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LISA OMORODION is the Offical Campaign Face FOR POP UP PLUS EASTER EDITION

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Popular Nollywood actress Lisa Omorodion, features in this breathtaking campaign for the upcoming Easter edition of Pop Up Plus. Now in its 6th edition, Pop Up Plus is a quarterly marketplace that aims to promote fashion and style for curvy women and showcase up and coming and established plus size designers and vendors.

Since identifying the platform for shopping and lifestyle options for Plus Sized Nigerian women, Pop Up Plus has filled that need by acting as a bridge between vendors and designers that cater to plus sized women.

Pop Up Plus showcases clothing, footwear, lingerie, hair accessories vendors. Some of the regulars include Mabello Clothiers, Makioba, 3Dees Gems, Abaya Lagos, Gbemisoke shoes and many more.
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Don't miss the next edition
on Sunday April 2nd
at Bar 25, 25 Banana Island Road, Ikoyi.
by 12 noon - 7pm.

It promises to be a lot of fun as always, with loads of mind-blowing discounts, amazing finds and cool people!

Tell all your friends, and see you there!!!


“Sophisticated Minimalist” by Plus Size Designer, Christian Omeshun is not just CUTE!

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“Sophisticated Minimalist” by Christian Omeshun has something for those of you who love a clean, sleek, and playful line.

According to Christian Omeshun,

"This collection is inspired by the Sophisticated Minimalist who loves Ready To Wear pieces that are completely interchangeable. My goal was to create fashion that makes a statement but keeps your closet to a minimum. I believe this was achieved by creating staple silhouettes that you can take from season to season! I love being able to go from day (the office) to night (happy hour) in my garments! I believe we were able to achieve just that with our capsule collection!"





Plus-size Model Fluvia Lacerda becomes the first plus-size woman to grace cover of Playboy Brazil

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Fluvia Lacerda is taking greater heights. The plussize model and body activist took to facebook to announce the official debut of her Playbody Brazil Cover feature.

She says, "It's officially out! All kinds of feelings about been the first plus size woman to ever grace the cover of Playboy Brasil !! But most of all I'm unbelievably happy and overwhelmed with so much love and support from so many of you! Thank you! 🔥🔥💥

PopUpPlusOnline "#HowIHoliday" Lookbook is here and We are Loving it

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Today’s latest plus size holiday lookbook is courtesy of PopUpPlus, one of the tried and true independent plus size brands that we feature on a regular! Now even if you do not have a place to go or are not in a rush for your fancy picks, you definitely have to check out the latest options and nothing is wrong with building up your fancy wardrobe!

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Too cute, right? Well, let’s get to it!

PopUpPlus presents #HowIHoliday Lookbook



You can shop the collection NOW at PopUpPlusOnline.com

Asos Launches Plus Size Men Collection! We are Excited.... #BellaCurvesFashionGuy

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The ASOS Plus Size expansion includes plus size male shirts and sweaters, just in time for the holidays and cold weather. I have to admit, I’m bit of a sucker for a big guy in a mixed print shirt and sweater combo. 

Keep scrolling as we share some of our favorite looks of cool plus size guy style!

See all the photos...


ASOS PLUS Jersey Bomber Jacket In Burgundy


ASOS PLUS Hoodie With Side Poppers In Black




ASOS PLUS Regular Fit Shirt In Navy Paisley Print



ASOS PLUS Super Longline Long Sleeve T-Shirt With Curved Step Hem



ASOS PLUS Jersey Bomber Jacket With Woven Panels And Snaps In Khaki



Duke PLUS Christmas Musical Jumper With Rudolph Light Up Nose In Red

Shop the New Asos Plus Size Male collection, NOW! At ASOS.com

Gabourey Sidibe Shares the Cover of Her Memoir: “This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.”

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Our all time favorite plus size actresses! Body positive advocate and all around bad ass, Gabourey Sidibe had an amazing year and she is still killing it! And to end this year on an extremely high note, last week Gabby tweeted the cover to her long awaited memoir,“This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare,” set to drop May 1, 2017 on Amazon.com!


Since first making the announcement of working on the memoirs in June of 2015, we’ve been pretty geeked for this moment. From her hilarious tweets to soooooo hilariously real Instagram posts, Gabby has practically spoke to my soul on many occasions.
“Moving from Bed-Stuy to Senegal to Cannes, as Gabby has done in a still-short lifetime, has helped produce a fierce, wise way of being in the world impossible not to admire. ‘Funny’ doesn’t begin to capture just how irreverent and complex Gabby’s stories are.” Deanne Urmy, Senior Executive Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Congratulations Gabourey Sidibe on an AMAZING YEAR!



