The Curvy Girl of the Day: “The Ashley’s In Love Feature Model….Sunni Diggs”
I am pleased to present my first “Curvy Girl of the Day” for this year, Ms. Sunni Diggs. I first met Sunni back in 2006 I believe and we have seen each other since at numerous fashion shows and events. She and I both walked the runway for “The Voluptuous Woman’s 10th Anniversary Show” in DC in 2007 and we also both were involved with “The Tropical Divas Show” here in Richmond in 2009. Sunni has made remarkable strides over her career path. Not only is Sunni a professional plus-size model but she is also a skilled makeup artist too. (I know first hand because she did my face for “The Tropical Divas Fashion Show”).
Sunni began her career in modeling after being scouted by veteran plus model Dana Brown of Gemini Models. In a competition sponsored by the company, she became first runner up of the 1st Annual Full Figured Metopolitan in 2004. In 2006, Sunni went on to become one of the top 6 finalist to compete in the first ever ‘Thick and Sexy Top Model” competition on the Tyra Banks Show. She has since gone on to make other television appearances (Dr. Phil, the Insider, CN8 Your Morning and BET). She has also been featured in Plus Model Magazine, Skorch Magazine, Venus Diva Magazine, Igigi, and has participated in numerous runway shows across the country including the “Love Your Body Day” in Hollywood, CA and “Full Figured Fashion Week” in NYC.
Q & A with Sunni:
How did you get started in plus-size modeling?
It all started from when I posted a snap shot photo on a modeling site about 7 years ago just for fun. I had no expectations what-so-ever. A few days later I was contacted by Dana Brown of Gemini Models and she asked me to audition for a full figured modeling competition. I auditioned, ended up being first runner up, and the rest is history.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I am such a girly girl! I think a lot of my style reflects my personality. I love fun, trendy, and colorful looks and I’m a sucker for anything that sparkles.
Where are some your favorite stores to shop?
I like to shop places where I can get that designer, trendy look without breaking the bank. One of my favorite place in the world to shop is Ross! It’s amazing what you can find in there. The clearance rack at Torrid is also my best friend.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
The biggest project I am working on at the moment is myself. I have just been concentrating on getting myself in shape and being as fit and healthy as possible. My goal is to be able to run a half marathon in the near future. I’m also just working on rebuilding my portfolio.
Has being a “curvy girl” ever affected you in a negative way?
I believe being curvy can only affect you negatively if you allow it. If you are positive, confident, and comfortable in your own skin, others can only respond positively to the energy you exude. At a size 26 or a size 12 I have never apologized for being a curvy girl. I will always be curvy and whoever does not like it has to deal with it on their own terms, not mine.
What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
Just working with some of the biggest designers and models in the industry is such a dream come true for me. There are so many models that I have admired and looked up to for many years and to have the opportunity to be in same company is awe inspiring. I never take an opportunity for granted and I feel truly blessed.
Where would you like to see your career go in the near future?
Every model dreams of landing a big ad campaign or TV commercial and I am no exception. I would also love to start venturing more behind the scenes and maybe eventually start my own makeup/styling business.
Today I am proud to announce that Sunni will be my special guest model at the “Ashley’s In Love” fashion showcase next Friday, February 4, 2011. The event will be from 6-9pm at the Ashley Stewart store in Whiteoak Village Mall at 4501 S. Laburnum Avenue in Richmond, Virginia 23231. Come see Sunni and other curvy models showcase the latest that Ashley Stewart has to offer in lingerie and apparel….just in time for Valentine’s Day. See you there!!!