TPE Hero of the Month – May 2012 – Sharon Dumas

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By Deborah L. Culp

Hero of the Month poster design by TPE Post Art Director Jeffery A. Taylor

Heroes and Heroines alike are described as: one who prevails in the face of danger in the face of danger and adversity, displaying courage, arising from weakness and-or is self sacrificing for some greater good or the good of humanity.

That basic description conveys the core character of our TPEpost  Hero (or should we say Heroine?)  Sharon Dumas. Not only did she overcome more than most adversities often faced by minority females rising like a Phoenix from the proverbial ashes, she continues to reach back for others on the ongoing climb.

“Giving back” is an unwritten motto of Sharon’s, and her business savvy and non-profit experience is certainly a gift to society as a whole. Now in year number 30, as the Founder/President of Full and Fabulous, Inc. International and the National Association of Full Figured Teens (NAAFT) Being an overweight girl whose classmates, picked, prodded and made fun of during those years, Ms. Dumas successfully overcame that tough time period and used it to help others.

As time progressed, she borrowed $200.00 and began Full and Fabulous, Inc. an organization targeting women size 14 and up. That “up” included sizes 14-56 in some cases. Not too long afterwards she realized the intense need for overweight teens – again, the basis of this work was “self esteem” and to “empower self worth techniques” any way possible.

Full and Fabulous, Inc. grew to international lengths when one component of the company crossed the water taking the annual Full and Fabulous, Inc. Beauty Pageant into  Canada and the Caribbean Islands. Hence making it: “Full and Fabulous, Inc. International. Latter includes: modeling workshops, self esteem and empowerment classes, dressing for success and more.

Sharon’s charity work often extends beyond her company, heck, and her own family at times. She can be caught raising money for families with terminally ill members; in general or for a specific cause. Spearheading the Repasts for a family’s loved one, or maybe the actual funeral, depending on that family’s need. Staunch work in the community, doing more than her fare share for seemingly “any” child that crosses her path!  And spending quality time at home, when she is not working – “on something”, with her faithful, beloved dog “Monty” best describes this reporter’s view of Sharon Dumas-Pugh.

As mentioned earlier, October, 2012 marks her 30th year in business with Full and Fabulous, Inc. International.  Jeff Grinstein of Grinstein Entertainment took a special interest in her work and has signed on as a major sponsor of the 30year gala.

Jeff Grinstein, Chairman and CEO of Jeff Grinstein Entertainment’s “Curvy Fashion Show” ( proudly announced that he is honoring the 30 year anniversary celebration of “Full & Fabulous International” by sponsoring “The Curvy Girl Project”, a program of the organization that works with inner city curvy girls ages 9-19, in the areas of health, beauty & self-esteem. Jeff Grinstein Entertainment’s “Curvy Fashion Show” will present an award and offer an all expense paid trip to one lucky winner as part of his historic groundbreaking event which will be putting plus size models in designer, couture clothing on the runway in New York City during Fashion Week September 2012.

The girl will be a current student in the Detroit, MI school system  and member of the program, which was created by Full and Fabulous Founder Sharon DuMas. The winning student will be invited to attend the festivities and will be presented with an award on-stage acknowledging her achievements. In order to meet the criteria necessary for consideration the student must attend school every day, complete all class assignments, have an exemplary behavioral record, show an increase in grade point average, complete all test and exams and lose the most weight.

“Sharon Dumas has spent more than 30 years helping women deal with body image issues, and has been a tremendous mentor and leader for those in the City of Detroit and outside the city,” said Publisher Trish Brown “When I started TPE one of our writers, Deborah Culp, introduced me to Sharon,who I could talk to for hours learning the extreme commitment it takes to run a successful foundation and bring  about great societal change. She is indeed a hero, and this month all of us at TPE salute her.”

For more information about Sharon Dumas, The “Curvy Girl project”, NAFFT ,to become a Sponsor or purchase tickets Call: 313-331-4929 or See:

Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

About Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

Deborah A. Culp is a Freelance Journalist & Consultant with over 20 years of hard earned experience in the business. This includes Print & Broadcast Media. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she now lives in Wilmington, NC. She is a Correspondent to Divine Caroline, TPEPost News, The History of Jazz Music, and For ColoredGurls and formerly with the Wilmington Star News Online. Deborah recently became the Parent & Family Expert for the, Wilmington/Fayetteville, and NC. Still operating as a Freelance Writer/Photographer. She is working on her first book; “Then there was laughter” and has a few business endeavor irons in the fire. She is a staunch volunteer and loves her family & friends.