EMPOWERING WOMEN: Broadening the Definition of Beauty in Fashion and the Media

On the heels of adding author to her list of titles with the release of her debut book, The Art of Dressing Curves, celebrity stylist Susan Moses is now adding the distinguished position of advocate to her resume with the launch of Empowering Women NYC, a platform to advocate for the equal representation of ALL women in fashion, beauty and the media. The groundbreaking organization officially launched on Monday, May 9th with the “Body Inclusivity & Diversity Summit,” held in the most fitting of locations, the United Nations.

Susan gathered over 300 of fashion, beauty and the media’s top thought leaders and influencers to openly discuss how to be “agents of change,” and how to continue to democratize the industry that has slowly began changing its antiquated standards of what is deemed beautiful at the UN’s Prestigious Delegates Dining Room.

Guests of the inaugural Empowering Women NYC luncheon were first treated to the showing of the spring capsule collection of the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection which was held out on the terrace. The models for the show included the who’s who of the Curvy Girl lexicon including models Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine, bloggers GabiFresh and Nicolette Mason and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks, who served as the designer’s muse and closed the show.

Following the show, the afternoon’s epic agenda continued with the attendees listening to an eclectic mix of stellar speakers and panelists hailing from the fashion, beauty, creative and media worlds. Some of the diverse class of speakers included:

  • Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine
  • Linda Heasley, Chief Executive Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Jill Scott, three-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter and Actress
  • Sherri Shepherd, Comedian, Actress and Host of The View
  • Emme, the first plus supermodel, Body Positive Activist
  • Ashley Graham, Model, Designer, Body Activist
  • Mikki Taylor, Author &  Editor at Large, Essence Magazine
  • Brian Beitler, Chief Marketing Officer, Lane Bryant
  • Christian Siriano, CFDA Designer
  • Danielle Brooks, Actress and Star of Orange is the New Black and Broadway’s Color Purple

Lane Bryant served as the afternoon’s title sponsor with other notable brands including Bond NO 9, MSA Models, True Model Management, Beauty Blender, Mattel, Decade Citizen, Yandy.com (whose Chief Marketing Officer Charley Clemens was on hand to fete the launch of Empowering Women NYC), EMME, Glamour Magazine, Ashay Media and Kusmi Tea.

When asked about her vision for Empowering Women NYC, Founder Susan Moses responded, “It’s imperative that we continue to nurture the value of all women equally regardless of size, age and ethnicity in fashion, beauty and the media at large.”

For more about Empowering Women NYC, visit http://susanmoses.com/empowering-women-nyc/.

For more about the Art of Dressing Curves, visit: http://susanmoses.com/the-art-of-dressing-curves/.


Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist who has styled for numerous magazines, television shows, films, and red carpet events. Her clients include Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Kathy Bates, Wynonna Judd, Jill Scott, and many others. She is a former stylist for Mode magazine, was named one of the “Six Plus Fashion Power Players on the Rise” in Ebony, and has appeared on HSN to help the network’s plus-size audience dress. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information about Susan Moses, visit her website, www.susanmoses.com.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: Gemini Magazine and Lane Bryant Team for Cacique Collection Preview and Bra Fitting Event


NEW YORK—June 11, 2010— Any woman knows, the key to looking chic in that new outfit starts with the proper “foundation.” The old saying, “you are only as strong as your foundation.” is a phrase that applies to almost anything in life and is also a key lesson in fashionable intimate apparel – the foundation to any great look! Gemini Magazine, an Atlanta-based “curve-friendly” publication, and full figured fashion retail giant, Lane Bryant, are hosting an afternoon of cocktails and “intimate” fashion chat featuring the newest collection of Cacique® lingerie at the store’s Herald Square (NYC) location on June 19th—dedicated to helping full figured women to create a sexier, more beautiful self.
“We are extremely excited to be working with Lane Bryant,” says Gemini Magazine Publisher Sommer Johnson. “For years, they have been showing the curvy community that it is what’s underneath that truly counts. And now, Gemini gets to be an integral part of showcasing that philosophy.”
Featuring a presentation from famed The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style author, Chastity Garner, with the assistance of plus model and TV host, Asia Mone’t, guests will learn the secrets behind finding the perfect bra to create an exceptional look using the Spring/Summer collection from Lane Bryant’s Cacique line. After the chat, Cacique specialists will be on hand to assist attendees with fittings and building a beautiful fashion foundation.
To further the mission of the event of “creating a sexier you,” guests will receive a chick-friendly gift bag featuring new products from Braza Bras, Hark Designs, ChicBuds, Jane Carter Solution, Zestra, Chrystalyn Jewelry, Sleek MediSpa and more all while sampling Golden Star Tea’s White Jasmine Sparkling Tea and hors d’oeuvres by Dining with Grace.
For information about the event or to RSVP, contact Tamara Walker at nyprdiva@gmail.com or via phone at 347.827.1284.


Gemini Magazine is a curve-friendly publication created by publisher, Sommer Johnson. Focusing on more than dressing the fuller-figure, Gemini puts readers in touch with a variety of issues and topics facing the curvy community and women in general—from health & wellness, fashion & beauty, family & relationships and everything in between. Gemini is breaking boundaries and filling the void in the magazine world by catering to an often overlooked demographic. For more information about Gemini Magazine, visit http://www.thegeminimagazine.com.


Lane Bryant is the nation’s leading women’s specialty apparel retailer, providing stylish, high-quality fashion in sizes 14-28. The Lane Bryant collection includes a wide selection of career to casual apparel as well as accessories, hosiery and Cacique® intimate apparel. Lane Bryant and Cacique fashions are available nationwide at its nearly 800 Lane Bryant stores, 105 Lane Bryant Outlet® stores, and at lanebryant.com and cacique.com. Lane Bryant is owned and operated by Charming Shoppes, Inc. . For more information, store locations and the latest fashion trend information, visit http://www.lanebryant.com.