Tuesday, May 24, 2022




“Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching “

What were your first thoughts when you found out you were going to be featured?

My thoughts when I first found out I was being featured, I was happy, but it put a pressure on me to make sure I did my part to make sure we captured some great photos.

Tell our readers about yourself.

Well, I like long walks on the beach .. just kidding. Lol but I am from California (Stockton, Ca) however I reside in Philadelphia. I’m currently starting a custom cake business called Mel’ting Cakery, based out of here in the Philadelphia. I took up modeling initially as a hobby, but now looking to develop my skills to make this as a career. So at this moment I’m just all for living my life and being successful.

This July, we’re celebrating freedom of kurves. How important is it for women to embrace their kurves?

I think it’s super important that women embrace their curves because, even if there are things you have to improve, you need to still love yourself, and be happy in the skin that you are in and what God has provided you!

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?

I believe we need to start looking at a persons uniqueness and their personal characteristics traits that sets them apart. In logic Which would bring a unique look to your brand, and makes you stand out just a little bit more than before. Businesses needs to set new trends not be a trend follower.

What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?

I always see the good in someone. Maybe more good than I should, but I do. I always want the best for everyone. I can be very nurturing especially if I see there’s a need, like if you’re sick, or just need a friend that day.

When did you decided to love your kurves?

Man, that’s a good one. I battled with my kurves for quite sometime. But really as I became into a woman, so maybe more so at the age of 18/19 years old.

The State of the Plus Size industry is every changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?

I don’t believe our industry is getting its true recognition. I believe we do underestimate models because we don’t look like a Victoria Secret Angel.

8. What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?

Whether you make them smaller, or bigger, learn to love yourself regardless of your size.

Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets?

Lol, a beauty secret of mine (not really a secret lol ) but I use Aztec Clay as a face and hair mask followed by a hair mask that has avocado, mayo, some oils, eggs, and vinegar. I really love what it does for my curl pattern.

I want my legacy to be something that is true to me. So whatever I leave behind, whether it is chains of my Bakery, or a modeling company, or whatever I set my mind too, I want my family to be proud of who I was and what I created.

IG @plusmelb_ FB Melissa Renee
MUA: Tiffany McKinney- Xquisite Salon
Bustier: Azari Jackson
Pants: Fashion Nova
Retoucher/ Editor: CR2R productions
Creative Director Nora Bonds @onlymissno