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FASHION ICON: Jenna Lyons

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Jenna Lyons

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly bullied by my mother for the way I choose to dress. Her ideal of beautiful doesn’t really overlap with mine, so we constantly have arguments where she’s like: “Oh dear, you work in fashion and you look like a homeless person” or “Are you sure you want to wear that with those shoes?” or my personal favourite one is “Please throw away those shoes, I’ll buy you new ones, if you can’t afford it”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my mother, but sometimes she can be a real pain in the a**, if you know what I mean. She’s one of those people who wants to blend in the society, always had a knack for more classy looks and needs the approval of others to make herself happy and I’m the total opposite. I’m what people like to call a rebel. I’ve always wanted to be different than the others, unique, one of a kind. It’s what brings me joy, maybe not so much the “how I look part” but the fun and the creative process while choosing an outfit. I love combining old pieces with new ones, cheap pieces with expensive ones, casual tops with evening maxi dresses. Over the years her opinion was such a hold back, as I was constantly thinking that something is wrong with me for wanting to look different, but when you start to grow personally, as your confidence grows, your quilt disappears and you start to see the world through fresh pair of eyes, YOURS. When you realise this, your outfits become crazy displays of your inner awesomeness and it’s right there babes, where all the magic happens.

You might or might not relate to my problem, but I know one person who does and that’s enough for me. Why, you ask? Because it’s the freaking Jenna Lyons, a woman I’ve developed sort of like a secret girl crush for and have gained an enormous respect after learning that she too was bullied for her creative choices of outfits as a young girl, her gawkiness and health issues. And look where it got her. So today we’re honouring her bubbly personality, uniqueness and resilience, because it’s Jenna Lyon’s world and we’re all just living in it.

Read the whole article here.