Fashion & Beauty

The Curvy Podcast: Fashion, Beauty, Business, Blogging, Entrepreneurs, Body Positive, Health & Nutrition for The Curvy Communit

Mickey Armstrong

The Curvy Podcast, The voice of the Curvy Community! Interviews with key influencers in the Full Figured community! We talk with business owners, bloggers, models, fashion show producers, beauty experts, and body positive activists about the issues that are important to the Plus Size/Curvy Community!

Episodes

TCP 25: Coffee, Tea, & Alternative Facts
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 36:59
TCP 25: Coffee, Tea, & Alternative Facts

Mickey Leon clears the air on something he's been dealing with for the last 4 years.  Listen closely

TCP 24: Ashlee Hinds of the blog Big Beautiful Black Girls!
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 34:17
TCP 24: Ashlee Hinds of the blog Big Beautiful Black Girls!

This week on The Curvy Podcast, we talk with Ashlee Hinds. The driving force behind the fast growing blog and social media accounts of Big Beautiful Black Girls! Ashlee shares her secrets to success, and talks about how fast the site has grown and what she has done to get to this point. Ashlee opens up about her struggles with PCOS, and she has a message for all of the other Big Beautiful Black Girls out there! Don't miss this episode!

TCP 022: Jonquel Art with Jonquel Norwood
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TCP 022: Jonquel Art with Jonquel Norwood

Jonquel Norwood of Jonquel Art, is the hot new artist on the full figured scene! Her art is EVERYWHERE! If you've been following the events in the Curvy Community over the past few months, chances are, you've seen a Jonquel Art originial at one time or another. Jonquel is the talented visionary behind these amazing images that depict curvy women from all walks of life, doing great things! In this interview, Mickey Leon catches up with Jonquel. they discuss her move from the dirty south, all the way to the Big Apple! They talk about self esteem, trade business tips, and of course, the metoric RISE that Jonquel has experienced within the last year! Don't miss this great interview with a very talented young lady. We are sure you'll see more of her in the coming months!

 

Find Jonquel online at http://jonquel.com/

TCP 21: YONA New York
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TCP 21: YONA New York

Join us as we talk with up and coming designer, Yona Love of YONA New York! We discuss the steps she took to build her business and the balance of business, family, and working full time. Check out her website and check out the amazing designs as well! www.yonanewyork.com

TCP 20: Curvy Girl Chronicles with Kristina Denise
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 43:32
TCP 20: Curvy Girl Chronicles with Kristina Denise

Join us as we talk with Kristina Denise! Kristina is a plus model, blogger, and writer!  Her blog Curvy Girl Chronicles, is a blog for all girls who have curves. Kristina has worked with me on previous projects and has been a great source of information for me throughout my years in the plus industry.  Come and check out some of the great things Kristina is working on!  

You can connect with Kristina on her blog at http://www.curvygirlchronicles.net/ 

and her site http://www.kristinadenise.com/

 

TCP 019: GiGi Biggins "The Queen Of Social Media" helps you enhance your business with social media! The PlusSizeEvents App is your resource for plus size events throughout the country!
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TCP 019: GiGi Biggins "The Queen Of Social Media" helps you enhance your business with social media! The PlusSizeEvents App is your resource for plus size events throughout the country!

Gigi Biggins talks about enhancing your business and using the power of social media!  Check out the Plus Size Events App from GiGi!

 

http://www.plussizeeventsapp.com/

TCP: 18 2016 District Of Curves WrapUp
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 20:19
TCP: 18 2016 District Of Curves WrapUp

TCP: 18 2016 District Of Curves WrapUp

TCP 17: Getting to know Marie Denee: The Curvy Fashionista
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TCP 17: Getting to know Marie Denee: The Curvy Fashionista

Today we sit down with SUPER BLOGGER Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista!  Marie is a heavy hitter in the world of blogging and specifically in the Plus Size blogging arena; but how much do you really know about her?  In our interview we get to know the woman behind the blog.  

