We are back with another episode of SHE-ROES where we highlight Strong, Successful, Inspiring Woman making a difference

July 10, 2020

I'm back with another episode of SHE-ROES we took a month off so we can find more women to highlight. I'm excited for you to meet my next guest "Mersedez Hogan" who I had a chance to meet at the Sacramento's Women's March 2020, she was the outreach director and was handling things. We immediately vibed and kept in touch. I was amazed to learn her story and the many titles she holds. Mersedez utilizes her platform to encourage women to be their best selves. Mersedez is a Plus Size Model, Training Consultant for the California District Attorney's Association and Founder of "Thrift Store Fly" 

Press Play to our interview below where I chop it up with Mersedez and talk about her experience going to Grambling University, What it's like to be a Plus Size Model and how she got her start, What changes we can hope to see in the future with her role at the D.A.'s office and working alongside police and soo much more. It's definitely a good conversation and you will be inspired by her. 

More About Mersedez Hogan 

IG: @mersyhogan

--Your Plus Size Bestie --

MDT Agency, Inc.
Plus Model|Thrifter|Stylist
Grambling State Alum | A.K.A. --
Sacramento | Los Angeles

Mersadez Hogan is a native of the Del Paso Heights area in Sacramento, CA. After graduating from Grant Union High School, she attended Grambling State University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Mersadez is a Plus Size Model signed to Marla Dell Talent Agency, Inc, San Francisco; a Training Consultant for the California District Attorney's Association, former Outreach Director for Women's March Sacramento, former Board Member for A Community for Peace, a domestic violence prevention and trauma care non-profit, community activist and founder of Thriftstorefly; a company that celebrates everything thrifted, gifted, or on clearance Her story of success is attributed to what she calls the 4p's Prayer, Positivity, Persistence and Patience. 

Growing up, she always wanted to advocate for important causes and questioned the lack of Black people in certain professions. She spent her childhood and teen years playing sports and volunteering in the community. Inspired by her mother's creative sense of style, she would draw to bold colors and prints and became infatuated with fashion.  Mersadez was also teased for being more developed than her peers. Instead of giving energy to the negativity at a very young age she would encourage people to remember that ture beuaty comes from within. Mersadez would often read Seventeen Magazine and Delia's Magazine frustrated with the lack of black plus size teens. The outfits she wanted to wear, were never available in her size. She would go to the thrift stores and mother's closet to recreate certain looks. 

Mersadez was New 10 Student Scholar of the week in 2003, her high-school sweetheart was tragically murdered at the age of 16 the previous year. She knew that she would lead a life of helping people to reach their full potential without allowing gender and race deprive them of opportunity. After spending 10 years working for Fortune 500 companies, she found herself unemployed in 2018.  That April she would compete in the Ms. Calfiornia Plus America Pageant and win 1st runner up in the Ms. Division. October 2018 she was a runway model in the Bay Area Plus Fashion Show and Expo; where she was discovered by her agency. She is now a fit model for Levi Strauss & CO, Thirdlove, and Old Navy. 

Mersadez utilizes her social media platform to encourage women to be their best selves. Whether it's through fashion, self-care or service in the community. Through her business, Thriftstorefly; she teaches people how to stay on trend with fashion and revamp their wardrobe without breaking the bank. She volunteers annually at her church to teach teen girls that service, appearance, integrity and legacy are the key factors to navigating through living a purpose driven life. 

Grateful! Cyber Closet Sale #2 was a success and has close to 1K views! If you were there, thanks for partying and virtually shopping my closet! Items not sold will be marked down to even lower prices and posted on @thriftstorefly. So make sure you are following! Guess what?! I'm working on the next Cyber Sale! This one will have a little twist. Stay tuned...I'll bring this one to IG live as well!

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You have a unique message to deliver, a unique song to sing, a unique act of love to bestow. This message, this song, and this act of love have been entrusted exclusively to the one and only you. -John Powell Hi there! ----‍♀️ I wanted to take some time to introduce myself since several of you are new to my page. My name is Mersadez Hogan. I was born and raised in Sacramento; and I currently live here in Midtown. I've lived in Lousiana for 8 years, and Georgia for 2 years. In 2019, I was signed to @mdtagencyinc as plus size model and actress. Most of my gigs are fit modeling. I've had the pleasure to work with @oldnavy, @levistraussco and @thirdlove. I travel to Los Angeles frequently for print work. I began my journey in the modeling industry through pageantry and auditioning for a fashion show. Call me crazy, but I still work a 9 to 5 as a training consultant for attorneys throughout the state. If you thought that was a lot, I am also a business owner of @thriftstorefly. On that handle I talk all things thrifted, discounted or gifted.-- I always had a passion for fashion--....okay. I'm done. Lol. I created this business in 2017 after friends started asking me how I pulled off so many cute outfits for less than $20 bucks. My main focus is IG blogging my good finds, educating people on susistanable plus size fashion, and hosting thrifting swaps. I have clients of all shapes and sizes! Search #thriftyourlifewithMersy for content. I also love to serve the community. Something I've been doing since I was a child. For the past 3 years I've volunteered at my church to teach teen girls everything from faith, body positivity, to how to network. Last year, I served as the Outeach Director for the Women's March Sacramento. There is an interesting story how this happened that I will share someday. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to see many of my dreams become a reality. I'm still growing and I'm glad you are here to grow with me! I make themes instead of new year resolutions. My theme this year is #levelup2020. I'm a huge socialite! Tell me something interesting about you.

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Last night @sacfashionweek was magical! There is something about the runway that makes me feel so alive! I've ALWAYS wanted to dress up as Selena Quintanilla for as long as I can remember. Never thought it would be on the runway.-- Thank you @showstopperstylist for selecting me to work the runway in your styles and for your amazing theme! Thank you @cosmobeautyacademy for the glam! -- . . . Stylist/Designer: @showstopperstylist Hair: @parrishmarie Make-up: Latasha - Cosmo Beauty Academy Lashes: @femielleasebundleboutique --: Mommy -- @this_lil_faye

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First giving honor to God who continues to position me to work for the desires of my heart. Levi Strauss & Co is my office for the day. I am officially signed with @mdtagencyinc as a fit model! I am incredibly humbled to have Levis as my first client! #plussizemodel #booked #lifeofaworkingmodel #curves #curvesaresexy #monetizingmytalentsin2019 #sanfrancisco #sacramento #signed #plussizefashion #losangeles #bayareamodels

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