Curvy Model of The Month: Joanne Borgella

This Hatian hottie landed her first contract with Wilhemina after being discovered at the ESSENCE office. Now she's starring in the upcoming reality show Curvy Girls and kicking off her own clothing line for curvy girls.

Celia L. Smith May, 01, 2013

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"I always wear what complements my body not whats 'in' at the time."

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"Be you! When you are in front of the camera know that you are beautiful and just zone out!," Borgella shares with models starting out in the industry.

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The model's beauty faves: St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub, Garnier Resurfacing 3-Way Cleanser, Crème de la Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion, Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 15.

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This model turned designer is set to launch her plus size line this summer at

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"I love people and I love who I am –– I'm true to that. And I wear my curves with pride!"