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Creative Spotlight: Dominique Drakeford

Creative Spotlight is a weekly Friday feature highlighting Black creatives making trailblazing moves. In this space, your voices are heard and your hard work is celebrated!

Name: Dominique Drakeford

Age: 28

Residence: Oakland, California / Current Location: Brooklyn, NY

Occupation: Sustainable Lifestyle PR Consultant and creative advocate for conscious fashion, beauty and health/wellness brands

Social: Twitter, Instagram

Bio: Raised in Oakland, California and living in Brooklyn, Dominique Drakeford is currently a leader in environmental education, ethical fashion and community advocacy. She is the founder of Drakeford PR, a sustainable lifestyle consulting brand where her creative and visual agenda involves widening availability of ethical fashion, beauty and wellness. Additionally, she is the chief curator of Melanin and Sustainable Style (MelaninASS.com) – a blog platform discussing the worldly intersection of people of color/ indigenous cultures in sustainable fashion lifestyles. Her work encourages environmental stewardship, social change, and economic development.

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JET: Give a little insight on Drakeford PR and how your company has impacted growth in your specific industry and is adding to the success of the market.

Dominique: My company, though very tiny, speaks volumes. I work with very specific brands that I feel are positive and are really creating an environmental and/or social impact. The idea of consciousness having style is an ongoing creative challenge for me, but it’s consistently growing and taking shape. Communities from all over the world are slowly acquiring more sustainability knowledge and access to products and services that are healthier, especially communities of color. Influencers in the market are waking up to ethics and each conversation, each curated event and every blog feature is a dope step closer.

JET: What are some of your personal goals?

Dominique: A huge goal of mine is to really develop my blog MelaninASS.com (Melanin And Sustainable Style) into a premier space for promoting and growing communities of color that focus on sustainability. I intend for this platform to evolve into a movement that curates panel discussions, summits, education curriculums, fashion runway shows and countless other creative presentations around the globe. I want to use this as a bridge to travel, further learn about culture and collaborate with profound innovators and industry disruptors that make sustainability sexy.

JET: What are five things people don’t know about you? 

Dominique:

  • Growing up I was an avid competitive chess player for over 10 years
  • Although I was raised in Oakland, California, I was born in Seattle, Washington
  • I’ve been obsessed with the beauty of freckles long before it was trendy
  • I’m writing a book
  • I’m a licensed real estate agent in Brooklyn

Connect with Dominique on Twitter, Instagram, or her website, MelaninASS.com

 


Diahann “Dee” Williams is a photographer, writer, and Social Media Specialist for the EBONY brand. You can connect with her on Twitter & Instagram or DeexDee.com