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Model of the Month : Bear Spiegel

This month’s model feature is all about Bear Spiegel! Bear has been modeling with us for just over a year now. They’ve participated in runway shows, photo shoots, campaigns, and videos. Learn a bit more about them below.


Bear in our Amelia Graphic Tee

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

Primarily I am an actor and activist doing my best to use theatre to educate and inspire others. I also perform in the city living out my fantasy as a drag queen, Bear Lee Legal. And I’m finishing up my final year of college in which I am getting my BA in acting along with a minor in gender and sexuality studies.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I found a post in a Facebook group for queer women and transgender performers in which SmartGlamour was looking for models of all experiences to be in their #InYourSize campaign. I submitted, was selected, and was immediately hooked.

Bear in our Nikki Halter Top and Gloria High Waist Shorts

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

As a nonbinary person, I don’t always feel safe and validated in, primarily, femme spaces. SmartGlamour is a completely judgment free zone in regards to the clothing, my fellow models, and of course our fearless designer Mallorie. My gender and entire self never feels more validated than when I am doing a shoot with SG. I consistently leave with a smile on my face and an incredible amount of confidence.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

To me, body positivity means minding your own goddamn business. It means that you focus on loving yourself, while not judging what anyone else is doing with their body. Body positivity is supporting ALL kinds of people in whichever way they choose to present themselves. My favorite motto is ‘your body, your choice’. This applies to what goes in my body, on my body, around my body, and out of my body.

Bear in our Carbone Cropped Sweater and Malala Pants

5. If there is a message you could put across to women/femmes/non binary folks through your modeling photos – what would that be?

Clothing is not gendered. It is merely pieces of fabric with holes cut out of it and cut in different shapes. I always shop wherever I want to shop in whichever ‘section’ I want to shop because if I find something that is cute, you can bet I’m going to wear it because I am cute.

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

My advice would be to make sure that you are modeling for you, and not anyone else. Find a supportive group of models/designers/photographers/etc. that want you to present yourself un-apologetically. Don’t try to emulate someone else when you model, just be you!!

Bear on the Fall 2016 Runway

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In #FashionForAll, #AllMeansAll : Disability

One day I received an email from a cane user who told me she was in tears (happily) after seeing a model glamorously posing amidst the other models on my site, while using her cane. I won’t go into too many details, for the privacy of both her and my model – but suffice it to say, she had never seen that before, and this is why just one example of why representation is so important.

There is so much “othering” happening in our society today – and a group that absolutely feels the brunt of it are disabled folks. We (generally, as a society) infantalize them, assume they can do less than they can, stating they are automatically “inspiring” by just living, and that they constantly need our help through every little thing. (Please watch our Round Table Discussion videos with a few disabled women and femmes to listen to them directly on these issues.) We refuse to see them as whole, beautiful people, full of talent, intelligence, worth, or even sex appeal. The only way to chip away at this – is by changing how they are seen. And the biggest way to do that – is through media representation.

As I’ve stated previously with our last #AllMeansAll installments (Gender, Size, Skin Color) – SmartGlamour has been including all folks since day one – but did not want to tokenism them or exploit their differences for our gain. Every model is equal to the next in SmartGlamour spaces. However, there is a need to take a stand, highlight these folks, and amplify their voices. Yesterday, we produced the following shoot with only disabled models – and guess what? It was exactly like every other SG shoot.

All folks wear clothes. All folks deserve to have access to ethical, affordable, comfortable, fun clothing. Fashion is fun – and should be for all people. And when we say all, we mean all.

For the full shoot – head to our Facebook album.

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Your Fashion Wish List. Granted.

SmartGlamour is a brand that was created to solve fashion fit problems (while simultaneously helping to heal relationships with our bodies) – through a full size range and tons of customizations, our main goal is to make fashion accessible to everyone! Throughout our design process, we do tons of research, and really pay attention to what shoppers are looking for – wishing they could find in the perfect size, fit, price point etc – and we’ve been listening! Scroll below to find out which of your shopping wishes have been granted.


The perfect Wrap Dress

Look no further than the Meredith Wrap Dress! It’s a true wrap – so you can loosen, tighten, adjust as you need. Our model in purple wore hers throughout her pregnancy, and now afterwards! Customize the sleeve length, hem length, bust to waist or waist to hip ratios – you name it.

