Meet Kelorn: A woman taking on the mainsteam media with her style.
Fashom: Where do you currently live?
Kelorn: I live in Yonkers, New York
Fashom: What do you do for a living?
Kelorn: I am a Systems Analyst.
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?
Kelorn: My sense is style is feminine with a bit of edge. I grew as a tomboy, so there are times when my outfits will have a hint of menswear inspiration. I do experiment with both feminine and masculine looks and I love combining them as well.
Fashom: How much do you think the social norms and mainstream media have constrained people from expressing themselves through their looks?
Kelorn: I always use air quotes when saying “social norms” because I really dislike that phrase. Most people are not themselves because they fear judgment and criticism. For example, a woman who is a size 16 would be ridiculed for wearing a cropped top because according to society this is not appropriate because of her size. Mainstream media plays on our emotions and when it’s broadcasted no one questions or challenges what is being said or done. So I do not pay much attention to mainstream media. The commercials, the models are always a size zero Caucasian female. Even the commercials about hair products for women of color are about permed hair. I have never seen a commercial or a newspaper ad about natural hair products. Now, a woman of color can become hesitant in expressing herself through her looks because her hair is not accepted.
Fashom: How did you overcome such constraints?
Kelorn: I have always loved fashion but was hesitant about posting my pictures. When I started my blog, all of my posts were about trends and outfits not worn by me. Then my readers wanted to see my style. I first started thinking about the negative comments people may leave, that no one will follow my blog, that my style would not be good enough and I was not a certain demographic. The successful bloggers were either white or Asian with designer pieces and professional pictures. Some were even featured in the NY Times. As my readers kept on asking, my friends started pushing me towards posting and talking about my personal style. I knew was passionate about fashion and I love my style. Then one day, I found this quote by Ralph Lauren “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s something else that comes from inside you”. It is also featured on my About Me page on my blog. This was the quote that got me started because it was truly how I felt about fashion and style. I was not going to wear the brands that were broadcasted on TV, and I was not going to be deterred because I am a woman of color. If more people are true to who they are, pay less attention to what anyone else thinks and get out of their heads then those constraints will no longer exist.
Fashom: How do you deal with criticism from others?
Kelorn: Everyone wants to hear positive things but that is impossible. Not everyone is going to like my style or me and I get that. If criticism is constructive, I always think about it to see how I can be better. If it is negative, I will ignore it because I honestly don’t have the time for it.
Fashom: What was the best advice you ever received about being true to yourself?
Kelorn: I don’t think I have ever received such advice but my grandmother always said, “Just be yourself”. I always try to stay true to who I am because there is just only one of me.
Fashom: What is your favorite aspect about Fashom?
Kelorn: I love that Fashom is a platform for everyone to showcase his or her style and you do not have to be a blogger or a stylist to do so.
Fashom: Where is your favorite place to shop for clothing at?
Kelorn: I love H&M. By the way who doesn’t? I have been shopping at H&M since college. Forever 21, Zara and Asos are also some of my favorites.
Fashom: Favorite Fashion trend?
Kelorn: Ruffles, Ruffles, Ruffles!!!! Anything with a ruffle and I will buy it. The Victorian era is one of my favorite fashion eras. I love the ruffles, high neck blouses, and exaggerated sleeves and these are the trends right now. Ruffles are trending at the moment but it’s a classic. These are items that I will never discard.
Fashom: Any message you would like to send out to the world?
Kelorn: Be happy; enjoy your life because you only get to do it once. Express yourself with confidence and poise and who doesn’t like it can go fly a kite.