Beauty and the Muse

Archive for August 2013

This curvy Latina is not only a bodacious plus-size model, but she is also a T.V. personality. Her modeling projects go far and wide, but here are a few: Source Magazine, Essence, Apple Bottoms, Baby Phat, Ashley Sterwart, and BET’s “Rip The Runway”. During the interview process, Christina was actually gearing up and prepping to model for a list of shows, one of which is for New York Fashion Week. We definitely wish you the best of luck. Christina is down to earth, drop-dead gorgeous, and her charisma alone will take her far.

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LV: Since you are a bombshell now. How was it growing up for you? Were you always this confident? Or was it something you had to learn as you matured?

CM: I grew up around strong minded women who were (and still are) stylish. The women in my family are a spectrum of sizes, so they instilled in me at an early age to embrace my style and celebrate my curves. When I got older, I definitely learned how to accentuate my curves to their fullest potential 🙂

LV: What was your style growing up?

CM: My style growing up varied in stages because growing up around women I had a lot of girlie clothing (ex: dress, frilly skirts, etc) as a child, but my teen years….LOL that’s another story. It was the era of everything hip hop, so I blended my style of femininity from my family and edginess of hip hop music and home of New York. 

LV: How would you describe your style now?

CM: I’m a chameleon when it comes to style so I don’t have a set style per say. My style changes on my mood definitely…there are sometimes I want to have just a classic look for a red carpet or event, but then there are sometime where I want to be glamorous in a classy way.

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LV: How and when did you decide you wanted to become a model and a T.V personality?

CM: I dabbled in modeling during high school and college, but embraced plus size modeling in 2006. My big break came in 2008 when BET had an open call for “Rip The Runway” and I was selected to walk the catwalk that year.  As a model, many people think that you just stand and smile, but you need to have a personality as well. I am naturally talkative and want to get to know people, so I’ve been fortunate early in my career to have opportunities to meet producers who wanted me to be a correspondent for various projects.

LV: What type of setbacks or obstacles have you faced as a curvy, or woman who is a minority?

CM: Sadly “curvy” models are not viewed the same as a model that’s a 2 or 4, but it’s slowly changing. In the beginning of my modeling career I had someone suggest that I try surgery to fit into the smaller division of models that were in demand constantly versus the division I was in at the time. I made it a point that day that if I wanted to lose weight I would do it in a healthy way.

***Note: I think I’m doing okay at the size I am ;)***

LV: What’s the best campaign you worked for/on?

CM: I’m grateful for all the campaigns I’ve worked for and will work for in the future so it’s really difficult to just pinpoint one campaign in particular. Each campaign holds a special to me because each campaign trusted what I would be able to bring to set and their overall vision.

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LV: What are some big projects you’ve worked on and are working on currently?

CM: Actually, I just finished 2 clothing campaigns:  1) “Nostalgia” Collection for designer Qristyl Frazier, and 2) Ann Nahari’s latest lingerie collection. For August, I was honored to be in the pages of Tropics Magazine’s Curves Issue ( as cover model and featured story) and my Q & A Interviews with MSN Latino and Latina.com should be hitting the internet very soon.

 Also, I am prepping to model during New York Fashion Week S/S 14 for a major brand, and I will be in a few upcoming magazine editorials coming out in October / November.

 **I am proud to say this is the second season, I am involved in either a runway show or showcase during NYFW**

LV: What advice would you give other women (or dudes) who are in your position or want to get to your position?

CM: Practice your craft and ALWAYS be prepared. There are aspiring models that attend casting calls in sneakers and flip flops (which is great on the way to the audition), but casting directors and clients want to make sure you are comfortable in heels and able to walk the runway. Other tips:

  • Network but we aware of what you post and where you post. Many girls are eager to give all their information out without thinking about the repercussions. In this day and age, your safety is priority #1
  • Start modeling locally in some shows to get a feel of the runway and how you feel in front of the camera
  • RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH to familiarize yourself with the brand or organization you are working
  • Please know excessive partying can show in your face and performance as a model (clients always notice)
  • Research different options of modeling, many women just see runway and print. Besides runway and print there are opportunities to be a fit models (depending on measurements) and Commercial / TV models as well

I share a lot of industry tips on my blog “Happy Curvy You”- http://happycurvyyou.blogspot.com/

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LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

CM: I’ll leave you with 2 quotes:

“Don’t look at how far you have to go, thank God for how far he brought you”

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“Work your plan and plan your work!!”

