MISS NO: Congratulations on your Luxe Beauty of the month feature. What were your first thoughts when you found out you were going to be a featured Luxe Beauty?
TONJA: I was truly honored to be selected as a Luxe Beauty.
MISS NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
TONJA: My name is Tonja L Phillips, I am originally from Lake Charles Louisiana. (I’m truly a Southern Girl) I have reside on the East Coast now for the past 18 years Where I have been a a Featured Makeup Artist in Beauty, Glamour, High fashion, And special effects.
MISS NO: How important is it for women to embrace their kurves?
TONJA: It is imperative for a woman to embrace her curves. Once you embrace who you are ,you know who you are , than everything else falls right into place. Your Purpose, Your Drive, and Your Self-confidence.
MISS NO: How has COVID-19 affected your daily life?
TONJA: COVID-19 has truly affected my daily routine tremendously. I’m very a custom of being out and about. As a make up artist I’m very used to being in and out of studios, clients homes, television stations, different hotels, different wedding venues , so I’m mad busy at this time as a makeup artist so it was a little off for me,,,But I have been able to get more of my at home Makeup Tutorial Videos done and on to my social media. But needless to say this social distancing has been difficult, But necessary.
MISSNO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more women embracing their bodies and loving them without the pressure of social media?
TONJA: Stop body shaming, all bodies are good bodies.
MISS NO: The State of the Plus Size industry is every changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
TONJA: I have been moonlighting again now as “The Silverfox” Curvy Model for the pass 2 1/2 years,
and the plus size industry has been changing, I Have seen more diversity as well as beautiful curves more than ever. I would love to see more acceptance of the more petite plus size models on the Runway and HighFashion..
MISS 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?
TONJA: The strongest action of a woman is to love herself, Love and Cherish every curve it is the first secret to Divine happiness ….And If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be !! The late great Maye Angelo
MISS NO: Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets?
TONJA: One of my beauty secrets is skin care, making sure you have a daily regimen of cleansing,toning ,and Moisturizing. And drinking a lot of Water
MISS NO: Do you have a fashion tip to give our readers for summer?
TONJA: My fashion tips for the summer with the heat wave is Keep it Light ,not tight with a Sundress…Sundresses are Key this Summer
MISS NO: What do you want your legacy to be
TONJA: I would like my legacy to be; I was a woman of God that saw Beauty in everyone she touched , and painted faces under the instructions, of The Most High, I was a Loving Help Mate, and Honorable Wife to my Husband, and A Strong ,Understanding and Loving Woman to her Family and Friends,,And she always Greeted you with a …..Heeeeeey Babbbbby in (Southern accent)!!!!!