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British Urban Film Festival 2017…This year’s BUFF has Acting Masterclass with buff Ashley Walters

September 6th kicks of f  the13th year of BUFF, the leading diverse film festival in the world, and what a line up on offer.

Angela Douglas (DivaScribe) with Ashley Walters and Kano

Over 30 movies, including premiere’s, Black Lives Matter, African Highlife, live script readings, 2 masterclasses, directors and actors Q & A’s, networking, a chance to meet agents and an incredible BUFF Awards ceremony honouring exceptional contribution to film, TV and theatre.

Ashley Walters

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Leading actors Ashley Walters (TOP BOY), Wil Johnson (EMMERDALE), David Harewood (HOMELAND), Omari Hardwick (POWER) and David Oyelowo (SELMA) all make an appearance during the seven day celebration.

David Oyelowo

Best of all, you can bag a 3 hour MASTERCLASS tutored by this years Honorary Award Recipient, trailblazer and D.I.V.O Ashley Walters. If acting is your passion grab this amazing opportunity to be mastered by an outstanding accomplished and talented actor who is DivaScribe’s Top Boy. It’s only £16 so book your place now, Now NOW!

Another highlight will see Wil Johnson, a multi-talented celeb in our Diva Got Soul Feature archives and last years BUFF Honorary Award Winner, hosting 3 Live Script Readings.

Wil Johnson. Read our review of Wills gorgeous and talented musical daughter- Ayanna Witter-Johnson HERE

But opening the festival will be London premiere of ‘Free In Deed’ starring David Harewood MBE, Brummie actor now Hollywood star, followed by a Q & A with him. In this role he leads as a pastor with healing powers, an all too familiar scenario in our community.

So if you want to take your career to the next level, punch the air and yell, “Hollywood here I come,” and make haste to meet the UK’s top four Casting, Writing and Talent Agents. Calling all budding and active actors, writers, directors and commercial models to be part of a Q&A followed by two whole hours speed networking. Remember to bring your portfolios, show-reels and head shots.

BUFF definitely has something for everyone whether you are in the industry or the audience. All events will be held at the iconic BT Tower, London and the award ceremony can be watched on BT.com.

For more information visit www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk

Link to buy tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/buff-british-urban-film-festival-4543156025 Hashtag:    #BTBUFF2017

By- Angela Douglas

Chicken Skin To Beautiful Swan In 6 Simple Steps

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Have you ever looked at your arms and noticed rough patches of dry skin? Did an itchy rash stop you from wearing your gorgeous sleeveless top again? You are not the only one! Unfortunately, almost 40% of us suffer from bumpy skin at the back of the upper arms, commonly known as Chicken Skin.

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Ketorasis Pilaris, which is the medical term for this ailment, can occur at any age, usually runs in families and often goes hand-in-hand with chronic dry skin. What causes this embarassing condition? When our skin produces too much keratin, it accumulates at the opening of each individual hair follicle, blocking pores. Theselittle bumps can make the surface appear irritated and inflamed, that’s why it’s so important to take special care.

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We asked Shona Wilkinson, Head Nutritionist at NutriCentre.com to give us her tips on what to do, to get your arms summer-ready and banish those bumps:

‘Make sure you exfoliate the area regularly with natural and gentle exfoliator. Avoid anything too abrasive though, as this can cause damage to your skin.’
‘Massage the affected areas twice a day with a natural gentle moisturiser to soften bumps. Some people have found a real benefit by using coconut oil to moisturise the area.’
‘Make sure you use a gentle non-harsh soap when you wash.’

‘Eat plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to skin.  Add oily fish to your diet such as mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies and salmon.  If you are a vegetarian eat flaxseeds or chia seeds.’

‘Make sure your digestive system is running properly. Digestive disorders can manifest themselves in poor skin condition. Lack of nutrient absorption can contribute to Keratosis Pilaris.  You may want to consider taking a digestive enzyme if you think you may suffer from lack of nutrients. Also make sure that your intestinal flora is balanced.  It is important to have enough good bacteria to ensure a proper digestive system.  Try taking a good quality probiotic.’
‘Remove any foods, which may be an allergen. Such foods may include dairy, gluten and sugar.’

