Make-Up Artist of the Year - Tara Taylor
An artist by nature, Tara decided to bring her canvases to life and become a freelance makeup & eyebrow artist in 2006. Her talent has made her a much sought after red carpet staple and she has worked with legends like Martha Wash and Charles Barkley, and a host of other celebrities including Kim Coles, Anthony Anderson, Lennox Lewis, Janelle Monet, Tami Roman and Emmy Award winning Grizz and Dot Com from NBC's 30 Rock. Her work has also been seen on the cover of Plus Model Magazine and Iconography, as well as the pages of Essence, Ebony, Latina, Jet, Urban Ink and Black Book. Fox, MTV, VH1, BET, SyFy and CW11 have also become fans of Tara's work.
Plus Agency of the Year - Dorothy Combs Models
Dorothy Combs Models was founded in 2005 and has been taking the industry by storm ever since. Located in beautiful Miami, Florida, Dorothy Combs Models exclusively represents plus size models. The agency deals with a wide range of local as well as international clientele . The models are booked on jobs all over the world including exciting locations such as Austria, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey as well as countless locations all over the United States. There is never a dull moment at Dorothy Combs Models. Morning, noon and night you will find the owner Dorothy on the phone, grooming models and negotiating with Clients. Her passion for this industry shows in every aspect of her bookings. "Real woman have curves and Dorothy Combs Models shows that. I feel blessed because I love what I do. Working with the models gives me great joy. There is nothing better than watching a model develop from girl next door into a superstar".

For the past seven years, DCM has proved to be a powerhouse in the modeling industry. We can only imagine what's in store for the next 7!
Plus Boutique of the Year - Curvaceous Boutique
Curvaceous Boutique offers plus size trendy clothing for curvy women. It is the source for unique and head turning fashions and concentrates on women’s wear sizes 14-24. Curvaceous Boutique not only serves as an undeniable threshold for fashion, but also implants radiant beauty on the inside of its customer by building her from the inside out. Each client is given unique individualized customer service by listening to her needs and wants. Exceptional service is the foundation of Curvaceous Boutique and it aims to make her feel exactly that--exceptional. The staff's duty is to give the customer a sense of pride when they are shopping in the store by offering quality merchandise that is "exclusive."

Fashion advice can be sought at Curvaceous Boutique because it monitors the newest trends in the forever changing world of fashion. It offers its clients the best by transforming their look from everyday to runway. Building relationships of integrity, honesty, and fairness is necessary with our clients and our vendors. In doing so, we gather our quality merchandise from top plus size vendors from the biggest fashion districts. Every move Curvaceous Boutique makes is accounted, contemplated, and planned for the best products for its’ valued shoppers.

In addition, Curvaceous Boutique is a channel for the complete look by offering clothes, bags and jewelry. Providing current fashions for plus size women is one goal for Curvaceous Boutique, but another goal is providing plus size women with key information on how to dress their body appropriately such as offering a key undergarment SPANX and BODY MAGIC. Curvaceous Boutique teaches plus size women their silhouettes works best by accentuating their best features and hiding trouble areas. Plus size women come in many shapes and sizes, yet it cater towards all of them.

The owner of Curvaceous Boutique, Cassandra Savage, understands the hardships of finding trendy plus size clothing as being a curvy woman herself. This sympathy enables her to be passionate about the lack of plus size consideration in the fashion industry since the average woman is size 14. After working in the telecommunications and financial industry for over 15 years, Ms. Savage became quite dismayed with the monotony of plus size fashions. She was frustrated with the offerings of this category in woman's wear because most only offered maternal styles for the full figured woman. Always having a passion for fashion, she decided to fill hole in the fashion industry. An African-American woman who is at the heart of the fashion, she possesses a unique ability to merge cultures through a shared appreciation for style. With a prayer and a dream it all started in 2006, Curvaceous Boutique opened its doors in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Today, her face can be seen on the covers of national and local magazines, in addition to a recent TV spot on BET Jazz (Tears, Shears & Beauty). Ms. Savage is a highly sought after fashion liaison for her countless roles in Hair and Fashion Shows.

Curvaceous Boutique has expanded its horizon to reach a global base clientele through its online store at www.curvaceousboutique.com. In addition, Twitter and Facebook is used for networking and building a media related venture. Curvaceous Boutique does not follow trends it makes them. Whether shopping in our store or in the comfort of your home, Curvaceous Boutique assists in any fashion predicament and its staff will be more than thrilled to aid in your fashion endeavor. "Everyday is MY Runway"
Plus Designer of the Year - Jasmine Elder (Jibri)
Jasmine Elder is an American fashion designer and the creator of the plus size contemporary women's label, JIBRI. Jasmine grew up in Atlanta and has lived in both NY and London as a student. She was introduced to garment construction by her teenage friend and mentor, Jibri Mann when she was in high school. The line was aptly named after him in 2006. Jasmine's designs are inspired by the glamor of vintage Hollywood cinema, powerful female figures, underground culture, visual art and music. JIBRI is dedicated to creating garments for the fashion- conscious curvy woman (size 12-24).

