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Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™
October 28-30, 2010
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA


Thursday, October 28 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Pacific Palisades Ballroom)
Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ Opening Reception and Silent Auction Fundraiser

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™ - Los Angeles will open its fashion celebration with a silent auction charity event, Curves for a Cure: A Celebration of Pink. Browse, bid, and score one-of-a-kind fashions specifically fashioned for this event. We invite you to attend, shop, and raise money for cancer research- in style. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to the L.A. Komen for A Cure Foundation
Cover: $25 in advance, $35 at the door
Attire: L.A. Chic

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Friday, October 29 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Directors I and II Ballrooms)
The Voluptuous Woman Company, Inc® presents “The PLUS Side of Business” - Featuring Successful Businesses that cater to the Plus Size Community

The PLUS Side of Business panelists will feature presentations from a diverse group of business owners who will share their experiences of running successful businesses that service the plus size woman/man. The panelists will share with the attendees the resources and information that they have used to create and maintain their respective businesses.
Cover: $22 in advance, $25 at the door

  • Jennene Biggins, Founder/CEO of the Voluptuous Woman Company, Inc.®
    Jennene founded the Voluptuous Woman Company, Inc.® in 1997 and has worked an an advocate for the plus size community for 13 years. The Voluptuous Woman Company’s motto is “Size is Just a Number..Not a Limitation.® VWC serves as a positive voice for the plus-size woman through their informative and empowering events, plus size marketing consulting services, plus size auction website and other special events specifically designed to encourage plus-size women to live life to the fullest. Jennene is also Principal of J Biggins Consulting, LLC, an internet marketing and social media consulting company that fuses many traditional marketing strategies with an extensive knowledge of Search Engine Marketing, Web 2.0 and managed E-mail Marketing Services.

  • Glen L. Johnson, President, Full Figure Network, Inc.
    Glen is a full time blogger making a decent living from a medium that he did not know existed before October of 2004. You may be wondering as a man why he would associate himself with something that is normally viewed as an area dominated by women. It’s simple. Glen is a plus size man married to a plus size woman and from a plus size family, so he is very much qualified to write about things related to the plus size fashion industry. Full Figure Plus a blog dedicated to plus size fashion and serves over 60,000 visitors a month.

  • Boneshia Perri - Fitness Instructor and Co-Owner of Bodacious Occasions Event Management Company
    Boneshia established Bodacious Occasions, a Boutique Style Special Events and Production Company based in Los Angeles, Ca. as a result of her 19 years experience as an Event Specialist designing unique and memorable events for celebrities and government officials. Boneshia is a 7 year Certified Spinning Instructor who teaches to sold out classes throughout the Losa Angeles, CA area.

  • Tina Sanchez, CEO, MoxieManagement, LLC
    Tina Sanchez is more than just CEO and Founder of MoxieManagement, LLC. She is a widely acclaimed fashionista with a flair for personalized fashion and a business-savvy personality to go with it. Tina founded MoxieManagement LLC., a premier public relations bilingual boutique marketing agency "specializing in fashion, music, culinary arts, entertainment, and lifestyle brands" while creating an outlet for her to harness her ten plus years of fashion and public relations/marketing knowledge and expertise.

  • Yuliya Raquel, Founder and Designer, IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel
    For Yuliya Raquel, the artistic environment in which she was raised served as the perfect backdrop for her creative talents. Plus size clothing designer, IGIGI, is synonymous with fashion-forward plus size dresses, career wear, bridal gowns, and separates. Founded by designer Yuliya Raquel in 2000, IGIGI's mission is to transform the world's view of beauty. IGIGI creates smart, stylish, and sophisticated plus size clothing collections for fashion-loving women in sizes 12-32. IGIGI designs accentuate and celebrate the beauty of the curvaceous female figure. IGIGI strives to provide clothing with the highest quality fabrics and workmanship, and all of the apparel is manufactured locally in San Francisco.

  • Rhonda Wilkins, CEO, Diva's Unlimited, Inc. and the Executive Director of The S.T.A.R.S. Leadership Foundation
    After experiencing negative behaviors from the industry towards plus size models is what prompted the birth of Diva's Unlimited, Inc. Rhonda wanted to give a voice for the Plus Community and show them that WE ARE HERE and you will notice us in a positive light. Diva’s Unlimited, Inc. began lending their talents to fashion and theatre productions and has helped raise money for several charitable organizations. In addition to their fashion production services , DUI serves as a Business/Talent Manager for many new and existing "talent" in the Atlanta, GA area.

