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VOLUP2 is a revolutionary magazine which challenges the fashion industry's outdated and boringly narrow view of beauty.

                      VOLUP2 Magazine

I am raising funds to bring out the next issue of VOLUP2, a revolutionary magazine that challenges the fashion industry's outdated and boringly narrow view of what beauty is.

Je récolte des fonds afin de sortir la prochaine parution de Volup2, un magazine révolutionnaire qui chamboule la vision obsolète et étroite de ce que la beauté est.

Master's model shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Master's model shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

I’m Velvet d'Amour, best known for having taken the runways of Paris for Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano during the Size 0 model debate, as well as for my lead role in the Cannes and Tribeca nominated French film AVIDA. The main gist of my work, be it acting, contemporary dance, photography or modeling, is to open society's concept of beauty to be more inclusive.

Je suis Velvet d’Amour, connue pour avoir défilé à Paris pour Jean-Paul Gaultier et John Galliano lors des grands débats concernant les mannequins taille 32, et pour mon premier rôle dans le film français AVIDA nominé lors des festivals de Cannes et Tribeca.L’essentiel de mon travail, que ce soit mon métier d’actrice, la danse contemporaine, la photographie ou le mannequinat, est d’élargir le concept de beauté imposée à la société, pour qu’il devienne plus ouvert.

Photo of Velvet by Maya Guez
Photo of Velvet by Maya Guez

Creating a multilingual fashion magazine which openly challenges modern media's impossibly inaccessible beauty standard is a natural evolution of both my modeling and photography work. While there is no shortage of articles chronicling the detrimental effects that mainstream fashion magazines have, particularly on women and young girls, there are no fashion magazines which actively challenge these notions using the power of imagery to promote genuine diversity and inclusion. Thus VOLUP2 was born!

La création d’un magazine de mode multilingue qui conteste ouvertement les standards de beauté inaccessibles transmis par les médias modernes est une évolution naturelle de mon travail de mannequin et de photographe. Alors qu’il ne manque pas d’articles relatant des effets néfastes que les magazines de mode majeurs ont, touchant particulièrement les femmes et jeunes filles, il n’y a toujours pas de magazine mode qui s’emploie à défier activementce concept de beauté en utilisant le pouvoir de l’image pour promouvoir une diversité et une ouverture authentiques. C’est ainsi que Volup2 est né !

Denise Bidot shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Denise Bidot shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
 

The media attention showered on me by virtue of my modeling/acting work has generated an inundation of emails from women around the globe of all shapes and sizes confiding in me, both their inner turmoil over not even coming close to looking like the women they see on runways and magazines, as well as their profound craving to BE the woman on the catwalk or the pages of the magazine. As I'm a published photographer, I felt confident that I could make a magazine that is devoted to honoring those that fashion left behind. Celebrating the gorgeous reality that humanity has to offer by actively challenging accepted ideas of beauty as women have, and always will, come in many different shapes, sizes, ethnicities, ages and abilities.

J’ai été couverte par l’attention des médias grâce à mon travail de mannequin et d’actrice et cela a généré une inondation de mails de la part de femmes de toutes tailles et corpulences du monde entier, me confiant leur profond désarroi de ne pas ressembler même un peu aux femmes que l’on voit sur les podiums et dans les magazines, ainsi que leur profonde envie d’ÊTRE la femme sur le podium ou sur les pages de magazine. Etant une photographe rendue public, je me suis sentie confiante que je pouvais faire un magazine dévoué à honorer ceux que la mode oublie. Célébrant la superbe réalité que l’humanité a à offrir en contestant activement les idées reçues sur la beauté et faire comprendre que les femmes naissent, et naîtront toujours, avec des formes, tailles, éthnicités, âges et capacités différentes C’est cela que la beauté représente.

Nathalie Dauzet shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Nathalie Dauzet shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

Thus far I produced the first three issues, Ecstasy, Femininity and Zest which debuts with the start of this Kickstarter campaign. Our Facebook fanpage has close to 3,000 fans, and we are nearing 6,350,000 page views, not bad when you consider that is for the first two issues alone! At this stage, I am able to see that my dream of an inclusive, diverse, edgy fashion magazine resonates to a broad spectrum and clearly justifies carrying on.

