Full figured fashion has made significant strides over the past few years. Last year, while mainstream fashion argued over our legitimacy in the industry, for the first time ever, Full Figured Fashion Week™ celebrated those who have made contributions to the plus size fashion industry.

This year, we are pleased to honor the following industry professionals for their contributions to an industry that has continued to thrive in a thin-obsessed culture. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to having you accept your award in person on June 18th at Full Figured Fashion Week™ - New York City.

Plus Boutique of the Year  -  Re/Dress NYC


Re/Dress NYC

Re/Dress NYC, a curvy shopper’s dream come true, is a premiere vintage & resale clothing boutique specializing in sizes 14 and up (vintage 10 + up).

Fashions from Re/Dress NYC have been seen in the NYTimes Style Section, Italian Vogue’s Curvy Blog, Bust Magazine, Plus Model Magazine and more. This 3000 square foot shop excels at personal shopping with our helpful sales staff, comfy dressing rooms and a friendly down to earth vibe. New stock comes in every single day. Re/Dress NYC is the creator of Indie+, a new designer showcase/trunk show, helping bring new designers and customers together.

Re/Dress NYC also a buy*sell*trade establishment allowing women to sell clothing for cash or store credit, which is an environmental and recession friendly way to refresh a wardrobe. Our contemporary clothing ranges from the cutest inexpensive Torrid dress to high-end designers like Anna Scholz, Tadashi and Marina Rinaldi. Our handpicked vintage collection runs from at a modern size 10 through a 3x/4x, helping bring the classic vintage shopping experience to the customer most stores ignore. We have the largest collection of plus size vintage in any store on the East Coast.

Re/Dress NYC is dedicated to creating and maintaining a body positive and fun shopping space for everyone.

Plus Designer of the Year  -  Monif C. Plus Sizes


Monif C. Plus Sizes

Monif C. Plus Sizes is an unapologetic stand for high fashion style for plus size women. Conceived in 2005 by mother/daughter team Monif and Elaine Clarke, the Monif C. collection of dresses and swimwear reaffirms every woman’s desire for an inspired life, filled with luxury and unadulterated sexy appeal. A love of color, prints, and vintage details has been a part of Monif's life from her childhood in Barbados. Today as a plus size woman, Monif understands the need for a new perspective in the plus size market.

Voted "Best Plus Size Clothing Store” by City Search, “Best Store For Plus Size Evening Wear” by Time Out New York and featured in the October issue of Essence Magazine’s “Power 40 Under 40", Monif C. has made its mark as a plus size industry leader. Monif C. has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, ABC News, Barbara Walters’ the View, The Washington Post, Essence, Glamour, TLC’s What Not to Wear, The Tyra Banks Show, Ebony, Jet and many more. The Monif C. collection is quintessentially the wardrobe for the young, contemporary, sexy plus size woman. When you wear Monif C., you reclaim your femininity and your strong sense of self. Celebrity fans of Monif C. include Emme (Plus Size Supermodel), Sherri Shepherd (the View), Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Raven Symone, Gabourey Sidibe, Kim Coles, Tocarra (America’s Next Top Model), Angie Stone and Amber Riley (Fox’s Glee). Monif C. is sold online, in the Monif C. Boutique in New York City, as well as specialty boutiques throughout the US, London, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Jamaica, St. Maarten, Bahamas, and Bermuda.

Plus Fit Model of the Year  -  Terri Murray


Terri Murray

Terri began her modeling career over seventeen years ago when she answered an ad in the local paper for a full time fit model at Lane Bryant, in Columbus, Ohio. After nine years at Lane Bryant and with the encouragement (Go for it!) of her two wonderful daughters, she signed a contract with FORD NY, left her family and home and moved to New York to pursue an opportunity of a lifetime. She has modeled in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia as well as the United States.

