It is with utter excitement and pleasure to announce our 2019 Inspirational Speaker for Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience IV is the amazing and beautiful Marie Denee coming from Atlanta, Georgia.
Marie Denee, creator of “The Curvy Fashionista”, is an established and respected voice in the plus size fashion arena. With over eleven years of experience, Marie has made it her mission to continuously show women that they can be Curvy, Confident, and Chic.
In 2008, enter The Curvy Fashionista. While cutting her teeth in retail, Marie realized that when it came to great stylish clothing for plus size women, their options were limited. Armed with MBA in Marketing, fashion experience, and a passion for empowering women of every shape and size, Marie launched the popular blog which today attracts over 400,000 visitors and averages 750k page views. Through The Curvy Fashionista, Marie showcases wardrobe and style options from the industry’s top fashion brands, as well as shares news and events for curvy women in a world where fashion for this community is often overlooked.
In 2015, Marie founded The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo in Atlanta, which drew over 400 women to shop their favorite plus size brands, socialize and sit in on panels led by some of the industry’s leading experts. This year’s highly anticipated event was held on July 28th & 29th, 2017 with even more participating brands such as Ashley Stewart, Lane Bryant, Chevrolet, and MVP Collections, and attracted over 500 attendees.
Sought after for her fashion and styling advice for the curvy fashion forward woman, Marie has been featured in Lucky Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Marie Claire Italia, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, Madame Noire, Shape Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and more. She has also worked with some of the top retailers and brands in the industry including Nordstrom, Chevrolet, Marina Rinaldi, Beyond the Rack, Ashley Stewart, and others through hosting, consulting, and strategic partnerships.
In addition to being a popular fashion blogger, Marie Denee is a freelance fashion writer whose work has been featured in Styleblazer, Plus Model Magazine, USA Today, the Huffington Post, and Ebony.com, to name a few.
Want to learn more? Check her out!
It is with great pleasure that we announce the beautify Arnell Wilkerson make-up artist extraordinaire will be joining our Style & Beauty Hour! We are SOOOO execited!!!
We are excited to have the beautiful Ashleigh Elizabeth join us as our 2019 CBE Fashion Experience EMCEE! With her amazing style and flare we are bound to have an amazing time all night!
Ashleigh E. CW born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Raised in Portland Oregon. She graduated top of her class at Jefferson High School and continued her education at the University of Oregon. Where she received her psychology degree, then to Warner Pacific to receive her human development. In April of 2018, she graduated at Concordia with her Masters of Business administration, with the accent of Project Management and Marketing.
Throughout Ashleigh’s journey she has always had a heart for fashion and modeling. Yet her lack of confidence detoured her from entering the industry earlier. Until, the year of 2010 where she met Becky Jarvis CEO of Curvy Chic. Becky reintroduced Ashleigh to her beauty within by encouragement, knowledge, and network within the fashion industry. From there Ashleigh has been molded by many hands in the fashion industry from participation or observation. She was one of the first plus African American’s model to walk in Elizabeth Mollo Fade to light production for Portland’s own Altar designs. The first plus model to walk for Colty in Fashionxt. Walked for Ashley Stewart, Fitplus, Lane Bryant and more at New York full figure fashion shows. Ashleigh has also had magazine experience, Fashion Plus, Mercury, Plus fashion Magazine, and cover model for Colette clothing design. Besides fashion accolades she has had the opportunity to have multiple inspiration speaking engagement, motivating women to find the perfect them within all their flaws.
Next year Ashleigh and her team will be launching a marketing and consulting firm November 11th, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.
Ashleigh would not be able to do anything if it wasn’t for the favor of God, her family, and Kingdom sound ministries.
So excited to have Hannah Schnabel as one of our Inspirational Speakers
Hannah Schnabel is a true Renaissance Woman: Owner and Designer for Belle Ampleur, a plus size luxury clothing company based in Seattle, WA, the Creator and Producer behind Curves in Bloom- a one day celebration of all bodies, a designer for stage and film, an actress, public speaker, home chef, and dog mom to her rescue pup, Beatrice! Hannah loves to create connections for humans of all backgrounds to have meaningful conversations around the intersections of art, body image, politics, and personal lived experiences.
The creation of her clothing line Belle Ampleur is a direct result of her 20 years of experience working in retail and the lack of options for the plus size consumer. She recognizes the sizeism that is inherent in fashion, and for years, empathized with her clients and wept with them in tiny fitting rooms surrounded by clothing that they could only look at, not wear. This frustration with sizeism led to a righteous anger, and catapulted her into a new career. Hannah went back to school at 30 years old –learned the trade of pattern making and garment construction– and then launched Belle Ampleur three years ago. Hannah continues the fight, one garment, one client at a time. Hannah longs to be an integral part of destroying sizeism in fashion and the erroneous notion that fat women don’t want high end fashion. Hannah Schnabel makes handmade clothing for women of beautiful scale. Luxury. Life sized.
It is with great joy to announce one of our Style & Beauty Hour Inspirational Speaker Becca Johnson!
