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In #FashionForAll, #AllMeansAll : Skin Color

In the mainstream fashion industry, we all know that very thin is the “ideal” – and that even when big brands dip a toe into body positivity they still push ideas of “acceptable fat” + “curves in the right places” – but have you also stopped to take a look at the lack of racial diversity?

Although we live in a multicultural world – and although America is a supposed “melting pot” – we are still bound to nonsensical beauty standards being tied to light + white skin. We continue to separate, to “other” people, to hold certain bodies higher than others. We cheer “body positivity” – which was created from fat acceptance, which was created by incredible women + femmes of color – yet you see small plus and thin white women getting the mainstream fame + acclaim.

That is not the radical self love revolution we signed up for. Ours includes everyone. Our All actually means All. And that means not just including but highlighting babes of color.

I receive many emails from those who stumble upon SG’s site – thanking me for the accurate representation. For the plus size bodies, for the disabled bodies. But I also receive emails saying – thank you for having happy, smiling, black women + femmes proudly on your home page. Representation matters. People of color matter. Black lives matter. #AllMeansAll

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In #FashionForAll, #AllMeansAll : Size

At SmartGlamour, when we say #FashionForAll, we truly mean all. Throughout 2017 we are highlighting the various marginalized groups that are often left out when brands + media say all or everone. In our first #AllMeansAll campaign, we highlighted how clothing should be inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals – that clothing items on their own do not actually have a gender, society chose to dictate that. Now as our year long campaign continues, we are highlighting the most under served plus-size population, those in sizes 24 and up.

Because #AllMeansAll continues to mean just that; whether that all is demonstrated by gender identity, age, ethnicity, ability, size, or a crossection of all those characteristics. It does not mean a sea of options for our straight-sized customers and then limited stock for our plus size range. Every one of our pieces can be made in XXS-6X and beyond. Many collections don’t serve these women + femmes. And if they do, often they are in dark colors, touting “slimming” effects. We want these babes to live out loud in bright florals and prints – or whatever THEY choose!

SmartGlamour believes everyone can be bold. Fierce. Bright. Everyone deserves access to the fashion that expresses them the best. Our mission has, and always will be, to provide style at any size for all women and femmes. #AllMeansAll is just one more way to give everyone visibility. This campaign features some classic SmartGlamour styles like the Valentina, Jaime, and Keriann – brought back in new colors and prints – and then the addition of three brand new styles – the Lindy, Substantia, and Virgie (named after a few Fat Acceptance warriors we look up to) – all available now at www.smartglamour.com.

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Model of the Month : Angel Iacovetti

This month’s model feature is all about Angel! Angel has been modeling for us since Summer of 2014 – when she did a jewelry shoot – since then she has been in a Spring shoot and show, Fall shoot and show, Summer shoot, Winter/Holiday shoot and helps with our Twitter account!
1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
I’ve been in the fashion industry for 5 years – first starting as a plus model and now working as a model/talent manager at a modeling agency in NYC.
2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I believe I started following SmartGlamour through the #bodypositive hashtag. I then submitted to model for a small jewelry shoot and have since also done a couple of lookbooks, a NYFW show, and also help out with the Twitter page – it’s so fun being able to spread SmartGlamour’s message in different ways!
3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
I love Smart Glamour. Not only are the clothes fabulous and the message powerful – but the shoots and events are a blast! It’s exciting to be around likeminded individuals and be apart of such a healthy, happy community. I’ve loved seeing this brand grow throughout the years (Teen Vogue – are you kidding me?!) and am so excited to see what’s to come.
4. What does body positivity mean to you?
Body positivity is something that is somewhat new to me – growing up in a small town where everyone looked the same, dressed the same, had the same beauty ideals, etc, really took a toll on my self image. It’s so important to know that there’s not only beauty in variety, but importance in knowing you’re worthy regardless of the differences.
It goes beyond shapes and sizes. It’s knowing that there’s more that matters than the amount of space I take up. I still struggle with this daily – being hyperaware of my side roll or my double chin – but being able to celebrate the things I love about me (inside + out), and constantly learning to love more, is what body positivity means to me.
5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be?
Do you. Wear what you want and say what you feel because you’re beautiful and worthy of happiness regardless of the impossible standards that surround us daily. Smile. Give. Love. Know you’re not alone on this journey.
6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try?
As corny as this may sound – follow your dreams. Being in front of the camera can be a scary place – but if it fuels your fire, by all means, give it your best shot. You never know who you will be inspiring.
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Model of the Month – Tatiana Lewis

