Natural hair is on an all time high and I am thrilled to see that it is becoming more accepting to rock a ‘fro or natural curls. Black hair comes in all lengths, curl patterns and textures. Now even models, like myself, are in front of the camera with their natural tresses. Glad the fashion industry is embracing more diversity in hair & models.
Céline’s newest face, Karly Loyce, appeared on the ad for the fall campaign with her beautiful natural hair and beautiful brown skin. Not only is she beautiful, the French native is also studying biology.
W Magazine’s fall fashion entitled really proves that Black is beautiful. The spread features six models all of whom are showing off their natural hair. Ajak Deng, Amilna Estevao, Anais Mali, Aya Jones, Binx Walton and Tami Williams are truly iconic! Check out more pictures below:
Finally, I have been named by Plus Model Magazine as one of the few natural hair trendsetters in the realm of plus models. I pride myself on my curls and am so happy that the curls have been brought back to the fashion pages! It also let’s me have diverse looks instead of just my weaves and wigs! #TeamNatural rocks! #BlackModels rock! #PlusModels rock!
Have you heard of Erica Jean Schnek? She’s the 18-year old size 18 model that is gradually making a name for herself. Erica is featured on August’s cover of Women’s Running Magazine. The young model, who is signed to Wilemenia Models, was beyond excited over the cover as it was her first. When asked about the cover she said, “Honestly, I was astonished. My family is overwhelmingly proud.”
Erica says that she loves to workout, her favorites are barefoot running on the beach, swimming, jogging, playing volleyball and group exercise classes.
Erica is attending Pepperdine University in the fall but vows that this won’t be her last appearance.
“To be on Instagram all you need is an electronic device. To get followers all you need to be is engaging. Now you don’t need to be a size 2 and 6 feet tall for people to notice you. World fashion icons no longer need to be on magazines. They come in all types and platforms.”
What is even better is that the cover received such great reviews. I’m overjoyed from this great reception because it really is important for women to know that #healthycurves are okay. You can be plus size and fit. Congratulations to Erica and I hope she continues to inspire!
If nothing else can motivate you to push yourself and work out, let Michelle Obama push you to your limit. The lovely FLOTUS released two brief clips of her daily workout in May to commemorate the 5th year of her “Let’s Move” Campaign. The brief montages feature tips from the First Lady as well as safety procedures. She also challenges women not to be afraid of lifting heavier weights and to not be afraid of building healthy muscles and of course maintaining those #healthycurves!
This week, I decided to showcase the curvy fitness guru Anowa Adjah. She is one of the first 200-pound female fitness professionals as well as the founder and CEO of Powerhouse Physiques, which is centered around helping women “lose the weight and keep the curves”. In my quick interview with her, she talks about the mission of Powerhouse Physiques, what motivates her and her personal journey.
How does Powerhouse Physiques distinctively help women to lose weight while keeping their curves?
The program is specifically composed for women of all shapes and sizes. The program factors a number of target areas I. E. : Stomach, glutes, legs and has created a program which effectively tones and builds muscles to create a more shapely toned physique. In addition, the exercises are low impact yet intense which is beneficial for women who are heavier and tend to have more agile joints.
Has it been challenging to stay on track now with the birth of your twin boys? How do you balance family life, running your business and staying in such great shape?
Yes, it is a constant challenge balancing family life, business, and health/wellness. I always emphasize the importance of being organized and preparation. When you have children they automatically become your first priority so I always try to prepare their clothes, foods and necessities ahead of time. In regards to my business, I schedule a block of time to handle all the necessary responsibilities. In addition, I usually train right after I drop my sons off at daycare. You have to be anal with your time, every minute counts. In order to stay on track, I usually am flexible with my exercise schedule. Sometimes, I break up my training into 2 parts of the day (morning/night) or train for 30 minutes. My motto is getting the work done in whatever capacity necessary.
What motivates you?
My children are my biggest motivation. In addition, I love to see my clients evolve. When you see an exercise program you created benefiting so many people it gives you great gratification.
I noticed that you also incorporate a special plan for mothers that suffered from Diastasis Recti. Can you go in-depth more on the specialized plan for this condition and give a little more information on the condition as well?
As of this moment, I have not created a program that addresses this issue. However, I do incorporate specific exercises that will help improve this condition. Diastasis Recti is a separation of the abdominal muscles which is usually a result of giving birth to multiples, more than one child, or a large baby. As a result of this condition, your abdominal muscles can be permanently damaged without the right medical or training intervention.
Have you found that you have a lot of unlikely allies that have helped you through your journey of starting this business and making a name for yourself?
Honestly, I’ve always been motivated by Serena Williams and Bethenny Frankel. Serena Williams and I have similar figures, which gives me great comfort in knowing that I am not alone in this journey. Bethenny Frankel’s story of success is inspiring. I can relate to many of the poor decisions she’s made and the years it took for her to accomplish the things she has. I have hopes that I will be able to obtain similar success in my field.
For more information on Anowa Adjah and Powerhouse Physiques, be sure to visit her website anowaadjah.com
Age ain’t nothing but a number as I highlight the beautiful action in the model world over the past few weeks! My model mother, Naomi Campbell, is still showing no signs of slowing down. She slayed on the Givenchy Men’s Runway in Paris on June 25. Check out the video below if you don’t believe me!
I plan to keep my career going long and strong just like hers! The grand dame Iman served us ageless realness on the cover of Vanity Fair Italia! She is still flawless at now 60 years old and I must say that she gets better with age!
Then this week, Teen Vogue made a MAJOR power move by debuting the new faces of fashion with these black beauties: Aya Jones, Lineisy Montero and Imaan Hammam. They are ushering in a new era and I love that they are photographed with their natural hair!
And how could we not fall deeper in love with Chanel Iman as she graces the cover of Glamour Spain. I feel the older she gets, the more beautiful she becomes! I also love her with a bit more weight on her. She is simply exquisite and a game changer. Check her out in the movie Dope; she’s sexy, hilarious and committed to her role!
Last but certainly not least, I want to congratulate the beautiful Andreia Gibau. Last night she was crowned Miss Teen United States. She is a beautiful young lady and I just want to congratulate her on such a monumental accomplishment!
I am beyond ecstatic from seeing all of these beautiful black women making headlines and continuing to fight tirelessly! Make sure you buy the issues that these models are gracing the cover of so we can show publishers that we want to see more black faces on them! Support!!! Have a great week!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Oatmeal: Rich in omega 3-fatty acids, potassium and fiber, eating oatmeal promotes lower cholesterol levels and better heart health
Avocado: They are rich in vitamins B, K and E and have high lots of fiber
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
Broccoli: Just a small cup of broccoli can supply you with enough Vitamin C that your body needs daily
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.
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
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
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!
“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.
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!
This Astoria backless maxi dress is simply angelic from KamiShade.com. You’ll float on air when you step out in this goddess gown!
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!
This dress from PhilthyRagz.com will have you looking despicably good! The peekaboo cutouts reveal just enough & I love the midi length.
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.