Beverly Bond on the pink carpet of this year’s taping at New Jersey Performing Arts Center .
Almost every year during mainstream awards season there seems to be a sting when, inevitably, Black actresses, musicians and notables are passed over for awards…or simply left off the ballots all together. We felt it earlier this year when Kerry Washington was overlooked for a 2013 Best Actress Emmy but thankfully, Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond has got plenty of love to go around for Black women at the eight annual awards show named after her non-profit organization, that airs this weekend.
After spending years in New York as a model and moving on to become a renowned DJ, Bond started her non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization in 2006 to promote the arts for young women of color as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Now she executive produces the star-studded women-centric awards show for BET — the same network that she used to spin on shows like “106 & Park” and “Rap City: The Basement.” In its fourth year on TV, Black Girls Rock! will continue to help shine a light on the Black community’s entertainers, humanitarians, activist and other inspirational role models for our new generation, that are often overlooked.
We caught up with the mother of this movement to find out what’s in store for this year’s show and what’s next for BGR. Check it our Q&A below!
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HELLO BEAUTIFUL: As usual you’ve got a great list of honorees for the Black Girls Rock this year! How did you go about picking this year’s group with so many amazing women to choose from?
BEVERLY BOND: We always try to get a diverse collection of women from different generations, from different career paths, but the common denominator is that these women stand for something that is important for us. They are role models, they represent the nexus of achievement of women of color. They are our best sheroes in their sectors so we have various categories from our “Young Gifted and Black” to our “MAD Girls” which are our young girls making a difference under the age of 25, to our living legends like Patti LaBelle, and our social humanitarians like Marian Wright Edelman, community activist like Ameena Matthews, and our rock stars like Queen Latifah.
When I started Black Girls Rock it was important to me to make sure we highlighted these women that don’t always get their credit for what we have contributed to society and how much we’ve contribute. You know, there’s a plethora of Black women to choose from; it’s not difficult to find great women for this honor.
HB: Did you originally have the vision to take Black Girls Rock this far? What’s next for the organization?
BB: I’ve been in the process of working on my vision of what I saw this to be and in the process it came to life. Sometimes it throws me off a bit like ‘how is this happening? This is kind of crazy’ It’ll be at the most random moments like when we’re working on production of the show and we’re in production meetings and we’re in Craft Services and I’m like ‘wow all of these people are here for this, they’re employed, we’re working and happy to be working on this show. Everyone at BET feels so lifted after the show, everyone feels good about the work we’re doing. I’m like wow! This all came to life.
Certainly we have bigger plans to continue to do this empowering work in bigger ways, to continue to expand our mentoring program, to become more of a research and hub for ideation — we’re starting a Black Girls Rock! think tank — eventually we’re starting a boys program. So there are many, many plans to continue to do this work and do it in a big way.
HB: We know the mentoring and scholarship programs are such a big cornerstone of what Black Girls Rock! does. What are some great success stories have you come across while doing the work that have touched you?
BB: There are so, so many! We did a documentary in conjunction with My Black Is Beautiful called, “Imagine A Future,” that focused on one of our mentees. You watch her transformation from going from a girl who when she first got in touch with us she did not believe that she was beautiful. She’s a Black girl and she thought she was cursed; she thought being in black skin meant that you’re doomed. She tried to put Clorox on her skin to bleach herself.
When she got in touch with me she sent me a collage. She told me she was suicidal and hurting herself, cutting herself, and all because of the skin she was in. People don’t realize how much that sometimes these messages telling Black people who something is wrong with you because your Blackness is there, and then also the internal color issues we have in our community, these things have major effects on our kids, especially on girls who feel unwanted, unloved, not as important as the other girls in the world.
It’s unacceptable for our girls to feel as if they are unacceptable!
She said she was watching TV randomly and flipped passed the Black Girls Rock! program and she was like “what? Black girls rock?” She stopped in her tracks; she was floored. It has changed her. It changed her view of herself. Now when I tell you this girl is the most confident girl you will ever meet, she loves who she is, loves her beautiful black features!