Jusqu’à present j’ai produit les trois premières parutions, Ecstasy, Feminity et Zest, qui débute en même temps que cette campagne Kickstarter. Nous avons près de 3000 fans sur notre page Facebook et près de 6.350.000 vues au niveau du magazine. Pas mal quand on considère que c’est pour les deux premières parutions seulement ! A cette étape, je vois que mon rêve d’un magazine de mode ouvert, diversifié et à la pointe s’étend à un large spectre et justifie clairement le fait de poursuivre mon travail.

Veronique Pambrun shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Veronique Pambrun shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

I am blown away by the numerous letters by women who have opened up to me about the fact that the magazine literally moved them to tears of joy.  I am reassured that I am on the right track and I understand that its time to step it up a notch!

Je suis époustouflée par le nombre immense de lettres dans lesquelles les femmes se sont ouvertes à moi en partageant le fait que le magazine les ai fait fondre en larmes de joie. Je suis rassurée de savoir que je suis sur la bonne voie et qu’il est temps de monter d’un cran !

Stephanie Lhorset shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Stephanie Lhorset shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

Up to now Volup2 has been hundreds and hundreds of bilingual French/English (soon to be Spanish-next issue!) fashion/art-filled pages, free of advertising, but in order to continue to thrive, we need to take someone on who can dedicate themselves to the task. Additionally, our graphic designer and web/tech team prices will augment with the fourth issue. We will be using your funds mainly to tackle these matters, as well as to help cover the costs of hair and makeup artists who up to now have volunteered their services.

Jusqu’à maintenant Volup2 a été rempli de centaines et centaines de pages mode et art bilingue français/anglais (bientôt en espagnol à la prochaine parution), des pages sans pub, mais en prévision de continuer à se développer, nous avons besoin d’embaucher une personne qui peut prendre en charge cette tâche. De plus, les prix de notre graphic designer et technicien web vont augmenter avec la 4ème parution. Nous utiliserons principalement les fonds récoltés pour cet effet, ainsi que pour aider à couvrir les dépenses liées aux frais de coiffeurs et maquilleurs qui jusqu’à présent avait offert leur service bénévolement.

Caroline Fassone shot by velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Caroline Fassone shot by velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

In the future, we would very much like to hire a PR/Social Media person to spread the word, as well as work towards getting the magazine in print, so in the thrilling event that our goal is met, we would dedicate funds towards these objectives.

Dans le future, nous aimerions engager une personne chargée des relations publiques et du social media pour répandre nos valeurs, et travailler à faire du magazine, un magazine papier. Si notre récolte atteint son objectif, nous dédirons cet argent à réaliser ces objectifs.

Gaelle-Vanessa Prudencio shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Gaelle-Vanessa Prudencio shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

Another facet of this campaign, beyond the financial goal, is to encourage fashion photographers, clothing and accessory designers, artists, musicians, bloggers, and story writers to submit their work to the magazine. Each issue has a theme, so the work should be geared toward that. If people are interested in internships (unpaid) we would be thrilled to have you! Lastly, we see that when people come across VOLUP2 it really resonates and they more often than not become fans, so even if you aren’t able to invest financially, if my magazine moves you, I'd very much appreciate your support in getting the word out there.

Une autre facette de cette campagne, mis à part le but financier, est d’encourager les photographes mode, les créateurs de vêtements et d’accessoires, les artistes, musiciens, bloggers et écrivains à nous soumettre leur travail. Chaque parution a un thème donc le travail soumit doit être en accord avec celui-ci. Si vous êtes intéressés à être stagiaire (non payé) nous serions ravis de vous avoir ! Enfin, nous remarquons que quand les gens tombent sur VOLUP2, notre travail résonne en eux et deviennent immédiatement fan sur notre page. Donc même si vous ne pouvez pas investir financièrement, si VOLUP2 magazine vous transporte, j’apprécierai votre soutien en répandant le mot.

Ginger and Baby Diamond shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 magazine
Ginger and Baby Diamond shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 magazine

I have to admit our rewards are quite fierce and it’s perfect timing for the holiday season. Who wouldn’t want a fun VOLUP2 Magnet that features one of our cover shots? Maybe you want to join the revolution with a bumper sticker featuring a quote by Velvet, “Revel in your every ‘imperfection’ !" Everyone loves an original Tshirt and ours features VOLUP2 cover photos on the front and, “Revel in your every ‘imperfection’ “on the back, perfect for hitting the gym! How cool would it be to have a VOLUP2 2013 calendar? Each month features a photo taken from one of our first 3 issues and even includes a few behind the scenes pics never before seen.

