“Reading dreams. That’s what started her walking down the road. Every day she’d walk a little further: a mile and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on” – Truman Capote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
A businesswoman with an eye for fashion, Laverne Turner-Manuel has taken the modeling to a whole new level. Her curves and flair have influenced many ladies to love their body just the way they are. The Capetonian has been living in Dubai for over 15 years and commutes back and forth for business and collaborations.
Laverne comes from a family that was encouraged to study, therefore she started out studying HR and ended up graduating in Performing Arts. Modeling was never on the cards for her, until she was approached by a local designer who asked her to do a shoot in a few pieces and the rest was history.
There are many great achievements our curvy influencer has within her career but when asked about her top three, she says modelling for Miladys in jeans campaign and being showcased in nationwide stores for two consecutive years has definitely made the top three achievements. Another achievement would be when YOU magazine and Huisgenoot selected Laverne as a style icon. Lots of people don’t know that Ms Turner-Manuel has worked for JP Morgan which would be one of the biggest investment banks in Dubai, she started out as a Sales Executive Assistant and worked her way to a facilities Manager for both Dubai and Abu Dhabi which was an amazing achievement.
LTM curve has taken the fashion industry by storm by encouraging women of all sizes to dress with confidence. Her curvy pieces were designed to allow ladies to have there very own sexy flair while dressing to suit their curves. Laverne says, “as a curvy girl myself, it was always hard to find clothes for my size that made me feel sexy”. She goes on to say, everything available in her size was frumpy, floral or shapeless and knew that many curvy women felt the same. It’s almost been 3 years since LTM curve was created and even through a pandemic the company is thriving.
Over the years Laverne’s influence has really helped many ladies love themselves just they way they are. Her definition of being an influencer would be someone who creates a positive impact on you and allows you to grow in any form. What influences Laverne would be authenticity, she loves anything or anyone who has their own flair or flavour.
This 2022 Laverne’s goals gravitate towards Spiritual, emotional and financial growth and overall happiness. We are also very excited to be working alongside Laverne as she will be hosting her very own Workshop at The Diamond Works – Breakfast with Laverne Turner-Manuel, it will be an inspired morning of discovering this summer’s need to knows, covering all things fashion, living curve confidence and the latest LTM curves collection.
Jamie-Lee Domburg is a trailblazing SA television personality, businesswoman, model, brand ambassador, and she too will be sharing her wellness journey and wisdom on being the best you that you are able to be this 2022! Bottomless bubbly and a light brunch will be served. You will also be creating your very own Freshwater Pearl Necklace to take home all with the guided expertise of our resident Gemmologist and Master Goldsmith.
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