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Lydia Folks, a freelance actress and model hails from Cleveland, Ohio. With her mother in the military, she grew up traveling the world cultivating her craft as a young actress. Lydia’s first career choice after graduating from high school was to obtain a business degree, but with courage and determination she has switched gears to pursue her real dreams. Currently residing in Washington, DC her career is beginning to blossom.

Get to know a star in the making, Lydia Folks…


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 What was it like growing up as a military kid? Was traveling from place to place difficult or delightful for you?

It was both. I was being exposed to outside cultures and constantly meeting new people. The downside for me though was friendship. Good friends are not that easy to come by, and leaving all the time was hard emotionally. Saying good-bye was the absolute worst part. When I was younger, I felt that it would just be best to not get too close to people or even my surroundings. But sometimes it’s okay to let my guard down, and after taking a few chances, to just put myself out there, I now have friendships that will last forever.

Plus, relocating so much got me in gear for that “go” mentality of the entertainment business. And it helped to make me the person that I am today. Being thrown in unfamiliar situations no longer scares me; it just dares me to rise to the challenge.

Why did you choose to settle down in Atlanta? Why not Los Angeles or New York?

Well I was actually in Augusta, Georgia, but only for about 8 months. I had moved down there from the DC area to help out family. My cousin called me up, told me the military was sending her to Iraq, and asked if I could move down south to help watch 5 of her kids while she was gone for a year. Having no kids of my own had me on the ‘fence’, but when she explained the possibility of being “kicked out of the military”, I told her no problem.

Los Angeles or New York is an absolute dream! I’ve wanted to move to either place for awhile now, but finances play a big part in that hold up. One day, I might be brave enough to just hop on a one-way flight, but until then, I’ll keep working and saving on the east coast.

What prompted the decision to move from a career in business to an entertainment career?

Constantly being fascinated as a child by actresses, models, and these beautiful triple-threats, I would see myself on a stage with bright lights just as they were. More than a dream, I involved myself in school plays, community theaters, and choirs. It wasn’t until one night, when I was sitting high up against my mom’s oval wooden table, filling out college applications; I realized I needed to choose a major. I was told to focus on something guaranteed to pay the bills. Good points were made, so that’s what I did. I chose Marketing. Interesting field, and I have a lot of valuable skills in this area, but the joy I got didn’t come close to what I felt while acting.

I found it easy for me to score parts in college plays, but auditioning for their fashion shows was a different story. The rejection had deterred me from future modeling auditions; I just became too nervous. It wasn’t until a different campus organization saw something great enough in me to allow me to be a contestant in their annual pageant. It gave me was the push I needed and I haven’t looked back since. (Much love and Thanks to the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity of Central State University)


How would you describe your attitude when you are modeling?

Definitely, some type of Alter-Ego hits that runway. It’s kind of bad, but GOOD! I barely want to tell you…but when I’m modeling, I want to be seen, and I want everything that I’m wearing to be loved. The audience is there for a show, and the designer desires to please, therefore my walk and persona needs to sell every outfit. Showing confidence and assurance on the runway is very important. If you don’t feel confident, the audience will notice, so my advice is, if you love this, you better walk like you mean it!

Which do you love the most acting or modeling? Which would you consider to be your first love?

Bright lights shined on me first when I was on a stage, therefore my love begins with acting, but my heart made room for modeling soon thereafter. They both have attributes that I just can’t live without. They bring out sides of my personality that some people never get to see. It allows me to let go; become care free in discovering my true range of emotions; whether it’s quirky, odd, fun-loving, comedic, or just straight up diva!

 Can you tell us about “Misunderstandings”? What was your role in the movie; what was your character like?

I think I can divulge some juicy details! The film is a romantic-comedy about an adorable couple who break-up based on a huge misunderstanding. Everyone around them is fueling the fire allowing very few voices of reason to break through. It’s completely entertaining and yet, still relatable.cast_misunderstandings

My role was short and sweet, but I loved it all the same. I played “Pilar”, the waitress. I’m serving the four leading ladies martinis and appetizers as they discuss the unfolding drama of their friend’s situation.




