Celebrity makeup artists Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar are the founders of the hugely successful and inclusive brand Melt Cosmetics. I discovered these gorgeous Swaggerettes when their documentary series “Lipstick Empire” launched on the Stage 13 platform in 2017. I was honored to meet the besties who have conquered an extremely competitive industry with humor and fierce creativity. The series was an enormous success because it represented 100% girl power and a mix of smart business with fearlessness.
I’m featuring them on CurvySwagger because it’s important for women to be reminded how powerful we are as individuals but even more when we empower and motivate one another.
Lora and Dana’s makeup design and colorful palettes continue to be vivid and bold, something for everybody no matter the age, ethnicity, or background.
We talked about starting our business over lunch. We were obsessed with matte lipsticks. We wanted to create matte lipsticks with crazy colors. They didn’t exist in the market so we decided to make them. The next day she (Dana) came to me with the startup costs, how to get a license…we said let’s just do this. We used no loans, no investors, just the money we had… – Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar
“The worst insult you could sling at someone was calling her “fat,” which she often did. My mother routinely labeled women as “that fat neighbor” or “your fat friend.” It didn’t matter if you were working as a doctor, saving the world or rescuing people from burning buildings. If you didn’t have a trim waistline, you were nothing.”
Meet Gabrielle Fequiere aka youtube fashionista “Gabrielle The Guru”. She’s a beautiful and confident Diva featured in the latest national commercial for TJ Maxx. The singer/songwriter can add actress/model to her list of accomplishments.
Her bright smile and confident personality is one of the many reasons I like the TJ Maxx campaign so much.
“I didn’t want to compromise who I was and what I believed in for an industry,” Bidot tells PEOPLE
“When the clothes change, the women change,” she says. “They start feeling more confident and then all of a sudden, people start seeing them differently. It’s been a really, really cool thing to see from the inside out.” – Denise Bidot
Here’s the good news…for the first time ever Sports Illustrated has a gorgeous Curvy model (Ashley Graham) on its cover with curvy athlete Ronda Rousey inside! The bad news is a former SI covergirl (Cheryl Tiegs) feels the need to complain about it. #whenwillwomenstophatingoneachother. Whenever the status quo gets a smack down, it’s won’t go quietly. Work those unapologetic curves Ashley!
This is horrible! The ‘world’s first supermodel’ Cheryl Tiegs has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated several times, but she’s got no love for one of this year’s covergirls, Ashley Graham. As a matter of fact, she’s calling the plus-sized beauty ‘unhealthy!’ Here’s the scoop.
What has our curvyswagger style contributor Timothy Snell been up to? Making a long-time dream come true, that’s what! On April 30th Centric TV launches his new show “Curvy Style With Timothy Snell”. #themanbehindthecurves comes from behind the scenes out in front of the camera to inspire and style curvy divas to show all of us Curvy Swaggerettes how to work sophisticated style. Be sure to follow him on instagram@timothysnell1 and on twitter #timothysnell1.