Terri is currently the fit model at QVC, plus fit model at MSA Models in NY, and Immediate Past President of the New York Tri-State Chapter AICI, the Association of Image Consultants International. Considered an expert in the industry, she was recently interviewed in the January "Icon" issue of Plus Model Magazine, the premier magazine of the full-figured community. And in March, 2011, she served as a panelist at the “Women in the Spotlight Now 2011” conference in Atlanta. Terri will also be featured in Catherine Schuller's new book "Such a Pretty Face.”

She is a fit and intimate apparel expert having measured and fit hundreds of women as well as fitting intimate apparel and sportswear herself. Her “Lingerie and Lace: A Lesson in Allure” and “Six Steps to Fashionably Fitting the Voluptuous Woman” seminars are popular in New York with the Fashion Societe. She teaches “Know Your Foundations” at the Plus Academy NYC as well as her own classes and is Executive Director of the SOE Academy, School of Esther NY, which is a leadership program for teens ages 13-17.

Her influence reaches internationally partnering with the Imatge Consulting Company in Mexico City with seminars, and judging their students in certification for graduation as Image Consultants and Make Up Artists/Stylists. She volunteers backstage during Fashion Week, the Swarovski Red Dress Event, Broadway Cares and DIVABETICS.

You’ve seen Terri on Tyra Banks talking about weight, the TODAY show as the “glamorous grandma,” interviewed in Plus Model Magazine, January, 2011, “Icon” Issue, Isaac Mizrahi, and Chenese Lewis’ Blog Talk Radio.

Terri has two daughters and four granddaughters ages 6 to 18 who affectionately refer to her as “Grandma New York.” Her successful career as a model, trainer and consultant will motivate and inspire you to "Dream On; Dream Big."

Twitter: @nymodel

Plus Fashion Photographer of the Year  -  Lucas Pictures


Lucas Pictures

NY based photographer Luke Jones began shooting lifestyle and candid images in 2000. While shooting one day in Central Park he was asked about his services by an aspiring model. He explained he had not shot a model before but was willing to try. The results of the shoot were great and the model referred other models and the rest, as they say, is history.

In 2002 he decided to try his hand at shooting plus models. After searching the modeling sites and approaching some models he booked an aspiring plus model and a new passion developed in more ways than one. One of the pictures from that shoot was used on the very popular plus model site plusmodels.com. As a result his creativity and passion for shooting plus models developed as well as his adoration for the model he shot that day. In 2004 he married plus model/writer Madeline Figueroa and together they formed Lucaspictures.

Creating beautiful images and a fun environment to work in is their main goal. Customer satisfaction is their focus. Excellence is their purpose.

Our images have been featured in various newspapers, magazines and modeling sites including Allure Magazine, Igigi.com, Mija Magazine, amazemagazine.com and plusmodelmagazine.com.

Visit online at www.LucasPictures.net

Plus Fashion Magazine of the Year  -  PLUS Model Magazine


PLUS Model Magazine

Mrs. Figueroa-Jones is a NY native and former plus size model. After appearing in several magazine's, working for numerous designers and participating in several television segments including Aqui Y Ahora for Univision and Court TV's Star Jones' Talk Show she began reaching out to the plus size community by serving as a moderator forVenusDivas.com and Empowerment Editor for AmazeMag.com. Madeline has experience on and off the runway and served as Casting Director for Hips, Heals and Curves, a traveling fashion show featuring plus size clothing and designs. Always an activist and looking to bring plus size women into a fashion forward mentality she combined forces with friend and online magazine publisher, Valery Amador, to create PLUS Model Magazine.

As Editor for PLUS Model Magazine, Madeline has been producing issues which push the envelope with both exclusive interviews with some of today's top models and edgy fashion editorials aimed at featuring today's plus size modeling industry in it's truest light. Expanding the PLUS empire, PLUS Model Radio was introduced in March 2008 (www.blogtalkradio.com/plusmodelradio) with host Chenese Lewis which is today's number one podcast for plus size women in the industry. In January 2010 she implemented 18PLUS, a new feature within PLUS which will push the plus size modeling industry by featuring plus size women, models and entertainers who wear a size 18 and larger. Madeline was also on the production team of Full Figured Fashion week (www.fffweek.com) in 2009 and started 2010 with a bang with write ups in The Daily News and brought PLUS to the CNN audience with Creative Editor at Large, Mia Amber Davis.

