Meet Fashom user Johanna. She is a fashionista and has some sassy words for the critics in the world.
Fashom : What do you do for a living?
Johanna: I blog 3 to 4 times a week about fashion for the daily women and body confidence. Also, I work a full-time job as an assistant at photography for events.
Fashom: What’s your general sense of style / fashion like? Do you stick to a particular kind of dressing – either feminine or masculine or do you experiment with both?
Johanna: My style is very quirky, vibrant, and sexy with a twist of both. I love to mix and match especially a men’s oxford shirt with heels. I always vary my sense of style because I like to play around with different ways to wear an item. Therefore, you never know what you will get until you try. I love when you can have the option of wearing anything at any given time in which that’s all me.
Fashom: How much do you think the social norms and mainstream media have constrained people from expressing themselves through their looks?
Johanna:I honestly think people have constrained themselves because of the way social media or the norm treats them. Example: many celebrities are a size 4 and showing off the expensive brand, and then people feel as if they are not good enough to wear them because of their size. Often, People are mistreated badly when they are full figured and try to wear a crop top with shorts. I always say show that stomach just in a tasteful way; do not let anyone hide who you are. I feel if you have a certain look you want to show, go ahead and show it full force because everyone is beautiful in their own way and most of us express our ways through style. Media will always try and create a momentum by judging and making others look bad for expressing their true self. A person who’s true to their sense of style can get so much more than someone lying to be in the spotlight. Therefore, fashion and style should be expressed in any way, shape or form because it helps the other person who has a low self of esteem come out of there shell to also loving who they are.
Fashom: How did you overcome such constraints. What can people do to overcome these constraints?
Johanna: I honestly block any hatred, constraints, and rules to what people want to see. I’ve always been the type of person to wear what I like. Also, overcoming these constraints are easy, 1. Look at yourself in the mirror and admire that person, 2. Don’t change, 3.stick to what you like and last but least don’t care for what people want to do with you, you deal with you at your time. Is easy to get lost and be like someone else in a world full of people but we are unique and we all have really fabulous ways to ourselves. People can have an opinion on how they feel but my reaction is mine, so I choose to show it, flaunt it and flip my hair all around.
Fashom: On your blog, https://love2bcouture.com you post many pictures of your fabulous outfits. What are some items of clothing that everyone should have in their closet for this Fall season?
Johanna: Fall is a really nice season when you can wear sweaters, jackets, and warmer gear. However, every woman should have a trench jacket because it is versatile where you can wear it with jeans or a dress. A pair of flats in either orange or red since it can go with black clothing on those days when not feeling like over dressing. It’s a pop color to the wardrobe. Last but not least, a nice fedora hat in black or tan; due to it being so easy to style with any outfit and it will make the outfit look sleeker.
Fashom: How do you deal with criticism from others?
Johanna: (Chuckles) one of the things I do the most is to keep wearing those outfits that make the critics go crazy in brighter colors. Therefore I just keep on dressing my way with a smile and my best foot forward. Ignorance is the key to moving forward. Everyone is entitled to their opinion; I just don’t let it get to me. Flip your hair and wink an eye.
Fashom: What was the best advice you ever received about being true to yourself?
Johanna: The best advice I’ve received is to not change my upbeat personality because my ways have helped them move forward in life. Also, have no regrets and keep that smile in which everyone loves because it really brightens up a room.
Fashom: The goal of Fashom is to encourage people to be themselves and break all cultural stereotypes. Having used the app, what is your opinion about Fashom?
Johanna: Fashom is very diverse in which I love immensely, there’s no bullying, hatred and or judging. This app promotes everything that should be happening within our world. Which is love for everyone, I personally love how I have received nothing but love and attention in this application throughout my time and I encourage every other woman to use it when trying to show their sense of style.
Fashom: Any message you would like to send out to the world?
Johanna: Don’t let people tell you what to wear or how to look. Be comfortable in your skin because you are beautiful in your own way, we cannot all be the same. Also, let’s stick together and make momentum to loving one another for who we are, not what others want us to be.
Check out Johanna’s fabulous blog at Love2BCouture