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(Photos courtesy of Kades Mode)

Earlier in the summer, I was invited by wardrobe expert, Kades Mode, for an event with Aldo in New York City. I checked out her website and found a ton of useful information ranging from DIY to How To Wear. Please visit her website, which is beautifully laid out, and read her blog.

I had a chance to interview this fashionista and here is what she had to say:

 

 

LV: Give us a little bit of your background…Who is Kades Mode?

KM: Kades Mode is a style conscious fashion brand. It’s a virtual extension of who I am (alongside all of my growing social media accounts), the journey of existing through everyday life, and my experiences in the world as I pursue my dreams.

 

LV: What was fashion like for you growing up?

KM: Fashion was an outlet. My family didn’t have discretionary income to spend. Therefore, fashion to me was an outlet that one day I would have access to lavish things.

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LV: How would you describe your individual style?

KM: I have an eclectic, polished, and classic style.

 

LV: When did you decide that you wanted to be involved in fashion and start your blog?

KM: At the tender age of 10, my love for fashion evolved. When I paid more attention to sketching than school work, or researching books about fashion schools rather than other childlike activities, I knew what I was called to do.

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LV: What magazines or campaigns have you been featured in?

KM: I’ve been featured as a personality in Solis Magazine, Lens Magazine, and as a stylist assistant and key stylist. I’ve been featured in Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Tush, Harper Bazaar, and many others. I’ve also partnered with brands such as Intermix and Aldo.

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LV: What would you tell someone who wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry?

KM: You don’t have to be a bitch to be respected. There are different ways to know what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to.

 

LV: What are some big projects you are working on currently?

KM: I am currently styling and sending submissions to magazines, testing with photographers, models, and vendors to build my craft. I’m also seeking to expand my clientele list.

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LV: What advice would you give to people who are in your position or want to get to your position?

KM: To research, have confidence in yourself, and build your craft.

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LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

KM: “Style, because the first thing judged is appearance.”

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So I got an email from Kendra Thornton (pictured below), a travel expert and owner of a PR firm in Chicago. Kendra has been featured on CBS, NBC, CW, FOX, and ABC. She also was on The Nate Show and The Tyra Banks Show! I was elated when she told me that she loved my blog…and my style. Kendra wanted me to be involved in “Kendra’s Fashion Challenge” where selected bloggers choose their favorite looks for her to wear during her upcoming trip to The Big Apple.

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Here is what she wrote:

In a few weeks, my friends and I will be going to New York City for a time of fun and excitement. While we are there, we will be visiting some amazing places and having the time of our lives. On one special night, we will be at experiencing The Standard High Line Hotel. I have heard a number of good things about this place, and it will be great to be there. In order for me to stay in this beautiful NYC hotel, I need an outfit that will enhance my night out with my friends. I really am in need of some fashion counsel. That is why I have created “Kendra’s Fashion Challenge.” After all, I am a mother of three, and my priorities have been focused on them and my husband. I am not saying that is a bad thing, but I need some help with my wardrobe.

So, without further ado, here are the top three looks I have chosen for Kendra:

 

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sjp7For look number one, I chose something casual yet flirty. I’ve been to New York a few times and for the most part the style is very laid back. This outfit can go from day to evening by throwing a blazer over the striped shirt and swapping out the shades for some sparkly earrings.

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For outfit number two, I switched it up a little. I call this look business with a pop of color. I can envision Kendra in this for sure! The white a-line skirt shows just enough leg to make the guys wonder but not enough to become Miley’s twin. This ensemble can be worn with or without the blazer.

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For look number three, I chose a wild card! If Kendra wants to pop out on a cool night with friends in NYC at an art gallery or catching a bite to eat, then she will definitely turn heads with this one. We have hot pink, high-waist, wide-legged pants with a sheer red ruffle blouse, and white pointy toe heels. And let’s not forget the bling.

 

Which look would you prefer for Kendra’s night out?

 

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(Ceytra: Photos courtesy of Guru PR)

Watch out female rappers and emcees, Ceytra, the Nigerian queen has made it onto the scene. She is releasing her new single “I Work” ft. The Boy Illinois. She is well-known in Chicago and New York for her poetic yet hard hitting lyrics, and we’ve got an interview with her. We talked to Ceytra about style, music, and the industry as a whole. Check her out:

LV: Tell the readers a little bit about your background.

Ceytra: Well, I like to describe myself as a “Nigerian female artist who raps”. I’m from Chicago, born and raised. My parents are from Nigeria. I like to incorporate my roots into my music and fashion. I’ve been doing music for many years. I started out writing poetry to cope with a lot of personal issues, which turned into hardcore lyrics. I graduated from college in the spring of 2013 — I went to school for education. All in all, I love to create music, workout, and laugh.

 

LV: How would you describe your personal style?

Ceytra: I would say it’s more edgy, sexy, and stylish. Certain days depends on how I dress. I always want to be comfortable and stand out. Style is not about what you wear, “It’s how YOU wear it”. I always like to incorporate my Nigerian heritage into my style, whether I am going to an event, doing a photo-shoot, or just a regular day. I love to incorporate a material called “Ankara” into my clothing. Being an artist, you always want to be different from the rest.

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LV: How does your music influence your style and vice versa?

Ceytra: My music has definitely influenced my style of fashion. The things I rap or talk about have to be real. I rap with such a hardcore sound while giving people my Nigerian roots — that brings out a “seductive feel” in my overall style.

LV: How do you embrace your body image being in an industry that is very critical to everything?