You can Pre-Order this book at Amazon.com!

From Precious to various American Horror Story characters (Queenie was my favorite) and now Becky, on Fox Primetime hit Empire, there’s nothing she can’t do, so of course a book had to be in the works. One that we are sure is going to entertain!


“I’ve been writing since I was a child, and have always had so many stories to tell that are too long, shady, and impolite to share in interviews. It brings me much joy to add Published Writer to my resume of Actor and part-time Foot Model.” Gabourey Sidibe

And in true fan girl pandemonium, over here we are screaming, “Hey Gabby! Girl, we see you!” And well in true TCFStyle fashion, I had to round up some of our favorite Gabby moments!
Just a Few of Our Favorite 2016 Gabby Sidibe Moments
From wowing us with all her gorgeous melanin filled beauty for Covergirl!

To showing off her new bodacious body and clever clapback for Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign
And entertaining us as we wait on that powerball jackpot to hit one day!

Check out Few of Our Favorite 2016 Gabby Sidibe Moments

To showing off her new bodacious body and clever clapback for Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign

And entertaining us as we wait on that powerball jackpot  to hit one day!



I can already tell that 2017 is going to be AWESOME, not only for her, but for all of us!

THE DECEMBER HOLIDAY ISSUE OF PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE FEATURES MODEL ANDREA SPENCER - Check out all the photos and interview

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Cover Sponsored by Avenue


Dress by Dauxilly, dauxilly.com



Dress by Fashion To Figure, fashiontofigure.com


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Wrap dress by Eloquii, eloquii.comShoes by Aldo, aldoshoes.com


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Dress by Avenue, avenue.comEarrings by Lane Bryant, lanebryant.com



Top, FullBeauty.comSkirt by Fashion To Figure, fashiontofigure.com
Shoes, FullBeauty.com


Dress by Monif C., monifc.comShoes by Zigi SOHO, dsw.com


Dress by Pop Up Plus, popupplusonline.com
Blue suede booties by impo, impo.com
Faux fur stole by Banana Republic, bananarepublic.com


Sequin pants by Society Plus, society-plus.com
Faux leather bodysuit by Fashion To Figure, fashiontofigure.com
Faux leather moto jacket by 6th & Lane (Lane Bryant), lanebryant.com
Black booties by Christopher Coy Collection, christophercoycollection.comBelt by Bebe, bebe.com



Gunmetal shimmer top and black tutu by Lane Bryant, lanebryant.com
Belt by Bebe, bebe.com
Shoes by Christopher Coy Collection, christophercoycollection.com
Earrings, cuff and ring by Lane Bryant, lanebryant.comAndrea Spencer is beautiful, smart and a self-proclaimed sports fanatic who credits her family for making her the person she is today.

We are so proud to have her end an amazing 2016 with PMM as our cover model (View Andrea’s cover and editorial). We hope you enjoy her interview as much as we did.


Where are you from?

I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio just outside of Columbus and in May 2015 I moved to Miami, Florida and have been there since.
How would you describe your fashion aesthetic?

My fashion aesthetic is pretty simple in my opinion. I typically wear very simple outfits but I add accessories to glam them up a bit. To me accessories are EVERYTHING and are what can make or break an outfit. I have learned a lot about fashion since I started in the industry and as time goes on I am more comfortable trying new trends and going out of my comfort zone.
You kind of came on the scene in a very big way, modeling for plus size retail giant Lane Bryant! Did you realize how amazing that booking was when you first got it?

I will never forget the day my agent called me saying that Lane Bryant was booking me. Words cannot express my feelings and thoughts that day, I was beyond excited but also nervous because I knew how big of a deal it was! I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing company that is trying to change the way our society looks at plus size women. The first time I worked with them was just after their campaign #I’mNoAngel was launched, which made it even more special that I would be working with a company doing something huge in the plus size industry.

Not only was the booking huge for my career, it was even better for myself personally. Unfortunately in this industry people have a lot of negative thoughts and opinions and I was still struggling with learning how to handle them. After I worked with Lane Bryant I heard so many positive and uplifting things from all kinds of people, that is when I decided that if I was going to do this I was going to do it the right way and be proud of my body the way it is.


How were you discovered?

I’m not sure that I was ever “discovered”… When I lived in Ohio I always had family and friends of family telling me that I should get into modeling but I never pursued it. I moved to Florida in May of 2015 with all intentions of starting school in the Winter and one day I woke up and had at least 30-40 messages from people saying they had seen me in a Levi’s ad on social media. It got me thinking and I decided that I would look into agencies in Miami that represent plus size models. After doing a lot of research, the one name I kept coming across was Dorothy Combs, I eventually called the office and they had me send in some snap shots and the rest is history!
Looking into 2017, what are your goals personally and professionally?

