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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Innocents At Risk Luncheon at Neimans With Zandra Rhodes

(Miss A, Pamela Sorensen and Kate Marie Grinold, Miss DC)

After my Marilyn Monroe photo shoot this morning, I rushed off to Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase for an Innocents at Risk luncheon still looking a bit like Marilyn sans mole, or perhaps I was channeling Gwen Stefani. Some fellow board members of Innocents at Risk didn’t even recognize me at first! Innocents at Risk is a child-advocacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to fight child trafficking though awareness programs aimed at educating the public of these crimes. They have established a public-private partnership with the United States Department of State and NGO’s to support their battle.

Deborah Sigmund spoke about child trafficking, and Kate Marie Grinold, Miss DC told attendees that child trafficking would be her platform for Miss America in January. Then, British designer Zandra Rhodes told us how she went from being a textile designer to “one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s.” She is unmistakably a fashion designer and still adores punk, as you can see from her shock of pink hair, and theatrical makeup. Over the years, Zandra has designed for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Liz Taylor, Twiggy, and continues to design for the rich, the famous, and the royals around the world. The Queen of England has even made her Commander of the British Empire in 1997. As Zandra explained her amazing fur and fashion

collection, the models walked by our tables showing us the details of her designs.

Many of her fur pieces were reversible. For instance a metallic silver raincoat with chinchilla fur trim could be reversed to a sheered black with Chincilla. Maybe one day I’ll have a raincoat like that! Then there were gorgeous Lippi Cat fur coats, which Pamela Sorensen and I just adored! And then there was an amazing micro-sheered beige sable fur with beautiful trim. Zandra showed us a gorgeous white fur with a pattern design created by sheering. The models wore stoles, and a beatiful capelet stole, which was fantastic because it had short sleeves, so that you wouldn’t have to worry about your stole falling down.  

In the past, people have questioned how I can love fur, and at the same time support The Washington Humane Society. Let me reiterate my beliefs. I support the humane treatment of animals we consider to be pets like cats dogs, and horses. I don’t think I need to support mink, sable, fox and chinchilla. I am a carnivore, and wear leather shoes, belts and handbags.

– Miss A

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