Note from the designer: Welcome to our new series! One of the best (in my biased opinion) aspects of SmartGlamour is our models. I take a lot of pride in having ladies of all shapes, sizes, weights, heights, ethnicity, etc so that we are always showing a true depiction of reality. But what you don’t see is that these women typically end up being some of our biggest supporters. They believe in our message and I could not spread it without them. They all come from different backgrounds – and got involved with us in different ways – so here are there stories. They deserve to be told.
Megan Ribar – modeled in Spring 2014 look book, Winter/Holiday look book and presentation, Spring 2015 look book and runway show, and #AllBodiesAreGoodBodies campaign. Megan chose her favorite SG photos to feature.
1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
Model, actually! But not for fashion – I’m an artist’s model for fine art photography, painting, and drawing. I have a night job working on staff at an awesome off-Broadway show to help pay the bills, and I’m also pretty crafty – right now, I’m making these cool beaded and wire-wrapped pendants out of semi-precious stones to sell on Etsy. I am also an avid reader of nerdy books, watcher of nerdy TV, and my background is in theater and dance.
2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I responded to a casting call on a model networking site – I remember being very excited to see the notice, because I’d never seen the words ‘body positive’ and ‘fashion’ in the same sentence before – and it turns out that the shoot I was in SmartGlamour’s very first lookbook! I’ve since gotten to participate in two more look books, and to walk in two shows.
3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
I also love getting the opportunity to model clothes! As a 5’5 lady with curves, I fall pretty well outside the typical standards for fashion modeling, which I’ve always kind of thought was bullshit.
4. What does body positivity mean to you?
That it’s okay to love, accept, and be proud of your body exactly as is!
6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?
There will always be people telling you that you aren’t ‘x’ enough to model. Don’t listen to them. Aside from the fact that there are lots of different genres of modeling available to you outside of fashion, we are also living in a changing world where a lot of bold, awesome people are challenging the standards for what it means to be a fashion model – so you never know what opportunities will eventually present themselves to you. Go and make the work you want to make. You’ve only got one chance with this body of yours, so if you want to make it into art – I say do it. Just stay safe while you do – make friends with other models, and always check your references!