Christina Mendez

[EVENT] Plus Size Modeling Workshop En La Isla Del Encanto Puerto Rico


Curvy ladies have you ever wanted to become a plus size model? Or have you ever wanted to go on a productive and informative mini-vacation with like-minded curvy gals? and PLUS Model Magazine present PLUS SIZE MODELING 101 at Caribbean Curves Weekend en la isla del encanto Puerto Rico. Come be part of the ultimate 2 day workshop featuring Latina former plus model and Editor-in-Chief of PLUS Model Magazine Madeline Jones and international plus size model Christina Mendez.

If you are a Plus Size model or just simply dreamed about becoming a model and excel in the world of fashion, this is your chance to obtain a unique experience from industry experts at an international level. There are special rates for out of town guest that include hotel and transportation to and from the workshops.

Topics to be covered:

-Modeling 101



-Beauty Shots

-Self Confidence and projection

-Photo shoots

-How to manage your portfolio


When: Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7

Where: Dance Machine Studio

Urb Santa Rosa 31-55 Ave Main, Bayamón (in front of Luis Pales Matos School and Santa Rosa Academy)

Hours: 8:00am- 5:00pm

Register online NOW to guarantee your spot at or call 787-960-4997. See you there!

Latinas at the 2013 American Music Awards

Latinas showcased their style and grace on the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards. Here are some of my favorites.

Half Ecuadorian Christina Aguilera looked great in her elegant white gown. She reminded me of an old Hollywood actress.



Honduran and Chilean Rocsi Diaz looked great in red.



Naya Rivera is a Puerto Rican hottie and she looked amazing in her black keyhole gown. Her hair and makeup were phenomenal.



La Cubana Daisy Fuentes showed us that you don’t have to show a lot to be sexy. She wore a Tadashi Shoji halter gown that featured a white lace applique bodice with a sheer nude illusion back that transitioned into a long black, fit-and-flare skirt.



A New York Holiday – Barneys collaboration with Shawn ‘JAY Z’ Carter

Jay Z’s collection for Barneys was unveiled yesterday. The pricey 30-piece collection ranges from $70 to $58,000. All items are located in a separate back room of the Madison Avenue department store which is guarded by a bouncer.

Originally, 25 percent of sales were meant to go to his charity, but after the shop-and-frisk scandal where Barneys store racially profiled two black shoppers they upped it to 100 percent going back to the Shawn Cater Foundation. The foundation helps low-income children further their education.

To see the full collection go to

Leather Sleeve Puffer Varsity Jacket

Barneys New York

Vinyl Coated Camo Jacquard Tie

Just Don
Mixed Exotics Brooklyn Cap

Rick Owens
Mollino Crocodile Jacket

Shawn Carter by Hublot Black Ceramic 45mm Classic Fusion Watch

Simple Ways To Maintain Your Sexy This Season

During the end of the year we tend to juggle more than usual…holiday shopping, parties, travel plans, cooking and the list goes on. This “correr correr” always affects our eating habits. Dale Noelle founder of TRUE Model Management, former model and health coach provided some great tips to maintain our sexy this season and increase our energy while juggling our hectic schedules.


Take stairs instead of elevators.
Take slow, deep breaths.
Stand tall with stomach and gluteus muscles engaged.
Keep even weight on feet with hips and shoulders level, tighten all muscles as much as you can and then release and repeat while standing still ,waiting on a lines, etc.,
Walk home from the office/grocery/shopping and lift and lower bags to tone your arms and back.
Squats while washing/conditioning your hair and cleaning the shower with a squeegee.
Sit on a ball at your desk instead of a chair.
Stretch before you get out of bed every morning and before you go to bed at night.
Park farther from building entrances and walk briskly to your destination.
Carry a refillable glass bottle of water with fruit or herbs inside (add a spring of rosemary, mint leaves, cinnamon stick, lemon or orange slices, etc.).
Join a sports team for fun (even if you never played the sport before, most organized athletic leagues offer beginner options).
Carry at least one healthy snack in your bag (nuts, apple).
Choose exercises that are easy on your joints and strengthen without causing bulk; yoga is a great option.

Eat if you are not hungry.
Sit if you can stand.
Impulsively grab empty calorie and/or sugary snacks.
Deny yourself of your favorite fattening foods (but do limit portions and/or only eat them once a week).

Dale also expressed the importance of drinking plenty of water (especially high ph level waters), eating greens, eating less pasta, bread, sugar, red meat and dairy as simple lifestyle changes that will improve our metabolism, increase our energy, create positive emotions and tone our muscles.

Dale Noella

Dale Noelle

To contact Dale Noelle for more tips or to learn about TRUE Model Management:


Lingerie for the Real Size Women

On November 13th in New York City Victoria’s Secret taped their annual fashion show.