Has your experience as a production assistant on the movie led you to consider a career behind the camera as well? Did it give you a greater appreciation for what goes on behind the camera?


Yes it did. The experience opened my eyes. I am in awe of what goes on behind the camera. I feel the more you know about your craft, the better. My first experience working as a Production Assistant was eye opening. It gave me an understanding of how much work actually goes into making a film. Every part that is played “off camera” is a position of necessity and value. From the Assistant Director to the office intern handing out script copies, I give props to what they do, what I had to do, and what I would like to learn more about. Before this opportunity came along, I saw myself directing movies down the road. The big difference now is I have more of clear picture of how I may get to this goal.

I’ve seen the trailer for the movie and it’s intriguing. How will people be able to get their hands on a copy of Misunderstandings?

The movie hasn’t been released on DVD yet, but the Red Carpet Movie Premiere was held on August 23rd 2009 in Washington, DC. For the latest updates, you can visit the website http://misunderstandings2008.blogspot.com/




Who in the entertainment industry has given you the most insight and guidance in your career? What did they teach you?

More than a few have shared valuable insights into this industry, so it’s hard to pick just one. But I will! Before her first music video was released, Amerie and I use to email back and forth during my first year of college. We were linked through our parents, who happened to be stationed at the same base in South Korea.

I was having difficulty deciding on how to manage my time between school-work and campus activities. When I first got to school, I tried to become involved in everything under the sun that interested me. Amerie taught me to strategize, advised me to focus on using my skills in key areas, in hopes of gaining access to things which encompassed my ultimate goals. We’ve lost touch, but the encouraging words will stay with me.

What has been your favorite performance to date?

The Stilettos & Curves Fashion Show Tour in Baltimore with the Full-Figured Diva Academy, now named Full-Figured Gems.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Living comfortably just outside of a city, supporting myself through modeling shows, films, and on-stage theatrical productions. On my down times, if I’m not starting up on a business venture, I’d like to still be hanging out with friends and trying to keep family close.

What actors /directors are you most interested in working with? Why?

I would love to work alongside Angela Basset, Julia Roberts, and Taraji P. Henson. Each one of these women has been able to pull different emotions out of me, as I empathize with their characters. I consider them very strong in their field of acting, and I only hope to be as breathtaking of an actress as they’ve become.

Did you learn much from your experience while shooting for “The Wire”?

Yes! I discovered a new world. It was my first professional filming experience on the set of a television series. I learned that everything to do with the location of the filming is extremely secretive. They told the Background Actors to park at a certain location, and then a van showed up to haul us off somewhere, only to sign in, and walk somewhere else to the actual place they were shooting in front of. I was the most confused, but happy person you could’ve met. Honestly, I felt as if any second, someone would tap me and say, “Are you supposed to be here?”

Has acting ever been a release for you emotionally? How So?

Yes. I remember a role I played in college from the book, “For Colored Girls who have considered suicide when the Rainbow is not Enuf”. Monologues were performed, and of them, I had three or four. One of mine titled “No more Excuses” really helped me release some tension off my back about someone I had to let go. That monologue gave me a free pass to tell off every man sitting in the audience each night of the performance. LOVED IT!

Lydia 4To gain experience, some actresses opt to write and produce their own one woman show. Would you ever consider this an option? What would the show be about?

Honestly, I’ve never thought of doing that. I’m sure it would be challenging, and very self-fulfilling. It’s an option. There are so many things I would love to talk about and share, not sure what I would focus on right now.

Did you have other dreams before you decided to have a career in entertainment?

Yes! Planning outdoor community events for families, sports fans, and music lovers peak an interest and I still have dreams of starting my own event planning/production company. Let’s see what happens with that!

Do you feel that your size has ever hindered you from getting a job?