We took her to Africa, we took her to Sara Baartman’s grave, we took her to The Cradle of Humankind in South Africa and it was a really powerful experience. The transformation started before we did the documentary on her but it was a continuation. That’s one of our biggest stories and in it you can kind of see what we do; all of our mentees in the program and you can see this girl’s transformation as a direct result with us working with her and her family to help change her attitude. Now she’s an inspiration and a beacon of hope for others.
HB: Who are some of your inspirations?
BB: I’m inspired by all of the women we honor obviously, but I’m also inspired by the women in my family, the women who taught me what I know: my grandmother, my mother, my aunties. Then just women in history: Angela Davis has always been a powerful figure to me — I’m attracted to Afros! — so Angela, Pam Grier. I’m always inspired when I hear powerful stories of women in history like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. My mother was very adamant that I knew some of the pillars in our history. Shirley Chisholm was also someone who’s always appealed to me; I just love the audacity of who she was. So many women! Even as a DJ, the support for me really came from women. I didn’t even know, I wasn’t aware of it at first but women appreciated the way I represented them as a women in a male dominated field.
I hear people all the time subscribe to this theory that women can’t get along and we don’t like each other. I’m not going to say that people don’t have those experiences but I would say let’s not categorize that and make it about women, verses a person’s experience with a particular or particular women. I really do think there are incredible women all over the world.
Tune into this year’s star-studded awards show on BET, Sunday, November 3 at 7PM/6C and be sure to follow us at @HelloBeautiful as we live Tweet!
'30 Under 30' List: 2013 Style Mavens Edition
1. HelloBeautiful's '30 Under 30' Style & Beauty Editon
Whether they're creating a phenomenal natural hair product or changing our society's perception on the plus size woman--these divas possess an unbelievable commitment to daring greatly and a pledge to change. Scroll through the gallery and meet the marvelous women of HelloBeautiful’s 2013 "30 Under 30" list.
2. Jasmine Lawrence, Founder of Eden Bodyworks
Age: 22 Location: Washington Why She's Awesome: With the drive and determination of a seasoned CEO, the 22-year-old computer science major has strategically made her mark. EDEN BodyWorks was driven from Jasmine’s own need for a natural hair care solution. Devastated by the harsh chemical products, Jasmine sought to develop unique products that were all natural and really worked. Unlike most products that are cosmetic in nature, her mission was to develop hair care products that actually deliver their promises. EDEN BodyWorks’ product lines (which comes Peppermint Tea, JoJoba Monoi, and Coconut Shea) strengthen and repair all hair textures – whether relaxed, natural, or somewhere in between. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/EDENsjasmine
3. Gabi Gregg, Plus Size Blogger & Fashion Designer
Age: 27 Location: Chicago Why She's Awesome: In 2010, her followers voted for her to become MTV's first TJ (Twitter Jockey), and after spending a year with the company (and co-hosting the VMA pre-show!), she decided to pursue fashion full time. She has contributed to Vogue.it, Refinery29, xoJane, and Rookie Mag, and became a monthly columnist for InStyle Magazine in 2012. In the summer of 2013, Gabi designed a capsule swimwear collection for online retailer Swimsuits For All. The fan-favorite bikini sold out in less than 48 hours, and the popularity of her "fatkinis" made international headline news. Gabi recently decided leave her column InStyle Magazine behind to pursue her dream of starting her own plus size fashion brand. Follow her fab journey here: https://gabifresh.com/
4. Miranda Jade Plater, Founder of Limelight Extensions
Age: 23 Location: Michigan Why She's Awesome: Detroit's Miranda Jade Plater strived to follow in her mother’s footsteps by declaring that she would be an executive by 25. However, by the time she entered college at Bowling Green University in 2008, things changed. The economy was at an all-time low with unemployment rising everyday. So, she set out to create her own opportunity to fulfill her childhood dream of success. The 23-year old created Limelight Extensions to offer women of all backgrounds, from corporate powerhouses to college students, quality hair to reflect their personality and lifestyle. Check out the fabulous tresses that Miranda offers here: http://limelightextensions.com/
5. Cynthia Alvarez, Celebrity Hair Stylist
