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2020 40fyd+ Phenom Award Recipient Gwen DeVoe


Gwendolyn DeVoe is a former freelance plus model turned fashion event producer who devotes her time to mentoring and developing young women interested in plus size modeling and entrepreneurship. In addition, in an effort to ensure that plus size fashion brands and its aficionados receive equal airtime and tasteful recognition in the fashion industry, Gwen has been instrumental in creating a number of platforms for the plus size fashion community.

In 1998, under the parent company DeVoe Signature Events, a boutique fashion production company founded by Gwen, she opened The Plus Academy, a resource and development program for aspiring plus models to learn about the industry and what it takes to be successful in their craft. Originally based in New York City, the success of the program led to its quick expansion to 10 major cities across the United States.

In addition, Gwen is also the Creator and Executive Producer of Full Figured Fashion Week®, an annual presentation of the fashion industry’s finest plus models, designers, retailers, boutiques and businesses with products and services for the plus community. The event, heralded as one of the industry’s most legitimate gateways for plus fashion and a “must attend’ for anyone involved in the industry, has received both local and international press coverage ranging from the front page of the New York Times to Forbes.com to The New Yorker and everything in between. Join 40fyd+ on Facebook at 7:00pm on December 12th for our virtual awards show honoring Gwen and other incredible 40plus women!

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