There is nothing like some behind the scenes intel. Am I right? Vicky has some amazing stories to share as we reminisce about CAFA galas through the years. Vicky Milner, President of CAFA, has her finger on the pulse of the fashion industry. CAFA (Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards) is Canada's national organization honouring, celebrating and supporting designers and the other creatives within the fashion space. Its annual awards gala is a who's who of the industry combined with the hottest up and coming players. Fashion royalty from all over the world flies into Toronto to revel in the energy and glamour of Canada's most fashionable night. Vicky, who touches every element of the gala, has seen it all. Follow Vicky Milner: @vickymilner6 Follow host Donna Bishop @thisisdonnab Learn more about CAFA @cafawards

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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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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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Fashion designer Tanya Taylor is full of surprises. Whether it is dressing strong, powerful woman (hello, Michelle Obama) or sharing her unique journey to fashion design or talking about the joys of print and colour, Tanya is full of optimism and inspiration. Follow on Instagram: @fashiontalkspod @thisisdonnab @tanyataylor

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Knix wear, an intimates company with sales passes $50-million, wants to change the way women relate to and celebrate their bodies. CEO Joanna Griffiths began Knix in 2013 with core products of leak proof panties and comfortable bras. Her purpose driven brand is giving the whole lingerie category cause to pay attention to her small (under 100 staff members) but mighty growing company.

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Tiffany Pratt's infectious energy and immense talent have made her a sought after interior designer and DIY expert in media for almost a decade. Known as the "Queen of Colour" she has a standout style (no doubt rooted in her early days in fashion) that is all her own. Tiffany shares how fashion is a constant part of her world whether she is hosting  a show on HGTV (currently Home to Win), working as an interior designer, making DIY magic, writing, styling or anything else her creative heart touches.

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In 2019, Najwa Zebian, best selling author and activist, made the decision to stop wearing the hijab. The reaction was swift and varied. Najwa shares her story of the relationship between fashion and culture and her passion for personal choice over doctrine.

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Paul Mason had been working as a fashion model in the United States and Europe when he returned to Toronto. This fateful return to his hometown would mark the beginning of a number of life and professional changes and developments; perhaps most notably his persona as Fashion Santa...

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After volunteering at Toronto Fashion Week for four seasons, the backstage rush and outrageous industry rumours stuck with me. I knew I had an irresistible backstage story and had to write Military Chic. Everyone asks if any of the characters are real...

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