I have quite a few goals going into 2017 and I plan on doing as much as I can to make sure I accomplish all of them. I want to start college again so I can get my degree, which is by far my most important goal for myself. I also want to find an organization or multiple organizations that I can volunteer with to give back to the community. I have been blessed with so many amazing opportunities and if there is anything I can do to help someone else I want to make sure I do that.

Professionally the goals are endless… Being on this cover is the most exciting thing that has happened to me so far and I feel that it has brought my potential to a whole new level. My main goal is to become even more comfortable and confident with myself, which will hopefully lead to more work. I also want to find a way to impact young women that struggle with body image and show them that it is okay to be shaped different than your peers. Since day one I have felt that the most important part of my job is to make other people happy and confident with their bodies jut the way they are because I know how difficult it is to feel that way in our society.
We have so many aspiring models in the industry, what is your advice to them about taking their advice to the next level!

I think it is great that women aspire to become models, but my first tip would be that it’s not as easy as everyone thinks. A lot of time, effort, and money go into becoming a model and you have to have patience and make sure not to force anything. At the same time you also have to know that it’s not going to be handed to you and that it is going to take some work. I also always tell girls to make sure that they are confident with themselves and are ready mentally and emotionally to hear and read the things people may have to say about them. It is an amazing industry and I am extremely grateful and happy to be a part of it and I truly hope more women are willing to take that leap of faith and follow their dreams.

Follow Andrea online:
IG @andrealauren24
facebook.com

For bookings, visit online at dorothycombsmodels.com


PHOTO CREDITS


Cover sponsored by Avenue

Model: Andrea Spencer, dorothycombsmodels.com

Photography Stanley Desbas, stanleydesbasphotography.com

Photography Assistant – Mindy Colette, instagram.com/mish_mindy

Makeup and Hair Stylist – D. Kelly, styleseat.com/redcarpetfaces

Wardrobe Stylist – Spry Lee Scott, facebook.com/SpryLeeScottOfficial/

Produced by Madeline Jones

WANA WANA,ONA NWACHUKWU, GLORY EDOZIEN & DAMOLA LADEJOBI BARE IT ALL ON THE BODIFIDENCE ISSUE OF GENEVIEVE MAGAZINE

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In the age where it is easy to feign perfection through filters and airbrushing, there is an epidemic of self-confidence especially among young women who do not match up to these perfect images tossed around by the media. That is why we have chosen 4 incredible women who Get Real about their body confidence struggles!

Onah Nwachukwu, Editor True Tales Publications on living with a squint for most of her life.Wana Udobang, Poet, Writer, Filmmaker, who is heavily criticised for being plus sized. Glory Edozien, talk show host, on living with psoriasiis for the rest of her life and finally, Damola Ladejobi, Nutritionist, whose disease led to a major lifestyle change.

They bare their struggles and their journey to finding Bodifidence.

Damola Ladejobi



You have clearly become the poster girl for weight loss. Can you share your experience dealing with your pre weight loss body?

I honestly never had issues with my weight because I felt I was okay with the weight. Until I had issues with my health.

Can u expand on the details of the condition you were diagnosed with that made you decide to shed the layers?

I was diagnosed with GERD… (GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE). At the entrance of the stomach is a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter. Whenever food passes through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), it closes. When the (LES) does not close properly or opens often, acid produced from the stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as burning chest pain. If acid reflux happens more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease, which is known as GERD.

This is so painful and uncomfortable. I went to seek medical help and after having 3 endoscopies done, I was told that one of the ways it could be treated was by changing my diet and lifestyle. I immediately tried to figure out a dietary and shedding plan.

If you weren’t diagnosed with GERD would you have made the decision to shed weight?

Oh yes I would because I love to look very hot. Like the saying goes “you are addressed the way you are dressed and with the excess weight I wasn’t looking as hot as I wanted to look. I wasn’t happy looking at the mirror because I wasn’t happy with the way I looked.so one way or the other I would have still made the decision to shed the weight

Can u detail for us how your bodifidence grew after the weight loss?

When I was diagnosed with GERD, the condition was so uncomfortable and embarrassing. and when I looked into shedding some weight and changing my diet and lifestyle. i realized that i could go about my daily activities confidently without getting embarrassed when i am talking to somebody and I’m burping constantly and releasing gas from my mouth. I can make a public speech without having to burp and other GERD symptoms. And this really helped with my bodifidence.



Wana Wana



What would you say to Egypt State TV that requires all their female presenters to get on a diet before they can be allowed on TV?