I tune in every year because I enjoy watching the glamorous models strut their confidence on the long elaborate runway and watch the great performances but I know that my 40-35-47 Latin curvy frame will never fit in any of their selections. So today I want to share Christina’s Secret.

Here are some of my favorite places to shop for sexy lingerie for the “real size” women.

Hips and Curves
Located in Southern California, Hips and opened for business in 2000 and has been going strong ever since! They offer a secure, private and entertaining shopping experience while bringing you the latest and greatest in plus size lingerie styles. They carry a wide assortment of lingerie from sweet and demure to smokin’ hot styles for plus-sized women everywhere.


Intimates Plus
The dream began in 2007 when full-size CEO was in the market for a sexy and luxurious piece of lingerie for a special occasion. She searched high and low at all of the well know lingerie retailers. She even searched well known plus-size boutiques; nothing piqued her interest. Everything was either not cut for her ample size 18 body, not sexy enough, or was just simply not made from quality materials. She thought that she couldn’t be the only real-size woman having this issue, thus, Intimates Plus was born.

The Alexa Bodysuit Front.jpgIntimate plusThe Sonatine Robe Front

Addition Elle
This fall Super Plus size model Ashley Graham introduced her lingerie collection for Addition Elle. “The pieces were inspired by bras in my personal wardrobe that I found to be both beautiful and supportive….



Ann Nahari
Originally launched in 2000 under the brand name Full Figure Design, the new lingerie division is a complete revamp and rebrand of the collection for the Ann Nahari woman. “We have upgraded the whole collection with better fit and fabrication,” says Ms. Rasheed. “The new collection reflects both sexiness and comfort with styles that are on trend.



Holiday Cooking Tips with Chef Ema Quevedo

The holidays are all about family and delicious comida. Today I chatted with Chef Ema Quevedo to get us some great cooking tips for this holiday season.

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Do you have a yummy twist for our typical Thanksgiving turkey recipe?

Ema Quevedo: I love to play around with the stuffing. One of my favorites is an Apple Pecan stuffing. It is so easy and quick to make. You simply have to melt all ingredients in a skillet over Country Crock® and their tastes blend beautifully. There are so many different versions of stuffing to choose from. You can be really creative. There are other delicious ideas on

Personally I am the eater in the family and my mother and aunts are the cookers. What’s an easy-to-do dish that “non-cookers” can donate to a dinner party?

Ema Quevedo: A delicious and real simple recipe to prepare for all those out there who don’t really enjoy cooking is a Roasted Eggplant dip. You simply roast your eggplants, place them in a food processor, add some lemon juice and Knorr® Cilantro Minicubes and you’re all set! Everyone will love this dip. It’s the perfect dish to take to any dinner party.


• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 2 medium eggplants, peeled and diced
• 2 Knorr® Garlic MiniCubes, crumbled
• 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 Knorr® Cilantro MiniCube , crumbled

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Arrange eggplant on an aluminum-foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over eggplant, then sprinkle with Knorr® Garlic MiniCubes; toss to coat. Roast for 30 minutes or until eggplant is very tender, stirring once.

3. Process eggplant with remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve with your favorite vegetable dippers or tortilla chips.

Can you share your favorite traditional holiday recipe?

Ema Quevedo: My family is Mexican, so we definitely include a lot of traditional foods like tamales. We all get together to help prepare them. Some of us fill the tamal while others wrap them up. It’s a must on our family menu. Plus, it’s quick and easy to prepare.

Can you share a recipe for yummy holiday leftovers?

Ema Quevedo: Absolutely! You can always go for the traditional left-over turkey sandwich, but if you want to spice things up a bit, you can try turkey wraps with chipotle mayo. You combine a couple of chipotle peppers, a green onion, lime juice and Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise. Add the turkey, cucumber, tomato and lettuce and wrap it up!

• 3 Tbsp. Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise
• 1 green onion, finely chopped
• 1 Tbsp. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
• 1 tsp. lime juice

Combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise, green onion, chipotle peppers and lime juice in small bowl.

The holidays bring large crowds to our homes, any tips on cooking a large meal on a budget?

Ema Quevedo: As long as you have the basics: garlic, cilantro, onions, salt and pepper, I think you can make any dish flavorful without breaking your wallet. Sometimes recipes call for lots of ingredients, but you can always use a recipe as a guide and add your own twist. Also, buying in advance helps. Buying your turkey early can help you save money by finding good deals plus, you get a chance to marinate it beforehand, guaranteeing it will be full of flavor!


About Chef Ema QuevedoUnilever Kitchens Chef and Consultant

Ema first fell in love with cooking as a child growing up in McAllen, Texas. The chef, originally from Mexico, watched her mother for hours as she prepared delicious homemade meals. As the years went by, her passion for cooking continued to grow. After graduating with a degree in photography and education, she moved to New York to work for a non-profit organization. Preparing meals at the soup kitchen, she realized something was still missing in her life. This is when she decided to head back to school and become a chef. She enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education in New York where she received her diploma in culinary arts.

