A couple weeks ago I shot the promo commercial for BET/Centric’s “Curvy Style With Timothy Snell”!! It’s the first fashion How-To series delivering A-List chic for every physique!!Each week Timothy flexes his skills and races against the clock to give superstars and everyday women, looks that slay for the red carpet and milestone moments. It debuts on BET & Centric this Saturday at 10PM EST/9C but make sure you check your local listings! I’m excited for a show like this because our curvy stories need to be told & I know a lot of women need to learn how to better dress their curves!Check out the fashion segment below we did for Pix11 this morning! I was in LOVEEEEE with my complete look! Shoutout to makeup artist Christopher Michael for having me looking fab so early in the morning! Also it was great working with two of my favorite models, Monique Robinson & Naimah Terry! Curvy Girls Rock!
Life has a way of showing you that you’re on the right path & that there’s people who want to see you win! This week some great online mags showed me love & it was just what a sista needed! First Buzzfeed named me as 1 of 19 models who deserve some shine outside of model Ashley Graham. Kudos to the writer Nora Whelan.
Then Plus Model Magazine named me as 1 of 18 models they’d love to see on the cover of Sports Illustrated!
And last but not least, thanks Daily Venus Diva for including me in your article about the “Ban The Plus” issue. Make sure you check out all three articles cause they are all equally amazing!
Often, fun workout elements are featured on Wednesdays to encourage a healthier lifestyle, such as trendy workout gear for curvy ladies or the previous post on the “Gonna Make You Sweat” playlist. Maintaining your fitness is a lifelong journey that we all struggle with, so it’s vital that we’re constantly changing up our routine so we don’t get lazy with our workouts or get bored with our fitness regime. In addition to the past tips shared on this website, another way to add excitement to your gym sessions is by playing a game of Exercise Bingo.
The game is a perfect fit for those that can’t afford or unwilling to pay $40 per personal training session and has the ability to randomize your workout plan to engage different parts of your body. Although bingo is an odd strategy to physically push yourself considering the existence of the term “bingo wings,” the importance of healthy living has affected everyone across the industries, especially the gaming sector that sell products indirectly promoting inactivity.The focus on fitness has encouraged bingo hub operators like Gala Bingo to share Tone Up exercises that keep their players’ heart rates up even while seated in their chairs. People working in the fitness sector have successfully used the game to generate daily workout plans for their clients, and there’s no reason why you can’t also use bingo as motivation for your commitment to exercise.
There isn’t one specific way to make your Exercise Bingo card, as some exercises are more suited for certain body builds, but the instructions below serve as a great guide for making your first card:
First, find five different exercises for the following categories: Arms, Core, Legs, Chest and Back. If you don’t have access to the right equipment, Greatist has a number of bodyweight exercises that you can include in your card. After choosing the exercises, arrange them according the category on the card, labeling each item per category from 1-5. Once your card is ready, roll a die to select your exercises, with 6 being a free choice for the category.
Before playing, make sure you know the proper form of each exercise for maximum results. Also, don’t forget your cardio warm up and stretches before and after your entire workout.
Photo credit: Rick D. Jones for Curvysta Magazine
I am always excited when it comes to diversity within the modeling industry! You may or may not have heard the name Bishamber Das recently, but she has taken Britain by storm. 29-year-old Bishamber Das made history in 2014 as the first plus size model to win a title at the international Miss India Europe competition that year and she’s been on the continuous grind to normalize body shapes of all sorts ever since.
Here’s what Das said on why she wanted to become a model:
“I am of Indian/Malaysian heritage. All my life I have been plump, and growing up I would constantly hear comments on how I was pretty for a fat girl. Elders from my community used to feel it was their right to tell me that if I did not lose weight, no man would love or marry me. I was sick of people looking at my physical appearance and deciding I was not worth anything when in fact I was a bright young woman who had already achieved so much in her academic and professional life. It is about time a woman of my color came forward and showed the world real diversity.”
Growing up in a British-Asian community with an alcoholic, abusive father, she turned to food for comfort and subsequently struggled with her self-image. When asked if she had any advice for young girls and women going through the same thing she commented:
“Too often we are told how we should dress or look — just do your thing, [and know that the] best things come from when we’re out of our comfort zone. Explore yourself without fear, wear what you like, live your life. We’re so lucky in today’s day and age to have social media. There are so many public figures we can turn to for inspiration…or we can even put our own personal campaigns out for the world to view. Breaking into this industry can be very challenging, so just stay focused and offer the world your experiences. It worked for me.”
I am very proud of her and wish her the absolute best!
Happy Monday! It’s February 1st, which means today is the first day of Black History Month. I wanted to start off the week with an upbeat and heartfelt post!
Congratulations to Ms. Top Model herself, Tyra Banks. Banks welcomed a baby boy, York, into the world on Wednesday, January 28th with her photographer boyfriend, Erik Asla. I am so happy for this diva because she has always been a strong woman and a trailblazer for black women in the modeling realm.
She hasn’t released any photos of her son as of yet, but I am excited to see him! Tyra opened up a few years ago about her infertility issues and her unhappiness about not having children: “When I turned 40, the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids. When you’re like, ‘Okay, I’m just going to do it,’ then it’s not so easy as you get older.”
Banks, 42, now says that despite being a renowned model, entrepreneur and fashion icon, her life is more complete with the welcoming of York Banks Aslsa.
She began her career at the age of 15 and was the first Black woman to cover GQ and Sports Illustrated magazines and is one of the original Victoria’s Secret angels. She has appeared in various movies such as Life-Size alongside Lindsay Lohan and the classic Love & Basketball. She also had roles in television shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Gossip Girl. She launched her long-running television show America’s Next Top Model in 2003 and had her own talk show.
