By now many of you have probably heard or read the devastating news that my friend and the face of Monif C. Plus Sizes, Supermodel Mia Amber Davis Yard, has passed away. It has taken me a week to even try to write down my feelings about Mia because my heart is so heavy and I am overwhelmed with sadness.
Mia texted me on Sunday, Mother’s Day. After my mom passed away a year and a half ago and Mia’s husband Mike’s dad passed about a year ago, Mia and I always made it a point to reach out to each other on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day no matter where we were. We texted back and forth about her time in Los Angeles, and the show she was producing, that she missed me, and that we may see each other in June. Two days later, Mia passed away.
I met Mia back in 2005 within months of starting Monif C. She modeled for me in a fashion show produced by Gwen Devoe called Dangerous Curves. I was immediately struck by her confidence, beauty (Mia was beyond gorgeous), and just how sweet she was. Only a few months later, my mom and I contacted her to shoot with us. Those early days of shooting with Mia were a trip. I remember the scene like it was yesterday…we used to shoot with Kristie Lee out in Westfield, Mia would do her own hair and I’d do her makeup (:side eye) and even if the shoot took 2 hours more than we allotted, Mia never complained…we’d leave the shoot, go get some pizza, laugh it up and go home.
Many Monif C. fans know Mia as the face of Monif C….and she was. Mia worked with us on numerous photoshoots and even when we decided to work with other models, somehow, someway, we always got back around to shooting with Mia. Matter of fact, she and I were making plans to shoot the fall 2011 collection together when she got back from LA. Where ever I go, people always tell me, you know that model on your website, she is stunning…or I buy anything Mia models…or it feels so good to see a woman that looks like me modeling your clothes. In addition to being the face of Monif C., Mia became a champion for Monif C. She did public relations for us in the early days, writing press releases, planning numerous Curvy Girls Night Outs, and whenever there was a casting or TV opportunity, Mia always called me to submit Monif C. Mia is one of the most sincere, compassionate, loving people I know. I remember her telling me stories of women coming up to her on the train and throughout NYC, and she always stopped and talked to them. She even started her blog MiaAmber.com to provide tips to women on how to become a plus size model.
Throughout those years of shooting together, a true friendship developed. Mia and I joined a fitness bootcamp together and after class would sometimes spend hours talking. I worried about the future of Monif C. and many times wanted to close the business. Mia would tell me, are you crazy? What will all of us wear? Mia would sometimes worry about her own future within this industry and even though she accomplished so much would often wonder what more she could do. I was always pushing her telling her, women look up to you, you are an inspiration and doors will continue to open for you to shine your light. I remember one night in Fort Greene Park breaking down and telling Mia that my mother had her second bout with breast cancer and really worrying about her future. We prayed together and she told me everything was going to be alright. Mia was always reassuring, loving, and loyal. She had a way of making you feel alright even in tough situations.
I always say that when someone comes into your life and leaves such an indelible mark, it’s because God is trying to show you how you can be a better person. Mia’s life has encouraged me to be even more kind, loving, gracious, and encouraging. Mia will hopefully also be an inspiration to all women to follow your dreams. Mia was steadfast in reaching for new goals and taking on new endeavors (tv producing, modeling for Kimora Lee Simmons, advocating for the plus size woman on CNN). I hope that this will show us all that we are never promised tomorrow so it is imperative that we reach for the stars and make each day count by following our purpose and passion.
Mia was an angel on earth and now she’s an angel in heaven. I love you Mia and miss you terribly.
I am asking anyone who loved, admired, or was inspired by Mia to support her family and funeral costs by donating to the Mia Amber Fund, click here to donate.
Here are a few pictures and video of my girl in action…one of the best to ever do it…
See you Saturday! Come shop with me and Brandon!
So this blog has been stagnant for a while and I’ve been getting hate mail (just kidding but not really) with people asking me when I am going to update the blog again…so here we go!
Remember last year when we did the Customer Appreciation Photo Shoot which featured 7 of our fabulous customers made over in the convertible dress??? Well this year we decided to do the same thing BUT we are featuring 7 customers in….drum roll please….the new 2011 plus size swimsuit collection!
We asked each customer to bring their current swimsuit for the before shot and then we dressed them in a Monif C. swimsuit. Some girls (naming no names) thought they were “doing-it!” in their swimsuit until they saw the before and after pictures. Safe to say they all have ordered their Monif C. swimsuit!
Here we go, 7 beautiful and fabulous women, a little makeup juge by the fabulous Tara Taylor, styling by Brandon, and Stanley Debas behind the camera! No camera tricks, no faking the funk, you too can look THIS amazing in your Monif C. swimsuit!
I am Monif C., You are Monif C.
Check out pics and behind the scenes video below!
For some reason my computer decided it just didn’t want to upload Katrina’s video so see the next blog post for the video – stupid technology :sad face:
Click here to see the video!
And it also doesn’t want to upload Netta’s video…
Click here to see the video!
Bonus: Check out Brandon behind the scenes doing a little photoshoot coaching with the girls!
Special thanks to all the women that took time out of their busy lives to come do the shoot! Thanks to Tara Taylor for banging out all the makeup by herself, Brandon for styling, my sister Krissy for doing all the videos, and Stanley for photography! Are you a Monif C. customer that wants to be involved in the next customer photo shoot? Leave a comment here and get ready for the next shoot!
Come shop the Monif C. collection, plus the La Dan’s coat collection, jewelry, and large size shoes up to size 13!
Here are lots and lots and lots of pictures from the Monif C. Plus Sizes 5th Year Anniversary Party!
Special thanks to everyone that was a part of the party, all of the models, the makeup team led by Tara Taylor, Christina Rice PR for putting on an amazing event, Carol’s Daughter for sponsoring the beauty bar and Carol’s Daughter founder, Lisa Price for coming out! Sweet P Catering, custom Monif C. mini cupcakes by Get Em Girls, Inc, music by DJ Aasha Adore, Sculptz, Candy Flavas candles, Indique Hair, and Pop Chips!
Thanks to everyone that came out and all of our supporters, customers, friends and family, we couldn’t have reached 5 years without you! Here’s to 5X5X5X5X5X5X5X5X5 more!!!!
Oh, and for those of you who looking at the pictures, seeing brand new Monif C. goodies and wondering, where are those dresses??? Stay tuned this week!