 

Marie opens up and provides insight into who she is, how she got started in the blogging world, and a few of her favorite things.  We also talk about her move to the east coast, her upcoming events and brunches, and what's coming up for The Curvy Fashionista!

 

Be sure to tune in in order to get great business advice, business, business tips and resources!

 

Connect with Marie online at www.TheCurvyFashionista.com

TCP 16: Stephanie Penn of Daily Venus Diva
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TCP 16: Stephanie Penn of Daily Venus Diva

Stephanie Penn is the Editor-In-Chief of DailyVenusDiva.com. Join us as we talk about her journey with Daily Venus Diva and how she got started with it, and her role in the Curvy Community and body positive arena.  We share business tips, what makes up Daily Venus Diva, and a lot more!!  Connect with Stephanie via DailyVenusDiva.com and StephDPenn.com!

Email: Stephanie@dailyvenuddiva.com

Twitter, IG, Facebook @dailyvenudsdiva

 

TCP 015: Does FULL FIGURED Equal Unhealthy?
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TCP 015: Does FULL FIGURED Equal Unhealthy?

Today I posted a status on Facebook about my weightless goals and the conversation totally went left and sparked this podcast episode.

It's really a question and debate that happens all the time now that the plus industry is getting more attention. Does being PLUS SIZE or FULL FIGURED mean you're unhealthy?

Email your comments and questions to Mickey@thecurvypodcast.com or join our Facebook group for the discussion!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/830964063597363/

TCP 014: Yolanda Williams of Just Curves.Net!
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TCP 014: Yolanda Williams of Just Curves.Net!

Yolanda Williams is the creator and CEO of the plus size active wear line, Just Curves. Just Curves is active wear/work out gear for ladies size 10-28. Join us as Yolanda shares her story with us and shares valuable tips for business and how she earned $23,000 in her first KickStarter campaign!

 

Connect with Yolanda on social media and through her website www.Justcurves.net!

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justcurvesactive

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustCurvesShop

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Justcurvesactive/

TCP 013: Cassy Jones-McBryde & The International Fuller Woman Network
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 41:32
TCP 013: Cassy Jones-McBryde & The International Fuller Woman Network

Cassy Jones-McBryde is the executive producer of the International Fuller Woman’s Expo in the US and recently expanded to Nigeria. She has also created the International Fuller Woman Network. Cassy is a pioneer within the body positive movement as well as a social entrepreneur who has a long-standing commitment to the empowerment and positive development of women and girls of every size, internationally and specifically in Detroit. Her passion for helping women, specifically plus-size women, see their beauty from the inside out, led to Cassandra becoming the founder and C.E.O. of LaFaye Consulting that specialized in event planning, plus fashion show production and plus wardrobe styling.

Join us as we talk with Cassy on different aspects of the plus industry and the body positive industry! Get updates on The International Fuller Woman’s Expo as well as the upcoming Opulence event on Feb 6th 2016!

Get tickets for Opulence at http://www.Fullerwoman.org

 

Connect with Cassy on Social Media

 https://www.facebook.com/FullerWomanNetwork/

https://twitter.com/fullerwomanexpo

Email: TFWnetwork@gmail.com

TCP 012: Blogging with Natasha Nurse of Dressing Room 8!
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TCP 012: Blogging with Natasha Nurse of Dressing Room 8!

Mickey interviews Blogger Natasha Nurse of Dressing Room 8! Connect with Natasha on social media:

 

FACEBOOK

GOOGLE+

INSTAGRAM

TWITTER

TCP 11: Brandee Kurvy J of Luxe Magazine!
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TCP 11: Brandee Kurvy J of Luxe Magazine!

 

Join Mickey as he interviews Brandee J of Luxe Kurves Magazine.  Brandee is a curvy female entrepreneur who is taking ont he world and making big moves in the plus industry, especially on the west coast.  Listen to this industry to get exclusive information on upcoming opportunities to work with Brandee and her team and the many things they have coming in 2016 and beyond.  You can find Brandee at http://www.brandeej.com or http://luxekurves.com.   

TCP Bonus: TCP Bonus: District Of Curves| DC Full Figured Fashion Showcase
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TCP Bonus: TCP Bonus: District Of Curves| DC Full Figured Fashion Showcase

TCP Bonus: District Of Curves| DC Full Figured Fashion Showcase

 

www.DistrictofCurves.com 

#DCFullFigured

#Districtofcurves

TCP 010: Plus Size Pole Dancing with Roz "The Diva!"
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TCP 010: Plus Size Pole Dancing with Roz "The Diva!"

Roz “The Diva” Mays is a full time fitness instructor and the creator of Dangerous Curves.  The first and only plus size pole dancing competition.  Roz talks with us about creating her plus size pole dancing empire and what it means to be a plus size fitness instructor in a world that views full figured women as unfit and unhealthy.  She shatters myths breaks barriers!  

 

Facebook.com/RoztheDiva

http://www.artistaactivewear.com/

TCP 009: Holistic Wellness Coaching with Certified Wellness Coach Kymberly Nichole
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TCP 009: Holistic Wellness Coaching with Certified Wellness Coach Kymberly Nichole

Today we are talking with Kymberly Nichole.  Kym is a certified wellness coach, blogger, plus model, mother, wife, and the owner of Well Fit Curves.  Well fit curves is  A Holistic Wellness Coaching Service. Helping you discover your way to optimal vitality by learning about lifestyle choices that impact health, longevity & wellness on 3 levels……Mind/Body/Spirit!

 

Kym talks about her journey through life and into the health and fitness world as a plus size women.  This discussion is very inspiring and encouraging for anyone who’s struggled with weight and body image issues.

 

Connect with Kym:

 

Blog/Website:  www.wellfitcurves.com

 

Idea Fitness Connect

 

Facebook-Well Fit Curves

 

Periscope, IG, Twitter:  @kym_nichole

 

TCP 008: Virginia Full Figured Fashion Week with Tonia Minor-White
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TCP 008: Virginia Full Figured Fashion Week with Tonia Minor-White

Tonia Minor Talks Virginia Full Figured Fashion Week, which takes place Oct 26-Nov 1, 2015 in the tidewater region of Virginia.  This is year 3 for VF3W and Tonia goes into detail with her struggles and successes over the past three years.  She gives some highlights of what to look forward to this season and offers some great advice for other producers and for models and aspiring models as well!

 

We cover different topics in our interview.  Below is a guide to different topics and the time that they start.  

 

6min starts talk of how VF3W idea came to Tonia

 

28min Negative reviews and people and how she overcame it

 

44min What do fashion show producers look for from models?

 

1:05min We start to talk about the community and what VF3W does for the community and what to expect.  

Buy Tickets for the show hereand connect with Tonia: www.vfffw.com

TCP 007: Blogging With Curvy_CEO! Fashion, Business, Entrepreneurship, & the truth about becoming a Fulltime blogger!
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TCP 007: Blogging With Curvy_CEO! Fashion, Business, Entrepreneurship, & the truth about becoming a Fulltime blogger!

"Curvy CEO"  is a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, DC. She spends her days pounding the pavement on Capitol Hill – attending congressional hearings, hosting policy briefings, and orchestrating meetings to represent client interests before Congress and the White House. Despite having such a “serious” job, her undying love of all things style, fashion, and beauty caused her to constantly search for “the perfect” blazer, handbag, dress, or statement neckpiece. Soon, she became the “go to” person among my friends and colleagues for fashion advice. It was the never-ending quest to find corporate, but cute plus-size attire that guided her to launch CurvyCEO.com!

 

“Curvy” talks with us today about blogging and being a professional woman, and how and why she keeps her work life separate from her blogging life.  She offers great tips and resources for other bloggers and up and coming bloggers.  

 

Connect with her after the show:

 

http://www.curvyceo.com

 

https://twitter.com/Curvy_CEO

https://www.facebook.com/CurvyCEO

September Wrap Up! The Curvy Podcast!
06:24
2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 06:24
September Wrap Up! The Curvy Podcast!

Wrapping up the month of Sept and letting the listeners know what's been going on with me and the show this month!

 

www.thecurvypodcast.com

 

IG @thecurvypodcast

IG @curvesaheadproject

IG @dc_fullfigured_fashionshow

TCP 006: Lindsay McAllister, MsLindsayM; From An Eating Disorder to Helping Other Women Feel Great About Their Bodies at Any Size!
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 29:58
TCP 006: Lindsay McAllister, MsLindsayM; From An Eating Disorder to Helping Other Women Feel Great About Their Bodies at Any Size!

Feminist & Body Positivity Activist Lindsay Marie McAllister joins us today to discuss the very important topic of body image and loving one’s self.  Lindsay talks about her struggles with an eating disorder and offers helpful advice for anyone who may be experiencing the same struggle.  Lindsay talks about the differences between modeling in the “straight size” industry and the “plus size” industry.  

 

Lindsay Marie McAllister, also known as MsLindsayM in the online world, is a feminist and a body positivity activist. She is a survivor of sexual assault and in recovery from disordered eating. As a result of her experience with both the modeling industry and eating disorders she has developed a strong passion for helping women achieve self-love, especially when it comes to their bodies. Lindsay believes that representation matters and that when we see images of ourselves in the media we are empowered. As a result, she started the hashtag #selfiesforselflove and is a strong believer in the power of social media to make change. When women celebrate their own beauty, especially if they fall outside of society’s predetermined beauty norms (ie. White, thin, able-bodied), they are able to feel more comfortable in their own skin. Lindsay is active on all social media platforms including; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. She has been asked to speak on topics such as body shaming as it relates to school dress codes and her support of the Health at Every Size movement

 

Connect with MsLindsayM at www.MsLindsayM.com

Email: Mickey@thecurvypodcast.com

 

Connect with us at www.Thecurvypodcast.com

IG @thecurvypodcast

 

For Fashion Show information www.DistrictOfCurves.com

IG @DC_Fullfigured_Fashionshow

 

For Plus Model Photography www.plusmodelphotography.com

@plusmodelphotography

 

The Curves Ahead Project

www.Thecurvesaheadproject.com

 

@curvesaheadproject

 

TCP 005: Plus Night Out with Jovanna Reyes of Curvysta Magazine!
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TCP 005: Plus Night Out with Jovanna Reyes of Curvysta Magazine!

Today we are talking with Jovanna Reyes, the producer of Plus Night Out and the Editor In Chief of Curvysta Magazine!  Plus Night Out is a Plus Size fashion show in New York City that  takes place each year in September around New York Fashion Week.  

Jovanna talks about how the plus industry has changed over the years and her inspiration for Curvysta and Plus Night Out. . She shares stories of her past and talks about what motivates her now.

(10:34) Curvysta Magazine

 

( 25:49) Plus Night Out and what we can expect for the 2015 show

 

(35:40) Plus NIght Out Designers

 

Plus NIght Out will be held on Sept 17th, 2015 in New York City

 

Connect with Jovanna Reyes at www.PlusNightOut.com & www.Curvysta.com

TCP 004: The Essentials of Blogging & Growing your social media following! With Personal Style Blogger Kim Postell
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TCP 004: The Essentials of Blogging & Growing your social media following! With Personal Style Blogger Kim Postell

On today’s episode we talk with personal style blogger Kim Postell, founder of the blog Naturally Fashionable.  Kim is a plus fashion blogger who has amassed a large following both for her blog and for her social media pages, over the past five years.  Kim is a teacher by day, and a blogger and entrepreneur by night!  

In our interview, Kim gives the insight on professional blogging, how YOU can become a blogger, discovering your niche as a blogger, as well as some of her successes.  

We talk about what it takes to become a full time blogger, blogging myths, and how to use your blog as a tool to elevate you to the next level in life.  We also discuss different income streams for bloggers and Kim’s new blogger courses through her school for bloggers at Blogwithkim.com.  

Connect with Kim on her blogs mentioned above or via Instagram

IG @Naturallyfashionable

TCP 003: NYFW Plus, Manik Magazine, & Founder and CEO Selina Weekes
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TCP 003: NYFW Plus, Manik Magazine, & Founder and CEO Selina Weekes

In today’s episode of TCP, we talk with Selina Weekes, the founder and CEO of Manik  Magazine.  Manik Mag is a fashion and lifestyle mecca for curvaceous women. They cover fashion, beauty, health, and pop culture. They define fashion, news, and personalities that shape the curvy community. Combining the beauty of a high-end fashion magazine and the  dynamic energy of a website, Manik Mag delivers the latest on independent plus size designers; plus size labels; runway reviews; and the latest MUST HAVES now.

 

Selina is also one of the creative minds behind New York Fashion Week Plus.  NYFW+ is in it’s first season and will take place from Sept 9-Sept 13.  

 

Selina discusses NYFW+ and where the inspiration to create such an event came from.  She discusses the importance of maintaining the integrity of Plus Size fashion events and helping emerging designers gain exposure and notoriety.  NYFW+ isn’t about making money or making a big name for the show producer(s), it’s about the designers, their collections, and getting back to the roots of fashion.  

 

We go into more detail about the show, what to expect, the ups and downs of producing a groundbreaking show such as this,  and all of the designers as well.  Here are a list of Designers for NYFW+

Harvest Powell Hope and Harvest

Marco Hall

Ava Jones -Feline Couture

Phoenyx Reign

Eula Katherine Taylor

Dreams by Danielle

Kierra Sheard

Oseas Villatoro

Tatiana Castro

Visit NYFWplus.com and Manikmag.com to contact Selina and her team!

TCP 002: Model Monday with Kim Cornish, An Aspiring Plus Model from Baltimore MD
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 25:54
TCP 002: Model Monday with Kim Cornish, An Aspiring Plus Model from Baltimore MD

Kim Cornish is a plus model from Baltimore MD.  Kim joins us for our Model Monday’s segment and shares her experience as a plus model in the DMV area for the past two years.  She discusses her experiences in the industry, how she got her start, her struggle with accepting and loving her curves, and much more!

 

Find Kim on Social Media:

 

Twitter:  @Topcat1299

 

Instagram @Topcat1299

 

Email topcat1299@comcast.net  

 

Todya’s Sponsors:

 

District Of Curves (www.DistrictOfCurves.com)

Plus Model Photography (www.PlusModelPhotography.com)

TCP 001: Body Shaming & Overcoming Online Bullying with UK Plus Model & Body Positive Activist Louise Mary Smith
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TCP 001: Body Shaming & Overcoming Online Bullying with UK Plus Model & Body Positive Activist Louise Mary Smith

Lousie Mary Smith is a plus size alternative model & “body positive” activist from the UK.  She models for the bespoke clothing label Forever in Black (www.foreverinblack.com) under the name Alexandria Web.  

 

Her journey into the body positive world came after a total stranger decided to photoshop an image of her to make her appear thinner.  The images can be seen on her tumblr page here.  In this episode, she talks about how she overcame such hate and disrespectful behavior and discusses how she was able to land a modeling gig with www.foreverinblack.com.  

 

Follow Louise on Social Media

 

FB: Alexandria Web

The Curvy Podcast Ep 00 What is The curvy Podcast?
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2017-09-22 13:29:56 UTC 10:49
The Curvy Podcast Ep 00 What is The curvy Podcast?

Learn all about The Curvy Podcast and your host Mickey Armstrong.  Interviewing key influencers in the Curvy Community! 

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