Meet the short stature content creator Jonna! Well, maybe introductions aren't needed, seeing as she has millions of followers... But if she's not dancing her heart out or producing exciting new podcast episodes, you'll find she loves to express herself through popular style. And we're here for it! Our founder Chamiah, was interested in learning more about Jonna's relationship with fashion and her life behind the camera.
I had the PLEASURE of meeting Jonna and having her walk for us in our debut bridal collection at London Fashion Week 2022, so I’m so excited to introduce her to our wonderful community of short stature individuals.
Chamiah: Hey!! It feels like it’s been so long since we last saw each other! So, you’re an Instagram fashionista, how would you describe your personal style for those who don’t already know you?
@Lilmissross7: I would say my style consists of trendy and streetwear!
Jonna, a white female little person with tied-back blond hair, stands confidently on a walkway. She is dressed in a white cami top paired with distressed denim shorts and light pink trainers, exuding a fashionable and relaxed vibe.
Who are your style icons and inspirations?
I don’t really have one icon! I follow Dana Rose, Lucy Sleight, and Nicole Doyon and Remi Bader. I love their styles, mixing casual with trendy pieces. And I love the inclusion of plus size wear!
A compilation of fashionable ensembles worn by Dana Rose, Lucy Sleight, Nicole Doyon, and Remi Bader. On the left side, there are trendy streetwear outfits featuring denim jeans and cargo pants paired with white tops. In the middle, you can observe chic looks consisting of tailored trousers and bandeau tops. Moving towards the right, the styles transition into a more formal aesthetic, showcasing denim attire and hot pink cut-out dresses.
They are definitely very ‘you’ from what I know of you ☺️ How do you choose your outfits and accessories?
It honestly depends on my mood, and if I wanted to try something new or stick with what I think looks good on my body.
Trends are ever- changing, but what is your favourite trend right now?
I think my favourite trend is a bodysuit with ripped jeans or leggings, and always wearing my Nike dunks of course!!
Jonna poses in a park with an autumnal ambience, wearing a black t-shirt and black leggings paired with Nike trainers in black and white. Completing her outfit, she adds a checkered black and beige unbuttoned jacket and stylishly places sunglasses atop her head.
I love to dream of what the future would be like if we had more diverse people in positions of great influence: If you could be in charge of any fashion house or brand, which would you pick and why and what would you change?
I think I would want to be in charge of Victoria's Secret to make a lingerie set that fits my body better and maybe also Louis Vuitton to make sure there are more inclusive clothes.
And how did you first get interested in fashion and become a fashion influencer?
I think I always loved clothes and my family would always say I have a good sense of style but it wasn't until I became an influencer that I became more interested. I’ve wanted to be able to find clothes that look good on me and also have some fashion style to them.
What has been your favourite fashion project or collaboration so far?
Jonna poses in front of a bar, sporting a radiant smile with her hair flowing down. In the black and white photograph, she elegantly wears a Chamiah Dewey Fashion long wrap dress that gracefully extends to her feet, creating a captivating and timeless look.
I definitely would say Chamiah Dewey has been my most important and inspirational collaboration!
Thank you so much! As I’ve explained to you privately before, when I started CDF, you and @fatstimbo, were the two influencers that I was certain I wanted to work with. In my mind, I was years off meeting you, but within months, I started to work with you both! It was such a huge honour to have you at our debut fashion week show last year too.
You’re so open about your life online, which is so important to show the ups and downs of life. How have you found being so open online, especially as a little person?
It definitely didn’t happen overnight! I grew to see that people who look like me tend to hide because they're afraid of people judging us, but I realise that I am who I am and I love myself, and I will always be judged no matter what, so I thought if I talk about my life and others can relate or feel understood then I’ve done a good job. I want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin. If I can help, then I will do it.
In a black and white image, captured near an open doorway, Jonna stands with her back facing the camera, dressed in our wrap dress as she prepares to step onto the catwalk. Beside, a smiling man bends down, placing his hand on her back in a supportive gesture before her runway appearance. In the background, the audience of the catwalk can be seen.
That’s amazing! I know so many little people who look up to you, I think this is especially important for the younger generation. So, off the back of that, have you faced any challenges or discrimination as a short stature content creator? If so, how do you handle it?
I wouldn’t say discrimination but I do think certain groups as a content creator will stick with what they feel comfortable or understand. So some brands or groups won’t ever reach out to me even though I could have more followers than someone who is of average size and slim.
Jonna is seen confidently walking down the catwalk, captivating attention in a Chamiah Dewey Fashion turquoise-blue A-line wrap dress. The dress features bows elegantly tied at the shoulders, with a stylish low V-neckline.
That’s such a shame because how amazing would it be if brands started to authentically include short stature people in their campaigns.
Now I know it was the best day of my life, but can you tell us about your experience walking for CDF at London Fashion Week (LFW)? How has it changed your outlook on life since?
I would have to say it was the best experience of my life, a dream come true. I realised how powerful it has become after seeing all the buzz and reactions. I felt very honoured and lucky to be a part of something so special and it has sparked a big interest in me to do more modelling and I want to show other people that fashion can be for all body types. I always wanted to be represented and seen as a young girl but I never had a “role model” in the media. But, being in magazines and articles makes me proud and inspired for more to come. And I hope to be a part of this change.
I’m so happy that the day impacted you in such a positive way, the feedback has been sensational! It’s been the making of our brand as we know it today. I always say, I wish I could bottle up the joy we all collectively felt on that day, and share it with everyone in the world, it was surreal and humbling.
What message do you hope to send to other short stature individuals/your followers through your fashion style and platform?
I would just encourage everyone to follow what they feel is comfortable for them with fashion choices and never let anyone tell you that doesn’t look good on you! Be unique and bold!!
Thank you so much Jonna, as I’ve said, it’s such a pleasure to know and work with you, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us both!
Like Jonna, when you can't find a particular role model, the best thing to do, is to just create one. Create one by being you. And what better way to do this than by empowering yourself with our timeless and essential pieces? Shop the collections here!