  

The Classic Tee

We always hear folks asking for a soft, comfortable, easy to wear t-shirt that isn’t see through, won’t fall apart, and fits well. Look no further than our Ashton Cropped Tee! It does come as a cropped length standard – but with a simple $5 add on – you can have any length you’d like. Standard Tee length? Tunic length? The choice is yours! Petite and tops are always too long? Not an issue here. Customize the sleeve, the fit – grab yourself the perfect tee – in tons of color options! And check out it’s sister – the Virgie Scoop Neck Tee.

 

Bodysuits

Bodysuits are the perfect layering piece! Tuck one under a skirt or into pants and it’s a stylish, chic, and clean look. They’re super comfortable when made properly with quality fabric. So we created three with varying necklines! Meet the Zelda (with a high neck and keyhole tie back), Noelle (with a our classic sweetheart neckline), and Cecilia (with a front keyhole). Add sleeves to the Noelle or Cecilia. Customize the rise, bust to waist to hip ratios – you name it! And also check out their newest sister, the Ada.

Button Up Shirt that actually Fits

One of the most common asks we heard was for a classic button down shirt that would properly accommodate for any chest size. It took us awhile to figure out how to make one that was accessibly priced (they take a lot of work, friends!) – but we did it! Meet the Rosalind Button Down Shirt. Customizable both in bust to waist ratio, but also in bust circumference – so for our larger chested shoppers, you can give us your back chest measurement, and your front chest measurement, and we’ll ensure you have the room you need!

Perfectly Fitted Pants

Finding a pair of pants that fits properly is like finding a unicorn! We just have so many measurements that go into a pent – from rise to inseam to waist:hip ratio! But all of those aspects can be customized to perfection with our Jackie Skinny Pants + Nicole Wide Leg Pants. Need a more casual pant? Try the Marlene. Fun and comfy? Try the Malala. Evening wear? The Daniela.

Maxi Dresses for all heights

It’s pretty obvious that people come in all different shapes and sizes – but also heights. It can be tough to find full length items that hit at the desired length. Enter the Keriann Maxi, Venus MaxiSubstantia Maxi – and even the Arianna Convertible Dress, customized to a maxi length. For just $5 – you choose! Get the perfect length, every time.

Bralettes for all cup sizes

Bras and bralettes – chests and breasts – we have complicated relationships with them. We made a whole video about it. But what we do know for certain – is that every human being who would like to own a bralette, should be able to find one that fits. It can be difficult for plus size babes with small chests – as well as any size babe with a large chest – to find a bralette in their size. Enter our Starr Cupped Bralette – available in band sizes 28-60 and cups A-I. Also, of course, customizable past those sizes for anyone who needs. You can also customize our Rose Lee + Hensley Bralettes!

Comfortable Pajamas

Being comfortable while you are sleeping doesn’t have to be a luxury. Super soft, quality made PJs make a world of difference. And we have them available in spades. From our Charley Babydoll Nightgown to Dumont Oversized Sleepshirt, MaryEllen Lace Racerback Tank to our Dixie Drawstring Shorts.

 

Shorts that fit properly

Almost as tough as pants – shorts can also be difficult to find that fit properly. If the waist to hip fit isn’t correct, they’ll ride up or fall down all day! Customizing the inseam length and thigh circumference can also help with comfort and avoiding thigh chafing. Our Gloria High Waist Shorts can be customized in a multitude of ways to achieve perfect fit and comfort. Need assistance? Just drop us a line!

 

A comfortable, stretch Blazer

Comfortable, stylish workwear can always be difficult to find – but one of the easiest ways to pull together an outfit and dress it up is with a blazer. Our Adeline Single Button Plazer is just as comfortable as it is professional. Customize the bust two different ways to ensure the perfect fit. Adjust the sleeve or bodice hem length as needed. Take a look at our Marion Cardigan as well – for a fun twist on a blazer option.

A lace Camisole with Adjustable Straps

Every now and then – we need a bit more coverage on our cleavage under a top. Our Ayla Lace Camisole is perfect for that! But the perfect fit for your camisole is important as well – it’ll stay put, the straps will stay on your shoulders, and it will be long enough. With a customizable length, customizable fit, and adjustable straps – the Ayla has you covered.

