce that Lane Bryant will be collaborating with renowned ready to wear designer Christian Siriano who will be creating a limited-edition line exclusively for them for Spring 2016. Last week, I highlighted him in my #FridayFavorites post so I’m super excited to see my fellow Marylander use his expertise for the plus woman!

According to prnewswire.com Siriano had this to say about the collab: “In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size. Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes. I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.”

This is great news for Lane Bryant and it shows that they are really trying to make the brand stand out even more! By collaborating with Project Runway champion and fashion show-stopper, Lane Bryant is undoubtedly on its way for head-turning success! I can’t wait for the line to drop next spring!

These are a few of his recent designs that I’m in love with!

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The Curvy Round-Up: June 2nd Edition

Happy June! Today I’m sharing some upcoming plus-size events and news for this month.

First, on Saturday, June 13th, Essie Golden is hosting an event called #GoldenConfidence Pool Party. I’m so excited for this event because it is great that my girl Essie Golden is hosting such a positive and fun event for plus women to feel comfortable in their bodies and swimwear. Sponsored by Monif C. and Rue 107, the event is from 7-11 PM at the Holiday Inn in Midtown NYC. While tickets for this empowering event have sold out right now, be sure to look for any new tickets are being released.

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I also wanted to share this awesome article from CNN on diversity in the plus-size industry. Lisa Respers did an excellent job with this story and she even mentioned me! Definitely a #MustRead and an eye opener!

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Finally, I’m returning to the Full Figured Fashion Week runways (June 14-21) this year. Mark your calendars for the indie designer showcase on June 19th and the retailer showcase on the 20th to see me slay the runway! Click here to buy tickets, check out the week’s events, and much more!

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