I have always loved to express myself through my wardrobe. Ever since I was young, the act of dressing was magical – whether it was playing dress up in my room, or using costumes in local theatre productions – it was the act of becoming someone else that really intrigued me. Although I never was into big brands, or the latest trends, I always loved the art of dressing, of using my own personal style to reflect my personality.
To be honest in my younger, more naïve days I didn’t make the best choices. I would shop the cheapest, most convenient brands I could find. And I would give myself a pat on the back every time I would fill yet another bag of my unwanted clothes to take to the nearest Goodwill. However, this all changed once I was exposed to the realities and toxicity of the fashion industry. And I hope you will to.
During my undergraduate studies in Human Rights, I learned one of the ugliest truths – Fashion is one of the worst industries in the world. From Human Rights abuses associated with forced and child labor, sweatshop conditions and menial wages to atrocious environmental violations, the fast fashion industry is all around bad.
Now, this is not to say that Fashion itself is bad – of course not – but we must use our spending power and consumer choices to reflect our values. We should support brands that take ethics into consideration when manufacturing, companies that don’t abuse their employees or the environment. This may sound like a challenge, and it is, but I promise you’ll feel so much better about your choices and where you spend your money when you know that you’re clothed in dignity. I hope you’ll start your journey to better fashion choices with me
Con Mucho Amor,
Dress: The Reformation
Elk Tooth Necklace: B.Yellowtail
Beaded Chocker: Hand made by me
Photography: Vanessa Acosta
Location: Los Angeles Arts District