Bold Resources: Diva Row and Celestine Burrow

Hey Bold Readers! We’ve been updating our “Bold Resources” pages recently. And, look what we’ve come across!

Celestine Burrell, creator of Diva Row, has combined her passion for fashion and many years of experience with sewing to launch the fashion line Diva Row. Diva Row is a line tailored to and for women of all shapes, sizes and curves with a desire to wear the latest fashion trends while still exuding confidence, grace, and class at affordable prices.Women who wear Diva Row know the value of wearing timeless fashion trends and the confidence felt from wearing clothes that serve their curves well. Curvy. Sexy. Confident.: That’s their motto!

Well, we sat down with Celestine Burrell and had a quick Q & A. Their mission is to provide women of the world with inspirational clothing that accentuates the curvy, sexy, and confident. And, we love that! So, let’s dive right in!

Bold Magazine: So, let’s start from the beginning. How did you start Diva Row and why?

Celestine: I started Diva Row three years ago. I’ve been sewing for many years and I noticed a trend with a lot of my women clients. They averaged a size 14 and had curvy figures. They wanted clothing that would accentuate their looks and make them feel great. So, I felt it would be a great idea to expand by coming up with a clothing line Diva Row.

BM: So cool! How do you find your inspiration for your line?

C: I myself am also a plus-size lady and love to look and feel fabulous at all times. Inspiration came with experimenting on myself to see what works and listening to what clients say they would like to see more of. I’ve also been inspired by Mimi G. She is one of my favorite sewing/fashion bloggers. She keeps a fresh style.

BM: We’ve noticed your product list is small but of high quality. Is that what you’re going for? What’s the story here?

C: Yes, for now I prefer to keep a small but high quality line. I also do custom made orders for clients all over the world as well. They can either make modifications to the line that is there or ask for something totally different. Eventually I will be expanding to many different boutiques and that will require a much large line. As of now everything is custom-made. I never really want to lose that essence of the line being custom-made.

BM: And, what has the response to your line been so far?

C: So far the response has been overwhelmingly great. I’m surprised often at how well people from all over the world reach out to me about making them a dress or ordering off of the website. I’m so thankful and blessed for all the support.

BM: What are the biggest challenges in designing clothing for “women of all sizes?”

C: The  biggest challenge is finding designs that I feel as though every woman of every size will feel her absolute best in. But it is something that is accomplished every month. Every month you can find new looks.

BM: Well, that’s awesome. Where do you see your brand heading?

C: I see us expanding to several boutiques in the US and the world that specialize in the custom-made clothing line for women. Women can go and shop the line or order a custom-made piece. There’s nothing more refreshing than knowing something was made just for you!

BM:  So, Celestine, what’s the best part about designing clothing for all sizes?

C: The best part is the happiness of a client when they have found the dress that fits them perfectly better than anything they have ever purchased out of a department store. I look forward to sharing this with women everyday all over the world.

BM:  Love it. What is your top seller?

C: At the moment our top sellers are the Glam Wrap Dress, Goddess Halter Dress and the Red Vixen Dress
BM: Where can we find your brand other than on your site?
C: The brand is exclusive to our site at the moment, but in the very near future we will be in local department stores in the Southeast and Chicago areas.

BM: Lastly, what makes you BOLD?

C: What makes Diva Row bold is the willingness and want for women all over the world to feel their absolute best about themselves no matter their size. Diva Row spreads positivity with the motto Curvy.Sexy.Confident. The size you are today is temporary for most whether its your best or just where you are today you deserve to feel and look fabulous at all times.


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Taylor Swift Fan Goes Viral Every Tuesday!

flower in hairThere’s a “Wild Dream” coming out of a very cool 6-year-old name Lilly Neitzert. And, it’s to meet Taylor Swift. Every Tuesday, she gets to catch a little glimpes of what that might look like when Lilly dresses up like her idol. And, the results are unbelievable. It’s like looking into a tiny little mirror!

Lilly just loves Taylor. She’ll be having a birthday party in six months and has decided she wants a Taylor Swift theme party! “So far her [theme] ideas,” says mom Sara, “are ‘pin the tails on Taylor’s cats’ and ‘Taylor Swift Karaoke.'” She also wants to give each invitee Taylor’s 1989 CD as the party favor. “You should hear her ideas for the cake!” says Sara. Lilly is even planning to invite Swift!

