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If you are looking for a new hot spot consider Afro Top Bar & Lounge to your list of clubs in Calgary. Located at 4710 17 Avenue SE, Afro Top is a new and fresh African-inspired lounge for everyone to enjoy a variety of music including Afrobeats, Reggae, HipHop, Trap and popular club anthems. They also serve food, drinks and Shisha. Local and international artists have performed on their stage. It is common to see public figures in their well maintained VIP section. I was invited by DJ Cheeks one of the founders of Afro YYC DJ's to attend their Victoria Day Long Weekend All White Attire event on Saturday May 17, 2015. Afro Top is very popular with repeat bar-stars and club-hoppers that it immediately reached their 250 capacity before midnight. Impressive marketing by Promoters and Deejays. Based on the turn out and drama-free fun it was a huge success. I was honored to have a meet and greet with Sudanese Artist Sultan Clintone who is currently in town as part of his Canadian tour. The best way to describe the artist would be humble, observant and cool. Sultan has built a reputation for composing unique Congolese music along with Sudanese rhythms. His popularity continues to grow - fans were excited to see Sultan present. Although our continuous order for Shisha never fell through it is fair to say that my Friends and I still enjoyed ourselves. I do plan to return and try their African cuisines as they operate as a restaurant during the day. It was clear that everyone left satisfied. Be sure to follow Afro Top Bar & Lounge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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I appreciated that Envy Lounge who prides their reputation on being the leading African Bar in Calgary hosted international Ugandan Artist Dr. Jose Chameleon last night at their venue. Thanks to the Promoters for their efforts in having Chameleon return back to Calgary. I constantly hear from my Friends and people in my network that there are no interesting events happening in Calgary when actually there is lots of events that we can support in our city including this one. I personally would have liked to see more people come to support Chameleon. I also wished that Chameleon's performance was longer than 30 minutes for fans to truly enjoy more of his greatest hits and I would have preferred for local opening act David J David Band to perform closer to the main act. It seemed that most people who were present enjoyed themselves. However, most of the feedback I received after the event were not all positive. With that said, I would like to give Chameleon major credit for maintaining his composure and humbling himself to work around the tools that he was provided. He tried his best to put on a great performance for his fans. Its easy for attendees to judge and put blame on Artists when a concert is not up to their standards. Its important for promoters and DJ's to market an event properly and honor contract agreements. An Artist can only do so much to ensure fans are pleased. An effective team behind any Artist can greatly influence how an event will unfold and the overall experience fans will have after a concert. If you attended this concert please feel free to share your comments below.
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WOW! I found out that I am nominated for MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR for the Obsidian Awards. Thanks in advance for your support. You can vote for me once a day until October 11th here: www.obsidianawards.ca/vote
On set of Breakfast Television (CityTV), Modeling holiday dresses by Tadashi Shoji available at Toni Plus! #PlusSizeModel #CurvyModel #ModelLife #LifeOfAModel BT Calgary Toni Plus
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I'm honored to be working with a great team to help build a Clinic in South Sudan. This is an important project that will help save lives and assist many generations to come. Will share more details soon! All families should have access to healthcare. #SouthSudanClinic
We exist in a world where everything is labeled and categorized including people but is it possible to define ourselves? Sunday Omony believes that we have the power to define who we are through self-acceptance and embarrassing our own uniqueness. As a Plus-Size Supermodel, Omony challenges modern standards of beauty in the fashion industry while teaching us that we do not have to change who we are to succeed. Its up to you to define yourself. - TED Talks
I was honored to speak at TEDx in Calgary on June 14, 2013. I spoke in front of 1000 attendees. It was amazing to be the first-ever Plus Size Model to speak at an inspiring event. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers and speakers Chris Adamkowski, Chris Turner, David Cramb, John Vaillant, Josh Dueck, Kate McKenzie, Rebecca Northan, Reuben and the Dark, Rollin Stanley, Mayor Nenshi and Host David Gray.
It was amazing to meet people who were inspired by my talk. Its lovely the people we connect with when we are open, honest and vulnerable. I was touched when a woman ran up to me crying and she gave me a warm hug after my talk. There was a powerful connection between us. She said, that she could relate to my struggles with body image and rejection. We are more alike than we are different. Her words made my day!