Not too much. And if so, I’ve been oblivious, trying not to play the victim, and thinking it was a character or work history flaw. At this point, I analyze rejections from within. Regardless of size, I feel I should have the capability to win them over with my talent and personality. If not, then maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Actually, a lot of promotional jobs are based solely on looks and size if you’re trying to promote products at company functions or night life events.

Was there ever a time when you doubted this would happen for you? How did you get through it?

Every now and then I worry myself that I’m not doing enough to make it. I question whether or not I have the tenacity one needs to become successful in this business. Taking it one day at a time seems to work best for me.

Do you have any other up and coming projects?

Yes, and I’m excited. I will be modeling in the Fall/Winter fashion show given by Isis King of America’s Next Top Model which will feature designs by Colors by Nitra. I believe the show date is November 7, 2009. Also, I have begun to get things organized for my new production company. So, as the details come together for that, I will be updating at www.myspace.com/5105productions

What causes interest you? What world issues (American or otherwise) speak to you the most?

Poverty hurts my heart the most. It makes me appreciate what God has granted me, being thankful for what has been provided, and a reminder to not complain unnecessarily. Being Green is of great importance as well. We need to invest in, build up, and protect the very earth we walk on.
What would you like for young girls to gain from your experiences and work as an actress and model?
I want young girls to be comfortable in their own skin. I want them to have confidence and self assurance and to know how important it is to respect and cherish their friendships.

Do you have advice for women who would like to travel down the same path as you professionally?

Do not get distracted! Keep going. Stay with it and do not stop. It will get rough, but once you’ve come to the realization that, “Hey this is my dream”…no amount of rejection will stop you. Learn from constructive criticism, and move on to the next audition or project with even more confidence. Also, always be prepared and never be late! If it’s modeling, spend 30-60 minutes a day working that imaginary runway. If it’s acting, make sure you have 2 monologues by memory ready to go for any sudden auditions. Bookstores have various books to help you with this. Also, consider a local improvisation class. Much Love and Luck!

Do you love fablove?

Of course!

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Thank you so much for your interview, Lydia. It is great to see a woman with great beauty forge ahead in the industry in multiple areas. I look forward to seeing a lot more of you in the future.

Thank you as well, I’m absolutely honored that you’ve taken interest in me. You are the first to have profiled me and I give humble thanks to you for this. I wish you success in your endeavors.


Check out Lydia on these websites!:


Model Mayhem Page



Crystal Renn floors me yet again with another editorial shoot.  This time for Elle Canada. Thanks to the good people at Every Body is Beautiful who posted the pics for all to see.







This photo shoot is an ode to Frida Kahlo.  Shot by Leda & St. Jaques.

Via: Every Body is Beautiful


Marie Melodie is a knit focused fashion line based in Brussels, Belgium and is available to be shipped to the U.S.


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marie melodie tunic cassis_1


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marie melodie cardigan passion_1I want this!


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Marie Melodie does not offer any bottoms at this time. But the tunics, cardigans and sweaters are marvelous.  The styles and silhouettes are very classic and tailored and should make any curvy girl look fab. The pieces come in sizes 14-26 (XL-XXXL); sizes 44-58 in French sizing.  Be sure to notice the price difference between the Euro and the US Dollar when purchasing. You can get all these looks and more on the Marie Melodie website.

The model in these pictures is Stephanie Zwicky.  She is a French model and actress with a great blog: Le Blog De Big Beauty.  I love these photos of her and I’m half-tempted to wear my hair straightened so I can get the same hair cut.  Ms. Zwicky is all over the internet.  However, if you don’t speak French you may not be able to understand everything.  Check her out on these websites:

stephaniezwicky.com: translated version

Her Model Mayhem account: translated version

Her Muse Cube: translated version

Stephanie Zwicky Twitter: Sorry, no translation available

Images Via: Marie Melodie

Happy Friday Fabulistas! Here’s a new line I came across, Tru Diva Designs by Veronica Lipscomb. Enjoy :-)!

