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This column is designed to celebrate women and all of their curves. We will interview designers, models, and influencers who set trends in curvy fashion and hold contests, makeovers, events, and giveaways. If you would like to be featured in a future column, send your info to Charlotte@IntellectualInk.com
Hey Hey and Mo hey, How are you, Closet Crew? The Dog days of August are upon us. I'm uber excited about this exclusive edition of Intellectual ink.
For the first time in print, I'm sharing the cover with my husband. He is the man, the myth, the legend, the prolific crime novelist of our 40 novels, and the ghostwriter of so many more that can't be named. He is my potna (no typo) in love and life; K'wan Foye.
In honor of this momentous occasion, I decided that I wanted the layout to tell our story through fashion. Being married for fifteen years, K'wan is overly familiar with Charlotte's Closet
Hey, Hey and Mo Hey, July is finally upon us, and you know what that means... Swimsuit Season because you can always find me and my curves in a cute swimsuit or at the beach. The most I do is get my feet wet because I'm that kind of black woman. I do not play about my hair... so stereotypical, but True AF.
I love, love, love being around water, so I truly thank the curvy Goddess that times have changed, and we now have a plethora of sexy swimsuits for every size. We curvy women have to dig deeper than most but trust your good, sis. So put on that bikini and come on out in the sunshine. You know the women of Intellectual Ink are all about body positivity, and we know that swimsuits are a point of contention for curvy and skinny women alike.
If you were looking for a sign to love the skin you're in... THIS IS IT!
Hey, hey, and mo hey Closet Crew! Time is flying and standing still at the same damn time! So, let's not waste any more of it and get right into it! It's June, and the category is…. PRIDE!
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride is currently celebrated each year during June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
"Gay Pride, or LGBTQ pride, is the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Queer people as a social group. As opposed to shame and social stigma, Pride is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBTQ rights movements. I don't know about you guys, but I have long been a firm supporter of the LGBTQ community. I believe that people should love and marry whomever they want without judgment, stigma, or shame. I stand behind free love 1000%, and if you don't then, that's on you. God is love, and love is for all, not just a selective group.
Hey, hey and Mo Hey! What it do, Closet crew? Let me hear an "I Slay for May!"
For as long as I can remember, May has always been one of the most fashionable months of the year, especially for women. It's the month right before the official start of summer and far enough removed from winter where you can be pretty sure they'll be no more freak bad weather (depending on which coast you live on). But more important than the good weather and the fact that you're finally able to pack up those frumpy sweaters you were forced to wear all winter, May is the month of Mother's day. Mother's Day... that special day reserved solely for us blessed enough to call ourselves somebody's mama. Whether said child was born to you biologically or one you took into your heart and your home, it's our time.
Like Pac said, "We got our name from a woman and our game from a woman."
Hey, now Closet Crew! What it do? Welcome to the 6th installment of Charlotte's Closet. In addition to talking about and loving all things fashion, Charlotte's Closet is also an extension of my mind. Sometimes we will find ourselves digging deep in the closet and unpacking some things. Buckle up buttercups; we're going in.
Confidence can make you just as insecurity can break you.
That being said, I'd like to share one of my biggest insecurities with you. It's been buried in my closet long enough, and I'm ready to bring it to the forefront. As a curvy woman, you would think my biggest insecurity would be my weight, right? Not really. I've learned to be comfortable in the skin that I'm in. The flaw that I find in myself when I look in the mirror is my big lips.
Howdy Do Closet Crew? It’s about to be Spring again, and I’m feeling fine, not really, but pass the ice-cold glass of wine anyway. Cheers to us for making it this far. Spring is usually the time for new beginnings, new styles, shedding the heaviness of winter. Spring is the perfect time to start showing off those new outfits. Spring 2020 and 2021 were two totally different seasons. March of 2020 found me in a perpetual state of anxiety, up all day and night living in fear, watching the news in horror as the Covid numbers continued to spike. Getting dressed up was the furthest thing from my mind, let alone going outside. Then a funny thing happened; an Instagram friend turned me on to D-Nice’s “Club Quarantine.” So, for shits and giggles, I decided to get dressed like we were really going to the club.
Charlotte: I read the extraordinary and inspirational book Make The World Your Runway. Inside the pages, you let us know you were born to model; what motivated you to write your novel as a self-help guide instead of a memoir?
Liris: Well, coming off of Project Runway and my appearance on the Steve Harvey show, there was an outpouring of people reaching out to me on social media. They loved my confidence and asked for confidence tips. People also asked about my model life or questions about the business. I felt like writing a book was the best way to reach people all over without flying all over the world. Also, books stay with you so you can continually use them. My book, Make The World Your Runway, has stories of my model life mixed with life coaching lessons to give you the secret to my success.
Hey, hey and ‘mo hey! Howdy - do Closet Crew? Welcome back to Charlotte’s Closet’s January issue and what a glorious time to be alive! Baby, we have survived one ‘helluva year! As my sister from another mister, Ms. Celie says: “I may be poor ( I don't say that part), I may be black and I may even be ugly… but thank God I’m here.” I'm here and so are you!
It's 2021, ladies… and the category is SHOES! If you didn’t know, let me take a minute to tell you; I am a bonified Shoe-a-holic. This means that I understand the power of a good shoe. Your shoes can make or break your outfit. Hell, sometimes the shoes are the outfit! Shoes are my favorite addition to any outfit because they can change the whole vibe of the pieces. The right shoe can tell your story the moment you enter a room, without you ever having to have said a word. Shoes, shoes, shoes oh how I love thee! Even when you don’t love me back.
Hey, hey… and ‘mo hey!
Welcome back to Charlotte’s Closet. The season is fall, and the category is Comfy & Cute. *Ned Stark voice* “Winter is coming,” but in the meantime, we can still get off some cute, yet comfortable fall looks. Just like everybody can’t fit into a size 6; there are some who really don’t do heels. That’s more than okay and shouldn’t stop you from embracing your fresh. Style is a personal choice, so your looks tend to pop more when you stick to what’s proven to work for you.
Hey, hey...and mo hey! Welcome to Charlotte’s Closet; the first of many fashion inspired articles to be featured within the pages of “Intellectual Ink.” I am super excited to share some of my signature style with you. The features and looks will be inspired and geared towards curvy women, such as myself. Let’s be honest, we can’t all be Instagram models, and not every woman was born to wear a size 6. In truth, it’s not easy to find clothes geared towards thickly built women that aren’t fugly as hell. It’s like the thicker you are, the uglier the clothes. This is one of the main reasons I challenge myself to show up and show out with every chance I get. I gladly accept the challenge to be the as fly and un-apologetically me as I can be; even when I find myself bombarded with images that are constantly telling me that I have no right to be.