Fashion with Emmy Award winner Mara Schiavocampo

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Emmy-award-winning correspondent at Good Morning America (GMA) Mara Schiavocampo, talks about the evolution of her fashion during  her journey to success!

Growing up with an African American Mother and Italian father, Mara Schiavocampo grew up in a lifestyle immersed in culture which was expressed at the dinner table. Her fashion sense however, came from another avenue. “My fashion inspiration is drawn from music” stated Schiavocampo.

Who in particular is her musical fashion icon? “Jennifer Lopez, she has fantastic style and a great range from edgy to classy, with Jennifer Lopez you can’t go wrong” Stated Schiavocampo.

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Schiavocampo also draws from her college years for fashion trends that have re-emerged today. “Chokers, combat boots, bomber jackets and matte lipstick” are her favorite “go-to’s” when she is thinking of the perfect outfit for a regular day!

But this confident, energetic and fearless woman that you see on Good Morning America didn’t always view life as a glamorous walk in the park.

In her younger years, the former ABC news correspondent struggled with weight and self esteem issues as well as her journey to the healthier physique that you see today. Schiavocampo talks about this journey in her new book;

Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds — My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance

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On an interview with Roland Martin, the author stated that when she was a size 14, she actually took a lot of pride being that size because she wanted to represent that demographic on television. So how was the process of finding fabulous pieces at that size

“It’s important to know your shape.” stated Schiavocampo. “Every trend isn’t for you,” The trends that are appealing to the News & Documentary Emmy Award winner are “Bright colors, chic dresses and bold jewlery” stated Schiavocampo.

Although the transition to a smaller frame was exhilerating, the American journalist had a tough time letting some of her favorite pieces go. “It was hard getting rid of my favorite things” she was surprised however, by the surplus of designs that she had to choose from. “When you’re a smaller size, there are a lot more options”

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Schiavocampo understands the difference between what is acceptable for work and play, but she doesn’t let her fear of crossing the line paralyze her from expressing her personality through fashion. ” In the beginning [of my career] I was concerned more about being taken seriously but now i’d rather take too many risks than not enough”

Even though the emmy award winning GMA correspondent is at the top of her game, she understands that self acceptance is a constant journey. “it’s a process that i’m still working on but the key is to focus on way from exercises to people and do more of that”

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Schivocampo’s do’s and dont’s for what to wear in the workplace are very simple however you have to keep in mind that there are different requirements for the different professional environments. What’s acceptable for journalism for example, may be uacceptable for corporate.

DON’T: 

Stay away from pieces that show “too much cleavage, short shorts or revealing the midriff area”.

DO :

Be free and creative with your wardrobe.”You can make almost anything else work”.

 

TOP FIVE FASHION TIPS:

  1. Wear what feels good
  2. Wear bright and bold colors
  3. Don’t be afraid to try something new
  4. Try something outside your comfort zone and take risks
  5. Take inspiration from everywhere!

 

Power Piece

Mara Schiavocampo knows that confidence is the best accessory that anyone can wear for any outfit. So what are her power pieces that she can wear to give her that extra push or boost to make her feel confident?

“If i’m not working I like to wear really high heels and something short”.

 

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You can purchase Mara Schiavocampo’s book here

Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds — My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance

LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

How do you feel about Mara Schiavocampo’s fashion journey? Do you agree that self-acceptance is a never ending process? How do you feel about the lack of options for plus size women in the fashion industry?

 

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