Surreal or Real, Vogue Italia

Two hours ago I was just going about my usual, domestic Saturday activities. Steve left me to sleep in while he and Aidan had fun at swimming lessons. We went to Aldi and bought milk. We did laundry, Steve mowed the lawn and I changed the sheets on all the beds. Aidan went down for a nap so I opened my laptop and got to work pinning some of my favourite curvy fashion blogs but I didn’t get to finish. I was interrupted. I caught a glimpse of one of my images from the Gisela Ramirez collection… on Vogue Italia newsfeed widget!!!

One click and all the air was sucked out of my body. There is was, clear as day, my photo on the Vogue Curvy section of the Vogue Italia website. My name wasn’t credited and I automatically went on the defensive. I called Gisela to let her know and thankfully she knew about it, she’d been interviewed months ago and hadn’t gotten conformation that it would be included in the magazine…

… that’s when my heart stopped beating. “Included in the magazine?” I stammered through the phone. Yep, there was a very big chance that once of the few photos she’d included with her interview would be published but there was no guarantee. My heart started up again and all the blood rushed to my head, I felt like I was going to be sick.

Gisela called Mag Nation in Newtown and they said they’d just received the shipment so she went to check it out and promised to call as soon as she saw the article, if my photo was in it she’d buy me a copy. I waited for what felt like years for her call but in reality it was only an hour or so.

“Bleep” went my phone…

“Bleep” it went again…

There is was in all it’s glory. Beautiful Delphina wearing Gisela’s iconic cropped tee. I called her and did what any grown professional woman would do… I screamed, squealed and giggled like a little girl. Gisela and her mother bought every issue they had in stock and will be kindly posting one out to me on Monday. I can’t even read Italian but it sure as hell makes me want to learn. I’m so proud of Gisela, I don’t think it’s really sunk in for her yet and I can’t imagine how Delphina must be feeling. If there is any time to get dressed up and drink Champagne… this is it!

sigh… I don’t even have the issue in my hands. There is a small part of my brain that’s trying to convince me that I’m dreaming, that it’s not really happening, that it’s all a fantasy. I don’t think my name is even mentioned but as awesome as that would have been, when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter. My photo, a piece of my art, time and talent… is in Vogue Italia.

I die.


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    Claire says

    This is amazing!!!! Do you need a translator? LOL – I’d be happy to translate the article for you if you want?

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    Hello Dani,

    I’m not sure if you can read my words of congratulations as yet (as you may be popping those champagne corks and sipping quickly :)

    but a huge honourable congratulations for your work and work that is so well done.

    Have a wonderful day,

    loulou, hereiamloulou blog 


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    o…m…g dani!!!

    remember how you were going to do a photography course and then you pulled out? Could you please go back and shake some sense into *that* Danimezza and tell her to have some faith… that some day her fashion photography would end up in Italian Vogue?

    So proud of you (and Steve for supporting your work) and happy for you!


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    i am short, curvy and bottom heavy. i just boghut a pair of light coloured, high-waisted uber flares with pork-chop pockets. if that isn’t breaking a ton of “rules”, i don’t know what is. =)


  1. […] Phew. A busy day full of great photos, great memories made with Hubby and a new profile pic or two for something pretty exciting and just a wee bit cool {that I’ll be able to announce end of the week, next week at the latest}. Danimezza took some of the images and made them fab. Thank goodness for talented friends, speaking of which, did you hear her photo was published in Italian Vogue? […]

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