Catching up with Chamein Canton
Plus Sized Author and Bridal Consultant
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It was December 2007 when I was given an award at the Curversity Awards in New York City. That is when I won a gift basket that was given by Chamein Canton. In the gift basket was a Ms. Canton's book. When I read the book ( "Not His Type" - seen below) I was hooked and bought her other book ("The More things Change). I also was able to look over her Plus Size Bridal book which she has been on numerous Bridal shows for. This Plus Sized lady has a true talent for weaving a tail and for being a Brial Consultant. I have admired her for a long time, she even took time to give me a little advice once about writing.
In my experience she is the real deal, helpful, caring, a wonderful writer and beautiful inside and out. She has big goals and she is going to make them happen and you all want to know about it. She is creating important resources for plus sized brides. Every bride deserves to be pampered and have that oh so special feeling on their wedding day. Plus Sized brides want their possible special needs taken into consideration.
All of her books are resources for the Plus Sized Community. Ms. Canton was generous enough to donate books to our Cover Model Winner last year. Her Down that Aisle in Style book has brought her recognition with Television appearances and Radio Show interviews. This Savvy book is a necessity for any Plus Sized Bride. In the end every woman deserves to be the Queen on her wedding day, so if your in the New York City area and your important day is coming you might want to contact Chamein Canton.
Chamein Canton's Publications: More can be found on Amazon
LargeInCharge.com: What is your name?
LargeInCharge.com: Where are you from and what is your current Location?
New York. Amityville, Long Island
LargeInCharge.com: When did you first appear in LargeInCharge Magazine?
Issue #52 - July 2008
LargeInCharge.com: Please tell us why you were featured?
As an author of curvy chick romance novels and the first wedding book for Full Figured and Curvy Brides
LargeInCharge.com: How did you feel when you appeared in LargeInCharge?
I was honored to appear in a publication that celebrated size and self-acceptance instead of focusing on negative images, such as you have to be thin in order to be considered beautiful and loveable.
LargeInCharge.com: How do you feel now about being included in our special Decade editions?
Iím thrilled that Large in Charge has stood the test of time. I appreciate being included in this special decade edition. Curvy women have made so many strides in the last decade and Large in Charge has been in the forefront to lead the charge.
LargeInCharge.com: How has your life and endeavors changed since your appearance?
The most wonderful thing is Iím a proud aunt of two nephews. My sons graduated from college and I am continuing to write romance novels. Iíve taken the bridal aspect further with Sheri Collins, The Curvy Stylist for Down That Aisle: The Bridal Concierge. A special service to help curvy brides get the Hollywood red carpet treatment for her special day.
LargeInCharge.com: What changes have you made to advance your career/business?
I incorporated the bridal services and hopefully will have a small salon on Long Island to provide personal consultations and service for brides in an elegant atmosphere by appointment to allow the bride to relax and enjoy being a bride to be.
LargeInCharge.com: How long have you invested in your venture/career?
Iíve been doing this over 20 years as a professional, but Iíve been a big girl since birth.
LargeInCharge.com: Tell us about some of the most exciting events/occasions, you/your business have held/participated in.
Iíve attended Bridal Market week as a member of the press and this coming October, weíll be there as retailers.
LargeInCharge.com: Have you been featured in any press, on tv, newspapers etc?
Iíve been featured in Newsday as a wedding consultant for curvy women.
LargeInCharge.com: What changes have you seen for plus sized people since your first appearance?
I see more women embracing their bodies and learning to love their curves. Recently Jenny Packham had three curvy models on the runway for Aprilís Bridal Market. Things are beginning to change as we show our purchasing power with our wallets. IBS World, an industry market research company reported that demand for plus size clothing will pick up in the next five years.
LargeInCharge.com: Are there any changes you had to make for your venture/career flourish?
Iíve finished two new manuscripts and I regained all the rights to my novels. Iím working with an agent to find the right publishing house. Iíve worked hard on my author platform of still a chick lit and romances for real size women with the three bís boobs, bellies and butts. I want to be the voice of curvy women to help them seize the day for love, romance and take chances to get the things theyíve only dreamed of, but were afraid to do.
LargeInCharge.com: What are some of the most important things you have learned through the years?
As a cancer survivor and someone who has lived with MS for the past 18 years, Iíve learned itís important to live in the moment. Every day is a blessing. Itís very important to get off the bench and get in the game of your life. Iíve heard too many sentences begin with ďAfter I lose 10 pounds, Iíll go to Jamaica. ďI canít attend my high school reunion until my body looks like it did in high school.Ē ďWhy would a guy like him go for me? Iím not exactly the type of girl he would even take a first glance at, let alone give me a second look.Ē ďI have to lose 25 pounds before I go wedding gown shopping.Ē ďI stick to dark colors to look thinner.Ē Donít be a spectator when it comes to your life. Get in the game. Sure you might fall every now and then, but at least youíre in there doing your best. There is nothing sadder than would have could have and should have. Life is short and precious. Embrace it.
LargeInCharge.com: How is your standing in the Plus Sized Community among the people? Good feedback, negative feedback, learning lessons?
I hope that itís good. My health is an issue an occasionally causes me to miss out on things I want to do, which means a few things can slip through the cracks. Itís not done intentionally. I always tell everyone, if you havenít heard from me within 2 days, email or call me again. Iíll do my best to be there to assist, answer questions and support my curvy sisters in their endeavors.
LargeInCharge.com: What would you say inspires you most in life?
I am a spiritual person. I believe that with faith all things are possible. Whether youíre Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu etc., the peace found in being connected to God and a higher calling gives us the strength we need to get through life, whether youíre a single mother or married with children, looking for your soul mate or trying to achieve greater things in your career, inspiration leads people to aspire to do more for themselves and others. When I think of how my great grandmother raised 8 children, many more grandchildren and great grandchildren as a widow, itís a testament to faith, dedication and a positive attitude when life throws you lemons. She died at 106 in 2000. Her mother, whom I also remember a little bit about lived to be 105 in 1973.
LargeInCharge.com: Any new ventures/items/products you have planned for the future?
I hope to have the bridal salon and a line of romance novels and an updated bridal guide.
LargeInCharge.com: What are your future goals?
My goal is to enjoy my life. Continue writing and being involved in the curvy community. Iíd love to have a show about real life brides in a less chaotic setting where viewers get to know the brides featured and how they come to the momentous decision of the dress of a lifetime. I hope to travel more. Move to Manhattan with my fiancť and get to enjoy being Auntie Mi Mi. Iím looking forward to my son, Scott getting his Masters and special education certification to teach, while my son Sean looks to get his MFA to teach Creative writing.
LargeInCharge.com: What advice would you give to other people of size who might be interested in doing something simlar?
I know weíre making Nike a fortune but itís true. Just do it. All it takes is one foot in front of the other and before you know it, youíll be moving forward and no one can stop you.
LargeInCharge.com: Describe yourself/ your company/org with one word.