The designer concentrates on pieces that flatter all plus size body types. JIBRI includes classic wardrobe staples as well as timeless standout pieces. Each collection includes a variation of garments made with lush fabrics that focus on fabulous fit. "My line has pieces that appeal to the glamorous and sophisticated side in all women", says Jasmine on JIBRI.
Plus Fashion Blog of the Year - The Curvy Fashionista - Marie Denee
Marie Denee is an established and respected voice in plus size fashion. The creative force behind, The Curvy Fashionista, Marie shares her expertise, wit, and keen sense of style with a vibrant and growing audience and brings a fresh, friendly, and sensible voice showing women how to rock their curves while educating big brands on what plus size women really want.

With 13 years of retail experience coupled with her MBA in Marketing dedicated to the plus size fashion industry, Marie Denee marries her experience and passion for fashion to educate, empower, and enable plus size women to put their best curve forward. In addition her blog, Marie Denee launched her first eBook "Keeping it Curvy.Confident.Chic. is the Fashion and Style Editor of Plus Model Magazine, and is a trusted source for media, and regular speaker on fashion, blogging, and business.
Plus Fashion Photographer of the Year - Stanley Debas
Stanley Debas is a noted fashion photographer in New York City with over 10 years experience. His strong work ethic, passion for his work and the results he achieves makes him a much sought after photographer in the industry.

Born in Haiti, Stanley is largely self-taught and has also studied at the German School of Photography and the School of Visual Art. Stanley has worked with clients such as Fubu, Coogi and Kappa. His photographs have appeared in a variety of magazines Aad in national advertising campaigns, as well as in the portfolios of established top models as well as up and coming ones. Stanley enjoys working in the plus industry with clients such as Monif C., PLUS Model Magazine, and Just My Size. He enjoys an excellent rapport with plus size models, due in part to his respect and appreciation for the women he fondly refers to as "goddesses".

In addition to his passion for photography, Stanley enjoys scuba diving and spending time with his wife and baby girl. Please join us in congratulating Full Figured Fashion Week's 2012 Fashion Photographer of the Year, Stanley Debas
Plus Fashion Stylist of the Year - Spry Lee Scott
Celebrity Fashion Stylist/Fashion Savant, Spry Lee Scott, has been quickly infiltrating the fashion and entertainment industries. With a professional background in modeling, he has taken his creative input, passion, and extreme sense of style to another level, becoming one of the industries most highly respected and sought after fashion stylists! Spry has worked with some of today's top entertainers including T.I., Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Mary Mary, Jill Scott, Bow Wow, Ciara, Neyo and Frenchie Davis.

In 2010, Spry Lee Scott was honored by Grey Goose as a Rising Icon, and in 2012 he was featured in Pose Magazine as one of their Top 15 Men of Measure. His work has been seen in the pages of Essence, Maxim, Today's Black Man, Today's Black Woman, Word Up!, Plus Model Magazine, Skorch and Heed. Spry also served as Fashion Editor for Hype Hair Magazine (Harrison Publications) for three years. His involvement in the development of Angela Simmons' Rundown, a teen fashion magazine, led to an appearance on the third season of MTV's Runs' House. Spry Lee Scott’s expertise in fashion, paired with his strong communication skills, has brought him in front of the camera, with features on television shows such as Access Hollywood, BET Style and MTV's You Hear It First. In radio, he briefly held a regular spot on 107.5 WBLS (NYC) as the Fashion Police Commentator.

Most recently, Spry Lee Scott became one of the four hosts of Mad Swagg, a special airing on BET International, in 54 countries throughout the UK, Ireland, Africa and the Middle East. The cast, which is made up of industry professionals, including Johnny Wright (hairstylist to First Lady, Michelle Obama), critiques celebrity fashion, from red carpet looks to their stage performance wardrobe. Spry offers his fashion knowledge of what makes a star's outfit "mad swagg" or "bad swagg"!
Plus Lifestyle Magazine of the Year - POSE Magazine™
POSE Magazine™ is a quarterly plus-size lifestyle magazine for men and women providing a sound platform for the_ INSPIRING_, who are _ASPIRING _to new heights in their respective careers and communities. The publication is committed to emphasizing the power and skillfulness of men and women living the plus lifestyle by highlighting their talents and accomplishments while asserting their individuality and honoring them as the majority. POSE is the brainchild of Editor-In-Chief and Founder, Tiffany "Tip" Jones and is available in both digital and print format at www.magpose.com
Plus Model of the Year - Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham is probably most recognized for being the woman who dared to show what the networks thought was a little too much cleavage on the now infamous Lane Bryant commercial. While the networks initially balked at the idea, it gave Ashley a chance to show her best "assets" and landed her on several talk shows and even an appearance on Jay Leno! In addition to working with Lane Bryant, Ashley has shot for Levis, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macys to name just a few. She was also featured in Vogue showcasing her personal style.

Ashley lives in Brooklyn with her documentarian husband and in addition to modeling devotes much time to her philanthropic work building schools for underprivileged children in Africa.
Plus Retailer of the Year - Ashley Stewart
Since the early 1990's Ashley Stewart has been offering inspiring, fashion-forward clothing for curvy women. The always-stunning fashions and welcoming staff make this premiere retailer a necessary destination. Ashley Stewart lives up to its reputation of uncompromising style, flattering fit, and consistently exception value. With 189 stores across the nation, Ashley Stewart is the ultimate destination for trend-savvy, curvy and confident women.
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