Age: 27 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Cynthia is the hands behind some of our fave hairstyles for Hollywood's hottest starlets like Alicia Keys, Anika Noni Rose and Rita Ora. As an expert in the beauty world, her work has been published in some of your favorite magazines like Elle, Marie Claire and a slew of international publications. Cynthia is definitely “one to watch!" Follow her fab journey here: http://instagram.com/cynthiaglam
6. Janell M. Hickman, Assistant Editor at Gilt City
Age: 27 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: After landing a coveted internship position at WWD, Janell's desire to work in the fashion and beauty industry was solidified. She moved on from there to work at major powerhouses like Victoria's Secret, HL Group and Ebony Magazine. She recently joined the team at Gilt City, her first foray into digital, where she helps Gilt members learn to "love their city more"each day. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/jmargaretbeauty
7. Lyndsay Luff, Assistant Editor at Glam Belleza Latina
Age: 24 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Lyndsay Luff catapulted into the fashion industry during New York Fashion Week as the Beauty & Style Assistant at EBONY Magazine. During her interview with Deborah Lippmann backstage at one of the shows, a seasoned editor snarled at her for talking to the nail pro for "too long." It was then, that she realized she could talk about beauty all day long! Since her days at EBONY, Lyndsay has gone on to contribute to outlets such as People StyleWatch Magazine, Fashionista.com, Glamour.com, and more. Today, Lyndsay is the Assistant Editor at Glam Belleza Latina, Glamour's new Latin beauty magazine. At GBL, she combines her passion for beauty with her pride in her Puerto Rican culture, and manages the magazine's social media presence as well as its website, glamlatina.com. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/ladyluff
8. Alexandra Elle, Jewelry Designer & Blogger
Age: 24 Location: Maryland Why She's Awesome: Alexandra founded the popular blog, TheGoodHairBlog.com. Since it's inception, her blog has grown into one of the top digital resources for naturalistas to visit and be inspired to live a healthier life. But over two years ago, Alex Elle decided to add jewelry designer to her resume and she created "shopALS", a collection of handmade earrings, rings and bracelets. Recently she dreamed even bigger and decided to pen her first book affectionately titled, "Words from a Wanderer." Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/AisforALEX
9. Nikki Ogunnaike, Style Editor at Glamour.com
Age: 27 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Nikki got her industry start as a fashion assistant at Vanity Fair, and then an editorial assistant at InStyle, where she wrote and edited various front of book stories and wrote fashion features. Today, the Lower East Side dweller is the Style Editor for Glamour.com. She spends her days creating content for both the fashion and beauty channel and if you happen to follow the iconic publication on social media it may just be her behind that Instagram pic! Follow her fab journey here: http://instagram.com/nikkiogun
10. Jacqueline Yates, Associate Beauty Editor at EBONY Magazine
Age: 25 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: With a niche for writing about anything unique that has a dash of pretty; Jacqueline is most passionate about lifestyle media, particularly topics related to beauty (her personal fave), health, fitness, fashion, food, events, and night life. You can most likely catch Jacqueline lusting over products in the beauty closet, trying to apply faux lashes at your local subway station, or parlaying through someone’s launch party yelling out, “2 Snappps!” Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/LivLuvLaurean
11. Christina Brown, Style Blogger
Age: 26 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Style blogger, social media specialist and all-around digital media maven, Christina Brown is a New York native and the founder of fast-growing lifestyle destination LoveBrownSugar.com. Recognized everywhere from the NY Times to Essence Magazine as a top lifestyle blog, LoveBrownSugar.com focuses on fashion and beauty for multicultural women with an emphasis on self-empowerment. LoveBrownSugar.com has quickly evolved from its humble beginnings in July 2009 to becoming an authority on style, inspiration, trends, and the lifestyles of young and savvy tastemakers. Follow her fab journey here: http://www.lovebrownsugar.com/
12. Clare Brown, Social Media Manager at Maybelline
Age: 28 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Clare is not just another 20-something trying to pay rent in NYC. By day, she is the social media manager sharing swoon-worthy beauty looks for Maybelline. By night, she can be found editing her popular fashion blog, Clarabelle. If she isn't glued to her laptop -- you can probably find her reading something by Edith Wharton, trying figure out yet another way to wear her chambray shirt, or eating something unhealthy with her husband. Follow her fab journey with Maybelline here: https://twitter.com/Maybelline
