The Curse of Beauty

“Curse of Beauty”
What’s as beautiful as an array of vibrant flowers, sunsets glaring or a big full moon with star lit nights? What’s as beautiful as the delicate rain replenishing the earth with greenery, a perfect rainbow embedding the clouds? What about the crisp snow cascading on a cool Winter morning? We would probably agree that these are all examples of beauty. You see, no one ever questions the beauty of nature. GOD, created “man” in his own image.We judge each other. We have a habit of placing a person’s physical features or attributes above another. I must admit, I’m guilty of doing so myself. “She’s a 10 or about 5’5,” etc. We grade others with such harsh scrutiny! When an individual is what this world considers genuinely beautiful, they don’t see themselves as such. So, how do these individuals from (Mount Olympus) live with this so-called curse? What’s it like to have people always eyeing and desiring you? Most women spend hours sequestered in their bathrooms, just to emerge still not happy within themselves. They’re feeling somewhat good about themselves until a beautiful female graces their presence. They begin feeling completely devoid of beauty and their ego is left dangling. You may be thinking to yourselves, “Why is this man writing a blog about women’s psychological problems concerning beauty?” Well, I remember my niece coming home from school very angry. She was in Jr. High at the time. She told me that some girls who attended her school were threatening to beat her up. “Why? Did you say something to them?” I asked because I knew she had a smart mouth. She explained to me that these girls didn’t like her. Their reasoning was because they felt, that she thought she was prettier. “Wait!” I said. “They don’t like you, because you’re beautiful?” She went on to inform me that the little boys found her more appealing than the other girls. I was floored! As her uncle, I took it upon myself to teach her self-defense. I wanted my niece to be able to defend herself not only from a potential predator, but now also from her classmates. Unfortunately, this type of behavior continues today in the classrooms, boardrooms and our churches. It may not only manifest via some jealous individuals wanting to do physical harm. The physiological damage can come in the form of dirty looks, rolling of eyes, sucking of teeth and shady comments. Additionally, these individuals can pretend to be a friend, but hate you the whole time. The myth is that if a woman’s beautiful, her life is perfect. Not True!

Deborah L. Rhode is a Stanford law professor who wrote the book “The Beauty Bias.” You can view her lecture on iTunes located under Stanford Law. In the lecture, Rhode talks about the effects of appearance-based bias. She states that apart from money, physical appearance is the greatest dissatisfaction amongst women. If beauty is only skin deep, then we are a very shallow nation. Ms. Rhode points out that companies are more likely to hire you, if you are attractive. Did you know that amongst young women, if given a choice of being hit by a truck or to be fat that half picked “hit by a truck?” Wow! It’s unfortunate we are brainwashed with this mentality that beauty is everything. The simple story of “Cinderella” and her ugly step sisters is a great example. Does anyone even remember their names? I had to google their names and Anastasia & Drizella is what I found. My point is that sometimes a person isn’t valued when they’re viewed as ugly. Cinderella had a beautiful personality and voice. She sang to the animals, cooked, danced, sewed, cleaned and was loving. Anastasia and Drizella were mean and cruel. They refused to do anything for themselves and abused Cinderella emotionally. A person’s character has nothing to do with their outward appearance. It’s possible to be pretty outwardly and ugly inwardly. That wasn’t the case for Cinderella. She was portrayed as pretty, yet humble. Her inner beauty became even more apparent once she attended the Royal ball. Many are blinded from the beautiful, perfect colors of compassion, empathy, respect for one’s self and others. Their pupils are shielded by the dark hues of the me, myself and I mentality. Their jealousy, pride and self-pity surfaces. Once they speak, people see their true colors.