To help you get rid of chicken skin, try:

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By: Shona Wilkinson

African Lions Rising

With delegates from across Africa in attendance, the Africa Lions Rising event which was held at the HoneyWell Auditorium, Lagos Business School for the Africa Business Conference proved that the private sector growth in Africa is an arm of the economy that could propel and enhance Intra-African Trade.

The event facilitated a great networking hub where private, businesses, senior public sector representatives and academia were able to forge partnerships to scale their current operations across the continent and shape the Africa of present and beyond.

This year’s event shed light on key issues and opportunities in Africa’s Manufacturing, Energy, Agri-Business, Fashion, ICT, Media & Entertainment and Solid Mineral sectors.

Keynote speaker, Rod Glover Blondin, renowned Economist and Advisor to Africa Exchange Holdings, spoke about trading and creating value across Africa, he said; “African businesses need to put in both economic and social prosperity – Africapitalism. We need to put in a sustainability index, to be a part of social capitalism and do our business with integrity; all these pay off in the end”.

He went on to add; “As private sector proponents, we need to actively voice our concerns, put forward solutions and suggestions, work with the public sector (not for them) and do not fight corruption with corruption”.

Actress Genevieve Nnaji

Actress Genevieve Nnaji, Audu Maikori of Chocolate City Records and Sam Onyemelukwe of Trace TV were also present to shed light on how the booming entertainment industry was helping to grow the African economy.

The second instalment of African Lions Rising proves that enhancing Intra-African Trade via private sector growth  may be the most viable way for Africa to shed the third world economy tag.

“A decade ago, Africa resembled the Asia of the 1960s, a jumble of undemocratic regimes, broken by conflict and poverty, with few prospects for progress. Today the story is different, Africa is one of the fastest-growing continents on Earth!” ~ Unknown

FGM: THE UNBIDDEN PAIN By BERHANE RAS-WORK

A pioneer in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has revealed the experiences of African women facing this controversial practice in a captivating new book.

Berhane Ras-Work has released The Unbidden Pain, taking the reader on a moving journey through her 27-year campaign against female excision, towards a culture where this tradition might finally be eradicated.

Ras-Work’s personal narrative touchingly shows how global attention was gradually secured around the issue, and how positive changes were achieved through the encouragement of community responsibility, offering hope to women throughout the world.

She extensively records experiences of victory in the face of daunting challenges, doubts, crises and the grotesquely odd situations faced by women and girls. Through her words, Ras-Work demonstrates how self-assertiveness and bonding has helped to resolve this sensitive issue.

By acknowledging the place of discourse within the community, among youths, leaders and technocrats, she shows a practical and refreshing way of ensuring women’s rights within an evolving Africa.

About the Author: Berhane Ras-Work has been instrumental in the fight against harmful traditional practices, especially FGM. She is a pioneer in encouraging community responsibility and helped form the Inter-African Committee on Harmful Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) where she has dedicated her entire life to supporting women and girls. Her commitment to the campaign against FGM has earned her several national and international awards, including The Netherlands Medal and the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria and she says her life’s ambition is to see a world devoid of practices that harm the integrity of women and girls. The dossier on FGM would not be complete without her. She is married to Terrefe Ras-Work and has three children.

FASHION!! Golden Globes 2014 – Just Some Hits & Misses

Sandra Bullock in block coloured fuchsia, black and blue dress looked stunning in Prabal Gurung. Quite a very youthful look for the 49 year old actress, but she manages to pull it off with a side-swept ponytail, minimal accessories and strappy peep-toes letting – the dress do all the talking.

Kerry Washington needed just the one accessory on the red carpet – her so cute baby onboard bump. But her palest of blue/grey BALENCIAGA gown and matching clutch exquisitely oozed class and demure sexiness. Finishing touch was her Leighton Jewels – those babies twinkled something covetous.

