This generation is proving more and more that one can use art to positively make an impact in this world. Watching BET awards last night made this all the more true. Chance the rapper was given the Humanitarian award at a tender age of 24. He not only uses his platform to preach the gospel, he also uses his platform to make a difference in the lives of underserved population in Chicago. There's no better time than now to use your platform to make a wave, no matter how small. We've been conditioned to believe that only certain professions (i.e. medical field, politician, lawyer) can be used to serve others. In 2017, no matter how small your platform is, you can make a wave that can eventually turn into a ripple. I can do it. You can do it. Together we are unstoppable.
For me, I have always had a passion for women health so I went into the medical field. I simple-mindedly assumed this was the only way to help women. These days I've been figuring out that women's health is all encompassing. It does not only surround the physical well being, its our minds, our struggles, our past, our emotions, our story that make us who we are. Those are just as important.
I remember I was having a conversation with a friend and she stated that she doesn't like the Fashion Industry because it doesn't positively impact the lives of those who need it the most. She states its all about vanity and making rich people feel better about themselves. Since that moment I've been thinking about how I can use fashion to make a difference. With that being said, I am starting a new series called "Iya Mi" where I highlight some amazing women who breath strength and courage each and every minute. Real women who live for others and sometimes forget to live for themselves. I want to use this platform to celebrate them as they should be celebrated everyday.
"Iya Mi" means my mother in Yoruba which is quite fitting as my mother is the woman in my life who continues to place her family before herself.
I ask you guys to pray for this journey of mines as I embark in it. I need the glory of God to shine through this project.