Full Figured Fashion Week to Pay Tribute to Plus Runway Icons With Legends Showcase

NEW YORK, NY–Gwen DeVoe, Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek®), announced today that the annual week-long curve centric fashion and lifestyle event will be hosting a special showcase that pays homage to the plus icons that blazed trails on the catwalk.  The runway show, entitled the Legends Showcase, will take place on June 16th at 404 NYC in Manhattan.

“It’s important that we honor and showcase the women who were the trailblazers for the  curvy faces that have become household names today,” says DeVoe, who herself was a former plus model. “It is important to the history of the industry to know the names and faces of the icons who took the first steps down the catwalk and broadened the definition of beauty in fashion all those years ago.”

The “Legends” runway show will feature some of the women who paved the way for the equal modeling opportunity for the plus models of today including:

    • Emme, the first plus size supermodel
    • Sharon Quinn, former Wilhelmina model, contestant on Mo’nique’s FAT Chance
    • Lisa Scott,  former IPM model
    • Alexandra Boos, former plus model turned writer and actress
    • Chyna McGarity, former MSA model
    • Kim Baker, former Wilhelmina model now celebrity makeup artist
    • Terri Murray, plus size intimates fit model signed with Ford
    • Wyinnetka Aaron, Dorothy Coombs model

The Legends Showcase also marks the return of Lane Bryant to Full Figured Fashion Week as a sponsor after a brief hiatus.

For more information about the Legends Showcase or to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite here.

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The Legends


PRESS: Underwraps Agency and Amalina Aman Featured in June Issue of ELLE BRASIL

The Underwraps Agency founder, Nailah Lymus, was recently featured in a powerful article about Muslim women and fashion in the June issue of Elle Brasil. Also featured in the article was a piece from the Fall/Winter 2014 collection of Amalina Aman, an Australian based designer who is also a devout Muslim along side the amazing photography of New York-based fashion and lifestyle photographer, Jose Pagan.

June Issue of Elle Brasil

Tru Diva Launches New Collection & Website; Searches for New Face for the Brand

Veronica Lipscomb, the design mind behind plus fashion brand, Tru Diva (www.trudiva.com), announced she is hosting a trunk show later this month to celebrate the relaunch of her brand. Taking place on Saturday, October 27th at Basha Studios 34, Tru Diva will also host a search for new faces of the full figured fashion brand.

Launched in 2006, Tru Diva has quickly made a name in the plus size fashion market by setting itself apart. Known for its innovative and unique use of colors and styles, Tru Diva and Veronica have earned tremendous praise from women worldwide in the size 10 to 26 demographic.

Recently Ms. Lipscomb decided to take the design aesthetic Tru Diva became known for up another level with the expansion of more customizable fits for her curvaceous customer. Veronica understands that not all plus size bodies are build alike. To better serve her clientele, the designer now offers four fits (straight, pear, hourglass and oval) to better flatter their diverse shapes. The trunk show will give attendees a sneak peak at her new offerings for Holiday 2012—which will include coats.

“Knowing your body type is half the battle,” said Lipscomb. “But getting the right fit is winning the war,”

The announcement of the new fits is in tandem with the relaunch of the Tru Diva website which will now be a full service e-commerce site.

The Tru Diva trunk show will begin at Noon. To learn more about Veronica Lipscomb and Tru Diva, visit www.trudiva.com and facebook.com/TruDivaDesignsbyVL



Accentuating a woman’s contours, and creating flattering lines is only part of the designer’s recipe, her decidedly contemporary designs are characterized by an exquisite attention to detail, impeccable construction and use of rich luxurious fabrics. From bohemian chic to glamorous evening gowns, Tru Diva has a myriad of fashion for the plus sized woman. Style, sophistication and sex appeal, make a TRU DIVA.

Empowered with an innate talent of fashion design, Veronica Lipscomb is making her dream a reality. With encouragement from friends, she began to design her own clothes and became a stylist catering to a plus-size clientele. Many women would approach her about where she purchased her clothing. Once it was discovered she was the designer, they would request the same outfit for themselves. Through TRU DIVA, Veronica offers an alternative style to a limited market of fashion conscious clothing for plus size women.

Do you want to know the Truth? Knowing the truth is only the beginning – TRU DIVA designs by Veronica L.

For more information, visit www.trudiva.com


New York City’s Tastemakers Came Out to Toast the Launch of Online Boutique, SuperModel Gear

New York City—October 3, 2011— Some of New York’s most influential tastemakers turned out on Tuesday to celebrate the launch of Supermodel Gear (www.supermodelgear.com), the new edgy online fashion boutique created by model mogul, Maryam Basir (www.maryambasir.com).  Described as the premier international online retail space for style icons of the future, Maryam hosted a red carpet launch event at the famed Carlton Hotel.

The launch event consisted of three fashion presentations featuring some of the top fashion picks for Fall as styled by Pink Suede, Inc.’s Shatonia Amee . Shasha Lee Exclusive Salon, Bisheaba Cosmetics and Natasha Cannon had the models coifed and painted with a sexy, runway ready look. All the featured styles are currently available for purchase on the SuperModel Gear website.

Attendees networked with some of fashion and entertainment’s influencers including breakout filmmaker Qasim Basir, who directed the much talked about film Mooz-lum.  Guests tweeted and blogged live as well as scored some amazing swag .  A variety of sponsors teamed with Maryam Basir to introduce Supermodel Gear including eco-friendly feminine care brand Maxim Hygiene, Wicked Audio, Dr. Miracle Hair Products, Nooka MindStyle, The Biz Magazine and Borba Skin Care. Delectable delights were provided by Caffo Champagne & Wine alongside Hors d’oeuvres by Guillaume Derouet.

Supermodel Gear is planning more events for the near future. For those who missed the launch party,  images of the night’s festivities have been provided by Greatest Entertainment. For more information, contact Tamara Walker at 347.827.1284 or via email at tamara@nyprdiva.net.

Supermodel Gear Launch Event 9/20/11