Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazmine Brown.
Jazmine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved to San Diego from Los Angeles to pursue a Fashion Merchandising degree at Point Loma Nazarene University. While attending I became aware of the fashion industry’s negative impact on the environment and people. I became passionate about environmental justice, switched out of my major, and transformed my fashion blog, That Curly Top, into a platform to speak for environmental advocacy and my personal journey to live more sustainable.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting out in this journey was the roughest part. I was completely overwhelmed by the information I learned about climate change, consumerism, labor trafficking etc. I kept thinking, “I’m only one person. How would me taking any steps to make a difference.” I had ignored and stuffed down the information I learned because I wanted to continue living the way I had before and not feel guilty about it. But then I entered an ecology and conservation course at my school and knew I couldn’t continue living the way I did and that I needed to change.
I made myself go on a fast fashion ban for an entire year, which was very difficult as I would go to the mall every other week and spend $200+ on new clothes. This discipline allowed me to become more confident about being more sustainable in other aspects of my life and about what I do and don’t buy. It’s amazing to see how these small actions have also impacted those around me, but this also includes as many critiques as wells as praises. I’ll have people tell what I’m doing doesn’t make a difference or that I’m not doing enough. But at the end of the day, I know where I am on my journey and I can only invite others to join me in the process.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about That Curly Top – what should we know?
I run a sustainable fashion and lifestyle blog called That Curly Top. The blog focuses on showing that living sustainably can be incorporated into anyone’s lifestyle and, though it can be difficult, it doesn’t have to be impossible. I think that’s the unique approach that I’m trying to take is giving allowance for people to live their lives, but making them conscious and aware of how their small choices can make a huge impact. At the end of the day, I love being able to hear other people’s struggles and success in pursuing a sustainable lifestyle and I love that my blog has a part of influencing them.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think that grace has been the biggest factor of any success I’ve had. Giving myself grace has allowed me the freedom to try new things and not allow failure to hold me back. I’ve also witnessed how this extension of grace towards others has given them similar allowances and has made the community I’m in become stronger and richer than before.