Another diva with an on trend bump was Olivia Wilde. The metallic emerald goddess has many green eyed with envy and she also showed that body hugging frocks can also rock hard on momma’s to be! Her GUCCI ensemble definitely was one of the scene stealers. Her complementary silver clutch was just the right finishing touch.

Lupita Nyong’o, oh Lupita Lupita, Lupita !!! Girlfriend didn’t win on the night, but she was a sure-fire winner on the fashion stakes!  For her first major red carpet experience this talented diva definitely showed the jaded Hollywood elite how it’s done in her red caped RALPH LAUREN number. Full S.T.O.P.  Let the dress speak, jaws dropped to floors and wept.

Cate Blanchett once again proves that she has the red carpet trick marked down to a T. Her reverse scalloped necked lace ARMANI dress [frontal view], with the just there sleeves oozed red carpet perfection. As if that wasn’t enough to knock one over, did you see the back of ‘that’ dress? It gave another definition to the appreciation of sea life. Think oysters and shells – #lush.

Mila Kunis wore a gorgeous metallic GUCCI dress in grey, with a heavily embellished statement top half and ethereal silk/chiffon lower half. However, her petite frame looked like it was ever so slightly swamped. But what a gorgeous dress it was.

THE NOT SO GREATS

Kate Beckinsale – Same as always, fishtail, shoulders out, up-do, what makes this one different? Just that it is a gorgeous metallic Zuhair Murad dress which would have worked better on another female not known for that style.

Paula Patton – Great dress, but the amoeba growing from the hem of her dress to her shoulder gave me the jitters. Statement frock over-load.

Zoe Saldana , she always seems to get it right! But for the Golden Globes it seems Zoe got her stylist to play dressmaker by ripping up all the gorgeous dresses at her disposal with a pair of scissors and creating this piece that gives one a head trip. So much happening Zoe!

Edie-Falco – Easy frock to create in the comfort of your home. Just rip up your satin/silk bed sheets, tie a knot at the neckline into a bow, minimal sewing required and you are ready to go. Just one question, does Edie not have a stylist?

Caitlin FitzGerald – This would be an apt frock to fly into the blue skies with. Just too twee with all the blues – see shoes *shivers*. And isn’t the high and low hem trend gone? Not sure, Sandra Bullock wore same trend but it just had that little thing called the ‘IT’ factor *winks*

Jemima Kirke – – Weetabix cereal and a bit of green bile thrown-in, mix, swallow and regurgitate…. Nah,

 

By Adaobi Iwenofu x.

10 Ways To Make The Rest Of Today Amazing

 1.  Loosen your grip.

Trying to micromanage every little thing every moment is stressful.  Life should be touched, not strangled.    Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement.

Starting now, let go before you squeeze too tight.  Take a deep breath.  When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward.  You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going every single second to be headed somewhere great.  Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not.  It just takes some time to connect all the dots.

2.  Focus forward.

You can’t go back to how things were, or how you thought they were supposed to be.  All you really have is now.  The smartest thing you can control in life is your reaction to what’s beyond your control.  Dwelling on negativity from the past simply contributes to its power.  So stop focusing on what happened and start focusing on what’s going to move you forward.

Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether you’re happy and successful or not depends greatly on which aspects you focus on.  The best thing you can do now is to let go of what you can’t control, and invest your energy in the things you can.

3.  Check one lingering task off your to-do list.

Putting something off instantly makes it harder and scarier.  What you don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow; and there’s nothing more stressful than the perpetual lingering of an unfinished task.

You know that thing you’ve been meaning to do, but you keep putting it off and it keeps nagging at you from the back of your mind.  Stop the nagging by taking action now!  (Read Getting Things Done.)

4.  Spend an hour working on something that moves you.

When you strike that fine balance between the challenge of an activity and your skill at performing it, when the rhythm of your work feels in sync with your purpose, when you know that what you’re doing makes a difference, you become absorbed in the task at hand to the point where time ceases to exist.  This is what true passion and happiness feels like.

