Dominique Drakeford

The single perspective tells us of conservation in national parks, it doesn’t tell us of native communities’ reverence for pristine lands. The single perspective urges us to shop from H&M’s sustainable collection, without highlighting the ethical popups in our neighborhoods. And it encourages us to emulate the genius of cannabis entrepreneurs, without asking us to confront the injustice of men of color incarcerated for marijuana possession over decades. Single perspectives are not untrue, or dishonest, they are only incapable of fairness. Dominique is bringing fairness to storytelling on sustainability and with elegance championing the values of inclusive representation, of informed responsibility, the very values that define sustainability.

From Dominique Drakeford . . .

One of the most rewarding things I have done is

deciding to start MelaninASS (Melanin And Sustainable Style) and having a voice in uplifting the work of people of color in sustainable fashion, beauty and wellness spaces.

For me making a difference means

sharing your truth! Everyone has a story, everyone has a unique journey and everyone has a truth to share. Anyone who can share their story and positively inspire just one person, is a super hero. There’s so much authentic beauty in having a voice and if you can inspire just one person in some aspect of their life – then you are making a difference in this world.

My style icon is

Solange!

I am currently reading

Black Face, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney.

My go-to accessory is

a notepad.

My style hands down is eclectic. No matter what I’m wearing or what mood I’m in – whether sporty, minimalist, vintage or wearing prints on prints – having a notebook for me to write down my thoughts, has become my favorite accessory that looks good with any outfit I’m wearing.

Top on my bucket list is to

finish my first book!

Follow Dominique’s work on her blog, MelaninAss.

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