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Open House was Amazing- Registration now OPEN

April 12, 2010

A fun-filled day full of love, beauty, and laughter was that of the Plus Academy Bay Area Open House!

Plus Academy Bay Area Instructors

Aspiring models gathered, instructors mingled with the students, all while questions and concerns were addressed about the plus modeling industry.

Plus Academy Bay Area

It may have been overcast and bouts of rain sprinkled throughout the day, but it was a magical day! Igigi opened their doors to us, while Sassy Girl Tees fancied treats- actually Red Velvet Cake Kabobs and mini 7-up cakes.  Volunteers sashayed in, while Tigress from Full Figure Entertainment, Shawnte of Entyce U Entertainment, and Jay Ento of Delicious Skin rolled up their sleeves to help!

Executive director, Gwen DeVoe flew in from New York to open doors to the first west coast installment of the Plus Academy, greeting aspiring models, making rounds with the crowd! I, your regional director, busied myself in the setup, greeting our instructors, Charleston Pierce, Y’Anad Burrell, Tracy Brown, and Dana Roeting on the day’s progress…

The day was so bright!  We opened the presentation with a warm welcome and greeting, thanking everyone for coming, with an introduction of instructors, directors, and our sponsors! Questions were asked and the registration doors were opened!

Plus Academy Bay Area

The women flocked to the instructors, registration table, excited with questions, aspirations, and goals! 10 Girls registered and we have room for about 5 more!!!!

Did you miss the Open House, but want to register?

It is not too late!  Registration opened up on the website for the Plus Academy BAY AREA!

Have questions about the process, academy, or the cost? No worries! Send us an email!


Full Figured Fashion Week Presents Face of Full Figured Fashion Week™ Cover Model Search

March 31, 2010

Have you dreamt of being a plus size model, and you were looking for your big break?

Full Figured Fashion Week™ Cover Model SearchWell, your chance is no longer a dream! Make it a reality by entering the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week™ Cover Model Search. Announced today, Full Figured Fashion Week- our first full fledged fashion week in the heart of NYC is now taking applications for your chance to fashion this title!

Sponsored by The Plus Academy, and Daily Venus Diva Magazine, the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week™ Cover Model Search is all about reinventing curvaceous-plus beauty, and is open to all photogenic plus size women sizes 12 and up.  This call for models is an exceptional chance of a lifetime for curvy beauties to be seen, and the prizes–including paid travel to New York and free professional headshots–would make any woman feel like royalty.  The contest runs from March 29th to April 29th and the winning entry will be selected via online vote.”

To enter:

The contest is open to all plus size women over the age of 18 fitting dress sizes of 12 and up. Model entrants do not have to be working models or have industry experience.

  • Model entrants must submit two professional photos: a headshot and a full length head-to-toe body shot
  • $35.00 entry fee and required photos must be submitted before entry is uploaded to the site for voting
  • Winner will be selected via online public vote

Contest runs from March 29th through April 29th. The winning model will be announced online and via various media outlets.

The Winner receives:

  • One round trip airline ticket to New York City (hotel not included).Winner must be able to travel to arrive in New York City no later than Friday, June 18th and stay through June 20th.
  • Two VIP, all access passes to the Full Figured Fashion Week social event on Friday, June 18th and finale event on Saturday, June 19th.
  • An opportunity to host the red carpet VIP reception at the finale event on Saturday, June 19th.
  • Photograph and bio will be placed on the event’s website for 6 months.
  • Photograph will be placed on marketing and media promotional pieces for the event.
  • A professional headshot portfolio shoot in New York City.

Is your chance to be a plus model so close, that you can taste it? Well, then hurry on over to FFFWeek’s site and register now!

Open House has been announced- Now What?

March 25, 2010

Plus Size Model Kate DillonDates for the Plus Academy BAY AREA have been announced, and registration for the Open House is now open!

Your interest is piqued about the Plus Academy, yet you have a few questions, no worries!  That is what the open house is for!

Why should you attend this Open House?

  • Have you ever wanted to model and did not know where to start?
  • Do you have prior modeling experience, but want to polish your look?
  • Are you wondering what exactly the plus size modeling industry is?
  • Do you want the opportunity to boost your self-esteem, confidence, and poise?
  • Are you looking to learn how to network yourself, not only locally, but nationally?
  • Do you know how to walk, have your portfolio ready, but do not know how to market yourself?
  • Are you looking about how to be involved with your local Plus Academy and want to network?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then our Plus Academy Open House is your first step into exploring the many facets of the plus modeling and the plus size fashion community!