But, that’s not all. This little pop princess has gone viral! Sara’s Instagram account has well over 7000 followers and the posts have reached as far as Japan. You remember Sara Neitzert, right? We featured her and husband Andy a few years back on their amazing work as independent film makers! Lilly actually doesn’t want to work in “the biz” but wants to be a helicopter pilot! Of course, if Taylor doesn’t make her a double for all of her music videos!

Well, they have a little star in the making! Good Morning America has even covered the story! Well, we sat down with little Lilly and mom, Sara this week to chat about her “Love Story” with Taylor Swift:

Bold Magazine: Let’s start from the beginning, how did this start?

Lilly: I just love Taylor so much and I wanted to dress like her! And I LOVE to pose!
Sara: For a while, each night as a family, we would watch some music videos together and Lilly and I would dance along. That was right about the time Shake It Off came out and we couldn’t get enough of it! Lilly asked to watch more of TS’s videos and she just fell in love with her music. Lilly loved all of her clothes and repeatedly asked if she could have dresses and outfits just like hers. So we started taking photos and thought it would be fun to recreate some of the poses.

BM: What has the response been so far? 

L: I think lots of people like it. My Nana and Grandma like it the most!
S: Once ABC shared the article about Lilly’s “Taylor Tuesday,” things got a little crazy. I never thought I’d 12940873_215208048858345_451419684_nsay this, but my phone was actually blowing up! I understand what that means now! haha! We have had a lot of inquiries for interviews and I started feeling a little bit uncomfortable with it actually. We still have a big response on Instagram every time we post something, but I have been more careful about posting lately.
BM: What does Lilly think about the response?
S: At first we told Lilly about people liking her photos, but we don’t talk about it anymore. We don’t want it to go to her head or want her to think she needs to measure her self worth in how many Instagram likes she gets. I see that too much with kids and even adults these days and I don’t want her to fall into that, especially not at the age of six.

BM: Lilly has been featured by some blogs and social media pages. What’s been the best experience so far? 

S: I think the best experience has been the response from Japan. It’s amazing how people on the other side of the world are liking photos of Lilly. We showed Lilly where Japan is on a map and googled a little about Japan with her. I have always wanted to visit Japan, and now Lilly does too. I am hoping we can go someday!

BM: Japan? Tell us more!

I get messages everyday from Lilly’s Instagrammers in Japan. Most of them speak very limited English, but they all say “I love you!” and “You are so cute!”. Some have asked us to come to Japan. More than anything I wish we could! That kind of trip just isn’t in our budget right now.  I am obsessed with Japanese candy and I’ve passed that on to Lilly! Lilly and I get a subscription box every month filled with Japanese snacks and stationary called Kawaii Box. We post photos on Instagram and then our new Japanese friends tell us all about the snacks and stuff! It’s pretty cool and helpful because we don’t know what the packages say!

12196197_10153782614583291_380105970008563406_nBM: So, how do you all decide which photo to replicate? 

L: My mom shows me some pictures on her phone and I look at magazines. I like to pick pictures where I like her pose and clothes! I wanted to cut my hair because I want to look like Taylor swift.
S: We let Lilly choose, but sometimes we have to veto some of her choices because they aren’t practical or appropriate.

BM: Do you have to find props and clothing? Does it get expensive?

S: We try to choose photos that have simple clothes and props. Everything we do is very budget friendly! One of the photos we did we used a towel for the white background. In the Wildest Dreams photo we did, Lilly and I made her necklace and earrings out of aluminum foil! Most of the outfits we choose are plain and sometimes Lilly has even worn a shirt backwards because the front had a picture on it. We have purchased a few things for some of the photos, like for the blank Space picnic scene one, we bought the gummy worms, animal cookies and chocolate milk. The most money we spent was on the fabric for her black lace Blank Space dress, which I sewed her for Halloween. My sister actually bought most of the fabric for it. The dress took me almost 20 hours to sew, and I had to piece together elements from different patterns to make a dress similar to the one in the video. It was also a challenge to make an age appropriate version. I am very proud of that dress!

BM: So, here’s the question…has Taylor reached out at all? 

