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This “American Idol” alum, chart-topping vocalist and burgeoning model keeps her look picture-perfect in body-conscious fashions.
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Quickly becoming a true renaissance woman, Scott conquered music, then acting, and earlier this year she added fashion designer to her résumé. The Grammy winner collaborated with retailer Ashley Stewart to launch the Butterfly Bra, an undergarment specifically created for top-heavy women.
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We’ve been in love with this actress-turned-entrepreneur ever since she first captured our hearts as the precocious toddler on “The Cosby Show.” Unlike some other young women her age, she always keeps it classy on the red carpet.
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She keeps TV audiences chuckling on two Emmy-winning shows–chatting it up on “The View” or clowning on the hit sitcom “30 Rock.” Yet her body-conscious style is no laughing matter.
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She’s one of our favorite reasons for watching the Style channel, as the frank but loving host of “Clean House.” Her signature flower in the hair makes her fashion sense undeniably fly.
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Proving that ladies are always first, this New Jersey-bred raptress-turned-actress always turns it out on the red carpet. In 2006, the Grammy winner collaborated with beauty giant CoverGirl to launch the Queen collection of cosmetics, providing more makeup options for women of color.
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“America’s Next Top Model” was never the same after Toccara Jones made her debut on the show. The Ohio native might not have won the reality series that season, but she has made tremendous strides for plus-size models and even appeared in the now-infamous all-Black Vogue Italia earlier this year.
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This brickhouse from Philly might be a newbie on the music scene, but she has an unforgettable voice and a shapely silhouette to match. “I’m not a size 0,” she says in the October issue of ESSENCE, “I celebrate my curves, and I think that makes everyone else all right with them too.”
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After providing sweet vocals for hip-hop royalty like Nas and Jay-Z, Michele has proven she will make her mark on the R&B world. The Long Island, New York, native told ESSENCE in October, “I need to flatter my hourglass shape. On curvy girls, the clothes need to fit.”
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An ESSENCE fave, this fly Baltimore native has graced our cover five times and counting. Her unapologetic openness about her weight (in 2004 she penned the hilarious “Skinny Women Are Evil”) has made her an inspiration to women who once felt pressured to be a size 2.
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The Chi-town powerhouse took the entertainment world by storm after her Oscar-winning performance in “Dreamgirls” in 2006. Even fashion icon Andre Leon Talley has lent his stylish hand to the voluptuous beauty. In October 2008, Hudson revealed to ESSENCE, “I used to hate going to stores, trying on clothes. Girl, now I love me some clothes!”
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The media mogul’s weight has fluctuated more times than we can count over the past two decades, but through it all she has always remained camera-ready. Her sophisticated image is definitely part of her star appeal.
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A true soul singer to the core, Angie keeps it real and we adore her for it. We love how this silky cream top plays up her beautiful mocha skin.
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