GRL Talk With: Danielle Vanier

Danielle is one of the UK’s most well-known and well-loved plus size bloggers. She’s got razor-sharp wit, infectious laugh, an eye for minimal Scandi style and a strong voice that advocates for the less privileged and frequently calls out the industry for its bullshit. We chatted to Danielle about her collection with Navabi, that is pushing back on the endless plus-size collections that assume fat women want to hide their bodies in tents and don’t want fashion-forward pieces.

Photography: Bethany Elstone

For those who might not have come across you yet, could you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Danielle Vanier, I’m 32 and I’m a blogger from London.

You’ve just designed a new collection with Navabi! It’s amazing and really combating the typical garish and floral plus pieces we’re used to seeing and proving that plus fashion can be minimal and structural. What was the inspiration behind the collection?A

My love of Scandinavia, especially the style in Stockholm has definitely inspired how I personally dress, as well as inspiring this collection.

During my mid-twenties I lived and worked in Stockholm and their obsession with muted colour palettes, simple lines and their minimalistic vibe began to seep into my very British, eccentric, art college way of dressing!

I started shopping for oversized pieces, androgynous pieces and I started to wear print less and less. 

I feel that there is a huge gap in the market for clean, minimal plus size fashion. I have known for years that if/when I ever designed a collection it would be chic, minimal and have a Scandi-esq vibe to it.

Photography: Bethany Elstone

If you had to describe yourself and your collection in 3 words each, what would they be?

My collection is timeless, chic, minimal. I am Approachable, blunt and affectionate.

You’re never afraid to speak out for what’s right, where did your passion for social activism come from and how did you learn to be fearless with your voice?

As a cis, white, plus size influencer I have a very privileged position in the blogging world. It is essential that people such as myself, use our platforms and privileges to help raise the voices of those who are erased and ignored by the media and brands.

Photography: Bethany Elstone

Where would you like to see movements around body representation and empowerment go? Do either #BoPo or body neutrality resonate with you, or do you find these labels problematic?

Over the last few years, the message behind body positivity has seriously been watered down and the initial message of what BoPo stood for and who started the movement had been ignored and pushed aside for a more “favourable” movement, co-opted by brands to try and make you buy more stuff. I would like to see more fat activists who deserve to have their voices heard, listened to (such as @nerdabouttown) and for people to actually read up more on what the fat liberation movement was.

Now for the question we ask everyone! What advice would you go back and give your 16-year-old self? 

Stop sucking your thumb, Danielle!

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