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SmartGlamour Celebrates Pride!

SmartGlamour stands with the LGBTQ+ community in celebrating all the colors of the rainbow, all the milestones achieved and the continued efforts in the name of liberation and human rights. To celebrate Pride month, a portion of proceeds from the sale of these Amelia Tees will be donated to our customers’ LGBTQ+ charity of choice. We also thought that, in honor of Pride, our blog would be a great space for sharing personal perspectives on “Pride” from some of our favorite members of the SmartGlamour community – our models! We are thrilled to have been a support to the LGBTQ+ models whose personal perspectives are shared below.


Model: LaLa B Zannell

LaLa is wearing the Annalise Swing Dress,
featured in the #AllMeansAll: Gender campaign.

What does “Pride” mean to you?

Pride for me is a reminder that I am perfect in every way and that I came from greatness. That it is a time to remind the world and larger LGB movement that their liberation was birthed from trans women of color like Amanda St. Jaymes of the first riot in August 1966 known as the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, and then came Stonewall Riots which was spearheaded by Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and Miss Major.

So during this Pride season I never want trans people of color to forget they came from a great line of trans liberators, as well as the larger LGB movement to remember that, and stop trying to erase us out of the Pride season. It was always about love and liberation and not corporate sponsorships and parties that have now pushed trans women of color out.

How has modeling for SmartGlamour helped you or supported you in your journey?

I was so surprised when I was asked; I never thought with my body type, as well as being trans, that I would be ever asked to be a model. I was so nervous up until the day of the shoot. When I arrived it was such a welcoming space and everyone I worked with that day brought their model game. I loved the outfit they picked for me; I would like more clothes from the line. The experience inspired me to look for more modeling opportunities and made me feel beautiful again. With all the transphobia and dysphoria I face daily, for that one day and moment –  and all the online promotions of the shoot – made me feel like I belonged again.

Model: Sebastian Zulch

Sebastian is wearing the Zadie Pleated Chiffon Blouse and Ina Charmeuse Palazzo Pants

featured in the 2017 Wedding + Special Occasion Campaign.

What does Pride mean to you?
For a long time, it didn’t mean anything to me. I was a closeted pansexual trans man until I was 20, so I felt really shy about taking part in Pride. Being visible in any way felt dangerous, and growing up in an unsupportive and abusive household didn’t help that much. Once I came to terms with who I was and opened up about it to my immediate community, I found myself shunned by the queers at my school for not being “queer enough.” My queer identity has always been fueled with frustration and hiding until this past year, when I truly found multiple communities who truly support me in my journey. This year, Pride means having the courage to begin the process of transitioning through hormonal therapy. It means finally committing to being visible and proud as the person I truly am.

How has modeling for SmartGlamour helped you or supported you in your journey?
From the moment I met SG’s founder, Mallorie Dunn, at a NYFW panel about body positivity we were both on, I felt unbelievably supported and seen by her. I was surprised to see that someone outside of my community could work so tirelessly to dress folks with all kinds of bodies, including masculine ones. I’m often made to feel boxed into certain masculine stereotypes by people ever since I came out as a man. But Mallorie has made all parts of who I am feel seen and acknowledged, like my inherent Femininity, while still honoring my male identity without question. In the bridal and formalwear shoot I did with SG and Mallorie, it was incredible to hear the pronouns I use being used by everyone while still allowing me to flounce around in a girly outfit and lipstick for the camera. Mallorie and SG acknowledges that I contain multitudes, and helps me embody the type of Femininity I’m most comfortable with. I feel so empowered in SG spaces and around Mallorie.

Model: Gwen Boniface

Gwen is wearing the Amelia Graphic T-Shirt in light coral

with “Queen” in metallic green lettering, featured in the LGBTQ+ Pride campaign

What does Pride mean to you?

Even though I’ve always been aware of Pride’s lineage of resistance, I used to experience it primarily as queer Christmas. I would pick out a special outfit, gather with my friends and family, and spend time celebrating. Since I grew up in a very welcoming and social-justice-focused church  (Unitarian Universalist), Pride even involved being surrounded by the same people who I saw at every Christmas service.

