Happy Model Monday! We’re so thrilled to bring you Edlexis Spady. Spady is a model, advocate, and influencer. She’s also one of our fabUffiliates!
Spady was born and raised in South Jamaica, Queens. She graduated from TYWLS, Queens, an all girls school and her ultimate goal has always been to become a Midwife because she has always loved helping kids.
“As I got older, I developed a love for learning about people’s minds, so I went to get my associates in Social Sciences from Alfred State College In Alfred, NY. Then continued my studies in Human Services at City Tech Of New York. I am now currently finishing up my Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Child & Family Services at Southern New Hampshire University.” – Edlexis Spady
Spady has always been in love with taking pictures and showing off her smile.
“For years I told my friends and family I was going to become a model and they always pushed for me to pursue my goals. My biggest supporters were my best friend and grandparents.” – Edlexis Spady
Spady had her first set of photos taken in December of 2016.
“It was nerve wrecking, but I loved it. Since then I’ve been trying to connect with different people and take small steps toward becoming a Plus Sized Model.” – Edlexis Spady
To date, Spady has worked with many different photographers and has walked in a few shows and competitions such as The Avenues “Fash Bash,” Rainbow Fashion Week Hair Du Suloil and the 9th Annual Face Of Kurvacious Competition.
“For the past two years I have been one of Queen Sized Magazines House Model’s as well and it has been an extreme pleasure. My love for modeling and t-shirts has given me the opportunity to be a Brand Ambassador for two great businesses, Kinky Chicks and By Keeks With Love. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with brands such as Fashion Nova, The Curve Factory, and Hautecurve as well. I have also had the opportunity be signed as one of Part & Parcel Plus Sized Models.” – Edlexis Spady
Name: Edlexis Spady
fabUplus Magazine: Describe your personal style. What are some of your signature colors, styles, and accessories?
Edlexis Spady: My style is t-shirt and leggings! I love to be comfortable! I am more of a neutral colors girl, so I stick to my blacks, greys, etc. I may add a little color here and there with the sneakers I put on. Other than that I am not a accessories person. I do not wear earrings, chains, etc.
fabUplus Magazine: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice as a little girl, what would you tell her?
Edlexis Spady: If I can go back in time and give myself advice as a little girl, I would let her know the sky is the limit. Push for your dreams and work for what you want. There is nothing a woman cannot do!
fabUplus Magazine: What does life look like for you outside of blogging or modeling (day job, hobbies, family life, etc)?
Edlexis Spady: Myeveryday life is pretty simple – school and work. I work a 9-5 and then I sign on to my online schooling. I started going to the gym after work and now i’m trying to get into yoga. I also bake on occasions.
fabUplus Magazine: What are your goals and dreams as an influence or model?
Edlexis Spady: My dream is to inspire someone else. I want to work for the Ashley Stewarts, the Rebdolls or Fashion to Figure. I honestly want to show my community that I made it and they can too.
fabUplus Magazine: How have you seen the fashion, retail, or modeling industry change in the past decade – specifically with regards to diversity and inclusivity? What work still needs to be done?
Edlexis Spady: I believe there has been a lot of changes with how plus size is represented in the industry. We now see plus size mannequins in stores, plus size models on runways, plus size models constantly in my emails etc. This was not seen years ago. I believe Plus size is becoming the norm however I do think there still needs to be work done because not all plus size women have the same body type. Not all plus size women have flat stomachs and big hips. Not all plus size women can wear the clothing that are being advertised. There are still “plus sized” brands that are not catering to all plus size women. The Modeling Industry also still needs a lot of work because it is not very accepting to new and beginning bloggers or models. Everyone is not on the same path nor do everyone look the same. Honestly a lot of brands choose those models who look like a certain type and that is discouraging.
fabUplus Magazine: What are some of your favorite shopping and styling tips?
Edlexis Spady: COMFORT. And no do not allow anyone tell you what you can and cannot wear.
fabUplus Magazine: What does beauty mean to you?
Edlexis Spady: Everyone is beautiful. I believe beauty starts on the inside. You can be the most beautiful person on the outside, but your personality is what can make you ugly.
fabUplus Magazine: How has body image and self-esteem changed over the years?
Edlexis Spady: I have grown extremely when it came down to my body image and self-esteem. I no longer let other peoples opinions speak for me and my style. I wake up everyday and tell myself I am beautiful. I know I have flaws and they make me who I am today.
fabUplus Magazine: Do you have a message you want to leave our readers?
Edlexis Spady: Make everyday count. Do not rush your dreams, when it’s your time, they’ll happen.