When I first attended fashion week in 2008, I felt like somebody –albeit young, and probably undeserving of my premature backstage access. **Shrugs to myself** I brushed shoulders, unintentionally, with the right fashionistas in NYC so there I was. At “the shows,” I felt counted in a number of the elite – the officials – the important people. As time went on, I grew to feel entitled as part of this number, as if I had earned my spot – which I did.
This new realization and awareness of my contributions to the world of runways, trends and stick figures helped build my confidence. I can only compare this feeling to the career progression post “entry level.” After conscious steps of finding your fit in the workplace, you get to a point where you, and those around you, accept the fact that you now belong. That pivotal point is what I call empowerment.
February is full of the highlight, reward and recognition of such pivotal points in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Whether it manifests in our relationships on Valentine’s Day, in our personal style awakening during New York Fashion Week, in our celebration of culture for Black History month, or in our recognition of music’s most empowered people at the Grammy’s. The second and shortest month of the year is perhaps the most inspiring of all the twelve. It is, in fact, the only time that through events in pop culture, entertainment, life, fashion and love that you can holistically empower yourself to be a better you.
Welcome to it.