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City Chic’s Big Day: Tune Into Tuesdays

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve posted about City Chic’s big plus size fashion show, which they put together at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, and which turned out to be a huge success. We’ve shown you an overview of what went on, some exclusive photos from the actual fashion show, and also spoke about how an Aussie plus size super model working in New York flew back to Sydney just for the show. Needless to say, it was a huge success. Today I wanted to bring you an even close look at what happened on the big day, by bringing you a video clip, which includes behind the scene shots, and a look into the model’s experiences themselves. Have a look at the video below!

Aussie Plus Size Model Returns from the Big Apple for Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

New York Based Model, Elizabeth Green, arrived in Sydney, Australia to star in the FIRST EVER plus size fashion parade at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival (RSFF).

Elizabeth Green - City Chic

Elizabeth was the celebrity model at the city chic parades to be held at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival event at Martin Place, on Thursday, August 20.

City Chic is a brand that designs high street fashion for young curvaceous sassy girls who are a full size 14 plus+!

Green was signed with premier modeling agency Ford Models New York in 2008 and has worked in the Big Apple for major clients including Macy’s, Kmart, Sears, JCPenny, Nordstrom, Lane Bryant and various magazines.

She says, “the Plus-Size market in the United States offers a different look and feel to Australia. With the Australian market strongly focusing on offering items that are young, sexy and on trend.  I’ve always wanted to buy garments I look and feel hot in that are similar to those my slimmer friends were purchasing and with city chic’s collection now I can!”

“For example a highlight of the city chic parade will be the launch of exclusive Ed Hardy designs for plus size girls!”

Her Australian Agent, Darrianne Donnelly owner of BGM model agency, says, “Elizabeth represents a coup for the ongoing debates surrounding the fashion industry.  Sizing up at a healthy size 14, she is breaking middle ground in an industry obsessed with measurables”.

Donnelly continues, “Having spent her formative years being told to ‘slim down’ she left the glamour of modeling to pursue her English studies at Macquarie University.  However, it wasn’t long before she was asked to return to the circuit.
The industry was changing and magazines began requesting curvier girls”

Elizabeth rebranded herself as a ‘plus size’ model and began appearing in local campaigns for Bonds, Lovable and three television campaigns for Kellogg’s Special K cereal.

Before going on the books of Ford New York, Elizabeth went to Milan.

“Sure I drew comparisons to Megan Gale, and hey who wouldn’t be flattered by that?  However, people would comment on how beautiful they though I was but also said they thought I was too big to be a model.”

“I found this confronting as the average size Australian woman is now 14 to 16. However, determined to model in Italy I became a ‘taglia piu forte’ – a plus size model and worked successfully in this market.

Green concluded, “I’m delighted to be back in Australia and to be the celebrity model for city chic at the inaugural plus size parades at RSFF.”

The Curvy Catwalk at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

Earlier this week we gave you an update on how plus size models in Australia made history when they appeared on the catwalk of the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, wearing various stylish pieces from City Chic. Today I wanted to give you more of a glimpse of what actually hit the runway that day, by presenting you with some exclusive images from the actual show. Enjoy! (Remember, click on the images to view a full size version of the photo.)

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

City Chic at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

Plus Size Models Make Australian Fashion History

CityChic Sydney Plus Size Fashion Festival 2009Blitzing the runway at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival for city chic, on Thursday 20th August, in Sydney, Australia. The line up included Aussie plus size super model from New York, Elizabeth Green.

Eighteen size 14,16 & size 18 models blitzed their skinnier sisters out of the water with the first ever plus size fashion parade held at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival on Thursday 20th August 2009.

It was the first time such an event has been part of a major Australian fashion week.  The event  received an overwhelming response from both the crowd and the media, hailing the fact that it was about time to see gorgeous curvy women on the catwalk.

There was a definite vibe of excitement and fun in the air from the crowd and the models. The models owned the catwalk like they had been doing this for years, and there was of course city chic’s ’s closing model Laura who gave the crowd more then an eyeful when she tore off her skirt.

Phil Ryan, GM of city chic, says, ”It’s about time the fuller figured woman is represented on the catwalk.   We’re proud to stage these plus size parades as we’re actually showcasing the average sized Australian woman i.e. size 14!”

“Plus we’ll be showing all the hot items for Spring 09 – available in sizes 14 – 24. These are exactly the same as the hot items designed for size 8’s and 10’s because, at city chic, we believe every sized woman should be able to wear the latest fashion”.

“Our customers are sassy. They’re bold, they’re proud and they embrace their curves.”

“Our city chic ‘role models’ are Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and our very own Ricki-Lee Coulter – all fuller figured women who are happy in their skin!”

Hot stories in the city chic collection include:

  • Garden Party florals for Racewear and special events
  • Rock Chick for Clubbing
  • Ed Hardy exclusive items for city chic.

Check out some exclusive images from the City Chic plus size fashion show below (click image for full size view)…

CityChic at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

CityChic at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

CityChic at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

Stay tuned for more exclusive photos!

Torrid, Introduces the 2009 House of Dreams Model Search Winners

Seven lucky winners will rock the runway at the 2009 Torrid House of Dreams Fashion Event to be held on September 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Torrid, has selected the seven winners of the 2009 Torrid House of Dreams Model Search, the world’s largest plus-size modeling contest. The winners were selected from over 5,000 entries from all over the US. Finalists were chosen based on beauty, style, personality, and their potential to represent the Torrid brand’s unique blend of youthful fashion, confidence and glamour. Finalists’ popularity with Torrid fans, who were able to vote for their favorite models at, was also a consideration in determining this year’s winners.

