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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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5 Fashion New Year’s Resolutions to Make 2018 Your Best-Dressed!

It’s almost 2018 — which means that “New Year’s Resolution” season is just around the corner. You know: the couple of weeks where everyone resolves to become less themselves. Smaller. Quieter. More “disciplined.”

Normally, we’re not big fans of New Year’s resolutions here, specifically because many people use this time to get down on themselves. However, this year, we’re going to flip the script. If you absolutely must make a New Year’s resolution, why not make one that encourages you to show up, unapologetically, as more of yourself?

To help you get started, here are 5 body-positive, fashion-focused New Year’s resolutions:

1. Be Bold and Bright

First and foremost, New Year’s resolutions should give you the opportunity to become bolder, brighter, and more empowered. Which means: if you want to wear bright colors and make a statement, then go for it! Now is not the time to get smaller or take up less space in the world. Wear the thing “they” said you “couldn’t” wear. Be outrageous. Flatter yourself. If what you wear tells people what you stand for or how you feel about yourself, then use it to show the people of 2018 how you do you.

Looks to inspire you:

 

 

2. Be Sexy — for You

For all too long, femmes have been conditioned to believe that sexy is a thing you should be for other people’s enjoyment. While it’s nice to share yourself with another person, too often, that’s not what we’re doing when we dress or act “sexy.” There’s nothing wrong with showing yourself a little love and tapping into your own sensuality — but we need to make sure that, when we do it, we’re loving ourselves first. So let’s make a resolution to take back the gaze and find a little self-love first — so that when we choose to share our “sexy,” it’s an empowered, consensual choice.

Looks to inspire you:

3. Be Fancy

These days, it feels like everyone’s dressing down — from the theatre to the office, loose jeans and hoodies seem to be the norm. But sometimes it feels good to dress up and go out looking like a million bucks. The good news is: you don’t need a million bucks to get a little fancy. Just a few nice pieces with some statement jewelry, and you’re all set for a night on the town — or a very fancy trip to the grocery store. Whatever floats your boat!

Looks to inspire you:

 

 

4. Be Unconventionally Professional

In the working world, dressing “professionally” usually means either a) dressing as masculine as possible or b) muting your clothing choices so as not to “distract” anyone in the office. (Sigh.) In 2018, let’s take back the office. Yes, you can be professional and still look femme. Yes, you can wear bright colors or unconventional designs and still get the job done. You spend the majority of your waking hours at work — don’t waste another minute trying to please other people with your appearance.

Looks to inspire you:

 

 

5. Be a Show-Off

According to society, one of the worst things we can do is be proud of ourselves — and want to share that pride. Too often, we take that advice to mean that we should hide ourselves even when we’ve got something special to share. The thing is, there’s a line between showing off to make other people feel bad about what they don’t have and showing off the parts of yourself — mental and physical — that you love. In 2018, emphasize some of your favorite assets with off-the-shoulder, peek-a-boo, and cropped pieces. Be a show-off — because pride is only a “sin” when you’re using it as a weapon.

Looks to inspire you:

Sheath dress with keyhole cut out

The Joan Sheath Dress

What are YOUR New Year’s fashion resolutions? Share your photos and resolutions in SmartGlamour wear on Instagram with the hashtag #SmartGlamourNYE! (And if you need a few pieces to get yourself started, check out the SmartGlamour shop now! Our end of year sale is going now – 20% off + free shipping will be added to your cart automatically, ending on Jan 1st, don’t miss it!)

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Introducing the SmartGlamour Tribute Series: Feminist Artists of the 1970s

It’s almost Christmas, but did you know that SmartGlamour’s clothing lines have a hidden “easter egg?” You may have noticed that many of our products have people’s names — that’s not just a stylistic choice; it’s a deliberate way in which we pay homage to the people who have made waves and pioneered the way forward throughout history.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the Holiday 2017 line, which celebrates feminist artists of the 70’s:

Renate Eisenegger

Renate Eisenegger is a multi-disciplinary avant-garde artist from Germany. Some of her photographic work includes painting her face with bright white paint and abstracting herself with geometric lines or photographing herself disappearing as she covers her features with cotton and tape. Recently, during an exhibition of Feminist Avant-Garde art in London, Renate Eisnegger stated, “For over forty years, no one took any interest in my works. They were all in the attic.” If you can find some of her art outside of an attic, then you should go check it out.