She continued to expand her creativity and skills in the culinary world as a chef in PRIMEHOUSE NEW YORK working with pastries and hot appetizers. She then went on to work at Kibo as the pastry chef and most recently as the pastry chef at the Atlantic Grill. Today, Ema is the consultant for Unilever Kitchens. With her Latin background and culinary knowledge, she develops mouthwatering recipes with a Latin kick. Her formal and informal training in the kitchen are the key ingredients that have created the perfect recipe for creating elegant and authentic dishes.

In New York, Ema enjoys running through Central Park on her free time. She also enjoys exploring and discovering new restaurants in the city.

2013 Miss Universe

2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant will take place in Moscow, Russia at Crocus City Hall this Saturday, November 9, 2013. Women from approximately 86 countries will compete for this prestige title.

“This will be one of the biggest and most beautiful Miss Universe events ever,” said Trump. “It is only fitting that the world’s most iconic and premier beauty contest will take place in Russia’s most premier venue, Crocus City Hall,” he added.

At this year’s event Italian swimwear and lingerie brand Yamamay will unveil their official MISSUNIVERSE collection, YAMAMAY FOR MISS UNIVERSE, during the worldwide MISS UNIVERSE telecast, by unveiling a one-of-a-kind emerald, ruby and diamond swimsuit valued at one million dollars. The spectacular swimsuit has traveled from Milan, Italy to Moscow, Russia (with armed guard) just in time for this global event.

Here are some of the Latin beauties in this year’s competition.

Tune in Saturday, November 9th at 9:00 PM ET/PT on NBC or with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

Autism in Latino Community

According to the CDC Hispanic children with autism remain undiagnosed or often diagnosed later than the national average. Communication and cultural barriers were cited as some of the reasons for the delay in diagnosis. However, Pediatricians feel that Latino parents don’t have as much knowledge about autism as other races so they bring up fewer concerns. It is important to remember that you know your child best. If you are concerned at any time, voice it!

Early intervention is critical and extremely important. The earlier the problem is identified, the earlier intervention can begin, and the more likely your child is to learn the skills they need to communicate, engage in social interactions and manages their behavior.

What is Autism?
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. It’s a group of complex disorders of brain development that can range in severity, that often impair development of social, communication and behavioral skills. Studies show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

What are the signs?
The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:

• No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
• No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
• No babbling by 12 months
• No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
• No words by 16 months
• No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
• Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

Located on the Autism Speaks website is the M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) which can help you determine if a professional should evaluate your child. This simple online autism screen takes only a few minutes.

Seek further information about the early signs of autism and additional screening resources at and for Spanish information.

With the proper supports and intervention all people with autism are able to go on to live fulfilling lives, as independently as possible. I am a proud mother of a 16 year old who was diagnosed at 2.3 years old. He currently speaks multiple languages, is able to sign language and is a bright lovable teenager who is attending his first year of High School. There is hope.

My Son

Latina Celebrity Stars Turned Fashion Designers

Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Selena Gomez and Eva Mendes; not only are these ladies gorgeous and successful but they’ve all launched chic and affordable clothing lines at some of our favorite stores.

The gorgeous Sofia Vergara best known for her sexy accent and sassy personality launched her Sofia by Sofia Vergara collection at Kmart in 2011. Sofia by Sofia Vergara was designed for the fashion-conscious woman who enjoys figure flattering styles and fashion-forward prints and patterns.

Sofia by Sofia Vergara

Fashion icon Jennifer Lopez‘s collection for Kohl’s embodies modern lines and effortless style. “I have always been interested in fashion and believe great style is about the overall look vs. an individual piece,” said Jennifer Lopez. “My new Kohl’s collection truly reflects my personal style and I’m so excited to provide quality, on-trend fashions at a great value to women everywhere.”

Jennifer Lopez's collection for Kohl's

Selena Gomez teamed up with Kmart to bring us Dream Out Load by Selena Gomez. This is a fashion collection geared to juniors. The collection is inspired by Gomez’s signature style. “I am proud to be able to join forces with Kmart to release my own fashion collection! This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and I feel privileged to be able to give the consumer great product at a great value” said Selena.

Dream Out Load by Selena Gomez

This summer Eva Mendes teamed up with New York & Company and launched Eva by Eva Mendes. The line is inspired by Eva’s personal style and red carpet looks. “I love anything that winks to yesteryear,” Mendes told WWD. “You have to find what works for you. In this day and age where everybody has a stylist, I appreciate the kind of woman who steps out of the box. I love feeling like an individual. I want to share all these little tips with women.”

Eva by Eva Mendes