We are so excited to have Makela Steward as our CBE Fashion Experience DJ
Makela Steward, a Seattle native, is a graduate of Rainier Beach high school, Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, LA, The University of Phoenix and Seattle University. Music has played a huge part in Stewards life getting her through some of the toughest times in her life. Steward began her DJ career under the guidance of “DJ Uncle Nyce Guy,” a world renowned DJ based out of Washington State.
Currently Steward is also the proud Assistant Principal at Renton High School, an active member in her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., her church Mt. Calvary Christen Center, a motivational speaker and a nationally sought after pageant coach. She loves engaging in community service and works everyday promoting her mission of equality in education and advocating for positive and realistic body images for every person she encounters. Her future plans include moving to the policy side of education, expanding her pageant consultancy business and widening her impact on all specially woman through empowering music.
We are excited to have Alexandria Houston join us for Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience!
Living life to the fullest, Alexandria is an engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, life coach, and pageant queen. Born and raised in Houston, TX, she is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University College of Engineering and Argosy University Graduate School of Psychology. Alexandria is an advocate for women empowerment which was proven as she was the youngest to ever receive the Women of Achievement award in the category of Women’s Advocate in 2016. She was also honored in 2017 as Prairie View A&M University Top 40 Alumni under the age of 40. Alexandria is the former 2013 Miss Plus America and is currently reigning as Miss Texas All World Beauties. She is a Field Representative for an engineered wood company where she gets a comfortable balance between sporting her pink hard hat and boots or her favorite “business woman” heels. She prides herself on leaving a mark on everyone she meets by spreading inspiration, positivity, and love. Alexandria’s motto is “Always act in love and integrity”.
WOW this day almost went by! We will have to celebrate!
Want a little history?
Kimberly Walker Curves Beautifully Empowered (CBE) is a tax-deductible, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is committed to transforming the lives of women and younger girls by providing empowering and inspiring experiences through fashion and confidence-boosting events, vision workshops and sisterhood. Our mission is to empower women and girls to embrace their curves; to see, to accept and soar into their personal awesomeness.
Curves Beautifully Empowered (CBE) was founded in 2015 with the launch of the signature event Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience with 40 women in attendance. Shortly after, vision workshops were launched helping women reach their goal achievement. Each year this organization has strives to increase connection to women in King County. In 2016 CBE launched Girls Beautifully Empowered in a middle school in the Kent School District in partnership with a out of school time program.
In spring of 2017 Curves Beautifully Empowered applied for its 501©3 status and received it in November 2017. In 2018 the signature event has increased and CBE Fashion Experience was launched causing a ripple in the local landscape of fashion and definitions of beauty pertaining to bodies of color, of size and difference in Washington State.
All of this has been done through social capital in monetary donations and in-kind donations. CBE is forever grateful to our supporters. We are moving full speed to make 2019 even more impactful!
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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!
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.
We are so excited to have Monique Dubose for the second year come and bless our space with her amazing energy, motivation and inspiring swag!
Monique Dubose could have never envisioned herself as a Master Resiliency Instructor, let alone a curriculum writer and an entrepreneur. As the owner of The Resilient You – Motivational Speaker/Teacher since January 2014 and the co-author of the United States Air Force’s official Resiliency curriculum; she is indeed all that and more! She provides lifesaving tools to audiences to help them identify their strengths, believe in those strengths, build, and overcome challenges and conflicts. Her message is simple: “You” are Resilient and “You” have the power to “Bounce Back”! She shares personal stories about being a 21 year Airman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, falling down, and dealing with anger, as she continues to the fight in this thing she calls LIFE. And that is not enough for her…Monique’s purpose is without any doubt to serve, by first being attentive to the needs of others showing empathy and making everyone she meets feel AMAZING! She empowers her audiences to access their personal power and face whatever comes their way.
A sought-after public speaker, Monique has been the keynote presenter for Washington State Veterans Women Summit, Washington State Social Security Administration, many Washington and Oregon National Guard Family Readiness Yellow Ribbon Programs, and has trained over 10,000 active duty and reserve military personnel, military families and civilians across the United States just to name a few. She also pioneered the Air Force’s 1st Airman Resiliency Cell located at Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA. Monique has a list of degrees and certifications, but her love for people allows her to spend personal time towards community service. She has volunteered over 5,000 hours as a Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, Tacoma Rescue Mission, Tacoma Urban League, Hilltop Urban Gardens, Peace Community Center, and Sober Solutions Housing & Supportive Services; and because of this she is a recipient of the 2014 Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the 2017 recipient of the John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year. She is the President of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Tacoma Chapter, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and founder of Beyond Beauty Women’s Social Savings Club. Monique is married to James Dubose and they currently reside in Puyallup, Washington with their daughter Monee’ and her mother Carolyn Felton.
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 pleasure to announce Ms. Monika C. Mathews as our Inspirational Speaker for our Purple Table Talks “Living Your Best Life!”
Monika has committed her life to empowering those around her to become their ideal selves by teaching how to step into greatness in all aspects of life, despite negative living environments that affect emotional health and growth. She is skilled in mentoring overlooked youth, conflict resolution, parental engagement, inspirational leadership and is an expert in serving African American youth in particular. She has been gifted with the ability to organize and mobilize individuals in the community, particularly youth, to work towards building safer and stronger networks. These gifts, talents, and experiences converge to create a unique experience for all with whom she comes in contact.
In 2003, Miss Mathews formed The Life Enrichment Group in response to a disproportionate number of students of color with a lack of cultural knowledge of themselves while failing in school. Ms. Mathews began developing mentoring programs that focused specifically on providing holistic experiences for young people including Young Queens of Seattle King County. Ms. Mathews states her philosophy, “The strongest piece of a good foundation is based on positive relationships that are nurtured, which has proven to be an effective intervention for overlooked youth to help shape/change attitudes associated with participating in destructive behavior. The overarching goal is to positively promote success in youth by raising their self and mental awareness of unique gifts and talents that they possess while they blossom towards their fullest potential!”