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October 2009- With the end of 2009 fast approaching, Christina Mendez has continued her fast-paced, proactive approach to life with recognition of her beauty, grace and success by The Source Magazine, Fox News and The Dominican Women’s Development Center.
In pursuit of her personal American dream, Ms. Mendez joins the list of exceptional Latino’s on The Source Magazine’s “The Latin Takeover” list. Published in the September/October 2009 issue, “The Latin Takeover” list features some of the most exceptional Latino influencers. The list includes newly appointed US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Actress Zoe Saldana, Rapper Fabolous, Jim Jones and many others. At #15, Ms. Mendez is credited for her strong involvement with Autism Awareness in urban communities, in addition to her career as a model, actress and television personality.
"Using her access, influence, beauty and brains, professional model, actress and television personality, Christina Mendez, who's son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, has become an outspoken activist on the disease in the urban communities,"
---The Source Magazine, September/October 2009.
The sexiest and most successful plus-size models were recently recognized by FoxNews.com…and Ms. Mendez was one of them! Acknowledged for her inner and outer beauty, Ms. Mendez’s striking photo and a brief bio of her career and autism awareness work is featured alongside Mia Tyler, Kate Dillon, Tocarra Jones and Crystal Renn. “I feel extremely blessed to be among such amazing Real Size women…” said Christina.
On October 8th, 2009, The Dominican Women’s Development Center will be honoring Ms. Mendez with the “Distinguished Woman Award”. The “Distinguished Woman Award” is presented to individuals who embody the mission of the DWDC which bases its programs and events on the understanding that the forces of racism, sexism, classism and other forms of oppression are affecting women.
About Christina Mendez:
Christina Mendez has graced the pages of Glamour, All You, Latina Magazine, The Source Magazine and many others. She's worked the runway for BET’s Rip the Runway, NY Full Figured Fashion Week, Art of Curves, Macy's and Lane Bryant’s In-Store Fashion Show in NYC. In June 2009 she became one of Essence.com’s newest virtual models. Christina has also become one of the first real-size, Hispanic Urban models to work as a featured model for brands such as Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms, Rocawear, Dereon and more. Besides appearing in various magazines and runway shows, Christina has been featured in national television segments including The Rachel Ray Show, Fox News, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, BET News, Lifetime’s “Matched in Manhattan” with Matt Titus, New York local favorites Good Day New York, CW11 and others. In 2009 Fox News named Ms. Mendez one of sexiest, most successful top plus size models in the industry and The Source Magazine has declared Ms. Mendez one of the most influential Latinas. Christina Mendez is the mother of an Autistic son and is a strong advocate for autism awareness and a spokesperson for Autism Speaks; a national organization which was founded by NBC’s Founder Bob Wright.
For more information about Christina Mendez, her talent, her passion and her volunteer work, please visit www.ChristinaMendez.com.