Growing up was awkward because I didn’t know where my body fit. I couldn’t identify as neither “Skinny” nor “Fat”. I remember hearing my younger sister say I was “fatskinny”, and of course the contradiction confused me. I didn’t know where I fit in or if “fitting in” was even necessary. I felt completely lost; I needed a positive path.
I set my sights on a journey toward personal development, self-discovery, and positive body image affirmations. With prayer and meditation, I began to feel good about myself and accept my body with every delicious curve. With my new found grown woman freedom, I decided to do something new. I started modeling locally in Atlanta and I found a wonderful community of other Plus Size Curvy women who had the same concerns. What we had in common was we were all plus-size curvy women, determined to display the beauty of our unique shapes and sizes.
On my first audition for a model group, I didn’t get selected. At that time, In my mind, I thought they were THE BEST model group to be with.. Needless to say I was devastated, but before all hope was lost I discovered a new up and coming organization, Classic Curves. I casted for them and it turns out that they were a perfect fit for me and I was accepted immediately. Classic Curves was determined to build new models with all body types and this was the first time my height was referenced with positive purpose. I learned many of the fundamentals of modeling including; how to walk, apply makeup, how to pose, and we were even taught on how to be successful in future casting calls. For the first time in my life, I was getting the type of positive feedback I desired on a consistent basis. Classic Curves has since dissolved but I’ve met lifelong friends there and I cherish those experiences and opportunities given to me. Since then, I’ve attended all types of auditions and castings and I began to meet some of the most intriguing and interesting women who were also on the rise in the Atlanta Plus Fashion scene. This is how I truly began to see my own possibilities and understand that I now had a place and not only that, MY CURVES did too!
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