Meet SheRea, A Thrifty Fashionista
FASHOM: What do you do for a living?
SheRea: just earned my Master’s degree in May so I am currently in the process of securing full-time employment. In the meantime, I work as a marketing coordinator for Geenie Box and I am a full-time blogger.
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?
SheRea: I basically just wear what I want. If I see it and I love it, I wear it, even if it’s not trendy or what is expected for someone my size. Androgynous fashion was huge for me during undergrad, but these days, I wear more “feminine” styles.
FASHOM: How much do you think the social norms and mainstream media have constrained people from expressing themselves through their looks.
SheRea: So much. I can’t even begin to quantify. Do you know how many messages and emails I get from women who are afraid to wear certain looks because of how people will perceive them or because they are made fun of or harassed? Fat women, (I decided to just own that term because it doesn’t mean I’m ugly or unworthy, it just describes what I look like) are not celebrated in the media or in everyday life in general. We are instead overwhelmed by diet culture, “weight loss secrets,” and messaging that constantly tells us we are not good enough as we are. That surely affects how we dress our bodies.
FASHOM: How did you overcome such constraints. What can people do to overcome these constraints?
SheRea: At the end of the day, you have to believe that you are enough and that you are worthy. You simply can’t measure self-worth by your waistline. I realized long ago that I was going to navigate this world knowing and believing I was beautiful and was going to adorn my body in beautiful fabrics and embrace the body that I currently occupy. I encourage everyone to do the same.
FASHOM: On your Instagram, MyThriftedCloset, you focus on affordable fashion. What are some ways to find affordable deals on fabulous clothing?
SheRea: Thrifting is a great way to find deals, but I also subscribe to the email lists of my favorite brands. As soon as they have a promotion, I am notified and can score items for a fraction of the cost. Also, patiently waiting for something to go on sale helps. 20% is a decent deal, but waiting for the 50%+ sale is really where the magic happens.
FASHOM: How do you deal with criticism from others?
SheRea: I’ve been called a whale, a pig, and the list goes on. However, I know I’m amazing. That kind of criticism makes me laugh. People are often so bored and truly have issues within themselves that I can’t fix.
FASHOM: What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?
SheRea: I am privileged to inspire women around the world and touching their lives even without ever meeting them. There is so much power in that.
FASHOM: What was the best advice you ever received about being true to yourself?
SheRea: Something that comes to mind is a speech from Maya Angelou that I heard when I was about eighteen. She said, “when you know better, you do better” I don’t know, but for some reason, that just stuck with me and I apply it to everything in my life. When I know who I am, I live better and I laugh more. It’s just so fulfilling to be yourself regardless of society’s narrow ideals of beauty.
FASHOM: Any message you would like to send out to the world?
SheRea: You are more than your body, but you must still love the body that you occupy at every stage of your life!
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Written by Raven Davis