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Model of the Model : Jenna Lee

January’s Model of the Month feature is Jenna Lee! Jenna joined the SG family during the #InYourSize campaign and then came back for our Spring 2017 runway show.

Always happy to have her! Learn more about her below.

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

I’m a subacute rehabilitation nurse. I help take care of patients after surgery. I love my job but it’s beyond challenging at times, so I do model as often as I can. I try to split to two equally.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

I got involved with the brand via social media. I had seen a friend wearing an amazing printed maxi dress that I loved. When her caption mentioned smart glamour, I followed their social. I saw not only unique clothing, but unique models and I was so impressed. I saw a post for a casting and I remember feeling comfortable submitting (which was a first) because it stated it was specifically looking for all body types, not just the ones who “typically” get cast.

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

 I have modeled and walked for SmartGlamour multiple times. I truly believe in the work Mallorie is creating because there is such a need for ethical, stylish clothing in all sizes. I love being a part of her campaigns because they really feature everyone. There’s no exclusivity, which is unheard of in mainstream fashion. And the fact that she makes gorgeous clothing by hand and customizes it for all sizes is something that’s super special. I’m all about everyone feeling beautiful and that’s what she is about as well. Because of that, I’ll always be a supporter and come back.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

 Body positivity to me, means that you are happy with yourself in your current state and you want others to feel the same. It kills me to hear people say “ugh like 10 more lbs to lose before I can wear this or do that” I literally cringe because your weight should not stop you from doing anything in your life. We are ingrained with expectations to look a certain way and be a certain size to have “permission” to dress in certain fashions. Breaking all those rules is what body positivity means to me. Embracing everything- rolls, thighs, blemishes, stretch marks etc. Chances are most people have them and the energy we use to act like we don’t is much better used elsewhere. Body positivity is about not waiting to attain perfection but realizing you are perfect as you are, and then having the confidence to flaunt it.

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

 The message I hope to get across to everyone from my photos is that you don’t have to fit the mold that society has created to feel beautiful or take a beautiful picture. I don’t fit it at all. I’m petite, actually plus size (16), and I’ve modeled for multiple companies, still dress fashionable, and most importantly, wear what I want. There’s no reason you can’t do the same.

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

 I would say first off, you need to come to terms with your insecurities because modeling is a career where thick skin is a must. More times than not you’re going to hear no. Understanding that that no doesn’t make you ugly, or too fat,or just not good enough- it only means you weren’t a good fit for that brand at that time. So, use it as a learning experience and keep it moving. The best advice I’ve ever heard is : you’re not going to be for everyone and that’s ok. You can’t allow the No’s to effect your sense of self worth and confidence. After you feel you have a strong sense of self and plenty of confidence, I would jump in and take some photos. They don’t have to be professional at all- have a friend take some on their phone just to get comfortable in front of the camera. Look at the pics and see what poses and facial expressions you like and try to expand those. When your comfortable, post them to your social! Use social media to your advantage because there are so many great photographers out there looking to shoot for their own portfolios that you can both benefit. After a few shoots, re-evaluate. Make sure you’re having fun with it. It shouldn’t be a source of stress or negativity. If you are, then start branching out to an actual portfolio and maybe some castings. Be brave! You don’t lose anything by applying. You lose by not taking the chance and that’s where you’re confidence and body positivity will come into play.
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Model of the Month : Moet Cristal

A few days late, but our last Model of the Month feature from 2017 is here, in 2018! This month we are introducing you to Moet Cristal – an SG staple who has been in multiple shoots, shows, and campaigns. Moet even created the floral backdrop from our Fall 2016 shoot and show. Learn more about this awesome artist below!



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

I’m a freelance plus size model, visual artist focusing on curvy colorful work in mixed media, photography & digital form, as well as a personal care assistant. 

2. How did you get involved with the brand? 

I found SmartGlamour through their Winter Holiday campaign in 2015. When I went through seeing all those women of different heights, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities, modeling such cute, luxurious styles, I was hooked on the brand. I then signed up for their newsletter and followed SG on Instagram and I auditioned in January/February 2016 for their Spring Fashion show and lookbook. 


