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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 🙂

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Tionna Smalls is an author, relationship advisor, television personality, youth advocate, diva, outspoken glam queen who doesn’t take crap from anyone. She tells it like it is, but she is a very sweet woman, who has the business sense of a top CEO. We’ve seen her on Vh1 before with Chilli from the all girl R&B group, TLC. Now she hosts a show on MTV “Girl Get Your Mind Right” where she helps young women build self-esteem and confidence, and hopefully find love in the meantime.

LV: How was it growing up for you?

TS: I grew up in a two parent household. It was three girls, and it was crazy. My parents taught us early on not take “no stuff” from guys.

 

LV: Were you always confident?

TS: When I was 8 years old, I was very skinny. One day, I started to gain weight and got breast and stuff. I was like, “I love it”.

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LV: When did you know that you were meant to become a writer and publish books?

TS: I’ve been writing since I was in the third grade. As I got older, it was mad crazy, every girl I knew was going through drama and the first book I independently published in 2007 (Girl Get Your Mind Right) it was like a rant. People kept coming up to me, asking for advice about their relationships and from them on I told myself that I was going to take this (writing) serious.

 

LV: How did you become a relationship guru?

TS: I always used to give relationship advice even before I started publishing. But I officially became a relationship guru when I started a career at Gawker. Seriously, people come up to me on the street, asking this and that and helping them became an obsession for me. So now I am trying to make everything legit and become a therapist.

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LV: What types of setbacks or obstacles have you faced as a curvy woman, a black woman, just being a woman in the entertainment industry?

TS: Everything is a setback. Everyday there is a setback. If you don’t tolerate crap then you’re labeled as a bitch. Women who are successful are considered bitches, and it is really hard to keep your head together sometimes. Women have to face setbacks of feeling the need to have to sleep with someone just to get ahead. So every day I go through some stuff. I am from the hood. Being from the hood is a setback. But fortunately, I know how to play the game very well.

 

Most people don’t have a problem with me being curvy. It’s usually cornball fans who make comments about my weight. I mean look at Jenifer Hudson. She doesn’t get anything more than what she did before she lost the weight. I grew up underweight and now I love the body I have.

 

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

TS: I am producing a stage show. It’s coming together slowly but surely. I have a TV show coming out about rappers. And I have a string of boutiques that I want to open across the U.S. (Also Tionna is working on the launch of her own magazine called “Bossy” and also her audio book “Men Love Abuse just dropped last month.)

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LV: How would you describe your individual style?

TS: I am very glamorous. I love to look girly. I love old school glam, Audrey Hepburn and Phyllis Hyman. I love the half hat and gowns. I plan on bringing that glam style to my boutiques.

 

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

TS: I would tell them to be yourself. People don’t have their own identity anymore. Be yourself. Work very hard. Work harder than everybody. I work like I have nothing. I’m 29 years old and I got to be more stable.

 

LV: What are your goals for the future?

TS: I always have like a five and ten year goals. I want to be stable, own properties, own businesses, get into public politics. I want to be everywhere, all of the time, helping the community, building self esteem.  I want to be happy. And I want kids and a husband… one day.

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LV: How do you give back to the community?

TS: I am going to have my own organization soon, but I have worked in nonprofits and transition homes all my life. I just did a huge back to school event. I help out all of the time. I am hosting an event September 21 for the kids. I will be painting fingernails. I give back in so many different ways. But we don’t display what we do. The Tionna Smalls foundation is going to be for the youth, and it’ll have a Scholarship fund.

 

LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

TS: “Whether you’re skinny or fat a bad bitch is a bad bitch and that is that.”

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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