So is there anything you do on a regular basis that makes you forget what time it is?

On your average day, flow experiences like these are those flashes of intense living when you’re engrossed in a meaningful task that makes you feel more alive.  These optimal experiences can happen when you’re engaged in work, paid or unpaid, that move you.  Work like this is something you should be pursuing for at least an hour on a daily basis.

5.  Try something totally new.

Step out of your comfort zone and try something totally new.  What have you wondered about doing, but haven’t had the courage or time to try?  Aim for something small that you can accomplish in an hour or less.  It can be a whole new activity or just a small experience, such as talking to a stranger.

Variety truly is the spice of life.  You can see or do something a million times, but you can only see or do it for the first time once.  As a result, first time experiences often lift our spirits and our consciousness.

So what’s new to YOU?

6.  Help someone smile.

There is no exercise better for the improvement of our world than reaching down on a daily basis to lift someone up.  Don’t wait for people to smile.  Show them how.  Do something nice for someone who has no way of paying you back.  Do it because you can, and because it makes the world a happier place.

When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life.  Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.  I promise, it will be an extremely rewarding experience.  And your small gesture just might touch a wound that only kindness can heal.  (Read The Happiness Project.)

7.  Spend time with a friend who improves you.

You can go through life and make new friends every year – every month practically – but there is no substitute for the few who truly improve you.  These aren’t the people who are simply nice to you; they’re the ones who help you uncover the things that are holding you back.  In subtle ways, they bring ideas to your attention that change your life.  These friends don’t just sit beside you unknowingly; they shake your world up, reveal your obstacles and weaknesses, and remain a part of your life because they care.

Friends like this are the most important people you will ever meet because they tear down the invisible walls you have built in your mind.  In other words, they come into your life and reveal new, valuable layers of yourself that you would never have discovered without them.

Spend some time chatting with one of these people today.

8.  Muse on life’s goodness.

You deserve some time every day in which worries don’t get in the way of your happiness.  Moments when, even if some people are insensitive or unkind around you, you’re not going to mind because you realize that the blessings you have received are far greater than the burdens you are dealing with.  You can create time like this for yourself today.  There is power in positivity.

Think about the goodness.  Be grateful for all the blessings you already have.  We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.  What if you gave someone a gift and they neglected to thank you for it?  Would you be likely to give them another one?  The daily events in your life respond the same way.  In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must be grateful for what you already have.

9.  Give yourself some “me time.”

Yes, you have battles out in the world to fight, insecurities to overcome, loved ones to contend with, and goals to achieve, but a break from it all is necessary.  It’s perfectly healthy to pause and let the world spin without you for a while.

Go ahead and set aside some “me time” to be alone with your own thoughts today.  Enjoy the space between the commotions.  Say nothing, think quietly, just be and breathe.  Give yourself an opportunity to discover who you really are, and to figure out why you truly are always alone… and why that’s perfectly OK.  (Marc and I discuss this in more detail in the “Self-Love” and “Happiness” chapters of “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.”)

10.  Be right here, right now.

I purposely left this point for last because it perfectly encompasses all the previous points.  Be present.  It’s being here now that’s important.  Don’t let your life slip by.  Pay attention to what’s happening in and around you; don’t just hurry through to the next thing.

You can’t stop the future.  You can’t rewind the past.  The only way to live is to press play.  So instead of dwelling on what happened earlier today, or worrying about what might happen later on, just practice being and living in this moment.  This moment, after all, is the only time guaranteed to you.  Right now is all there ever truly is.  Right now is life.  Open your eyes so you don’t miss it.

Afterthoughts

 You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.  The rest of today is a brand new day – a fresh start.  Replace negativity with positivity.  Think happy thoughts.  Exercise your mind and body.  Healthy is happy.  Inspire yourself.  Create.  Laugh.  Run.  Play.  Love.  Learn.  Give someone a compliment.  Perform a random act of kindness.  Take a chance on an idea you believe in.

