#WomanCrushWednesday with April Shari

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Curvysta’s #WomanCrushWednesday is April Shari from the Tristate area.  April Shari is a Plus model, photographer, mother, wife and social worker.  A Bicoastal Management model, April can be seen on the runways of PNO, Ashley Stewart and more.  Presently pursuing her Masters degree, she never stops learning to enrich her mind, body and soul.  As a social worker, April dedicates her work to helping those in need of assistance and in crisis. Veterans with post traumatic stress disorders are closest to her heart, as a former veteran herself.  She is the example of beauty on the inside and out. #WomanCrushWednesdays 

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”
― Audrey Hepburn

Follow April Shari @AprilShari on Instagram  Bicoastal Model Management 

Photos: Ivory Jackson @lucivoryphotography  MUA: Alfena Williams @Aw_Mua

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“Exclusively Inclusive” with BYRON LARS BEAUTY MARK at KiaStyle360NYFW

Byron Lars of Byron Lars Beauty Mark presented his collection during New York Fashion Week at Kia Style 360.  Mr. Lars goal for the season is to be “exclusively inclusive”.

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The runway was culturally diverse and body positive.  Byron Lars featured a variety of Curvy models on the runway and each dress just as fierce as the straight size models. Sommer Green(@Sommerboogie), a Plus/Curvy model, opened the show in a “Gele”, pronounced gaye lay, an African head wrap, wearing a body conscious, multi-patterned dress.  Her silhouette at the start of the runway, set the tone for the entire show.

Mr. Lars embraced ethnicities, shapes, races and sizes.  His presentation was an easy example of what may be done and must be done in all runway shows.  He didn’t tease us with possibilities, he made it happen.

The show included Kristi Castlin(@kristihollywood), Bronze medal winner in Track and Field in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  She wore a patterned dress of stripes and florals accessorized with her solid bronze medal and track shoes.

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Model extraordinaire and Hello Beautiful, style and beauty editor, Danielle James(@TheIslanDiva), walked in the show in her signature converse sneakers.  Mr. Lars was inspired by their last meeting when she wore her converse with a dress and appreciated her laid back, ultra-feminine style.

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Celebrities, models and fashion’s finest were all in attendance.  Fern Mallis, Ana Maria Sandegren of Precious7.com, Ashley Dobson, Supermodel Denise BidotBonang, Geneva S. Thomas of Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels” and many more.

Models seen on the runway were from MSA Models, Major and True Model Management. TMM was the official model management sponsor of Byron Lars Beauty Mark. Jenna Rusnak(@thecurvyrebel), Frankie Tavares(@frankietavares), were just a few of the True Model Management models gracing the runway. As hard as it was to take your eyes off of Byron Lars’ beautifully patterned dresses, Tiannia Barnes, a luxury shoe designer, sponsored the Italian made stilettos featured in the show.  My favorite, the mustard fringe heels. The handmade, couture accessories were created by The Sheila Gray Collection. The best of accessories to compliment the best of NYFW.

 

All photos by Alec Turner and Jonathan Rodriguez

Written by Jovanna Reyes

Curves Rock Slays Again…

Tykesha Reed and Chanell Jones, the sister duo producers of Curves Rock Fashion Weekend, continue to give life to the plus fashion industry.  The event, held in Baltimore, Md at the Marriott Hotel in Camden Yards, was packed with Curvy fashionistas from Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and the DMV area.  The audience made up of hopeful models, Plus bloggers and other industry professionals.

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Celebrity stylist, Denise Caldwell(top left), Plus Model(top right), Stylist and Blogger, Nanthale Collins with Ready to Stare, Alysse Dalessandro and her mother. 

Lonnie Bee, comedian of Youtube fame, hosted the event. 

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Designers Tru Diva Designs,  Alek Risimnic Couture, Wes Taylor Designs, Ashley Stewart, House of Diggnity, JBri Designs and Total Chicness Boutique inspired the audience with one of a kind garments, innovative designs and the feeling of inclusion that cannot be imitated elsewhere.

Next post…CRFW 2016 Designers collections!  Follow Curvysta to receive notifications.   Instagram@Curvysta/Twitter@Curvysta/ Facebook@Curvystamagazine

 

PLUS NIGHT OUT 2014 RUNWAY-ASHLEY STEWART

Ashley Stewart delivered the top trends of the fall season at Plus Night Out 2014, the only exclusively plus fashion event during New York Fashion Week.  Tough girl cutouts, bold fur, patterns, color and just enough sparkle!

Ashley Stewart entregó las principales tendencias de la temporada de otoño en el Plus Night Out 2014, el evento sólo exclusivamente para la moda plus, durante la Semana de la Moda de Nueva York. Recortes de chica dura, piel acentuado, patrones audaces, color y suficiente chispa!

All photos by Doug Swaim of NFPhotography.com

ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  APRIL SHARI
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MODEL: APRIL SHARI

 

ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  YASNELY LOPEZ
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MODEL: YASNELY LOPEZ
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  JESSICA LIKAS
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MODEL: JESSICA LIKAS(TRUE MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  MONIQUE ROBINSON
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MODEL: MONIQUE ROBINSON(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  FERIN CATLETT(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: FERIN CATLETT(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  SAMANTHA LEBBIE(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: SAMANTHA LEBBIE(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  JESSICA GUZMAN(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: JESSICA GUZMAN(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  LAURA LEE JOHNSON
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MODEL: LAURA LEE JOHNSON(BICOASTAL MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL: ALIYAH CHERRISSE
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MODEL: ALIYAH CHERRISSE(TRUE MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL: R. SERAPHIN(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: R. SERAPHIN(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  SOMMER GREEN(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: SOMMER GREEN(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL: LIZ SHAR(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: LIZ SHAR(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  LAURA JOHNSON(IPM MODELS)
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MODEL: LAURA JOHNSON(IPM MODELS)
ASHLEY STEWART MODEL:  VANESSA MAY HINDS(BICOASTAL MODELS)
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MODEL: VANESSA MAY HINDS(BICOASTAL MODELS)