One of the best things about writing this blog is that it gives me a voice. Not only do I get to share my latest fashion and lifestyle musings, but I also get to speak out about what’s important to me. A few months ago it was the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, and today I’m talking about something equally close to my heart: spreading awareness against sexual harrassment and/or violence.
Today, April 29th, is “Denim Day”. Denim Day was initially started by the non-profit Peace Over Violence in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month (you can find out more about the campaign’s story here). For one day each year, Peace Over Violence asks that people everywhere – men and women alike – wear jeans as a means of visible protest against the misconceptions surrounding sexual violence.
I’ll be the first to admit that up until recently, I was not familiar with Peace Over Violence or Denim Day. But I did come across a write-up on the campaign in last year’s Denim Issue of Marie Claire, and had marked the date on my calendar. I stumbled across the note about a week ago, and did some more research into just what Denim Day was all about. Needless to day, the movement really struck a chord with me. Coming from the perspective of a teenage girl, I’ve rarely had issues of sexual violence addressed at school or by other adults in my life. Having now read about the efforts of Peace Over Violence and other activist groups, I realize that this needs to change. Everyone – especially adolescents – needs to be educated on the realities of sexual violence. It is my firm belief that, by increasing awareness and eradicating stereotypes, we can change the way the world looks at sexual assault.
So, what am I doing for Denim Day? Well, school dress code prevents me from wearing jeans, but rest assured I’m currently rocking the denim jacket. And, in honor of the campaign, below I’m sharing several denim-centered looks from my favorite fashionistas, because it’s never to early to start collecting inspiration for next year.
And one more thing: It’s not too late to participate yourself! Throw on some denim and don’t forget to register here. On a day like today, every participant counts.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Denim Day is something that I truly care about and am glad that I got to share it with you. If you’re interested in finding out about the campaign and Peace Over Violence, check out the respective websites here and here.