After shooting the (Style Fashion Week Los Angeles and LA Fashion Magazine), I met some very beautiful women. They were cordial and down to earth. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to ask a few questions of them about the topic at hand. They respectively obliged to my inquiry. Before beginning, I thanked them for agreeing and encouraged transparency. I wanted other women out there, to feel a certain connection to them. The goal of my questioning was to let “God’s” creations know this:
“Regardless of your appearance, you are more than a photo could possibly describe you. Maybe, a picture really isn’t always worth a thousand words? If so, then we are selling ourselves short!” And a special thanks to my sister-in-law and editor Debra Miller your talents out shine your beauty!!! Love you!

DSC_0038Ariya /fashion model

Me: What is the one thing that you wish didn’t come with your beauty? What is your curse?

Ariya: My curse that comes with beauty would be being kind. Don’t get me wrong I love being kind but unfortunately one too many times it’s taken advantage of. Let’s leave it that way because I don’t really like thinking about it, I still would like to be kind but don’t worry I am smart about it now. We are not yet in a state of consciousness where humans can be morally correct to other humans. I am a survivor of man’s indecency. Something that I feel I have been cursed with but again mind over matter! I am strong, I am powerful, I am smart and I am beautiful!

Me: Do you consider yourself beautiful? If “yes” why? If “no” why not?

Ariya: Yes I consider myself beautiful. Why? Hmm well because I feel beautiful at the moment! I don’t always feel pretty, there are so many beauty standards and opinions that it’s hard to know if your pretty. You know what though- it’s all based on a matter of opinion. Why on earth follow the opinion of some fat guy probably jerking off to this big booty woman on instagram who then comments on your post “small tits, needs implants.” When he himself is ugly on the inside and most likely not very good looking on the outside. By no means am I calling out to big booty women. Girl! You have curves? Flaunt it! Lady, you have nice perky A or B cup sized boobs? Wear the lowest cut shirt without a bra because you’re lucky. Some women can’t do it without anything slipping or not fitting. Plus you look amazingly sexy! What do these two women have in common? Confidence…. Confidence in what you are born with. I tell myself ( mostly my husband) “You are the most beautiful you and NO ONE else can be better at being you than yourself.” Never compare and I trust me I know it’s hard. Again do I consider myself beautiful? Yes, I do and i love taking care of my beauty inside and out as a whole person.

Me: Was there a moment or moments that awaken you to the fact that you are beautiful?

Ariya: Plenty of moments that “awaken me.” Pictures! Not mirrors. Sometimes when I am having a low day, I need to avoid mirrors and anything reflective so I don’t look at myself. Excessive I know but I grew up with a very skewed mindset. I am half Latina and half Caucasian (Scottish decent) and my mom idolized my dad for being “gringo.” Tall, green eyed man, white skin, freckles, dirty blonde hair and a build of a strong man. My mom is from Mexico who has lighter skin for being Hispanic, long dark black curly hair, fairly thin and big breasted 5’4 women with nice plump lips. She grew up in the middle high group of society and those people are so picky about status and the way you look. My dad was like winning the jackpot in her culture! I so happen to come out with darker skin than both my parents, brown ethnic curly hair, and well no excessive curves like most Latina women do. I wanted to have pale skin, green eyes and blonde hair to fit in to what the ideal woman is to my mom, to my dad’s ethnicity, and what high school thought was pretty. In high school I avoided pictures but from those that were surprisingly taken I look at and think to myself ‘what on earth was I thinking,’ I was not ugly, not even to society ugly. I am born from not only two different ethnicities but two different races. I am exotic. I look exotic… People don’t know what I am ( I laugh and say I am human!). The compliment I get the most is, “What ethnicities are you? You’re so pretty, I can’t figure it out!” Those constant reminders that I am unique, that I am beautifully exotic remind me I am pretty. The next compliment I get is “Wow, for being so pretty you are so smart and nice!”…. haha… thanks? When did beauty = stupidity? Anyway, that compliment reminds me of how beautiful I am. I pride myself in giving back to our planet, people, and universe with one small action of kindness any chance I get. As far as being smart, I feel decent. I am working towards my mathematics degree after dropping out of college the first time but at least I am back on track. Hooah 😉

finalVeronica / event planner

Me: Do you consider yourself beautiful? If “yes” why? If “no” why not?
Veronica: No, I dont consider myself “model” beautiful but I haved learned to accept myself as I am. Of course I have flaws so I work on them so I can get better with time.

