Full-Figured Model La’Toya Fletcher is a native of Bessemer, Alabama. She holds a BSc in Biology from Miles College and a Master’s Degree from Alabama State University in Biology Education. Teaching, planning and coordinating are in her blood. La’Toya is the former Booking Agent, Model Trainer/Coordinator and Manager of G. E. M. Models. She owns Fletcher’s DanZ3 Company where she’s the Head Choreographer.
Describe your personal style. What are some of your signature colors, styles, and accessories?
I would describe my personal style as classy, yet trendy, with a sophisticated edge. My favorite colors to wear are peach, black, blue, yellow, red, and white. I’m also a total fashion sucker for any prints with containing floral, polka dots, chevron, and leopard.
What are some tips you’d like to share with aspiring models?
Research as much as you can! Decide early on specific areas of modeling that you would like to pursue. I also recommend booking a trained professional photographer to work with you on your model portfolio and comp card. After completing that task, try submitting your portfolio to some legitimate modeling agencies.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice as a little girl, what would you tell her?
I would tell her: “You are so beautiful inside and out because God doesn’t make mistakes. He created you this very special way so that you can be an inspiration to many others who resemble you. You were built strong for this journey called Life. I am truly excited for you, little one.”
For our readers who struggle with being comfortable in their own skin and wearing what they want, what are some practical things you would recommend they do to help them get to the level of confidence you have?
Take a modeling class for recreational purposes. I teach classes to aspiring models and I had the pleasure of preparing some aspiring models for the Jose Pagãn Photo Tour in Birmingham, Alabama. Each week, I noticed their confidence level rise. This brought so much joy to my heart! The finished product showed in not only their photos but also in their presence. These once shy caterpillars are now blooming butterflies!
What does life look like for you outside of blogging or modeling?
Outside of modeling, I teach school and I’m a freelance makeup artist.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’m proud of being a published model and modeling in both The Southern Women’s Show and The Bronner Brothers’ Hair Show. I am also proud of being an Ishi Boutique Curvy Doll.
This spring, I accomplished one of my bucket list goals and had the opportunity to model bridal wear in a wedding-centric fashion show. I was always told that I’m too short, but David’s Bridal took a chance on me and I am eternally grateful. I have to thank Tamika Logan Reynolds and Joi Hudson for the honor!
How have you seen the fashion, retail, or modeling industry change in thepast decade – specifically with regards to diversity and inclusivity? What work still needs to be done?
I definitely have noticed a change in the fashion, retail, and modeling industry. The everyday woman’s body is now being noticed! I’m excited to see my body type in ads for not only brands like Ashley Stewart and Torrid, but also brands like Fashion Nova.
What are some of your favorite shopping and styling tips?
Always pair basic pieces like denim jeans and jackets, blazers, white blouses, pencil skirts, and neutral pumps with your trendier pieces. You can’t go wrong with that!
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty means individuality to me. God has created each of us with our own blueprint. That alone is respectable.
Which fashion brands and designers are leading the pack or doing something different and meaningful?
Fashion Nova is dominating the scene right now. They show up everywhere you look! I think they dominate because they show different body types wearing the same garments. They make their brand universally appealing and accessible to everyone.
Do you have a message you want to leave with our readers?
You are gorgeous, just know that! And, always take a “me day” for yourself. Find time to pamper your mind and body. Most importantly, love yourself completely.
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