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.
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.
MODEL CALL REGISTRATION for CBE Fashion Experience – the Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience IV runway show
Full experience: January 18-20, 2019
Fashion show: January 20, 2019
CASTING CALL REQUIREMENTS (Size 14+)
– Comp card or,
– Head shot + full body photo (full sheet; one each)
Wardrobe and appearance:
– Hair pulled away from face
– Minimal makeup
– Fitted white or black tank top, or black short sleeve t-shirt
– Black leggings, or dark colored skinny jeans
– 2-5” heels
Group number and time slot to be provided after registration
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.”
This is a woman who brings the fire each year and whips us into shape with a warm voice and inspiring moves, our official Inspirational MixxedFit Instructor Deidre Daymon!
Deidre Daymon is a Seattle native. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University – Woodring College of Education. Deidre has worked for Sound Generations for eight years in various roles. Currently, she is a Health and Wellness Counselor providing one-on-one health coaching to adults with disabilities throughout King County. She is also one of three master trainers in Washington State for an evidence-based fall prevention program called A Matter of Balance.
When she isn’t chasing behind her two boys, Myles and Christian, she teaches MixxedFit at Rainier Community Center and New Beginnings Church.
She attends Pentecostal Covenant Church in Seattle where she is a greeter and program coordinator. Deidre is enthusiastic about encouraging others, especially young women, to live their best life possible!
It is with great pleasure to announce one of our Inspirational Panel Speakers Shellie Willis!
Shellie Willis is a U.S. Army Retired Master Sergeant. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for WorkForce Central a workforce development council and is the CEO and Founder of Redefining Your Future, LLC and The Redefining You Foundation where she assist transitioning service women, women veterans and military spouses to their NEXT.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Defense Financial Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Shellie is a wife and mother of two children. Shellie believes that being redefined means SHIFTING your lifestyle and perspective while embracing the next phase in life.