Charity + Style Expert: Andrea Rodgers
One quintessential aspect of the ViX woman is her propensity to give back and inspire others to do the same. A passion for charitable causes may best be channeled into fundraising, volunteering or servicing the community. Others may find that they have the gusto and charisma to make a difference through grander means:
Imagine playing powder puff football in 20°C weather. Not many women would be able to handle that but Andrea Rodgers can—especially if it benefits a charity like the one she co-founded, “Blondes vs. Brunettes for the Alzheimer’s Association”—which to date has raised $2 million for the nonprofit organization. Add to that other charitable endeavors such as her brainchild, Fashion For Paws (to benefit the Washington Humane Society), and Courage for Kids (her nonprofit which provides school supplies for low-income children) and it is easy to see what drives this DC socialite.
With a contagious smile and energy to match, Andrea is a fixture within the Washington, DC social circuit. She is perhaps best known as “Miss A,” a moniker that inspired her editorial website covering charity and style, Ask Miss A. When not managing the site or her consulting firm, Miss A Marketing, Andrea is out supporting various nonprofits such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As 2013 Charity Partner of Ask Miss A, the organization will receive ten percent of the site’s revenue this year. Though Andrea has practically made ‘giving back’ a full time job (and then some), this charitable Washingtonian took a moment to shed some light on being a metropolitan woman in the know:
There are a great number of things about DC that are overshadowed by the fact of it being our nation’s capital. What are your top 3 things that make DC special to you?
1. We don’t have sky scrapers thanks to the Height of Buildings Act! No building can be more than twenty feet taller than the width of the street that it faces. I love all the green space in Washington as a result.
2. We are blessed with amazing art and culture. There are free performances daily at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage, and no fee for visiting the Smithsonian museums.
3. Only about 600,000 people live in DC which is on 61.4 square miles of land, so it truly feels like a small town as you run into people you know all the time.
One of your greatest female influences:
I would say Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She promised her sister that she would find a cure for breast cancer and created a global organization that has funded more breast cancer research than any entity aside from the U.S. government.
I have a passion for charity work because…
I wanted to make a contribution and be a part of something greater than myself. I love connecting people, businesses, brands and nonprofits, and being able to shine a light on all they are doing.
How did you come up with the idea of bringing style and charity together?
I had to think about my brand and boil it down to what all I have done is all about, and that is — charity meets style. From hosting polo events, to starting Fashion for Paws and Blondes vs. Brunettes, and even my consulting work — it’s what I love, who I am, and what I’m all about.
Who has had the most influence on your style?
Everything I know about style comes from my mom who was a fashion designer in Holland. She wall-papered her sewing room in W magazine pages. So I literally grew up surrounded by fashion images.
A lady can’t leave the house without…
I’m a bit of a “Girl Scout” so I am always prepared and it’s hard for me to come up with a few things but I’ll try: a lady shouldn’t leave the house without her iPhone, money to pay her own way, lipgloss, breath mints, an open heart, an open mind, and awareness of her goals – both short and long-term.
Your favorite way to stand out at a social event:
Wearing color helps you stand out at social events. Everyone does the LBD. When everyone zigs, zag. Also, be welcoming and connect people!
And of course, your top ViX pick this summer?
The Barbados Tri Detail Bikini with the matching Brazilian bottom! Pink is my favorite color, so I was drawn to the beautiful magenta pattern in the Barbados fabric. I love a classic triangle top, and I think the gold and leather accents give the bikini a modern and luxurious touch!