Wegan Go To DIVA Re-Launch Party!

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As you most likely already know, we love DIVA magazine (Europe's largest LGBT magazine) and loved our front cover photoshoot with Luclyn back in 2014. DIVA recently have new ownership and are lesbian-owned for the first time by Twin Group Media (Linda Riley and Silke Bader, who also own Curve - America's lesbian mag).

To celebrate, DIVA held a re-launch party at the prestigious and decadent location of The Ivy just over a week ago. We were delighted to attend and show our support for such a wonderful magazine that Megan grew up with, and that we both now hold dear to our hearts (as well as the people that work for it, having had the pleasure to get to know them over the last couple of years).

We quickly glammed up after a day of work, hopped in a car and made our way to London....

DIVA also has new columnists, 'the Fab Five', consisting of the lovely Christian singer and broadcaster Vicky Beeching, the fab UK Black Pride director Lady Phyll Poku-Gymiahm, singer Heather Peace, BBC news reader Jane Hill and actress Sophie Ward.

It was a star studded event (we arrived just as Gok Wan was being papped and ended up behind him in a hilarious unflattering photo which we will not re-post, but have a good laugh if you find it!) and such a welcoming, fun atmosphere. It was great to see a lesbian event get such a good turn out, from both the lesbian and gay male community and straight allies.

The event opened up with an intro by actor Charlie Condou, and passionate speeches by Linda Riley, and Editor Jane Czyzselska.

Then the mingling and wine drinking commenced (alas, we missed the champagne!... I know, I know...) We'll give you a little run through...

We caught up with Vicky Beeching, and discussed 'Wegan-ifying' her new flat... and admired her brogues of course...

With Editor Jane and Vicky Beeching
We met the wonderful Sinitta, who's best friends (pictured) have been together for TWENTY years! Such a lovely couple and we wish them a life time of happiness.

With Sinitta and her friends
As if by magic, Whitney's love of food, the Food Network, was brought to life at the Diva event with the arrival of Jonathan Phang.. and then we ended up being interviewed by him! Such a lovely man!

We met Love Island's Katie Salmon, and her equally lovely brother Dean. We had a great chat with Katie about female empowerment and femme visibility... and how she's found herself to be dating more women than men lately ;)

With Katie Salmon
With Katie Salmon and her brother
With Heather Peace
With up-and-coming singer Hatty Keane (we met at the Moet party!)
With Deputy Editor, Carrie
With Michelle Heaton, from Liberty X
.. Also, how hot did Whitney look? ;)

We also had great chats with many fab gay men, including gay rights activist Peter Tachtell, 'Doctor Christian' and his partner. We also met the lovely Fernando (works at DIVA and remembered working on our faces!) and his husband (such an adorable couple), as well as great business men. And we admired shoes. As you do.

All in all it was such a fun night that flew by, we were sad that it was over but excited for the future of DIVA!

What Wegan Wore:

Dress: Asos
Heels: Kurt Geiger

Dress: Mango
Jacket: Mango
Heels: Kurt Geiger

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What Wegan Wore: Glitz & Glamour

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A long overdue What Wegan Wore post is finally here! We thought we would showcase these gorgeous sequin dresses that we wore for our birthdays, because we got so many comments, online and in person, asking us where they are from!

  1. They are dresses, not a skirt and a top (as many thought). 
  2. They are by Lace and Beads (we bought ours at House of Fraser). 
  3. Yes they are matching dresses. 
  4. No we didn't plan on it but we both loved the dresses so voila! #FemmeCoupleProblems

We originally bought them to wear for my (Megan's) birthday. We raced around House of Fraser, grabbing dresses, jackets and heels! Megan wore the back and gold version, and Whitney wore the mint and silver version, paired with a black biker jacket.


Jacket: Biba
Heels: Office


Heels: Linea 
Sunglasses: Prada

Whitney surprised Megan with these to-die-for heels from Office for her birthday!

We decided to wear these dresses again for Whitney's birthday, when we attended the Moet Party 'Now or Neverland'! (Aka Wegan's HEAVEN!) This time, we swapped the dresses around #FemmeCouplePerks ;)

Who wore it better?.... I kid, I kid!

We hope you enjoyed seeing another WWW post!

