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The International Fuller Woman Expo Toronto

Posted on: July 17, 2013

The International Fuller Woman Expo

Yonge Dundas Sqaure


July 14, 2013


This is the flyer that set my whole fashionable mind into motion. I said to myself, “you gotta’ get here”.


The show began with a belly dance show. Aye aye aye. Fantastico!


(left) The show’s host, Nikki Clarke, brought up several audience members to win prizes!!!

(Right) The buxom beauty who works with the founder of the Fuller Woman Expo, Georgia Greenwood, and is the director of U.S. operations, Cassandra Jones-McBryde.  She is also feature editor of Daily Venus Diva Magazine. Werk it diva. 


This lady is the sweetest lady ever. She brought me on stage and I ended up winning a $250 shopping spree to SexyPlus Clothing in Toronto. Shout out to Stefanie Augusteijn the owner of the lovely boutique and her saleswoman, Sabrina.


The oh-so-sexy, fierce, and up and coming plus size model, Tierra Sedgemore


(Left) We have a motivational speaker, Liz McCallum of Big, Beautiful Wellness, telling us to love ourselves and our bodies. (Right) All the way from Nova Scotia we got a Stylistah in the audience. Shantia Upshaw is the owner/CEO of the Weight is Over Revolution. Several of her models were in the show as well. I stopped her because she is fab with her bright floral print dress. Can you say “showstopper”?


The models came out fierce

ds8 ds9

Were now going into the actual show which showcased a few Toronto based boutiques. These are my favorite pieces.


The long Asian inspired dress gives me life. I wanted to go on stage and rip it off of her. Opps. Sorry. I get a little excited when I see a piece of art work in the form of a dress.


I love the colors here. The models were just too gorgeous.


Ladies, all I have to say is WERK! Sex kittens for real.


Simple, elegant colors never looked so good.


It took me some time to think about it, but this is my all-time favorite dress. I wish I had a picture of the back. Fashion at its best. And look how the model flirts with the fabric and the audience.


This was the end of the first half of the show. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay to see Whitney Thompson, winner of America’s Next Top Model season ten, host. I had to snap this last pic of the models and photographers. Aint’ they adorable?


1 Response to "The International Fuller Woman Expo Toronto"

Leah! It was so awesome to meet you and you definitely earned your gift certificate with your impromptu belly dance :). Looking forward to your full review (with pics) of our boutique in Toronto. xox Stefanie Augusteijn Campbell, owner, SexyPlus Clothing

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