Congratulations! What were your first thoughts when you found out you were going to be a featured Luxe Beauty?
SIO: When I found out I would be a featured Luxe Beauty, I think I screamed. Which is sort of my tradition when great things happen. It was refreshing news to say the least, especially since we had been in quarantine; I was truly overjoyed.
MISS NO: Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
SIO: Hi, my name is Siobhan Kennon. I currently reside in the big state of Texas, by way of Cleveland Ohio, where I was born and raised. Besides modeling, I work full-time as a Paralegal, I’m a mother of one young adult son and an aspiring entrepreneur. I have a love for fashion, shopping, traveling, flowers, butterflies and frogs (not real ones). Modeling has been a passion of mine since my teen years. Although, I did not build up the courage to really pursue that dream until I was close to my thirty’s. I am proud and thankful for the journey I’ve been on up to this point and have no regrets of any so-called delays along the way. I believe it was all by Gods designed and in his timing. Today, I am inspired to use my modeling platform to encourage and inspire others to love the skin there in, live intentionally confident daily and never stop learning and growing to be the best version of themselves.
MISS NO: August is our “Music” issue. What are your thoughts on today’s music in general?
SIO: Like modeling, music is one of my happy places. I listen to many different genres from gospel, afrobeat, jazz, to classical instrumental. I’m usually drawn to the beat first and lyrics secondly. Nonetheless, don’t quiz me because I’m no music expert. Music is still forever evolving. Many cases I can’t keep up with the latest trending song or artist. With the world of social media and platforms such as YouTube, music artists are popping up from all over. I think it’s great in a sense, especially the diversity aspect. One downfall to this, is it becomes difficult to find authentic sounds. Lately, I’ve been drawn to music that has some relevance to what we’re experiencing in the world today and music that is uplifting and motivating.
MISS NO: How has COVID-19 affected your daily life?
SIO: COVID-19 definitely brought some personal challenges and disadvantages in my daily lifestyle. It took a little getting used to, at any rate when this adversity came our way, I was able to find ways to adjust to what they call the new normal. Being partially introverted has its pros and helped me in this situation. I was thrilled to be able to work-from-home. This was a huge plus. Despite developing a medical condition during this pandemic, I found myself using the extra time on my hands for personal development mentally and spiritually. I was also able to enroll in real estate courses as well begin working on my personal brand and business.
MISS NO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more women embracing their bodies and loving them without the pressure of social media?
SIO: The industry has changed substantially and come a long way. I will continue to say more inclusion and representation of all body shapes and sizes in those spaces where you would frequently only see straight sizes. Forget the pressures of social media. The industry just needs to carry on with the evolution of diversity. The outside world will have no choice but to follow suit. There will always be push back, but we cannot allow those who are closed-minded to hold the industry hostage. Fashion is for every-body; curves, straight, petite, big & tall and everything in between. Industry acceptance and openly recognizing these changes is essential and increasingly more women will embrace their bodies and loving themselves the way they are.
MISS NO: The State of the Plus Size industry is ever changing. What are your views on the state of the plus size industry?
SIO: The Plus Size industry is in a good space right now and headed it the right direction. We are beginning to see more inclusion of different shapes and heights. As with any other field, there is always room for growth. I am forever thankful for those who’ve paved the way for women like me. It would be exhilarating to see even a stronger sense of togetherness and collaboration within the industry, and for us to continue to push for diversity in areas of high fashion and commercial print.
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?
SIO: I would say to her, young girls embrace your curves. Look in the mirror and compliment yourself daily. You are beautiful just the way God created you and don’t allow anyone to tell you differently. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Avoid comparing yourself to others and the only person you should be competing with is the person you were yesterday.
MISS NO: Tell our readers one of your beauty secrets?
SIO: If I can be completely transparent. I have periods of inconsistency with my beauty regimens. In addition to drinking plenty of water, cleansing and toning my skin; my secrets include vitamin E and C serums and lastly, waking up each day with a grateful heart. In my opinion supersedes all other beauty secrets.
MISS NO: Do you have a fashion tip to give our readers for summer?
SIO: My fashion tip for summer is to step outside your box and wear colors you would normally shy away from. Mix and match it up! Try unique colors such as coral, greens, or saffron. If you love hats, don’t be afraid to add a cute summer straw hat to your style. Go for the bold looks. Summer is all about fun
MISS NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
SIO: I hope to leave a legacy being a woman who loved and lived for God. A woman who uplifted and inspired others to live a life beyond mediocrity, and to go after your dream no matter your age. A woman who contributed to causes that bettered our human race. A hard worker who never gave up on life in spite of adversity. A kind-hearted woman of resiliency who displayed class, beauty, courage and confidence.
Photographer: Eric Coleman