Hi everyone! I’m Wendy. I find inspiration in art, nature, culture, architecture, food, people, and music. And for me, fashion is a compilation of all that. Fashion is a vehicle for me to play with shapes and colors in order to uncover my personal style.
In addition to fashion, I’m also very passionate about juvenile justice. I went through foster care, carried my belongings in a trash bag and worried about being homeless at the age of 18. I worked three jobs in high school to save enough money to go to college and as a result feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to do so. I finished high school with honors, emancipated from the foster care system, and went to the University of California, Berkeley, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Throughout my sophomore to senior year in college, I volunteered as a counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic providing mental health services to the homeless community and also as a visiting teacher at Harding Elementary working with underprivileged students. After college, I continued to work with marginalized communities, mainly as an educator. I volunteered at the San Francisco Juvenile Detention Center, working with incarcerated youths in the maximum security unit, for over a year and a half. Most of these youths, like me, were from broken homes and/or foster care. I taught the high school curriculum with the goal of helping these youths pass the high school exit exam, so they’ll have a second chance in life once they leave juvenile hall. Currently, I’m based in Los Angeles and volunteer at InsideOutWriters, a non-profit organization that provides mentorship to previously incarcerated youths.
I’m forever thankful to my friends, who I consider my family, my dear brother, and my amazing boyfriend for all of their support and love. I feel truly blessed in life.
Thank you so much for reading!