You Can Be Stylish and Socially Conscious Too
By Janelle Norman
As she sat in her lower east side apartment, she casually glanced through her favorite magazines, carefully analyzing what each model wore. Reading magazines is more than a hobby for her because she knows that she will work for these magazines in the future.
“Living in the lower east side encourages you to experiment with different styles,” said Claritza Quezada. “People from here don’t just wear something because of the name that’s on it. They have their own style.”
Quezada is a communications major at CSI. She’s been interested in writing and working in the fashion industry since her early childhood. During high school, she decided to become more involved in fashion after witnessing others pressure her and her peers to wear expensive brands to fit in.
Quezada subscribes to over thirty fashion magazines. In her spare time she enjoys reading Vogue, Seventeen, Elle and Women’s Wear Daily, which are some of her favorites.
Although she follows trends closely, she still doesn’t like the fact that clothes that are advertised in magazines are not ideal for everyday wear. She also feels that fashion media stifles individuality and pressures people to wear something only if it’s in style.
“She’s not just easily influenced; even though she’s younger than me, she’s mature for her age” said Shpresa, a friend of Quezada’s. “She has a lively personality and how she dresses is like an art.”
A year ago she partnered with a friend to start her own website. The website focuses on fashion advice and informing students how to dress well on a budget. Her blog targets women ages eighteen to twenty-five.
She also emphasizes the latino community on her website. The site’s motto is Dos Quisquyanas, One City. She is sure to write her posts in both english and spanish. She has a segment on her website called “Fashion Friday’s,” in which she approaches women on campus, interviews them and takes pictures of their outfits.
In addition to writing. Quezada wants to work as a publicist. Quezada currently works as a Key Holder, Stylist and Social media manager at TaniNYC. She also has experience as an event specialist assistant.
Quezada sees herself gaining more experience to help clothing brands broadcast their charitable efforts.
She intends to change the way that people are seen in the fashion industry. Quezada wants the artistic concept of fashion to shine, rather than the superficial side that only judges on appearance.
Quezada is concerned with how harmful body shaming messages are and how often those messages frequent the media and the fashion industry.
“Everybody is either putting women down for being too big, or slandering petite women,” said Quezada. “Why can’t we appreciate all different types of women?”