STYLE GURU BIO: Morenike John

Hello there! My name is Morenike (More-ren-knee-keh), not to be confused with “more Nike.” I am a freshman studying environmental science at College of the Canyons. My love for fashion began by playing dress-up around the age of five. It soon progressed to carrying a fashion design portfolio everywhere I went in the hopes of being discovered by the time I was seven. While I am not attending a fashion school, not much has changed in regards to my passion for fashion. I am extremely thankful and very thrilled to be apart of the CollegeFashionista Style Guru internship this semester.

Everything I do always seems to lead back to fashion. If that is the case, then I am sure you are wondering why I am studying environmental science instead of a fashion concentration. I hold fashion and clothing in very high esteem but unfortunately, fashion can be wasteful as trends are constantly changing and clothing is often not tailored to last long. These unsustainable practises are detrimental to our environment, another object of my affection. My love for the environment has prompted me to make life-changing decisions such as selecting environmental science as my major, and eliminating meat from my diet by becoming vegetarian. While a primary factor for the majority of people making that lifestyle choice is sympathy toward animals who are victims of omnivorous and carnivorous diets, environmental impacts were my primary motivation. Like the fashion industry, the large meat industry has harmful environmental effects. However, unlike my willingness to give up meat, I am not as eager to sacrifice my fashion enthusiasm.

One day I thought to myself, why not combine my two passions?  While I can personally decide to reduce my ecological footprint by adopting a meatless diet, I cannot make this same decision for the 7 billion other people in this world. Fashion on the other hand, cannot be eradicated. It will forever be relevant, because unless we all unanimously decide to become nudists, there will always be a demand for clothing. By merging my love for the environment and fashion, I hope to develop more sustainable methods of producing clothing and market them in a way that will be appealing to both the elite upper class, and the general public.

The featured look in the article can be described as nothing other than “classic me.” Although my style is ever evolving, one constant is my love for mini skirts, corduroy, and a fabulous pair of boots. For this look, I paired a striped cropped sweater from Urban Outfitters with a distressed denim jacket, one of my signature corduroy mini skirts, and black over-the-knee boots. I then completed the look with the following accessories for some added flare: round sunnies and a trendy double-buckled western belt.

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