Social Media Links:

Official Sitehttp://www.christinamendez.com

Happy Curvy You (blog) http://happycurvyyou.blogspot.com

Twitter – @ChristinaMendez

Instagram – modelchristinamendez

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I am a Leo baby. My birthday August 13. We wanted sushi!

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I stepped on the scene looking like a character off of Star Trek. And my face was beat!

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Madinah, the MUA, phresh off the runway.

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Me and my big sister, matching like Ebony and Ivory 🙂

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(Left) Me and Aliyah. (Right) Amirah J and I. My sophisticated ladies always come through.

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(Left) Ahysiah. (Right) Meme. You guys looked ultra fab.

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Royal blue and blazers.

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They tried to make me throw the curtain back in the picture. And this is what we got. Lol.

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I love all my ladies. Much support.

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We got gelato from Yogurtown!

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This pic is worth a trillion words.

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I was so in love with my “OOTD”. The scarf is from Forever 21. The blouse and blue pants are from Rainbow. The blazer is from Torrid. The necklace is from VictoriousMe in Toronto. The clutch is from Dot’s. And the studded flats are from Cato’s. The Star Trek shades were from Plato’s Closet.

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I don’t know if anyone noticed but I am trying to take over the world. All my life I have been bursting with creative energy and never allowed to explore it. I just turned 26, I have all types of issues ranging from my job and etc. etc. etc. But I am on a mission. I have seen too many things that I must attempt to have. I have three goals. To be a happy and good person. To be a writer. To be in the fashion industry. This is my journey…

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These are photos taken with a cell phone. No edits. Yes, I am that fine. And yes, Madinah beat my face to a pulp. The theme for this shoot was “Color Explosion”.

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Behind the scenes. Davide took some really nice pics.

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I’m reading InStyle Magazine!

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The Mastermind behind the makeup. MUA: Madinah

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Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. Cover Girl.

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The orange turban scarf, the paisley scarf around my neck, and blouse are from Forever 21. The jewelry is from Dots Fashions. The yellow blazer is from Torrid. The blue pants are from Rainbow. The wedges are from Cato’s.

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After shoot bloopers.

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eid15On Eid day 1, I wore the Swak dress I won from SexyPlus Clothing in Toronto! Thanks again, Stephanie. I got the stripped jacket from Torrid, and the gorgeous necklace from Victorious Me.

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Yes. I am straight flexin’.

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My family, nieces, and friends.

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My friends and I. Pose.

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We are being sooo extra. lol.

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Eid day 2. We slayed at the park. A whole of array of colors. Taste the rainbow.

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Posing. And acting super de duper silly.

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Eid day 3. My OOTD at the block party. Raaaawr!

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Hey look. I spotted a stylistah. Her name is Nurah. Her face is beat and her outfit is very pattern chic.

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No. We aren’t celebrities…well, at least not yet.

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I had to beat my own face on Eid day 4. I think I did a pretty good job.

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Some more of my gorgeous friends. We had fun at the concert.

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So I had this idea. I said, “let’s model walk into the camera.” We did. This was the first shot. Epic. We slay!

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For the last month I have been planning a photo shoot. I have been going through photos, makeup looks, and styles. I wanted my shoot to be couture, edgy, and unique. I always see a certain type of revealing and sometimes cookie-cutter style that some people use . I wanted to have a shoot and stand out.

I think we may have done it this time.

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Just getting to the shoot proved to be hectic. Madinah and I ended up making it on set an hour and a half late. We didn’t get to do the second look but we got some awesome shots.

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Waiting patiently while the photographer, Kenneth Harris, gets the lights right.

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Last minute touch-ups by MUA: Madinah.

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Do you like my Gaga nail ring? The look I was going for was high-fashion, curvy style.