This month’s model feature is all about Tatiana Lewis. Tatiana is relatively new to the SmartGlamour family, joining in last Fall for our Fall 2016 Runway + Look Book. She also modeled in our Valentine’s Day look book. Learn more about her below!

1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?

I have a background in Meeting and Event management. I have planned and coordinated numerous events and love the logistical aspect the most.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

The brand had a big presence on social media and gained my attention with the tag words #FashionforAll. There wasn’t always fashion for all, especially when I was in High school, curvy girls were not the norm. Curvy girls like myself were shopping in the Women’s section and wearing unflattering clothes that were not particularly trendy. SmartGlamour has given many options to all women and I thank you.

3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?

SmartGlamour’s mission to be inclusive and I support a women entrepreneur 100%. I support Mallorie Dunn and her ability to continue to run a company on her own. The amount of support and love Mallorie has within the fashion community is amazing. Surrounding myself with like-minded and passionate individuals like many of the models keeps me coming back.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body Positivity means self love and respect for all bodies. Its a journey for a lot of people to self love and to be less critical about their bodies and others. Once you find that confidence within you are unstoppable.

5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be?

My message would be to enjoy life! I may be having a horrible day at times or going through something personally but I always remember to smile. That one smile in your photo could change someones day or transcend a warmth into their soul. A smile is contagious!

6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try?

If modeling is your passion, do it! I moved from one city to another to follow my passion and pursuits within the industry. If your heart is not 100% into the hustle and drive it takes, I would find another avenue in the modeling industry or fashion world. One last thing! You will get many no’s and many yes’s but always remember to create your own opportunities! Love you mean it!

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Model of the Month : Brooke Rodriquez

Our next Model of the Month is Brooke! She first modeled for our Spring 2016 Look Book and Runway Show. She was then a part of our InYourSize campaign, and most recently, Fall 2016 Look Book and Runway Show and Winter/Holiday Look Book.

Learn more about her below!


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1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?

First and foremost, I’m a mother to an awesome young artist. By day, I work in HR/Recruiting in the fashion industry. During my “free time”, I volunteer with Gotham Girls Roller Derby, model on a freelance basis, cosplay at various nerdy gatherings and support my people in the underground/indie hip –hop scene.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

I saw Tess Holliday wearing an Amelia Bomber jacket and knew I had to have one. To my surprise, I saw an Instagram post about a casting call for models. Just a few days earlier I was thinking about conquering my fear of being in front of the camera. I showed up to the casting call super nervous but Mallorie (SG designer/owner) and Nikki (SG assistant) made me feel so welcomed! I’ve never looked back!

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3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?

The SmartGlamour family! It’s so encouraging to meet these wonderful folks from all walks of life. Everyone is so supportive!

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity means loving your body as it is RIGHT NOW. It is no better or worse than the next person’s body.

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5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be?
 

Be authentic. Be real. Never compromise your integrity.6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try?

 

Go for it! There is someone out there that identifies with you and would love to see you as representation.

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In #FashionForAll, #AllMeansAll : Gender

SmartGlamour has always been a strong proponent for accurate representation of bodies in the media. From our collections, to runway shows, to campaigns, we strive to feature people of all shapes, sizes, heights, weights, ages, ethnicity, ability, and identity.

We are all about #FashionForAll – but unlike most brands, when we say All, we truly mean All.

While all human beings are varied in so many different ways – through so many different characteristics – some of these aspects are more visible (such as size, shape, ethnicity) while others are more invisible (such as ability and identity.)

Being an inclusive brand – SmartGlamour has had many trans feminine, gender fluid, and non binary femme models over the past 3 years – but we’ve never felt the need to highlight their identity to anyone. We never want our models to feel as if they are being exploited for their differences.