Passion Navy

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Tina Orange

true diva designs tina_full orangeThe Designer, Veronica L.: She is working this stance.

Cotton Candy

true diva designs cottoncandy_full pink patternMonica H.: She’s done quite a bit of work.  Check out her Model Mayhem page and her Feb. ’09 Venus Diva Mag feature.


true diva designs prints_fullJeannie Ferguson: She’s also done a lot of work.  Check out her website.

Superstar Tan

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Tru Diva Designs is created by a truly talented woman.  In addition to being a designer, Veronica Lipscomb is also a stylist, plus size model and the winner of the Miss Full & Fabulous Pageant of 2007.   Visit her website to read more of her bio and and see more of her Tru Diva Designs.

Here is one video of 3 for the Art of Curves Fashion Show featuring Tru Diva Designs. See the rest of the videos here.

Via: Tru Diva Designs

I hope you all don’t hate me showing you clothing that can’t be purchased in the U.S…..I just love to see what plus size women in the rest of the world are wearing.  Kanak is a line based in Spain.

Habana Dress Black/White

kanak-1This looks as if it can be worn as a dress or a top.  I’d wear it with jeans, but that’s just me.

Yoryu Blouse Purple


Cenefa Blouse


Better T-shirt Black

kanakpic-4This would be my “Please JB, stop wearing that” shirt, lol! I have a real addiction to t-shirts….it’s sad :-P, lol!

The Kanak headquarters are located in Barcelona, Spain.  Their main goal is to design “down to earth fashions” for women who are not the standard size.

And because the site is mainly in Portugese, I can only guesstimate that the sizes go up to about a 24.   This is a safe number though, the measurements seemed to go up a bit larger.

The model featured in the pictures above is Yessica Garcia.  She’s adorable, and this happened to be her first photo shoot, ever.  Apparently, from a rough translation of the Kanak blog, Yessica won a contest and was chosen as the face of the Kanak S/S 09 line, which was inspired by Cuba.  Cool.

Click here to see the Kanak Lookbook.

Via: Kanak


At fablove it is our duty to help you learn more about the models you love…

Get to know the gorgeous Chelsey Brennan in fablove’s 1st model interview.  Chelsey is a proud mother of two, a model, hairstylist, political activist and an all around fashionista.  She has been modeling since 2003 and is signed with Flaunt Models NYC.  Chelsey is also currently an artistic hairstylist in upstate New York and was trained at the Central Academy of Beauty Culture.  This full-figured beauty is a mix of French, German, black Irish (or Portuguese), Czechoslovakian, American Indian and Russian heritage.  She currently resides in Lower Hudson Valley, NY with her husband and 2 children: Cynthia (a beautiful budding designer) and adorable Bryce.


When did you decide to become a model?

One day I was browsing the web and I saw plus size models.  I think it was for an agency…I then decided I was going to take a trip to Manhattan.   A week later, [I did].   And I actually got signed that day.

Is there someone close to you who has motivated you to become a model?

No.   Not really, it was something I’d always wanted to do…which was impossible until the plus model movement was introduced.  I do have inspirations, years ago I was desperately awaiting every issue of Mode magazine with Kate Dillon, now the plus models are looking like a size 10 which is really disappointing.

So far, what has been the highlight of your career?

Representing another concept of beauty other then skinny.  I get to network with hundreds of people in the industry, attend events and causes, and most of all set an example.  Beauty is not a size, and not only a pretty face…it’s a voluptuous womanly figure. It’s what’s inside that’s radiated through confidence, and brings acceptance. I want to uplift all the plus size women to learn they are lovely and there are many people who admire us.

Why do you love modeling?

chelsey3I love the feeling I get at a shoot, dressing in all different styles.  It’s like being a different character for every look.  It’s a powerful form of self expression that the whole world can see and experience through the models photos.  I also like to set the example that not all models are self-centered and superficial.  If you want to be well rounded you need to have a balance, that’s why I am a plus model.  [And]I have my children, my political activism, my self progression, and my giving back in any way I can.