Me: What is the one thing that you wish didn’t come with your beauty?

Veronica: Persecution from insecure women especially insecure wives. Sometimes I want to tell certain ladies that “just because you fell in love with him and thought he was handsome doesn’t mean that the rest of us feel the same way” but id be mean if I did that….lol

Me: Was there a moment or moments that awaken you to the fact that you are beautiful?
Veronica: There is no awakening moment for me. I was born and raised with family that uplifts and encourages. There was no room not to have confidence in our family especially for girls with my mother and her 6 beautiful sisters you had no choice in the matter…we were all beautiful, strong and perfect for every occasion

finalCharda/ Medical Student

Me: Do you consider yourself beautiful? If “yes” why? If “no” why not?

Charda: “Beautiful, means so much more than a pretty face. I know, there’s more to me than just that. I consider myself beautiful from the inside out. I’m going to school pursuing my degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. My future goals also include being a OBGYN Physician.”

Me: Was there a moment or moments that awaken you to the fact that you are beautiful?

Charda: The realization that I was a beautiful person, was when I turned twenty-one. I vividly remember telling myself I was beautiful as I looked into the mirror. I didn’t need anyone to validate me. It wasn’t that I was being conceited. I just felt confident that I was not a beautiful person, but also a beautiful woman. A person can be the most beautiful person there is. However, if they’re a bad person, they become ugly.

Me: What is the one thing that you wish didn’t come with your beauty? What is your curse?

Charda: Unfortunately, there’s one thing I wish didn’t come with my beauty. I wish that I didn’t get constant attention from a lot of guys. I feel like half of the time, I can’t just walk into a store without being glared at. When I go to the gas station, dudes stare me up and down as if they’ve never seen a woman before. I’m trying to simply pay for my fuel. I recall this one incident when I was at the store with my children. Some guy followed me around the store. He followed me up to the point of me exiting the store. He never uttered a word as he continued to stare at me. That incident was sacary and very creepy.

DSC_0116Lana/ Fashion Model

Me: Do you consider yourself beautiful? If “yes” why? If “no” why not?

Lana :I never thought of myself that way. Everyone has his own opinion about beauty. In my understanding a handsome man is in harmony with himself being the best man he can be. For me, I still have a lot of goals in life … a lot of work .. when they are conceived in thought, they will come true, I will be beautiful for myself. And most importantly, like yourself.

Me: How do you interact with other women? Do you get along better with men or women? Why?

Lana: I have an excellent relationship with confident women. But not with women who are insecure.

Me: What are some of the things that your beauty helps with? Career, finance, relationships, etc?

Lana: Beauty has always been and will be an assistant in any field, and if it is accompanied by a smile, consider that you are on the path to victory. The beauty is the outside but the smile comes from within!

 

 

 

 

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New York Fashion Week 2017

 

As I am writing this blog I’m about 30,000 feet in the air on my way to New York Fashion Week. I wasn’t sure if I was going to even make it there. I got my funding from the family who didn’t want me to miss this opportunity. Thanks, Gerry and Richard! So now I’m on the move. But this storm looks like I might be delayed for awhile but I’m praying that I can get some shots on the first day. I’m going to miss some of the designers but hopefully, I will get the rest tonight. By the way, did I tell you guys that I don’t like to fly? I am sitting here thinking to myself why I don’t like to fly and it just occurred that the reason is I’m not in control. I can’t see what’s going on, nor guide the plane, or listen to what they are talking about. Yes, what a pilot speaks about lets me know how serious he or she takes their job. But my biggest worry is the maintenance of the aircraft. I was in the Air Force and worked on helicopters and I know a good mechanic when I meet one. He takes pride in his work knows people lives are counting on him or her. So I think before each takes off the person working the planes should be there to greet the passengers. Ok, I know that’s asking a lot still it’s just a thought. Well I finally landed and rushed to Madison Square Garden Theatre were the fashion show was held. It was a great experience and the designers were amazing. So here are some of the photos of fashion week New York. By the way, it was so cold!!! No more winter trips to New York.LOL!!! Thanks, Style Fashion Week!!!