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OOTD: Scary Chic

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All styles by me. MUA is the very talented, Madinah. And the professional photos above are by Kenneth Harris

Stay tuned for more…The photo shoots aren’t over.

Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest’s Model Casting Call

Boll YMCA Theatre on Broadway St.

July 29, 2013

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I am excited to announce that I will be working with the team and Leslie Ann Pilling, CEO and founder of Michigan F.A.S.H Fest on September 6th through the 8th to bring you:

F: Fashion

A: Art

S: Sound

H: History

Tickets are on sale now! Come out and be blown away on the 6th of September at 8:00p.m. as we bring to you The Runway Industry Showcase and Gala.

Tickets can be purchased at https://therunwayindustryshowcase.eventbrite.com/

Ticket prices range from $75 or $100, which includes an amazing VIP treatment and a goodie bag.

This years Runway Industry Showcase Featured Designers are:

* Alexandria Cheri by Kimberly Oneal-Boykin

* Ivy’s Custom Corsetry by Robin Richardson

* Everything Alpaca

* Bridget Sullivan Designs by Bridget Sullivan

* Chrysalis Fashions by Mira Bedi

And Culinary Delights and Open Bar brought to you by:

* Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

* Pernod Ricard and Absolute Vodka

For more information on the show go to @ http://www.michiganfashfest.com

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Now back to the behind the scenes photos at the model casting last Monday… You had to be tall to meet the requirements for both shows. So all the shorties out there, you’ll have to miss out on this one 😦

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The models first had to sign in. After they signed in, they had to take the height test. Once that was passed then you went to get measured.

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We had all kinds of hopeful models show up. Male models too.

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A possible model strutting for the judges.

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We had an awesome turnout. Now time to choose. Who will model in the final showcase? Stay tuned to find out.

Curves Rock Weekend

Baltimore, MD

7/27/13

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I was supposed to be in Baltimore on Friday night. I was delayed at the airport for nine hours due to weather and flew in at 1:30am on Saturday. I woke up at 8:00am and got ready to help at Curves Rock Weekend Fashion Show.

I had a game plan. Lack of sleep wasn’t going to stop me.

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Faces beat before the show. Pose.

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Hair done before the show. Look at the dedication in her face.

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I was on my way to the Curves Rock Discussion Panel and bumped into this beauty, Jade of K Station Boutique in Baltimore, MD. She tells me she has this dress in stock as well.

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The panel members. (Left) Ashley Stewart models Anita Marshal and Nicole Zepeda. (Right) Jade and model, Samantha Lebbie.

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The panel discussion was about confidence, self-esteem, breaking into the industry, and much more.

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The entire panel. Great, great talk. And much advice given. (Left to right) Bella Styles, Tionna Smalls, Nina Taylor, Anita Marshall, Nicole Zepeda, and Jade

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(Left) Two powerhouses. Bella Styles, fashion stylist and blogger. (Right) Nina Taylor, model and businesswoman.

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Pre-Show. The VIP seats and a sweet stage.

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(Left) Tionna Smalls author and host of MTV’s show Girl, Get Your Mind Right slayed the competition.

(Right) Nicole and I. She killed me in this dress. Love the print.

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The Torrid models.

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They are going to kill me for this one. At least Jessica was ready 🙂

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We had vibrant colors.

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We had sex kittens.

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Swimsuits and legs for days.

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Some of the Fall looks. I am ready for fall because of these outfits. Chic and comfy.

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The queen has arrived. This design was from Shanda Freeman. One of her many awesome designs.

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Shanda’s entire line. Hey, there is Shanda in the middle. Magnificent.

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I got to see behind the scenes and in front of the scenes.

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(Left) Got a pic with the host and top model, Liris Crosse. She is a tall drink of cool water.

(Right) Author of My Fat Is Not A Flaw, TroJah Irby-Morgan. I finally got to meet her.

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Nicole and I after the show. She showed me some dance moves 🙂

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Super woman pose. The glasses I got from Simply Fashions. The pink and white scarf and the red blouse came from Forever 21. The yellow blazer comes from Torrid. The pants I got from Rainbow. The sandals are from Pay-Less. The bracelets are from Debs. Pow!