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Model Behavior With Sharon Quinn: Curvy Accomplishments in 2009 and a Call to Arms for 2010!, 12/01/2009
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As the year 2009 approaches its end I thought this would be a great time to look back on the many curvy accomplishments this year and the interesting ways we reacted to our plus sized peers successes and/or failures.

2009 was most definitely a good year to be a big girl! Full figured women around the globe made history across the board!  Comedienne, actress & talk show host Mo'Nique has had a stellar year!  Although her popular radio show was cancelled earlier this year, home girl came back hard and heavy!  She announced to the world via The Oprah Winfrey Show that she has a brand new fragrance that she's launching soon and she's wowed pretty much everyone with her star turn in Precious.  She walked away from the Sundance Film Festival with the Special Jury Prize for her performance as Mary Jones in the film.  Hollywood insiders believe that she is a shoo-in an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  She made a commitment to herself to embrace a healthier lifestyle and lost a whopping 40 pounds and made history this year on October 5th when she became the first black woman to host a late night talk show.  This move made her the highest paid entertainer in the history of BET.


The Mo'Nique Show boasts a live band, big boy sidekick comedian Rodney Perry and marked the return of the curvaceous Mo'Nique dancers, who were last seen on Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance.

With the debut of BET's Pay It Off, curvy comedienne/actress Kim Coles made history by becoming the first black woman to host a televised game show. Kim firmly cemented her place in history by hosting the first ever Full Figured Fashion Week festivities this summer in New York City.

Sherri Shepherd not only holds it down daily as a co-host on ABC TV's The View, she also has launched her own sitcom simply titled Sherri on the Lifetime network.  The show debuted to huge ratings, glowing reviews and broke records as the highest rated comedy debut in the history of the network!  You GO Girl! Imagine my surprise when I finally met her in person earlier this year and she told me she was a fan of my blogs!

Full figured & fabulous newcomer Gabourey Sidibe has been living her dreams and burning up red carpets all over the world promoting her film debut in the Lee Daniels highly touted (and Oprah Winfrey/Tyler Perry backed) flick Precious based on the novel PUSH by Sapphire.  The plus sized diva's name is also on the fast track to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the lead character Precious Jones.  Kudos to her for ignoring the haters, loving herself and showing the world that you don't have to be a size 4 to have a successful career in Hollywood.

Full Figured Fashion Week 2009 – This very necessary 3-day event was conceived and created by DeVoe Signature Events CEO Gwen DeVoe, was held in July in New York City. The curvy alternative to NYC's Fashion Week (which has consistently excluded plus sizes since its inception) opened to positive reviews and set industry tongues wagging about the gross misconceptions in fashion and body image.  A highlight of the event included the standing room only audience at the State of the Curvy Community Panel Discussion conceived by newcomer Marie Denee and the Curvy Collective. I was honored to be the moderator for the panel which included Hairspray movie star Nikki Blonsky, celebrity stylist Susan Moses, Deb Malkin, owner of the plus sized vintage boutique Re-Dress NYC, Full Figure Network Inc's Glen Johnson & Cassy Jones-McBride and Plus Model Magazine's Editor-in Chief Madeline Figueroa-Jones & Editor-At-Large Mia Amber Davis.

Attorney, former F.A.T. (Fabulous and Thick) chick & The View co-host Star Jones sat on Oprah's couch and finally came clean about her difficult weight loss journey via gastric bypass surgery.  Although her Court TV talk show was cancelled, she hasn't let that stop her and she has become a champion for the cause of helping her people get on the fast track to a healthier lifestyle.  Now Jones, who has lost a staggering 160 pounds, is using her knowledge about obesity and weight loss in an attempt to help residents of Jackson, Mississippi, the US's largest population of African-Americans and also the state that annually weighs in as America's fattest as she hosted Heart of the City: Dying to Eat in Jackson, which premiered on Black Entertainment Television on November 15.

Voluptuous vocalist Angie Stone released a new album titled Unexpected and shows off her brand new curves on her album cover.  Personally I was very happy to see her full body on her CD cover rather than the ¾ close up shot most record companies choose to use when they are promoting plus sized vocalists.  Former Sounds of Blackness lead vocalist, Ann Nesby gave us a new inspirational CD with The Lula Lee Project.  2009 Grammy Award winner (Best Urban/Alternative Performance) Chrisette Michele along with fellow curvy gals (and American Idol alums) Kelly Clarkson, Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, Mandisa Hundley (who has lost 80 pounds) & The Velvet Teddy Bear, Ruben Studdard have also released new albums this year. I wonder if American Idol's Simon Cowell had Mandisa in the back of his mind when he altered his way of "style over substance" thinking when by personally backing Britain's Got Talent runner up Susan Boyle after hearing her sing.  Girlfriend went on to break Amazon.com records for the most pre-orders of her debut album in history!

 
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