S: We are just doing this for fun. We would certainly not be disappointed if she never reached out and honestly, we would be extremely surprised if she did.
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BM: Have you tried reaching out to Taylor? Will you? 
S: Other than tagging Taylor on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter, I do not know how to reach her. She has not reached out to us. I get now though why she hasn’t. Once I started getting a bunch of Instagram notifications, I realized Instagram will only show you about the last hundred of them. After that, you can’t see them. Taylor Swift has millions of notifications, so she probably would never even see if we’ve tagged her in something.
L: If I met Taylor Swift I would hug her! I want to ask her about playing the guitar and I want to talk to her about her cats!
S: She didn’t used to think too much about Taylor seeing the photos she takes, but this week she saw a video of her surprising a couple at their wedding and this put some seemingly impossible ideas in her head. She really wants to be her friend. Lilly asked to send Taylor a picture she drew for her. I told her we didn’t have her address and she said “That’s OK mom. I’ll just ask the mailman. He knows everyone’s address!”

BM: That is hysterical! Lilly, what do you like to do when not posing as Taylor Swift? 

L: I like to play with marble works. I got it for my birthday from Darrah, Daisy and Richard (our friends). You get to build stuff and then watch the marbles go through it! I also love drawing. I love to draw cats! Because Taylor Swift loves cats! I like helping everyone. Like when someone falls down on the playground at school. I like to help homeless people because they don’t have a home and that makes me feel sad. I give them food like fruit and snacks when I see them and we are in the car driving. I wish I could give them a house. I like giving my parents concerts because they are sweet to me. I play my guitar. I make it up because I don’t know the real way to play it yet. And I write songs about things like my family and cats. I really want a pet cat!

BM: Who are Lilly’s favorite artists including and besides Taylor Swift? 

S: Lilly loves music from Beauty and the Beast and she says she likes Katy Perry, but I am not convinced she actually knows who she is…


BM: So Sara, last we spoke, your film and production career were really picking up. What’s gone on since then? 

S: For now, we have been focusing on one project at a time. Right now we are working a documentary about a remarkable woman who had a terrible accident falling from a horse and her journey to get back on that horse. It’s a very inspiring story. Right now we are submitting the film to festivals. We’ll see what happens.

BM: And, how about Andy? Has he been involved with filming and our with Lilly’s photoshoots? 

S: Andy has been very involved with all of the Taylor Tuesday shoots. We take turns taking the photos and hand the camera back and forth, so we never really know whose photo is whose exactly.

BM: So…lastly, what makes Lilly BOLD?

L: My mom lets me pick out my own clothes for school. I only wear stuff that doesn’t match. I love when it doesn’t match because it just feels crazy and fun!
S: Lilly definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. When I said that out loud it first came out “she beats to the march of her own drum”, which perhaps is an even better way to describe my Lilly. She has some really big ideas and takes after me in that she talks non-stop! 

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Melissa McCarthy Responds to Criticism about Beauty

Now that’s Bold: Melissa McCarthy in the video below reportedly confronted a journalist who said she wasn’t a good actress unless she was allowed to be pretty on camera. McCarthy, famous for her comedic roles in Mike and Molly and others, has also been a very vocal advocate for plus size women in media. She said she didn’t understand why it was an issue since a male actor can be good and not look attractive (video below). We addressed this same issue yesterday discussing both Caitlyn Jenner and Lisa Lamponelli so thought it would be best to address it again, today.

While weight discrimination can occur on record during specific employment events like the selection, training, or promotion process, there are other subtle ways in which the overweight can be mistreated. Workplace hostility, especially workplace harassment, is a common theme discussed by the overweight in the workplace, in general (Johnson, 1995). The overweight have reported bullying and name-calling at the workplace, specifically due to their weight (Wolkinson & Roehling, 2008). Empirical evidence suggests that the overweight commonly face this type of mistreatment due to weight/height and that the prevalence can occur in some cases were more than gender and race discrimination (Puhl, Andreyeva, & Brownell, 2008). One such case involved denigrating written materials as a company employee distributed a calendar containing obese people to other employees (Wolkinson & Roehling, 2007).

Gender and Weight generally interact to create major barriers throughout the work environment. Compared with female participants in a study on stereotypes, male participants wanted to work with obese female targets significantly less than if those roles were reversed (Grant & Mizzi, 2014). The study by Grant and Mizzi focused on stereotypes of overweight female employees. A significant relationship between obesity and negative stereotypes was found, regardless of job type. This had a significant effect on employability ratings, as well, which leads employees to be less desirable. Although, this is in direct contradiction with Haskins and Ransford (1999), who did see certain occupations affect overweight females more directly. The caveat not previously discussed is that those occupations were male-dominated and females in those industries were not valued as much based on their job skills, but on their appearance. The same can be said of a female dominated industry, the airline industry, where women have been historically discriminated against due to their size, regardless of actual size and weight requirements (Lynch, 1996).

