Photographer Amber Melody in conversations with curve model Allie Weber for I AM the podcast

In today’s episode, I AM returns – after an extended pause initiated by the death of George Floyd and the timely uprising of the Black Lives Matter movement – with a conversation about allyship. I’m talking to Allie Weber, curve model and up-and-coming young activist in her own right, about the importance of showing up for what you believe in.

The past six months have been momentous, we are living through extraordinary times and there is much work to be done.

So where do we begin? And, what exactly does it mean to be an ally in 2020? In researching this interview I came across some great definitions of allyship that I thought help explain the concept far more eloquently than I ever could:

What is allyship?

“An active, consistent, and arduous practise of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person in a position of privilege and power seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group” –  The AntiOppression Network

 

“Allyship is the act of decentering yourself in order to make space for others who don’t look like you. It is an intentional act of empathy. It is a verb. It is a continuum that teaches us about how to love those around us more fiercely and how to have compassion for ourselves in our moments of learning” – E J Escoto

 

“In the most basic terms, an ally is someone in alliance with a certain party who has a personal commitment to benefiting that party yet is not a member of the party themselves. In modern terms, an ally is typically someone who fights oppression and prejudice by using their own privilege and position to push progress.” – Katie Sears

 

START WHERE YOU ARE

I believe in the importance of starting the conversation (or, importantly, the plural – conversations) by acknowledging and reflecting on our own personal history, experience, privilege and biases and making a commitment to do more. I also think that in doing so – we are probably going to make mistakes. I know that I, personally, have a lot to learn. Actually, I think we all have a lot to learn – about the realities and the complexities of what life is like for other people – and we have to start somewhere. So start where you are. We have to be willing to open up to “not knowing”. It’s time to educate ourselves. As Allie says: “I think it’s our job, as white women in the (fashion) industry, to ask our friends and our colleagues those questions; ‘what are your struggles and how can I help you with them?'”

LISTEN. LEARN. AND TAKE ACTION.

As my audience are likely learning to expect from the fluid-structure of I AM the podcast, this episode also touches a lot of other ground; from Size Diversity, Sexuality and Self Acceptance to how Allie was originally scouted and her insights into the business side of modelling.

 

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Allie Weber is a successful curve model based in Los Angeles, California. Her growing list of clients includes Skims, created by Kim Kardashian West, and, most recently, the ever-iconic Levi’s who featured Allie in their global 2020 campaign.

Alongside this interview, I am sharing images from the Fashion Editorial – shot with a fantastic local creative team – that connected us in Los Angeles mid-January. These images were not created to illustrate a story of allyship, but rather are included to introduce you to Allie and the gorgeous young woman she is.

MODEL: ALLIE WEBER

AGENCY: NATURAL MODEL MANAGEMENT

PHOTOGRAPHER: Amber Melody

HAIR STYLIST: JAYCEE MNIRAJD

MAKEUP ARTIST: KATE STARKEY

 

Thank you for taking the time to engage with this conversation. I will link more resources below if you’d like to dig deeper. As always please feel free to get in touch if you have feedback, suggestions or more information. I look forward to hearing from you. x

 

 

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ALLYSHIP RESOURCES:

How To Become A Better Black Lives Matter Ally | Great Big Story

The 5 Surprises of Being An Ally | Medium

Being An Ally In Training | Everyday Feminism

Allyship: From Acknowledgement to Alignment | The Teacherist

How To Be An LBGTQIA+ Ally | Reach Out

7 Examples of What Being An Ally At Work Really Looks Like

Anti-Racism Resources For White People

How To Be A Genuine Ally | Amnesty International

Guide To Allyship | Amelie Lamont

10 Things Allies Can Do | YWCA

Ways To Be An Ally | Teen Health Source

Anti-Racism Resources For Families | Studio DIY!

Books To Start The Conversation | Epic Reads

Meaningful Artwork That Sparks Conversation | Oh Happy Dani

Being an Ally in 2020 // conversations with curve model Allie Weber

Being an Ally in 2020 // conversations with curve model Allie Weber

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