Madeline is also a mother to daughter Madison Eladia Jones and wife to photographer, Luke Jones, who works primarily with plus size models via www.lucaspictures.net.

Plus Commercial Print Model of the Year  -  Fluvia Lacerda


Fluvia Lacerda

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Fluvia Lacerda moved to New York City about 14 years ago to study languages. While working as a nanny, one day in a crosstown bus, Fluvia was approached by a magazine editor who told her she should consider working as a plus size model. From that day on her life changed completely.

Today Fluvia's face and curves are one of the most sucessful and requested worldwide. Known as the "plus size version of Gisele Bundchen" Fluvia is the only brazilian working internationally as a plus size model, making her an icon in her homeland, Brazil.

She was featured as the cover of the 2007 calendar Curves and has worked for many known brands like Torrid, Monif C., Igigi, Fashion Bug, Kmart, Bilka, Takko Fashions, Eliza Parker and magazines such as Glamour, Latina, Bust and PlusModelMagazine and most recently Playboy Brasil. As well as many different countries like South Africa, London, Mexico, Germany, Spain and Canada.

Plus Lifestyle Magazine of the Year  -  Daily Venus Diva


Daily Venus Diva

Daily Venus Diva (DailyVenusDiva.com) is the plus size lifestyle magazine dedicated to celebrating women with curves and inspiring them to live a 'well-rounded' life. Our daily content format includes 'DVD Fab-Finds', lifestyle articles, fashion tips, beauty how-to’s and relationship advice as well as culture and news relevant to today's curvy woman.

Inspiring and celebrating plus size women and teens online since October 1998, the name was inspired by The Birth of Venus painting by Botticelli, where the beautiful goddess Venus emerged from the sea on a half-shell as a fully-grown woman with gracious curves. The Goddess stands as a symbol for love and beauty and with the addition of the word 'diva' to our name, (taken from the Latin word for Goddess) our modern adaptation redefines the plus size woman as passionate, beautiful, talented, inspirational and with just enough sass for people to stand up and take notice.

Renamed Daily Venus Diva in October 2009 to better reflect our content model, Stephanie Penn-Danforth, a Detroit, MI native and Editor-In-Chief of DailyVenusDiva.com, is the visionary bringing a fresh new plus-size perspective to our readers. Our team of industry experts includes Lifestyle Editor Olga Gonzalez-Ramos, Features Editor Cassandra Jones-McBryde and Curvy Confidence Editor Limarie Lewis as well as many talented contributors and bloggers. Creative Director, Valery Amador, originally from NJ and now living in the Great NW, is the creator of the Venus Divas brand and CEO of viethrive.com, an online publishing company.

Plus Retailer of the Year  -  Lane Bryant


Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant is the nation's leading women's specialty full figured apparel retailer, providing stylish, high-quality fashion in sizes 14-28. The Lane Bryant collection includes a wide selection of career to casual apparel as well as accessories, hosiery and Cacique ® intimate apparel. Lane Bryant and Cacique fashions are available nationwide at its nearly 750 Lane Bryant stores, 106 Lane Bryant Outlet® stores, and at lanebryant.com and cacique.com. Lane Bryant is owned and operated by Charming Shoppes, Inc.

Plus Runway Model of the Year  -  Mia Amber Davis


Mia Amber Davis

Beginning her career as an intern then production assistant for several television shows, such as “Ricki Lake”, “Showtime at the Apollo,” “Def Comedy Jam”, “VH1 Hard Rock Live” and many others, Mia soon became a producer at the nationally syndicated “Ricki Lake Show”. Mia also went on to produce several pilots and produce a dating show, “Change of Heart.” Mia was the Senior Booking Producer for the Star Jones Show on Court TV as well as Sports and Pop Culture program, “With All Due Respect” starring NBA Legend, Sir Charles Barkley. She also had the opportunity to work with some of the Food Networks, fan favorites as a producer for, “The Next Food Network Star: After Party” and Mia is currently Supervising Producer of one of TV’s longest running courtroom dramas, “Divorce Court.”