Designer: Richard Hallmarq

Designer: WANGLILING

Designer: Eddie Eddie by Billy Tommy

Photo Credit: Gordon Miller Photography

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New York fashion week 

Hey everybody, I know it’s been some time since I’ve hit my blog but I’m back. So the question is have you ever had something happen to you and you don’t know how to put it into words? I mean this is one of those moments in my life that I’m pretty happy about. I remember when I played football and was selected to be on the starting defense. It was a great feeling and a huge accomplishment for a 4th grader. And I also can recall when I was in love for the first time and found out that she felt the same way I did. And when she gave me her number and a kiss I was on cloud nine because she was the prettiest girl in 8th grade. There was the time when my son Philip was born and I held him for the first time, he was so small yet he instantly became the biggest part of my life. Then Caleb was born and he was my little thinker, I mean even as a baby you could see he was trying to figure things out. Not like most kids who tried to open a bottle or something but he was looking at the stars, plants, the fur on animals, I mean things that a six-year-old shouldn’t be thinking about. But by far my best moment was when my mother was fighting cancer and after her dialysis, she was so weak that she couldn’t get out of the car. So I open the car door and took the seatbelt off and carried my mom into the house. And on the way to the house, she said “thank you son”, and put her head on my chest. That was my proudest moment in my life. To be there for the woman who for years took care of me and the feeling of dependability. Showing love not just with words but with my actions. I now have another moment to share.

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I just got my registration email for New York Fashion Week 2017. As a freelance photographer, this is huge! Because I don’t have a big name magazine sponsoring me like Elle, Vogue, New York times, GQ, and many others. This is just because I’m a good photographer. OK, I think I am, is that so wrong. I’ve got over the first hurdle and now I have to come up with the funds to get there. Being in San Diego I am literally on the other side of the country. But I have the will and determination to make this happen. So my Blog friends keep me in your prayers and hopefully, the next blog you read will have my New York Fashion Week 2017 photos attached to it. Thanks.

 

By Gordon

Style Fashion Week

There are times in life when you are glad to be you where the mere thought of you brings a slight smile on your face. Not vanity by any means but just an understanding that it’s good to be me. When you may be happy just to be healthy or to be married or single . You woke up and said to yourself “self, you are alive and you are doing good today”. And as long as you don’t answer your own questions, you are right. Well as I’m sitting here at the Pacific Design Center waiting for LA Fashion week to start I’m glad to be me. This was my first time shooting FWLA and I was pretty excited about it. When I got my confirmation email I called my best friend and was like “we are going to Fashion Week!!!” Ok, I know for some of you it’s a bunch of people who like clothing that get together and say let’s wear purple this year. And then you see purple in every designer’s clothing line. Well, that is true, but for a solo photographer, this was huge. We drove up from San Diego and it’s been great, the first thing we did was get a hot pastrami sandwich from Tams Hamburgers and Pastrami in Long Beach. Ok, that has nothing to do with fashion week but I got the sandwich anyway. Now back to LAFW. The location was awesome and the designers brought out their best tonight. And if you’ve ever been to a fashion show whether it’s big or small, you get all kinds. LOL! So here is my photographic experience of Style Fashion Week.

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Love @ First Sight

 

I was in the 8th grade when I first saw Romeo and Juliet at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. I can remember the feeling of euphoria as Romeo saw Juliet for the first time. Here is an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet Act I scene five. “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” This was William Shakespeare depiction of love at first sight. That’s the way I felt the first time I saw Territa Torres collection at FWSD 2015 and it was love at first sight. And as William Shakespeare also said “she is a snowy dove amongst crows” and he is right, Territa definitely stands out in the crowd and especially on the runway. You can’t help to be captivated by her style. She is an excellent fashion designer, whose modernist thought, practical design, and the pursuit of expensive simplicity makes her an important and influential figure in San Diego fashion and growing. Here is my interview with Territa.

