by Charmaine Hudson
Ashley Stewart is a well-known clothing line dedicated to women who love their curves. It represents fashion-forward (trendy) clothing for women sizes 12 to 32. What started out as a small shop in New York City in 1991 has now expanded to eighty- nine stores across the United States.
Ashley Stewart is not just a brand it’s a movement with such events like “Full Figured Fashion Week,” “Love Your Curves Tour,” “Curves Rock Fashion Week,” and the most popular event of them all “Finding Ashley Stewart,” which is a competition that travels around the United States looking for that one woman who exudes diva qualities and confidence to represent the brand.
The Houston stop took place on March 24 and 25 at the Ashley Stewart store, Kirby Drive location. It was a great turnout with about one hundred women who participated, some from Dallas and Oklahoma.
The night kicked off with music from DJ 4.0 and host for the evening was the vivacious style expert of Ashley Stewart, Tamara Ivey. Competitors arrived at the pink carpet event hosted by Totally Randie of Houston Style Magazine. Each woman strutted down the catwalk to prove to the judges they would become the next Ashley Stewart with customized looks provided by “LAMIK Cosmetics.”
Guest dined on BBQ cuisine elegantly prepared by “O Taste And See Catering”, desserts by “Forever Yours Creations,” and gift bags sponsored by “Mark Kay Cosmetics,” “Babydoll Brushes,” “Camellia Alise Skin Care,” and “Taylor’s Shae Butter.”
Judges were President and CMO of Ashley Stewart Kristen Gaskins, Naja from the popular WE tv reality television show “L.A. Hair,” Sample Size bloggers Stacy Alauf and Alesha Walker and Digital Executive Producer of CW 39.com, Nakia Cooper.
Of the twelve models, the judges selected Nicole Rhocherlyn Grady, Shadawn McCants and Ashley Walker who will go to the semi-final rounds where the top 2 ladies of each city will be flown to New York in September for the first ever Miss Ashley Stewart Pageant. The winner of the overall competition will win a wardrobe from Ashley Stewart, cash prizes and appear on a social media sites including Ashely TV. Be on the lookout to see who will be the next Ashley Stewart 2017!
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