Monday, September 12, 2016

CHRISTINA MENDEZ On DAILY VENUS DIVA MAG!!!

Photo Credit: Christina Mendez-Model, Nikki Gomez Photography, Makeup and Hair styling by Tiffany Purdy and Styling by Steffany Allen.

PLUS Model CHRISTINA MENDEZ covers the 2016 FALL STYLE ISSUE of DAILY VENUS DIVA Magazine!!!

Also, check out the interview with CASSANDRA JONES-McBRYDE, the Founder and FFIC (FULLER FIGURE-In-CHIEF)  of The INTERNATIONAL FULLER WOMAN FESTIVAL, taking place this coming FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016, in DETROIT, MI.

Here are some interview interludes with CASSANDRA JONES-McBRYDE:

How did you get your start producing events?
I modeled in my first show fashion show in 2006 for a traveling show based in the MD/DC area. No one remembered who I wore but talked about the feeling they had in seeing a reflection of who they were on the runway. I knew then I wanted to create events for my local area on a permanent basis.
There are several components to the festival. Is there a way to characterize the International Fuller Woman Festival? How do you manage to bring all of the components together?
The festival is an all-day celebration of who we are as vibrant, beautiful, undefinable, undeniable people. The festival is free and open to the public so that the entire community can celebrate with us. It is spread over a three day weekend, and it has elements of what our participants ask that we bring to them year after year. It is a difficult task to jam pack everything into three short days, but we manage to do it!
This a grassroots initiative that is made possible by the support of many community partners including Corporate Sponsors like Bandelettes, Eloquii, Lane Bryant, Motor City Woman Radio and of course DailyVenusDiva.com! Proceeds from this initiative will support Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment, a nonprofit that assists Domestic Violence Survivors.
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The Festival is produced by the Fuller Woman Network. What are some of the biggest misconceptions about the Network’s events?
That it is merely fashion focused. We recognize that fashion is what drives people to the plus movement. We also want to give people who are in attendance information about the entire movement that fashion is a part of.
At each event, there’s a modeling 101 session featuring the current year’s campaign model. Why is that element so important?
This is our most requested event that we have. Many women want to be a plus model but are unsure of what the business of modeling is. It is way more than just shutting down the runway. Each year we have trusted working industry insiders who share valuable information.
Over the years, you’ve been asked to take the event on the road. How are you bringing those requests to life?
In April 2017 we are having the first ever International Fuller Woman Expo in Indonesia near the capital city of Jakarta. It will be a 2-day event with the second-day taking place in Bali. We still produce events in Africa. Our first foray into another event in the US was the Model Call series in Chicago. We had an amazing turnout! This validated that the need is there to create initiatives around the country.
-CCG


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