Balance In The City: Trying To Fly

By Madison Plus

In an effort to try new things, I signed up for an aerial yoga class in my neighborhood, Williamsburg Brooklyn. The studio was more like a raw, industrial rehearsal space than a yoga studio. I was nervous, and the twenty foot silks hanging from the rafters did little to provide any comfort.

Class began with a few rounds of cat cow, a couple of sun salutations. All seven students seemed at ease except for yours truly, who couldn’t help feeling anxious, nervous, like standing in line at an amusement park for the “killer-death-ride”. I was soon at the front of the line, and moved off the mat into the silks. I can’t even begin to describe the sequence or recall any specific poses; we practiced shoulder openers, hip openers, all off the ground. It was like nothing I had ever done.

Feeling out of my comfort zone and crazy dizzy, I took a seat on the mat and watched with awe as these yogis hung upside down in baddhakonasana, levitated in pigeon, and floated in savasana. All my teaching, ground down to lift up, was lost in this environment. Poses had no beginning or end but just dangled. The teacher was surprised when, at the end of class, I waved and said, “see you soon.” As my post said, “Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.”—Virgil Garnett Thomson One down, two to go.

Image: Ava Storm

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February 19, 2011
The Curvy Revolution VIP Reception Looks!
By Madison Plus

Madison Plus is in Las Vegas for The Curvy Revolution! We will be here all weekend posting about the events and the beautiful ladies at them! Thursday night was the first night of The Curvy Revolution with the VIP Reception for Industry Professionals and the Miss Curve Competition hosted by Rosie Mercado. We photographed some of the stylish women in attendance as well as passing out a little swag from our black swag bags! Check out some of our shots:

Co-founders of, Erica Young and Aimee Cheshire pose with photographer Michelle Alexandra.

Rosie Mercado introduces the Miss Curve Competition. Check out a past interview with Rosie Mercado here!

The crowd of fashion industry professionals watch the Miss Curve Competition.

Allison McGevna , Griselangel Paula, Alicia Appleton, Reah Norman, and Fluvia Lacerda pose for stylish picture.

Alicia Appleton wears a wonderful look from Jessica London that can be found on and a necklace from her very own jewelry design!

The head of design for City Chic wears a head-to-toe look of her own designs from

Allison McGevna , Griselangel Paula, and Leah Norman pose for a picture.

Griselangel Paula shows off her beautiful striped dress and statement necklace.

Allison McGevna shows off her hot Monif C. dress.

Plus Models Anne-Sophie and Kelsey were the winners of the and

La’Sheka Drew, head designer of 2Fierce Diva.

Model Ahvianna Maria looks great in her cocktail dress and platform heels.

Laila Monet and Zaynah Griffith are ready to walk the runway this weekend.

Kendra Porter shows us her style.

These ladies definitely have the Little Black Dress look mastered.

Sydni Sayles will be walking the catwalk this weekend. Love her look and that fabulous dress!

Erica Young and Aimee Cheshire of find us this weekend to have your picture taken and to get some swag!

What are you most excited to see at The Curvy Revolution?

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February 18, 2011
Plus Model Reality Show Casting Call!
By Madison Plus

Lucky Dog Films Invites you to Plus Model Casting in NYC on February 25th from 4-8pm!

Are you a current or aspiring plus size model? Are you curvy, confident and ready for your close-up? Have you ever thought, “My life is reality show?” Or heard someone say “you should be on reality TV?” If so, then read on.

We are casting women, size 8 and up, 5’8 and taller, to be the next plus model reality TV stars!

We’re looking for women who are open and ready to expose their lives to the world, showing the ups, downs, sometimes thrilling, but always adventurous life, as they aspire to make it in the highly competitive plus size modeling world in NYC.

Are you: outgoing, completely committed, passionate and opinionated about making it as a plus size model? We want you!

All types and attitudes are welcome. We’re looking for curvy girls, with big personalities!