However – especially in this current political climate – we feel it is our responsibility to highlight those who are marginalized. Additionally – as it is with shapes + sizes – the best way to show a customer that your products are for them, is to show them someone they can relate to, that they resemble, wearing your products.

In an ongoing 2017 theme to prove that #AllMeansAll – we present our first campaign of the new year featuring all trans feminine, gender fluid, and non binary femmes as our models.

Throughout this year we will continue to push our messaging forward, proving that All truly means All; whether that all is demonstrated by gender identity, age, ethnicity, or ability – or a cross section of these characteristics. This is what we have been showing since day one, with our models, but now we’ll be shining and even brighter light on it. And hopefully this light will lead us right through 2017.

View the full album on our Facebook page!

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Model of the Month : Christina Ramonetti Lakind

Our next Model of the Month is Christina! Christina first modeled for our #MiracleMomBods campaign last year. Since then – she has participated in #InYourSize and our Fall 2016 collection shoot + runway show. Learn more about her below!


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1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do? I have been a middle school teacher…this is my 15th year! I am also a mother to two amazing boys, ages 5 and 8, and a wife to a great partner for almost 10 years.

2. How did you get involved with the brand? I am fortunate enough to know Mallorie (SG designer) from when she was a child. Her oldest sister and I have been best friends since the 7th grade. I saw she was looking for supporters from its infancy and was drawn to its message from the start. I was so excited about what she was doing to change a mindset that affected so many women! I invited her to come and speak to some of my students for career day a few years ago. I had to work myself up to being comfortable modeling.

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3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back? First of all, the clothes are amazing and make me feel amazing! My children were so excited to see a video of mommy as a model. I share my experiences with my students. I have a lot of fun with these amazing, confident, and diverse women I get to meet while modeling. It gives you a charge to help you go out and take on the world!

4. What does body positivity mean to you? Its knowing that I am not made wrong. Its sharing myself with the world on my own terms in a body that is special and mine. It is not thinking about what to improve, but how to embrace myself as much as I embrace other people’s beauty. Finding beauty all around me has never been a challenge. It is a lot more challenging continuing to see it in myself.

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5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be? I am a happy person who is a wonderful mix of many unique qualities yet may look like someone they know (maybe even themselves). Life is about enjoying it with people who you want to enjoy it with.

6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try? Do it!!! I was very nervous about showing myself to the world (enter self doubt here). Once I did it though, I left feeling empowered. How often can you go into something and get so much out of it? The beautiful clothing is definitely a plus!

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Model of the Month : Patricia Birch

Our next Model of the Month is Patricia! She first modeled for our Spring 2016 Look Book and Runway Show. She was then a part of our InYourSize campaign, and most recently, Fall 2016 Look Book and Runway Show. Learn more about her below!


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1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?

For my 9-5 I’m an in-house attorney for a New York City government agency, where I focus on public policy administration and employment/labor law. I’m also working on developing a side-hustle that’s intended to help my clients free themselves from self-limiting beliefs.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

I followed SmartGlamour on Instagram and responded to a post about an open call for models to be in the Spring 2016 campaign.

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3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?

It’s been a pleasure and honor to promote SmartGlamour’s mission of providing great fashion to all bodies! I pinch myself every time I look at one of my images from SG campaigns, because it feels like a dream that I’ve been able to model at all, let alone for the purpose of inspiring others to feel good about the bodies they have. I want to keep the realized dream going!

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

It means that every single human body that exists is worthy of love, respect, joy and admiration. Every single human body is valuable and should be cherished. The standard by which a body should be measured is how much the owner of the body loves it (apart from measuring to see how clothes will fit, of course).

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5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be?

Two things: 1. That any body can be a gorgeous body, including but not limited to brown, short, chubby ones. 2. Your presence in the world is meaningful, impactful and sends a message to those around you. Choose the message you want to share with your presence.

6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try?

Look for opportunities to try, and set about creating some by reaching out to people in the industry, doing your research and taking some photos. And if you’re reading this, you’re already connected to a brand that might want you to represent it! You are guaranteed to miss the shots you don’t take, so take a shot!

