Monif - 07.15.09


There’s a special offer for Monif C. customers in this blog, so read through!

So I have a confession to make…I like exercise, I even sometimes love it…I know society and the media would have you believe that plus size

women aren’t active, but you and I know that isn’t true.  As with everything in life, there are different strokes for all different folks.  So as I keep expanding this blog to showcase a variety of things, I decided to create a plus size and fit section for the blog. 

Now, I actually told someone this recently and his remark was, how can you be a plus size designer if you lose weight??….All I could give him was a :blank stare: for his ignorance…oh bless his heart.  Working out and getting in shape for me is nothing about losing a particular amount of lbs or fitting into some mold, it’s about moving my body and having more energy to keep up with my hectic schedule.  What alot of people don’t know about me is I’ve actually always been a very active person, having thrown shot put in high school, being co-captain of my high school track team, and placing in the state championships (pat on the back for me :-) ).  AND one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is boxing, I actually belong to 2 boxing gyms, and my type A personality loves hitting the bags to release stress.  Oh and guess what, I’ve done ALL of this and have ALWAYS been over 200 lbs.  That’s my reality, and I’m happy with that. 

The Plus Size & Fit blog will be about me blogging over the next year doing different physical activities including bootcamp, pole dancing (aka skrippa dancing) classes, belly dancing classes, trapeze jumping (A CRAP LOAD OF FUN), wall climbing, etc.  And guess what, there will be opportunities for you to get in shape with me!  I would love to have a bunch of you all come with me and have like a big Monif C. group to take on these activities.  I am also working out special Monif C. customer discounts so you can come work out with me. And I have one for you below today!


SO for today’s installment of Plus Size and Fit, I present to you:

Aja Davis Bootcamp in Brooklyn, NY – Fort Greene Park

So let me give you some background…one day Mia (one of my fabu plus size models) and I are on a shoot and she starts telling me about a new fitness bootcamp she joined in Brooklyn.  She apparently heard about it from Erica Watson (fabulous curvy comedienne) and decided to give it a try.  The bootcamp meets 4 times a week (T – Fri) for an hour and 15 minutes in Fort Greene Park for 4 weeks.  Not only did Mia look different, her energy was up and it looked to be doing wonders for her. I love trying new things so I mentioned to her I would love to try it out.  Plus the bootcamp craze has been really big these days so I thought it would be a good way to jumpstart my fitness pledge!

Aja Davis is a personal trainer based out of Brooklyn and is NO joke, don’t let the angelic face fool you!  I jumped in hook line and sinker and enrolled in her latest 4 week session.  Aja takes it back old school to get you in shape, jumping jacks, push ups, crunches, squats.  We even played tag one day which had us running around for about 1/2 hour non-stop.  Aja is tough and will make you push yourself, but you won’t get yelled at like a drill sergeant. 

Aja is offering a discounted rate for a 4 week bootcamp of $199 for Monif C. customers.  Check out her website at to sign up today.  Come work out with me, I’ll probably take her bootcamp for the next 2 sessions going into September, so I would love to work out with you.  Be sure to tell Aja I sent you so you can get the discount.  If you want any additional information from me, email me info (at) and put Bootcamp in subject.

Here are some pics from week 2 of the bootcamp!  I’ll be doing a video blog next week so you can see the workout in action! 

Sign up today, can’t wait to see you!

I love that it’s a small group and everybody’s a cute curvy girl!

There’s the teacher’s pet Mia :-)

Me with my Club Cushions tee (thanks Tondalaya!)



Partner Crunches!


Don’t forget if you have any questions, email me info (at) with Bootcamp in the subject!  Hope to see you @ bootcamp!





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Monif - 07.15.09

I am so honored to have been asked to participate in the Duchess & Dukes of the Runway fashion show this Saturday at the Fairmont Southampton Princess in Bermuda!  A little sun, a little beach, a little work…I can’t wait!!!  If you are in Bermuda, please come by to experience a fantastic fashion show!

See you there!


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Monif - 07.14.09

For our Vancouver customers! 

DuJour Boutique,, carries the Monif C. line in Vancouver Canada and Klay the owner recently sent us these pictures of the convertible dress promotion in their store. 

If you are in Vancouver, be sure to go check out his store:

DuJour Boutique

628 Abbott Street, Vancouver, BC



Klay told me his mannequin is called Anna Nicole, LOL…shouldn’t she be blond then?

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Monif - 07.10.09

I’m in need of a new fit model.  The following are REQUIREMENTS, so please only email us if you meet the requirements info (at) with Fit Model in subject.

1) MUST be close to Manhattan, there will be daily frequest visits to showroom during design phases so you can’t be far from here.

2) MUST have measurements very close (within 1-1.5 in) of 49″ Bust 42″ Waist 52″ Hips

3) MUST be between 5’7-5’8″, no shorter, no taller.

Thanks mucho!



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Monif - 07.09.09

So I finally got through all the pics from our New Orleans Shopping Event and I have them here for you!  Krissy (my sister) and I had an amazing time.  I am going to post pics here from the shopping event and I think tomorrow I’ll post a few sight seeing shots. 

For those that don’t know, I was invited by the Voluptuous Vixen boutique to come do a shopping event there during Essence Music Festival which is an amazing festival that gets about 200,000 people every year.  This year Beyonce, Lionel Richie, John Legend, and a host of other stars performed during the 3 day weekend event!

Jaclyn and Erin from Voluptous are fantastic and have one of the nicest plus size boutiques I have ever seen!  So if you live in NOLA or are visiting, definitely check them out @ 818 Chartres Street, and you’ll be able to get your Monif C. goodies and much more!

Enjoy the pics!



Before Monif C., I would have given my right arm to walk down a street and see a sign that says Voluptous Vixen!  Girls, there’s fabulous stuff out there, you just have to search high and lo!


Customer Shots!


My mother is probably going to kill me when she sees me wearing this dress with a cami, but I’m busty and I wanted to wear this dress dang-nabit! Some of the girls thought it was a good alternative to finding a strapless bra, so there Mom!


Introducing the newest girl group – “The Curvettes!” LOL




I must have wrapped about 100 girls on Saturday, yall wore me out!


So this is how these 2 lovely ladies came in the store (very beautiful already!)

But when they put their dresses on, they were like, bag up those other dresses, we are wearing these out!










So this is the beauty of the convertible dress, Jaclyn is a size 26, the lady in the middle is probably a size 10-12, and my sister is a size 6, and they ALL have on the same exactly dress, just diff colors and diff. lengths (short, long)


The owner Jaclyn and I


Krissy had to change because someone brought the black convertible dress right off her back



Vintage Monif C.!  Well not quite, but this customer had on a convertible dress from maybe a year or two ago in a lilacy-pink.
























See you at Essence Fest next year!!!

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