Articles by Virginia and Donna

VIRGINIA DEBERRY: Prior to becoming a successful plus-size model, Vice President of BB/LW modeling agency, spokesperson for Hanes Hosiery, editor-in-chief of Maxima magazine and bestselling novelist, Virginia taught high school English for 10 years. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Virginia currently resides in New Jersey where she is social media consultant and a founder of the New Brunswick Jazz Project, a non-profit jazz presenting organization. She also blogs about aging with style, wit and wisdom. DONNA GRANT: Donna spent more than a decade as a model, represented by the 12+ division of Ford. She has been featured on the pages of many magazines including Essence and McCall’s. Grant served as the Managing Editor of Maxima before her writing career. She attended Barnard College and is a graduate of New York University. A Brooklyn native, Donna is at work on a children’s book and is a founder of Footsteps to Follow, a group that presents career path information to youth in the five boroughs. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. Best friends for nearly 30 years and writing together for 20, DeBerry & Grant are the “author” of seven novels: Uptown, Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made, Far From the Tree, Better Than I Know Myself, Gotta Keep on Tryin’, What Doesn’t Kill You, and Exposures.