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Model of the Month : Tia Dinolfo

Our next Model of the Month is Tia! Tia first modeled for our #MiracleMomBods campaign last year. Since then – she has participated in two more collection photo shoots. Learn more about her below!

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1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?

Most importantly…I’m a stay at home mom to my awesome 3 year old son and 16 month old daughter. When they so graciously allow me the time I’m an actress and burlesque performer. My means of expression have gone through a lot of evolutions over the past few years. I kind of cycle between the comedy scene and the burlesque nightlife though. I feel most at home in those places. My husband is a patient guy for dealing sometimes! I’ll also be starting a new job soon! Honestly, I’ve kind of just been doing my own thing the past 6 years. I’m pretty lucky actually!

2. How did you get involved with the brand?
Lady Zombie (a model of the month earlier this year) and I went to high school together and reconnected over the fact that we were pregnant at the same time. Our daughters ended up being 2 days apart. She messaged me about the #MiracleMomBods campaign and introduced me to Mallorie. The campaign really spoke to me. My daughter was born just 22 months after my son and I was really taken aback about people’s fascination with post partum weight and bodies. As a plus size woman It was almost like people wanted you to become the bionic woman after a baby.  You have to be “better!”, “fitter!”, “snap back!”. The message of #MiracleMomBods was so positive, nothing like anything else I was seeing. I jumped at the opportunity (then had a moment of dread after realizing I’d never actually modeled before!) and the rest is history.
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3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
The fact that this brand truly believes that fashion is for everyone. It’s groundbreaking, it shouldn’t be but it is. SmartGlamour isn’t just for thin people, or plus people, it doesn’t neglect in between sizes, tall or petite. It isn’t too cool, too young, too old, etc. It’s accessible, it’s fun! The pieces are amazing yet simple. They can be what you want them to be. They slide effortlessly into your personal style, whatever that is.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?
Embracing yourself no matter the number on the scale, no matter your flaws, marital status or credit score! Self love and self care. You are a complete being deserving of love and the most important love is self love. Everyone has bad days, Everyone has things they want to change about themselves. In my experience the most positive changes in myself (and my body) took place during a period of love. Doing what you love in your life and what you think is best for your body. Appreciating what your body does for you every day. Helping someone find the beauty in their being.
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5. If there is a message you could put across to other women through your modeling photos – what would that be?
Own what makes you beautiful. There’s an infinite amount of beauty in the world, it doesn’t all have to be the same. Be strong, be confident.

6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?
Find a photographer, company or brand that speaks to you. Be yourself. Always do that. I tried to put on what I thought was a model face but in the end when I let go of all that pretending, I got the best results but also I had the most fun.
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Model of the Month : Chrisandra

Our next Model of the Month is Chrisandra! Chrisandra modeled in our very first launch collection and runway show back in Spring 2014. Since then, she’s participated in two other shoots and 1 runway show. She’s a mother and a working model. Learn more about her below!


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1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?

Besides occasionally modeling for Smart Glamour, I am a full-time mommy of four. I am a professional Plus Size Model represented by Bicoastal Mgmt. I am the current Fit Model for Eloquii and Target Swimwear. I had previously been employed as a certified Foreign Language Teacher in the NYC school system. I am also a skilled makeup artist, although I am primarily working as a model now. I love to travel in my free time, sometimes I’m traveling now also for work!

2.How did you get involved with the brand?

I found the opportunity to work with Smart Glamour through a Modelmayhem.com post a few years back.

3.You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?

I’ve modeled for Smart Glamour a few times and I really enjoy the positive energy of Mallorie and the other models.

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4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity means that we appreciate the look and usefulness of our bodies, and help others appreciate theirs.

5. If there is a message you could put across to other women through your modeling photos – what would that be?

My message is : Be the YOU that YOU want to be! As a model a person must often change to attract different clients, but I think it’s also important to retain some of your uniqueness or else you get rather muddled down in a selection of people.

6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?

I think there are more opportunities in Modeling than people realize. A lot of people only focus on the Fashion aspect however there is so much more work, especially in Commercial Print, Promo Videos/ Web Content. Research all options and prepare! And don’t give up, so many are good enough, it’s just you have to stick to it.

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