 

 

Lion Sight: In a short summary, who is Territa Torres?

Territa Torres: I am a Native (proud member of the Mono Tribe) /Mexican American woman who served 9 years in the United States Navy and is now a proud Veteran. I learned to sew while in school at the Art Institute of California – San Diego. My mother tried to teach me to sew but was no match against video games and outside activities with friends.

Lion Sight: How long have you been a designer?

Territa Torres: I graduated AICASD 2013, which is when I referred to myself as a designer.

Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner/ designer?

Territa Torres: I am currently working on being a full fledge business owner, but the designer aspect has been quite grand. I love going to museums, they are a great place to be in order to wake the creative mind.

Lion Sight: Were you ready or expecting to win 1st place in this years FWSD?

Territa Torres: It was on my mind to try and obtain that prestigious spot but I was not expecting to win. I saw quite a few designers with some pretty interesting pieces.

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Lion Sight: Without revealing your source (wink wink) how do you select the materials you used?

Territa Torres: Research. I do a lot of trend research then I take to LA and collect samples for fabrics, notions etc. Once I decide on the items I want, I go back and barter and haggle for prices. That’s a fun part of design as well.

Lion Sight:What skills are important for a career in fashion?

Territa Torres: Speaking, I have the skills to sew up a beautiful garment but if I cannot speak at Designer Meetings the garment will never be seen. I remember my first designer appointment with Fashion Week San Diego and I refused to let my nerves get the best of me. I also just recently had my first on television live interview with Fox 5 and I was a stuttering Shirley trying to say my elevator pitch but I refused to let it hinder me and kept at it.

Lion Sight:Are there any other fashion shows that you are going to be apart of?

Territa Torres: Yes quite a few. I would love to participate in Phoenix Fashion Week, Atlanta Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week, Fashion Week Mexico, Shanghai Fashion Week, Madrid Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, Small Boutique Fashion Week etc all before finally showcasing in Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

Lion Sight: What is your design philosophy?

Territa Torres: To make sure my designs are always moving the brand forward with the times.

Lion Sight: Every designer is different but how do you stay up to date with fashion?

Territa Torres: Same response as everyone in business. Research. I watch fashion news, fashion documentaries, read fashion blogs from aspiring and renowned bloggers. Talk shop with fellow designers, Makeup artist, hair stylist…Ease drop on people at the checkout counters for things they are unhappy with etc.

Lion Sight: Where do you find inspiration? What makes Territa want to sew?

Territa Torres: Museums mostly are my go to place. I try to envision a painting with my design aesthetic and I merge trends in my mind. When I finally have something I like, I sketch it. Once it is sketched I can move on to sewing it up.

Lion Sight:What other talents do you have that help you as a designer?

Territa Torres: In the Navy I was an Information Technician, I learned how to problem solve, if a pattern, sewing machine, computer application is not working I can trouble shoot until it is fully functional again.

Lion Sight: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

Territa Torres: Pleats were seen in a few high end design houses and currently some designers used pleats in small innovated ways. We are currently on trend!

Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Territa Torres: I see Territa Torres as a successful brand. Sold in boutiques and a few chains.

Lion Sight: How would someone order your designs?

Territa Torres: They are available on line http://www.territatorresdesigns.com they are made to order. Once my team gets the order it will take 2 weeks for a turn around.