You have the opportunity to do these things every single day – to make the necessary changes and slowly become the person you want to be.  You just have to decide to do it.  Decide that today is the day.  Say it: “This is going to be my day, starting now!”

Your turn…

What would you add to the list?  What’s one way to make the rest of today amazing?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

By Angel Chernoff

Love Handles Are Women’s #1 Beauty Hang-Up

A recent survey from British beauty company BTL polled women, beauticians and cosmetic surgeons and found love handles are Britain’s biggest beauty hang-up. It seems that despite whatever size we are and however much we diet or exercise; almost all of us have issues with bulges and wobbly bits that we just can’t seem to shift. A whopping 38% of those surveyed claimed this was the nation’s number one pet-hate, while noses and boobs took second and third spots respectively.

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While many of us are happy with our shapes (or have at least learned to love them over the years), it’s the lack of control over stubborn, problem areas we find most frustrating. Worryingly, increasing numbers of women (and men) have resorted to crash diets, unregulated fat-burner supplements or even invasive cosmetic surgery to take action. Yet these drastic and sometimes dangerous measures often lead to unsatisfactory results, the survey found.

Thankfully, invasive surgery is increasingly giving way to non-invasive procedures. While procedures for the face, such as lip-plumping and wrinkle-treatments like Botox and fillers are common-knowledge, new, safe non-invasive technology to burn fat in specific areas of the body are a celebrity secret which is also gaining in popularity among the wider public and is set to become one of the biggest trends in beauty treatments by 2015.

The treatments work well for women that have recently lost weight or who have tried all the alternatives but are still unhappy with their results. The new systems melt body fat without discomfort using radio-frequency. Vanquish and Elixis are two such technologies leading the way in this battle of the bulge as the revolutionary systems are FDA approved and have picked up awards for both Best Body Shaping and Best Skin Tightening devices, The systems smooth wrinkled, uneven skin while eliminating stubborn muffin tops and saddle bags through deep-tissue heating.

According to Lee Boulderstone BTL’s UK Manager; “While beauty treatments and procedures are on the rise in the UK, more and more women are opting for less drastic procedures and seem to be more accepting of what they have and what is realistically achievable. We are seeing more women hoping to maintain their looks, rather than seeking to alter their appearance significantly. Opening up the industry secrets that were formerly solely accessed by celebrities and the elite can only be a good thing.”

 

Angela D Douglas (@DivaGotSoul) Talks To Actress, Joaquina Kalukango

Love against War, Duty over Desire, Passion and Pain. Shakespeare’s “Antony & Cleopatra” has it all. Sex, Lies, Loyalty and Betrayal. Far more entertaining than an episode of TOWIE.

The culturally diverse cast, five UK and five American, come together to deliver an epic performance of African-American Director, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s adaptation at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company this month. I caught up with leading lady, Joaquina Kalukango, prior to her UK debut performance as the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

[L-R] Charise Castro Smith, Joaquina Kalukango, Chivas Michael
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[L-R] Charise Castro Smith, Joaquina Kalukango
PHOTO CREDITS: Manuel Harlan
Where does your name originate from?My parents are from Angola. I’m first generation Angolan and I was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  I don’t really know a lot of other Angolans in Atlanta, but a lot of my parent’s friends moved to Philly and New York.

How would you describe the story of “Antony & Cleopatra?”

It’s so funny, people have a way of saying it’s the adult version of “Romeo and Juliet” just because of these two lovers who are destined for tragedy. They are two powerful beings, who together are incredible – but they also consume each other, and destroy each other in that kind of way that love only can survive. Yeah, it’s crazy!

[L-R] Chivas Michael, Chuk Iwuji, Jonathan Cake, Ian lassiter, Samuel Collings, Charise Castro Smith, Henry Stram
PHOTO CREDITS: Manuel Harlan
Tarell Alvin McCraney — Director
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It’s set in Haiti during the 18th century. What Haitian influences have been introduced?

