Forty Plus Models, Inc. was first a dream conceived by Callie Lewis-Watson. The desire to present mature models on the runway became a reality in May 1990 when forty friends of Callie came together to present the first Forty Plus Fashion Show. The show paid tribute to Mildred Johnson, Houston’s first black runway model. The show was held at the Stouffer Hotel in Houston, Texas.
The Forty Plus Models, Inc. was officially organized in January of 1993. The goal of the Forty Plus Models, Inc. is to show women over forty that they can be beautiful, graceful with mature and dignified styles from a size zero (0) to a size twenty four (24). We also have male models.
After eighteen years of service, Emeritus Callie Lewis-Watson retired as President of Callie Lewis-Watson & Forty Plus Models, Inc. to move on to the next phase of her life.
Debra Lockett, who is the daughter of Callie Lewis-Watson, is the new President/CEO of Callie Lewis-Watson & The Forty Plus Models, Inc. Her vision is to continue to move the organization forward towards the 21st century.
Callie Lewis-Watson is the mother of three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is a member of New Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Rev. B. Lockett.
Callie is a native of Kilgore, Texas and a product of Houston schools. She received her RN degree from Alvin Community College, and a Cardiology Specialist Certificate from St. Luke’s Hospital. She retired from St. Luke’s Hospital after 35 years of service as a Cardiology Specialist RN Supervisor.
Callie is a graduate of Barbizon school of Modeling-Houston and was acknowledged as “Most Likely to Succeed.” She is also a graduate of Mayo-Hill Modeling School. Modeling has been in Callie’s blood or many years. She has graced the community with style and dignity on and off the runway. She has modeled for many profit and nonprofit organizations, churches and sororities. She is the producer for Media Source TV.
As a woman for astounding community service projects Callie has held many positions such as: Vice President of Jack Yates Fabulous Fifties, Chairperson of the National Women of Achievement, Regional Chairperson for National Women of Achievement (5 times), National Chairperson of Ms NWOA, past board member of Fashion Statement, Black Heritage, judged Hal Jackson Talented Teens Pageant(twice) sponsored two young ladies in the “Hal Jackson Talented Teens Pageant and judged Ms. Black Houston Pageant(twice).
Callie is a lifetime member of the National Women of Achievement(NWOA), a member of Houston NAACP, National Council of Negro Women(NCNW), Yates Fabulous Fifties, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, past President, past Regional Historian of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, past Regional President of the Year of Eta Phi Beta Sorority and past board member of Kumba House. Her community recognition includes a myriad of awards.
Callie is Founder of Callie Lewis-Watson & The Forty Plus Models, Incorporated, a non-profit organization serving the community for 20 years. Callie has effectively managed the organization’s growth from ten to forty members since 1990. After eighteen years of service, Emeritus Callie Lewis-Watson retired as President of Callie Lewis-Watson & The Forty Plus Models, Inc. to move on to the next phase of her life.
Debra Lockett, who is the daughter of Callie Lewis-Watson, is the current President/CEO of Callie Lewis-Watson & The Forty Plus Models, Inc. Her vision is to continue to move the organization forward towards the 21st Century.