Sunday, February 1, 2015

Full Figured Fashion Week 2015 Casting Tour comes to Miami

By: Farrah Estrella
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Sharon Queen and Gwen DeVoe
The Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek) 2015 casting tour made a stop in Miami yesterday in hopes of recruiting some of the best plus size models that the beautiful city has to offer.

The purpose of the tour is to created buzz around the main event which is going to be held in New York City from June 14-20, 2015 for the 7th year. It also aims to recruit fresh faces, new up and coming plus size models to give them an opportunity to shine in the big city.

Full Figured Fashion Week founder and creator Miss Gwen DeVoe spoke exclusively to the Estrella Fashion Report about the casting tour: “Miami is the third stop on the 2015 FFFWeek Casting Tour. We have seen so far over 300 beautiful, curvaceous women who aspire to have a shot at the FFFWeek runway in June".
The FFFWeek tour continues, next stop is Houston, Texas. This year they will be visiting eight cities including New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto (Canada), Nashville and New York.

Check out some pictures from the Miami leg of the tour below.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Size 22 plus model Tess Munster signed to mayor agency Milk Management

By: Farrah Estrella

Plus model Tess Munster

Plus size model and body positive activist Tess Munster just got signed to a mayor modeling agency, London based MILK Management.

Munster, 29, is 5’5 and wears a size 22. She just became the first EVER size 22 plus model to be signed to a mayor modeling agency. Plus models usually are a size 6 to 14, for print 14 is usually the biggest size that most brands use.

Tess has a huge social media following (more than 400k followers on Instagram alone and growing) ever since she created the #EFFYOURBEAUTYSTANDARDS hashtag to encourage her fans on social media to embrace the skin that they are in. Her looks are unconventional, she is known for her edgy looks showcasing her gorgeous face and long beautiful hair paired with her numerous tattoos and a nose ring, she is like an edgy pinup girl.

She is not afraid to be seen in a swimsuit or sexy lingerie, she is very confident as you can see in her pictures on her Instagram account.

Because of her signing to MILK, her story has gone viral and she has been making a lot of TV appearances but what most people don’t know is that she is not an overnight success. Tess has been working as a model, blogger and makeup artist for many years.

She has been featured, prior to all this hoopla, in Vogue Italia, Inked Magazine, Refinery 29, Huffington Post and many other magazines and publications online and in print.

We are so happy for Tess and her ground breaking modeling contract and we can’t wait to see what brands she is going to be working with. 

We are also glad that the rest of the world is catching up to her. She was already star in the plus size community.

 I am with Tess on this one #effyourbeautystandards I say, Go Tess!!.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EFR 5/Admit-Two Tickets Giveaway to see the movie “The Loft” in Tampa

By: Farrah Estrella
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The Loft Movie Poster
Hola Estrellitas!! 

Our first giveaway of the year is (5) admit-two tickets to go see the movie ‘The Loft” that comes out this weekend.

The movie "The Loft" is about five married male friends, who share a loft to meet their mistresses. It is all fun and games until one day they find a dead woman in the loft. Since only the five of them have keys to the loft, they start to suspect each other of murder. It is a whodunit kind of movie, sounds fun and intriguing.

The five friends are played by New Zealand actor Karl Urban (Star Trek, Riddick and Judge Dread), James Marsden (X-men, The Notebook), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family, Identity Thief) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Girl, Daens).

All you have to do to win is comment below and tell us why you want to go see the movie. Leave your email or Twitter handle so we can contact you if you win. Share this with your friends and on social media using the hash tag #theloftmovie.

(5) Winners will be chosen randomly on Sunday Feb. 1st, 2015 at 12:00pm ET.

Good Luck Everyone!!

*** This contest is sponsored by the movie studio Open Road Film but all content is our own. Tickets can only be used Monday through Thursday at any Regal Theater in the Tampa/St Pete area at any time. You must be 18 years old to enter. Contest open to U.S residents only. Winners will be notified via Email and via EFR social media channels on Sunday Feb.1st, 2015 12Pm ET. No purchase necessary to enter.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chanel Spring 2015 Couture Show “Magic Garden” (Photos)

By: Farrah Estrella

The Chanel Spring 2015 Couture collection was unveiled today in Paris and it was a huge hit. 