Becca Johnson, is an Image Stylist, Body Confidence Coach, and Curvy Model. With over 14 years in the Fashion and Fitness industries, a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising, she loves to empower individuals to embrace and love their bodies by creating their unique style! She is a firm believer of when we embrace what is unique to us, we show up the way we are meant to. Becca works with women & men that know how important it is to have a Quality look to support the Quality of their being.
Stay tuned for our next announcement! Do not hesitate to grab those tickets!
WOW so happy, satisfied and content with Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III and the launch of Full-Figured Fashion Experience Runway Show!
I believe I was born to inspire and empower. I believe I am to honor and uplift amazing people, especially women. I believe the only approval I need is to see a woman come and be moved, uplifted, inspired and transformed. Not because of me but because of the power of sharing our victories and sorrows that life can inflict upon us. The look when one’s words resonates with the heart of another. When a woman launches her business, writes that book, loses emotional & physical weight and with no apology declares that she is MORE than ENOUGH.
I am committed to transforming the lives of women and young girls by providing empowering and inspiring experiences through fashion and confidence-boosting events, vision workshops and sisterhood. My mission, our mission is to empower women and girls to embrace their curves; to see, to accept and soar into their personal awesomeness. She should look and feel good on the inside and out!
The vision is CLEAR to see every woman and girl with curves large and small to take the risks in life necessary to experience and achieve her dream.
I am so very grateful for an amazing support system. And I thank GOD for each and every one of them! I want to shout out these very amazing people for helping me make Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III and our first Full-Figured Fashion Experience Runway Show. We are going to celebrate next month but until then know that I appreciate every hour, service, dollar and action you have made on my behalf. Call me when you need me and I will be there.
Sherman Walker (MY DADDY – Always filling up the truck with all the event goods! Thank you <3)
Ruth Walker (MY MOMMY – Always present, helping me make it happen <3)
Alena L Walker (MY SISTER – Always capturing and flipping the BEST media possible with the quickness! #W.T.M.Media)
Tina Allen (The BESTEST Brand & Event Director CBE could ever ask for!)
Deidre Hairston Daymon (The BADEST Mixxedfit Instructor EVER and Back Stage get them ALL the way together Diva)
Kimi Lee King (Royal Roots is the BOMB! Thank you for handling SO many aspects especially registration! <3 )
Sherieka Trotter (Thank you for getting all the ends/outs and vendors altogether!!)
Denise Nicole (Come through triple threat! #FFFE Co-Director, Inspirational Speaker and Model! Thank you your COMPLETE support)
Teka Marie (YASSS Doll! #FFFE Co-Director! Thank you for being a connector to all things fashion and being a problem solver! )
Mayka Chang (Thank you for your help backstage and hooking up wardrobe! <3 <3)
Monique DuBose (BEST EMCEE, you were PERFECT! I look forward to the future collaborations <3 )
Jay Battle (BEST DJ ever! Thank you for always supporting <3)
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson
To ALL the amazing speakers who graced Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience III & Full-Figured Fashion Experience Runway Show THANK YOU FOR YOUR YES! We connected and elevated each other! I look forward to seeing how all of you connect and collaborate with each other. When one of us win, we ALL win.
Natasha Monique Coleman
Hanne Ferber Makhani
Deidre Hairston Daymon
TO ALL THE AMAZING #FFFE MODELS, THANK YOU!
To everyone who sponsored, gave words of encouragement, liked my post, shared our flyers and came out! THANK YOU! I am grateful for YOU!
Models Ready! Designers lined up! ARE YOU READY?
Poet, Activist, Developmental speaker, and, aspiring Humanitarian are just a few words to describe Tiesha Robinson. The Houston resident grew up in Lake County, Illinois in a society structured with adversity. She found her voice in writing and the age of 15 she started reciting and assisting other poets to enhance their craft.
Tiesha’s passion for the arts helped in the groundwork of building one of Houston’s number one showcases, “The Writers Block live”. She has performed at the Houston Improv, The House of Blues and many other venues.
Aware of the need in surrounding communities, and understanding firsthand what it’s like to be homeless, Tiesha’s goal is to make conscious efforts to feed the homeless in the Houston and Lake County area. Thus far she has fed over 1000 men, women and children. In 2015 she founded SheRose, an organization geared towards helping women find employment, spiritual growth and effective communication practices.
In September of 2015 the organization implemented its first annual walk for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) to bring awareness as well as raise financial capitol in hopes for a cure. PCOS is a disease known as a silent killer that affects one in ten women with in the United States. In January of 2016 Sheroes Still Exist completed its first Career Expo for women in need. They teamed up with the Star of Hope taking six of their women through the full interview process and providing resume help, interview tips, professional clothing, hair and makeup, as well as onsite employers. This initiate of stabilization landed the organization in the Young Houston Magazine.
Tiesha uses her experiences, award winning poetry, innovation, charismatic personality, and determination to spiritually uplift and change the perception of every person she encounters everywhere. Currently She is the 2017 Miss Texas American Beauties Plus you can find her volunteering at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen located in midtown Houston, reciting poetry, speaking at local schools encourage teens on Career days, and on Facebook live every Tuesday. At the top of the 2018 she is set to release her first book. This a woman who has decided to dedicate her life to.
You WANT to HEAR the words that will come out of her MOUTH!