Founded by the multi-talented Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence, plus size model, modeling instructor, actress, vocalist, choreographer and pageant winner, Plus Teen
Jacqueline earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration at Tuskegee University, a M.S. degree in Theology and Doctorate degree in Christian Counseling at the Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College.
Having been a plus size teen and now, a full-figured adult, Jacqueline is all too familiar with the struggles associated with low self-esteem and not "fitting in" with the look that society deems "acceptable". Even though she was a heavy teenager, Jacqueline had always been very actively involved in gymnastics, drill team, track, softball, choir and drama. As a plus size teen, she even won the award in her junior high school for "Most Physically Fit".
The former 2000 and 2001 Ms. Big, Bold and Beautiful and 2003 Plus
As strong as her desire for modeling and pageantry, because of her fuller frame and the fact that modeling and pageantry were for “skinny” girls, Jacqueline believed her dream would forever be out of her reach. Then, in the early eighties, she saw something she thought she would never see...an advertisement in the newspaper where a designer was seeking plus size models. All her years of practicing on her own, in spite of who society gave permission to strut their stuff on the runway, were not in vain. Seeing all those plus size women gazing up at her on that stage was the epiphany that propelled her into her purpose. It wasn't long before Jacqueline became submerged with modeling jobs for various stores, magazines, organizations and designers throughout the
In 1995, Lawrence enrolled in modeling school at
A vocalist and actor, the multi-talented Jacqueline Lawrence has frequently been called upon by various businesses and organizations to produce and choreograph fashion shows and teach modeling and pageantry skills, motivating her students to feel good about themselves on the inside, as well as the outside. In 2006, Jacqueline founded IN FULL BLOOM MODELING AND PAGEANTRY ACADEMY, where she offers modeling and pageantry instruction and certification, instructor and director certification, fashion show and pageantry production and choreography, talent coaching, and pageant judging. Later, in 2009, Jacqueline founded Plus Models USA, where she helps those who have a desire to become plus size models to launch their careers.
Having a passion for helping to grow up girls God's way, Jacqueline co-founded God's Girls, a faith-based conference aimed at instilling positivity and godliness in teen girls.
Founder and Director of Miss Plus Teen, formerly Plus Teen USA, Jacqueline's desire is for all plus size teens with a desire to participate, to be afforded the opportunity. Realizing the importance of loving oneself in order to live one's purpose, the focus of the pageant and conference is to help each contestant arrive at the place where they need to be- mind, body and soul- in order to love themselves, take care of themselves, and ultimately, to be themselves; the persons who they were created to be. Jacqueline believes it takes a village to train up children in the way they should go, therefore, her hope is that anyone whose heart is touched through this endeavor, would partner with us in transforming the lives of our youth- mind, body, and spirit.