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Owner and Designer of Goddess by Juanita Kelly
Juanita Kelly is unlike any other designer that exists in today's fashion world. She was raised in Plainfield, NJ where she learned to sew from her grandmother at the age of three. Over the next several years, her skills and eye for fashion continued to evolve to the point where she now holds the distinctive status of being one of only a small number of master seamstresses in the United States. She lives, breathes, and understands fabrics, textiles, and patterns in and out, an element that gives her and Goddess by Juanita Kelly the definitive advantage over the competition.
Juanita Kelly is a highly educated woman. In addition to being a master seamstress, she also holds multiple degrees from Rutgers University. She is also well versed in the fashion and entertainment industry. At age 10, Juanita was signed to Ford Models, where she pursued professional modeling, dancing and acting for the next 14 years, and from which she eventually retired in 1999. She then launched her own modeling and talent agency, which realized tremendous success. During this time, Juanita launched her first clothing line, ETC Fashions, which specialized in making one-of-a-kind custom garments, some of which have been featured in major films and television shows and worn by several A-List stars.
In 2000, Juanita was forced her to give up her lucrative business endeavors when she was diagnosed with cancer. She fought back, enduring rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and brain surgery. During this time she met and married her now husband Nicola and has a beautiful daughter Clarissa. Juanita persevered and went into remission a few years later. Now she is not wasting a single minute and she is delving right back into what she loves.... creating stylish, comfortable, supportive garments for the plus size woman.
Many traits separate Juanita Kelly from the rest of her competitors. While she is a master seamstress, she is often hard at work in the studio designing and constructing the garments. She does not just sit behind a desk and say what she likes and what she dislikes. Being a plus size woman herself, Juanita understands what the curvy woman wants in a garment. Juanita also believes in giving back to the community. She has served as a mentor for pregnant teenagers at Plainfield High School, NJ. She has also opened up her home to host support groups for battered women after she herself escaped from an abusive relationship. Juanita plans to donate garments to battered women foundations which can be worn for job interviews to aid abused women in getting their lives back on track. Juanita is truly an inspiration in all respects which separates her and her company from other designers and will undoubtedly take the fashion world by storm with Goddess by Juanita Kelly.