Yasmine Alexandra Arrington was born and raised in Washington, DC and is currently a Strategic Communications and History major at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. At Elon, Arrington sings and serves in the Elon University Gospel Choir, is the PR Chair for the Black Cultural Society, and is an Elon Arts and Sciences College Fellow. In 2010, Arrington founded the non-profit ScholarCHIPS to raise college dollars for high school graduates with parents in prison pursuing a higher education. Arrington has also received several national recognitions as a Jack Kent Cooke College Scholar, 2011 AXA National Achiever, Abramson Foundation Scholar, Washington Redskins College Success Foundation Leadership 1000 Scholar, a 2012 BET Black Girls Rock MA.D. (Making a Difference) Girl and as a Linowes Leadership "Unsung Heroes Award" Youth Recipient.
Arrington's latest project is her blog entitled,Young, Black, and Beautiful…In College," in which she examines the realities of being a black female attending a predominantly White institution and aims to excite Black youth about the vast possibilities of a collegiate experience. In addition, Arrington is a poet, blogger, motivational speaker, and plus size model. She aspires to be a radio personality and TV show host; two occupations that will allow and empower her to inform the community about social injustices, recognize entrepreneurial businesses, and highlight positive changes taking place. For more information on ScholarCHIPS, and Yasmine please visit www.scholarchipsfund.com.
Tiqua is 25 years old and resides in Owings Mills, MD. She is currently a Customer Service Representative and Plus size Model. She is very outspoken, intellectual and independent. Growing up being plus size all her life has inspired her to show other curvy women that all it takes is to be confident. Tiqua enjoys reading, having fun, traveling, inspiring other women, and most of all being around her family and friends.