Welcome to my page.
My name is Jennifer Mota I’m a Senior at Temple University majoring in Broadcast Journalism, I am also a self-taught designer; my side hustle during the warm weather is my custom apparel business.I am originally from Manhattan, New York, but I was raised and currently live in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. I consider myself a city girl because I absolutely love everything about the city. I love the buildings, the fast pace, the mix of subcultures walking around and most importantly the street fashion!
The focus of my page is music, fashion (personal style, how to’s, and lookbooks), and Latino identity. Fashion and music go hand in hand and Latinos have expressed identity through both platforms. I can say my love for fashion sprouted out of nowhere, but over time I have realized that this isn’t the case. As a kid I was introduced to many cultures and genres of music. My parents are both Dominican immigrants who first learned English through the music that was popular around that particular time. A lot of Madonna, Classic Rock, Billy Joel, ’80s Pop and Guns ‘n’ Roses was played in my home. I loved the music, but what I really loved was watching interviews and videos of these moments. The style and trends that the different artists had always caught my eye and at a very young age influenced me into recreating certain looks.
Throughout my college years I played with different styles and looks. I had a phase that everything I wore was off, I had no balance and interests in what I was wearing. That slowly started changing when I got my first job in the city. During lunch I would walk around different stores and the street fashion motivated me to find a style of my own. My style transitioned from tom-boyish, to girly florals, to an all-thrifted clothing dirty sneakers wearing hipster. Since then I have developed a more minimal-vintage style in which I can incorporate pieces for a professional setting.I am loving my current phase. I believe I now have balance in my outfits and it’s a combination of all my different phases. I have days that I will rock a vintage men’s sports jersey or oversized crewneck and I have days in which I will aim for a more minimal look. While these decades influences my style, it also serves as major Inso for my clothing line Hu-huako Custom Apparel.
The beautiful aspect of blogging and YouTubing is that communities of people that were ignored for years are now being heard and raising awareness with topics like colorism in the Latino community, natural hair, and growing up Latino in the U.S., the role this blog will play in my journey as a communicator and helping me shape my brand is that it will give you, the reader, a glimpse of my personal struggles like growing up Dominican with my own set of identity issue – for a long time I assimilated to many things so I wouldn’t stick out, I damaged my hair while doing so (curly hair is widely accepted now, but it wasn’t like this a decade ago) and hid my love for different types of music so I wouldn’t be labeled “weird” by my group of friends, I was always too “white” for Dominicans and too hispanic for white people. I overcame this overtime and thankfully explored my personal style while achieving this. As a Afro-Latina I hope to reach younger girls experiencing and living many of the things that I did growing up.