04 Jan Adaobi
Hi Adaobi. How do you pronounce your name? Do you have any plans for Christmas?
(Uh-Doh-Bee) Like the way you say, Adobe Reader or Photoshop. My primary plans for Christmas is to rest, be with family and take time to reflect on the year. Vacations take a lot of time to plan so I enjoy when I have the ability to go home, sleep in and spend time with loved ones. That is refueling to me.
On your Instagram profile you wrote, Jeremiah 29. So intrigued that you mentioned on your IG because recently I was on the freeway, I saw Toyota Claremont wrote Jeremiah 29 on the jumbotron. I, myself is Christian as well. As a Christian why is it important to share your faith on social media?
I think it’s important for people to know who I align with. I try to practice living a life that reflects the beauty, compassion, and life of Jesus and sometimes people are able to pick up that there is something different about you just by looking at you. Instagram is visual so me stating a bible verse on my profile is just something for people to connect the dots with. They’ll think, “Oh! That’s why she seems so joyful!” Jeremiah 29:11 particularly speaks to me because it reminds me that in God’s infinite wisdom He continues to plan my steps even when I am unsure as to where to go next.
Why does fashion make you happy?
I have always loved fashion because of the feeling I get when I put together an outfit. I usually feel strong, or cool, or just plain chic. I think that there are certain situations in my life when I am not confident enough to speak up for myself and I think that, that is where my clothing does the talking.
What is your favorite Christmas movie and a song?
My favorite Christmas movie as of now is The Preacher’s Wife with Whitney Houston. I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.
Describe your sense of style.
I would say that my style leans more towards the vintage/retro styles of the 90s and late 80s. I’m very drawn to the eclectic patterns and funky layering styles in the 80s as well as some of the grunge denim looks of the 90s. About 90% of my clothing is thrifted from Goodwill and specialty stores.
Do you have a favorite icon?
I have two icons that I look up to. Tracee Ellis Ross and Lisa Bonet. I look up to Tracee because she is the embodiment of a woman who has learned to fiercely love herself. Not only that, but she looks like she’s having plain ol’ fun while living this life. As I like to coin it, she is a woman who doesn’t “behave”, meaning she doesn’t worry herself with looking fragile, innocent, and quiet as society would dictate that “beautiful women” should be. She makes funny faces, weird voices, and most importantly she laughs. She’s having so much fun in her body and I’m taking note. Secondly, Lisa Bonet is someone I look to for fashion inspiration. She wasn’t and still isn’t concerned with trends–she just dresses in a way that is specific and unique to her. That is how I feel about fashion as well. Dress the way you feel is unique and signature to you, regardless what’s on the runway.