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

The clothes are beautiful and unique! However the core, the soul of SmartGlamour is so beautiful. It is the atmosphere created by so many diverse, intelligent, multi talented babes who are all awesome in their eclectic ways, coming together for the sake of empowerment through designer Mallorie Dunn’s fashions. When we join together for an SmartGlamour event, shoot, or show, the feeling of encouragement oozes from each SG babe. It’s like a big fashionable, feminist family!

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity is accepting and embracing yourself (and others) as you exist in this moment. Body positivity is for everyone and every type of body. It can be hard to unlearn what society tells us is “ideal” – but it’s doable by living moment by moment. What I have learned through working with and following SmartGlamour is that body positivity is realizing that your experience is only yours, and to be really bopo one must be able to listen to the multitude of varying experiences the people you encounter have. It is also standing up for yourself and people who are marginalized by the standards of society. We each deserve to achieve greatness and love ourselves as we are. When we advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves and may not an fair chance, we can all make progress and thrive.

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

I’m a very hairy, queer Puerto Rican woman, average height at about 5’5.5” tall, size 24-28 (3-5x depending on the brand), who deals with acne, wears glasses, and has had to cope with mental illnesses such as anxiety, ptsd, and depression throughout my life. I say all of that because society/trolls will try their best to make you feel terrible for being HUMAN – but I’m still out here being FIERCE, FAT AND FABULOUS!!! Modeling is something that I do for myself, and I love to do it, but it can be challenging when things are pulling at you to do other things, including hate yourself, or put yourself last. You have to learn to put yourself first! Learn to love yourself first and to see the innate beauty in not only your body, but your mind and spirit. Treat yourself well and exude your unique greatness in life. Those quirks you have are what makes you, you. Don’t let ANYONE (including your inner bully) dull your shine!!!

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

I would say DO IT! It is fun and very rewarding!!! If they are looking to make a career out of it,  I would give this advice: It’s competitive but I believe there’s room in the industry for everyone who will work hard for it. Start small and locally. Find someone, could be a friend, family member, or a photographer who is local to you to take photos of you. Take portraits and full length shots; experiment with poses, facial expressions, angles, and learn to find your light.
Practice, practice, practice! Post frequently on your social media and tag the brands that you wear. Google is your best friend; Research everything you can about the industry and niche you want to work in. Invest in what you need to present yourself the way you want, whether it’s clothes, makeup, tech, books, or classes. It can be an expensive adventure establishing a career as a model… But take it slow, one day at a time, one step at a time, and believe in yourself – you’re amazing, beautiful!

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Model of the Month: Farin

This month’s model of the month is Farin! Farin has been modeling for us for just shy of two years, and has participated in shoots, shows, and videos. Learn more about her below!


Farin in the Marilyn Dress from Spring 2016

1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
I direct opera and coach singers, and stage manage theater. And some other modeling.
2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I saw a friend’s sister model a dress I loved. Once I learned more, I loved the fashion, and the representation without tokenism, and the message. I got in touch, and was asked to be woman of the week!
Submitting for the next casting call was oh-screw-it standing-in-my-kitchen-at-1:00am decision, and a great one!

Farin in the Ayla Camisole Dress and Janis Suede Duster from Fall 2017

3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
It’s so satisfying, and such such a positive, celebratory environment, for one thing. And I’m proud to represent what it means. It has impact; people have written that it means so much to see someone with a cane as  a ‘model’ in an uncompromisingly fashionable and glamorous way.
And while it is challenging for me to do, I’m in grateful shock at Mallorie’s support- many times even physically! (literally #womensupportingwomen!)
4. What does body positivity mean to you?
It means more than I can possibly unpack. But more than anything, it means treating bodies as wonderful, without pretending one is a shape or size it’s not. It means bodies aren’t problems, or worth, and deserve agency and joy.

