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.
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!
We are excited to have amazing sponsors and want to highlight a few! Check out FabUplus Magazine!
“LIFE, make it FUN.. keep it REAL. FabUplus embodies the art of being a curvy woman and celebrates real people living their best life.
Our mission is to be the leading media landscape that celebrates health, fitness and lifestyle for the curvy community.
We encourage women to love their unique bodies while developing a weight-neutral, health-centered approach to life. FabUplus Magazine sorts out the facts from distorted societal myths about health, weight, and identity and promotes body acceptance, self-love and aims to build confidence in women of size.
Our message is that all women are beautiful, original, not only good enough, but exceptional, not just here, but here for a purpose.
We exist to create a community of body acceptance and celebrate our readers’ inner curves.”
Please meet one of our Inspirational Panel Speakers M’chel Bauxal-Gleason!!!
M’chel Bauxal-Gleason is an award winning Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist known for her talent with many years experience. High profile clientele including the Obamas, Dakota Fanning, Dr. Oz just to name a few. Her expert styling can be seen on the Emmy award winning show Portlandia, Grimm, Leverage & Good Morning America including commercials, print, satellite media tours and electronic press kits.
She grew up in tiny Aurora, Oregon moving to Los Angeles after graduation to pursue fashion design where she received her B.A. from F.I.D.M. While in school, she was an assistant costume designer for MTV with Jenny McCarthy which led her to become a costumer for Six Flags Magic Mountain where she had the opportunity to delve into special FX makeup.
Moving back to Oregon in 2003, she has appeared on AM Northwest a channel 2 ABC affiliate live morning show where she has helped educate viewers on makeup and hair trends. She has been the primary makeup & hair artist equating to hundreds of celebrities and entertainers. She has been a beauty writer for online magazines and is continuously working on mastering her skills.
M’chel, along with her husband were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Presidential Volunteer Service Award by Barack Obama with their accumulative 15,000 hours of volunteerism and was selected Volunteer of the Year for the City of Hillsboro -Chamber of Commerce.
M’chel tried her hand at pageantry and was
titled Mrs. Oregon Plus America in 2015 with her platform Mentoring Teens
where she set out to motivate, educate and inspire the youth of today.
She started pursuing her career even further with plus size modeling and appears in fashion shows a few times a year and became a semi-finalist for the well known designer Mac Duggal, “This is Why I’m Fabulous” plus size model search.
Bit by the acting bug, she landed her first principal role in season 5 of Portlandia and recently qualified to become
a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) member.
She’s dedicated to her career, treats her clients with respect, works hard to be punctual and strives to be a professional in everything she does to perfect her craft.
It is with pleasure to present to you one of our Inspirational Speakers Kariba Jack!
Kariba Jack is an Nigerian American business woman born and raised in the lovely state of Washington. The flame to her business savvy ways, was initially sparked while attending Washington State University and has been burning bright ever since graduation. She launched Creative Events & Design LLC which is the parent company to her various ventures. Referred to as a ‘Jack of All Trades’ she keeps busy to uphold the title while balancing life and personal projects.
The hospitality industry is where she landed after college. First working as a group reservations coordinator followed by working as a entertainment sales manager. It wasn’t long before the major leap of faith occurred and she transitioned from being an employee to being her own boss. Kariba is a portrait and wedding photographer, designer of Frobands, philanthropist who created the DAWA Project, Event director/Party planner, freelance makeup artist and owner of the Seattle Beauty Lounge. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and most recently announced as the new CEO of the Black Female Photographers organization. Kariba also works with small business owners as a consultant to help develop and build their brands and businesses.
Kariba is a people person who finds so much joy in making people look and feel beautiful. She enjoys creating new connections and networks not only for herself but also for her associates. She is a passion driven, traveler of the world whose mission is to live life to the fullest.
We are excited to have our Inspirational Emcee Monique Dubose!
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 20 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 9,000 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. 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.
It is with great excitement to introduce to you one of our amazing Inspirational Panel Speakers Denise Nicole!
Presidential Volunteer of Service Award winner, Denise Nicole is an American Beauties Plus Lifetime Queen. Her roots are in Washington State where she attended Highline College as a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and studied Hospitality and Tourism Management along with Business Information and Technology.
Professionally, Denise Nicole is the Career & Education Navigator for Port Jobs’ Airport Jobs and Airport University Programs. Port Jobs is a non-profit organization that helps individuals find jobs in the Travel and Logistics industry, as an Ambassador for Airport University she helps low income airport workers go back to school to obtain a higher paying job.
Personally, Denise Nicole is the mother of two beautiful children Charizma and Kingston both are no stranger to the camera themselves!
Most recently Denise Nicole has made television appearances on Northwest A New Day, Q13 Fox modeling for the Seattle style expert Darcy Camden. She has found her passion for editorial and commercial work through being a brand ambassador for local and national designers.
Denise Nicole strives to make a difference in her community by being a positive influence and has been recognized nationally for her Excellence and dedication in her platform of “Education & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness”.
It is with great excitement that we introduce you to one of our amazing CBEE3 Inspirational Panel Speakers Ashleigh Callier Winfield Plus Model and Motivational Speaker.
Ashleigh Elizabeth Callier Winfield a plus-size model based in Portland Oregon. Ashleigh’s journey of life began on a fall night in Grand, Rapids Michigan. She was born to MaryEtta Callier a southern Louisiana born and raised, special education teacher. Ashleigh’s desire to be the best came from a long linage of family members that are now, professors, deans, doctors, lawyers, actor, musicians, and athletes. She was destined for greatness. However, in order to receive the greatness that she was prepped for she needed to believe. Ashleigh’s parents always surrounded her around motivators and Christians that continuously encouraged her and sew seed of life tools. Her drive for success started at Jefferson High School when she knew arts, science and leadership would direct her in a path that ongoingly inspired others. When she attended University of Oregon she was able to gain a psychology foundation. Even though she didn’t graduate with her psychology major it prepared her for her human development major that she graduated with at Warner Pacific. She is now in the process of finishing her MBA degree at Concordia University with emphasis in Leadership/ Project Management. With such an educational background she is be able to enter any dynamics she enters.
Ashleigh’s love for art and creativity started at a young age. However her confidence did not reflect what she secretly desired to be, which is why she leaned on education and focused on the medical field. As time progressed God had a way of turning her life around and modeling ended up choosing her during a very challenged, lack of self-esteem time. She is now presented as a bi-coastal professional model that plans to use her platform to market art and medicine, uplift youth, and refocus what beauty is. Fashion, poetry but especially music has been Ashleigh’s form of vulnerability. Music ministry has been an art that has developed since a younger age. However after Ashleigh’s undergrad experience at University of Oregon, music ministries and fashion helped resurface her in an undesirable way. This musical singing ability lead Ashleigh to be apart of the national known music ministry, Derrick McDuffey and Kingdom Sound.
Ashleigh’s performances did not just stop on the stage. Her runway work for Full figured New York Fashion show, Portland Fashion Week, Seattle Fashion Week, Curvy Chic Fashion Show, Chubby Cart Wheels Fashion Show and many more. Ashleigh was signed in 2016 to Sports Lifestyle Unlimited modeling agency. During the year of 2015, and 2016 was Nominated for best plus model by Portland’s Mercedes Benz, and worked with various notable photographers. She has modeled for brands life Nike, Beach Body, Avenue, Universal Standards, and the list goes on. However the best designer she was able to walk for was the design her mother and herself created: Tailored Made.