Well I think it is safe to go head and dispose of our 2014 calendars. I know that it is customary to review the most memorable moments of the year, so I decided to my top five moments with you. Rather it makes the top five or not, I can honestly say that 2014 has been an amazing year for myself and the PHAT Girl Fresh brand.
May 3, 2014 was one of the happiest days of my life. I was able to successfully produce a sold out event that honored the good works of some amazing individuals while celebrating the anniversary of PHAT Girl Fresh. I knew going into the show that not many people believed I could or would pull it off but God had already shown me differently. So despite the naysayers and adversity that attempted to stand in the way, this event was a huge success.
I can remember after the show calling my daughter crying like a baby, just to tell her that no matter what anyone says, “never give up on YOU!” Producing this show was about many things and one of them was showing my daughter that faith and hard work delivers great rewards.
I could honestly talk about the experience I had at Full Figured Fashion Week this year for hours on end. Being in the presence of so many women that I love and respect while absorbing all of the positive energy. The entire event was a game changer for me. It heightened my senses and made me more aware of the possibilities….
One of my dreams came true when an open letter I wrote published in Plus Model Magazine after a body shaming incident that went viral and caused a lot of controversy. The photo came from a shoot I produced in Albany, Georgia featuring a diverse group of women wearing swimsuits. The shoot was amazing but, hate and ignorance stepped in and attempt to cast a dark cloud on what was intended to brilliantly radiant display of love and confidence.
However, in the midst of what was supposed to be negative, love stepped in and claimed the victory. Not only were women that aspire to impact the plus size community allowed to be seen in one of the most recognized and respected plus size publications, but women were inspired and empowered to be bold and love their skin.
For many years I have debated on exactly how I would tell my story. In toying with my options, I thought of all the other women like me with stories that will connect them to other girls and women. Stories that allowed women to speak their truth. Every woman has a a story and these monologues show what it is to be passionate, happy, appreciative and true.
More than the stories, I was overjoyed to have amazing women such as; Melinda Santiago, Marie Denee, Keke Simpson, Juicy Lucy and Moccastyles to supporting the project.
I had the honor to work with Liris Crosse during her Life of a working Model bootcamp in Atlanta. I was more than honored to assist her and finally get to meet her. During the bootcamp I had the pleasure of connecting with some driven and goal oriented young ladies. I was also able to network with Bella Styles, Chenese Lewis, Derek Blanks, Michael Knight and many other industry professionals.
As I wrote this, I realized even more, I am blessed. However, I know that God has greater for me in 2015 and I am ready for it all!!! STAY TUNED!!!!