The wait is over !
FFFWEEK 2017 is here and its in full swing ! There are so many plus positive events held through out the year but this one; BABY, THIS IS THEEEEE event to attend. Not to mention it is my absolute favorite social event of the summer!
I began attending full figured fashion week in 2014 after deciding to try out plus modeling. I knew that socializing and branding were definitely apart of the package, so attending the events presented by the plus community was a must. I was very new to it all and wanted to just have fun. I was told by a few model friends that attending the FFFweek White Cruise party would be a blast. So, like many that year, I decided to attend and brought a few friends with me! Needless to say, I created such fond memories and built great bonds with some amazing people that I still call friends till this day.
In 2014 I attended the All White cruise party with my pageant sister Nichole Crutchfield, and my dear friend Bernise Wrenn. Nichole and I , decided to go to the white party with TUTU'S on, in which the entire night we were known as the "TUTU QUEENS". Bernise had never met Nichole but after a night of fun and laughs we all became the best of friends. For the next year we would become each others support system, and boy did we have fun together.
In late May of 2015 I lost my pageant sister Nichole with no warning, and I was heart broken. Such an unfortunate event made me sad to connect with the plus community because of all of the memories I shared with her. She was a powerhouse friend and we did so much together, I simply couldn't imagine going without her, so in 2015 I stayed home and healed as I mourned the loss of my dear friend.
As time would have it, the next year I started to work on a few business ideas that Nichole and I discussed before her death. I wanted to reconnect with my model friends and FFFWEEK 2016 was vastly approaching. I gathered up all my strength and decided to go and slay in her honor and thats what I did. Upon arriving on the cruise I shed a few tears in honor of her, (it hit me hard once I saw that boat), but I knew it would pass and it did. That night I had an amazing time and it was like a moment of healing for me. The last time I was there I was with her, so it is natural to feel sad, but I know she would want me to be happy so I had fun instead! Of course my friend Bernise was by my side along with a slew of Philadelphia friends who enjoyed the festivities with me. My "Philly" crew danced, laughed, and just enjoyed being in the presence of so many great people! I made new friends and once again a boat load of amazing memories.
Like so many of us that travel, nationally, even globally now to attend this fun week of fashion, education and over all celebration of body positivity, I can honestly say that Full figured fashion week is always on my todo list yearly! The people I meet, along with the genuine love that is given by the CEO GWEN DEVOE, and her team is simply amazing. The support she offers to the plus community is so inspiring and every year she upgrades the fashion, ideas and concepts. I leave with a sense of empowerment and happiness.
Every Year It feels like a reunion to me!" So many familiar faces and beautiful confident women in one space!!! How can you not love it ?" I literally am so excited to see so many people that I call friends all in one space all at the same time. I know tomorrow will be a blast! To make it even more special this year I am bringing my baby sister with me to introduce her to all of the many people I love and admire.
Full figured Fashion week has created career opportunities, friendships, connections and memories for so many of us. I look to making more this year and hope to see you all there!!!!!
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