Wednesday, May 25, 2022



NO: Thank you for being apart of our Holiday issue. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?

SI:  I was born in one of the most creative, influential, cities in the world, New York City. Growing up there, I was immersed into multi cultural lifestyles which helped nurture my own creativity. I developed a love for fashion from watching the people in my environment as well as the music artist through television. My family taught me the value of love and togetherness and I hold those lesson dear to my heart. As an adult, I’ve learned that life is the perception you create and I choose to see the positive, learn from the negative and keep pushing forward.

NO: What’s you most favorite holiday memory?
SI: Well I believed in Santa Claus, didn’t you lol? If one man could give gifts to every child in one night then I could do anything. One of my many favorite holiday memories would be listening to the classic Christmas music from the motown era while tree trimming, decorating and wrapping presents with my family. Through my faith in God, I have an understanding of the spiritual meaning of Christmas. It’s the magic, wonderment and joyous feeling of Christmas that has always been a special time for my family and I continue that tradition in my personal life now.

NO: What made you decide to become a model?SI:  What made me decide to become a model is that I always had an affinity for fashion & style. My creativity enabled me to be unique at an affordable price point. I’ve watched how fashion and styles have changed and even returned throughout my life which also encouraged my personal style to evolve. As a model, I also have the opportunity to use the platform to inspire others to live their lives by embracing and expressing their individuality.

NO: Do you feel the society accepts kurvy women?

SI: Society in this space of time seems to be more openly accepting of kurves. There have been kurvy women since the beginning of time and there will always be. The more we show how comfortable we are with ourselves, the more others will accept us; and if they don’t, oh well. I also believe that it is important to incorporate a healthy lifestyle that compliments your body type. The culture has changed so a question I would raise is,  “Is society influenced by the culture, or is the culture influencing society through media” ?

NO: What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?

SI: For me, I’ve been “kurvy” or thick since birth lol, so I was that young girl looking in the mirror feeling insecure about the way my body looked. It was the natural way my body was developing and I didn’t have anyone in my family whom I could identify with because they were a slimer body type so I had to learn acceptance of myself. It wasn’t something that happened immediately but I came to the realization that I had a healthy body and I Chose to love it regardless of societies shallow judgments. To the young ladies who are going through similar body image issues I would encourage them to do the same. Learn to Love who you are and all your parts because we are Intentionally created to be different which makes us beautiful.

NO: 2020 is just weeks away! What are you looking forward to in the new year?
SI: Looking ahead to this upcoming year, I am excited about what awaits me. I have set goals which some have already manifested. I make it a point to try and not worry about the future but to be present in the moments of life. Staying consistent and optimistic will lead to great things and I’m in expectation that if I continually learn, grow and believe I will achieve all the goals I have set for my life while being open to other opportunities.

NO: Can you define the word “ESSENCE” to you?

SI: The energy exuded by your presence is your Essence. It’s what’s remembered when you leave the room. As we go through the stages of life, we have many experiences which builds upon our foundation and that creates who we are. Understanding this, we have a choice to choose which energy, positive or negative, we want to present to the world. It will constantly change because we are always evolving and no one can imitate your Essence because it’s specific to you.

NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
SI: I would like my legacy to reflect my life as not being one dimensional. Knowing that I’ve explored the different facets of who I am, how I think and see the world around me would inspire others to live free in the season of life they’re in.
NO: Do you feel we need to remove the word “Plus” from Plus Model and just be known as models?
SI: By definition the word “Plus” means in addition to or to have an advantage. By industry standards it means having more girth on a person’s body that does not “fit” a sample size 0-4 as a model. We are all born with various genetics that determine what body type we’ll be. That doesn’t mean any body type is better than the other, it’s simply different. Now, we do have a responsibility to take care of our bodies the best we can at any size and love the skin we’re in. As for me, I definitely don’t fit a size 0-4 as a model. Being considered Plus places me in a specific category that will attract a particular demographic of women who need to see a representation of their reflection in the mirror. So yes, I am a Model who happens to be Plus and I will be an ambassador of confidence in whom I’ve been created and inspire others.
NO: What are your views or thoughts about the current state of the plus size industry?
SI: What I am currently witnessing in the plus size industry has me anticipating the further progression of the acceptance of every one as a whole. At one time in society plus models weren’t as prevalent. Now we’re emerging through the music & fashion industry and many other media outlets and people are seeing how loving yourself is empowering. We are seeing what society projects as the “standard” is only a fraction of the world. The plus size industry is vastly becoming an example of radically embracing our differences even beyond body type.


MODEL @sherita_ivory

STYLIST @styledbysvee

GLAM  @shadesofjaibeautylash


CEO @brandeekurvyj


VINTAGE COVER @essence MAGAZINE MODEL TRIBUTE JULY 1987 @vanessawilliamsofficial