What is the most difficult part of modeling?

Being under constant scrutiny, even as a plus size model the trends are always changing.  5 yrs ago size 16/18 was in demand, now size 10/12 is considered most marketable.  That’s unrealistic and saddens me because it’s not a true representation of all the beautiful plus size women.  In order to progress we need to be accepting of the bigger plus models.  Another thing I’d like to mention, to my beautiful plus ladies…know that plus size models are classy, we don’t show our bodies in an untasteful manner.  BBW seems to be a term that people think professional plus models are, it’s not.  There’s nothing wrong with it, one can do as they wish if that’s what they wanna do.  In order for the plus model community to be respected by the straight size fashion world we must be seen in a respectable light.  You can be sexy…but keep it classy, research your photographers, look at what working plus models are doing, use that as your example.


You are an artistic hairstylist in upstate New York; is this another passion of yours?

Yes, I am an artist.  I love being in the “creative zone”.  I love working on a canvas whether it be choosing shape & texture for the client’s hair, or bringing someone’s facial features to life with beautiful color.

When did this become a passion?

When I was 12 yrs old…I was always the odd girl in school.  Very tall, womanly figure.  I was always dressing to suit my inner expression, had unusual haircuts, I got made fun of for being so different.  I was called “peacock ” because of my hair, lol…but now that’s a name I embrace.

What sets an artistic hairstylist apart from a regular hairstylist?chelsey10

Well…there are so many hairdressers “stylists” that have no passion in their work.  No inspiration, they just go thru the motions and cut hair like a factory…When you are an artist you have a “vision” and you create an art form. You as a stylist determine and create what will enhance the client’s features and confidence.

Tell us about your experience as a volunteer and supporter of Barack Obama during the elections?

Thank you, for asking…I am Barack Obama’s biggest supporter.  When I first saw him speak, I think it was the beginning of the primaries. I was so moved…I was mesmerized by this man’s, passionate, articulate, vision of where we need to progress as a nation…and really the entire world.  Barack Obama is so in touch with today’s generation.  He’s a committed family man and a true leader with a gift of words [that] can really touch people.  Most politicians are just that [politicians]…it’s all a chess game.   They’re stuck in the past and [are] all about stature and their own agendas.  Obama is a young visionary, an idealist, and I love that.

He has a beautiful gift of capturing your ear, he’s not afraid of being different.   He is brilliant, ambitious, and courageous.  That’s the kind of person I want to run my country…but there are many who are scared of “change” so they say there uninformed negative rhetoric : exampleàgovernment  spending & stimulus.  If they truly wanted to know what was going on they could go to BarackObama.com , www. serv.gov, or www.whitehouse.gov and follow everything that’s happening.   So much good has been done it’s incredible.  People need to see the transparency instead of spreading silly negativity.  So much has been done already…within months huge accomplishments were being made like signing a bill for equal pay for women, and having support systems for women and girls, but one man can change the whole government system.  There will always be an element of control, that’s why there’s a government.

Where were you, and what did you do during the inauguration?


I was at the Bardevon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The rideshare I had set up to DC fell thru, they bailed so I was reaaally disappointed.  So, I drove as fast as I could that morning to the opera house to be engaged with all the “Obamalove” I could muster up, lol.  My mother Renee and daughter Cynthia were also part of the campaign for change.  Myself and my daughter Cynthia [participated] in New York and my mother Renee did amazing things for the campaign in Florida. [She] actually went to a rally where Obama and Hillary Clinton were there.  I listened to the speech on the phone.  My mom and I text during his speeches, and his addresses.  It’s way more than idealism.  It’s not about that.  He is one of the biggest inspirations in my life and has made me see how volunteering is the most rewarding experience.  If more people had passion and courage, and volunteered to help their community, the world would be a much better place.  When you put the positivity out there it comes back around to you.

