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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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Model of the Month : Ana York

Our next Model of the Month has been working with us for multiple years now – Ana York!

She’s been in runway shows, look books, and mini shoots alike. Learn more about her below.


1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
I work in Human Resources in hospitality!
2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I got involved with SmartGlamour at first modeling jewelry and then I modeled for the Spring 2015 collection!
3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
There are multiple things that makes me come back! The clothes are of course a given. Each article of clothing is catered to you and your body measurements which I think is so valuable and unique. I’m tall and plus size so to have a custom garment is truly one of a kind and wonderful. I come back for the positive and safe space Mallorie and my fellow models have created. Everyone is accepting of one another, cheers each other on, and being in such an environment is hard to find nowadays.  The positive environment created speaks to the brand, SmartGlamour itself and that is an ultimate reason for coming back. I am honored to represent a brand that carries a truly inclusive and consistent message.
4. What does body positivity mean to you?
To me body positivity means not only an acceptance but a pride and celebration of your body. No matter your size, it’s the positive  affirmation that you are beautiful and worthy of love and happiness.
5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be?
I always try to emphasize that my body acceptance journey is still underway. I want people to see that yes, I am confident, but I also have insecurities and things I try to work on. I think that kind vulnerability is important to see and hopefully inspires women that it’s okay to not always feel like you have it together. However, I make a point to show and applaud myself on how far I have come. From someone who was in an abusive relationship with no self esteem to modeling in lingerie, the last few years, I have grown exponentially!
6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try?
I think the most important advice to realize it takes so much time, research, money, and effort to be a model. You have to learn your body and angles. You have to network and really be okay with putting yourself out there. It’s tough and there’s a lot of competition so it’s also important to not let rejection get to you. But it’s been such a valuable and rewarding experience for me that I would gladly encourage someone to give it a try.
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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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Summer Body (Positive) Goals!

This is definitely a time of year when “body goals” are a big deal. Here at SmartGlamour, we say the goal is to love yourself as you are! Here’s some body positive goals and insights from some of the models featured below, meant to help you have the best summer ever!

Accessory suggestions: smiles and confidence!

From left to right: Katie in the Ada Low Back Swimsuit , Moet in the Marilyn Convertible One Piece Swimsuit and Detras in the Arianna Convertible Swim Top and Bette Swim Bottom

It’s all about how I see myself, how I feel about myself and best of all HOW MY BODY FEELS! Because I love myself, my smile comes from the deep within. I hope it radiates through an entire room because it’s pure and I want the world to feel my joy!!! – Detras

I constantly challenge the crap we’re fed [by society and the media] that says “you’re not good enough, unless…or until…etc” I learned to realize that my body is already perfect, and that the “perfect” body does not exist or looks different for everyone.  – Rachael

Strike a powerful pose whenever possible. You’ll feel powerful when you do!

L to R: Ana in the Bloomer Dress, Rachael in the Danai Off-the-Shoulder Top and Susan Palazzo Pants, Meredith in the Audre Halter Maxi Dress.

I always struggled with my body and height growing up. I would wear a tee shirt to the beach and pool! In high school and most of college, I was in a long term abusive relationship which completely shattered my self-esteem. After escaping that experience, I fell into modeling which helped me see that no one can truly make you feel inferior unless you let them. – Ana

I remind myself daily that I am so much more than my body. On days when I don’t feel that great about my body, I remind myself of all of the amazing ways my body serves me everyday!  – Rachael

Get your body next to the bodies of people you love!

L to R: Annoula in the Marilyn Convertible Romper, Detras in the Ada Low Back Bodysuit and Jaime Wrap Skirt, Rachael in the Misty Swim Top and Bette Swim Bottom and Alessandra in the Arianna Convertible One Piece Swimsuit

Don’t feel bad about weeding out or unfollowing people who don’t feed your purpose or add positivity to your life. – Moet

With [my new body positive] mindset, my confidence grew as I met fellow women who were on self-love journeys like [me]. It’s so important to surround yourself with other body positive people. – Ana

Put your body in as many pieces of clothing as you feel beautiful in.

L to R: Alessandra in the Betty Sweetheart Top and Gloria High-Waist Short, Annoula in the Lupita Keyhole Swim Top and Bette Swim Bottom

My winter body is my summer body! Don’t care about what people might say about you in your swimsuit, because for every hater, there’s ten others you inspired.Alessandra

I used to hold myself to a few strict rules: no crop tops, and no two-piece bathing suits which showed off my midsection. Once SmartGlamour came into my life, I continued with my “no crop top” rule and customized all my tops to an approximate hip length. That summer, however, Mallorie (Meredith’s sister, and SmartGlamour’s founder/designer) encouraged me to try a high-waisted bikini. When I first wore it to my local pool, no one was more surprised than me when the world kept spinning, and no one even glanced my way more than once! Since then, every summer I proudly rock my bikinis and crop tops because I think I look super cute in them. And everyone deserves to be cute and comfortable. – Meredith

Hold your head up high. Rock your invisible crown!

L to R: Meredith in the Marilyn Convertible Swim Top and Bette Swim Bottom, Ana in the Pat Faux Wrap One Piece Swimsuit

Mantra: “Girl, you fine. I know.” – Alessandra

When I finally looked in a mirror one day and fell in love with the image that looked back at me, that’s when I knew my body I great just the way it was. I love who I am and every curve I have are the best parts of me. I’m uniquely shaped and my goodness, I couldn’t have asked for a better body. – Detras

Let your clothing be a celebration of you!

Katie in the Shonda Swing Dress and Moet in the Angela Pleated Tank and Keah Pleated Short

I have gotten to my current [body positive] mindset by just realizing that life itself is too precious to waste time hating myself…. When I have an automated negative thought about myself I think, “What would I say to a friend? Would I actually be that cruel to someone else?” And no, I definitely wouldn’t. – Moet

Have a wonderful summer and remember that SmartGlamour has your back in all things body positive and ethical, fun fashion!

 

L to R: Rachael in the Misty Swim Top and Bette Swim Bottom, Moet in the Marilyn Convertible Swim One Piece, Katie in the Ada Low Back Swim One Piece and Detras in the Ada Low Back Bodysuit and Jaime Wrap Skirt.

Sunglasses featured on models courtesy of House of Correia.  Piece written by Patricia Birch.

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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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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 : 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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