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The Full Figured Industry Awards 2023 Returns to Celebrate Inclusivity, Empowerment, and Achievements in Fashion and Entertainment

On November 4th, 2023 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC), The Full Figured Industry Awards (The FFIAs) returns for its highly anticipated annual celebration, recognizing the outstanding achievements and contributions within the full-figured fashion and entertainment world. This prestigious event will honor the vibrant community of individuals who have tirelessly worked to promote inclusivity, body positivity, and empowerment.

The Full Figured Industry Awards serve as a platform to acknowledge the resilience and talent of plus-size models, designers, stylists, podcasts, photographers and influencers who have broken down barriers and revolutionized the fashion industry. This year’s awards ceremony promises to be a night of glamour, inspiration, and recognition, bringing together industry leaders, influencers, and enthusiasts from around the world. In addition to recognizing individual achievements, the Full Figured Industry Awards will present prestigious accolades across multiple categories, including Outstanding Designer, Makeup Artist, Blogger, Big & Tall Model, Plus Model, Silver Fox, Stylist & Photographer. Podcast of the Year, Best Boutique, Content Creator of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Emerging Plus Model and Emerging Big & Tall Model.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Full Figured Industry Awards,” said Tawana Blassingame, the driving force behind this spectacular event. “This year, we aim to honor the resilience, talent, and beauty that exists within the full-figured community. The Full-Figured Industry Awards serve as a testament to our commitment to inclusivity and empowerment, and we look forward to a memorable night of celebration.”

The Full Figured Industry Awards celebrates diversity, embracing the beauty of all body types and highlighting the immense talent within the Full Figured industry. Our 2023 Honorees are as follows, Gianluca Russo Advocacy Honoree, Mike Moss Entrepreneur Of The Year Honoree, Chenese Lewis Icon Of The Year Honoree, Sharon Quinn Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Zak Bell The Keesha Monique Codling Confidence Award Honoree and Johnny Bigg Retail Brand Of The Year Honoree.

“I am delighted to be working with the Full Figured Industry Awards (FFIAs) again this year.  The FFIAs is an incredibly important event that celebrates and recognizes the achievements of individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to create inclusive and diverse representations of beauty.  By highlighting the success stories of these individuals, the event inspires other professionals to continue creating positive and inclusive spaces in the fashion industry.” – Gwen DeVoe, CEO of DeVoe Signature Events

“The Full Figured Industry Awards celebrates those inside the plus-size industry who are working, and advocating for representation. While many people do it with passion it’s still important to acknowledge the people who give their time, talent, and effort to further the industry and push for equality.”Madeline Jones, Editor in Chief of Plus Model Magazine

This year’s honorees include Lifetime Achievement, Sharon Quinn (Plus Pioneer & Model, Exec Producer & Host of the Model Behavior Talk Show), Icon of the Year Chenese Lewis (Host of The Chenese Lewis Show), Entrepreneur of the Year Mike Moss (CEO of Big Man Culture), Keesha Monique Codling Confidence Award recipient, Zak Bell (CEO of Jon Marc Collections), Advocacy Award recipient Gianluca Russo (Author of THE POWER OF PLUS) and Retail Brand of the Year, Johnny Bigg

Sponsors of the 2023 Full Figured Industry Awards include: Queen Size MagazineLane BryantBF Catering Consulting LLC., Faith and Fashion 360The Plus Bus, and MSBEYOUDOYOU

The Full Figured Industry Awards offer a unique opportunity for brands, sponsors, and supporters to align themselves with a movement that promotes body positivity and diversity. Companies interested in partnership or sponsorship opportunities can contact Tawana Blassingame at

For further information, including ticket availability, award nominations, and updates, please visit the Full Figured Industry Awards official website at


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