Archive for August, 2009

Sidebar

Posted in Entertainment, Hollywood, Pop Culture, Sidebar on August 31, 2009 by miaamber

Am I the only one who wishes there was like a movie/nighttime soap opera starring the two legendary divas, Diahann Carroll and Lynn Whitfield as sisters who hate each other and are CEO’s of feuding corporations worth billions of dollars yet Diahann’s son is marrying Lynn’s daughter so planning the wedding is a total nightmare especially when Lynn is a cougar with a 20-something- boyfriend who insists that her grown children call him “daddy” and Diahann’s life mission is to see Lynn broke, penniless and back on the streets of South Carolina where they were raised yet so help anyone in this world who tries to mess with either of the sisters because secretly they have each others backs?

Diahann Carroll

Lynn Whitfield

Don’t judge me.

XOXO,

Mia

Plus Uber Model Crystal Renn

Posted in Beauty, Curvy News, Entertainment, Hollywood, Pop Culture on August 27, 2009 by miaamber

(Re-Posted from StyleList however, I’ve added some of my favorite CR photos)

Crystal Renn

Photo: Ruven Afanador

Exclusive! Plus-Size Model Crystal Renn Talks to StyleList About Her New Book ‘Hungry’ and the Fashion Industry’s Obsession with Size Zero
 by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

 When Crystal Renn aspired to be a model as a 14-year-old in Mississippi, an agent (not from Ford) told her she had to lose 9 inches off of her hips first.

Renn ended up doing that, and then some, going from 175 lbs and 5′ 8″ to 95 lbs and an inch and a half taller in two years, eventually moving to New York City and launching a successful modeling career.

After conquering the eating disorder that transformed her body, Renn, now 23, is happy to call herself a size 12 plus-size model, who, with her new curvy figure has walked the runway for Gaultier, graced the pages of Vogue and starred in ads for Dolce & Gabbana.

Crystal Renn Runway

Renn’s new book about her intriguing journey, titled “Hungry,” comes out September 8 (pre-order it at Amazon.com).

We landed an exclusive interview with Renn in which the beauty opens up to StyleList about the dark side of modeling, accepting her body and coming out on top.

StyleList: Why did you decide to write this book?
Crystal Renn: I could only reach a certain number of people through magazine interviews and I wanted to take it to the next level and go into greater depths about my story. One of the messages I wanted to get out was that no matter who you are or where you are, you can accomplish your dreams. I’m a girl from Clinton, Mississippi, and here I am in New York. I also wanted to talk about body acceptance and help women feel empowered.

Crystal

SL: How did your eating disorder develop once you were trying to achieve the model shape?
CR: It started gradually. I switched to whole wheat bread or eating eggs instead of beef. Just making everything lower in fat. Then it came to cutting out desserts completely. I ended up losing 30 lbs in 2 months, but then I plateaued. That’s when it got pretty serious. I started exercising everyday between 1 hour and 8 hours. I wouldn’t eat above a thousand calories. And the weight started coming off again. And this was all before I was even modeling yet. I was 15.

SL: Once you were in New York booking jobs and maintaining a weight between 105 and 95 lbs, did your agency and the people around you know what was happening?
CR: I think you had to be aware that something was wrong — the veins coming out of my arms, the lack of energy, the hair falling out, being in a sullen dark place all the time. That’s not normal for a 16-year-old girl. But they pushed me harder and even set me up with a very expensive trainer. I think they turned the other way.

SL: Did you notice the same issues happening with the models around you?
CR: The thing about anorexia is it’s a really private thing. People who share openly think they are going to be judged. But I did meet other girls that I knew were suffering with it. I had a roommate and we were eating disorder buddies. And at shoots girls would share tips and it was really quite twisted. One girl said, “When I really want dessert I just eat fat-free Jell-o and I just eat tons of it.” Or there were tips on drinking Diet Coke or eating just the peel of apples.

SL: What was your own diet like?
CR: I was probably eating 600 or 700 calories a day. I would steam vegetables and eat them with fat-free dressing for breakfast, for lunch it was lettuce with balsamic vinegar, for dinner maybe the same thing. Everything was always fat-free or sugar-free.