Je dois admettre que nos récompenses sont plutôt canons et que ça tombe parfaitement pour la saison des fêtes. Qui n’aimerait pas avoir un magnet VOLUP2 sur lequel figure une de nos couvertures ? Peut-être voulez-vous joindre la révolution avec un autocollant sur lequel figure une citation de Velvet, « Réjouissez-vous dans chacune de vos « imperfections ! »» Tout le monde aime posséder un tee-shirt original et sur le nôtre figure une de nos couvertures sur le devant et la citation de Velvet sur l’arrière, parfait pour la gym ! Ne serait-ce pas super d’avoir un calendrier 2013 VOLUP2 ? Chaque mois présente une photo issue de l’une de nos trois premières parutions et inclus même quelques photos backstage jamais vues avant !

Acasia shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Acasia shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

 Finally we are offering some prime ad space, along with these rewards which you can use to promote yourself or your biz. And the real coup d'grace, have Velvet come create a magical fashion editorial in your own hometown! Or if you want to give the ULTIMATE holiday/Valentine’s gift then why not a trip to Paris where you will stay for 3 nights modeling in an exclusive fashion editorial with professional hair and makeup artists photographed by Velvet d’Amour herself and then be interviewed for an article about the experience to be published in VOLUP2! You even get to suggest the theme of an upcoming issue and share dinner in Paris with Velvet!

Enfin, nous proposons quelques espaces de publicité, que vous pouvez utiliser pour vous promouvoir ou votre entreprise. Et le « coup de grâce », Velvet vient dans votre ville afin de créer un shooting magique ! Ou si vous voulez offrir un splendide cadeau pour les fêtes de fin d’année ou la St Valentin, pourquoi pas un voyage à Paris oú vous resterez trois nuits, poserez pour un édito mode exclusif, avec des coiffeurs et maquilleurs professionnels. Vous serez évidemment photographié par Velvet d’Amour elle-même et serez interviewé pour un article dans VOLUP2à propos de cette expérience ! Vous proposerez même un thème pour une des prochaines parutions et dînerai à Paris avec Velvet !

Georgina Horne shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine
Georgina Horne shot by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2 Magazine

A huge, voluptuous THANK YOU to all of you who choose to invest in expanding our modern concept of Beauty to be more inclusive, by backing VOLUP2 Magazine with your funds or by spreading the word. We can make a difference!

Un énorme et voluptueux MERCi à vous tous qui avez investi à répandre notre concept moderne de beauté, en soutenant VOLUP2 Magazine par vos fonds ou en répandant le mot. Nous pouvons faire la différence !

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    !WILDCARD! * 11X14 inch REVEL IN YOUR EVERY 'IMPERFECTION' ! poster of ANY image in the magazine photographed by Velvet d'Amour! For this choice please define which issue (Ecstacy, Feminity or Zest) as well as the page number. The links to each individual issue are posted in the text of the 'story' to your left here. If you would like us to choose an image for you just write 'WILDCARD'.

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    You will receive a custom VOLUP2 Tshirt which features all of the covers of VOLUP2 on the front, and REVEL IN YOUR EVERY IMPERFECTION written on the back, along with the VOLUP2 custom magnet and bumper sticker. We will include you in the list of donors on our website.*Please indicate your size, S, M, L, XL, 2X (contact me if you need sizes 3X to 6X) when choosing this reward.

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    You will receive a 2013 VOLUP2 Calendar featuring select images chosen from our first three issues, as well as some never before seen behind the scenes snapshots! Along with the custom VOLUP2 magnet and the REVEL IN YOUR EVERY 'IMPERFECTION' bumper sticker and the VOLUP2 Tshirt. We will include you on a list of donors on our website too. Forget holiday shopping, have these delivered to your door!

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    You will receive two full page advertisments or alternitively the double Feature page which consists of a fun interview you will fill out and send back to us, along with your full page photo to be published in the magazine.

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    You will be flown to Paris for a 3 night stay to model in an exclusive fashion editorial photographed by Velvet d'Amour for VOLUP2. We will write an article about the experience which includes an interview of you, and you will dine with Velvet d'Amour. You will receive 2 full page adverts or a double feature page as well. This is the perfect Valentine's days gift, non?

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