Diversity Chic – Blazing a Trail

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In case you’re new around here, we’re closing in on year two of monthly Diversity Chic posts (what?!) Here’s what we’re all about:

Diversity Chic is a collaboration of Dallas bloggers showcasing current fashion trends on a variety of skin tones, hair colors, body types and heights. Each month we will feature a new trend tailored to our personalities and style.

Our focus is to explore the world of fashion in its unique, diverse, and stylish manner – one trend at a time.

I have to tell you guys, I’ve been struggling to write this post. I have so much to say but at the same time, I can’t find the words. You know the feeling, when there’s so much bubbling up inside that you think if you start to let it out, you won’t be able to stop it? I think my friend Cady Heron described it as word vomit.

I’m going to try to keep this post as non word vomity if possible, but please forgive me if I can’t. Things are going to get political today so if you’d rather I not…that’s okay I guess. I’m going to really try to keep things level headed and kind though, so even if you’re not usually one for politics I’d love it if you tried to stick around. Maybe we can learn something from each other.

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Blazer: F21 Men (old; similar) | Bodysuit: Boohoo ($16; exact) | Jeans: Old Navy (old) | Belt: GoJane ($6.50; exact available here) | Shoes: Modcloth (old) | Purse: DSW (old) | Photos by Stephanie Drenka


It’s been a little over a week since the election and there’s a lot going on, y’all. Lots of speculation (and terrifying prospects) for Voldemort’s cabinet and transition team, but I’ve decided not to worry about that until it actually happens. Not worth stressing over “ifs.” Which is exactly how a lot of people feel about the protestors and the dissenters right now. I get it. Voldemort hasn’t actually “done” anything yet, right? Let’s give him a chance, right? The problem is…he has. These people protesting aren’t “crying” and “being babies” because of the election results. Well, let me fix that, some might be. But most of the people out there are terrified. For their own safety, for their children, for their parents, for their friends and family. I know I am. Not because I think Voldemort is actually going to follow through with many of his insane statements, but because of the culture that has been created by Voldemort. Did Voldemort make these people the way they are? Of course not. But now they feel safe doing it in public….in the president-elect’s name. And that’s scary, y’all.

So what are you going to do about it? How are we going to fix this because I know I won’t be able to handle the next four years just sitting around watching things crumble around me. No matter who you voted for or why, we have to admit that this is a problem.

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That’s one of the main things the Diversity Chic ladies and I have discussed the last few days (oh yeah, this is still a Diversity Chic post). We cried, we lamented, we laughed at some memes, but then we had to figure out what to do. Last year, we wrote some letters for Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign and Stephanie mentioned it to us via text after Election Day. Thankfully, we’re smack dab in the middle of the campaign so the timing couldn’t be better. After our Diversity Chic shoot, we took a few hours and we hand wrote more than any of us have since we were in school (12 letters a piece!) But we did something.

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Here are some other things I’m working on and planning to do over the next few months and years. I hope you’ll join me.

  1. Volunteer. There are SO many places you can volunteer, so choose something you’re passionate about and do it. Just go. It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment but imagine if those of us who don’t do anything currently (myself included) spent a few hours once a month trying to make a difference. What a better world it would be.
  2. Write and call. Write and call your representatives about things you’re passionate about. Amnesty International’s Write For Writes campaign is an easy place to start – the letters are all written for you, you just need to rewrite them yourself and toss them in the mail. A few dollars postage and you’re set. (The only caveat is it’s not really election based but it might get the ball rolling for you). You can also read this thread from someone who worked for Congress for reasons why calling your representatives is the best thing you can do to make your voice heard. Honestly, I’m still working up the courage to do this.
  3. Believe in the power of the dollar. Spend your money wisely – check out this list for companies who are associated with the Voldemort family. Am I going to be able to put him out of business alone? No. But if all the people who are protesting put their money where their mouth is, these companies will see a hit.
  4. Wear a safety pin. Or don’t. Just don’t *only* wear a safety pin. If that’s all you’re doing and you expect to make a difference, you’re kidding yourself. I’m not going to say it’s a bad idea because I do think it can be symbolic and a nice gesture of solidarity but you have to do more than that. You have to. Period.
  5. If you’re in the majority, listen more than you speak. If you’re a man and a woman tells you about something she’s experiencing, listen more than you speak. Same goes if you’re white, straight, cis, etc etc. Even if you agree with them, let them have the bigger voice and listen instead of talking over them. Then use your privilege to amplify those voices.
  6. Remember the mid term elections. PLEASE vote in the mid terms. I have a feeling this election they will be more important than ever to have your voice heard so at the very least, make sure to vote. You can also phone bank, donate to campaigns, write, etc. Lots and lots you can do if you’re more into the political side of things.
  7. Educate yourself. Honestly, I’ve been pretty lax about this one too, but no matter what you think you know – there’s more out there. Never stop reading, never stop learning, never stop growing.
  8. Get involved. Find a group that speaks to you and get involved! I’m going to be reaching out to the Dallas chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice, they have lots of chapters all over the US so they might have one near you too!

I’m stopping there for now because, let’s be honest, I could go on for days. If you made it this far, no matter what your personal beliefs are, I really appreciate it. I’m all for civil dialogue but please know that any hateful comments on either side of the spectrum will be deleted immediately. And make sure to check out the rest of the Diversity Chic posts, I know Stephanie, Denise and Sevi all have some amazing things to say too.

How are you working to make a change? Please please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments so we can support each other and share.

xoxo

Valery

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