What do you think of Melissa’s answer to the critic? Or weight discrimination/attractiveness in the media or workplace? Sound off below!





Johnson, T. (1995). Weight discrimination and hostile work environment: Analysis and  implications. Labor Law Journal, 46(8), 486.

Grant, S., & Mizzi, T. (2014). Body weight bias in hiring decisions: Identifying explanatory mechanisms. Social Behavior And Personality, 42(3), 353-370. doi:10.2224/sbp.2014.42.3.353

Haskins, K. M., & Ransford, H. E. (1999). The Relationship Between Weight and Career Payoffs Among Women. Sociological Forum, 14(2), 295-318.

Lynch, D. a. (1996). The heavy issue: weight-based discrimination in the airline industry. Journal Of Air Law & Commerce, 62203-242.

Puhl, R., Andreyeva, T., & Brownell, K. (2008). Perceptions Of Weight Discrimination:  Prevalence And Comparison To Race And Gender Discrimination In America.             International Journal of Obesity, 32, 992-1000 ; doi:10.1038/ijo.2008.22

Wolkinson, B., & Roehling, M. (2007). The Arbitration of Weight Discrimination Grievances. Dispute Resolution Journal, 62(4), 36-45




Kendall Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner: Happy Father’s Day

Now That’s Bold: The Kardashian/Jenner family is adjusting to life with Caitlyn Jenner who transition from a male to a female earlier this year in a very public manner — first wjennerith the historic Diane Sawyer interview and then with a stunning Vanity Fair cover.

That makes this Father’s Day bittersweet for the family, who said goodbye to Bruce Jenner, but not without his promise that he would always be “Dad” to his children.

On Sunday, June 21, Kendall took to Instagram to honor that sentiment in a touching throwback photo of her being kissed on the cheek as a child by her father.

“my whole life this soul was my daddy and just because your appearance is different now doesn’t mean you were any less of a father to me my entire life,” the supermodel wrote. “happy Father’s Day to the person who raised me, and taught me everything I know, my hero.”

Kendall, 19, wasn’t the only family member to reach out on social media for the holiday. Khloe Kardashian also shared a picture of Bruce with the late Robert Kardashian via Instagram, writing,

“Thank you Lord for blessing me with not one phenomenal father but I was lucky enough to have two. Happy Father’s Day!!!”

Kylie Jenner also took to Instagram to honor her dad, sharing a picture with sister Kendall and mom Kris Jenner with the caption, “Happy Father’s Day my little light of sunshine. ‘You can still call me dad, Kylie. No matter what I’m always going to be your father. That’s never going to change.'”

Transgender issues in America are just starting to surface in mainstream. But, the truth is that we don’t really know how many Americans actually identify as transgender (Live Science, 2015).

Did you know? Forty-one percent of transgender people surveyed in Injustice at Every Turn said they had attempted suicide, compared with 1.6 percent of the general population. Risk increased for those who reported bullying, sexual assault and job loss (Washington Post, 2015).

Also, Transgender respondents to a survey from The Washington Post were nearly four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000, compared to the general population (Washington Post, 2015)

Recently we wrote an article about celebrity weight loss and female discrimination in the workplace due to attractiveness. We mentioned Jenner with regard to her criticism after her transformation. For those unaware of the term, gender identity discrimination means treating individuals differently in the workplace, or taking negative employment action against them because of their gender identity or gender expression ( If you’d like to read more, please look at our references section.



Win a free Be Prepared Period Kit!

Be Prepared KitOur friends at Be Prepared Period in conjunction with Mom In Training and Rafflecopter have put together a great end-of-the-summer giveaway:

Win it: One lucky reader will win a Be Prepared Period Kit. This giveaway will end September 10th at 12:01 AM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response, a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the US.

By liking Mom in Training or Be Prepared Period on Facebook, following @smtilton on Twitter, or doing one of a few very simple tasks, you can own a very coveted and classy Period Kit by Be Prepared Period. So, what are you waiting for? There’s less than 10 days left!

Don’t worry. If you miss this one, Bold Magazine will be hosting our own giveaway just like this to make sure you are prepared!

Our friend from across the pond, Queen Allen tells us about being a BOLD plus size model.