The Garden theme showcase had a dramatic set featuring different color flowers in bloom in a white garden. Karl Lagerfeld the head designer for Chanel always puts on a good show. From a supermarket theme fashion show to having models staging a protest on the runway, he will always give the audience as well as the critics, something to talk about.

Couture collections can sometimes be very dark but we are happy to see color in this one, after all it is a Spring couture collection.

Check out some of our favorite looks from the show below. Visit for more information.

DressBarn announces new designer collaborations and in-store pop-up shop “DressBar”

By: Farrah Estrella

DressBarn announced yesterday that it has several new designer collaborations in the works including some with designers Carmen Marc Valvo, Heidi Weisel and Michael Smaldone from Adrianna Papell just to name a few , as well as a new venture called “DressBar”.

In an exclusive interview with WWD, the company said that it will launch “DressBar”, an in-store pop up shop featuring the designer collaborations launching in March. DressBar will also be included on the company’s e-commerce site. The goal of DressBarn is to become the go to place for dresses. The company hired 25 designers to design between 6 and 10 dresses each retailing between $40 to $70 dollars.

In addition,Tuleste is creating a jewelry line called “True by Tuleste” jewelry collection to complement the Dressbar dresses. Tuleste is a contemporary line of jewelry founded by sisters Celeste and Satu Greenberg. Their jewelry line is fresh, modern, playful and versatile.

DressBarn is a strip Mall staple and they are mostly known for their women’s work wear sizes 2 to 24 which includes misses, petites and plus sizes. They operate 830 retail stores in the United States and they are owned by the Ascena Retail Group, which also owns Lane Bryant, Maurices, Catherines and Justice.

This move is an attempt by the company to revamp their image and to also offer reasonably priced designer products in their stores. What do you guys think? Are you excited about this? Let’s chat, leave your comments below.

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Details on IGIGI’s Valentine’s Day Contest 5/$150 Gift Certificates

By: Farrah Estrella

Hola Estrellitas!!

I have a big scoop for you, contemporary plus size brand IGIGI is having a Valentine’s Day contest where you can enter to win 5/$150 Gift Certificates.

The best part about it is, that it is open to international fashionistas as well, how cool is that!!.

The contest ends on February 5th, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. The winners will be randomly selected and announced one each day on February 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th 2015, and they will be notified via email and via IGIGI social media channels.

IGIGI specializes in sexy plus-size apparel for women with an emphasis on high-end formal wear, wedding gowns and separates.

***To enter the contest click on the link below:

 To purchase the IGIGI brand visit their website at

Good luck everyone!! and Happy Valentine's Day..=)

***The Estrella Fashion Report is not affiliated with this contest we are simply spreading the word because well, we love our readers =). This post is not sponsored by IGIGI. All opinions are our own.  

New Oscar de La Renta exhibit at SCAD in Savannah curated by Andre Leon Talley

By: Farrah Estrella
Oscar de la Renta Gown 
Oscar de la Renta will be honored at the SCAD Museum of Art Savannah campus with a new exhibit curated by his close friend, fashion guru Andre Leon Talley.

"Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style" celebrates the illustrious life and designs of the storied couturier whose work set the standard for timeless elegance. In addition to the exhibit, Talley is also working on a book of the same title that will be publish in September.

The exhibit will include 70 garments, some of Oscar’s most famous dresses that he designed for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush among others.

De La Renta who passed away recently was a world-renowned and beloved fashion designer who has become an icon. Shortly after his passing Talley approached his family about the exhibit and they loved the idea. Talley is a long time friend of the late designer's family. 

The exhibit is open to the public and it will run from February 5 to May 3, 2015.

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Oscar de la Renta and Andre LeonTalley