Mommy bloggers is the largest demographic at the annual conference of BlogHer, but the fashion contingent came out in full force. First, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns looked as beautiful as ever discussing her work with her organization, Every Mother Counts and documentary, "No Woman No Cry" with CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien. The charity works as an advocate to educate and provide assistance to reduce the maternal mortality rate globally.
For a blogger network representing women with all different stories, the models walking the runway was a wonderful reflection of that. The bloggers on the catwalk were all shapes and sizes, and looked incredible. The range of models included Erin Vest of Queen of Spain, who had gained weight due to medication for Lupus, but sashayed her new curves as the sexy diva she was. Laura Tellado of Holdin Out for a Hero who blogs about spina bifida truly inspired as she leaped out of her wheelchair to strut the runway. A Muslim blogger elegantly walked the catwalk and proved how chic conservative dress could be. Jenny Radovich of I Spy DIY and Christine Brown of Love Brown Sugar rocked their heels and handbags. Kathryn Finney of the Budget Fashionista was the fashion show MC and tore up the runway. Cece of Big Girl Blog indeed did not fall on her face as she feared, but looked fierce instead. Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily, Grace Atwood of Stripes and Sequins, Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and Alissa of Stylish Curves were among other models of the show.
Martha was an extremely popular keynote speaker the day before, and offered free digital subscriptions of her magazines to the bloggers at the luncheon. She did let us know that ll 60-70 000 products of hers were designed in-house and that making money was 'a good thing'. Keeping it real. I followed up that luncheon with a panel on media training. Speaker Katie Couric joked about how she couldn't wait to pull her stylish platform heels off as soon as she left the stage. She acknowledged how so much of the America knew her because they had shared in her life and pain, which also shaped her work with charity organizations.