AZRA Wants Us To Love Our Bodies

Azra Hirji

Azra Hirji, Associate Editor of Vv Magazine

I found an interview with Vv Magazine (Toronto) and model, blogger, and fashion influencer, Nadia Aboulhosn, and while reading it my heart skipped a beat. Suddenly, I had to know more – not only about Ms. Aboulhosn – but the woman who wrote the piece, Associate Editor, Azra Hirji. Ms. Hirji is writing about things I care about and this young woman has the heart of an old soul. It reminded me once again that we are all connected despite our age differences and where we may live. Meet Azra Hirji

MKG: What is Vv Magazine? How long have you been Associate Editor?

AZRA: Vv Magazine or is a hub of sorts for all things news, food and drink, lifestyle and culture. We aim to produce thought-provoking features as well as pieces that keep our readers informed about current events and trends and hope to keep the stories interactive. We want to be controversial, while raising awareness about important issues in which we truly believe.

I’ve been an Associate Editor here at Vv for just over a year. Continue reading

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The Positive Power of The Celebrity Voice

Candice Bergen with husband, Marshall Rose Photo Credit:

Candice Bergen with husband, Marshall Rose Photo Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

In one day, I saw two separate and non-related celebrity news stories that turned my head. And I started to think: the celebrity voice has the ability to inspire. I mean, wow …

Candice Bergen’s revelation that “I live to eat – none of this eat to live stuff for me,” was the first news story. Apparently, in Bergen’s upcoming memoir, A Fine Romance, she happily acknowledges and embraces her weight gain as well as the beauty and reality of aging. Bergen has been outspoken with her point of view; in 2012 she told New York Magazine: “People complain about parts for women, people complain about getting old … It’s a privilege to get old … The reality is that I don’t look like I used to look. I just don’t care enough, and in a way it’s saved me.” Perhaps this is even more compelling because of Bergen’s early career as a fashion model. Continue reading

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Following Nicole on her journey to marriage and self-love

Nicole at her first bridal shower, with her Aunt  - feeling beautify and empowered

Nicole at her first bridal shower, with her Aunt Margaret – feeling beautiful and empowered

Let’s face it: we all have enough negative body speak in our arsenal to drag our mood down by deep degrees. We may find ourselves noticing the things that are changing about our bodies, comparing ourselves to others, and wishing things could be different; the list goes on. For Nicole, creator of Body Boop, whom I first featured on TFIO in early June, body image is an especially delicate issue, because Nicole had struggled with anorexia and bulimia for years. Fortunately, she has been in a healthy cycle of recovery for two years, but the journey is still challenging, especially for Nicole now, as she prepares to be married in September. And especially, when it comes to the fashion …

Here is an example: not long after Nicole and I spoke, she attended two bridal showers. Two showers, two different cities, two different dresses –  and only 2 weeks between. For the first shower, Nicole felt beautiful; as she says, “It was the perfect energy, though out the day.” For the second, however, everything had flip-flopped. Nicole says she felt “ugly” and “uncomfortable.” She was the same person. The dresses were similar. Nothing had changed except her mindset. Thinking about it afterward, Nicole says it was a reminder that the bad feeling you may have one moment, one day, will not last, and you will feel better again.

Last week, Nicole had her first wedding gown fitting, and it proved to be really stressful. Continue reading

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A new kind of swimsuit calendar? I’m buying it!

Swimsuits for All

Swimsuits for All”: This picture reenacts an image from this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (Photo courtesy of Swimsuits for All)

I think there needs to be more publications and campaigns so that people can say, ‘Wow, I look like these women, and they look comfortable and sexy and they’re portraying my body type,” 24-year-old British model Jada Sezer

News via Buzzfeed Style: Plus-size swimsuit company, Swimsuits for All, has shot a new calendar with plus-sized models, including this picture, above, reenacting this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. A more positive image for women everywhere and role models to highlight real women and true diversity in the world? Yeah! I’m buying it!

(the calendar, shot in Turks and Caicos, is available for free on the Swimsuits for All website) Continue reading

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