 

Photo credit: 656 Photography

Photo Credit: Lion Sight Photography

Worship Experience

You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:28–29)

Have you ever met someone who is truly amazing? Have you ever met someone who is truly talented? How about gifted? And undeniably anointed! How about beautiful, not just an outward appearance but their personality and spirit are beautiful. There are a lot of new gospel singers out there who I believe really love God but some are relying on the beat of the track to move God’s people. Scripture clearly expresses the importance of praising God, but if we do not understand the reason behind it, we lose our foundational basis for praising Him—praise without meaning is empty. We must be sure our foundation is the truth of God in every area, including praise. Moreover, we should also praise God for His unending mercy. Salvation is from God, and “He” has given us many spiritual blessings. Our response should be one of praise and glory to God. After all, the Lord is good, and His mercy is everlasting. It also helps to pray before your service to help “free” your mind of life’s pressures before you enter into praise and worship. Thanksgiving and praise are an utterance of your mouth, the fruit of your lips and it publicly proclaims the allegiance, loyalty, and commitment to the Lord. (Hebrews 13:15)image
When I first encountered this soft-spoken woman of God, she walked up to the microphone and this quiet yet loud spiritual roar came out of her mouth. Her voice in the song not only created tears of joy, uplifted hands, but she allowed God to use her to set the atmosphere of freedom to worship God. She carried us to the throne of God and gently sat us at his feet and it was as if she was saying in song “here is the God you serve”. She began to sing “there is none like you, no one else can touch my heart like you do”. As the congregation began to join in I found my lips and mind were on one accord, my mind remembering all that God has done for me while my lips echoed in agreement. Soon my eyes joined in with tears of thanksgiving and repentance. My hands raised in a symbolic gesture of surrender and finally my head bowed down in the presence of his majesty. And Shante CD release was no different from that Sunday morning worship, it set people free and brought a feeling of understanding that God is good and his truth is really everlasting. So let me introduce you to this gospel artist a true worshiper. She is a Proverbs 31 woman, faithful wife, loving mother, and a good friend. World this is Shante Brown.image

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Photo Credit: Lion Sight Photography

Light Sight: When did you first start singing?

Shante :At the age of 8

Light Sight: what was the first song ever sang in public?

Shante: For Always by CeCe Winans

Light Sight: Where would you most like to minister/sing?

Shante: Wherever God sends me

Light Sight: Do you write music and/or lyrics?

Shante: Lol, yes partially. The Lord will give me a verse or chorus and then I would need help from there. Lol

Light Sight: What kind of music do you listen to today?

Shante: Gospel, Christian and R&B.

Light Sight: What do you consider yourself a worshipper or praiser?

Shante: BOTH

Light Sight: Who is your favorite gospel singer?

Shante: I have a couple. Of course Dorinda and Karen Clark, Kim Burrell, Todd Dulaney (I love the way he ministers..thats a few.

Light Sight: What do you think about the difference between the old gospel songs (70’s&80’s) vs the new gospel music?

Shante: Well I think some of the old songs make you feel convicted if I can say that. The new songs bring you into worship.

Light Sight: How do you prepare when you have to sing? (Physical and spiritual)

Shante: I change the way eat with fasting. Also for me, I know everyone is different but some foods affect my singing. I pray and surround myself with Jesus with songs, the Word and prayer.

Light Sight: Do you ever get nervous?

Shante: All the time.

Light Sight: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Shante: Breathe and let God lead you.

Light Sight: If you could go open up for any artist on tour, who would be ideal?

Shante: I think I would be just honor to open up for anyone.

Light Sight: Alright here is a fun question. What are the five things you can’t live without?

Shante: Jesus, water, snacks, my family, & music.

Light Sight: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

Shante: Take one day at a time. My husband sync our calendars so we can known what each other is doing. We try to alternate between the house, kids and etc. We also support each other as much as possible.

Light Sight: what else can we expect from you in the future?

Shante: Well, we will see where God takes the project and where he wants to use me.

