Well, I’m back again with another interview, but this time it is personal. Being in the production arena I have met a lot of people, and you never know where the pathways of life may take them, but CurvyCori allowed me the priviledge to speak with her briefly for an interview to discuss her past, present, and future.
CurvyCori, I know her as Quintress, a plus size model who walked in Baltimore Fashion Week 2011. Yup, you guessed it she was a model on the runway and presented looks from Coldwater Creeks’ Columbia Mall location for the show.
Okay, so enough traveling down memory lane let’s step into the present for a few minutes.
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I was sitting in my office mentally preparing for the interview, you know the regular going over my questions, making sure they did not sound crazy or out of place and the phone rings. I look at the caller-id and it’s a 443 number, so I think it’s someone that I asked to call me and low and behold its CurvyCori.
I answer the phone, “Hello,” The voice on the other end says, “Sharan, Sharan from Baltimore Fashion Week?” I respond, “Yeesss” while I was looking at the phone like who in the ham sandwich is this? So CurvyCori responds, “Sharan it’s me CurvyCori, Quintress.” I look at the phone then I look at my monitor and say, “this is crazy who is this? Once I realized exactly who she was and how we knew each other, needless to say we were like to school girls on the phone who haven’t seen each other since 4th grade. OMG it was too cool.
Let’s just dive into the interview . . . .
EXAMINER: Thank you for allowing me a few minutes of your time. This is going to be fun. This question is two-fold. Being the granddaughter of the famous boxing trainer, Wali Muhammad, growing up was your grandfather very protective of you? Although, you are a woman did your grandfather ever try to encourage you to enter into the sports arena?
CURVYCORI: My grandfather, growing up as a child I did not see much of him because he was always traveling. When he was not traveling we would spend lots of time together. My grandfather never recommended boxing to me. Because he and Mohammad Ali were so close, they spent many years together. He would always NOT encourage any of his family members to get into boxing, due to the heartache he had with the illness associated with Mohammad Ali.
EXAMINER: I reviewed your pictures and I must say before I knew it was you, you are a person that the camera loves. As you know, I work with models all the time, did you find it hard when you were starting out being a plus and curvy model within the fashion industry.
CURVYCORI: No, I didn’t find it hard at all. What I found out was that I had to embrace myself as a person. We as women always criticize ourselves, but I love my size and I will remain confident no matter what size I am.
I feel free in front of the camera. If you have fun in front of the camera, the camera will have fun with you. When things are hard that is the time to be free. While I embrace my curves a lot of women my size shy away from who they are – they do not want to embrace the fact that they are in the double digits. Health is a key and I always encourage that. Beauty comes from within. Once you start to embrace your inner beauty people will embrace it too. People gravitate to me because of my spirit and how I embrace my curves.
EXAMINER: According to the information you also are in a yearly calendar. Are there any other models in the calendar with you?
CURVYCORI: I am the only female in the calendar. It consists of 12 months of ME!!! Allow me to help you organize your days, weeks, months, and your year. It’s all me.
EXAMINER: Did you find working on the calendar difficult?
CURVYCORI: Difficult, it was difficult in the fact I had a celebratory team, so getting all the pieces in place, pulling the long hours, getting the looks, hair and make-up together was a job. It’s fun if you have a great team around you. We had fun, but it can be tiring and people think that modeling and photography is easy, but it’s not. We did some on location and studio shoots, so it can be difficult.
EXAMINER: How many months did you shoot in one day?
CURVYCORI: We shot several months in a day. June and August were done in one day. The covers were shot in October and the remaining of the calendar was shot on another day. The entire 12 month calendar took three (3) days. Images of my calendar can be found on my website www.curvycori.com. The calendar is available for pre-order. When you place an order you have a chance of winning tickets to see your favorite NFL team play. A lucky person could have a chance to win a laptop or a 36” flat screen television.
EXAMINER: So, what’s next on the horizon for Ms. CurvyCori?
CURVYCORI: Right now I am doing a lot of promos for the calendar.
EXAMINER: Will you be in town soon?
CURVYCORI: Yes, I will be at Peate and a Cup of Joe, November 1, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I also have special appearances in other cities. We are also formulating another event in New York. Right behind that, I will be partnering with the American Heart Association, because in earlier generations I have women in my family that have been touched with heart disease and I want to get back.
EXAMINER: Is there anything else the readers, and soon to be fans can look forward to from CurvyCori?
CURVYCORI: Yes. I will also be on the silver screen soon in the movie called, Sheeps of Deception. The premier was in September. The movie theatre release date has not been scheduled yet. I will also be in a sitcom called, “Where I am From.” In this sitcom I play a lead role. I have been working between acting, modeling and hosting. I also do voice-overs too.
EXAMINER: Here is a question that I like to ask at the end of my interviews. If you could be any accessory, what would it be and why.
CURVYCORI: I don’t know, let me think about that. I would probably a shoe. A shoe completes the look, but you should also have control where your feet guide you. Being in this industry, you have to be careful where your feet guide you and where you go. That is very important. I would say the shoe in the aspect in guiding the path of where we go. Some of us will accept anything just to get ahead and you can’t or shouldn’t do that.
I must say I am so proud of Quintress, oops *places hand over mouth*, I meant to say CurvyCori. She has really come a long way and I wish her the best of luck and success in her next future endeavor. I guess now the $1M question has been answered as to why she was not on our runway since then. I also want to thank MNS Media PR for the opportunity to interview another great talent/celebrity.
Well Examinerettes (female readers) and Examinerims (male readers) until next time. You know how I do it, let’s say it together.
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS KEEP IT FASHIONABLE xoxo
Sharan, your Fashion Industry Examiner