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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 : 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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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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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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Model of the Month : Annoula Dritsas

This months Model of the Month is Annoula! Annoula has been working with us for years now – and always brings professionalism + talent right along with her from runway to campaign to look book shoot. Learn more about her below!


1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
I work for a plus size brand as their in house fit model and manage their office in Long Island City, NY.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I got involved with SmartGlamour through a post I saw on Instagram.

3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
The reason why I always come back and model for SmartGlamour is because I love the message that the brand has; SG doesn’t restrict you because you have a certain height or shape. The brand allows you to be yourself and still be able to have fun while modeling their pieces. In addition, Mallorie really cares about the fit and how things actually “fit” you to your body, so in a way it’s like one of a kind pieces.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?
To me, body positivity means that if you’re able to embrace your body and love yourself, then you will feel and look good; in the end it doesn’t matter what your body shape is or how tall you are, but if you feel confident in how you look, then who cares about what society says who you should be.

5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be?
To have fun and to know that you’re not alone. Everyone struggles and goes through obstacles in their journey, but if you believe in yourself and you’re passionate in whatever goals you want to accomplish, then you can do it! Push forward and don’t give up!!

6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try?
Definitely research and know what you want to do. There are many different types of modeling and not every genre may be right for you, but if you love runway, print work or even fit work, definitely practice and be great in that craft. Google is your best friend, I say this all the time. Research agencies; see what type of board they have; work hard, it’s not going to be easy, but if it’s something you definitely want to do, then work really hard, invest in yourself, and you’ll get there!

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Model of the Month – Tatiana Lewis

This month’s model feature is all about Tatiana Lewis. Tatiana is relatively new to the SmartGlamour family, joining in last Fall for our Fall 2016 Runway + Look Book. She also modeled in our Valentine’s Day look book. Learn more about her below!

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

I have a background in Meeting and Event management. I have planned and coordinated numerous events and love the logistical aspect the most.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

The brand had a big presence on social media and gained my attention with the tag words #FashionforAll. There wasn’t always fashion for all, especially when I was in High school, curvy girls were not the norm. Curvy girls like myself were shopping in the Women’s section and wearing unflattering clothes that were not particularly trendy. SmartGlamour has given many options to all women and I thank you.

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

SmartGlamour’s mission to be inclusive and I support a women entrepreneur 100%. I support Mallorie Dunn and her ability to continue to run a company on her own. The amount of support and love Mallorie has within the fashion community is amazing. Surrounding myself with like-minded and passionate individuals like many of the models keeps me coming back.

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body Positivity means self love and respect for all bodies. Its a journey for a lot of people to self love and to be less critical about their bodies and others. Once you find that confidence within you are unstoppable.

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

My message would be to enjoy life! I may be having a horrible day at times or going through something personally but I always remember to smile. That one smile in your photo could change someones day or transcend a warmth into their soul. A smile is contagious!

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

If modeling is your passion, do it! I moved from one city to another to follow my passion and pursuits within the industry. If your heart is not 100% into the hustle and drive it takes, I would find another avenue in the modeling industry or fashion world. One last thing! You will get many no’s and many yes’s but always remember to create your own opportunities! Love you mean it!

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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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Model of the Month : Christina Ramonetti Lakind

Our next Model of the Month is Christina! Christina first modeled for our #MiracleMomBods campaign last year. Since then – she has participated in #InYourSize and our Fall 2016 collection shoot + runway show. Learn more about her below!


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1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do? I have been a middle school teacher…this is my 15th year! I am also a mother to two amazing boys, ages 5 and 8, and a wife to a great partner for almost 10 years.

2. How did you get involved with the brand? I am fortunate enough to know Mallorie (SG designer) from when she was a child. Her oldest sister and I have been best friends since the 7th grade. I saw she was looking for supporters from its infancy and was drawn to its message from the start. I was so excited about what she was doing to change a mindset that affected so many women! I invited her to come and speak to some of my students for career day a few years ago. I had to work myself up to being comfortable modeling.

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3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back? First of all, the clothes are amazing and make me feel amazing! My children were so excited to see a video of mommy as a model. I share my experiences with my students. I have a lot of fun with these amazing, confident, and diverse women I get to meet while modeling. It gives you a charge to help you go out and take on the world!

4. What does body positivity mean to you? Its knowing that I am not made wrong. Its sharing myself with the world on my own terms in a body that is special and mine. It is not thinking about what to improve, but how to embrace myself as much as I embrace other people’s beauty. Finding beauty all around me has never been a challenge. It is a lot more challenging continuing to see it in myself.

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5. If there is a message you could put across to other people through your modeling photos – what would that be? I am a happy person who is a wonderful mix of many unique qualities yet may look like someone they know (maybe even themselves). Life is about enjoying it with people who you want to enjoy it with.

6. What is your advice to other people who would like to give modeling a try? Do it!!! I was very nervous about showing myself to the world (enter self doubt here). Once I did it though, I left feeling empowered. How often can you go into something and get so much out of it? The beautiful clothing is definitely a plus!

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Model of the Month : Patricia Birch

Our next Model of the Month is Patricia! She first modeled for our Spring 2016 Look Book and Runway Show. She was then a part of our InYourSize campaign, and most recently, Fall 2016 Look Book and Runway Show. Learn more about her below!


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

For my 9-5 I’m an in-house attorney for a New York City government agency, where I focus on public policy administration and employment/labor law. I’m also working on developing a side-hustle that’s intended to help my clients free themselves from self-limiting beliefs.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

I followed SmartGlamour on Instagram and responded to a post about an open call for models to be in the Spring 2016 campaign.

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

It’s been a pleasure and honor to promote SmartGlamour’s mission of providing great fashion to all bodies! I pinch myself every time I look at one of my images from SG campaigns, because it feels like a dream that I’ve been able to model at all, let alone for the purpose of inspiring others to feel good about the bodies they have. I want to keep the realized dream going!

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

It means that every single human body that exists is worthy of love, respect, joy and admiration. Every single human body is valuable and should be cherished. The standard by which a body should be measured is how much the owner of the body loves it (apart from measuring to see how clothes will fit, of course).

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

Two things: 1. That any body can be a gorgeous body, including but not limited to brown, short, chubby ones. 2. Your presence in the world is meaningful, impactful and sends a message to those around you. Choose the message you want to share with your presence.

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

Look for opportunities to try, and set about creating some by reaching out to people in the industry, doing your research and taking some photos. And if you’re reading this, you’re already connected to a brand that might want you to represent it! You are guaranteed to miss the shots you don’t take, so take a shot!

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