Big is beautiful 

Good day my curveous chicks,

I am sure you have noticed as have I recently, advertising campaigns gracing our screens of “real women” in the Dove commercial and plus size models sashaying down runaways at most fashion shows so for this weeks post I wanted to showcase a few actors and models who are making waves in the industry and I LOVE it. 

(All images courtesy of Google images)

Dascha Polanco

When one of my friends recommended Orange is the New black to me I admit I was at first sceptical but after the first episode I was hooked. I find it so interesting the dynamic between the different ethnicities and also how the relationships between the inmates build with each episode. I loved the storyline with Daya played by the gorgeous Dascha. Her fuller figure suit bold dresses with cut out details and her complexion really makes this dress pop. 

Melissa McCarthy

From the moment I saw Bridesmaids at the cinema, I thought that Melissa was the breakout star. She is so funny she brings me to tears and she really knows how to dress on trend and age appropriate which I think is so important for the older woman. Some styles can be frumpy when dressing a bigger frame but she really knows which designers suit her. 

Ashley Graham

Like the day I first heard the term “super model” I also remember the day the first plus sized model walked down the catwalk and Ashley has really found her niche in successful runway and editorial campaigns so early in her career. She really knows how to show off her hourglass figure and accentuate her curves with the peekaboo neck line and thigh high split of this red dress. I love how she pairs this va va voom number with simple hair and shoes – with a figure like that accessories should be kept to a minimum. 

Rebel Wilson

With a host of hilarious movies and adverts under her belt this Aussie star is on the rise. I loved her in pitch perfect where although her weight was initially made fun of, her talent shone through and I love how her fun attitude transcends to her sense of style on the red carpet also. This navy, sparkly long sleeved shift dress is both flattering and clings to her curves effortlessly. I love the classic court shoes and curly hair also – as though she has just stepped off the a beach in Sydney straight to a red carpet event. 

Jonah Hill

Although he has made countless films, for me I loved him in Wolf of Wall Street. His dress sense in that movie was all pastel golf jumpers and plaid trousers but he really knows how to pull off a tailored suit and tie for a premiere. The importance of a great fitting suit should be a staple of every mans wardrobe, finding the balance between broad shoulders and a thicker middle can make for the most attractive look for any man dressing for an important occasion. 

What with Joan in her fitted dresses in Mad Men to Oprah Wimphrey on her daily chat show, there are so many personalities on our screens which are constantly pushing the boundaries of what society deems attractive and it’s so exciting to see even fashion designers are including fuller “real” women in their campaigns. It is so important to show the next generation that they do not need to be super skinny, have cascading blonde locks or be of a certain skin colour to be the best version of themselves they can be. Beauty should not be defined by any of those parameters, it truly is in the eye of the beholder. 

Until next time, take care

Keya X

Bollywood and Beyond

Good day my advertising adventurers,
As I know I have told you in previous posts, when I was growing up I immersed myself in Fashion magazines and I used to have Fashion TV on repeat all day during the summer holidays – I just couldn’t get enough. When I was in my early 20’s, I was scouted by a talent agency whilst waiting for my mum outside Sloane Square station. This quickly led to me having a portfolio shoot done in a top London studio which was an amazing experience. I feel extremely lucky to have been in a few adverts on television and I also was an extra on the Pride of Britain Awards where I got to meet an air stewardess who delivered a baby mid flight – she was truly inspirational. Even though my career in the industry has been put on hold for now, I have the utmost respect for people who have worked so hard  and overcame such rejection and competition to become successful in the entertainment industry which leads me perfectly onto the third installment of my interview trilogy. Please can  I introduce to you one of my cousins, Carla Dennis.
Hi Carla, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. For those of my followers who are not yet familiar with you, can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do for a living?

Hi Keya, My name is Carla, I am a South African Fashion model and trained actress residing in Mumbai. I have recently completed my first Bollywood film.

Have you always wanted to model or did you have another dream job when you were growing up?

A chef

What made you move to Mumbai from Cape Town?

During law school in Pretoria, South Africa I was scouted by an editor from Vogue India during the IPL matches. I thereafter became a finalist in Miss Bollywood representing Shah Rukh Khan’s team – The Kolkata Knight Riders.


In your opinion, what is the best thing about moving overseas?

The ability to discover many new cultures and to grow mentally, spiritually and intellectually outside of your comfort zone.

Do you prefer high fashion shoots or television advertising campaigns?

Each are fun and exciting but my true love is television advertising campaigns which allows me to act.


Do you have a strict diet and exercise plan or are you more of a everything in moderation person?
I do not believe in diets, what matters most to me is being healthy and eating nutritionally dense foods. My eating plan consists of mostly fruits, vegetables, lean protein, plenty of water and nuts. Vitamins and supplements are very important to ensure my immunity and antioxidants are intact. I have a cheat day once a week which includes everything from sushi to ramen.  I also have an exercise plan which includes weight lifting, kickboxing, Pilates and dance.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

An organic food brand owner, an established actress, living by the sea with my huge family and dogs.

If you could give any advice to my readers who are looking to break out in the modelling industry what would it be?

 Always believe in yourself. Don’t allow anyone to stand in the way of your destiny. Go for what you want and work hard.  A positive attitude , dedication, confidence and a good aura will take you to the top. As Aaliyah quoted: ‘If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again’.
Just as a bit of fun here is a quick fire round Carla. Which out of the two do you prefer?
Hair – Curly or straight? Straight
Smokey eye or bold lips? Bold Lips
Dress and heels or trainers and gym wear? Trainers and Gym Wear
Winters cosy by the fire or swimming in the ocean during summer? Ocean for sure
Boxing or yoga? Boxing
Salad or a burger? Salad
Career driven or happy go lucky? Both
Thank you so much for taking part in this interview Carla, I wish you continuing success in your already stellar career. For anyone wishing to keep up to date with Carla you can see her soon in the Abbas Mustan Bollywood movie “Machine” or follow her on Instagram @carlaruthdennis.
until next time, take care
Keya x