I’ve been DYYIIING to share this for some time, and I’m so, so, sooo thrilled to finally be able to share my excitement. This past January was a whirlwind of unexpected experiences, and a definite affirmation that things can happen in real life that surpass even our fantasies.
When I received a surprise overseas phone call about the possibility of being part of a global campaign that has long championed women’s uniqueness, diversity and authenticity (along with being the top ad campaign of the 21st century–I know because I googled it), I was thrilled! Personally I’ve always believed in celebrating creativity and personal expression, as well as embracing and enhancing women’s diverse beauty through the clothes I design–so it’s not everyday that what we hold true aligns perfectly with the opportunities presented to us 🙂
One thing very quickly led to another, and before I knew it I was in a robe, in a make-up chair, in a gorgeous London loft, getting ready for a shoot. We weren’t told who the photographer would be beforehand, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn it was Mario Testino! Yes–Mario Testino!!! I could barely contain my excitement when I met him, but I tried my best to appear calm. Soon I was sitting on a chaise lounge, wearing a favorite dress of my design, in front of a camera for Dove’s latest #RealBeauty global campaign to launch their ‘Real Beauty Pledge’ (click here to view my real beauty story on Dove’s UK site).
SO FRESH TO SEE A COMPANY LIKE @DOVE APPROACH WOMEN FROM A REAL BEAUTY POINT OF VIEW. TAN GENIAL VER A UNA COMPAÑIA COMO #DOVE ABORDAR A LAS MUJERES DESDE UN PUNTO DE VISTA DE LA VERDADERA BELLEZA. @jasminexiez, Vaishali Kastrue, Luyanda Mngadi, Natalia Dominguez, Moira Campbell, @tippiocampo, @heychookooloonks @hairbyChristiaan @theValGarland @PaulCavaco @LauraDomini2 #SarajaneHoare
For a brand that has long embraced real women and real beauty, the whole amazing experience was both real AND wonderfully surreal! Please don’t pinch me as I’m still not quite sure I haven’t just dreamed this whole thing up 😮
*I don’t know why the cover photo keeps getting cropped in weird ways, so I’ll just post the official portrait again 🙂 (Photo by Mario Testino)
What an amazing experience that must have been Tippi! I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of that title than you! You are radiant!
Thank you, Melizza! That’s so sweet of you to say, and it really was an incredible experience–I’m still letting it all sink in til now! 😮 The truth is, we’re all deserving of truly wonderful things 🙂 (and I’m thankful that having a beautiful, gracious friend like you is one of those things).
Thanks for sharing this, Tippi. What an incredible experience that must have been! I can truly understand why you’d been chosen to represent all that the campaign stands for. Please continue to share your experiences… I can personally say I benefit from the insights and experiences you share.
Hi, Jhoanna! It truly was amazing 🙂 Wow, that’s the best thing I’ve heard–I’m so happy that my insights have benefited you in whatever small way <3 I think we all go through our different life experiences to be able to share it with each other and add something to the collective experience. Thank you for your kind words too, I really appreciate it!