At the Open House, you will have the opportunity to meet our executive director, Gwen DeVoe, our regional director, Marie Denee, and all of our instructors and sponsors for the Spring Session of The Plus Academy!

So what should you do next?

Register to attend!

Register for Plus Academy BAY AREA Open House in San Francisco, CA  on Eventbrite

After you register, make sure you fan The Plus Academy on Facebook, and subscribe to The Plus Academy BAY AREA’s feed to stay up to date on the Bay Area’s plus size fashion events and tips on plus size fashion!

See you April 10th at 1pm!

The Plus Academy BAY AREA

March 24, 2010

Plus Academy Bay Area Flyer

The latest news for the Plus Academy Bay Area

March 22, 2010

March 22, 2010

San Francisco, California-Aspiring plus models now have the platform to build, develop, and enhance their modeling skills with the launch of The Plus Academy BAY AREA.  Executive Director, Gwen DeVoe has carefully chosen her staff and has appointed plus size fashion blogger, journalist, and boutique owner, Marie Denee, as the Regional Director for the Bay Area.

On April 10th, 2010, the Plus Academy BAY AREA will host its first open house in partnership with plus size fashion designer, Igigi. Potential attendees of the Plus Academy BAY AREA will have the opportunity to meet with Executive Director, Gwen DeVoe, and regional director, Marie Denee.  Instructors for the Plus Academy BAY AREA will also be in attendance.  These instructors include former model and runway coach, Charleston Pierce of Charleston Pierce Presents; Fashion on the Square director and producer, Y’Anad Burrell; professional model, Dana Roeting; and makeup artist Tracey Brown of Blinging Beauty.

The Plus Academy BAY AREA is also proud to announce its sponsors for the first Spring session.  They include Igigi, Plus Model Magazine, East Bay Loop, Bay Area Professional Women Network (BAPWN), Hands of Healing Massage and Spa Studio, Classic 8 Designs, Full Figure Entertainment, and Naturally Delicious Skin.

Please visit the website for more information about the Plus Academy BAY AREA.

About the Executive Director, Gwen DeVoe

Gwen DeVoe, C.E.O. of DeVoe Signature Events, has risen to international prominence recently for creating and producing the first ever Full Figured Fashion Week™ in New York.  Featured in the finale fashion show were models whose careers have been shaped by training through Gwen DeVoe’s Plus Academy, the country’s leading training and development academy dedicated to plus size women and teens.
About The Plus Academy

Since 1999, the Plus Academy has provided unsurpassed training and guidance, helping to launch the careers of several plus models, many of whom have appeared in print ads, runway showcases, television programs, online magazines, designer showcases, pageants and more.  They have also offered a variety of personal development and lifestyle workshops for plus size women and pre-teenagers.

Gwen has expanded her Academy to reach plus size women on a regional level.  In March, The Plus Academy debuted across the country, with workshops taught by a team of professionals who are experienced in the plus size market and in conducting workshops associated with issues affecting plus size models.  “I am delighted to announce the openings of several Plus Academy programs across the nation…” beams Gwen DeVoe. “ …aspiring plus models need a place where they can get credible training in an industry that is already very tough to maneuver.  We pride ourselves on being the number one resource for all things related to the plus modeling industry.”
The Plus Academy has been integral in the success of several plus models who received their training with the academy.  Former student and plus model Shanta Washington feels that her training at The Academy was essential to her growth as a model. “The Plus Academy served as the gateway to success AND self acceptance for me at a pivotal time in my life…”, Shanta reflects. “The Academy was the greatest starting point for me as an aspiring model while at the same time, the instructors and volunteers helped me to become in touch with my inner self…they taught me self acceptance on another level. I would never trade my experiences and the knowledge gained through The Plus Academy and the Director, Gwen DeVoe for anything in the world…I owe my career to it!” Shanta has gone on to appear in several magazines, including Essence.
For more information regarding Open House dates and Plus Academy locations across the country, please visit The Plus Academy Fan Page on Facebook or email your nearest regional representative at the following addresses:

The Plus Academy ATLANTA
Director: Rhonda Wilkins
The Plus Academy DETROIT
Director: Cassandra Jones-McBryde

The Plus Academy VIRGINIA
Director: Bella Styles

The Plus Academy NEW YORK
Director: Tonya Giddens

The Plus Academy CHICAGO
Director: Myisha Hill