The historical event #BloggersGiveBack took place at the FIT Design Entrepreneurs Collaborative 520 8th Avenue Suite 1202, New York, NY 10018 from 6:30 PM to 9:30PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. A highly curated and diverse group of 200 of New York City’s top influencers and bloggers, models, celebrities, modeling and PR agencies, media and brands with a combined global reach of well over 20 million, have come together to provide hundreds of pounds of quality clothing donations to Housing Works which is a New York City based non-profit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness and in partnership with the media to redefine the terms “Blogger/ Influencer” as being someone who only works for their own benefit, to being someone who can affect positive change in society.
The celebrity infused subject matter expert panel discussion was led by paradigm shifting event co-producers Catherine Schuller, renowned diversity fashion event curator of Runway the Real Way, Sarah Hamel-Smith plus sized model and digital influencer at True Model Management and Urszula Makowska, actress, influencer and social media expert.
Panelists included Nev Schulman the host of MTV’s show Catfish, creative director Laura Perlongo, Khrystyna Kaz winner of America’s Next Top Model, Chrissy Monroe founder of Survive to Thrive Global and VH1’s show Love and Hip Hop, Kahlil Martin NYC socialite and CEO of D17Productions Management Corp, Kristen Luong designer of sustainable fashion line KROMAGNON and Scarlett Hao the first Chinese curvy fashion influencer. Participants discussed the importance of diversity, sustainable fashion practices as well as ways to awaken the social responsibility component in influencer marketing/ blogging.