Category Archives: Fashion

Beverly Johnson: I Was the First Model of Color to Do a Vogue Cover—but Didn’t Have Enough Bread to Buy the Mag!

CAPTION: Beverly: Good genes. Empty jeans.

Beverly: She's got the genes. It was her jeans that lacked.

It’s been exactly 35 years since Beverly Johnson made history as the first African American woman to grace the cover of Vogue.

Still, she recalls that moment like it was yesterday—particularly the part about not being able to pay for her own ravishing image.

“It’s as exciting today as it was then. And that most certainly has to be—after the birth of my daughter— one of the most exciting things Continue reading

SoundBits: Chenese Lewis Sports Ample Style and Grace Galore

EDITOR’S NOTE Aug. 25, 2010: To read about Chenese Lewis’ nude photo shoot with Whitney Thompson on behalf of Love Your Body Day, click here.

If Chenese Lewis isn’t already an inspiration to plus-sized women everywhere, she certainly should be. In 2003, the PLUS Model Radio host, who makes her home in Los Angeles, made history by being the first woman crowned Miss Plus America. Since then, she has created Love Your Body Day, an annual event that promotes self-acceptance and positive body images, which takes place in October in Hollywood. And if you missed Chenese in those roles, you may well have caught her on BET’s mock-dating show, Hell Date, or as an expert commentator on Dr. Phil. On that less-than-justice-doing introduction, we now give you the lovely lady herself.


Chenese: Oprah puts the "o" in her show's inspiration.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

PLUS Model Radio is geared toward women sizes 14 and up. The show title comes from my association with PLUS Model Magazine, where I’m on the editorial board. Neither the magazine nor the show, however, are limited to the topic of modeling. The average American woman wears a size 14 or above, yet plus-sized is still a niche market that’s fairly untapped. So my diverse audience has been growing steadily because there are few, if any, shows out there with the same focus. Guests on the show are successful plus-sized women, or someone whose product is geared towards that market. Notable guests have included Emme, Kimberly Locke, Mia Tyler and Whitney Thompson.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

Besides interviewing curvy celebs, I’m a budding one myself. I am pursing a career as an actress, television host and motivational speaker, with the occasional modeling gig on the side, along with other projects/events that I produce. I’ve actually had the opportunity to work with or meet several of the people that I’ve interviewed on the show!

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Oprah Winfrey, hands down. Not only is she great at what she does, she’s a role model and philanthropist. I totally use her for inspiration when producing PLUS Model Radio. I try to have guests who cross all walks of life, ages and ethnicities. Many guests have inspirational stories of success, and about learning to love their bodies. I’ve also been able to use the show to help raise money for charity, and I try to keep the overall tone professional, positive, and uplifting.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

cg-033rr3Oprah! Other than her, I think all the other celebrities on my list are attainable. Sometimes I’m shocked myself with some of the guests I’ve been able to book. I’m in entertainment, so I have lots of friends in the industry who aren’t in the plus market. But they tell me they’re going to gain weight to be on my show. I take it as a compliment.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m on the way to an industry event in Hollywood, so right now I have on a fabulous dress and heels. But when I host the show I’m real casual.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Wow. I can’t think of anything really strange. Maybe being sick with a virus, on antibiotics and feeling horrible, but it being too late to cancel the scheduled show. As they say, the show must go on. So I tried to sound upbeat and into the interview. And thank goodness, it came out great! But as soon as that interview was over, I ran to the bathroom and, well, I’ll spare you the rest of the details. (lol)

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‘The Dish’ Host Danielle Fishel: Mariah Carey’s a Three-Strike Fashion Disaster

Danielle: Mariah make me wanna cringe.

Danielle: Mariah make me wanna cringe.

In the end, Danielle Fishel didn’t have to fish long for a deserving fashion target.

Interviewed on Somewhere In Vegas, the host of the Style Network series The Dish – who first found fame as Topanga Lawrence in the ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World – now finds fault in a superstar diva.

When host Marq with a Q asks, “Who do you think has made the biggest fashion faux pas of all time?” Danielle snaps back with:

“That would be so impossible to say. Of all time? I don’t know.”

But then – a mere nanosecond later – she indeed names names.

“I think any time someone, especially a woman, is wearing something way too tight, way too short and way too low-cut all at the same time – i.e., Mariah Carey, 95 percent of the time – that, for me is a huge faux pas,” says Danielle.

CAPTION: Mariah: Not high on Danielle's best-dressed list.

Mariah: Not high on Danielle's best-dressed list.

“You can see that coming from a mile away. And that’s a pretty easy one to avoid,” she continues.

“Pick something you feel like accenting – and leave the rest to the imagination.”


Later in the show, Danielle discusses her one-time beau, former ‘N Sync-er Lance Bass, who in 2006 revealed he was gay.

When Marq asks, “Who do you think has better fashion sense: Yourself or Lance?” the actress, 28, replies:

“I’m gonna go with me on that one – just because there are more pictures out there of Lance than of me in crazy outfits.

“So nobody could prove me otherwise.”

To hear Danielle’s full interview, click here.

Isobella Jade: Almost a Famous Scribe to Boot

Big ups to BlogTalkRadio’s own heroic – and heavenly – underdog, Isobella Jade.

CAPTION: Playtime: Our host rockin' out in a recent iTunes ad.

Playtime: Our host rockin' out in a recent iTunes ad.

The celebrity catwalker’s memoir, Almost 5′ 4″: Confessions of an Unconventional Model, hit the shelves this week.

So she’s been busy signing books at Barnes & Nobles throughout New York City’s Tri-State area.

But that doesn’t mean Isobella, who has hosted Isobella Jade’s Model Talk since October 2007, has forgotten her thousands of loyal BTR listeners.

To the contrary, she’s throwing a virtual book party tonight at 6pm ET, during which she’ll be reading excerpts from her 278-page tome.

In the meantime, she tells us:

“The Internet has changed the word ‘model,’ mostly for the worse, as it allows for many scams, jerks, and misconceptions. Aspiring models should not use the Internet to start promoting themselves.almost-5-43

“If a girl wants to be a model, the first thing she should do – even before her photo is taken – is ask herself, What can I realistically model?

“Shorter girls can model in print ads for lifestyle products and shorter girls are perfect for modeling accessories, such as handbags, shoes, sunglasses, skin care, hair care.

“Modeling is about you just being right for the job – and is less about being perfect, airbrushed or tall.”

To tune into Isobella’s show, click here.

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