 

SL: What made you stop?
CR: At 17 my body completely rebelled. I couldn’t loose more weight and I realized I was going to die for a job. The next day I was completely chastised by my agency for my size and one agent pulled me aside and said, “There’s an option for you. You can either go plus-size or do commercial work.” And I asked, “What’s plus-size modeling? I’ve never heard of that.” And she said, “Well it means you can be whatever size you want and model.” But she said it was for old women! But for whatever reason, everything made sense and I knew this was the route I had to take. I went and had a salad with salmon and walnuts and olive oil. I gave into what my body needed. I could be healthy and happy and still model.

Model Crystal Renn

SL: Then you switched agencies to Ford’s plus-size division and you’ve had a successful career. Do you think the enduring waif aesthetic in fashion will ever change?
CR: I believe it’ll change because fashion is always changing. A hundred years ago, heavier women were more ideal and now it’s a size 0. I think it’s a cycle and I think that women want to see themselves in the pictures — they want to see their size, color and height. I think if that happens, it’ll make women feel more empowered and they’ll love themselves more. In fashion, it starts with the sample sizes and I think designers are becoming more aware. But I think there have been many positive changes. I’ve done all of the Vogue’s and Dolce & Gabbana ads. It’s just a matter of time before it’s brought back to mainstream.

Plus SuperModel Crystal Renn

Crystal Renn sets the bar for plus modeling. 

I am a big fan of Auto Biographies and this is definitely a book that I am looking forward to reading. 

XOXO,

Mia

 

Brand New Day

Posted in Mia in Motion on August 26, 2009 by miaamber

Today is a brand new day! For literally a week, I have been stuck in bed with a cold that was determined to get the best of me. 

This morning, I feel fantastic! The sun is shining and God is good!

As soon as my feet hit the floor today this song came to mind. I hope today is a brand new one for you, too!

XOXO,

Mia

Celebrating the Life of Aaliyah

Posted in Entertainment, Hollywood, Pop Culture on August 25, 2009 by miaamber

Aaliyah

She was one of my favorites and I miss her. Today marks the eighth anniversary of her passing. 

How amazing would she be today? Honestly, I believe she would dominate film and music charts.  She may even have launched a clothing line– remember how different her style was? 

Below is one of my all time favorite songs and videos. She really meant a lot to me. I remember being interviewed on BET upon the news of her passing and I was a mess!

Let’s celebrate her talent and appreciate her genius for the short time that we had her.

Rest In Peace Aaliyah.

XOXO,

Mia

Mia Amber’s New Campaign for Monif C. Plus Sizes

Posted in Beauty, Mia in Motion on August 24, 2009 by miaamber

So, after my wild weekend of runway, birthday dinners, and style outs, last Monday morning I headed across the water to NJ en route to my own photo shoot for one of my favorite designers (and people) Monif C.

I’d been looking forward to this shoot for a long time as I was told in advance that we would be doing a shoot for the new fall line of convertible dresses, however, the inspiration was to come from the new House of Dereon ads starring (my BFF in my head) Beyonce.

 

Bey

New Dereon Ad Campaign

 

Me

Plus Model Mia Amber for Monif C. Plus Sizes

The shoot was styled by the wondrously talented Brandon “Blue” Coates, Celebrity MUA Tara Taylor and Photographer Krista Svalbonas ( a dream team) and I couldn’t wait to get started.  Shout out to Aspiring Plus Model Jazmine for assisting Monif and Brandon on set, and Krista’s assistant Nate, too!

Each look was inspired by a different type of woman who might wear the new convertible dresses in their bright new stunning fall colors.

There was the Bad girl (who I loved) the Red Carpet Diva, the Office Girl, and a few others.  See if you can guess who’s who!

It was truly a great experience! Thanks again, Monif!

XOXO,

Mia

Sidebar…

Posted in Pop Culture, Sidebar on August 22, 2009 by miaamber

I love commercials sometimes more than the actual television shows I’m watching.  That being said… 

Is it me or is the Old Navy Supermodelquins campaign one of the dumbest ads on TV? 

Old Navy Supermodelquins

How the heck are people supposed to know how clothing will fit their fabulously curvy bodies if all they have to go on is how it looks on a mannequin?

And the story lines? Booooo!

Old Navy Supermodeliquins

First they removed plus sizes from their stores, then they removed actual people from their commercials!

Get it together Old Navy!

Thanks.

Mia

We Heart Elena Miro

Posted in Beauty, Pop Culture on August 21, 2009 by miaamber

Incredibly, designer Elena Miro is consistantly the only designer to show plus during any fashion week held in Europe.  She never disappoints and we love her! 

Enjoy!

XOXO,

Mia