Danie Vanier (UK, plus size blogger) interview
When I first met her I could not miss the giant necklace on her – this girl definitely loves to accessorize, take notes!. The second thing I noticed was her impeccable makeup and I was sure she woke up like this: sharp eyeliner technique and bold lipstick. Above all her bubbly personality charmed me in a minute when I got close to her at a plus size event in London. Since then I wanted to get to know her better and show her confidence to my readers so we nailed a skype interview with a lot of laughter and we had lots to talk about! Here is my interview with this 28 yr old plus size blogger from London, Danie Vanier:
Susie: Please tell us why and when you started blogging?
Danie: I started back in 2012 on Instagram sharing my outfits for style inspiration and my follower base kicked of from there. From the first moment that I got into the plus size fashion community I was sure that this was something that I wanted to be involved in. I want to get stuck in with fellow ladies and just be fashionable, regardless of my size! After Tumblr I moved on to a proper blog last year where I share diferent types of articles on a weekly basis and I absolutely love it!
Susie: It is visible you live and breathe fashion – how would you describe your own fashion voice?
Danie: My style is rather eclectic, a mix of vintage & high street, an explosion of colour. It always reflects how I feel on every given day – feminine or boyish, designer or vintage. I like to mix it up! Oh and lets not forget I’m mad on accessorizing and makeup! My message to the world would be “Hello, I’m here, do not ignore me!”. I don’t want to hide away just because I’m fat – it doesn’t mean I can’t be beautiful and stylish! I think it is OK to be fat and you are no less beautiful than a size 0 person! Plus size communities are important because they invite you to feel good and to know that you are not excluded!
Susie: Fashion is definitely you and I know you have some industry background, too!
Danie: Yeah I studied Textile Design at university and after my studies I worked in this field. After a few years in the design world I sought out a new challenge and my blog brought it. As well as the blogging, I have helped upcoming brands to work as a stylist on their lookbooks and a few clients have found me via word of mouth and I have helped style them for important events or helped them refresh their wardrobes. I absolutely adore doing this. I intend to pursue my fashion journey as a stylist and personal styling consultant. My biggest happiness is to help those thousands of women in the UK who would like to feel confident and beautiful in fabulous clothes, what ever size they are!
Susie: Fantastic! And tell me who inspires you as a blogger?
Danie: I totally adore Gabi Fresh, Nicolette Mason, Kellie Brown who managed to build their hobby to become their profession as this is my plan as well! I’m not afraid of the hard work as I really live and breathe plus size fashion! I receive so many emails every day and I am always happy to help out those girls, not only on fashion matters but confidence questions as well. Beside my readers I am also happy for my fellow curvy bloggers with whom I spend a lot of time together with and we plan to organise things like swap shops, meet & greet events for the community to develop the connection with our readers to a more personal level.
Susie: Bunch of women on the same field – no rivalry at all?
Danie: We are really supportive towards each other – of course everyone walks on her own path but together we can achieve bigger things and others’ success only motivates me to try harder and make bigger goals. Instead of whining, I am cheering for their projects and they give me inspiration to become better at what I am doing.
Susie: That’s a very positive message! Speaking of projects, name some of your collaborations and favourite brands pls!
Danie: My number one favourite is Simply Be because they cater for various styles of women – casual, glamourous, party wear and all! They work with a wide variety of us, bloggers and we have great connection with the brand representatives. As I live in Asos Curve items, I can’t miss them from my fave list – very fast fashion and trendy. I also love New Look Inspire – a very good mix and prices are friendly, too! I also love indie labels like Chubby Cartwheels, Domino Dollhouse and since I am crazy for prints and bodycons, I love Rue 107. As highend I must mention Marina Rinaldi and I can’t wait to visit their London store – elegant, classy, fabulous!
Susie: What is your signature fashion piece?
Danie: A good dress, preferrably a printed bodycon in which I feel truly myself with lots of accessories and a strong lipstick – that is me!
Susie: Even in a hot summer day when your thighs may kiss each other too hard?
Danie: Yep, chub rub shorts are my best friends – you can buy them every where from Evans to Mark & Spencer, in every major shops and these anti-chafing shorts are really life savers in summer, I highly recommend them! They are very light and comfortable to wear. Occasionally I use a stick too which you can just use on your thighs so that you dont have to wear any shorts – this is perfect for when you are around the pool.
Susie: You are so confident – please share your personal journey of self-acceptance!
Danie: I was an average size girl who did ballet and when at the age of 11 I started to gain weight, my ballet teacher told my mum that I was too fat for ballet which was the first time that I had been made aware of my weight. Thank God I have a wonderful family and so this comment and my weight never hit me – neither in school. I was always known for my personality and loud mouth so my weight was never an issue.
Susie: What your advice would be for those who are not so lucky and have lack of support at home?
Danie: I think it is crucial then to create a group of supporters – friends or from the plus size community as well who pick you up when you have problems with self-acceptance. Nowadays you can even find supporters online as there are so many blogs and communities you can reach out to. You must know that you are not alone! Personally, when I have a bad day and not feeling amazing and even none of my outfits seem to work then I always look back at photographs when I felt good and I liked my outfit and I take it from there. I start with my makeup as afterwards I feel that I can conquer the world with a bold lipstick on! Even trying on diferent outfits look and feel better when you do your makeup first.
Susie: And how to gain (or keep) the confidence when you are out on the beach?
Danie: I know it may sound hard first but gradually everyone can rock a swimsuit, regardless of your size. I started with a one piece and slowly moved to a fatkini – first with a black highwaisted bottom and colourful printed top. High waist bikinis help a lot– if you don’t have confidence with your belly due to the rolls, it helps to feel better about them. Since there is only a small part between the bottom and the top, the focus will also be on your thinnest point, the waist! Of course I do not leave my jewellery at home so you will see me in the pool with a high knot on my head, chunky earrings and a bright lipstick!
Susie: Last but not least – what plus can make a woman beautiful?
Danie: I love women with a charisma, who are open and easily approachable and humour is also one of my favourite features in a person.
Susie: Thank you so much, Danie – sure to hear from you soon!
If you haven’t checked her blog yet, it is time – she may be a London fashionista but her readers are from around the world as lately a girl from Bosnia contacted her for help and what I really like about Danie is that she treats every single email with care, she takes the time to provide the proper help her readers are looking for. She is a great combination of passion and profession as her heart is in every single line she writes and all her outfits are real, reflecting her true self. She found her voice and definitely can help you too! Beside her print and bodycon inspirations, there is the message in between the lines: push yourself harder instead of whining and spice it up with loud laughters and fun! I’m inspired by the way she puts herself out there and I do not mean to wear the same clothes like her, I mean to accept, acknowledge and love who you are and not to be afraid to show it to the world!