It is quite sad but at the same time, some people would say to you that those are the rules of that establishment. The hope is that in the spheres that we influence, we can all start to expand the scope of beauty and ultimately deemphasize it, so we can just be about the work,doing it well and creating an impact and a legacy. At the end of our cycle on this planet all we leave are footprints and i hope that we don’t rob people of those opportunities.

You are a very intelligent woman. Do you sometimes feel frustrated that the world cares less about the beauty of your mind?

I personally don’t get frustrated but I get a little worried because of the impressionable young girls who are accosted by these ideals and theories who end up believing that this is what should be. I think there are different groups within the world that value different things. For me I always see it as a space to pioneer and create something new outside of a status quo. I think we in the media have to ensure that different kinds of women and different narratives are visible.

There are tons of people who have made the decision to shed the layers, is there a reason why you have chosen love your body regardless?

For me, my priority is to be and stay healthy. This means that I have no interest in fad diets or any unsustainable measures. This doesn’t mean that i have any right to chastise those who are share an interest in those measures. But I have been through many of those situations when I was much younger and found that the yoyo effect was detrimental to my mental health and my self esteem. So what is key for me is to stay on a sustainable path. Essentially what I am trying to say is that I am constantly working at achieving my own ideal body weight and sustaining it. This for me isn’t a one off project but the rest of my life. So I love my body and i am always working on shedding any excess kilograms.

Glory Edozien





Developing psoriasis in your 20s is not an easy thing to deal with as a woman. In what ways did this affect your bodifidence?

It certainly wasn’t easy. It made me feel extremely self conscious and ugly at first. I would look at other women with clear skin and feel like I didn’t measure up as a woman or even a person. Your twenties should really be a time for having fun and being carefree. In many ways it was difficult for me to do that. I remember not being able to wear a skirt for over 7 years. That definitely would take a toll on anyone mentally, physically and emotionally. For many years I lived mentally in a place of self doubt, self loathing, depression and feeling like no one would ever love or accept me.

But I am in a very different place now and I have learnt to measure myself using completely different standards. Having psoriasis really has made me a stronger and much more beautiful person.

Do you think bodifidence issues are fuelled by the media’s unrealistic standards of beauty? Do you have a personal story?

Yes and no. the media does enforce the slimmer is better narrative that is for sure. But women must understand that they have a multiplicity of choices. You can choose what you listen to, read and watch because there are alternatives to mainstream media which show the diversity of the feminine form. Women every where are learning to embrace their bodies despite the images we see. That is why I am a self professed speaker and preacher on self love and confidence for women. Because the more women are brave enough to embrace who they are not just in private or as a self defense mechanism, the more we can change mainstream perceptions and show women that there is acceptance in diversity.

Did you ever/ Do you desire a body different from what you have now?

I am a woman, so off course, I have parts of my body I wish looked different. My Christian mother arms for one. I constantly wish for Michelle Obama arms! Plus I look forward to being completely Psoriasis Free.

Ona Nwachukwu



As a child when did you first become aware of your body and looks?

I would say I was about 19 when I became aware of my body. A friend once teased me that I had the body of a developing child at that age. I was quite skinny for a very long time you see. As for my looks, honestly speaking I don’t remember . I do know that even at age 8, I was already getting teased about the way my eyes looked.

Would you say you were a confident child growing up? Were you bullied or teased?

I was quite confident actually, I never remembered that I had a squint. As for being teased, I was teased a lot. There were times when children sang after me, ‘bendy bendy eye oh, here no be road oh’. Much to their lack of knowledge,having a squint doesn’t mean you can’t see: I often say kids are the meanest being. I think it’s because they do not know any better. I have 20/20 vision(at least I did until my late 30s).

Can you share the story about the squint?

I think the teasing did not hurt much as a child. There were two occasions where I felt bad and these happened as an adult. I was well into my late 30s. I was at a party once, and after being introduced I proceeded to mingle. A guest was ready to leave and he said goodnight to everyone shaking hands and hugging, then when he got to me, I smiled to say good night but instead he made weird eyes and waved then left. The host was so embarrassed.

The second was during a shoot, my cover personality was mimicking crossed eyes, not realising I was behind her (have you tried to make crossed eyes, you can’t see) anyway, I had just walked up to direct the next look, much to my surprise, I was being mimicked by the celebrity and her friend who was with her was laughing. She – the friend then saw me and quickly walked away to sit down. The personality realised her friend wasn’t laughing anymore and looked in the glass, and there right behind her was my reflection. I had two choices ‘Get out of my set immediately’ or be gracious smile as if nothing happened and continue the shoot. I opted for the second choice. I did go home and cry my eyes out after everything though. Not because she mocked me but because I didn’t expect it from her.

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