Model, Musician, and Multiple Sclerosis Survivor; Plus Supermodel Carmina Suzanne Turns Illness Into Beauty!
Internationally Published Agency Plus Supermodel, Opera Singer, Actress, Author, Harvard grad, and CEO of MODAL Productions Inspires Women Everywhere!
New York, NY, August 1, 2016 -- Diversity, diversity, diversity; this word has become even more popular in our everyday lives than "selfie," and that's saying something!
Suzanne Fatta, AKA Carmina Suzanne, is an internationally published agency plus supermodel who has embraced diversity on a whole new level; recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Carmina is becoming a spokeswoman for MS research and awareness, turning this devastating news into an opportunity to show women that they can be successful and beautiful even with a debilitating illness.
As the founder and CEO of MODAL Productions, a fashion and music mentorship, diversity advocacy, life coaching, and career consulting company, Carmina explains, "I've been a passionate diversity advocate for plus, petite, mature, and disabled models of color my whole career, but now I am on a MISSION. After 12 horrifying years of suffering through mystery diseases, I was finally diagnosed with both Multiple Sclerosis and a second rare neurological disorder early this year. I went through a very dark period, but I now have clarity and focus -- I was put on this earth with a broken body to help others love theirs.
My views on beauty diversity, self love, health and balanced self-esteem have always driven me as a model, but now they are driving me as a person. Models with chronic diseases are strong, powerful and able... no one can keep us from our dreams! I think this outlook will also help the plus community - you need to celebrate the body you were given, especially when society considers it 'too big' or 'not able enough'. But it's also our duty to love that body and keep it healthy, happy and balanced."
About Carmina Suzanne:
Modeling under the name "Carmina Suzanne," Ms. Fatta is a rising internationally published agency plus model with Agence Plus Paris and diversity advocate with top designers, magazine and runway credits including 4 magazine covers. She models in Paris, London, NYC, Miami, Venice, LA, as well as in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. She's the Face of several campaigns with some of the top plus designers such as Serita Bell, Dede Allure, and Ember Lynn Designs, and has even worked as Serena Williams' fit model at Burberry in London. In addition, in London she managed and produced a number of fashion shows including Curves in Couture, the first plus-only show in British history. Carrying over her passionate diversity advocacy to the US, Carmina Suzanne continues to campaign tirelessly for plus, mature, petite and disabled models of all colors to be treated fairly in fashion.
Suzanne has become one of the most in-demand arts professionals in WNY since her recent return to Buffalo after 5 years in England. As a Contralto, Suzanne sings Bass with the world-famous Vivaldi's Women choir in Oxford, UK, and pioneers the use of low female voices in opera often taking lead Baritone roles in Baroque operas. Harvard-educated, her Lecture-Recitals (selected by OPERA America as one of the top 15 National Opera Week 2014 events in the nation) are sell-out WNY audience favorites.
Ms. Fatta’s operatic roles, consort work and solos have taken her around North America and Europe, performing on top stages in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Malta and more. She served as both Alto and Tenor Section Leaders with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus under the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a featured singer in the documentary Peter Ackroyd’s Venice for SkyArts TV across Europe. A highly experienced performer, Suzanne's skills as a Contralto Soloist and Baritone Ensemblist are now in demand in New York; she is currently working with some of the top composers in the country to commission new Contralto repertoire, and to develop world-premiere operas.
An avid actress, Ms. Fatta is the Co-Founder of HIDden Theatre, a historical drama troupe started at The York Mystery Plays and debuted at The British Museum.
While particularly gifted in Medieval drama and Victorian burlesque, Suzanne's passion for acting ranges through plays, opera and operetta, masked Greek drama, one-woman performance art, voice-overs, commercials and other forms. You may recognize her as the Geico Opera Diva; her local and national TV & radio advert for Geico Careers is a favorite.
Suzanne is an internationally published author with many academic articles, poems, fashion reviews, interviews and more to her credit, including Volup2 Magazine in Paris. Her company MODAL Productions, a fashion and music mentoring firm specializing in diversity advocacy, was founded in 2014. Suzanne is dedicated to mentoring aspiring artists to meet the demands of the business world. She currently sits on the Boards of Nickel City Opera, Vivaldi’s Women, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions Buffalo/ Toronto.
Ms. Fatta holds a dual Bachelors with Honors in Musicology & Vocal Performance, and Religion, from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, and trained at the doctoral level in Historical Performance Practice at the Eastman School of Music and the University of York (UK). In addition, she has a Masters in Medieval Studies from Harvard University, where she won a university-wide Teaching Award of Distinction for a Music Department course on jazz, and held Research, Editorial and Personal Assistantships with the Chair of the Harvard Music Department. She taught in the Music and Religion Departments at Canisius College as well. Suzanne currently sings Tenor with Vocális Chamber Choir, and performs as a Mezzo & Contralto soloist with Nickel City Opera, Camerata di Sant'Antonio, Ars Nova Musicians, Opera Sacra, OperaBuffs of WNY, DIVA by DIVA (O’Connell & Company), The Opera Foundation of Buffalo, and several groups in Europe. She lives with her husband and pets in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village.
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