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"What's wrong with your hand?" #MyBeautyMySay

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Dove have launched a wonderful campaign #MyBeautyMySay to inspire and empower women to rise against beauty being used against them. Dove asked us* to partner up with this campaign, and we're delighted to, because we believe, like Dove, that beauty should be celebrated on our own terms, instead of our appearance being used to limit us. As a #DovePartner we want to reveal the ways in which the standards of beauty have personally affected us. Be sure to read our other blog post as part of this series: Wegan's story - "Too pretty to be gay!"

Watch Dove's new short film (1.30 min)- #MyBeautyMySay. It features the unique stories of 9 real life fab women who have overcome the beauty limits placed upon them. They're all pretty bad ass!

Megan's story - "whats wrong with you hand?"

Growing up, I tried any and every activity I wanted: swimming, rowing, ballet, etc. Nothing got in my way. Expect of course, the disability to my left hand. Even so, I gave everything a go. I'm not sure at what age I realized I had a hand that was very different from everyone else’s. I'm also not sure at what age I started to hide it with clothing or hiding it in photos. It’s something to this very day that I still struggle with. Showing the full me.

As much as I am very 'out' about being gay, I was not out about having a disability online until 2011. I still remember vividly writing that post, how I felt determined to get it out there. To tell the world that I only have the full use of one arm and one hand. My right hand:

"This is the part of this post where I am hesitant to type. It is a post I have wanted to do for quite a long time, not only for myself in some sort of therapeutic way, but also for you our dear followers. I do not want to seem like I have been in any way deceiving you but alas, in my way of coping, that is what I sort of do.

I have a disability to my left hand. It is not recent, I have had it almost since birth. I was born premature at 28 weeks old; 12 weeks early (yes 3 months!) I weighed a mere 1.14lb, basically a bag of sugar. I won’t go into complete details however as a result of medical negligence I lost the tips of my fingers to my left hand resulting in a great loss of function with further complications." -Introducing you to my hand.

I got sick of hiding it. But I also felt sick at the thought of people knowing. I had managed to conceal it so well in photos and videos, that when I did see a picture or a video of my hand, it would shock me. I saw my hand as a separate entity to me, an ugly part to me. A part to hide. That was until, I met Whitney. Slowly over the years, Whitney has helped me grow to love my hand as a part of me. In fact, she thinks I wouldn't be the person I am today were it not for my hand. She truly believes it makes me a better person.

It's funny that this blog is mainly about Whitney and I as a couple, and yet the most popular blog posts aren't about our engagement or Civil Partnership, they're about the disability to my left hand.

I was petrified to open up about my disability, and yet it's been so well received. I thought I would get lots of hateful comments about how I didn't conform to certain standards of beauty because I had a disability, and I have been pleasantly proven wrong. In fact, I've had so many other women message me that it's helped them to come to terms with their own disabilities, or embrace a part of themselves that they did not like, which is just absolutely amazing.

I'm still on a journey of self-discovery and love, but more and more each day I become more confident and proud to be me, the whole of me. I'm still hesitant to show my hand in videos or photos, but sometimes I manage to push through the fear. Recently, I showed my hand (aka 'Handy') in a boomerang video on Instagram and it was met with the wonderful comment 'what’s wrong with ur left hand??' I wanted to to reply 'nothing, but what's wrong with your manners'.

Luckily, others responded to this person for me. One person even commented, 'I always wish you'd post more photos showing 'handy', but now I see why you don’t.” That is exactly the reason I'm hesitant show my hand. I couldn't care less about anyone being homophobic towards me, but it hits me right in the heart when anything is said about my hand. However, it is what it is.

To be fair to the person who asked that “rude” question, I hardly show my hand, so they may have been genuinely shocked. If I showed it all the time, there wouldn't be any questions to ask. So I'm going to work on it! You'll see Handy more in videos and photos!

As I get more confidence, so does Handy. Handy constantly waves thank you to cars driving by and I always laugh to myself afterwards, wondering if the driver even noticed. But what's great, is that I don't even care. I am me, and I'm not about to apologise for that. #MyBeautyMySay #MM

Make sure you watch Dove's video, and comment to say that Wegan sent you. Which of the women featured inspires you the most? We love them all, but Jessica is just too fabulous for words. We need those shades. and the dog. K thanks. Feel free to share the videos to spread the message! 

We hope that you enjoyed this post and that it may help you in someway. What's your #MyBeautyMySay? Comment below, we'd love to hear! & if you loved this please, please do share it amongst your networks :)

*This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Dove blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are our own.

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