Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 7th 2014 Contents industry. During her six years with the
group, she got her first introduction to
working the runway, which she said
was surprisingly a superb experience.
This then led her to do some pro-
duction work with Carivogue Interna-
tional Modelling Agency for its 2012
presentation of Caribbean Plus Fashion
Week. The agency was so impressed
with her work, it chose Pollonais to
represent T&T in its Miss Plus Size
Caribbean Universe held in Barbados
that same year.
Pollonais agreed and was crowned
the winner in the end. "I did not even
know I would win it, but I did," she
says, with a chuckle. She handed over
her crown last year to 2013 winner, 29-
year-old Cheryll Rijger from Suriname.
The competition created a platform
for Pollonais to continue growing in
the industry, and as she says, she even
gained more respect from many who
may have previously disregarded her.
She has modelled in countries across
the Caribbean and can be seen in many
local ads in print, television and even
Pollonais eventually quit her gov-
ernment job earlier this year and decid-
ed to go full-time into providing image
consultancy and styling for women in
the plus-sized community. Together
with her mother Sherma, she launched
Closet Red Plus Size Boutique Ltd,
located close to her home.
The boutique offers fashionable plus-
size clothing for women sizes 12 to 26,
as well as consultation services on body
image, self-esteem and empowerment.
Her clients range from those in the
corporate sector to the casual full-fig-
ured woman just looking for a new
look, a good fit and something to boost
"The store is so much more than
just selling clothes. It is such an inter-
esting dynamic for full-figured women
to buy clothes, because I give them an
environment that is free of judgment,
warm, loving and one that allows them
to be and love themselves."
She adds quite excitedly: "Closet Red
is founded on three pillars: beauty, fash-
ion and inspiration."
Out of those pillars came her annual
fashion event Lights, Camera, Curves.
Pollonais describes it as the premier
fashion event for full-figured women
"The pillar of beauty is clear at the
event, as we highlight the beauty of
everyone especially plus-sized women.
It s just beautiful people, enjoying a
beautiful evening," she says.
As for the pillar of fashion, she says
it is presented in three runway collec-
tions: casual curves; sophisticated
curves; and sultry curves. And she
believes the pillar of inspiration is nat-
urally the love and encouragement
shared throughout the show.
The event which has been running
for the past two years will be held at
the La Joya Complex in St Joseph on
August 16. According to Pollonais, to
ensure that the event is truly a fulfilling
one, they have partnered with some of
the show s sponsors and vendors who
will be offering products and services
tailored to the audience on that evening.
Some of her sponsors include Toyota,
Chee Mooke Bakery, Cher-Mere Herbal
Hair and Skin Care Products and Serv-
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If only her high school friends could see her now,
they d be sorry they ever heckled the fat kid, she
Confidence, inner beauty and a strong sense of
self, shines through 26-year-old Sonja Pollonais. But
she says she has come a long way from the days of
just feeling fat, insecure and unwanted.
Secondary school for the Mt Lambert native was
extremely difficult, especially when it came to inter-
acting with boys.
"When I wasn t being made fun of, other times
I would just feel invisible. That s when I came to the
reality that big girls face a lot of challenges when it
comes to being accepted on many levels.
"I would see how boys would interact with slim
girls and there was a clear distinction in the treatment,"
Pollonais recalls. I lived with low self-esteem until
my aunt, Blossom Bovell, instilled in me at age 16,
that I was beautiful and powerful and all I had to
do was accept that fact."
"She taught me how to embrace my uniqueness
which also included my naturally blonde hair and
eyelashes, which I hated.
"Always dress your best because you never know
who you would meet, she d say."
This advice helped Pollonais to regard herself in
a new light as she became a young adult. She no
longer got disapproving looks and stares from random
people. Instead she found herself being complimented
"Even when I was attending UWI in Jamaica, my
classmates would always compliment me on my out-
fits. When they saw me, they did not see some extra
meat on my bones. They just saw a beautifully-
dressed woman who knew how to dress for her body
type and carry her weight with sophistication."
"I think I told myself that I always had to be on
point with my physical presentation because I would
not get away with being full-figured and looking
sloppy at the same time," added Pollonais.
This newfound confidence also filtered into her
studies, as the former guidance counsellor at the
Ministry of Education achieved great success in her
academic career as a recipient of two national schol-
arships. She is the holder of a bachelor s degree in
psychology with honours and an MSc in human
resource management with distinction.
When she was studying, Pollonais joined a moti-
vational group for plus-sized women where she
became exposed to the local fashion and beauty
Pollonais has big plans for Closet Red Plus Size Boutique Ltd including
taking Lights, Cameras, Curves to a bigger stage.
"Well, one thing's for sure. We are taking the event to Napa next year.
"As for the business, I am looking at presenting a fashion week, some
charitable events that can be punctuated throughout the year and I definitely
want to start self-esteem workshops.
"There is just so much in the world you already have to fight up with, like
your job, relationships or family. You shouldn't have to fight with yourself too.
And that's what I am here for. To help you celebrate you," says Pollonais.
Sonja Pollonais aims to highlight the beauty of everyone, especially plus-sized
A BRIGHT FUTURE
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