If interested please email [email protected] the following:



Phone Number:


Photo- 1 head shot, 1 head-to-toe shot

Short Description of Your Life- 5 sentences

Please also bring this information with you to the casting on February 25th along with your portfolio (if you have one). The location will be announced closer to the date, but will take place in New York City.

Will you be coming to Lucky Dog Film’s plus model reality show casting call?

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February 18, 2011
Shop Aimee’s Look: The $7 Dress
By Madison Plus

I never would of thought that a $6.99 dress from Forever 21+ would get so much rotation in my closet. This was a random buy, I never tried it on but knew I just had to have the colour, and for the price it’s a win win situation that I could not walk away from.

You may recognize my Frye boots by their regular appearances in this feature. They have been so good to me due to the medium heel height, and they allow me to fight through those snow banks that have collected throughout the city, oh, and they are quite cute too. The dress is from Forever 21+ and a dress style that everyone should have in their closet. The shape and styling of it is simple but the drape of the fabric allows for movement, comfort and a little drama.

Once you have the dress on as your foundation you can play it up with accessories like a large cuff. I highlighted my waist by adding the belt. Think of it as a blank canvas or a magenta one in this case. This is definitely style that everyone can afford.

Shop Aimee’s Look:

Old Navy – Women’s Plus Cowl Neck Jersey Dresses

Zappos – BC Footwear Light Up The Room

ASOS – Textured Leather Cuff

Evans – Stud and Punch Out Plus Size Belt

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February 17, 2011
OSP Virtual Fashion Show in Times Square!
By Madison Plus

A large crowd gathered in New York City’s Time Square to watch the fashion show! Special guests included plus model Lizzie Miller and Camilla Hansen, who can be seen above holding the fashion show banner. A large crowd gathered around the models to watch the show as fellow New Yorker’s who were running around NYC for fashion week stopped to take in the virtual looks. The fans were also give cute OSP pins to wear in support of the fashion show. Robyn Lawley modeled all 30 looks in the collection. She told us:

“Modeling 30 looks for OSP myself was crazy. I had no idea really until I rocked up to the fitting that I would be the only one, when John one the leading directors of the company told me they would be showing it in Times Square my heart skipped a beat. I’m from Sydney in Australia and now I’m going to be on the massive screen in Time Square NYC. I was so honored but I actually missed seeing all the other girls because so many great friendships were forged that day. Nonetheless it was my duty to make sure that this was taken seriously (just as any other fashion show for NYC fashion week). Zahir, who came up with all the designs, is such a sweet talented man. The show’s theme is called “Sultrous garden” and that was exactly how I felt – very seductive and beautiful in the clothes. The accessories were insane so unique and so cool, you can find ‘his from the sketchbook into reality’ on the OSP facebook page, something that is both insightful and very creative.”

Plus Model Lizzie Miller of Wilhelmina’s W Curve is wearing a very soft wool coat from the brand. She was letting everyone feel how soft it was – like butter! Her look was beautiful and the color scheme was ready for spring.

Ameerah Omar, agent for Wilhelmina’s W Curve division, poses with plus model Camilla Hansen.

Lizzie Miller chats with Stephanie Sobel, President of

…and the show begins!

Check out key looks from the show here!

What do you think of the Time’s Square fashion show?

See more of the collection here.

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February 17, 2011
Crystal Renn Dreams of Runway Size Diversity
By Madison Plus
Crystal Renn talks body diversity with more choices represented on the runway in this new video by Sara Ziff. Crystal dreams of bringing models back to the runway based on talent and proportions to showcase collections.

What do you think of Crystal’s dream for more runway diversity in body shapes and sizes?

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More at New York Magazine.

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February 17, 2011
MP Model Off Duty: Ivana
By Madison Plus

Ford+ model Ivana stopped by the studio recently on her way home from Philadelphia looking chic & cozy in her travel outfit. We love her easy MOD style which revealed some fun details!

