Monique Imes-Hicks isn't afraid of the F-word. Either of them. This plus size diva has been working her butt off the last few seasons to give plus size women a big fat chance at showing the world that big girls are beautiful too.
Mo'Nique wears many hats besides TV personality. She's a comedian, actress, fat advocate, author, model, wife and mother for four. She hales from a big family in Baltimore (a rendition of Hairspray anyone?) including two brothers and one sister. Mo'Nique is happily married to childhood friend Sidney Hicks with whom she had twin boys in October 2005. She has two adult sons from a previous marriage.
She comes across as a cool and confident woman fearlessly in charge of her own destiny. She's an excellent example that big girls can make it to and have fun along the way.
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My first Mo'Nique Movie
Jazmin Biltmore (Mo'Nique) works in a large clothing chain where the plus size section is relegated to a small corner of the store and all the staff try to avoid that section because they don't want to sell the hideous clothes to their customers. Jazmin who is plus size, or Phat as one of her co-workers describes her (Pretty, Hot and Thick), designs and makes her own clothing so she always looks fabulous and receives numerous compliments on her attire.
Growing up Jazmin had to develop some coping skills for all the taunting she had to put up with. Her main coping skill became her stinging tongue and her strong arms; neither of which she ever thinks twice of using. Every day she hears her Grandma telling her, "You are beautiful. Inside and out," but the childhood taunts still haunt her thoughts.
Jazmin's dream is to get her clothing line in production and on the curves of other thick women; unfortunately, she can't get to the head buyer of her company and the bank won't give her a loan. Just when she thinks she can't get any more depressed she wins an all expense paid trip to a five star resort in Palm Springs. So with her cousin and best friend in tow she heads off to Palm Springs for some rest and relaxation.
Once there, Jazmin and her best friend, who is also thick, quickly learn that Palm Springs is the stomping ground for the rich skinny butts. Everything is made for them, the robes, the massage tables, the guys... wait not all the guys. While hanging out by the poolside the three ladies are approached by an Africa God (I mean Doctor) named Tunde from Nigeria. The girls are shocked to learn he is not interested in the skinny cousin but in Jazmin. Tunde and his two friends invite the ladies along to a Nigerian dinner conference where they learn that there are indeed men in the world who know how to treat a lady with curves. All the men think Jazmin and her "plum" friend are luscious and secretly chide in Nigerian that her cousin is a toothpick.
Unfortunately, Jazmin isn't used to all this positive energy and can't believe it for what it is. Genuine affection. Her own insecurities cause her to self-destruct and she ends up sabotaging her relationship with Tunde. She flees back home where she wallows and binges for three days on pizza and an assorted junk food bed buffet before getting a hold of herself.
Jazmin finally comes to the realization that she never will be a size 5 and that she has to start living on her own terms if she's going to enjoy life before she dies. With the help of her friends she steps up and gets her designs noticed. Next thing she knows, she's an international success in plus size clothing design in charge of a hot new line of clothing affectionately called "Thick Madame" in Tunde's honor. But she still has one major regret she needs to take care of.
Phat Girlz is a comedy for sure but there are surprising emotional scenes when Mo'Nique breaks down that I never expected from this comedian. The main theme of this film is the power of kindness and respect. It is definitely a chick flick with attitude. The best thing about this film is that Jazmin didn't have to lose 10, 20, 50 or 100 pounds to find her bliss. Phat Girlz has a number of great songs including Brick House, So Luscious, and African Queen (I love that song!). And some memorable Mon'Niquisms like: "I am Fat-tabulous!" and "We ain't got a weight problem. You just have a problem with our weight." The film pokes fun at a few stereotypes like the junk food buffet bed mentioned above and again when Jazmin and her friend OVER order at the fast food restaurant.
Truth be told, I was resistant to watch this movie because I have never really been a huge Mo'Nique fan despite her fat acceptance popularity but I'm glad I did. Fat chics need more films that highlight their lives and are not all about changing the number on the scale to find happiness and success. It's really a feel good movie.
The Phat Girlz Movie Trailer
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Skinny Women Are Evil - Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World
"It is NO secret that I am a BIG girl. Always have been, always will be. The only way I'll ever wear a size 6, or even a 16, is if you add them together. That's right: I wear a size 22. And I'm proud, because I wear it well. Hell, even Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder can see that! Such is the life -- and largesse -- of Mo'Nique, one of America's best-loved plus-size personalities. "I really wish..."
Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted
"From the cover of Essence to the stage at the Apollo, from reruns of her hit show The Parkers to her reality program Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance, Mo'Nique exults in the joys of being a large woman. Here, she explores the great love of her life-food. But this isn't food South Beach diet style. This is food with flavor, from chocolate and cream to sugar and butter and everything in between. In Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted, Mo'Nique's fondest..."
Beacon Hills High: A Novel
Mo'nique ventured into the world of literary fiction by releasing her first young adult novel in 2008. It can be ordered from Amazon.
" Getting into Millwood High, the "tightest" high school in Baltimore, is all that's been consuming thirteen-year-old F.A.T. (Fabulous And Thick, that is) Eboni Michelle Imes. When she's accepted, all that she can think about are four years of fun with her best friends, Michelle, Yolanda, and Charisse—the TTC (the Too Tight Crew).
But life has other plans for Eboni. When her father finally lands his dream job, everyone is excited—except Eboni. While Dad's new business venture means moving the family to glamorous Los Angeles, for Eboni it means moving away from her friends, her crush Vincent, and everything she has ever known.
A charming coming-of-age story that deals with common adolescent issues such as body image, being the "new girl" in school, and adjusting to a new neighborhood, Beacon Hills High is sure to resonate with not only Mo'Nique's young fans, but also teenage girls everywhere."
Your sense of style is your sense of mind. And my mind always says, 'I'm sexy.'
Mo'Nique Takes on the Internet
Business savvy Mo'Nique knows the importance of having an internet presence. Visit these official Mo'Nique websites and get it from the Phat lady herself.
* Mo'Nique's Official Website - Watch videos, look at gallery images, learn about her fan club and more.
* Mo'Nique's Official Myspace - A place to connect with other Mo'Nique lovers!
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