While producing, an acting opportunity presented itself and Mia Amber burst onto the silver screen as “Rhonda” the full figured co-ed in the DreamWorks feature film “Road Trip”.

With the success of “Road Trip” Mia landed her first magazine cover (“Belle”) and Mia Amber realized that she wanted a coveted place in the world of plus sized modeling. Mia did her research, reinvented herself by losing 90 lbs., and was blessed with the opportunity to represent Ashley Stewart as a “Great Woman of Style.”

As a model Mia Amber has also worked with Just My Size, Richard Metzger, Monif C., Queen Latifah for Curvation, Abby Z., Lane Bryant and numerous others. As an Ashley Stewart campaign model Mia Amber was selected to be the face of The Butterfly Bra designed by another curvy triple threat, R&B superstar and actress, Jill Scott.

Mia has graced the covers and pages of numerous magazines and has appeared on countless television shows. The determined Mia went toe to toe with the infamous Janice Dickinson on Oxygen’s, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency as well as Anti- Fat Activist Meme Roth in a highly publicized segment of CNN’s Campbell Brown. That inaugural appearance on CNN has led to other appearances by Mia on the news network as the go-to pundit for size acceptance.

In 2008 she was appointed Creative Editor-at-Large for Plus Model Magazine.

Mia believes in stepping out on faith to realize her dreams and travels internationally as a speaker at seminars for aspiring models.

In an effort to help aspiring plus models make an impact on the industry, in 2009 Mia Amber began a career as a Style Consultant.

In February 2010 Mia Amber was honored to be the host of the inaugural, “Queens Fashion Week,” a role she cherished because it gave her the privilege of representing her hometown of Queens, NY.

2010 saw Mia victorious as she was handpicked from hundreds to appear with Kimora Lee Simmons as the only plus size model to shoot a campaign for Shinto, Kimora's new skin care line. Mia was elated to work with Simmons, a fashion icon.

Mia Amber began blogging (www.MiaAmber.WordPress.com) as a way to keep in touch with her fans and answer the multitude of questions asked of her daily by models and model citizens alike!

Currently, Mia Amber is represented by the Plus Division of MSA as well as the commercial division of Innovative Artists in New York.

Plus Icon of the Year  -  Catherine Schuller


Catherine Schuller

CATHERINE SCHULLER's status is legendary as she is considered one of the pioneers of the full figured fashion industry. She became a Ford Model in the 80's when the industry was still forming and is a trained film and theatre actress who also became a standup comedienne when she was told at 5'10" and 175 pounds that she was "too heavy" for the acting world. She sought revenge in humor and created and performed her own sketch comedy cabaret act, "The Nerve!" That phrase became her mantra and she became an advocate for "being yourself" and having the confidence and style to put yourself out there no matter what. After years of acting and modeling she combined standup with fashion and commentated in-store fashion shows at major retail chains for years, then segued into becoming a certified professional image consultant with AICI (Association of Image Consultants International) specializing in the plus size woman. She was invited to become an editor of the "Vogue-executed", wildly successful MODE magazine in 1997, a position she held for the full four years of the magazine's existence, which then led to her becoming spokesperson for retail brands such as Talbot's Woman, Just My Size, Dillard's, Nordstrom, Saks, Filene's, Macy's, The Bon Ton stores' Boston Store and Carson Pirie Scott, Charming Shoppes' Lane Bryant, Catherine’s and Figure Magazine. After Mode's closing due to 9/11, she started another enterprise in 2002 with a high end runway show of top plus designers called CurveStyle: Reshaping Fashion devoted to promotional and marketing efforts celebrating and elevating the "full figured woman to the status of fashion icon in her own right." She has appeared on QVC with her own line of clothing "Shape Shopping with Catherine Schuller," debuting her line of figure-flattering apparel in sizes 2-22. A frequently quoted expert, she has appeared in articles for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, St.Louis Post Dispatch, The Daily News, Times Picayune, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Chicago’s Windy City, San Francisco Chronicle, US Weekly, Good Housekeeping and on television she has appeared many times on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show in her hometown of New York as well as news programs where she is a frequent guest on Neal Cavuto’s Your World, Oxygen Channel and local morning shows across America. She was assistant style advisor to Wynonna Judd for USA Network’s Nashville Star where she introduced Richard Metzger to Wynonna and he designed her looks for the TV show and tour.

