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.
Welcome to The Curvy Doc Blog
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...
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!...
I have a confession…I sometimes struggle with receiving compliments. I receive numerous “you’re cute”, “you’re beautiful”, “you’re pretty”, “you’re gorgeous”, and even though it’s...
For years, the way I felt about myself (specifically my size) was a hindrance when it came to developing and sustaining intimate relationships. I believed those genuinely interested in me only wanted to be with me out of pity. I believed men felt sorry for me so they...
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
February 2, 2019
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