Monday, January 27, 2003

Gearing Up For A Major Event (IR Tie-In)

This April, my organization (ISAA) will be hosting its first-ever convention in Austin, Texas: Entitled 2003. Entitled 2003 is a wonderful challenge: a combination of film premiere, size acceptance convention and music concert with Austin size acceptance band Ursula's Curse over the course of two days - Friday April 25, 2003 and Saturday April 26, 2003. The film which will be premiering is called CURVE and it is about the plus-size fashion industry. The film features some well-known celebrities such as Emme and Kathy Najimi but also focuses on some up-and-coming plus-size models such as Tami Fitzhugh-Thompson and Tomiko Peirano, both of whom are of multiracial.

Tami is described as Japanese, Irish, Mexican and African-American. She is the only woman in the industry to have a spokesmodel contract with Lane Bryant, the premier specialty retail store in plus-size fashion. She has worked with renowned photographers such as Walter Chin, Carlo Della Chiessa, and Ranken. Tami has graced the covers of Mode Magazine and an issue of Essence. She has appeared on The View, Today, and other morning shows wearing designs from Gianfranco Ferre, Richard Metzger, and Tomatsu.

Tomiko Peirano is of Asian and White (Caucasian) descent. She models with the 12+ Division of Ford. She has modeled for Dockers, Emme, Federated, Hanes, Levis, Mode, and Sakes Fifth Avenue.

Click here to view or download the movie trailer for CURVE

Entitled 2003 will also have speakers and workshops including but not limited to Constantine Valhouli, the Director of CURVE; ISAA Goodwill Ambassador and Artist Paul Delacroix; Kelly Bliss, Psychotherapist and Plus-Sized Fitness Professional; Stephany Baskin, Executive Director for Dress For Success (Austin); Susan York, fitness expert; Gabrielle Peak, Eating Disorders Therapist; Joy Geisinger, M.S., Weight Loss Surgery Survivors Workshop; and more to be announced!

There will also be a plus-size fashion show sponsored by Avenue

Since there is an IR tie-in, I wanted to make the IR Haven websurfers aware of this event. I would also love the opportunity to meet some of you and I feel that you would enjoy this event! You can learn all the details about Entitled 2003 and even sign up for it online (Click here for the event website)!

All proceeds from the event will go towards ISAA's efforts to educate the public about size- and health-related issues.

Best Wishes,

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