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August 28, 2015

Leah V. Daily:

Tyra Beauty Review

Detroit, MI

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So as you guys know, I love-s my cosmetics. I can’t always apply it, but I love it nonetheless. I got some cool products from Supermodel, Tyra Bank’s new cosmetics line. I made a vlog about it on my new YouTube Channel: Leah V. Daily Tyra Beauty Review Check that out. And you can also see my beauty regimen as well.

In the gorge selfie above, I am wearing several of her cosmetics. Smack My Fat Lash (Mascara), OOPS Liner, Line ‘Em, Fashion-Able Blush (Cream), Cheek In A Stick, and Light In A Stick.

“We’ve created innovative, luxurious and easy-to-use products to help you look and feel your fiercest—in just minutes!”

–TyTy

Quote courtesy of Tyra.com

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First off, all these products are hypo-allergenic. There are a few liquid eyeliners that I can’t use because they burn my eyes. Opps Liner was very gentle and I loved the pointed tip and easy glide applicator. It also has an “Oops” tip on the opposite side where you can actually erase messy wing lines and sculpt the point to perfection. The Smack My Fat Lash was also gentle on my eyes and didn’t clump up upon application. I used Line ‘Em on the outer lower water line for extra drama.

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WordPress won’t let me rotate this pic! Anywho, turn your computer sideways. Hehe. I used Fashion-Able Blush and Cheek In A Stick on my cheeks. The first one is in a cute little jar and the other in a stick. Both are so easy to blend and lasts all day.

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(Shades: Pitaya, Flower band: Wal-Mart, Sweater: Torrid)

After a long day, my makeup lasted and I was satisfied with the products. If you want to check out the rest of Tyra Beauty or purchase any of her cosmetics go to Tyra Beauty

And I’m ready for my closeup :0

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Toronto, On

December 31, 2013

Winter Wonderland Fashion Show Hosted by Victorious Me Vme14One of the makeup artists, Shay, at the show. So fab.

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Tess, a plus model, and wardrobe stylist who helped in the show.

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One of the models before she strutted on the runway.

Vme9The fashion team. Everyone did a wonderful job at putting on a great show.

Vme10One of the hijabi models, sporting a fierce flower hijab style.

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Had to take some pics with the models after the show.

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For the grand finale, models came out with intricate henna tattoos.

Go check out http://www.victoriousme.ca/ for the latest accessories and clothing items.

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Mark England “Fashion Fights Cancer” Fashion Show

Detroit, MI

The Detroit Opera House

September 28, 2013

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My OOTD as I helped behind the scenes styling the models.

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I always have time to search for fashionistas in the audience.

(Left) A vintage flapper look with pearls.

(Right) Urban chic. She pairs her a metallic micro mini with a bold outlined heel.

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Our models behind the scenes.

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The ladies (and gents) did an awesome job at the Mark England Fashion Show.

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(Left) Robere Lett, stylist, editor of Hauteis Magazine, and modeling agent.

(Right) Diamond, she was the head lady in charge backstage. She’s a sweetie pie.

 

 

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And last but not least, my favorite gown of the entire show… Details, the bodice. This gown is everything.

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Birmingham Community House

September 20, 2013

Michigan Fashion Week

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The models did a wonderful job. They also walked in the main show in Southfield.

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I found some style stars in the building.

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(Left) Simple and chic. The points on her shoes and earrings, deliberate? Either way i’m loving the cohesion.

(Right) Haute Hijabis in the building.

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I loved this model’s sheer paneled top. She said it was originally lingerie but she wore it as a top. Stylish creativity at its best.

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The founder of Michigan Fashion Week, Loren (in the zebra print dress).

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

The International Fuller Woman Expo

Yonge Dundas Sqaure

Toronto

July 14, 2013

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

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

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(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. 

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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.

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

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(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”?

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The models came out fierce

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

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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.

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

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

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Simple, elegant colors never looked so good.

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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.

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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?

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It is the Islamic holiday, Ramadan, where Muslims are to fast (refrain from water, food, backbiting, and anything else bad) from dawn to dusk. It is day three, and I am going strong! I feel great and look good (as always). I found this dress from like four years ago in my closet. I got it from Dots Fashions and it still looks good. And better yet, I can fit it!

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The pink scarf I got from an Iraqi lady I worked with a few years ago. She got it from Iraq. The gray cardigan is also a few years old; I think I may have gotten it from Burlington Coat Factory or Dots.

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I remember being a girl very much so into fashion and going to stores where they had a small, tiny sections for plus-size women all the way in the back of the store or near the furniture, in the basement. No effort was put into the style of the mannequins. No bright colors or bold prints. The spaces were drab and dull. But the straight-size section was up front. Colors and racks upon racks of choices. A true stylista’s playground. For a little girl who was a size 16 at 13 years old, how do you think that made me feel? How many of us has had to take the walk of shame to the plus-size section and settle? So, I bought a pair of jeans that were three sizes too small. My “fitspo” jeans. If I could starve myself enough to get into those jeans, shop in the straight-size section, then and only then would my worth align. Worth hadn’t belong to fatties like me. Or that’s what society had brainwashed me to believe. Although we have a long way to go, I’m so glad there are a retailers out there that I can actually fit my wide size 24 thighs into these @warpweftworld jeans and top comfortably. Have you ever bought too small clothes for motivation to lose weight? What size were you when you were little? Any body can chime in. Let’s chat. Fit: @warpweftworld #ad #detroitblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #londonblogger #psfashion #muslimgirl #fatacceptance #selflove #turbanista #honormycurves #bodydysmorphia #instabeauty #intersectionalfeminism #fashionblogger #eatingdisorderrecovery #hijabi #modestfashion #womenempowerment #streetstyle #mywarps #denimforeverybody #monochrome

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