Fashion as Self-Assertion: The Pride in Our Color Palette

March 24, 2017

Meet Yari. 

Yari is making major moves for women of color in New York City. She is the founder and "Chief Fly Officer" aka Editor in Chief of The Girl Mob, a website that highlights and celebrates women of color in all of their glory. The site features monthly podcasts, playlists, recipes, events, features on other dope women of color, and general life advice, empowerment, and uplift. This phenomenal woman is a lady of many hats, as her IG indicates she is a "brand marketer, educator, stylist, and vintage merchant". You can also catch her featured on Refinery29 from time to time.

Currently residing in Brooklyn, this AfroLatina takes enormous pride in exuberating  her culture through fashion. The outfit you see pictured was a vintage find from Madrid, which is significant as her father is Spanish. The bright colors also bring out her Caribbean pride, being half-Dominican, as well as the head tie and gold hoop earrings. "All these things scream vibrancy & happiness, which I think AfroLatinos carry with them." 

On the subject of using fashion to communicate our identities, Yari states:

"I think there's no escaping sharing your identity. It's not just about the clothes I wear. It's the texture of my hair and my New York City accent. If I wear something that is overtly expressing my cultural background it's simply because I want to tell the world we're full of light and beauty."

Make sure you check out more of Yari's style @theyariblanco on Twitter and Instagram

Also peep @thegirlmob on Twitter,  Instagram, and Soundcloud as well as their website 


"For the spiritual hustler, glowing gangsta, cultural killa, for YOU." -THE GIRL MOB



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