I’ll be honest, with all the things that I’ve been through these past couples of months (baby, health, loss, etc.), I wasn’t too sure if I could make it out to this event. However, because it was Naneen Johnson’s first fashion endeavor with Theresa Flatts, and my love and respect for the plus size community. I rebuked any obstacles that I could foresee, put my big-girl panties on and strutted with the beauties of Glam Gurl, Inc. This fashion show was for the graduates of the Glam Gurl, Inc. modeling school, who paid to be trained and educated on the ins and outs of full-figure modeling.
Even if you’re not interested in being a model, trainings such as these are meant to instill confidence and self-esteem in the participants. It is my hope that all curvaceous women, plus size or full-figured, learn to appreciate their God-given bodies and beauty, and not shy away from life as if they are anything other than amazing. Therefore, when an opportunity like this comes along, where I can support them and promote this, I’m always down for the cause. When I was requested to walk the runway, I paid the baby-sitter and headed out to what was an overall success.
There is a diverse group of women, who all are beautiful and unique in their own way. Modeling with a group like this gives you a sense of community and appreciation with our large community. People assume that most women can’t get along and that models are all narcissist. However, I have never experienced any negativity when modeling with these women. They are some of the most compassionate and genuine people, who will help you in a second. You don’t have to stress about what you bring to the table, because backstage is filled with positive feedback, accolades, and constructive criticism that is only meant to propel you into being the best plus size representative you can be.
I look forward to more of these as the New Year rolls around. If you’re looking to connect with women similar to yourself, learn new ways to carry yourself better as a full figured woman, and to make friends, I definitely suggest opportunities like this. Even if you don’t see yourself as a runway model professionally, it’s still a great experience. They even give love to our little divas, which were showcased as “Glammettes” on the runway. They were cute and showed that you are never too young to learn how to be a great model.
Shout out to Candice Nicole who sang beautifully and looked amazing and to Earl Fleming who can moderate anything and make it exciting. I also give hugs and kisses to Danielle Flatts, who managed all those women behind the scenes from a chair, and did it all with her big precious smile. I love these amazing women.
Check out the video…
Glam Gurls, Inc. 2012 Holiday Fashion Show & Model Graduation held in Richmond, Virginia. Coordinated by Naneen Johnson and Danielle Flatts, this event highlighted plus size and full figured models from the DMV area. With Fashions by IvieRose Boutique and Kederescloset, this event was moderated by none other than the renowned Earl Fleming. Bangles and Bling, Nuimages, shasheelegance, Full figured creations, and Tres Chic contributed to this event as well.
Do you love the outfits? Be sure to check out these businesses represented in the show
Full Figured Creations
Bangles and Bling (Virginia Center Commons)
Marc Wyche Photography
Amor Jay Photography
Andre Mosby (D.J. R. Dre)
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