2017 Life Styled Honorees

Maui Bigelow of PHAT Girl FreshIt is no secret the PHAT Girl Fresh is a feminine brand with a feminist voice. It is not only home to my thoughts and beliefs but a place to gather and share the views of other women. I created my platform in this manner because I know that there is much growth to experience and knowledge to obtain from one woman to another.

My beliefs about womanhood grew from the many seeds planted in my life as a girl. I experienced the most traumatic situation of my life but I remained encouraged because of the women who nurtured me and the women who I watched as I transitioned into womanhood. Because of these women, what could have destroyed me led me to my purpose and made me the woman I am today.

Even now as a woman who has found her purpose, I still look to other women for encouragement and guidance as I travel through this thing called life. I learned early on that you can learn a lot from the way a person style their life and because of this… I now pay close attention to every woman I encounter. She may not have the same social status, we may have different views and she may style her life in a way that is unfavorable to myself and others but I know that she has something to contribute that I can absorb.

Watching the way other women style their lives is what led me to structure the brand’s annual in the manner in which I did, it is also why I named the event PHAT Girl Fresh Presents Life Styled. More than celebrating the brand’s anniversary, I wanted to use the event to honor women who styled their lives in a manner which proved to be a source of empowerment for themselves and other women. I wanted women to know that their strengths and hard work were not going unnoticed and I also wanted women who looked to them as a source of empowerment to experience being in their presence. Life Styled 2017

Like all the years’ prior, this year I am excited to honor a group of women who answered the call of millions of women and girls. These are women who have committed themselves to doing the work of empowered women by styling their lives in a way that empowers other women. I feel obligated to salute these women because they exhibit all the characteristics of a women who are PHAT Girl Fresh; passionate, happy, appreciative and true. Oh, YES… they slay life and look damn good doing it!

Well, I guess I should pour up the tea because I have brewed it long enough! Below you will find the 2017 Life Styled Honorees, and I am sure you will agree that their lives are styled to slay!

Madeline F. Jones, Plus Model Magazine

Madeline Jones Editor In Chief of Plus Model Magazine

Madeline Jones, a NY native, is the editor-in-chief of PLUS Model Magazine (PMM), the #1 virtual publication celebrating the plus size fashion and plus modeling industry.

Always an activist and looking to bring plus size women into a fashion forward mentality, in 2006 she combined forces with friend and online magazine publisher, Valery Amador, to create PLUS Model Magazine, where they could respond to plus women’s demand for fashionable clothing displayed prominently on appropriately sized models. Since then, Ms. Figueroa-Jones has quickly become the, ‘Anna Wintour’ of the plus size industry where she is frequently called upon for her expertise and insight; Appearances and interviews include ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Entertainment Tonight, Coco Perez, Fox News, HuffingtonPost.com and 200+ other media sources.

Ms. Figueroa-Jones has produced stunning editorials and issues that push the envelope, going where no other traditional fashion magazine dares to go; including edgy fashion spreads aimed at featuring the plus size modeling industry in it’s truest light, as well as exclusive interviews offering insight into some of today’s top models and industry professionals. Under her direction, in January 2012 PMM hit viral status for the explosive editorial, PLUS SIZE BODIES, WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM ANYWAY?”.  In October, 2012 PMM went viral again when they took on Body Shaming in a stunning editorial feature seen on television documentary-series Curvy Girls.

Most recently Madeline Jones collaborated with designer Marla Wynne for the Plus Project seen on HSN and moderated the “Retailers’ panel at Curvy Con.

Madeline is also a mother to daughter Madison and wife to photographer, Luke Jones.

Chastity Valentine, Garnerstyle and The CurvyCon

Chastity Valentine of Garnerstyle

As seen on Oprah.comThe New York Times, and Elle MagazineGarnerStyle.com was founded in October of 2008 by Chastity Garner to coincide with her image consulting business. Through GarnerStyle, she offers complimentary inspiration and advice to plus size women who want to achieve style. What began as an experiment with little knowledge as to what “blogging” even was or how it would impact social media became a platform with 19.5K followers on Twitter, 215K followers in Instagram, and get this—nearly 1 million followers on Facebook! Who knew blogging could become a full-time job? It did for Chastity. She has chronicled her life, her clothes, travel, her marriage, moving to a new city, and many other adventures through her blog. And there is still much more in store to come!  Chastity is the author of The Curvy Girl’s Guide to Style, she currently resides in California with her amazing husband and her lovely “furbaby,” Shug.