That said, last year’s shooting at Pulse hugely shifted my perception. I’m originally from Orlando and that church I spent so much time in growing up is just three miles from the club.  Though I was grateful to find that none of my close friends who frequented Pulse were there that night, I was nonetheless left feeling crushed, isolated, and not at all ready to celebrate.

This year, I’ve come back to Pride month with a very different attitude. I haven’t stopped being sad or scared, but that doesn’t mean I’m allowing myself to be cowed. Now my Pride is an act of defiance, refusing to sit down and shut up despite everything pushing me to do so.

How has modeling for SmartGlamour helped or supported you?

Despite being an actor, I’ve never really liked having my picture taken. Even on days when I felt pretty good, a picture that revealed any part of me I wasn’t crazy about could instantly tear down my confidence. Over the past couple of years, I’ve made a concerted effort to change that and SG has been a huge help.

To be honest, looking at the pictures from last year’s #InYourSize campaign (in which Gwen modeled) was initially challenging for me. I thought they were so unflattering. But that stemmed from the fact that it was so easy to compare myself to all these other people. I would look at them and wish that my arms were smaller like this one or that you couldn’t see the outline of my stomach. It took me months to really absorb the fact that THIS IS WHAT I ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE! And that doesn’t make me inherently less valuable than anyone. Not less worthy of feeling good or being seen. Of course I haven’t magically become 100% happy with myself all the time, but modeling for SG has absolutely helped me work through my discomfort.

Model: Maizy Perdue

Maizy is wearing the Sylvia Cowl Back Tee and

Charlotte Circle Skirt, featured in the #inYourSize campaign.

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride to me is learning about my heritage as a lesbian and the people and movements that came before me. It means loving myself and my identity with my entire heart, even when it’s hard, and it means that I have a community of people who I can love and will share their love for me in return.

How has modeling for SmartGlamour helped you or supported you in your journey?

SmartGlamour has introduced me to a lovely and diverse community of people who have all experienced life in different ways; it’s important for our growth as human beings to learn about and love people from all walks of life. SmartGlamour is beautifully diverse and supportive – we can all use a bit more of that in our lives!

Model: Bear Spiegel

Bear is wearing the Amelia Graphic T-Shirt in yellow with

“They/Them” in metallic green lettering, featured in the LGBTQ+ Pride campaign.

What does Pride mean to you?

I actually have a really complicated relationship with Pride. On the one hand, I appreciate it as a celebration for the entire queer community to be authentically ourselves as well as continuing the protest from the late 1960’s. I’ve been enjoying Pride celebrations since my senior year of high school and it has always been an amazing feeling to know that I’m surrounded by other queer people. On the other hand, Pride has been co-opted and commercialized. As cool as it is to see rainbows in Target and The Gap, all I really see is big corporations profiting off of queer people. Unless these companies are doing something for the queer community, selling rainbows isn’t going to help anyone. Cisgender-Heterosexual people now flock to Pride as well to observe the spectacle and take part of the one holiday that doesn’t being to them. The queer community has also has an identity-policing issue in which your gayness is judged and compared. Bi/Pan erasure is still rampant, people in straight-passing relationships are judged as well as trans people that “pass” or may not “look trans enough.” We need to remember that Pride was born from the oppression and strength of trans women of color saying enough is enough. If we’re not fighting for everyone in the queer community, we’re fighting against each other.

How has modeling for SmartGlamour helped you or supported you in your journey?

I started modeling with SmartGlamour around 6 months after coming out as trans-nonbinary/genderfluid. My entire life I have found joy in playing with gender and confusing people as much as possible with my presentation. Having now come out as non-binary, I felt pressure to constantly present as trans or androgynous. SmartGlamour helped me realize that no matter how I’m dressed, I’m presenting as a genderfluid person because that’s who I am. Modeling for SmartGlamour has been one of the most validating experiences for me as a trans person. Everyone is seen as an equal and pronouns are actually paid attention to! I may be modeling “femme” clothes but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m a non-binary model. I’ll always say, clothing has no gender. It’s just pieces of cloth with holes cut out. If I find something cute I’m going to wear it because I’m cute.


SmartGlamour seconds what Bear said! Clothing knows no gender. Fashion is for all bodies, for all humans, period. We are proud to stand by this during Pride month, and every other month of the year. We have so much love for the beautiful humans who shared with us in this post, and we appreciate their authenticity and their power.

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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 – 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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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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