Hello to all!! My name is Shawana Vickers and I am very excited to be the new Contributor for the Beauty & Fashion column for this great publication! I love EVERYTHING about fashion, beauty, and makeup and that is exactly what you can expect to see from me mixed with lots of FUN! As a 30 year old wife and mother of two beautiful boys, I bring lots of experience to this section. I am a plus-size model who started my career path and interest in the fashion world professionally in 2007 by winning Miss Big and Beautiful (a beauty pageant in Orlando, Florida). I have also won various awards in the plus-size community including Curvy Chick of the Month by Bombshell Magazine, modeled for Torrid clothing store in Gainesville, Florida, Ashley Stewart Grand Opening in St. Petersburg, Florida with the legendary singer Shirley Murdock. My recent accomplishments includes being selected by Carol’s Daughter as a Style Icon finalist, and recognized for my fashion, style, and community actions by Venus Diva as “Diva of the Day” and competed in the “Face of Full Figured Fashion Week- New York City” for 2013. Of course because of that I absolutely love makeup and enjoy teaching women how to feel good about themselves and how to properly apply makeup, I started my own company called Love of Beauty by ShawanaV in which I serve as a freelance makeup artist and stylist.
As native of Rochester, New York I have traveled to many places before making my current city of Ocala, Florida my home. I saw the need and lack of empowerment for women and young girls not just in my city but across the globe. In 2006 I along with my partner we founded a faith-based non-profit organization entitled, More Than Enough, Inc. which I currently serve as the Co-CEO. Our organization focuses on empowering and building self-esteem which has now expanded to men and children as well. In order to assist the members of our organization, we created a division that incorporates modeling and fashion at the same time. MTE, Inc. model troupes includes models of all sizes, shapes, ages, and backgrounds. I along with our fashion team searches for the latest styles and fashion from various style icons in the industry, magazines and local fashionable and creative individuals to give our models makeovers and create unique and memorable fashion shows that no one could ever forget!
In the Beauty & Fashion column you can look forward to seeing the latest styles and trends from across the globe! I along with our team of beauty experts are sure to keep you informed of what is hot and what you should be rocking for the season! To top it off, we are implementing a fabulous feature where we will give you live tutorial videos that will feature makeup, fashion, shopping and much more which will be uploaded on our website! So, Women of Standard—Are you ready to journey into the world of Beauty and Fashion? If so, Let’s Go!
More Than Enough, Inc.—www.mteempowers.org
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