Ethical Details: Tee – c/o Bead & Reel via Fair Trade Fashion Show; Jeans – #30wears; Earrings – c/o Sela Designs
What does it mean to be a fashion activist? For me, it means a couple of things…
- I want my everyday actions and political decisions to be based in progressive activism. In this way, I am an activist who happens to enjoy fashion. It is not incongruous to be someone who cares deeply about the world and also enjoys expressing self expression through clothing.
- I am an advocate for change in the fashion industry. I believe that my individual decisions impact other people’s individual decisions, and that the way I shop should be part of my broader social justice goals.
We may not literally change the world through conscious consumerism, but I think the small stories and quiet ways we progress toward positive change give us hope in a world that is desperate for it. I have learned so much about what it means to be an advocate and ally, about white privilege and imperialism, and about Capitalism’s ugly removal of the collectivism we long for at a biological level. I’ve learned this through the framework of fashion activism and I am thankful for this on-the-ground training.
The world needs more advocates with open arms and listening ears. I’m a fashion activist because it’s one way to advocate, and it’s teaching me how to advocate in other areas of my life.
I was sent this t-shirt by the Fair Trade Fashion Show, a nonprofit event that features fair, eco-friendly, vegan, and women-owned, and POC-ownded fashion for the benefit of anti-human trafficking agencies. You can learn more about it here.