As a child, we all go through events that leave a semi to permanent mark on us for years to come. But in 2005, Kalyea Moss took the comments from her surroundings and turned it into the dream - the dream of becoming a model.
Upon graduating from Hofstra University, Kalyea went to work in the medical field while paving her path into the field of communications. Realizing that this is not what she truly wanted, she took to modeling during a time where plus size models were beginning to slowly break in.
"In a short time, I secured a successful and professional plus modeling career," said Moss. "But I also crossed into acting and television, especially in the last few years."
After being signed to an agency in NYC, she worked with several clients, to include Baby Phat, Deron, Mandee, Sean John, and Apple Bottom. Emerging from the cracks, Moss was also fetured in Essence, Glamour, and People, later appearing on the Rachel Ray Show, BET's Rip The Runway, Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin, leading roles in off-Broadway productions and more. However, Kalyea hit a turn in 2010 after being nominated and winning FFFW's (Full Figure Fashion Week) Plus Fit Model of the Year and landing a national campaign with Dove. Little did anyone know, while shooting Invisible Body Wash with Dove, she was carrying her son.
"Being a mom changed my mission and modeling career," said Moss. "I went back to school to become a certified holistic health and wellness coach and launched K.Moss Consulting (formerly The Curvy Health Coach). The Institute of Integrative Nutrition allowed me to merge my love for fashion and beauty with my new love of health and wellness."
She says that the last few years have been a working matter, as she tries to help her clients face the society that says "I'm fat and ugly." K. Moss Consulting provides the every day woman with tools to live a health and happy life in THEIR skin.
"My goal is to inspire women to love themselves, no matter her weight, size, or looks. She should value the greatness inside," said Moss.
In the last two years, Moss has branded and shared her weight loss journey. Appearing on ABC News Nightline and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, she has heard from women across the country. In 2013, her career took another turn after speaking at the PIX 11 Health & Wellness Expo with Dr. Ian Smith. She has also been featured on the Bethany Frankle show, 'Bethany.'
Kalyea says "Change is inevitable and it;s your decision to grow and overcome your obstacles or stay a prisoner in your own fear."
To learn more about Kalyea and her beauty and wellness journey, please visit her website or email firstname.lastname@example.org