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Ladies Night Out

Art Van Furniture

Shelby Township, MI

February 8th 2015

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So this is a funny story. I had a casting call to be at right before Nigel’s book release of “Models of Influence”. Long story short, I got there half an hour late. The ladies at the front desk told me that I would NOT be able to see Nigel or get a signed copy of his book because they gave out all the passes! I died a little inside.

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Out of the blue, an older gentlemen who worded there gave me his VIP pass. I died again. Thanks Art Van man!

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While we waited for Nigel in line, we began to sweat and figure out what we were going to say him. We applied our gloss and got the cameras ready.

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This was a dream come true! Nigel was such a gentlemen. He told me he liked my headwrap and that I need to blog about his book. I said, “no prob.” He even commented on my FB stat!

20150208_185133We got our books signed! Make sure you get a copy. It has some amazing photos of models from the 60’s to now.

20150208_184815I will cherish this experience 🙂

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We have a banquet/graduation every January at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. New and old students, faculty, and board members come together to congratulate the graduating students. I took the liberty of taking about a hundred selfies/usies with all my lovely cohorts and faculty members.

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Let’s talk about my OOTD for a second: dress with gold belt attached and shawl from Forever 21 Plus, the white scarf/turban came from Burlington Coat Factory, and the black scarf around my neck was from Lane Bryant. The gold bracelets were gifts. I wanted to go for a gothic Roman empire chic look. How’d did I do?

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My Mentor, Taylor P.

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The wonderful Kaylie J.

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A wonderful bunch of writers 🙂

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Y’all know I like to dance. For me, dancing is such a major form of body positivity. Especially because once I started gaining the majority of my weight, I swore off dancing in public because of my massive wiggles and jiggles. I didn’t want people to judge me, stare at the blob dropping it like it’s hot. One day, I decided to dance again. Just as unapologetically as the other girls on the dance floor. I decided to go dancing while in LA during my trip. I’m walking around the venue scoping out the scene, in search of the hypest dancers. I see a big girl, a fat girl in a group with her thinner counterparts all dressed in bodycon dresses. The plus-size gal was modest and wore a faux fur vest. She wasn’t dancing, either. I made my way to her at once, tapped her on the shoulder, and said, “I love the way you rock that vest.” She looked over her shoulder with surprise, shock. So, I said it again. Her eyes widened and the biggest smile ran across her big cheeks. The fat friend. I was the fat friend. I am the fat friend. Who was picked over in a group of thinner women to be hit on, to be asked out, to be complimented. Invisible was what I felt like. A compliment goes a long way for marginalized bodies from very big to very thin. Have you ever felt invisible or the odd one around a certain group of friends or felt insecure? Also, do you compliment others? When’s the last time you’ve received a compliment? Any body type can chime in. Let’s chat. 📸 @oliviajlphoto #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #californiablogger #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #plusmodel #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodygoals #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #instastyle #modestfashion #streetstyle #hijabi #selfconfidence #selflove

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