Tracie Stern

Executive Director

For over 20 years Tracie Stern has been a part of the movement to bring size equality to women.

Starting out as a plus size model in her native Canada, Tracie was soon offered a major modeling contract with Elite Model Management in Chicago and moved to the US in 1996. Since then her career has taken her all over the world. She has worked extensively throughout Europe and the United States and spent time down under in Sydney, Australia where she walked in the 2002 Collections for L’Oreal Paris and Cosmopolitan Magazine Australia where she was published.

After meeting her husband Scott in Australia, Tracie pulled back from the modeling circuit to start a family. In 2004 their first son was born and Tracie stayed closer to home focusing on tv, film and hosting opportunities throughout the US. After their 2nd son was born in 2007, Tracie decided to get into network marketing as a profession as it allowed her to control her own time and income while being there for their 2 boys which was important as her husband Scott was active duty military.

In 2013, Tracie decided to leave the plus modeling world to pursue a bucket list item, extreme fitness. After 7 months of ‘all or nothing effort’ Tracie took the stage in July of 2013, at the age of 40, in her first Figure Competition weighing in at 165lbs and 15% body fat. Her starting weight was 200lbs and she was 40% body fat.

Through this journey Tracie fell in love with the idea of food as a science and how it affected her weight, she used to eat 2 meals a day and maintained a 200lbs figure, but ate 7 times a day to lose 35lbs. This fascinated Tracie and started her on a road that lead her to getting her nutrition certification and she became an advocate & subject matter expert for real life clean eating, supplementation and natural living.

Today you can find Tracie once again modeling but using her platform of healthy living to improve the quality of living for women everywhere. Her company Black Diamond Wellness, Inc focuses on helping women find their authentic selves through fashion, hair, makeup as well as overall wellness through diet, exercise and how to use supplements.

Tracie believes that when we look good, we feel good and when we feel good we are more productive and a happier person bringing balance to everything we do.


Carly Vega

Director of Makeup

Carly Vega is a married mother of 3 boys (22, 17 & 9).  She is the oldest of 5 girls and the daughter of USMC Drill Instructors.

Carly got her start after taking on a season job at The Body Shop, in Norfolk, VA.  One evening a young lady in a prom dress came crying into the store and wanted her makeup redone.  After some laughs and step by step instructions, she completed her first makeup application, ever.

This catapulted a change from a Marketing Specialist with a background in Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing and Social Media Advertising … to a professional makeup artist. After a year long apprentice partnership, she left Corporate America in April 2014.  She has traveled up and down the East coast, doing makeup for weddings, fashion photo shoots, bikini magazines, runway shows, senior portrait sessions and even several commercials.  She loves her Brides and has a special place in her heart of Senior Portraits.  However, her favorite is Boudoir.

Carly has a studio in Virginia Beach.  She is a brand affiliate for Benefit Cosmetics and Bare Minerals. She is also a representative of Tyra Banks’ makeup line ‘Tyra Beauty.’

On set, Carly is a rush of random laughter, dancing it out and a bubble of exploding unicorn powder (don’t question it, just go with it). She is passionate about all forms of beauty. She loves to share her knowledge with anyone who asks.

She has currently holds 3 makeup certifications and is currently working on becoming a Desire Map Facilitator and Life Coach certification.


Phoenix Enterprises (Myra Smith Pictured)

Production Company

Phoenix Enterprises was established in 2015, by Myra Smith. It is a female owned company that, stage manages events, produces shows, manages artists, conducts music conferences, workshops and much more. Since we have been located at 809 Main Street, Ste 103, Newport News, VA 23605, we have produced two Ladies In Red Shows and Awards, two Christmas shows, one block party for equality, Hayes Realty’s Christmas Gala, three book release parties, album/single release events, Camp Dream 2 day self esteem and music workshop, and much more.

Mission Statement – Where Wisdom, Excellence, and Skill is not just an expectation its a lifestyle. Our company believes that there are no small events, life happens daily, but we are living proof that beauty comes from ashes.