ARIANA ANDRES, Fashion student and natural-born leader, is the latest addition to the Afrobeatnik team. With an inspiring message of self love, Ariana is on a mission to create clothing for all body types.
My name is Ariana Andres. I come all the way from Guam and have been living in Seattle for about 3 years now. I attend Seattle Pacific University and am working towards a double major in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design with a minor in Business Administration. Growing up on Guam has definitely influenced my personal style and even now, I still try to implement little details of the island in my looks. Since middle school, I remember I was so interested in fashion that I made a huge collage of fashion clothes and models all over my bedroom walls. I also started sketching and making collections in my sketchbooks at a young age. I knew that I wanted to be a fashion designer or someone in the fashion industry but never thought that it would actually happen. Now, I’m actually working on making that dream come true.
The reasons of wanting to be in the fashion industry has changed since I was a young child but for the better. I remember thinking I couldn’t work in the fashion industry because of my body and the way I looked. I’ve gone through some hard times trying to accept my body and the way I was created. Through the years, I have learned to really appreciate my body and to love myself. Going through some tough experiences, I learned a lot about myself. Those hard times shaped who I am today. The reason I create and make clothes is to make women of all shapes and sizes, feel comfortable and confident in what they are wearing. Back then, I used to change and alter my body to fit into clothes but I want to do the opposite now. I want to make sure my clothes fit to the model’s needs and wants. Because of my struggles, it has led me to have an even deeper passion and reason to go into the fashion industry. This also sparked my interest in wanting to be apart of the Afrobeatnik team given their high value of beauty in diversity.
Aside from my love for fashion, I also enjoy doing various volunteering duties such as helping out homeless shelters, dressing models at a fashion show, taking pictures for Seattle Pacific University’s Multi-Ethnic Program events, performing at school events such as dancing in a group or singing with my friends, being a freshmen orientation leader, and facilitating a weekly discussion based on the deconstruction on race, white privilege, and faith and race. On my spare time, I like to dance and am also a member of two dance clubs on SPU called Ante Up Hip Hop club and After Choir Flava club. I like trying new things and meeting new people. I have a heart for listening to people’s stories and a passion for helping others.