She is wearing the perfect combination of travel must-haves; denim jeggings, leopard flats and a wrap. The wrap top is a wonderful travel option as it is easy to throw over your shoulders during temperature changes or to snuggle up in. Underneath the wrap, Ivana layered a lace cap sleeve tee. The tee is a nice surprise and adds a little romance to your look on-the-go.

Shop Ivana’s Look:

Plus Size Fix- Plus Size Feather Collar Scrunch Top

Zappos- Steve Madden Karmma

Zappos- Red Dot Curve Plus Size Sweater

Old Navy- Womans Plus Medium Wash Jeggings

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February 17, 2011
MP Virtual Fashion Week: Sealed With A Kiss
By Madison Plus

This season captures what it means to be feminine in every way. Strong and assertive, flirtatious and sassy or sweet and reserved. We’re playing with a full range of color from muted neutrals to bright garden shades. Most of all, the designs are wearable and figure friendly, made for a real woman’s daily life. We were inspired by rock divas of the 1970’s, the colors you would find on a Greek Mediterranean island and even an outdoor garden party. As always, keeping prices low is key for Sealed With a Kiss Designs. Nothing on our site is over $100!

The body you woke up with this morning is yours— dress it well because you deserve to feel good today. Even if you want to make a change in the future- your closet should live in the present. A great outfit can support and empower who you are.
Sarah Sapora
Director, Marketing and Business Development

Top 5 fashion picks of the season:

1. 70’s Glam, from boho chic to disco queen, is our favorite trend. The Gloria dress makes me want to put on a pair of great shoes and dance all night.
2. A woman can dress with feminine touches without being over-the-top girly. This is feminine dressing for a confident, flirty woman.
3. Nothing highlights a woman’s assets like draped silhouettes. Is there anything more flattering then clothes with well-placed drapes?
4. Stylish comfort is key. Just because an item is a wardrobe basic, it shouldn’t be blah!
5. We can’t get enough of tunics. They hide the tush and work fantastic with skinny jeans or leggings.

Shop The Looks!

To find these great pieces shop the Sealed with a Kiss website!

What do you think of Sealed with a Kisses new Spring 2011 collection?

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February 17, 2011
MP Virtual Fashion Week 2011: Rafaella
By Madison Plus

“ For Spring, I was inspired by iconic American sportswear pieces…a chic trench, the longer full skirt, the quintessential cardigan, a blazer done in a new way, and the printed Capri to name a few! My tip: Mix it up and have fun as the weather heats up!”

Richard Metzger Executive Vice President of Design

Top 5 Picks of Spring 2011:

Rafaella Spring 2011 continues on our promise of fashion that works; form and function combines to make style easy. With a foundation of the perfect fitting pants, Rafaella allows you to shop by shape with fits tailored to your body type. Slimming technology adds that extra wow to make you look your best. Spring is a season of color, from graphic black and white with jolts of green and cobalt to a desert oasis of neutrals popped by orange and yellow to a ravishing garden of poppies in bloom sporting an array of reds, pinks, and turquoise painted on a nautical canvas of navy and white.

Shop Rafaella now on!

What do you think of Rafaella’s 2011 spring collection?

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February 16, 2011
OSP Virtual Fashion Show
By Madison Plus

Claim your front row seats for the second annual One Stop Plus Fashion Show you can now be part of the action from home while watching the show online on February 17th at 1pm. Be sure to tune in!!

Catch up on last years action from the OSP fashion show 2010.

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February 16, 2011
MP Virtual Fashion Week: Kay Unger
By Madison Plus

Inspiration for the Spring 2011 Season:

“For Spring I wanted to emphasize a woman’s curves. Everything is fitted at the waist – even a punchy pink suit – to create an hourglass silhouette. I used a mix of striking colors like fuchsia and sapphire blue as well as a pretty pale sage green and the season’s most talked about neutral; champagne, in the color palette. For Spring we focused on making fabulous dresses in womens sizes, since dresses are what we have always done best. There is something to fit and flatter everyone!”