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Lesson is living art. For two years in the seventies, she created an entirely different persona and lived that persona’s life instead of her own. She explored her own femininity through the construction of someone else’s — of her experience, she said, “Through fiction you can sometimes get to a deeper truth.” Beyond using herself as a canvas, her later art included film and digital technology to explore desire, femininity, and social construction.

Cindy Sherman

A woman after my own heart, Cindy Sherman explored the performance of “woman” through photography throughout the seventies. Using makeup, wigs, and clothing, she constructed a series of personas and photographed herself, raising questions about “common stereotypes and cultural assumptions” while simultaneously creating and critiquing the photograph and its viewer.

Karin Mack

Austrian artist Karin Mack also played with identity in her works. She began her career as a documentary photographer — one who photographs things as they are — but she quickly moved to concept photography to explore and deconstruct the idealized image and the expectations we place on the image of “woman.” One of her most striking series explores “the death of the image…as an act of liberation.”

Mary Beth Edelson

Mary Beth Edelson is an American multidisciplinary artist who was also active in the feminist and civil rights movements of the 60s and 70s. Her work deconstructs patriarchal history, as in Some Living Women Artists/Last Supper, where she replaced the heads of the men in da Vinci’s famous painting with her peers. She often turns to goddesses and strong female characters and tropes from history and fiction in her art.

Hannah Wilke

Using unconventional media, like chewing gum and laundry lint, Hannah Wilke’s work was radical and in-your-face. She was a performance artist who was unafraid to shy away from the taboo — which meant that many of her pieces were evocative of (or explicitly about) the vulva/vagina. She often used her own body as a canvas — such as in an iconic photograph of herself covered in chewing gum shaped like vulvas in the S.O.S. — Starification Object Series.

VALIE EXPORT

VALIE EXPORT was born Waltraud Lehner. As a revolt against parents who had been complacent during the Nazi regime and against patriarchal norms, she shed her father’s and husband’s names, and instead took the name of a brand of cigarettes. Her artwork was performative and in-your-face — including a piece of performance art called Tap and Touch Cinema, wherein she wore a curtained “theater” on her upper body and had passersby touch her unseen breasts through the curtain. She also wrote a powerful manifesto on women’s art in 1972.

It’s amazing how much feminist art has flown just off below radar of popular culture. If any of these women and their work sparked your curiosity, go and take a deep dive! The more we support the feminist art that does exist, the more room it creates in the popular narrative for art like this. 

SmartGlamour pays tribute to more than just this one group of people — stay tuned for future posts explaining the backstory and history behind the names of your favorite pieces of clothing.

And don’t forget: December 1 is your last day to shop in order to receive your order by Christmas, and December 8 is your last day if you want your order in time for New Year’s Eve! If you’ve been waiting to order, now’s the time.

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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 : 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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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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Model of the Month : Carine Calixte

June’s Model of the Month is here – and it’s Carine! This babe has worked with us through campaigns, runway shows, and capsule collections. Learn more about her below!


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

I’m a mommy! I have two amazing sons, Micah and Zion, they keep me on my toes! I volunteer in my community. I’m a classically trained private chef. Right now I’m laser focused on having my curve modeling career take off!

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

My friend, Tatiana, told me about a SmartGlamour casting and I went for it!

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

I just love everything this brand stands for. Everyone can have a seat at the fashion table with SmartGlamour.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity is loving the skin you are in despite what society may think is “beautiful” or “acceptable.” It’s loving and appreciating your body and others freely and knowing your self worth. Body positivity is safe and judgement free.

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

I’m not your standard model, but that doesn’t mean I’m not as equally stunning as a “straight size” model. Beauty comes in all shapes, body types, skin tones and hair textures. I want to always represent that!

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

They need to know that it’s a constant grind/hustle. You need thick skin because this is a tough industry but don’t let that stop you! Take beautiful pictures, LOTS of them and build your portfolio.

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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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