As guests of honor at the Torrid House of Dreams event, the winners will be modeling original designs created by students from FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Torrid has partnered with FIDM for this year’s House of Dreams event which will be held on the FIDM campus, West Coast home of Project Runway. House of Dreams benefits The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Torrid’s long time partner in the fight against breast cancer. This event kicks off a month long Torrid campaign to support National Breast Cancer Awareness in October.

Winner info

  • Heather, North Pole, Alaska
  • Nikki, Northridge, California
  • Taylor, DeWitt, Michigan
  • Daron, Vancouver, Washington
  • Natalie, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Emma, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • April, Beaver Creek, Oregon

Torrid 2009 House Of Dreams

Love Plus Model Radio

As I announced last weekend, I was invited to be on the Plus Size Model Radio show… the only podcast for plus size women, which is hosted by the fabulous Chenese Lewis. The show aired last Monday, and it was a great experience! I must admit it wasn’t easy staying up till 3am my time, and stay alert, but I am glad I made the effort. You can still listen in to the recorded version of the show by visiting the Plus Model Radio site, or you can simply listen through the player below.

After my interview Chenese interviewed two amazing ladies, Cassandra Jones, the US Director for The Fuller Woman Expo, an empowerment event for plus size women and Mara Hall contestant from Oxygen’s hit show “Dance Your Ass Off”, network’s first-ever dance/weight-loss competition series.

Pasazz on Plus Model Radio

I’ve always been a fan of Chenese Lewis, her work and her positive attitude. She’s a gorgeous and talented model, actress, and size acceptance activist, and has been recently running a plus focused online radio show called Plus Model Radio.

Plus Model Radio

So you can image how thrilled I was this week when I was contacted by Chenese to be on the show. Of course I gladly accepted, so I am very excited to let you all know that I will be on the next Plus Model Radio show this Monday 17th August, at 6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST / 3:00am CET.

So ladies, make sure you tune in to the show on Monday and listen in. All shows are recorded and made available on the radio website, so you can listen to any episode of the show even after it has aired online.

Size 14+ Girls Taking Over the Runway

City Chic and BGM Models are making Fashion History and are on the on the search for 2 sexy curvaceous fashionistas to hit the Runway at Rosemount Fashion festival.

City Chic, Australia’s premier high street fashion destination for curvalicious girls size 14+ and BGM Models Australia’s leading plus size modeling agency are looking for two sexy curvaceous girls to make their catwalk debut. For the City Chic SPRING 09 runway shows to be held on Thursday, August 20 at 12.30pm and 1.30pm at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, Martin Place.

Phil Ryan, General Manager for City Chic says, “the average size Australian woman is size 14 to 16 and have previously always been under catered for in the fashion industry, especially in the younger 18 – 28 year old market”.

Ryan has built the business from 1 to 48 stores in five years, says “City Chic will not only be the first brand to present a curvaceous show at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival (RSFF). But the first in Australia to have size 14+ models on the catwalk!”

There will be fourteen of Australia’s leading plus size models in sizes 14,16 &18 from renowned modeling agency, BGM Models. Darrianne Donnelly Director of BGM Models says “We are looking for 2 more curvaceous girls to join our 14 beauties and make catwalk history”

The prize for our two winners will be:

  • Making your modeling debut at the prestigious RSFF event
  • A $1,000 City Chic shopping spree.
  • A 12 month contract with BGM models.
  • Meeting Elizabeth Green – BGM model who now resides in New York working as one of the leading plus sized super models – who’ll fill the  winners in on how to get to the top.

To enter the City Chic & BGM Model catwalk model search simply be a size 14-16, 18-28 years in age, at least 174cm in height. Then FROCK UP AND ROCK UP TO THE WESTIN HOTEL, the official ROSEMOUNT FASHION FESTIVAL VENUE, ON SATURDAY AUGUST 8 –between 10 am and 2.00pm.

Castings will be held in THE WESTIN HOTEL Ballroom.

Lower ground floor, No 1 Martin Place, Sydney.

The 2 winners will be announced Saturday 8th August 3pm at the Westin Hotel.

(Make sure you’re available for model training on Sunday, August 9 and between Saturday August 15th and Thursday August 20th for the ROSEMOUNT SYDNEY FASHION FESTIVAL, City Chic  & BGM Model parade.)

For all details log on to

Darrianne Donnelly, BGM MODELS is available for interview – 0418 450 222

Phil Ryan, GM of city chic is available for interview – 0416 115 750

For further information call:  Lee Manfred  (02) 8323 5777

Anna Scholz Launches New Collection and Website

Anna ScholzRenowned plus size fashion designer Anna Scholz has recently launched a brand new fashion collection, as well as a brand new clothing website.

The new Anna Scholz website is fresh and includes information on Anna’s life, her design inspirations, as well as her favorite pieces in the new collection. This particular section of the website gives you the chance to get a more, up close and personal look at Anna Scholz.

Anna’s new Spring/Summer 2009 collection includes a flirty wrap dresses, maxi dresses, summery linens, gorgeous knitwear, and many more glamorous items.

Visit Anna’s brand new website today, and check out the new collection, at

Forever 21 Set to Launch Plus Size Line

Just heard from Deidre Wengen, that trendy fashion retailer Forever 21 will be expanding thier line in May, to include a plus size range. The plus size options will includes items in sizes XL, 1X and 2X.

Although it’s great news to hear that Forever 21 will be expanding it’s line of clothing, it would be even better news if they were to expand their range to sizes over 2X! Ah well, baby steps I guess. Better then nada.

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