We had an opportunity to sit down with Queen Allen and pick her brain about her career in the plus size modeling world. She had some fun answers and insights into the Plus Size Fashion Industry! Check out her answers and a gallery of some of her work in the gallery below.

BM: What made you decide you wanted to become a plus sized model?
QA: After winning a beauty contest in 1999, I started Size Plus Modeling. I featured in Black Hair and Beauty magazine as well as being a feature
model with independent fashion label Popeau andHall.Due to a family tragedy, I had to take time out to become a professional Foster career and look after my 3 younger sisters.  As they are now older, I have returned to my passion of acting and modeling as well as working in Media Production.  I was voted “The Face of Models of  Diversity 2009” a campaign to get women from different races, ages, sizes and abilities represented in the beauty industry. See their Facebook page “Models of Diversity” or

BM: Describe your journey. How did you get to where you are?
QA: Over ten years ago, I started Plus Size Modeling, as well as my acting but gave up the hard careers as it was so tough for me to continue without any solid support to see me through the harsh times (my father estranged me from the family due to my passion for acting and the media and my absolute refusal to be controlled by him).  Once my sisters were a bit older and more independent, I decided that it was time to start looking after myself and my passions.  I started to work out more, went back to drama school, signed up to countless casting sites and really threw myself back to acting and modeling. I know I will never be less than a size 16, I’m becoming more and more comfortable with my body and size as I have other more satisfying issues to think of like what can I learn about myself and the industry and how I can progress as a woman, care rand career  woman.  I’ve always been Plus Sized, and now I have no desire to be anything but. Last year, I won a competition to become The Face of Models of Diversity, a campaigning group that advocates diversity in the fashion industry, and this experience has enabled me to work with disabled models, older models and models that have survived eating disorders.  This has been a huge inspiration for me, and I hope to inspire other women as well as my sisters to be the best kind of woman that they can be.
The last few years have really taught me that if I take a chance, and venture out of my comfort zone, I can start to forge a future that my family and I can be proud of.  All I need now is the key on how to keep the motivation for working out maintained… Answers on a postcard please!!

BM: What advice do you have for young women who want to become plus sized models? For young women in general? 
QA: To those wanting to be Plus Size Models, go for it! Don’t allow society narrow minded view of beauty put you off of pursuing your dream.  There are lots of casting and modeling websites that you can apply to and build up your portfolio.  Make sure you research the industry, other models and poses to keep ahead of the game.  Also, be as healthy as you can, and work out as photo shoots and catwalk shows can be really physically demanding.

BM: What were the biggest challenges you’ve faced? Were they worth it?
QA: I have constantly had to battle again race and size discrimination all my life. As a career, I don’t want my sisters to have the same insecurities and anxieties as I did when I was growing up. I believe that the images that surround us in the media, beauty and entertainment industries contribute to influencing how women feel about themselves and that women should be represented in all our different and glorious forms. All ages, ethnicities, abilities and sizes should be celebrated and presented. Our diverseness is at the heart of our beauty and strength and this should be celebrated.

BM: What are your favorite…
Foods: Thai and Carribbean
Color: Red
Activities: Gym, socializing, festivals, theatre, live music, dancing, cooking.
Movies: Horror, thrillers, and drama
Music: House, dance, R&B, Hip Hop
Books: Self Help Bibles, Fashion Magazines

BM: Lastly, show us your BOLD (meaning, tell us something awesome about yourself!)
QA: I am BOLD as I have worked hard all my life to live the life that I believe in! I love Drama, music and fashion and my race, sex or size will not stop me from enjoying them to the FULLEST! (All with a smile on my face x)

Interested in seeing some of Queen Allen’s work? Check them out below:

MAR 2011  Style Queen Boutique
Photographic Advert   (Photographic)

AUG 2010  Evolve Magazine Catwalk
at Balham Street Festival

JUL 2010  Models of Diversity
Launch Party Plus Size Catwalk

JUL 2010  Models of Diversity
“Plus Perfection” Photoshoot

JAN 2010  Daisy Green Runway  (Catwalk)

DEC 2009 Just As Beautiful Magazine

DEC 2009 Photo East Collective

NOV 2009 Roy Harris – Natural Attractions  (Photographic)

OCT 2009 Westbury Hotel

AUG 2009 I AM Brand website

JUL 2009 Plus Model Magazine
(Photographic and written article)

JUL 2009  Katie Pearl
“Breakaway” Video  (Dancing,
video model)

JUN 2009

MAY 2009


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