I think having a positive body image is important. We are always reminded of our bodies. We cannot escape ourselves. We need to embrace and accept our bodies. Unfortunately, media, peers and our family members sometimes can make us even more aware of our bodies by failing to support a positive body image.
For many years, people were telling me who I should be and how I should look. I realized that I was headed down the wrong path by trying to fit a false standard of beauty. I decided that I was not going to change myself to succeed. My beauty is not defined by my size. I am more than just a model. I choose to define myself. Never let anyone define who you are. Its up to you to define yourself.
I had an opportunity to share my experience in The Huffington Post Canada: Dear Salesgirl, Are You Discriminating Against Me Because I Am Plus Sized Or Black? There is always more than one side to a story:
'I am the Salesgirl in question. I apologize for my statement, "I don't dress people like you." it was never intended to be hurtful or racist. It was meant to be honest. I have never dressed a model. I rarely even am forced to choose an outfit for a customer. The customer is always the person to pick the item--I am only a facilitator and work to fast track the shopping process and hopefully make it more enjoyable.
I felt like I did not have the appropriate skill level to pick an outfit for such an important event in your life. I did not have enough experience to confidently say what I had chosen for you to try on would be the perfect outfit and did not know what the perfect outfit would be.
I also apologize for my lack of empathy. I explained myself poorly. I immediately felt like the situation was beyond my control and I did nothing to make amends'.
Thanks friends for your comments on my Facebook, Twitter and my article in The Huffington Post Canada. I thought it was fair to share the Salesgirls response to my article. When I read her message I was surprised. The Salesgirl and her company had been following my work after the incident occurred. I found it interesting that only after my article was published did the Salesgirl respond. She had help from the company writing the message. However, I believe that her last sentence was honest and from the heart.
I did not mention to the Salesgirl when she was helping me that I was a "Model". Who does that? Haha. Plus I didn't think that was important to mention at all. I only said, I had an interview on Global TV and wanted to look professional. I trusted her recommendations for me.
It was only after the incident occurred that the Manager seemed worried and asked, "Why are you going on Global TV? Discussing what? What do you do?" That is when I shared more about myself. During this time, the Salesgirl had already left the floor.
I was shocked, confused and hurt when the Salesgirl said, "I don't dress people like you". Then she repeated it again. I was not certain what exactly she meant. So, I gave her an opportunity to explain herself but she rudely walked away and stayed in the backroom. Why not defend yourself if it was really that simple? There would be no misunderstandings if she explained herself when given the chance not after my article was published.
With that said, I don't know what she has been through. I wish her the best. I appreciate her sharing and acknowledging the situation.
Its up to everyone to make their own conclusion from this story. I encourage more dialogue and understanding. I know that some people will not want to accept this, identify with me or my experience. I know what I felt during the incident and I also know that this matter had nothing to do with my "title" or "clothes".
We all have a story. I have had many great opportunities in my life and career. Pulling the "race card" is not my-style nor does it benefit me. I enjoy sharing and discussing various topics. Diverse people have played a role in my success and mentoring me. I'm a hard working woman and try to let my work speak for its self. Respect, understanding and tolerance are vital.
Thanks Mayor Nenshi for the retweet and special thanks to Kevin Stanger who shared his honest opinion about the first annual Black Gold Awards which will be held at the Epcor Centre this month. Co-hosted by yours truly! I am honored for the opportunity as we will be celebrating African, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian achievements within Alberta.
As a Ugandan-Canadian, growing up I wish I had more positive role models in my life "who looked like me". I think that our youth can benefit greatly from seeing that we do have leaders and role models in our own communities who are doing extraordinary work. The Black Gold Awards will recognize some of them on September 27th.
Stanger inspired this blog post and the poll below. I am curious to know, do you think that celebrating the achievements of minorities perpetuates racism? Yes or no? Please click your answer below. Feel free to email me at SundayOmony@gmail.com Thanks friends!
I was honored to be invited to a private launch for Plenty - new store in Calgary Chinook Centre. You are all invited to their official launch on September 13th. Win prizes and see their new collections. It will be a lovely evening. Please help spread the word. Be sure to use the hashtag #PlentyinYYC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Thanks friends!