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Friday, October 29 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Directors I and II Ballrooms)
New and Aspiring Models Panel Discussion/Seminar

Have you ever seen a live fashion show, watched a fashion show on TV or flipped through a magazine and said to yourself: "I wish I could do that"? Well the good news is chances are you CAN do it! Whether you are a new model just starting out or you are a few years into your career, you will benefit from our "Aspiring Model Panel Discussion". Learn the Secrets to starting a career as a plus sized model from the ground floor up and/or how to take your career to the "next level"…. from people who are making it happen as we speak!

The fashion industry has in general frowned upon the idea of the "plus sized" model, preferring to holding steadfastly to the antiquated belief that fashion begins at a size Zero and ends at a size 6. These days with a shaky economy, 2/3's of the world’s population wearing a size 14 or larger and growing rapidly by the minute and with February 2010 marking the official end of NY's Fashion Week at Bryant Park, Seventh Avenue has begun to rethink the notion of the Plus Sized Model in print and on the runway.

Designers are beginning to realize that designing clothing for a small minority of folks is no longer cost effective and therefore a whole lot of them are quietly branching out to other markets (i.e. plus) to keep their businesses afloat. The issue of size acceptance has been a hot topic over the last few years and is getting hotter by the minute….

So what does this mean for YOU the aspiring plus sized model you ask? It means that a whole new WEALTH of possibilities can open up for you to take advantage of if you are willing to learn how to "play the game" called Fashion!

Sharon Quinn, The ORIGINAL Runway Diva (Plus Model/Singer/Actress/Writer) Star of Mo'Nique's FAT Chance, MTV's MADE, Cash Cab & Throwdown With Bobby Flay and most recently seen on The Style Network's "Ruby"; will be on hand to host and moderate the panel discussion.
Cover: $22.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door
The "All-Star" Line-up of Panelists (Subject to change) include:
  • Fluvia Lacerda (Plus Model - "The Brazilian Bombshell")
    Plus-size Brazilian model Fluvia Lacerda, is the star of "16", a short film that challenges the stereotypes of beauty currently set by the film, fashion and advertising industries. She was discovered by a magazine editor on a Manhattan cross-town bus and has not stopped working since. The only Brazilian working as a plus size model overseas; she has been called the “plus version of Gisele Bundchen”. Fluvia is one of the most known faces within the plus size industry and has been featured in ads for Fashion Bug, Torrid, Igigi & Monif C. and in Latina & Glamour Magazines.
  • Madeline Figueroa-Jones (Editor-in-Chief, Plus Model Magazine)
    Madeline Figueroa-Jones is a NY native and former plus size model. After appearing in several magazines, working for numerous designers she began reaching out to the plus size community by serving as a moderator for and Empowerment Editor for 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.
  • Vernetta Jenkins-Collins (Reality TV Producer, Mo'Nique's FAT Chance)
    A prolific reality/talk television producer, Vernetta has added her talents to a steady stream of engaging and provocative content for network shows including 4 seasons of BIG BROTHER for CBS. Vernetta completed her second run as Supervising Show Producer of MO’NIQUE’S F.A.T. CHANCE, the first Plus Sized Beauty Competition/Reality show hosted and executive produced by actress/comedienne/writer, Mo’Nique for the Oxygen Network.
  • Michael Anthony Hermogeno – (Former Head Photographer, Torrid!)
    Michael Anthony Hermogeno began working in nightclubs back in 1996 part time. In 2002, he signed on with Shooting Star Agency in Hollywood photographing red carpet events, and in 2004, got picked up by, the plus size retailer owned by Hot Topic Inc as Head Photographer. Michael Anthony is currently the owner operator of his own photography company 8X10 Proofs Inc.
  • Alana Chandler – (Plus Model/Actress, The Janice Dickinson
    Modeling Agency): Alana Chandler, a plus-size fashion model, reality star, and lawyer. Born in Gary, Indiana. Alana got her big break when, in 2008, she appeared on Oxygen’s hit series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Alana has also appeared on various television broadcasts which include: Tyra Banks Show, MTV’S G’s to Gents, Judge Penny Family Court, BET’S Played By Fame, ABC’S Crash Course, The CW’s Farmer Wants a Wife, and most recently The Dr. Phil Show.
IF you are even thinking of starting a career as a plus sized model, THIS is the seminar that you DO NOT want to miss!

Learn from professionals in the plus fashion industry:
  • How to make it or break it as a plus sized model on ANY level.
  • Why preparation is KEY!
  • How to develop a "signature" runway walk.
  • How to stack the deck in YOUR favor.
  • Knowing how much money you’ll need to get started.
  • Getting In Where You Fit In (Other branches of modeling)
  • Building your skills and using your personal budget
  • How to PROPERLY prepare for the open call.
  • How to avoid being put in a box or typecast
  • About investing in the business of YOU.
And SO MUCH more!!!

