I had no idea what to expect when I entered the world of full-figured modeling in 2014. I have learned so much and I’ve had the opportunity to meet many very supportive and inspiring guys and girls in the fashion industry. You hear stories of models behaving badly behind the scenes of fashion shows, but I can truly say that this sort of thing has been a very rare occurrence thus far. In fact, I have met a few experienced models who I even look up to as confidantes, mentors even, who I can call on and who always keep me informed about new opportunities. At the top of that list is Stephanie Finn, a lowcountry South Carolina beauty (NY native) who reigns supreme in the fashion and beauty industries.
I am Stephanie Finn, a proud mother of 4, who was born in Harlem, NY and raised in Beaufort, SC. I wear many hats, including full-figured model, talk radio personality, public speaker, event host, and pageant queen.
Becoming Stephanie Finn, Full-Figured Model
I started modeling 4 years ago. Initially, I was influenced by Tyra Banks’ show America’s Next Top Model, especially the season that featured full-figured model Toccara Jones. My modeling career began with me becoming a part of Pretty Plus Girls LLC of Atlanta, Ga., and I was signed to a modeling agency, Diva Day International, owned by the renowned MsNickee Mack. I have since walked in many fashion shows, coordinated fashion showcases, been featured in a variety of photo projects, and I have recently been featured as a spokesmodel for Teez and Fashion Inc. of Orlando, FL.
Model and More!
I entered the world of pageantry via the Miss Plus America circuit. I was thrilled to be crowned Ms. Beaufort Plus America in 2015 and SC Plus America Cover Girl in 2016. My work, whether in modeling or pageantry, always includes an element of empowering others. This is also true of the talk radio show that I cohost, Real Talk with Southern Gems. My cohosts, Tasha, Bridget, and I discuss real life issues from a woman’s perspective. Topics range from local and national current events to relationship issues and more. The show is streamed on the Real Talk with Southern Gems Facebook page on Sundays, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
All of my modeling, pageant, and business endeavors have been great accomplishments for me. I am someone who never had the desire to become a model prior to starting four years ago, so every time someone reaches out to me for work, it blows my mind. One event that falls at the top of my list of awesome modeling moments is walking in famed fashion stylist, Shun Melson’s, FaShun Takeover last year in Atlanta, GA. It was a sold-out show and an unforgettable experience.
Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs
If you stay committed and dedicated things will work out. Don't rush what God has for you…with all things great it takes time. Always be ready for the next opportunity
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Congratulations to Stephanie on all of the moves that she is making in fashion, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, and thanks to her for being such an inspiring and giving spirit. We will certainly hear great things in this beauty’s future. Comment below to wish her well!
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