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I Dissed Norma Kamali's Outfit on Facebook and Learned a Valuable Lesson

Fitness - Celeb interviews - Trending - Entertainment

So here's what went down...

I saw a picture of Norma Kamali sporting a fitness getup from her collection for Opening Ceremony that I wasn't digging.

I made a comment about it on the MizzFIT Facebook page. Lo and behold, the next day there's an email from her in my inbox. Ahhh, F*@K me! It took me a solid hour to bolster up the courage to open up it. Was she pissed? Would she blackball me from all her stores? Would she summon her fashionista squad to stone me to death...or worse, ban me from wearing her clothes?

I finally opened it (with my eyes closed).

In her email, Norma acknowledged my comments about the functionality of her garb, but backed it up by saying that she designs for the modern woman who likes to express herself in creative, comfortable and cost effective ways. She said she's proud of her designs and wanted me to look at her transitional fitness apparel in a different way...keeping in mind her mission.

Norma had me at "hello, I'm taking the high road". I wasn't sorry for my opinion though, so I didn't apologize. I told her the truth. That she's one of my favorite designers. That I have NK hand-me-downs from my mom (when she was my age) hanging in my closet which I prize. That she's right...women SHOULD ALWAYS creatively express themselves in ways that makes them feel's what I clearly preach for fitness. And then I told her that I was dying to interview her for Celebrity Sweat.

She agreed to the interview.


Norma Kamali may very well hate me (as I never did apologize for or delete the comments I made) but boy do I worship the ground she walks on. She is the definition of strong & classy. She never said a mean thing to me. Instead, she wanted me to know where her passion and eccentricity comes from, and why sometimes that is way more important and INTERESTING than the outfit itself.

**Norma, if you ever read this, I just want you to know that I'm glad I got your attention. But more than anything I'm glad that you taught me a lesson about a different kind of "style". Thank you for that.**



written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit



Say what's on your mind!

Dori June 29th, 2012 9:17PM

I would have been really scared to see that email in my inbox too! Sounds like the woman really has a lot of grace, and she handles the criticism very well. I'm guessing she is used to it and has a thick skin, which makes this business perfect for her. And you did nothing wrong, you expressed your opinion! I'm sure she respects you too.

LacticAddict June 30th, 2012 12:23AM

Wow, that's awesome. Class act. Dig it.

MizzFIT July 2nd, 2012 7:47PM


First of all, I saw you at Refine last week but you didn't recognize me...and I was in a rush. 2nd, thanks for this comment, I really appreciate what you've written here. I love that NK wrote me. I learned more about her brand and passion for what she does when she challenged me to take a closer look. And yes, I will continue to express my opinion...and I do hope that she understands I do it because I love fitness fashion, not because my intention is to attack her style. I just always like to focus on function. And if fitness fashion doesn't incorporate that, then what's the point. I do think NK collections are beginning to take function more into consideration...but I'd like to see more of that injected into the different styles she offers. Again, thanks for writing your 2 cents here, babe! Let's work out together soon!

Bianca Jade/MizzFIT

MizzFIT July 2nd, 2012 7:48PM

Hey there LacticAddict,

She is quite a strong and outspoken lady. I like her.


Itm July 5th, 2012 7:10PM

What didu say

MizzFIT July 10th, 2012 7:09AM

Hi Ilana,

In a few words, I basically said that I thought her outfit was inappropriate for the gym/fitness studio and not very functional for the workout she claims to loves so much (physique57). But...I get where Norma comes from now...and I respect and honor her fitness philosophy. We don't have to agree. But the one thing I know is that she is pretty freakin' awesome :)


Katie July 31st, 2012 12:27AM

Oh my gosh. I don't think I could have EVERRRR opened that. I hate confrontation so much I probably would have cried! But your post to her is very well written and let's be honest your opinion is also very well respected- maybe it is the start of a beautiful collaboration :)

MizzFIT July 31st, 2012 1:49AM

Hi Katie :)

Let me tell you...I was super scared to open it. Like shaking. But I'm glad I did. I also hate confrontation but I'm also responsible for starting it sometimes--oopsy! Thank you for the kind compliment and support and yes, I do hope that Norma appreciates my new take on everything she represents. You are so cute, btw. Going to check out your site now!

Much love,