There is a diverse group of plus size women who walked in the Divas in Designs Fashion Show in Richmond, Virginia. This video touches on a few of those testimonies as to why they decided to get into modeling and how it makes them feel.
For the purpose of inspiring other women to join a sisterhood organization that promotes full figured beauty from diverse backgrounds.
Compared to last year, Farrah Bowers and her team out did themselves. Hands down, Infuzions Lounge and Nightclub in Richmond, Virginia was the best place to conduct this event, no questions asked. I was truly impressed. The turn out was incredible and the atmosphere was beyond fashion forward and eclectic. Her goal was to bring people together through arts and entertainment, in order to collaborate for a much bigger purpose, which was her non-profit organization BUC. She did that and so much more.
The only negative thing I had to say, which pretty much goes for many Richmond events that I’m invited to: There was no designated area for photographers and media. I had a hard time getting photos and video because of the angle I was standing at, also there was a man next to me that was taller than I was, that blocked every decent shot I could get. That is not Farrah’s fault by no means; I was a little tardy anyway. However, by having seating reserved for media and photographers it would make it a lot easier to see the show as best as possible. That is the only thing that I could think of, which means Farrah rocked it out of course.
By incorporating music, fashion, art, and pure ambition, she was able to bring quite a few people out on Saturday night and keep them stunned either with excitement or with disbelief that the event was so incredible. Although, I did spot a few haters in the crowd, who seemed dissatisfied with everything that walked down the runway, I also noticed that the positive vibe outweighed all of that anyway. It was truly incredible. I enjoyed myself so much, I forgot I had another event to attend that night. All of which was good! Anything that keeps me from looking at my watch is a plus for me. Special shout out to Lela Bizz, Black Liquid, and all of the dancers that came out and performed. I love a fashion show that breaks it up with special performances of local artist that we should all know and love. I’m proud to have Farrah Bowers in my network of people making a change, and once you get to know her you will, too. She came into this project with passion and drive, and I can almost bet she walked away with twice as many supporters then when she started. Goes to show that hard work, perseverance, and what she described as “a whole lot of mouth” can get you everything you need and more. Go Farrah! Can’t wait to see what goes down in March for you.
While New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was buzzing with fashion chaos, fashion police, and fashion mayhem (the great kind), our current advertising sponsor Red’s Boutique (www.Itsreds.com) was posted up on the runway, showcasing beautiful jewelry and accessories.
Featured in Edwing D’Angelo show at the Red Bull Loft in Soho. Red’s supplied all accessories seen above on models and reality stars alike. A remarkable milestone in any entrepreneur’s journey, Sharice Styles says she is proud of the direction the business is going in and looks forward to styling more fashionistas and trend setters with her merchandise from New York and Virginia to the world through her online store.
If you haven’t made a direct route to www.itsreds.com yet, please be sure to check out their new items posted weekly. It’s amazing items that will definitely set you apart from the typical stylish chick to the Fashion vixen, you really are.
You can also check out footage from the show here:
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When Theresa Flatts, Founder of The Unforgettable Woman (www.theunforgettablewoman.org)
asked me to be in her fashion show, I was beyond excited. I relished at the opportunity to not only walk the runway, but also again show how with a little confidence and motivation, you can be a star runway model regardless of your size or body type. I was proud to have been apart of the Tropical Diva Summer
Madness 2011 Fashion Show, held at the Clarion Richmond Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.
I was among some of the most confident, elegant, beautiful, and charismatic full figured women that have ever graced a runway in Richmond, Virginia. I was also among great company, two years prior one of my full figured role models Mia Amber Davis, also modeled with Ms. Theresa Flatts for Tropical Diva as well. I didn’t hesitate when I agreed to be apart of it.
Unfortunately, Mia passed away in May 2011, due to complications after surgery. My wish of getting the chance to meet her wasn’t going to come true. However, after going through the process, meeting some of the people that she had the chance to know, and after seeing her tribute video, I felt like her presence was definitely in the room. Her spirit of wanting to take a stand for the majority-sized woman, the spirit that radiated self-assurance and self-love, was pumping out of the forty-plus women that walked with me that day. It was an incredible experience; one that made me feel even surer about my ability to motivate women to love their God-given form inside and out.
Although there is nothing at all easy about putting a fashion show together, Ms. Theresa Flatts looked calm and in control before the big day and forward on. She delegated responsibilities and answered all questions from veteran models and runway newbies. Collaborating with other greats such as B.I.G by Getta (www.wixx.com/bigbygetta), Phenomenal 1 of Curvation Nation (www.cnmovement.org), Cherina Tidwell of Full Figured Creations (www.Cherinatidwell.com ), and Salina Pugh of Dynasty Curves (www.dynastyofcurves.web.com), Theresa was able to create a full figured force to be reckoned with last
Saturday. They accomplished this while bringing full figured women from all over the country together in a day of spectacular fashion overdrive. Don’t forget about the men. The added flavor of stylish and attractive men, made each scene come to life in a story of designer meets model.
This event was to benefit a phenomenal organization here in Virginia, Camp Diva (www.campdiva.org), whose goals are to give girls in need of a support system an opportunity to posses the qualities that its inspiration, Diva Mstadi Smith Roane, had in her precious but short life. Diva passed away due to a firearm accident in 2004, and since then Camp Diva’s founder Angela Patton and Clover Smith (Diva’s Mother) have worked diligently to ensure young girls live with the spirit and values that was and is Diva today.
I love the event, despite some stressful moments of trying to change between scenes. It was the idea that with this review and with the video posted on www.youtube.com/gaptoothdiva more full figured beauties may be inspired to step out of the shadows that mainstream media has held you in, and bring that sexy back to the forefront. As Theresa said, we are the MAJORITY, and if we speak up about what we lack the
fashion world is bound to change their ways. I can’t wait to work with all of the fantastic women again.
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Saturday’s Fashion around the World show held at the Cultural center of India in Chesterfield Virginia, was nothing less than inspiring. It was amazing to see so many people from so many different cultures come together to not only raise awareness for Sexual & Domestic violence but for cultural diversity as well. Thanks to Maricia Harris, member of The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance, GaptoothDiva.com was able to come out and get exclusive footage of the event and its participants. There was an abundance of styles and designs that everyone loved and appreciated. We often don’t realize where our clothing designs are inspired from, but at this event, you were sure to find out. For more information on the event and its benefiting organization, It’s A New Day Transitional Services, check out www.ItzANewDay.org
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