The overarching goal for The TJ Way is to implement my personal mission to identify, teach, and manifest the power of self-revelation. One of the ways I do this is by using my voice, perspective, and experience as a tool of visibility for people whose identities and experiences disrupt social norms. I do not, however, speak for all Black women, all lesbians, all gender nonconforming individuals, all lawyers, all writers, all Chicagoans, all women, or any other identifier.
Identity is not monolithic, and I do not aspire to be the face of any group with which I identify. What I hope to accomplish here, and in every aspect of my professional and personal life, is to illustrate the need for broader consideration and discussion of diversity and inclusion. I aim to encourage readers to acknowledge and express their individuality, creativity, and identity, because doing so is an expression of freedom.
I seek to dismantle stereotypes and notions of the “other.”
In this vein, I present the first part of my January 2015 Look Book. These looks show that there is no one way to express an androgynous, gender nonconforming, or masculine-of-center gender performance. We are multifaceted human beings, and your style and wardrobe should reflect that fluidity.