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Plus Academy comes to Atlanta

Founder of Plus Academy and Full Figured Fashion Week, Ms. Gwendolyn DeVoe.
Founder of Plus Academy and Full Figured Fashion Week, Ms. Gwendolyn DeVoe.

If the Plus Academy is not already a household name among plus size industry professionals, it is well on its way.

Plus Academy comes to Atlanta
Plus Academy Atlanta

Founded by plus industry entrepreneur and founder of Full Figured Fashion Week Gwen DeVoe, Plus Academy has been hailed as the leading development program for women and teens everywhere.

Now, DeVoe has brought her program to Atlanta.

Starting next month, Plus Academy Atlanta will host its first cohort of eager models with several of today’s foremost fashion experts leading the sessions. Tomorrow, March 20, the academy will host an open house where models will get an opportunity to learn more about the program and meet DeVoe.

“When they attend the Plus Academy, they can expect to receive honest, current and relevant information from credible instructors in a non-threatening and fun atmosphere,” DeVoe said. Our curriculum varies from city to city, but some of the most popular classes are Plus Modeling 101, Ready to Runway, The Business Side of Modeling and Get in Where You Fit In.”

DeVoe founded the academy in 1999 in New York and said the program and has been responsible for helping to launch the careers of several plus models. This year, she launched programs in Detroit, Chicago, Virginia, California (Bay Area), and Indiana, with plans for programs in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

“After literally burning myself out traveling to conduct workshops in several cities, I thought that it would be more beneficial and cost effective if aspiring models had a resource available to them in their cities,” DeVoe said. “I've held several events in Atlanta and I am aware of the untapped talent available there. I strongly believe that the [models] there warrant more attention.”

Rhonda Wilkins, the local academy director, will head up Atlanta’s programming. Wilkins is the CEO of Diva's Unlimited Inc, (DUI) and the Executive Director of non- profit organization The S.T.A.R.S. Leadership Foundation. A former plus model, Wilkins knows her way around the business, and according to DeVoe, is an impeccable business woman.

“Rhonda Wilkins was chosen to head up the Atlanta affiliate because of her behind the scenes experience in the industry, her commitment to excellence, her outstanding business acumen, her contributions to the Atlanta community and her leadership qualities,” DeVoe said.

Wilkins said she is equally excited about her newest role and is even more excited for the industry.

“Gwen is awesome, she is always thinking outside the box for the Plus Women. Atlanta is grateful for the opportunity she has extended to us.”

To learn more about the academy, including registration details and/or to reserve a space at the open house visit or email at

The open house will be held Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 2 PM - 4 PM at the Atlanta Midtown Courtyard Marriott located at 1132 Techwood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318.


  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health 5 years ago

    Stellar article! Sending out some page love.

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