13. Jessie Adore, Blogger & Handbag Designer
Location: New York Why She's Awesome: More than just a fashion blogger, Jessie Adore has been able to marry her creative direction skills in partnerships and campaigns with brands such as Levi's, Nike, FabSugar, and Marriott Int'l amongst many others. Most recently, the NFL drafted Adore for their first ever nationally syndicated women's campaign, now airing on major networks across the country. Today, you can find Jessie handcrafting luxurious handbags like her debut creation, The Black Phantom, which sold out in pre-sales within 48 hours via instagram alone. Follow her fab journey here: http://jessieadore.com/
14. Patricia Ambroise, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Age: 28 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: New York bred Celebrity Makeup Artist, Patricia Ambroise has been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia, GQ Magazine, VARS Magazine, Essence Magazine, Brave Magazine, Ink Magazine, and Ebony Magazine. You can thank her brushes for creating looks on celebrities like celebrities include Neyo, Flo Rida, J.Cole, Trey Songz, Bridget Kelly, Nina Sky, Wynter Gordon, Big Sean, Rihanna, Spike Lee, just to name a few. Follow her fab journey here: http://www.patriciaambroisemakeup.com/
15. Racquel Dwomoh, Apparel and Accessories Designer
Age: 28 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Racquel is the self-taught designer and founder behind the multi-faceted apparel and accessories collection, QuellyRue Designs, based in New York. Her handcrafted line is a true reflection of her iconic personal style and character. Racquel’s gifted eye and visionary approach to design and style has made her collections an instant success an is frequently featured in publications such as Parenting Magazine, Essence, Ebony, Huffington Post, Clutch Magazine, Glam.com, BET.com, Centric.com. QuellyRue Designs are available at: http://quellyruedesigns.com/
16. Mattie James, Blogger & Founder of "The Style Bloggers Of Color" Conference
Age: 29 Location: Atlanta Why She's Awesome: Mattie first began her journey as a style blogger in 2010. Fast forward to today, and Mattieologie.com is now a daily read for today's 21 to 34 year old looking for everyday style inspiration. She's landed a feature in Atlanta Magazine, and ESSENCE.com named her one of the top 40 fashion bloggers in the nation. Recently, she was handpicked by Cotton Inc, the famously Fabric Of Our Lives lobbying firm, to influence the Southeast regional market on all things cotton and flown out to Miami to help style its 24 Hour Runway Show. In fall 2013, she hosted #RRRFall10 with designer Rachel Roy at Macy’s, where Mattie serves as an Atlanta Advisory Board member. Mattie is also the founder of "The Style Bloggers Of Color", a premiere blogger community that celebrates diversity within the blogosphere. In it's second year, the SBOC conference weekend is designed to help bloggers both personally and professionally to network with brand reps and gain insight from leaders of the style blogosphere. Follow her fab journey here: http://mattieologie.com/
17. Jessica C. Andrews, Fashion Journalist
Age: 27 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Style expert Jessica C. Andrews climbed the proverbial ladder from the fashion department at Essence Magazine to contributing writer for The New York Times Style Section. She’s the co-founder of the popular style and beauty blog, Glamazonsblog.com, where she doles out style advice, reports on the latest trends and shares the highs and lows of her journey in the fashion industry. GlamazonsBlog.com has been recognized by Glamour, The Huffington Post, InStyle Magazine and on Essence.com as one of the 40 top fashion blogs. Jessica's writing experience reads like a Who's Who of publishing. She has worked and/or written for CNBC, Marie Claire, MTV Style, She Finds, Ebony, Essence, Jet, Black Enterprise, Vibe, Uptown, Juicy Magazine and Jones. She also appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" and Fox News for her fashion commentary. When she’s not writing, Jessica enjoys volunteering at her church and spending time with her family in New Jersey. Follow her fab journey here: http://glamazonsblog.com/
18. Antonia Floyd, Global Marketing Manager, The Estée Lauder Companies
Age: 29 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: After turning down a six figure job with a prestigious corporate law firm in Washington DC, Antonia moved to New York City to work in corporate marketing and product development for the beauty industry's leaders. With seven years' of experience in the beauty industry, Antonia has helped launch new products and shape the strategies for some of the world's most beloved brands - including Calvin Klein fragrance, Mustela, Europe's #1 baby care brand, and Simply Vera Vera Wang. As a marketer, Antonia also enjoys being a voice for women of color to ensure new products offer options for a wide range of skin tones. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/antoniainc
