Neurofashionista! That’s the title one of my friends jokingly gave me one day, and I’m starting to believe it stuck. My name is Jenny Fotang, and I’m a rising junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology at George Mason University. Although I love my major, people often seem surprised when I tell them what it is. You see, it’s a common misconception that people in the STEM field aren’t stylish, so people automatically detach me from anything fashion related. Thus, I have always struggled to get others to see me as both a fashionable and intelligent woman.
Like most, my interest in fashion did not blossom until late middle school and early high school. I like to think of it as fashion puberty. When it hit, I consumed every fashion related magazine, blog, YouTube video and TV show in sight. Now, my style is a mixture of everything. I embrace it all, from preppy and girly, to grunge and minimalist. My style really just depends on the event and my mood.
Here, I kept the base of my outfit monochromatic with a pair of light washed boyfriend jeans and a matching oxford button-down. This cool palette, along with the ventilation provided by the holes in my jeans, keeps me cool in the summer heat. Based on my mood, I opted to dress it up with a pair of nude heels to keep the focal point on my bright pink floral scarf, which I complemented with my lipstick. If you prefer a more chill and laid back look, you can trade the heels for converse and switch the scarf for layered necklaces.
In the past couple of years, I’ve been lucky enough to find great inspiration. I attended Teen Vogue Fashion University in 2013 and visited their headquarter office twice. Also, on behalf of Teen Vogue It Girls, I attended L’Oréal’s Annual Women in Science Award Ceremony, where I got to meet inspiring scientists doing break though research and those involved in the science behind the beauty products we consume.
I enjoyed all of those experiences, but I’m most excited to write for CollegeFashionista for my first semester! I jumped at the opportunity because it allows me to showcase collegiate students pursuing their dream careers in a variety of fields—not just fashion—all while remaining stylish. This allows me to display that you do not have to pick one over the other. The terms intelligent and fashionable can actually turn out to be synonymous. I look forward to uniting all my Fashionistas/os, whether they’re majoring in Marketing, Politics, Liberal Arts, Sciences, etc. Be sure to check my posts every Tuesday!