Written by Janae Gutow
As a first generation Chinese American, Afrobeatnik’s stylist intern Jerrie Fu grew up not knowing how to identify herself or how she could define what she was. Through her passions and natural curiosity, Jerrie began exploring and accepting other cultures, which in turn gave her the ability to accept her own. Eventually Jerrie broke the rules and instead of creating a single definition for herself, she created many. Today, she devotes herself to a variety of creative ambitions and has been incredibly successful in doing so.
What are your duties as the wardrobe stylist for Afrobeatnik?
I coordinate and schedule the photo shoots, and get in contact with all of the models, makeup artists, and hair stylists.
What is your experience as a stylist?
I do styling at my store, Urban Outfitters, and I did styling at their headquarters when I was a styling intern. I was in the studio all last summer and I did some freelance work in New York.
Are you a professional stylist?
I’m trying to build my career.
What appealed to you about Afrobeatnik?
I love the culture and the message; I’m a feminist so I really love companies that support women and individuality and I love that they embrace different cultures.
Impulsive…but in a good way (laughs); creative and open.
How would you describe your personal style?
It’s kind of everywhere. I would say edgy with a hint of grunge.
What do you love about fashion?
I love that it makes someone feel great. That’s why I love styling because I like to help people feel good about themselves. I think it really is an amazing outlet for people to be themselves and their identity. What you wear every day -- that’s how people see you.
Have you struggled with personal identity?
I grew up as a first generation Chinese American and I read this book that talked about how each nation has this sense of identity and community that’s based around race. Rhey pretty much talk about how first generation immigrants don’t have that identity in America because they’re not from here; like I’m not Chinese but I’m not white, so I’m not purely American, even though I am...it’s a weird in-between. So it’s hard as a first generation kid to identify yourself with a lot of people.
What are your hobbies or what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love singing; I’m an aspiring jazz singer and I sometimes play guitar on the side. Aside from styling, I love reading and writing poetry, traveling, thrifting, and meeting new people.
Are there any people that inspire you?
My mom really inspires me. She was a single mom and she’s probably the reason I’m a feminist! She taught me to always do things for myself; she’s my inspiration. Also, Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse are my musical inspirations.
What are your long-term goals?
Ideally, I would love to pursue a musical career as a vocalist and start a band. In fashion, just being a stylist and doing runway shows. In life, being happy with whatever I do.
Check out Jerrie's recap of Afrobeatnik's first Lookbook shoot where she both styled and fearlessly stepped in as a model.