19. Jouelzy, YouTube Vlogger at Jouelzy
Age: 28 Location: DC Why She's Awesome: During the day, Jouelzy works for one of the top IT consulting firms in the Washington DC area, maintaining websites for health sector government agencies. But many of you may follow her Youtube channel as she lends her expertise and witty natural voice on Black hair care to various online outlets and branded publications. Jouelzy revels in the versatility of Black hair and embraces it through showing tutorials on everything from natural hair to wigs and weaves. Need a new hairstyle for your natural tresses? Jouelzy is your girl! Follow her fab journey here: http://www.jouelzy.com/
20. Adama Sesay, Assistant Manager of Digital Content & Commerce for Ouidad
Age: 25 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Adama moved to New York City after earning her B.S. in Marketing from the State University of New York at New Paltz to pursue her longtime dream of working in the beauty and fashion industry. After working in the beauty industry for a few short years she has become passionate about questioning society’s standard of beauty and encouraging women to embrace and love their natural beauty. Currently, she a digital genius for Ouidad- The Curl Experts and a Producer of, Follicle, an upcoming hybrid documentary about people of color, identity and the barriers that lie in between. Follow her fab journey here: http://instagram.com/adamabsesay
21. Kelly Brett, Jewelry Designer Vivenne Kelly Collection
Age: 27 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: This Spelman graduate caught our attention with her latest accessory line which features intricate hand painted pieces of wood mixed with elegant touches of metal. Her passion to create unique hand painted pieces using a variety of techniques such as paint splatter, color blocking and graffiti prints stems from her core belief of daring to be different. Through her leadership, VK continues to expand and not only offer custom one-of-a kind pieces, but also put forth designs that reflect the elegance, beauty and complexity she envisions accessorizing today’s modern woman. Check out her latest collection here: http://www.viviennekelly.com/
22. Brandalyn Fulton, Broadway Makeup Artist
Age: 29 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: After leaving her economics major behind to pursue a career in Theatre Design & Production, Brandalyn has been working in beauty, fashion, theater, and television production ever since! She's worked in makeup for the Broadway Productions of "The Lion King" and "Mary Poppins." She also works in the Wig & Hair Department for the Broadway Productions of "Soul Doctor," "Evita," "Mamma Mia," "Mary Poppins," "Phantom of the Opera," "The Nance," and "A Trip to Bountiful." Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/brandalynfulton
23. Ngozi Opara, Founder Heat-Free Hair Movement
Age: 25 Location: DC Why She's Awesome: As a stylist who has always believed in the transforming power of a personalized hairstyle, Ngozi started N-ZO Hair Studios and coined its motto “Experience Quality. Experience Care. Experience Ease.” But it was just eight months ago that Ngozi began to envision a product that more closely matched her client’s multi-textured hair without using any heat. Heat-Free Hair is the movement that was birthed from her vision. Ngozi's new mission: Encouraging women to embrace protective styling in the form of weaves and extensions because of the benefits it provides. Join her movement here: http://heatfreehair.com/
24. Whitney White, YouTube Vlogger at Naptural 85
Age: 29 Location: Boston Why She's Awesome: Whitney never intended to be a Youtube sensation. After uploaded her first video documenting her transition from relaxed hair to natural hair, she soon realized that people were inspired by her own story and was encouraged to upload more. Her addiction to her audience grew and two years later, Whitney is still encouraging us to live better lives. Follow her fab journey here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85
25. Melanie Yvette Martin, Beauty and Style Coordinator at EBONY.com
Age: 26 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: In love with beauty, style, and female empowerment, Melanie began her career as an intern with NBC Today Show Style Editor, Bobbie Thomas. Since then, she has worked her way up to become the Beauty and Style Coordinator for EBONY.com. Melanie has since created an inspiring beauty platform on EBONY.com, Beautifully Brown. Beautifully Brown is a weekly column that serves as a hub where Black women of all hues are celebrated and beauty is adored from the darker girl’s perspective. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/MsMelanieYvette