Shaina Harrison, Out Of The Corner and Cornerrich.com

Shaina Harrison of Out Of The Corner

Shaina Harrison is the Program Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) Shaina Harrison also known as Out of the Corner is a Life stylist Activist and Blogger (Cornerrich.com)who has dedicated her time to Styling lives by creating brave spaces’. She focuses on connecting the dots between self-esteem, self-love, fashion and trauma offering her clients a holistic approach. Over the years Shaina has styled plus size fashion look books and facilitated hundreds of trauma and wellness training’s encouraging her to create the Brave Space INC. ‘Styling Lives by Creating Brave Spaces. A culmination of events and workshops that foster spaces where different points on a journey of learning and growing are acknowledged.  Through interactive presentations, participants engage in critical dialog on self-esteem, beauty, love, sisterhood and trauma.  Workshops coined by the Brave Space Inc, “Recovering from Our Childhoods”, “PLUS and Proud” , “Falling in Love from the Inside Out” and “Motherless Children.” Shaina’s commitment to building stronger communities and power-fullness has been documented by the New Yorker, NBC TV’s Here and Now, NY1 and many other media outlets. Shaina Harrison holds a M.A from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A certificate in Fashion Styling from F.I.T

Molly Hopkins, LiviRae Lingerie 

Molly Hopkins of LiviRae

In 2006,  LiviRae Lingerie began their mission to bra fit for breast health, saving women one cup at a time. Specializing in custom bra fit, LiviRae Lingerie carries products and sizes not found in most mainstream stores.
After being chosen to star in Lifetime’s reality series Double Divas, Molly & Cynthia gained international recognition. This popularity has made LiviRae Lingerie a unique shopping destination. The Double Divas have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, The View, Dance Moms, Atlanta & Co., The Regular Guys 100.5, Married to Medicine, Big Women Big Love, and many other local and international tv shows, blogs  and websites. Molly & Cynthia have been honored with the title of “Best Personal Touch”  at the Best of Intima Awards and the “Best Custom Bra Fit” by Best Self Magazine Atlanta. The Double Divas were recently chosen to be a part of the “Over 40 & Fabulous” Advisory Board for Best Self Magazine and have even been featured on Cosmopolitan.com, USA Today, and Buzzfeed!
As the Double Divas stars, Molly & Cynthia are self-proclaimed “country girls” with a true God-given talent for fitting, design, and helping women “one breast at a time!”​

Jasmine Elder, Jibri 

Jasmine Elder of Jibri

Jasmine Elder is an American fashion designer and the creator of the plus size contemporary women’s label, JIBRI. JIBRI is dedicated to creating garments for the fashion-conscious curvy woman (size 10-28).
Jasmine grew up in Atlanta and has lived in both NY and London as a student. She was introduced to garment construction by her teenage friend and mentor, Jibri Mann when she was in high school. The line was aptly named after him in 2006. Garments from the collections were first made available in 2009.
JIBRI designs have been worn by many singers & starlets including Tamela Mann,  Tasha Cobbs, Kiera Sheard, Jill Scott, Toccara, Amber Riley, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Tess Holiday, Gabourey Sidibe & Lonnie Love.

JIBRI has been seen in Lucky, Marie Claire, Bust, Cosmopolitan, Uptown, People Style, Essence, & InStyle Magazine. 

Falon Bonner, FB Fitness INC.

Falon Bonner of FB Fitness INC

Falon Bonner is the wife to the late Attorney Nikki Bonner as well as a Mom, Author and Empowerment Coach. Purposed with the assignment to serve women through the teaching of Gods word pertaining to sex, dating and relationships; Falon pours into over 14 thousand women weekly. She considers it a privilege to serve women all across the world by helping them dump the rigorous “dating cycle” and finally marry their Boaz.

As an Empowerment Coach, Falon makes it her priority to help women face the challenges of dating and overcome the anxiety of desiring a mate. Falon’s coaching sessions will lead you from repetitive failed relationships to an established relationship with Jesus Christ, which will ultimately prepare you to become a wife and marry the man that God designed to exceed your dreams.

With a huge following of both singles and married couples, Falon is determined to show you how to stop settling for a “Good Choice” so that you can finally meet your “God Choice”. As she always declares, “You are the Prize”, so get ready to receive Gods Best!

A great group huh? Yeah, I know!

So, how many of you plan to attend the 2017 PHAT Girl Fresh Presents Life Styled Event? Well, guess what… tickets go on sale today at 4:20 p.m! If I were you I would take advantage of the early bird tickets now because there is a limited amount and they will only be available for a limited time. For tickets, click HERE.