EFR Exclusive Interview with Gwen DeVoe creator of Full Figured Fashion Week

By: Farrah Estrella

CEO, Creator and Executive Producer of FFF Week Ms Gwen DeVoe

CEO, Creator and Executive producer of Full Figured
Fashion Week (FFF Week) Ms. Gwen DeVoe has dedicated her life to empowering plus size women.

The no
nonsense, hard hitting, truth delivering, goal driven, motivational MOGUL
is very busy preparing for this year’s Full Figured Fashion Week event that
will be held in New York in June from the 17-22, 2013.

The Estrella Fashion
Report caught up with her at the Full Figured Fashion Week Casting Tour 4th
stop sponsored by Lane Bryant that was held yesterday in Orlando and she talked
to us exclusively about the show.

EFR: What made you decide to go on the road and
do a FFF Week Casting Tour?
GD: I decided to do the tour because after four years of the plus
size community supporting us and traveling to New York to audition I felt that
it was time for us to give back to them. Resources are very slim these days and
those that could not afford to travel so far can come to the auditions in a
city near them and follow their dream. In addition, we also want to have a more
diverse group of women on the runway this year; we don’t want to have the same
models every year. The tour also provides more hype for the show.

EFR: How has the experience been in the casting
tour so far?
GD: It has been great!… Some of the highs are the turnout;
we had so many women coming to the auditions. So far we have seen over 100
women at every location driving from different cities and towns to come see us
and the love and support that they have showed us means a lot.
Some of the lows are that as the tour gains popularity more people find out about it and they don’t receive all the casting information so they come unprepared. They don’t bring pictures to the auditions, they wear the wrong
shoes or are not dressed appropriately. That has been really the only low that some
of the girls come very unprepared to the auditions but other than that it has
been amazing.

EFR: You have set the bar really high; last
year’s FFF Week was incredible. What can we expect from the show this year?
GD:  This year you can expect an expanded fashion
segment. We are going to have 2 regular fashion segments, a segment for the
older and seasoned plus size woman, plus size petites and plus size males.
 In addition, we are going to have more
industry related workshops and a more culturally diverse show.

EFR: In your opinion, what do you think is the
biggest misconception in the plus size industry?
GD: The biggest misconception in the plus size industry is that
we don’t spend money.
The plus size community
spends a lot of money not only in fashion but also in health and beauty products.

EFR: We always like to end our interviews by
asking our guest for some words of wisdom or a favorite quote, what is yours?
GD: My favorite quote is “Go Hard or Go Home”, everything I do is
big.

For more information
on Full Figured Fashion Week including casting tour dates and locations visit their website at www.FFFWeek.com.

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for Examiner.com and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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