I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
Just two days into 2018 and I already have an exciting accomplishment to share! I was one of 30 people selected as one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018. The annual list is one of the magazine's most anticipated issues and definitely a coveted list to be on.

Although I was on the list with celebrities like Savannah James and Isaiah Thomas, I was most excited to be on the list with my boyfriend, Giovonni Santiago (who was recognized for his work as a  transgender advocate)! We discovered on our first date that we had both been selected for Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018 based on our accomplishments over the past year and we couldn't believe it. But at the same time, it made total sense because we are both very passionate and driven in our respective fields. 
The issue is on newstands now! Magazine images by Angelo Merendino. 

I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!

Everyone honored got to attend a party back in November and now I can finally share those images too! The event occurred on my Dad's birthday and I brought him as my guest for the evening! 

I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!

I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!

I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
We went to pick up copies of the magazine together! 
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
I'm One of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of 2018!
What a way to start 2018!!!! I am so excited to be selected for this and to represent for plus size women in a mainstream publication! Plus getting to share this moment alongside my boyfriend was exciting and validating that him and I are both doing valuable work that impacts our communities.