Born and raised as an only child in Queens, NY to Robin Waldron, Shana Washington (now known as Shay RoZay) attended LaGuardia Middle College High School graduating at 17 years old with a 3.8 GPA. Throughout her schooling she explored her mentoring skills by volunteering then later working for the HANAC Astoria Beacon (not for profit organization). As the Youth Coordinator she worked with high school students in preparing for college and developing career orientated goals and skills, also planning educational and recreational events and fundraising activities for the program. In 2005 she implemented “The Girl Club”, an informative female only mentoring group that focused on exploring different aspects of the urban teenage experience. Her employment ended soon after receiving her Associates degree from LaGuardia Community College in June of 2006.
In mid-2010 Shay was propositioned to model by Mello Andrews of the plus woman’s internet publication Full Blossom Magazine; she immediately began to explore the world of full figured fashion. On July 9th her cousin was brutally murdered; this traumatic experience is what made her come to the decision that she wanted to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a model. She began her venture with Full Blossom Magazine on July 24th as a featured model at the grand opening of Johntine’s Plus Size Boutique. She participated in her first official photo shoot with Mello a week later. Winning Full Blossom Magazine’s Cover Model Contest in early-2011 she was featured on the cover of the 2nd issue; to date Shay’s cover issue has the most views. Quickly gaining popularity she decided to create a Facebook like page, “Shana the plus model”. Her creative energy birthed Full Figured Fly & Fabulous in May of 2011; a women’s only Facebook group, she call’s it “A Secret Sisterhood” specifically for sharing inspirational & motivational experiences, stories and quotes. Over 400 females from all over the world participate in sharing self-esteem secrets, fashion tips & much more daily.
Shay participated in various philanthropic events throughout New York City in 2011. She attended the PLUS Model Magazine MS Walk fundraiser and raised $200 as a walker for the MS Walk. She worked as a street team leader for the Full Figured Fashion Week distributing advertisements and providing event information to public in June. In memory of her cousin she created the Jason Jones Scholarship Fund promoting violence prevention by using sports and other entertaining activities. On July 9th she hosted her first annual “Stop the Violence- JAY DAY” to raise money for her cousins’ son’s scholarship fund. She spent the rest of the summer volunteering with Full Blossom Magazine’s Summer Youth Employment Program group “Stepup IIRoyalty” mentoring, teaching modeling techniques, interviewing skills, etc. She also formed a Full Figured Fly & Fabulous group that walked in the NYC Kidney Walk.
In 2012 Shay has been apart of the Sonsi FFFWeek Social Media Team & Street Team while working on a few different projects as the promotions specialist for Full Blossom Magazine and the executive assistant to Sakinah B, the Owner/designer of “curvy” clothing line Eyani Couture.