She executive produced two full length films with Constantine Valhouli. The first, "Curve," a documentary about the full figured modeling industry featured interviews with plus size models and luminaries in the field from the retail, media, modeling agency, design world all bearing their souls to the scrutiny of the lens where the film captured the honesty and ambivalence about the world of fashion and the fuller figures. Her next feature entitled "Sex, Lies and Superheroes" was inspired by the death of her first husband, Mark Gruenwald, Senior Executive Editor of Marvel Comics and writer of Captain America and other titles.

She is the Image and Style Advisor for Divabetic, a charity started in honor of Luther Vandross to empower women living with, at risk of or affected by the epidemic of diabetes and teaches them to have a 'diva' attitude about their diabetes. She works closely with Luther's personal assistant of fourteen years, Max Szadek, and is part of its creative core team, traveling around to major United States cities with a program entitled Makeover Your Diabetes sponsored by Novo Nordisk which targets women living with, affected by, or at risk of diabetes - an epidemic now affecting 23 million Americans, 80% of whom are plus size women.

She teaches the course on special sizes at Fashion Institute of Technology in their Image Program currently. Her latest project is a coffee table book entitled Such a Pretty Face about the plus size models and their interesting career paths.

Plus Agency of the Year  -  MSA Models (MSA Plus)


MSA Models (MSA Plus)

Susan Levine is the President and Chief Executive of MSA MODELS, formerly known as Model Service Agency. MSA Models is a full service model management company. Located in the heart of the Garment Center, MSA represents models for Fit, Commercial Print, Showroom and Lifestyle to help designers successfully launch lines for Straight and Plus Size Fashion.

Susan took ownership of MSA in 1998 and has grown its MSA Plus (formerly Goddess) division exponentially. Prior to MSA, Susan was responsible for the accessories business of Koret Handbags, managing design and sales. Susan was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to the United States as a teen.

Susan plans to continue to strengthen and expand MSA’s Plus division. She is honored to be acknowledged by Full Figured Fashion week as Plus Agency of the Year. Susan accepts the award on behalf of MSA, Anthony Higgins who heads the Plus Division at MSA, and all the beautiful MSA Plus Models – each one of you is a living Goddess.

Susan is active in her support for lung cancer research. She has served with the Board of Directors of Lung Cancer Alliance the only national non-profit organization devoted solely to support and advocacy for all those living with or at risk for lung cancer.

Plus Pageant of the Year  -  J.T. Productions - Full Figured USA Pageant


J.T. Productions - Full Figured USA Pageant

A trailblazer and trendsetter, Ms. Theresa “Sparkle” Randolph has carved a unique career niche since she began. The New Jersey native created and has produced the wildly popular Ms. Full-Figured USA, Ms. Full-Figured and Ms. Full-Figured New York pageants and has been going strong with them for the past 20 years. Her March 2011 pageant will represent her 21st year as a successful pageant promoter.

A full-figured model and beauty contest winner herself, Sparkle does sparkle! The unforgettable young lady energetically crafts the pageants into the most spectacular extravaganzas to be seen. Her highly anticipated sold-out events are a must-see!

