Young Fashion Fund

 
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This is Sabina Montinar

I met Sabina after my bestie invited me to a fun night of girl chat and wine with a few other incredible ladies turned sisters (hey Jewel and Onjalai). We discussed topics on #blackgirlmagic, Jesus, politics, our jobs and of course boys. It was such a fun night. As I listened to Sabina's journey in becoming an entrepreneur, not only did she inspire me, but she's also challenged me to set goals and accomplish them. She is such an incredible woman who's hustle goes beyond just herself and I am honored to know her. 

Q: Why do you do what you do? 

It was I always knew I wanted to work in fashion. Young Fashion Fund (YFF) focuses on empowering and educating underrepresented women pursue fashion and beauty. After playing around with a few ideas the nonprofit concept clicked with me. I was excited to start an organization at a time when the fashion industry was finally talking about its lack of diversity and inclusiveness.  

Q: How have you grown/ developed over time?

I started YFF out of a strong desire to impact and give back. This nonprofit has stretched me professionally and personally. This has been the toughest thing I have done but I would not change a thing. Along with running YFF I have a full-time job that requires a lot of travel so time management is huge…also sleep. Getting sleep sometimes seems like a luxury. Haha.

Q: What glimpses of Jesus have you seen through your work as an entrepreneur/ fashion extraordinaire?

This organization could have not been without God. I never saw myself being an “influencer” let alone starting a small business. God gave me the, vision, wisdom and strength to start this organization and I am thankful for that. 1 Timothy 4:12 reminds me you can be a leader at any age. If you are young and doing dope things, enjoy it, you are setting an example for someone.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
— 1 Timothy 4:12

Q: What's next for Young Fashion Fund

Coming up soon!

  • 9/1/17 | We are announcing our recipients for our Up and Comer Scholarship (applications still open).
  •  9/2/17 | Get Dressed event at the Oak Cliff Culture Center in Dallas, TX. We are donating dresses and accessories to young girls in need in the South Dallas area. Dallas stylist Crys Crain join us as our guest speaker.

Up and coming |

  • Launching our volunteer program in New York with FABSCRAP, another fashion nonprofit promoting sustainable fashion.
  • Returning to Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota for their second Get Dressed event

You can find Sabina and exclusive information on YFF on the inter webs at:

Website: www.youngfashionfund.org  Instagram: @youngfashionfund  Facebook: Young Fashion Fund

 

Christina George Photography

Ya'll this is Tina, She is seriously awesome... no FOR REAL! She and her husband Timmy are one of the sweetest, loving and fun couples ever! Tina and I talked about me getting some head shots done for my photography page a few months ago, but we never got around to it, until now (she and Timmy took most of the photos for this site). As a photographer myself, I never have any pictures...so Tina to the rescue! Not only is she an awesome photographer, but she is a jewel of a friend.

Q: What do you do and why?

A: My name is Christina George and I am a professional photographer at Christina George Photography! Photography is one of my passions. It might sound corny, but I feel like photography was something I was meant to do! It brings me joy, challenges me, and helps me to grow in the profession as well as a person.

Q: How did you get started? How have you grown/ developed over time? 

A: When I was in high school I took a photography class and absolutely loved it. Once it was time for college, I decided to study more about photography and earned my Associate Degree in Professional Photography.

  • Professionally, it’s shown me that going through a slow season isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I take the time to educate myself more and more, whether that’s practicing taking photos of others or watching tons of videos from artists that I look up to in the profession and growing from their wisdom.
  • Personally, my business has pushed me to come out of my shell more and more; I’m an introvert at heart and love to stay inside my comfort zone!

Q: What glimpses of Jesus have you seen through your work?

A: Jesus went above and beyond for people. With my clients, I always want to go above and beyond for them and serve them well. If a client wants to do a specific pose, I always work it into my routine, and I almost always provide a few more pictures than what my contract requires, just so I make sure that I captured that “perfect moment” for my client. I believe that even little things, if done with a servant’s heart, are the best way to go above and beyond and show Jesus to my clients.

Q: What's your goal for your brand?

A: I want to be remembered for providing amazing photographs that successfully captured beautiful moments and memories. There is only one way I will get there: refine, refine, refine. Processes can be improved, techniques can be perfected, and quality can be increased. My life personally correlates to my goal through my natural personality.

You can find more info on Christina George Photography on the inter webs at: