Archive for February, 2010

February 24, 2010

Voluptuous to Thin and Back Again

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
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Body Is Image: CLEO.com.au

Hey there TVP Fam!

Here’s a timeline of how body image perceptions have changed over the past 100 years or so. It would appear, according to the timeline, that society is coming full circle and finally showing an appreciation for Voluptuous women.

Do you feel like the world is embracing curve appeal or is society still obsessed with being thin. Let’s talk!

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February 22, 2010

Positively Plus Profile: Enchanted Elegance Makeup

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Uhuru Freeman of Enchanted Elegance Makeup!

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to feature Uhuru Nairobi Freeman of Enchanted Elegance Makeup!

Uhuru is a 27 year old mother of two with a passion for creativity and fashion. She is an alumnus of the International Academy of Design and Technology with a BA in Fashion Visual Merchandising Management. Her love of fashion and modeling eventually lead her to her calling – makeup artistry.

In 2006 she founded Enchanted Elegance Makeup which services the Midwest, primarily Illinois, Indiana and Ohio offering:

  • Individual Consultations
  • Bridal Applications
  • Prom Applications
  • Portfolio Services (Models | Photographers)

NOTE: For a full list of rates and services please visit the Enchanted Elegance Makeup site.

True to her name (Uhuru means freedom in Swahili) she has developed a talent for giving her clients the freedom to experience their own natural physical beauty while nurturing their inner beauty. When asked how she defines beauty Uhuru states:

“I believe that true beauty starts from within & it became my mission to
not only beautify others from the outside, but also use the opportunities to encourage & teach beauty from within. So it became my mission to help empower others to believe that being yourself both inside & out is when beauty’s at its best.”

Additionally, Uhuru, and co-founder Mary Frazier, has spearheaded another initiative called the SWM (Super Women of Motherhood) Society. Its purpose: To provide access to a supportive community of mothers, share experiences and encourage productive networking among its members.

If you’d like to learn more about or to book Uhuru and Enchanted Elegance Makeup for your next project please use the information below. You can also find her on Facebook.

Enchanted Elegance Makeup
(866) 303.9494

http://www.enchanted-elegance.com
info@enchanted-elegance.com

February 22, 2010

Mark Fast Showcasing Curvier Designs…Kind Of

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
Mark Fast LFW 2010

Mark Fast Uses Curvier Models During London Fashion Week 2010

Hey TVP Fam!

Check out this article on Examiner.com. Mark Fast uses “full-figured” women for some of his designs. I commend Mark for risking ridicule for not using so called standard sized models but from the images posted I only spotted two girls that can fit the bill for curvy maybe but not full-figured. View some of the footage here.

I’m not complaining though. The models pictured are better than the usual stick figures that strut up and down the catwalk. I’ll just be glad when we see nothing but curvy ladies (and of course my real sized brothers!) on the runway. What say you? Is Mark Fast making progress or just spinning his fashionable wheels by adding the curvy girls?

Keeping it Curvy!

Michael Stagg

TVP

February 16, 2010

Beauty is Skin Deep…Or is It?

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
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Are we obsessed with beauty?

Hola TVP Fam!

I was just reading a post about the Psychology of Beauty and thought I’d share it with you. Here’s an excerpt:

Beauty as a product of culture and society – This is an accepted fact. The concept of beauty seems to change with time as society changes and the perception of beauty varies in different cultures. Dark skin is considered very attractive in Western societies and whiter skin is considered as attractive in Eastern societies, because of the element of novelty in both the cases. Feet and hair of women are important features in Eastern cultures whereas in the West, the woman’s lips, and hips are considered important. The breasts of women are important indicators of beauty in all cultures and men’s body and chin or jaw and certain masculine sharpness are also considered as attractive. Studies have indicated that women however tend to prefer dominant looking men during the first follicular stage in their reproductive cycle but prefer men with softer more feminine features when they are in their menstrual and ovulation stages. This may have some evolutionary advantage as men with feminine soft natures and faces are considered as more stable and more family oriented than men who have extreme masculinity or a sort of raw appeal. This is however too generalized and there are individual differences as well.

How do you,as a curvy lady or real gent, perceive beauty? Is it in the eye of the beholder? Is it something purely physical or does it tread deeper than that? Let’s talk!

Keeping it Curvy,

Michael

February 15, 2010

Positively Plus Profile: Bigger Than Your Block!

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

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Shay Olivarria of Bigger Than Your Block

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to feature Bigger Than Your Block!

Not everyone knows where to look for information to improve their finances. Fortunately, there are resources like Bigger Than Your Block, founded by Shay Olivarria in 2007, to help everyday people make sense of the power behind the dollar.

“I started BTYB because I wanted to help the working poor have access to personal finance. I wanted to make it fun, dynamic, and relevant for the average person.”

About Bigger Than Your Block

Bigger Than Your Block connects people with information to improve financial intelligence through:

  • Speaking Engagements
  • Personalized Coaching
  • Books on Financial Literacy
  • Video Tutorials

Her workshops are presented in a way that is simultaneously humorous and easily understood by her audiences. She’s helped both adults and youth gain a better perspective of their personal financial situations and instilled the importance of mastering their money.

About Shay Olivarria

Shay Olivarria is a speaker, financial literacy coach, former foster care youth and author of Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook. As an ambassador for financial freedom, Shay travels all over the country to educate people on responsible financial decisions.

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Click the Bigger Than Your Block Logo to Visit the Site!

Her financial workshops focus on a number of topics, including money management, credit scoring, credit reports, net worth, investment accounts, and retirement accounts. She has partnered with several community organizations including Independent Lens, San Diego State University’s African Student Union, Promise House of Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles Urban League, San Diego Urban League, and the Latino Student Business Association of the University of Southern California. Shay writes a “Money Matters” column for SquareRootz.net, and she is currently finishing her second book “7 Money Rules to Help You Lead a Happy Life”.

Shay earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (Anthropology major, Business Management minor) from California State University – Dominguez Hills. For more information on Shay and her organization, go to www.ShayOlivarria.com.

Check out these links to find out more about Shay and Bigger Than Your Block!

BTYB Blog

BTYB on Facebook

Contact Info for Shay/BTYB:

Phone: (323) 596-1843

Primary Business Email Address | Shay@BiggerThanYourBlock.com

February 13, 2010

To Glam Model or Not to Glam Model: You Decide

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
Tyra and Whitney

Image Copyright: CWTV

Greetings TVP Fam!

I’d like to get your opinion on women that participate in glamour modeling.

What is Glamour Modeling?

Glamour modeling, unlike traditional fashion modeling, is focused on portraying the model’s body in an overly sexual way to sell products. Classic examples of accepted glamour modeling include being a Victoria Secrets or Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model.

Acceptable or Exploitative?

Do you feel that being a glamour model is acceptable or is it just a way to exploit women?

To the guys: Do you feel that men are exploited in the media and treated as sex objects? More than women or less than?

Let’s talk!

Keeping it Curvy!

Michael

TVP

February 8, 2010

Positively Plus: Real Sisters Rising

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
ShaChena Gibbs of Real Sisters Rising

ShaChena Gibbs of Real Sisters Rising

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to feature Real Sister Rising!

Founder ShaChena Gibbs launched Real Sisters Rising in 2005 as an organization dedicated to assisting women become better entrepreneurs as well as more financially literate.

The organization serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for women; part of its mission is to liberate women from the dependence on government assisted programs and facilitate their transition into a more independent existence.

To find out more about Real Women Rising visit them using the links below and tell them you heard about them at TVP.

Real Sisters Rising Website
Real Sisters Rising on Facebook

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