“We believe in respecting our customer and making her feel fabulous by consistently making beautifully crafted, feminine clothing.”

Kay Unger
Head Designer and Creative Director

Top 5 Fashion Picks of the Season:

A Pale Neutral Piece
A Fit and Flare Dress
The Go-To Cocktail Number
A Feminine Suit
An Elegant Gown
What do you think of Kay Unger’s Spring 2011 line?

Shop Kay Unger on Neiman Marcus!

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February 15, 2011
Prom 2011: Accessories
By Madison Plus

Attention Maddie + fans! For Prom 2011 don’t forget to finish off your look with some accessories that work with your dress. From under-the-dress shapewear to the right pair of shoes or the perfect jewels, no look can be complete with out these finishing touches. Check out a few easy pieces you can add that will have you picture-perfect!

Prom Girl- Floral Vine Bandeau

Prom Girl- CZ Drop Earrings

Prom Girl- White Pearl Silver Necklace

Prom Girl- White Pearl Silver Bracelet

Lane Bryant- Super Shaper Boy Leg Boxer Brief

Lane Bryant- Slipsational Lace Trimmed Slip

Nordstrom- Anabella La Sera Mesh Flap Clutch

Nordstrom- Sondra Roberts Rose Satin Box Clutch

Nordstrom- Michael Kors Shimmer Sandal

Nordstrom- Martinez Valero Olena Crystal Pump

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February 15, 2011
Fashion Crowd Weighs in on Plus Size Models
By Madison Plus

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We came across this video by NY Mag’s The Cut on The Huffington Post.

The Cut asked the fashion crowd to weigh in on plus-size models and the responses were…well, interesting…

Designer Douglas Hannant told the camera, “I think plus-sized women can be beautiful, but it’s not my ideal on the runway because I’m not doing a plus-size line. I feel that a model is like an athlete. She needs to be in runway shape.”

Stylist Annabel Tollman remarked that she hates the term entirely and model Maggie Rizer said she “thinks the industry is probably over-compensating a bit.”

What do you think of these “interesting” responses?

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February 15, 2011
MP Straight To Plus: Miley Cyrus
By Madison Plus

The 70′s are back, and Miley Cyrus did a perfect job of reinterpreting the decade at the premiere of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Her Kimono jacket stole the show and it’s great to see the flared jean silhouette after so many years of skinny jeans.

Flare jeans are perfect for a curvy figure, especially if you have a pear shape, because the flare balances out your hips.

Shop Miley’s Look:

Etsy – Girl On A Vine Kimono Jacket

ASOS CURVE – Supersexy Skinny Flare Jean

ASOS CURVE – Sheer Tab Oversize Beach Shirt

ASOS – Mix & Match Pyrite Bib Necklace

Shopbop – Steven Grifin Platform Clogs

Is this outfit a hit or miss? Would you wear it?

See more at People Style Watch.

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February 15, 2011
MP Virtual Fashion Week: Anna Scholz
By Madison Plus

Inspiration for the Spring 2011 Season:

I can’t wait for spring to arrive to indulge myself in this season’s fabulous prints and 70′s maxi dresses. I am torn between the bird of paradise White Label collection and the playfulness of our Black Label. My favorite accent of the color of the season is lime green!

Check out a fabulous interview with designer Anna Scholz here:

Top 5 fashion picks of the Spring 2011 season:

Anna Scholz- White Label Double Silk Border Maxi Wrap Dress

Anna Scholz- White Label Double Silk Pleat Shift Dress

Anna Scholz- Black Label Print Jersey Racerback Vest

Anna Scholz- Black Label Print Jersey Crochet Black Dress

Anna Scholz- White Label Digital Jersey Pleat Dress

What do you think of Anna Scholz’s Spring 2011 season?

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