Where are you located?
I’m currently located in Beaumont, TX. That’s about 78 miles East of Houston, Texas.
How tall are you?
Arguably I’m a proud 5’3’ :-)!
What size do you wear?
I currently wear a size 12-14 or XL-1XL. I am a proud member of the bariatric community est. Nov 2020, so I have lost weight since my introduction to all of you, and I loved myself then, just as I love myself now. I am a person that practices what I preach so I believe in doing whatever necessary to continue to evolve into the best version of self possible, no matter how much change occurs.
What size shoe do you wear?
I’m a 8/36
Do you wear shapewear and if so, What type of shapewear do you use?
I do sometimes wear a waist trainer or smoothing foundation, but not every day nor under every outfit. I get my waist trainers from Tiffany with Candy Girl Impressive Boutique in Beaumont Texas and I like foundations from SKIMS and YITTY.
Who’s your talented photographer?
My photographer’s name is Alfred Beverly II with Charis Solutions Photography. He’s excellent behind the lens, and I love his attention to close detail and our chemistry. There’s absolutely no Msbeyoudoyou without Charis Solutions Photography!
Who’s your fabulous and talented MUA?
My makeup artist name is Shamekka Thomas. I can always rely on her for that perfect “BEAT” no matter what I am wearing or the occasion! She is simply the best!
What do you do for a living?
In addition to my blog, I am a working plus model with several clients and contracts, Influencer/content creator, and Executive Director of Queen Size Magazine in NY. I am an Owner of my Financial Services Business, Walker Financials, and the Homebound Teacher for PAISD in Port Arthur Texas.
How’d you get your start?
Believe it or not in 2016, it all started by linking with other business owners in 2016 trying to make our stamp on the world. These connections and experiences pushed me to create my own platform in 2017 and not limit myself to just one thing. It simply started with doing a favor for a friend by taking photos for her boutique, then linking with arguably one of the best photographers working. Now here I am today as a working model, Influencer and writer in the industry.
What does Msbeyoudoyou mean or stand for? Well, I’ve always beat to my own drum so to speak and wanted to live life my way, regardless of any judgement from others. In a nutshell that is my motto for living life!!! We live in a world where other people’s opinions and judgments cause us to lead unhappy lives, constantly trying to fit into a box someone has created for us! I decided some time ago to just be me and do me, whatever that looked like, and vowed to be happy in that commitment !!! I want to promote self love and a body positive lifestyle that will help inspire others to do the same!! I want to never waiver in walking beyond the standard for my hopes and dreams and I want that for others too. Together we will love ourselves inside and out, while loving and living life our way!
I want to start a blog, any advice?
Be consistent, in anything that you do. I think of blogging as a 50/50 offer. Half goes to your content, the other half is about consistency. If you have great content, but don’t post often, what good is it?
My other advice is –don’t compare your blog to others. There are so many bloggers out there, and it can be overwhelming trying to find and sticking to your niche. Stay true to who you are l, and always be yourself. Remember, originality and authenticity sells!
Do you work with and collaborate with other brands?
I do, but I am still building my brand and establishing myself as a plus model in the industry so my number is small, but growing. Even though I’m new to the industry I’m very selective on who I collaborate with. I want to keep Msbeyoudoyou as authentic as possible by collaborating with brands that are a natural fit for this platform. I’ve worked with The Dream World in Fashion, SpitFire Boutique, Ashley Stewart, SHEIN Fashion and, Paint by Shawn Denise, Good American, have upcoming plans in the pipeline with several others. I am always open to brand collaborations as long as they align with my brand.
May I use your images on my site?
Absolutely! Please make sure to link back to Msbeyoudoyou.com when you use my images, as they are copy written as well as give credit to all those involved in making this photo happen Smooches!