 

Designer of the Week

 

How does a person determine Beauty? Are you beautiful if your hair is long and lovely. Should your hair be short and cute, curly, or straight and flowing. Does your skin tone play a factor? Are you dark skin, carmel color, brown, tanned, pale, or a blend of nationalities. Dimples verses no dimples? How about the color of your eyes, blue, green, hazel, brown, or black? What if you don’t or do have a hour glass shape? How do I get rid of these stretch marks? How about your breast size or lack thereof? Do blondes really have more fun? Would getting implants help? These are but a few questions that plague women. I believe women are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. There are many dimensions to beauty, and some more obvious than others. Having pleasing features are what society, particularly the media, use to define beauty. While these attributes are certainly eye catching, and sometimes hypnotic, they lack depth. Because you can’t measure a woman true vibrancy, radiance, intellect, and charisma with which she challenges the world. A woman who is intellectually curious, worldly, and one who wants to get more out of life. A beautiful mind makes a beautiful woman and that is the woman who you want to go to sleep with and wake up to every morning. Isn’t it in that extra thing — that thing that makes a woman beautiful instead of hot? A woman who knows how to speak her mind intelligently, who can captivate you with her words and opinions proves that there is nothing more beautiful than intelligence. Her presence alone can inspire those around her, filling life with energy, love and passion. To define the attributes that embody this deep sense of “beauty” is impossible. When encountered, however, it is undeniably electric, amazing, and she is truly unforgettable. So when it comes to fashion and beauty it is easy for a woman to get lost in all of the stereotypes. The media would want you to believe that there is a “Perfect Woman”. The Los Angeles Times post the 50 most beautiful female celebrities, People Magazine printed their “most beautiful list”, and you can find list after list. And There are over 157 million women in America alone and your list has only 50 people? So when you see a model the standard runway size is 0 to 4. And for some women they were never a size 0 or size 4 but they have always been picturesque. This designer proves that weather you are short, tall, slim, or thick a woman is naturaly beautiful. That’s why I like this designer she took what God gave her and made a line of clothing called Kristi Luv’s Connection. A place where women of all shapes and sizes can come and get connected. 1st Corinthians 13:4. I met with Kristi at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula.

 
Lion Sight: Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?

Kristi: I simply LOVE fashion. I feel it’s an art that allows everyone to express themselves no matter what level of creativity.

Lion Sight: How long have you been a fashion designer?

Kristi: I’ve always had a sense of style but officially a little under two full years now, so I opened Kristi Luv’s Connection.

Lion Sight: In what general area of design do you work?

Kristi: I am a plus size designer. God has bless me with the eye for full figured women.

Lion Sight: What’s the best part of being a business owner/ designer?

Kristi: The best part of being a business owner/designer is when I get those inbox messages or DM or even a text that says “I wore your item of clothing and it felt so comfortable and I felt like a queen and looked so pretty.” I know I have fulfilled my purpose that GOD HAS GIVEN ME!

Lion Sight: How will you handle the stress of the fashion industry?

Kristi: The fashion industry is ever growing and I know it is difficult specializing in plus size because “plus size models” are not always excepted or wanted. I’m doing what I am assigned to do so the way will be paved for Kristi Luv’s Connection!

Lion Sight: Are you able to take this brand forward? Can you deal with constant change with fashion?

Kristi: Fashion is ever evolving. Fashion is what you make it. It’s like you being a photographer you have the eye to see things differently than me. It’s the same with me, I can see a piece of clothing and style it to make it appealing. I welcome change and will make it my own!

Lion Sight: How would you relate past and present fashion trends?

Kristi: Fashion is a revolving door. In the 70’s people wore bell bottoms and they are still here now! However I do believe there are some classic designs and pieces that don’t go out of style.

Lion Sight: How do you relate to your target audience?

Kristi: I am always able to say something or encourage someone when feeling down about their size. I relate because I am a plus size women that takes pride in how I look oh and I definitely feel it! Fashion is my life and who I am! You can’t be afraid to go for the gusto! I liken Kristi Luv’s Connection to ministry in that I want plus size women to feel good from the inside out. You can dress someone and doll them up but if they don’t feel or believe it it will not work.

Lion Sight: How do you stay up to date with fashion?.

Kristi: Oh I study for sure! I research and never sleep on any new ideas for creativity!

Lion Sight: What is your design philosophy?