Yeah, right before the Haitian uprising. It adopts the culture, religion and dialect. There’s music and some singing in Creole, and also some voodoo in there.

What challenges have you faced?

The lines (laughs), every act you’re in it for the long haul from beginning to end. The hardest part is getting through this epic play and figuring out how she [Cleopatra] starts and is gonna get through to that ending. Specifically, dealing with grief and what that means in terms of Haitian culture and in this language that Shakespeare has written in. You can’t be sad all the time cause you gotta get through to another act (laughs). She [Cleopatra] switches so quickly, she can be happy once second, pissed the next, then she can flirt with you the next second. She switches all the time!

She’s a true black woman with so many sides to her!

Right. (Laughs) She exactly is that! It’s exhausting being a Black woman (laughs).

[L-R] Chukwudi Iwuji, Jonathan Cake
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What challenges have you faced as a Black actress? As USA’s regarded as a place that offers more opportunity to Black thespians.

I feel the same way. The world is very open. I’ve been lucky. I graduated from Julliard so I made connections and a lot of the playwrights and directors from there I worked with outside of school. So I’ve been pretty blessed. In terms of TV and Film that’s a different beast that I haven’t gotten into.

What have you been in?

I understudied for “Godspell” on Broadway in 2011. Last year I did Eve Ensler’s  “Emotional Creature.” (View Kalukano’s exert from “Emotional Creature” on The New York Times website.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/theater/100000001906647/emotional-creature.html )

This year I’ve done Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop” (a two person fictional account of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr’s encounter with a hotel maid on 4th April 1968, the night before his assassination which debuted in London)  I did a production of that in D.C. and her new play, “Hut Village,” at the Signature Theater in New York.

Do you plan to move into TV?

I do. I’ve done a short film that’s being edited, called “Lee.” It’s about this boy he’s got this girl pregnant and they have a child that he’s never seen. And his father makes him face the reality.

I saw your “GLEE” audition on YouTube.

(Laughs) Oh God, oh God! My friend posted that (laughs). I’ve been trying to make it private but I need to take that off.

No, it’s really interesting because one minute your singing a pop song and then you break out into opera! You’re very versatile.

(Laughs) Yeah, it’s funny I’m not classically trained at all. I would love to actually take voice lessons. I’m more comfortable with Pop and Rock.

You would never guess. You’re very good. – Have you got any fans that surprised you with their admiration?

I met my idol LaChanze I don’t know if you know her [Tony Award winning actress]. She played the role in The Colour Purple musical of Celie. She is an incredible musical theatre actor-singer-performer. She came to see “Emotional Creature” on the opening night. I could see her in the audience on the front row and I was freaking out on the inside! This is the person I grew up listening to, and I’d been trying to imitate.

So, what’s next?

I actually have no clue. Once this is finished I will be auditioning, and there will be Pilot Season, TV shows and other plays hopefully – we will see.

{Then Kalukango throws a question at me…. }

Are there many black people in Stratford-upon-Avon?

You may see 1 or 2, if you are lucky – a handful. The last time I visited there weren’t many but that was about 20 years ago. It may have changed since then. You may get stared at, but you shouldn’t experience any abuse or anything. You’ll be ok.

So, D.I.V.A.’s and D.I.V.O.’s grab yourself a me-time mini-break and sample the picturesque and historical wonders of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, who recently became one of US’s most prestigious award winners of the MacArthur Fellows speaks.

http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/antony-and-cleopatra/video-director-tarell-alvin-mccraney.aspx

 

“Antony & Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare runs 7th – 30th November 2013 at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.  It heads to Miami then New York in 2014.

www.rsc.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Launched in only 2010, Alexis Smith lingerie has taken the world-wide lingerie and fashion industry by storm! Realising just how desperate many women with big busts and small frames were for beautiful and feminine bras with matching briefs, CEO and lingerie designer, Alexis Smith, saw a massive gap in the market and Alexis Smith lingerie was born.

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