EXCLUSIVE COVER MODLEL INTERVIEW
Congratulations, on being our Luxe March cover model! What were your first thoughts when you found out you were selected?
My first thoughts when I found out that I was going to be a representative for Luxe Kurves I was ecstatic to be given an opportunity to showcase body love, self confidence, acceptance while being a woman with kurves.
March is women’s month! What do you think needs to be done more for women rights?
What needs to happen more when it comes to women rights is the way we are exploited based on our body types instead of finding out what our mental capabilities are. Also more attention needs to be focus on women’s equality along side of the male race, when it comes to employment, politics, equal pay and reproductive rights.
What can we do more as an industry to advocate more woman embracing their bodies and loving them without the pressure of the social media?
Luxe Kurves can maybe offer special events or groups that are dedicated to a specific type of women and their targeted need for example: confidence, public speaking, self esteem in a setting with like minded women to make them feel comfortable in sharing and being open. The magazine has definitely displayed an avenue that provides women with curves the opportunity to feel included, beautiful with a purpose that allows other women to see images that resemble them.
What are some personal qualities that distinguish you from others in the industry?
My personal qualities that distinguish me from others is m determination to explore the world and travel to as many places as I can to experience the way other people live, their culture, food , music, their fashions, how they treat one another based on their appearances or body types or economical status. Another quality is my love and dedication that I have working with children with special needs or mental illnesses. I enjoy giving back it fills my heart with a purpose that has a deep meaning when i think about assisting other families just by connecting with their love one.
When did you decided to love your kurves? How do fight the negative comments by others?
I decided to love who I was as young women when I was a junior in high school . I endure plenty of name calling or teasing about my body size or my full lips as well as my clothing. But the love I had for an education drown the petty comments out. I was placed in one of the higher taught grade level classes. So my grade point average and perfect attendance was more important to me than trying to fit in what they thought was popular.
The State of the Plus Size industry is ever changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
My state on the Plus Size industry is to remain open and educated that everyone continues to learn every day so new ideas are constantly being presented. We are in a society where things and people are forever changing. That is why we now get the chance to curvy women take the runway, or be represented in print, or even have famous designers creating garments for the everyday women realizing that the everyday women is no longer petite.
What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?
What I would share with a young girl looking in a mirror at herself is to love that person from the top of head to the soles of her feet. To admire every inch of her and know that shewas created by the creator himself just the way he knew would work for her and the world she lives in
Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets?
One of my beauty secrets that keep my skin looking healthy, clearer, and young is not indulging in alcohol or smoking of any kind.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I want to leave a legacy of genuine love, acceptance, willingness to assist and to have an open mind and heart and know that everyone was created differently.
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