Curve Nation Presents a Weekend of Empowerment and a Celebration of Self-Love with the Curve Nation Expo

Curve Nation presents the second annual Curve Nation Expo Hosted by international plus model and reality tv star, Rosie Mercado. The Expo is a supersize weekend of plus empowerment featuring plus celebrities and industry insiders, July 24th - 26th , 2015, at Reunion Resort located at 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747.

Curve Nation hosts the second annual Curve Nation Expo, a weekend of plus empowerment featuring plus celebrities and industry insiders, July 24th – 26th , 2015, at Reunion Resort located at 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL  34747.

The plus industry has garnered tremendous attention over the last year as Sports Illustrated featured its first plus size model, Robyn Lawley, and an ad by Swimsuits for All featuring the plus supermodel, Ashley Graham.  With the return of Full Figured Fashion Week, now in its 7th year, and the buzz surrounding the agency signing of plus megastar, Tess Munster, recently featured on the cover of People Magazine, plus is becoming mainstream.  Curve Nation, headquartered in Orlando, FL, was created by CEO, Devine Dolson, in memory of his mother, a plus fashionista, to support and respond to the needs of the plus size industry in the South.  Curve Nation continues to provide opportunities for growth, education, and networking, and raises the standard for events that empower women in the Southern United States.   Dolson shares that the organization is a labor of love and that he is motivated by “the men and women who contact me each day through social media sharing their stories and thanking me for providing a positive voice for the plus industry.  They inspire me to move forward, and Expo is huge weekend that provides great times and new opportunities for all who attend.”

The Curve Nation Expo, now in its second year, is open to the public and is a supersized weekend that includes:  workshops, the midnight pool party, shopping, a fashion show, Curve Nation's "Curves in Paradise" party, and more.  Men are welcome and will have special activities that cater to gentlemen only.  Attendees will have a chance to meet and greet plus celebrities and tastemakers that include: Rosie Mercado, International Plus Size Model, Miss Nevada Plus America 2009, the face of Full Figured Fashion Week 2010, and star of Curvy Girls on NUVOtv, plus supermodel, Christina Mendez, CEO and Founder of Full Figured Fashion Week in NY, Gwen DeVoe, and others.  POSE Magazine, the plus lifestyle magazine is sponsoring the event and will be onsite providing live social media coverage throughout the weekend.

Workshops topics and speakers include:

Rosie Mercado, international plus model, motivational speaker, and star of Curvy Girls on NuvoTV, recently featured on as 1 of 6 Latina Models Who Are Changing the Way the World Sees Beauty, is speaking on female empowerment and beauty.

Gwen DeVoe, CEO and Founder of Full Figured Fashion Week, as seen on, The New Yorker, ABC News, and, is hosting an interactive chat to discuss “Reinvention, Relevancy, and Business Tips with the Model Modul.”

Sabrina Servance, reality television star of Lifetime TV’s Big Women, Big Love, stylist and model, as featured on, and the NY Post

Essie Golden, plus model, Orlando native, fashion blogger, and body-positive advocate, featured in Essence Magazine, Fashion Bomb Daily, and Refinery 29, along with Sabrina, will be presenting a styling workshop sponsored by Ashley Stewart titled “How do I Look: Style 101.”  Attendees will receive assistance with styling for their body type and take home accessories and clothing provided by Ashley Stewart.

Christina Mendez, top plus model and Autism Activist, also featured as one of Cosmopolitan’s top Latina Models changing beauty, as seen on the Huffington Post, BET, and Shape Magazine, will be presenting a workshop for working, new, and aspiring models titled, “How to Succeed as a Freelance Model:  Learn how to achieve your dreams without an agent.”

Debbie Shannon, Miss Plus America Lifetime Queen, Miss Plus America 2004, and United States representative for Miss Plus Size Universe, has been featured in Plus Model Magazine and presents “Plus Pageantry, A to Z.”

Tip Jones, Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning plus lifestyle magazine, POSE Magazine and owner of The Consulting Studio, presents “Confidence U:  How to succeed at anything.”

The fashion showcase includes collections from: Voluptuous You by Desiree Fleming (South Florida), Duke n’ Dutchess by Tyrell Holmes (Atlanta, GA), E.G.O. Boutique (Houston, TX), Rainbeau Curves (California), Lamaica Fashions (South Florida), Fearfully Wonderfully Made Boutique (Tampa, FL), M.P.A.C. – My Pretty Auntie Closet (Lakeland, FL), Diva by Te’meka (Atlanta, GA), The Ice Cream Lady Haute Hosiery (Chicago, IL), 2B (Continued) Jeans (Chicago, IL), Fabulous Findings Boutique (Trenton, NJ), Jarix Designs by Senia Soto, a current high school student (Deltona, FL), Vision Stylez by Shakida Harvey, a current design student at Sanford Brown University (Orlando, FL), Tia Lyn Lingerie (Madison, WI), N’Bodi Clothing (Raleigh, NC), and Rachetteez (Maitland, FL).

Curve Nation Expo 2015 sponsors include: POSE Magazine, Ashley Stewart, Rainbeau Curves, DeVoe Signature Events, Diva Day International Modeling Agency, Makeup Studio, and Development Firm, Seagrams Escapes, The Red Carpet Modeling Agency, and Mimi’s Boutiques and Intimates with locations in Atlanta, GA and Windermere, FL.

The Expo is open to all women and men age 18 or older.  Visit for additional information.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at 

About Curve Nation:  Curve Nation is an upscale organization dedicated to celebrating the beauty of all women.  Whether curvy, thick, BBW (big beautiful woman), SSBBW (supersize big beautiful woman), BHM (big handsome man), or a curvy admirer, all are invited to ROCK their CURVES at its events. 



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Curve Nation is an organization that hosts events for the plus size community and is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of people of all sizes.

Kimberly Dolson
Kimberly Dolson
Executive Director of PR, Marketing, & Special Events, Curve Nation
Curve Nation
Orlando, FL
United States