26. Samantha Black, Fashion Designer
Age: 29 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Samantha Black, the Designer of SammyB Designs, graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2005 with a BFA in fashion design. She went on to intern with some of the top designers of the world like Jill Stuart, Michael Kors and celebrity-favorite Alexander McQueen. After her appearance on Lifetime TV's "Project Runway" season 11, Samantha began designing her latest bit of awesomeness which is a feminine line with an eclectic edge. Her new Spring Summer collection Double-Sided, will be available for purchase in the spring of 2014. Shop her collections here: http://www.sammybdesigns.com/
27. Danielle Lewis, FOX 45 Beauty Expert & Makeup Artist
Age: 28 Location: Baltimore Why She's Awesome: Passionate, talented & motivated, Danielle is sought after for her ability to create a flawless face. Danielle has been featured on Essence.com and in Sister 2 Sister Magazine. Her work can be found in publications like Munaluchi Bridal online, films like "9 minutes, 30 seconds" and on the faces of many. She is a beauty contributor for Fox 45 News and owns a luxury lip gloss line called Lip Lustre. Danielle shares her love for beauty, tips and tricks and so much more on her blog, ThatBeautyBlog.com. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/DLewisBeauty
28. Gwen Jimmere, Founder and CEO of NATURALICIOUS
Age: 29 Location: Detroit Why She's Awesome: A longtime and highly sought after healthy hair care expert, Gwen Jimmere is the founder and CEO of NATURALICIOUS, the #1 Detroit-based natural hair company and the first to develop an all-in-one natural hair care system that specifically meets the many needs of curly hair textures (the OooLaLocks Hair Box). After years of breakage, extreme dryness and overall bad hair, she decided it was high time to put all that hands-on training to good use and really begin loving her hair as is – curly, thick and luscious – and she hasn’t looked back since. Through her love of teaching others to do the same, her routinely sold-out workshops provide optimistic and rational education on everything healthy hair care for all hair types. In her spare time (what is that?), Gwen is also a business coach; teaching other small business owners how to achieve their most fulfilling lives, while having it all and living their dream of successful entrepreneurship. For products to enhance your natural life, shop her line here: http://www.naturalicious.net/
29. Shenelle Loving-Mays, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Age: 29 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: After receiving extensive training from Regents British American College in London, Shenelle found her calling in makeup. She's worked with our favorite style stars like Zoe Kravitz, Paula Abdul, Chrisette Michelle, Gabby Douglas, Ashanti, Alicia Keys, and Melanie Fiona to name a few. With her passion and drive, she has also caught the attention of Essence, InStyle and People Magazine where you can find her beauty and make-up tips. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/lovinglyMakeup
30. Alexis "Lexi" Felder, Digital Marketer & Blogger
Age: 29 Location: Atlanta Why She's Awesome: In 2003, Lexi did the big chop after trying to go natural several times. Unsure of what to do, she headed to the natural hair forums and Youtube for answers. While she couldn't find any Youtubers at the time with a similar hair texture, she decided to start her own Youtube channel trying out products her mother would send her to "tame" her hair. While working as a freelance reality television associate producer, her time didn't allow her to make as many videos. She decided to expand to a blog, LexiWithTheCurls.com. Lexi works as a Digital Marketer for Bossip.com during the day providing analytics support, partnerships and social media management and works on her brand, LexiWithTheCurls.com, in all of her free time. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/CurlyGirlLexi
31. Chasity Saunders, Plus Size Model
Age: 28 Location: New York Why She's Awesome: Talented and driven towards success, Chasity is a face of the Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion line (yes Beyonce's mom) and was hand selected to travel the country to promote the brand which included public appearances and featured television segments. She has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres show, The View, The Monique Show, E! and Access Hollywood to name a few. If you happen to visit any Target store, Chasity is a featured model in the Pure Energy exclusively for Target’s fashion campaign. Follow her fab journey here: https://twitter.com/ItsMeChasity