Kristi: Everything is not for everybody but we can find a way to fit the needs of everyone. I may change up something or place something differently add or take away depending on the shape of the person.

Lion Sight: Who have you designed for?

Kristi: The doors are just beginning to open for me! I have a model team “The Luv Models” they travel with me everywhere I go and they allow me to style them any way I desire.

Lion Sight: Where do you find inspiration?
Kristi: I follow several designers and stylist that I like. I even follow TRUE plus size bloggers and there pages are nice to see but my true inspiration comes from GOD!

Lion Sight: What makes you and your design unique?

Kristi: I get people that tell me all the time “Kristi, you are wrong, you don’t have any clothes in my size” my response, ” Do you know how many times I go shopping and can’t fit anything in the store? My stuff is unique because it’s made for a unique women.

Lion Sight: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Kristi: In 5 years I see myself in a brick and mortar with big lights and a lit up afro “Kristi Luv’s Connection! LOL I see me styling customers and my online store growing and reaching far and wide! With GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

 


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Designer of the Week

Zuhair Murad was born to a Druze family in Beirut. Shortly after high school, Murad moved from Beirut to Paris where he obtained his degree in fashion.
In 1999, Murad made his first appearance on the catwalks of Rome with an acclaimed collection that led to his participation in the Italian calendar. In 1995, Murad opened his third head shop in Beirut. His extensive lines encompass haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessories and eyewear. Plans to expand the fashion line are underway to include beauty products, perfumes, swimwear and lingerie, as well as furnishings.  Some of the people who have worn his design are Marion Cotillard, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Ivana Trump, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Kellie Pickler, Najwa Karam, Shakira, Katy Perry, Christina Applegate, Vanessa Williams, Ana Ortiz, and many more have been seen wearing his dresses. Priyanka Chopra wore a white embellished strapless gown by Zuhair Murad at her maiden Oscars in 2016. Miley Cyrus was seen wearing one of his creations at the Academy Awards, and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez wore his creations at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He also designed Miss France Chloé Mortaud’s dress for Miss Universe 2009 and 5 dresses for the final of Miss France 2010. Zuhair Murad his undoubtably made his mark in the fashion world, take a look and you can see why so many people want his designs and his eye for detail.

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Designer of the Week

So what is fashion? That’s a simple question, right? The answer you get all depends on who you ask. Ask that question to a high school student and fashion is who you are, your style, or your social status. If you ask this same question to a businessman or woman and they might say it’s the level of professionalism and success. But for me, fashion is constantly changing and yet it remains the same. This is what I learned from working with this amazing designer who is beautiful, young, and brilliantly outspoken. She has stayed true to the culture of fashion but has made her own style and impact on fashion in San Diego.
This is my interview with Fantha Tate owner of Thirty1Fashions this past weekend.

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Lion Sight: Bella

Fantha: Gordon

Lion Sight: How long have you been a designer?
Fantha: 3 1/2 years
Lion Sight : When did you know you could even be a designer?
Fantha: When God directed me to buy a sewing machine.
Lion Sight: Do you have a website?
Fantha : I do not currently have a web site, however my fashion is displayed on FaceBook as well as Instagraham. Orders are taken through each of those sites as of now.
Lion Sight: Who is your favorite designer?
Fantha : BALMAIN is absolutely my favorite designer!! His eye for the amazing cuts to his garments complement a woman’s figure beautifully.
Lion Sight: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Fantha: I hope to be a fully functional business woman that meets the needs of encouraging woman spiritually, mentally, physically and creating a legacy of virtue that will forever change woman’s fashion and lifestyle.

Lion Sight: Have you ever been featured in a fashion show?

Fantha: Yes I have featured in fashions shows and I am currently available for booking.
Lion Sight: How can someone get your clothing line?
Fantha: I have contact information posted on my FaceBook as well as Instagraham sites.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thirty1Fashions

Instragraham: http://instagram.com/thirty1fashions

Photo Credit: Lion Sight Photography