Sparkle's pageant winners have gone on to successful careers in the full-figured modeling industry. Both inspirational and educational, her pageant experiences enhance the beautiful plus-sized lady's life in numerous ways. Featured on tv shows such as Good Day New York, Your Morning On CN8, MY9 News and the CW11 Morning News, as well as in the NJ Star-Ledger newspaper, the NY Amsterdam News and NY Beacon, she and her contestants are a glamorous addition to the scene, wherever they go. They are often special guests at various events, owing to their grace, poise and beauty, that definitely light up the room!

Over the years, Sparkle's pageants have been graced by appearances from various celebrities, including r&b superstar Freddie Jackson, “Last Comic Standing” finalist Roz G, r&b songbird Mikki Howard, r&b group Full Force member Bowlegged Lou, r&b crooner Kieran and “Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance” reality tv personality Sharon Quinn.

Ms. Randolph began her career as an Ebony Fashion Fair model. She has also been a fashion show commentator and tv show host, having hosted the cable favorite “Image TV” for many years. Her newest cable television venture is Money Train TV, where she is a standout interviewer/host.

“Fabulous” is Theresa “Sparkle” Randolph's middle name. Her full- figured pageants are glittering expressions of diversity in beauty. Her motto is “Size is no barrier to beauty” and she certainly lives by that!

Plus Fashion Stylist of the Year  -  Susan Moses


Susan Moses

Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist who has managed to successfully keep all of her creative doors open in the dynamic world of music, fashion, film, advertising, and television. With a career that has spanned more than a decade, Susan has dressed some of the most visible celebrities of our time. This roster today includes, Brandy, Hillary Duff, Mo’nique, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Emme, Wynonna Judd, Chaka Khan, Brittany Spears, Ruby, Sherri Shepherd, Angie Stone, Gabourey Sidibe, Jill Scott, Nikki Blonsky and a host of others. “Styling allowed me to explore so many aspects of fashion, it has been an extraordinary journey with fascinating people and places here and abroad.” This style maven has utilized her skills for every major award show including the Oscar’s, the Emmy’s, the MTV Music and Movie Awards, the Grammy’s the BET Awards and a host of others. Currently Susan is the fashion blogger for “SONSI” but she is no stranger to the editorial world. Susan was a contributing style editor at Mode and Figure magazine and her work has been featured in Essence, In Style, Ebony, Glamour and Vibe to name a few. Both print and commercial advertisement for Covergirl, Alli, DKNY, Walmart, Curvation, and Candies, are a part of this style guru’s portfolio. In 1996 Susan became a member of the motion picture costumer’s union local 705, little did she know all those hours of prepping and styling countless music videos prepared her to work on the hit television show Moesha as Brandy’s personal costumer for six seasons and several films such as Beauty Shop, Last Holliday, Life Support and Hairspray. Susan has also styled her clients for appearances on Oprah, Jay Leno, Regis & Kelly, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, The View and a number of America’s favorite talk shows.

With an exciting lifestyle that has been an infinite creative evolution consisting of more accomplishments than she could have imagined, Susan believes that all of the various projects that she has styled have inspired each other. Her greatest inspiration has been curvy women. She has always believed that styling is beyond size, but her vast experience in dressing curvy women has also led her to believe that design is also beyond size. The next chapter for this architect of style will definitely be in the design studio. “The democratization of fashion is what is still needed, every woman wants chic, sexy, beautiful, clothing and every woman should have them.”

Plus Fashion Blog of the Year  -  Big Girl in A Skinny World


Big Girl in A Skinny World

Ashley Falcon is a fashion stylist and columnist for Marie Claire magazine. Her monthly “Big Girl in a Skinny World” column, which addresses the fashion issues of plus-size women, is one of the magazine’s most popular features. Ashley styles women of all shapes and sizes for her editorial work, which has appeared in Esquire and Glossy Magazine. Ashley makes frequent TV, radio and blog appearances, and has been featured on Oprah, the Tyra Banks Show, the CBS Early Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and LXTV.