Thursday, September 10, 2015

Faded Spring: Blogger Spotlight

As I've mentioned before, the best part of blogging is connecting with all these way cool peeps from all over the world!  I am excited to share another blogger friend with you. I and her were paired up as blogging buddies from a face book blog group. It's great to encourage each other on this journey.

Meet Ana De Jesus of Faded Spring- I know you will enjoy her amazing style, gorgeous outfits, and insights about the fashion industry.

My name is Ana De-Jesus and I am a fashion blogger, freelance journalist and English and Education graduate. I am 21, a Libra and passionate about promoting social justice. From a young age paper became the canvas through which I could express myself and the pen was the key to unlocking my success. Writing has allowed me to be more confident and provide a voice for those who remain unheard. I am of Portuguese descent and like to dance, sing, act, write, read and of course shop!

1) What is your blog about?

My blog is a platform through which the voiceless are heard and discusses social issues such as bullying, capitalism and abuse through the eyes of fashion. A niche platform I use photoshoots to highlight real issues that are affecting our society and use my role as social justice advocate to fight for the preservation of basic human rights. I combine my love of fashion with personal experiences and poetry/ prose to create a world bordering on fantasy to show the complexity of the human mind.

2) What is your favorite part of blogging?

Meeting a group of like-minded bloggers who have the passion and motivation to succeed. As a community of bloggers we must support each other until the very end.  Of course the freebies and events are fun too but it is mainly how welcome I am made to feel by the other bloggers. I think it is so lovely that we can all share the same experience and support each other through the highs and lows of our career.

3) Why did you start a blog?

As a child I was abused, bullied and teased all my life and as a result had zero self confidence. Even to this day I struggle to see the beauty that others see in me, it is so difficult to look beyond my flaws. I started the blog for two reasons: to create a social platform that celebrated difference and to show that fashion is not as materialistic as some might think. In a sense we are buying into capitalism but it is a way of supporting the economy and clothing can be symbolic too. For me fashion saved me from a life of depravity and it showed me that no matter what never give up and keep fighting for what you believe in.

4)  Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I have always wanted to travel the world but due to complications with my passport during my teenage years I have only been to two countries : Madeira ( where my parents are from) and Sweden. I have always wanted to travel to Egypt because I am fascinated by Ancient Egyptian History- in particular Nefertari, Nefertiti and King Ramesses II- and have always wanted to visit the monuments. 

5)  What is your long term goals for your blog?

I am highly determined to prove all those who said that I am a nobody wrong. I am a woman with a goal to set free the victims of institutional abuse and other social or prejudicial issues. Without bullies and villains we can be free to preserve our unique identities without fear of backlash.  As a blogger we have a responsibility to educate our readers and that is my goal to spread love among my fellow bloggers. As a feminist I want to challenge social perceptions of femininity and show that we should not be defined by the way we dress but let it enhance rather than detract from our identity. I would also like to travel extensively it has been a big dream of mine for many years but due to health reasons it has not happened yet. 

6)   What is a fun fact about yourself you'd like to share?

I have over 1,000 books so I could open a small library if I wanted to. I have always loved reading and from a young age it allowed me to communicate in a way that I could not in person. 

Thanks for stopping by, until next time...

                                                       xoxo Valerie