What causes are most important to you right now, why?

My children’s happiness and spiritual growth, their education, my career and passions, and my political engagement.

Back to your career as a model…What is your attitude when you hit the runway or when you do a photo shoot?

chelsey11I am Confident, super excited, and very powerful.

Who is your favorite model (plus size, straight size or both)?

Cindy Crawford.  I admire many different models…Crystal Renn, Kate Dillon.

Who is your favorite plus size designer?

Svaboda, Igigi, Curvygirlclothing, and Monif C. are some of my faves.  It depends on my mood and what I want to express because clothes are like costumes, with so many styles and textures and colors.

Where do you think plus size fashion and modeling are headed?

Well I’m unsure…but I’m sure of this…we’re getting more and more mainstream but there’s a long, long way to go.  So many people that haven’t been exposed to the curvy community, supporters, and admirers, are in disbelief that this can be in existence.  That needs to change, I love me the way I am…and I am together active and beautiful, [I am] “not just a pretty face”…I get that often “oh you have such a”…lol.  That’s an insult to me, [although] I must share that the ethnic communities have always made me feel amazing, accepted and beautiful.  I have at least a brotha a day tell me I’m big and beautiful [and] don’t change a thing, and I carry that with pride.

Do you have any advice for aspiring models?

Yes, don’t just do it for the glamour of it, do it because you want to empower yourself and set an example to our judgmental society and media that we are very proud of our full figure body.

What inspires you?

People that follow their goals and exude PASSION, and COURAGE in their daily life.  People that stand up and stand out from the rest.

What question/s should I have asked that I didn’t?

That was a great interview, you asked great questions.  Thank you for your interest.

Finally…Do you love fablove?

Yes, I have been looking at the site…endless sources of information and current events for the plus sized community and movement.  It’s really an inside look at the plus modeling community world.  As well, I love the whole blogging thing; it’s a more personal look into people’s creative expression and people’s lives.  I love the site! I will let everyone know about it.

Chelsey Brennan’s Stats/Measurments: Dress Size: 22/24; Shoe Size: 9 ½; Height: 5’8; Bust: 42D; Eyes: Green

Thank you so much Chelsey for giving fablove a bit of your time and energy.  It has been an exciting experience working with you and I am very proud to have you as the first model interview.  Your insight and positive outlook on full-figured women is appreciated and respected.  Stay fierce, fabulous and gorgeous!

Well JB, all I have to say is bravo! I am so pleased with the result, you did an amazing interview I’m so proud of the finished product…because it’s all me, all facets of who I am.  And so many times I feel like people are seeing this cosmetic image, but I am a diverse person with many passions.  I want people to know the real me.  I don’t perpetrate.  I’m just Chelsey aka “The fullfiguredfashionista”.

I want to also give a message to my voluptuous curvy women, Stand proud, You are lovely, You can be amazing, Always  strive for your goals, Live out your dreams, and hold that head high for the whole world to see “Big is Beautiful”.

Peace .

Check out Chelsey Brennan on Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/427027,

her Venus DivaMarch 2008 cover: http://www.venusdivamag.com/Pages/plus-size-magazine.asp?year=2008&month=03

and her Venus Diva March 2008 interview: http://www.venusdivamag.com/Pages/plus-size-magazine-detail.asp?year=2008&month=03&article-id=704840310


Crystal Renn is yet another one of my favorite plus size super models.  She brings it everytime as she does in this underwater photo shoot.  That’s right… underwater!





These are some amazing photos…one of the best plus size editorial shoots I’ve ever seen!  Ms. Renn couldn’t have looked better!

This is very exciting.  I have always believed that plus size models could do high fashion spreads in this manner.  Creative, alluring and seductive.  Those are just a few of the adjectives I can think of.

The photographer’s name is Luis Sanchis. He did the girl justice.

Via: Pipeline

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