This one got surprisingly emotional! Melodie Reynolds is a beauty brand founder/ CEO who is breaking all the rules when it comes to makeup. Be it the marketing messages or packaging or ingredients or corporate culture Melodie is maintaining the empowering elements of adornment through beauty while breaking the traditional molds of the billion dollar industry. Follow Elate and Melodie: @elatecosmetics www.elatebeauty.com @melodieelated Follow host Donna Bishop: @thisisdonnab Follow and learn more about CAFA - Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards @cafawards

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Myles Sexton is a force of nature. They are a Creative Director, HIV & Sobriety Activist, model, makeup artist, content creator and lover of all things fashion and travel. In this episode Myles talks openly about how fashion has been an integral part of their life, whether it be their roots on the east coast of Canada, their decision to come forward about living with HIV, the honour of wearing the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress and so much more. Follow Myles: @mylessexton www.mylessexton.com Watch the video as Myles shares that they are living with HIV - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MmYyfmFOoM Follow host Donna Bishop @thisisdonnab Learn more about CAFA @cafawards www.cafawards.ca

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Smash + Tess is a community, a fashion brand and the dream of mother/ daughter team Ashley Freeborn and Teresa Freeborn. Hailed as starting the "Romper Revolution" Ashley's vision goes well beyond the freedom and comfort of the casual dressing that has taken the globe by storm since 2020. But what does being comfortable really mean? Have we shed a metaphorical corset since the onset of Covid? Hear Ashley's thoughts on this in more. Follow & Discover Smash + Tess: https://smashtess.com/ @smashtess Follow host Donna Bishop: @thisisdonnab Follow CAFA: @cafawards

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Michelle and Karen love weddings, but that doesn't mean they didn't see the point of reevaluating the traditions and tropes of the typical, heteronormative, western wedding. We dive into the bridal, white wedding dress and the crushing pressures that the billion dollar wedding industry can impose upon women as they celebrate their nuptials. As authors of The New Wedding Book: A Guide to Ditching All the Rules, Michelle and Karen uncover the historical foundation of the traditional wedding gown (thank you Queen Victoria, but mostly Princess Grace and Princess Diana) in the hopes of supporting couples to make choices that align with their perspectives, values and forge new tradtions. The New Wedding Book can be found here - https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-new-wedding-book-a/9781459747111-item.html?ikwid=the+new+wedding+book&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=b5ab362fe92db4785119f80c62cbe626 Follow Michelle and Karen: @thenewweddingbook @mbilodeau @karen_cleveland Follow host Donna Bishop @thisisdonnab @fashiontalkspod Learn more about CAFA @cafawards www.cafawards.ca

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What do you do when getting dressed is traumatizing? If you are Mahrzad Lari you face it head on. As a plus sized man since his youth Mahrzad never felt he could express himself with clothing. Flash forward to 2021 and he is disrupting the menswear industry with his label Wide the Brand. A classic, chic line of modern basics for plus sized men. Mahrzad candidly shares personal stories about his love of fashion, his experience as a plus sized man and why we should take the emotion out of size. Sound familiar? Episode with Meredith Shaw: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/finding-belonging-in-fashion-with-meredith-shaw/id1271856693?i=1000541311124 Follow Us: @mahrzadlari @widethebrand www.en-ca.widethebrand.com @thisisdonnab @fashiontalkspod

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Is there a connection between our body and our subconscious mind? Atarah breaks down this powerful connection, shares his personal journey and love of fashion and how the clothes we choose can impact our belief system. So much to take in on this one! Follow Atarah and connect to book a session: https://www.instagram.com/atarahvalentine/ Follow host Donna Bishop: https://www.instagram.com/thisisdonnab/ Learn more about our producing partner the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards: @cafawards

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Grace Lee has seen the beauty industry change a lot in her 26 years of experience. With strong opinions on the specific role of a fashion makeup artist, how social media is shaping the industry and her go-to products, Grace shares all this as well as behind the scenes stories from her days at fashion weeks around the world.

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It is About Far More than Bras & Underwear with Chantal Carter of Love and Nudes. In this episode Chantal Carter shares: * her inspirational and dramatic spark that planted the seed for Love and Nudes * what it means to be seen, and not be seen, in fashion * how she created her own opportunity * what it means to see other companies, larger companies, take a bite of your market Where to find Chantal: @loveandnudes www.loveandnudes.com Where to find Donna: @thisisdonnab @fashiontalkspod To learn more about CAFA: @cafawards www.cafawards.ca

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Meredith Shaw is a leader of Canadian Fashion Authority, On-Air personality on CHUM FM and Style-Expert on The Social + The Marilyn Denis Show. Meredith inspires women of all sizes across the country through body positivity activism, modelling and style expertise. Donna and Meredith talk about: * Working in fashion as a curvy woman * The language of body types * Taking the emotion out of size * The challenge of the word "inclusive" sizing * Dispelling myths of curvy women Mentioned in this Episode: @diana.dares http://www.marielleelizabeth.com/ https://www.hilarymacmillan.com/ Where to Meredith Shaw: * @meredithshaw - including her body language series * https://www.femmefaire.ca/ for the MEREband in support of Girls Inc. - a National Organization encouraging young women of all backgrounds to be strong, smart and bold Where to Find Host Donna Bishop * @thisisdonnab * @fashiontalkspod Our Producing Partner @cafawards - the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards

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FashionTalks is back! Donna Bishop returns with candid interviews with designers, stylists, artists, activists and leaders within the fashion industry. What we wear says something. Fashion literally talks. Join us beginning November 10 for conversations on the power and persuasion of fashion. Where to Find Us: * @fashiontalkspod * @thisisdonnab

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