Farin on the Fall 2016 Runway

5. If there is a message you could put across to women/femmes/non binary folks through your modeling photos – what would that be?
It takes work. There’s a lot about everyone that’s invisible, no matter how glam they look! Whatever feels like a struggle isn’t just you, and doesn’t take away from your shine! And that you aren’t relegated to less than anyone- all of you can shine!
6. What is your advice to people who would like to give modeling a try?
Of course know the demands, including openness. But if you feel the pull but are scared? Be scared, try anyway. At least with SG, you won’t regret it.

Farin in the Hedy Colorblocked Dress from Fall 2016

 

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Model of the Month : Tracy Rivas

October’s Model of the Month feature is all about Tracy Rivas! Tracy was introduced to SmartGlamour in 2015, and has participated in campaigns, shoots, and shows since. She is a positive ray of light – and we love having her as a part of the SG family. Read more about her below!


Tracy in our Hillary Cropped Tee during the Fall 2015 Runway Show

 

1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do? I work as a community events manager at WeWork. I oversee and source events for our 40 buildings in New York City.

2. How did you get involved with the brand? A good friend of mine, Alexa Rose Mullen, asked me to join her to visit a SmartGlamour pop-up shop in the East Village. I was immediately drawn to the clothing and the mission behind SmartGlamour. I was then asked to be a part of Mallorie’s #SameSizeDifferentEyes Campaign, which was an incredibly inspiring campaign and I became more in love with the brand than I already was.  I was then fortunate enough to walk one of her Fall Fashion Runway Shows and life officially changed forever. I am forever indebted to Mallorie and will be her advocate and ambassador for LIFE.

Tracy and Alexa in our #SameSizeDifferentEyes campaign


3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back? It’s an honor and a privilege to come back and model for Mallorie. Every time, I feel my super woman wings appear and I feel unstoppable. Supporting and representing SmartGlamour means I am helping to allow other women and femmes to feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin.
 
4. What does body positivity mean to you? Body positivity means being unaffected by the judgments and criticisms of society where I am limitless in feeling badass, beautiful, confident and comfortable in my own skin. There is a sort of invincibility in the things that you can do when you are in body positive with yourself and with others.

Tracy in our Hensley Mesh Bralette with Appliques and Royalle Underwear

 
5. If there is a message you could put across to women/femmes/non binary folks through your modeling photos – what would that be? There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.
 
6. What is your advice to people who would like to give modeling a try? No one is stopping you but yourself, go out and show the world how incredibly beautiful and wonderful you are!
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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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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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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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Model of the Month : Alex Castro

We are a bit delayed with our May Model of the Month Feature – but only due to our own business schedule, because this babe is a gem. Alex has been modeling with SmartGlamour for a little over just one year, which seems ridiculous as she is such a strong pillar in the SmartGlamour modeling family! Learn a bit more about her below.


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

• I’m an actor, model and theater producer. If you’re asking how I pay for food, rent, etc., then I’m a hotel Sales Manager. I’ve been in the hotel industry for the last 10 years all while hustling to make my dreams come true.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

• Fellow model friend, Temiah, shared a casting post on Facebook and I truly thought it was a scam. Who actually casts ALL types of humans? Spoiler alert: SmartGlamour does.

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

• Aside from wanting to put on the beautiful clothes, I come back because of the positive messages SmartGlamour puts out into the world. I’ve never felt so empowered before SmartGlamour came into my life. Also, being surrounded by likeminded babes makes me feel we can all make a lasting, positive difference in fashion and the world.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

• For me, body positivity means loving your body. It means ALL bodies are GOOD bodies. There is no wrong way to have a body. Period.

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 that we, humans of color, people who don’t fit into the boxes of westernized beauty, exist. People of color have been under represented too long in print and media. We are here and will continue to fight for accurate representation as well as lift up our fellow humans who are marginalized.

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

• Do it. The only person holding you back from any opportunity is yourself.
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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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