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Friday, October 29 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Directors I and II Ballrooms)
The State of the Curvy Community - A Panel Discussion

Perfectly timed, in the midst of current news in the media, this panel discussion addresses the current state of the plus-size community and the significance of Full Figured Fashion Week(end)™, through the eyes of the industry’s leaders, bringing different perspectives from various experiences and points of view.

Join us for an intimate panel discussion of “The State of the Curvy Community” hosted by the Curvy Collective and moderated by Chenese Lewis, who is a popular actress, motivational speaker, media spokesperson, plus model and President of the Hollywood chapter of the National Organization for Women
Cover: $12.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
  • Sharon Quinn - The Original Runway Diva
    The 6 foot tall, shaved head beauty is most recently recognized from her appearances on all three seasons of the Oxygen Network's popular "MoNique's F.A.T. Chance," and also starred in national television commercials for Weight Watchers and Just My Size and frequently modeling on ABC-TV's acclaimed morning show, "The View" and on BET's "Rip The Runway." As a model, Sharon Quinn’s career featured a client list that included The Avenue, Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Bloomingdales and Nordstroms. Currently, Sharon Quinn shares her astute knowledge of the plus modeling industry to coach plus size models wither column: "The Runway Diva Says..."

  • Reah Norman - Photo Stylist and Fashion Director of PLUS Model Magazine
    Reah's education, along with over 10 years professional experience, has refined her eye for detail, clean lines, flattering silhouettes, and has sharpened her personal style as a visual artist all of which she brings to the plus size community. Her work has been featured in print ad campaigns, company catalogs, and newspaper advertisements. Reah Norman brings her expertise as an in demand plus size stylist and as the Fashion Director for PLUS Model Magazine..

  • Heinrich Saint-Germain - of Judgment of Paris
    Heinrich Saint-Germain owns and manages the Judgment of Paris. Online since 1998, the site features images of many popular plus-size models, as well as an online art gallery, illustrated essays, video clips, and a discussion forum. The site views the shift from the traditional preference for curves to the androgynous, contemporary standard as being part of a century-long suppression of Classical beauty in all of the arts. By comparing images of plus-size models with historical depictions of femininity, the Judgment of Paris is devoted to restoring timeless ideals of beauty.

  • Kelly Price - R&B Artist
    Since 1998, R&B singer Kelly Price splashed onto the scene with the release of her double-platinum debut, Soul of a Woman, which featured the record-breaking single, "Friend of Mine." She returned to center stage three years later with the platinum-plus seller, Mirror, Mirror, led by her remake of the R&B classic, "As We Lay," and followed up with the gold-selling holiday collection, One Family: A Christmas Album in 2001. Kelly returns with the 2010 self titled album, Kelly; with the lead single "Tired," the song sheds light on the social ills that not only cause her distress, but also seem to be plaguing our world community.

  • Judge Karen Mills-Francis - Judge Karen's Court
    Judge Karen Mills-Francis is a television personality and published author with a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her bold burgundy robe and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the harebrained, Judge Karen confidently dishes out justice before a television audience with her nationally syndicated courtroom series, JUDGE KAREN’S COURT. With the same compassion and razor-sharp wit she brings to the bench, the retired Florida State court judge has written her newly released book, “Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen’s Guide to Living Your Best Life” guaranteed to inspire, delight, and motivate.

    Born and raised in Miami, FL Judge Karen was the oldest of five ambitious children and she graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class. Judge Karen completed her undergraduate education at the prestigious Bowdoin College in Maine on a full scholarship and she spent summers studying at the University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota. After graduation, she worked in the public welfare sector training and helping welfare recipients to gain employment. She graduated from the Levin School of Law at the University of Florida in 1987.
More panelists to be announced and confirmed soon…

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Saturday, October 30 | Semi Formal Finale Runway Event (Olympic Ballroom)
5:30 - 6:30 PM - VIP Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 PM - Doors Open for General Admission Arrivals
7:00 PM - Runway Show Begins

LA are you ready? On the heels of the acclaimed Full Figured Fashion Week™ New York, DeVoe Signature Events revs up for its long awaited Los Angeles fashion show. Join us for an unprecedented evening for the fashionably full figured as we showcase the latest designs of the hottest, brightest, and freshest talent (and the models) that are redefining plus size fashion. Enjoy an evening under the tents in Century City as we celebrate and showcase the ones to watch on the West Coast.

Music provided by DJ Dazzler
Cover: $50.00 in advance (General Admission Seating - seating is first come, first served), $60.00 at the door
Attire: Semi-Formal

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