|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 Weekâ„˘ 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 Weekâ„˘ - New York City.
Plus Boutique of the Year - Re/Dress NYC
Re/Dress NYC, a curvy shopperâ€™s dream come true, is a premiere vintage
& resale clothing boutique specializing in sizes 14 and up (vintage 10
Fashions from Re/Dress NYC have been seen in the NYTimes Style
Section, Italian Vogueâ€™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 womanâ€™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 Storeâ€ť by City Search, â€śBest Store For
Plus Size Evening Wearâ€ť by Time Out New York and featured in the October
issue of Essence Magazineâ€™s â€śPower 40 Under 40", Monif C. has made its
mark as a plus size industry leader. Monif C. has been featured on NBCâ€™s
Today Show, ABC News, Barbara Waltersâ€™ the View, The Washington Post,
Essence, Glamour, TLCâ€™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 (Americaâ€™s Next Top Model), Angie
Stone and Amber Riley (Foxâ€™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 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 â€śWomen in the Spotlight
Now 2011â€ť conference in Atlanta. Terri will also be featured in Catherine Schuller's new
book "Such a Pretty Face.â€ť
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 â€śLingerie and Lace: A Lesson in
Allureâ€ť and â€śSix Steps to Fashionably Fitting the Voluptuous Womanâ€ť seminars are popular
in New York with the Fashion Societe. She teaches â€śKnow Your Foundationsâ€ť 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.
Youâ€™ve seen Terri on Tyra Banks talking about weight, the TODAY show as the â€śglamorous
grandma,â€ť interviewed in Plus Model Magazine, January, 2011, â€śIconâ€ť Issue, Isaac Mizrahi,
and Chenese Lewisâ€™ Blog Talk Radio.
Terri has two daughters and four granddaughters ages 6 to 18 who affectionately refer to
her as â€śGrandma New York.â€ť Her successful career as a model, trainer and consultant will
motivate and inspire you to "Dream On; Dream Big."
Plus Fashion Photographer of the Year - 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
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-toâ€™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 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 Â® intimate apparel. Lane Bryant and Cacique fashions are available nationwide at its nearly 750 Lane Bryant stores, 106 Lane Bryant OutletÂ® 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 â€śRicki Lakeâ€ť, â€śShowtime at the Apollo,â€ť â€śDef Comedy Jamâ€ť, â€śVH1
Hard Rock Liveâ€ť and many others, Mia soon became a producer at the nationally
syndicated â€śRicki Lake Showâ€ť. Mia also went on to produce several pilots and produce a
dating show, â€śChange of Heart.â€ť Mia was the Senior Booking Producer for the Star Jones
Show on Court TV as well as Sports and Pop Culture program, â€śWith All Due Respectâ€ť
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, â€śThe Next Food Network
Star: After Partyâ€ť and Mia is currently Supervising Producer of one of TVâ€™s longest
running courtroom dramas, â€śDivorce Court.â€ť
While producing, an acting opportunity presented itself and Mia Amber burst onto the
silver screen as â€śRhondaâ€ť the full figured co-ed in the DreamWorks feature film â€śRoad
With the success of â€śRoad Tripâ€ť Mia landed her first magazine cover (â€śBelleâ€ť) 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 â€śGreat Woman of Style.â€ť
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 Oxygenâ€™s, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency as well as Anti-
Fat Activist Meme Roth in a highly publicized segment of CNNâ€™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, â€śQueens
Fashion Week,â€ť 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'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, Catherineâ€™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,
Chicagoâ€™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 Cavutoâ€™s Your World, Oxygen Channel and local morning shows across
America. She was assistant style advisor to Wynonna Judd for USA Networkâ€™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 MSAâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€śSparkleâ€ť 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
The unforgettable young lady energetically crafts the
pageants into the most spectacular extravaganzas to be seen.
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, â€śLast Comic Standingâ€ť finalist Roz G, r&b songbird Mikki
Howard, r&b group Full Force member Bowlegged Lou, r&b crooner Kieran
and â€śMo'Nique's F.A.T. Chanceâ€ť reality tv personality Sharon Quinn.
Ms. Randolph began her career as an Ebony Fashion Fair model.
has also been a fashion show commentator and tv show host, having
hosted the cable favorite â€śImage TVâ€ť for many years.
cable television venture is Money Train TV, where she is a standout
â€śFabulousâ€ť is Theresa â€śSparkleâ€ť Randolph's middle name.
figured pageants are glittering expressions of diversity in beauty.
Her motto is â€śSize is no barrier to beautyâ€ť and she certainly lives
Plus Fashion Stylist of the Year - 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, Moâ€™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. â€śStyling allowed me to explore so many
aspects of fashion, it has been an extraordinary journey with fascinating
people and places here and abroad.â€ť This style maven has utilized her
skills for every major award show including the Oscarâ€™s, the Emmyâ€™s, the
MTV Music and Movie Awards, the Grammyâ€™s the BET Awards and a host
of others. Currently Susan is the fashion blogger for â€śSONSIâ€ť 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 guruâ€™s portfolio. In 1996 Susan became a member of
the motion picture costumerâ€™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 Brandyâ€™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 Americaâ€™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. â€śThe democratization of fashion is what is still needed, every
woman wants chic, sexy, beautiful, clothing and every woman should have
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 â€śBig Girl in a Skinny Worldâ€ť column, which addresses the fashion issues of plus-size women, is one of the magazineâ€™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.