Ceytra: I don’t put too much focus on that. Yes, there is a lot of pressure and competition in this industry, but you have to love yourself first. It’s a shame how they put pressure on us women, but hey that’s our world! I just give people “Me”, and that’s all I can give you. I am a very curvy woman and I can’t hide that. You either love it or hate it! Simple…

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LV: Who are some of your fashion inspirations? Why?

Ceytra: I really like Emily B. from Love & Hip-Hop’s fashion sense. Emily has so much style it makes no sense! Not only is she a curvy woman, but she embraces it and doesn’t care what people think. From her taste in heels, bodycon dresses, etc — I truly love it! Also, Olori Swank is beyond amazing. Not only is she Nigerian, this girl is remarkable. She is a stylist for Keyshia Cole, Lance Gross, and many more. The way she coordinates things together is so tasteful! She definitely inspires me to always ‘Dress to Kill’!

LV:  What are your future plans? Aspirations? 

Ceytra: I can’t really tell the future, but I have a lot of goals I need to reach. I plan on taking the industry by storm and really dominating with my brand and my music. I feel like every artist has a story to tell, and this Nigerian Goddess has a lot to say.

Watch out for Ceytra’s new single @ https://soundcloud.com/thisisceytra/

And follow her on her many social media outlets:

Official Website: http://thisisceytra.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisceytra
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ceytra
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thisisceytra

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Look who I bumped into…Model, Christina Mendez. I did an interview with her just a week before. Check that out.

While I was in Baltimore helping with Curves Rock Weekend, I briefly heard about Plus Night Out in NY happening in September. It is a plus-centric event that happens during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week…Curvy Style!

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Ashley Stewart was the corporate sponsor and also was included in the runway fashion line up. The event was hosted by the fabulous Joanne Borgella (above) from Nuvo TV’s “Curvy Girls”.

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I got to see my boo, Tionna Smalls, author and MTV television host. I also have an interview with her, check that out too!

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I got to meet popular curvy fashion bloggers (Left) GoldenLady25 A.K.A Essie G. and OutOfTheCorner (right).

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(Left) A model from the show. (Right) Two audience members.

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The power pack. Heeeey Anita 🙂 Fashionistas to the max!

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My outfit was fab. I had on a sequenced lapel blazer from Rainbow Clothing. The pants are also from Rainbow Clothing.

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Can’t wait for next year ladies 🙂

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

June 21, 2013

Full Figured Fashion Week, NYC

ny16 The day began early in the morning. I had to take the subway all by myself to Manhattan.  I did great by the way.

securedownload  I played with patterns here. I started with a red blouse with white hearts on it from Forever 21. I tucked it into these crazy zig-zag harem pants I got from Rainbow Clothing. I matched it with a modern ‘MJ’ inspired jacket with a gold zipper (also from Forever 21) and added different colors from there.

ny17 The clothes that were available at this sample sale were making me drool times two. This sheer blouse from Evans in the UK is simple yet the collar is bedazzled for that pop of glam.

ny18 When I first laid eyes on this skirt from Serita Bell I thought it was sooo me. It is sexy and abstract. I’d look like a walking piece of plus-size art.

ny19 Earrings by Dean of Fashion. “Trust No Bitch”. Nuff’ said.

ny20 Style Star, Ashley, in all pink everything. And she was super sweet.

ny21 Another Stylistah in NYC. I love her white sleeveless blouse tucked into her lace peach skirt. She tops of the look with a thin brown belt and a wrist watch. Stunning for a day of shopping.

ny22 At the end of my trip I sat on the steps here and ate two hot-dogs. NYC loved me and I loved NYC. I’m coming back for ya’.

 


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Went to Jummah (Friday prayer for Muslims) today and got a chance to meditate and pray, if only for a few minutes, I took the time out. I’ve been missing Friday prayer lately because I’m too busy doing everything else. Worried about everything else. A journalist and crew came to my apartment yesterday and interviewed me about modest fashion about my relationship with hijab. I told them straight up, I don’t have to dress modestly. I can go buy a pair of short-shorts, show my whole ass. Cuz it’s there *tongue pop* I can throw on my polka dot two-piece bikini and pop it on the gram and get three, four times more likes cuz that’s what folks wanna see all the time now. Like it or not, I could do that and still be Muslim. But my modesty, my head covering (hijab)is something that I choose to do, when it wasn’t a choice a long time ago. It was something forced upon me. That I had to do or else I didn’t love God enough as the next covered gal. It’s something that I do because it connects me spiritually and I’ve reclaimed my choice to dress the way I want. Despite other folk’s opinions on the matter. So, when you see me wrapping my crown, my hijab don’t go “dang, she must be forced to wear that” or “she must be married”. My crown, my hijab isn’t a symbol of oppression. It’s just the opposite. It’s my power that I’ve reclaimed as an individual to express myself how I see fit. So, here’s the video I promised a lot of y’all who’ve been asking for me to show you how to wrap your crown—Muslim or not. Rock what inspires you. Head over to YouTube to watch the step by step process 💁🏽‍♀️ Do you practice modesty in your dress? How do you stay modest in the summer heat? What’s some of the stereotypes you’ve heard or thought about the hijab? All bodies can chime in. Let’s chat. #newyorkblogger #psootd #plussize #instafashion #bodypositive #bgki #wamfam #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #blackgirlswhoblog #fashion #londonblogger #psfashion #modestfashion #blackgirlmagic #muslimgirl #bodyconfidence #plusmodel #feminist #wiw #intersectionalfeminism #turbanista #bodydysmorphia #fatacceptance #selflove #goldenconfidence #hijabfashion #beautyblogger #instavideo #musically

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