Thursday, September 6, 2018

Charleston model, body positivity activist, and Instagram celeb La'Shaunae signs with Revolt Models

"This happening is surreal and so important to me"

Posted by Adam Manno on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM


A Charleston-based plus-size model who has quietly built a strong social media presence over the past couple of years is taking a leap most fashion hopefuls only dream of: signing with an international modeling agency.

This week, La'Shaunae Steward announced on Instagram that she will now be represented by London-based Revolt Models, an agency founded by two sisters in 2017 that describes itself as "pursuing an eclectic range of unique individuals," as opposed to the "blank-canvases" often preferred by mainstream agencies.

The fashionista has been outspoken about the "rejection, verbal abuse, and manipulation" she has suffered in the fashion world as a black, curvier model.

"Everyone knows how vocal I was about being a black model who is not the tallest and also bigger than a size 18, so this happening is surreal and so important to me," she said in an Instagram post announcing her new representation. "To all the ones who are still in school and being bullied for not being thin, and you have a dream that many people tell you is impossible, do NOT give up."

The 22-year-old boasts more than 73,000 followers on Instagram, including the likes of R&B artists SZA, Lizzo, and Kehlani.

She recently lent her online cred to Jeffrey Campbell, collaborating with the shoe company on a "size-inclusive capsule collection" of heels and thigh-high booys.

This year, La'Shaunae has been featured in Vice's i-D magazine, Refinery 29, and Teen Vogue. You can check out her portfolio on Revolt's website.

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I DID IT! I am now represented by @revoltmodelagency ❤️ Everyone knows how vocal I was about being a black model who is not the tallest and also bigger than a size 18, so this happening is surreal and so important to me. I grew up being told that things like this would never happen for a girl like me and i’m amazed and so proud and happy for myself. To all the ones who are still in school and being bullied for not being thin, and you have a dream that many people tell you is impossible, do NOT give up. I want to thank the people in my life who stuck around through many mental breakdowns and never left and to the people who reminded me of how important and special me and my message to the world is. Almost four years of applying to agencies and my hard work is finally starting to pay off. Thank you @sophiamaslin and @miriamarabella for seeing the star in me ❤️

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High school students' quilt work on display at Saul Alexander Gallery

Voices on fiber

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 12:44 PM

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Tonight head to the Main Library downtown for a new exhibit in the Saul Alexander Gallery, Voices on Fiber Cloth, opening with a reception from 6-7 p.m. Voices on Fiber Cloth features work from Stratford and Summerville High School students, as guided by local quilt maker, Peggie Hartwell. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30.

This group exhibition hopes to introduce viewers to the creative relationship between artists and their stories, allowing viewers an intimate look at what's going on in an artist's mind.

Stay up to date with all of the library's events online at ccpl.org.

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Call for artists: Lake City's ArtFields competition offering $140,000 in prize money

Art for all

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Last year Charleston artist Colin Quashie took home the people's choice award (2D) for his piece, "Plantation Tree of Life." - PROVIDED
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  • Last year Charleston artist Colin Quashie took home the people's choice award (2D) for his piece, "Plantation Tree of Life."
With over $140K up for grabs in prize money, Lake City, S.C.'s annual art competition and festival, ArtFields, is a killer way for artists to show their work — and make a little cash, too. The nine-day exhibition and competition accepts submissions of all media types from artists in the Southern region of the U.S. (peep all artist requirements online). Submissions are accepted now through Mon. Nov. 5.
It's a town-wide affair when ArtFields takes place every year. - PROVIDED
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  • It's a town-wide affair when ArtFields takes place every year.
ArtFields, held in Lake City from April 26-May 4, 2019, was launched back in 2013 with the goal of honoring Southeastern artists. The entire town transforms for the festival, with shops, restaurants, and more traditional gallery spaces serving as temporary homes for up to 400 pieces of art. Last year the TRAX Visual Arts Center, South Carolina's largest art venue, opened during the festival.
Last year's festival featured over 30 participating Charleston artists, including the winner of the second place prize ($25,000), Kristi Ryba, and people's choice (2D) winner, Colin Quashie, who took home $12,500.

You'll find art in traditional galleries as well as other spots around town, like shops and restaurants. - PROVIDED
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  • You'll find art in traditional galleries as well as other spots around town, like shops and restaurants.
Learn more about ArtFields and how to submit your work online at artfieldssc.org.

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