In 2010, she published a young adult novel titled Modelland, based on her life as a model which topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011.Banks is one of four African-American and seven women to be repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by TIME magazine.
Tyra Banks is one of my model idols! She is the epitome of a smart model by capitalizing on her brand and fame to create new revenues of incomes while educating the masses, introducing new stars & doing what she loves! I have watched her business moves for years to get inspiration! She has even inspired me with my Life Of A Working Model BootCamps & other entrepreneurial projects I have in line right now.
Happy Friday! This Friday is one of my favorites because I got to chitchat with fellow #TeamCurvy gals ,Sukanya & Tahiry, at Pix11 News about Mattel Barbie’s new take on diversity with their dolls now! I’m so excited that they come in various shapes, complexions & hairstyles! This is a step in the right direction for all of humanity! Will you be purchasing a Barbie for you or a child you love? Watch the video below to see what you missed!
It’s Friday & I hope you had an amazing week cause I have some amazing finds!! First up is the book “The Art Of Dressing Curves” by Celebrity stylist & curvy pioneer Susan Moses. With over two decades in the business, Susan has dressed curves on stars like Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Brandy, Chaka Khan, Wynona Judd, Nikki Blonsky and Mary Mary to name a few! She has styled me and I even had her speak at my Life Of A Working Model Bootcamp! Now she is sharing her secrets so you can look your best too! It is available for pre-order now HERE!
Next is the Ty-Lite, the ultimate phone case for selfie lovers brought to you by Beyonce’s creative director & stylist, Ty Hunter!! It’s a LED lighted phone case that offers three distinct light settings: Cool, Warm & Brilliant to accomodate almost any environment! Now you can always look flawless when you Facetime your Bae! It also acts as a protective case. I’m ordering mine today, are you? Order yours HERE!
Next is this import from my favorite retailer in the UK, Evans! This black faux fur collar cardigan is a perfect winter staple that you can dress up or down, with jeans or over a dress. It’s warm, luxe and a perfect length. I wore it for my New Year’s eve dinner date & then to church! It’s on sale right now! Get yours HERE!
I love t-shirts that have statements so to be immortalized with my fellow plus supermodels on this t-shirt by The Curvy Fashionista had me feeling proud & a little misty eyed! This was a total surprise! We are the models who try our best to represent you all in the plus fashion market so it’s great that you all can now wear this with pride just like women have for Naomi, Cindy & Claudia in the past. Order yours now!
Lastly you all know I’m all about positivity so I was excited to see this line from Rashi Pinckney called PrayLoveStyle created to motivate, encourage, and inspire. They believe in promoting passion, purpose, and positivity. I’m all about that! Get yours so you can be stylish with a purpose.
I am so excited to announce that I will be taking my Life of A Working Bootcamp to the West Coast! Los Angeles I hope you are ready! There’s still time to register NOW and #InvestInYourself. Don’t do it tonight or tomorrow! I have women from across the country flying into LA for this fun-filled day and you could be one of them! We have a great agenda and FABULOUS panelists that will be in attendance all for YOU! Take a look for yourself below to see some faces you may recognize or someone you may want to network with! See you in LA! Click here to register.
!. Tocarra Jones – ANTM alumni & TV personality
2. Mychael Knight – Project Runway alumni & Designer
3. Rosie Mercado – Top Plus Model
4. Jerris Mogul Madison – Noted Fashion Photographer & Publisher/Editor in Chief for Obvious Magazine
5. Jen Wilder – Designer & Co-Owner of The Plus Bus
6. Rashi D. Pinckney – Fashion Stylist & Owner of Praylovestyle
7. Nicole Spruill – Top Model/Actress/Entrepreneur
8. Theary Sim – Designer, Youtheary Khmer
9. Tracy “Twinky” Byrd – Casting Director
10. Keesh Winkler-Smith – Celebrity Makeup artist
Happy #WorkoutWednesday! I know plenty of you all made a New Year’s Resolution to “get in shape”, “lose a couple of pounds”, or “be your best healthy”. Well, as January is slowly coming to an end, I want to encourage you all to stay committed to a healthy body and #healthycurves! Of course, while working out you want to look good! It can be difficult to find trendy fitness gear for the full-figured gals out there. But, have no fear! I have a few sites that offer GREAT (and affordable) for everyone!
1. Lola Getts Activewear at LolaGetts.com – offering sizes 14-24
2. Full Beauty Active at FullBeauty.com – offering sizes 14-44
3. Just Curves Active at JustCurves.net – offering sizes 14-28
4. RainBeauCurves at RainBeau.com – offering sizes 14-28
5. Livi Active at Lane Bryant – offering sizes 14-28
Happy 2016 and may your year be filled with blessings and good times. It’s been a while since I’ve whipped up a fresh batch of my #FridayFavorites. This week’s will be a little different and I have A LOT of great things planned for this year so stay tuned!
I just want to take a minute to shoutout Balmain for their Spring 2016 featuring Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer aka the “original supermodels of the 90’s”. These three ladies look as beautiful as ever, proving that with ages comes even more beauty! The black and white photography adds an even more dramatic and flawless effect to the entire campaign! Take a look for yourself below!
What I really love about this campaign is its model diversity with race and age. Just because a woman gets older doesn’t mean that she will stop buying clothes or doesn’t want to look fabulous and all three of these women display that well! I would love to see something like this in the plus fashion industry with models who paved the way like Angelika Morton, Kate Dillon, Tammy, Sharon Quinn, Natalie Laughlin & Michelle Griffin to name a few! I plan to slay the camera for years like my model mom Naomi so this just inspired me to have something to look forward to.