The Curvy Doc

My name is Janelle.

a model

an entrepreneur

an educator

an author

a pageant queen

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The Curvy Doc

Dr. Janelle Simmons

Educator | Entrepreneur | Model

Janelle, also known as “Dr. J” and “The Curvy Doc” (she has a doctorate in Higher Education and Adult Learning) was born in Brooklyn and has Trinidadian roots. She is the youngest of seven children and is now living in Raleigh/Durham, NC. Growing up, Janelle was the quiet type but was heavily involved in clubs and organizations. In January 2016 at the suggestion of her sorority sister, Janelle decided to pursue modeling. She was starting a new life after working in the higher education arena for fifteen years and decided it was time to step out of her comfort zone and try something different.

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Modeling and Pageantry

Janelle began as a model and brand ambassador for Moni B Cosmetics, and quickly began catching eyes with only a few shoots and local fashion shows. In March 2017, Janelle was awarded the Beauty and Barbers United (BBU) Award for Model of the Year-Plus Size. She was genuinely surprised as she is new to the industry but honored that her work has not gone unnoticed.

Janelle is not only a model, but a pageant queen. Again, at the suggestion of a couple of friends, she decided to enter the world of pageantry in 2016. Janelle competed in the Ms. Full-Figured NC pageant, where she placed 1st Runner Up in the plus category, crowned Ms. Photogenic, and was awarded Ms. Social Media and Rising Star. In April 2017, Janelle competed in the Ms. Full-Figured USA pageant in the Exquisite (ages 40+) category. She was recently crowned the 2018-2019 American Beauties Plus Woman and Queen Eminence of the National Sorority Pageant.

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Welcome! I am Janelle, also known as “The Curvy Doc”, and this blog will focus on all things body positivity and self-confidence. No stone will be left unturned. NONE. I will share my journey with you as a 40+ year old (black don’t crack) woman who...

The Power of the Tongue

Words carry so much weight. How do you feel when you’re insulted? How do you feel when complimented? Your feelings change, don’t they? Self-affirmations, positive statements that assist in the challenging and eventual removal of negative thoughts. are a positive...

The Hot Box

A few years ago, I saw the strangest thing while watching reality television. Four women were sitting over some contraption (it looked like a box) discussing what they were doing. What they were doing involved “down below”. Needless to say I became...

A Love Letter to J

Dear J, Happy Valentine’s Day! I wanted to let you know that you’re amazing! You’re not the woman I knew a few years ago. You’re taking risks that many can only dream of. You’re vibrant, determined, and letting the world see what you got!...


My goals are to represent a major brand, participate in fashion shows around the world, and to show women that regardless of size, age, and stage in life you can achieve your goals and love yourself.

– Dr. Janelle Simmons | The Curvy Doc

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