I had the chance to speak with Indian Plus Size Model & 2017 Face of FFFWeek© Mallory B. Richardson. In between her busy schedule, I asked about her journey to become the 2017 Face of FFFWeek© & more. Keeping reading to find out more.
1. Congratulations on being declared 2017 Face of FFFWeek©. What motivated you to enter this year’s competition and what has been your favorite moment so far?
MBR: Thank you so much! I decided to enter this year after casting as a runway model last year. After watching the FFFWeek© brand build over the years, I thought very carefully about how I wanted to be involved this year. I was unable to make either casting and couldn’t get the thought of not submitting for The Face out of my mind. I had recently worked with a videographer I trusted and truly am a public speaker at heart. Once I heard Gwen on the radio explain the basis for creating The Face role, I was that much more assured, I should submit. The journey has been incredible so far. I have been contacted by previous Face winners, media, embraced by industry professionals and instilled with a new sense of self as me being me and all the hard work I have displayed over the past two years was all worthwhile for a moment in time like this.
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2. In addition to being a model, you are also a Clothing Stylist and Fashion Producer. Would you say that this has allowed you to have a unique perspective when it comes to modeling?
MBR: I am that much more selective, hands-on, and meticulous when it comes to the treatment of all parties involved in my productions, and what I command when working as a model for a designer in a production. Being a stylist allows me to use my creative abilities to unveil a new and refreshed version of a person via their clothing and appearance, which internally gleams from the inside out as their self-esteem begins to enhance as well.
People do care about their personal appearance, or at least they should, and what others think. As a model, I am there to showcase designer attired suitable for sale. I am a spokesmodel with no words, I am the template to a piece of artistry, I give life to garments and let the audience envision themselves or loved ones enjoying collection items based on my representation of the brand, that is powerful. When I am in production mode, I am constantly thinking, how best can I show my team I value them and receive the best performance both from my staff and the expected attendees.
What type of experience do I want them to have? How can I continue to evolve my productions and keep the core values of creation the same… these are all things I think about. I have produced both Birth of an Empire, my first runway show and now Crusade of Curves which will be an annual production. I hope to continue to build my legacy in the fashion marketplace both for straight and plus women to highlight incredible design aesthetic.
3. Here is a fun question. What is your must-have item in your beauty arsenal and why?
MBR: I must have an amazing statement piece. Whether jewelry, belt, or clutch, I am an accessories kind of girl. I believe anything can look like something with a splash of accessory. It takes your look to the next level of completeness.
|Image Credit: Erika King|
4. Lastly, where can people find you online?
MBR: Facebook: Mallory B. Richardson
Instagram: (Styling) Largerthanlifestyling
Instagram: (Nonprofit) Beaucoup919
Special thanks again to Mallory. Be sure to find her online and catch her at this year’s Full Figured Fashion Week next month.
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