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Mel: My name is Melissa, aka MafiaMel, and I am a film maker, journalist and actor living in Michigan. For fun, I like to travel, hike, read and take photographs.

Detroit Does NYFW Series

Eastern Market

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Sept. 14th, 2015

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Q: Inspiration behind the look?

 

Mel: Spain! The Spanish style is very simple but bold and dynamic. I wanted to work with that.

Q: How would you define your style?

 

Mel: Punk kid has fun. I really look at my style as revolving and boundless, there isn’t anything that can’t be made mine.

Q: Who are your style icons?

 

Mel:Isabella Blow, Gia Carangi, Angelina Jolie and Mae West

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Q: Where do you like to shop?

 

Mel: Forever 21 and online. Most of the time I really have something in mind that I want and it isn’t always “modern” and I don’t want to be bound by that, so I search the world wide web!

 

Q: Have you ever been to NYFW, if so when and what was your fave part?

 

Mel: I have not been, but they won’t be able to keep me out for long.

 

Q: Who is your fave designer?

 

Mel: There are so many to pick from really! I just like a designer who stays consistent. I consistently like what they produce.

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Q: Whose show are you most looking forward to this year?

 

Mel: I’m always excited to see what Moschino is going to do.

 

Q: What do you like about NYFW more, the runway shows or the street style and why?

 

Mel: Wherever the true risk-takers are.

 

Q: Links to Social Media

 

Mel: @Melisterine7

 

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Ah, it was that time again, and the smell of new and emerging fashion was in the air. I hopped on a plane and flew over to NY not knowing if I would get into a show or even get inside the building.

I got into the building. I didn’t get into any shows 😦 It’s ok though. I met some cool people.

And I got a ton of photographers taking pictures of me. I felt like a real celeb. I was featured on a clip on New York Times Instagram page. Whoop! And I got to do an interview on style with Papyrus.

I am coming up.

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Check out her candy package purse. Don’t you love it?

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Fashion. Fashion. And need I say more fashion. New York baby!

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Style Network was in the building. I wish my girl Riri was really there.

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Fellow fashion bloggers and stylists. Looking fab ladies.

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This pic was taken outside on the deck (Left).

Giuliana Rancic from the Style Network told me that she liked my style. Bad pic? I know right. She was speed walking! (Right)

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More stylistahs in the lobby of the Mercedes Benz lobby.

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New York Fashion Week had the colorful to the simple styles.

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I believe these two girls were models. But I just liked their ensembles. (left)

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The woman on the left designed both of these looks. Original. I love it!

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I met these girls outside. I told her to walk so I can get a pic of her dress flowing. So Paris and Nicky Hilton photo bombed our shoot. Lol. See the picture in the right hand corner. Hilarious.

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Paris and Nicky Hilton looking real fab.

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More fashionistas. I love the black stud chic. Rock on!

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

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!

 

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The day started out with a missed flight and a super late arrival to Bloomingdale’s in NYC. I almost gave up and didn’t go at all. I was discouraged because I missed the show. Then I saw some amazing pictures from several official bloggers from the Full Figured Fashion Week crew and got re-inspired.  I hoped on the bus and then the nearest subway with a friend I’d just met and we embarked on a fashion journey…

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ny2 The show had just ended. I was so mad!

ny3 I sulked and ate a delicious lemon tart.

ny4 I did what made me feel better: posing 🙂

ny7 Things started to look up. I got to meet a wonderful photographer from Paris. Then I started to meet other cool Stylistahs as well. JOY.

ny5I met a cool gal named Amirah Taylor, the CEO of “Please Feed The Models” and she invited me to a show in NYC in July. Plus we have the same names. Coincidence? Or destiny.

ny8 I had to capture this retro Stylistah. Camelia is a model and a make-up artist. I love the way she mixed all my favorite colors in one. Rockin’ Retro is what I call it.

ny10 Paris is a writer, singer, and creative innovator. And her style is awesome.

ny12 Acting silly with Bumblebee from the Transformers.

ny13 As you can tell, we are engaged . He put a ring on it.

ny14 I told her to give me Fierce and look how the pic turned out. A little midriff and little leg never hurt anyone. NYC style star.

ny15 I found these two adorable young ladies in turbans and blouses. The best of combinations in my opinion. One is sporty, one is skirty. Love it!

 

And I just want to say for the record, the army fatigue shirt I am wearing in these pics has been lost while I was traveling from NYC to Pennsylvania. Tears. I only got to wear it once…

 


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#Ad I either used to get “oh, you dress pretty for a big girl” or I just got teased for the way I expressed myself with fashion. Even though I was limited as a plus-size Muslim girl growing up, I still found ways to rock an outfit using what I had. Because I liked to wear bold prints and mix pattens and layers, I was a target for harsh comments and hurtful names. A lot of bullies (because that’s what they are) wanted me to fall in line. Be normal. Shine less. So, they belittled me. Laughed at me in front of others. Made fun of the way I expressed myself. I’d always feel like an outsider, but I remember finding freedom in picking and choosing how I adorned my body. The brighter the better. I wanted to stand out when the world told me to take a seat. No matter how much people picked on me or called me weird, I always found a way to be exactly who I was. Unapologetically. I’m excited that retailers like @monsoon have stylish pieces that you can mix and match. Dress modestly if you choose. Modest and stylish do not have to be exclusive. You can be just as bold and sexy. There are so many styles to dive into y’all! You don’t have to follow the trends to be in. Make yo own lane! Have you ever been made fun of for your style choices or fashion sense? Have you ever gotten the “you dress nice for a big girl”? All bodies can chime in. Let’s chat. #MyMonsoon #newyorkblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #bodyconfidence #plusmodel #feminist #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #selflove #goldenconfidence #modestfashion #ootd

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