The Curvy Doc

My name is Janelle.

a model

an entrepreneur

an educator

an author

a pageant queen

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Dr. Janelle Simmons

The Model

Dr. Janelle Simmons, also known as “The Curvy Doc” is a professional plus size model and published author. Born in Brooklyn, NY, with 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 also heavily involved in cheerleading and bowling. She was always passionate about learning and education, even going so far as to earn her doctorate in Higher Education and Adult Learning in 2017 from Walden University, hence the name “Curvy Doc”!

After working in the higher education arena for fifteen years, Janelle decided it was time to step out of her comfort zone and try something different. At the suggestion of her sorority sister, Janelle decided to pursue modeling, quickly becoming a model and brand ambassador for Moni B Cosmetics, and soon after catching eyes with only a few photo shoots and local fashion shows for brands such as Designs by DeAngelo and  Elegant Evenings. In March 2017, Janelle was awarded the Beauty and Barbers United (BBU) Award for Model of the Year-Plus Size.

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The Pageant Queen

After her modeling success, Janelle again took her friends’ suggestions and entered the world of pageantry in 2016, competing in the Ms. Full-Figured NC pageant, where she placed 1st Runner Up in the plus category, was 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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The Author

Janelle has taken her body positivity message to new heights with the release of her book, Waist Does Not Equal Worth; the Curvy Doc’s Guide to Self-Esteem, now available on Amazon. Through sharing her personal stories, Waist provides seven tips on how to change your mindset from self-hate to self-celebrate. She says ”Do you hate what you see in the mirror? Struggle with self-worth? Body positivity are more than just words; it’s a movement!”

And that’s only the beginning; the Curvy Doc plans to go global with her message of self-love. “In the next 5 years, I hope to make a difference not just in the U.S., but worldwide. I hope for all people, regardless of age, size, or ability, to stop finding fault with oneself and embark on a journey of self-love.”

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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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