We had the good fortune of connecting with Jada Tsion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jada, how do you think about risk?
I like to think of myself as a bold and daring person who lives their life out loud and unapologetically. I think that with great risk comes great reward. I know that I have to go out on a limb sometimes and while that can be scary, I know that I have my network of social support beside me. Taking risks often leads me to new opportunities, doors and growth and those are risks worth taking!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Honestly, what sets me apart is my purpose/passion. I feel like, you have to have a passion and genuine love for what you’re doing; being an individual with your own path, your own desires, your own purpose, your own IDENTITY is enough to set you apart from the rest of the world. I would say I’m most proud MADE DIFFERENT is more than just apparel, you’re wearing a statement that sheds light on how you define yourself, allowing that definition to be whatever you make it. MADE DIFFERENT is for those who are not afraid of wearing the skin they are in and being comfortable, unapologetically. I think what sets us apart is our emphasis on highlighting the value of people’s differences, whether that be gender, sexuality, body shape, skin color or disability. Nothing worth something is easy, at all. Most times, I overcome challenges by believing things WILL work out for me the way that they should and what’s for me will always be for me. I’ve learned multiple lessons, however, I do have one that has been my favorite so far, “Things that you experience in life are supposed to happen. Nothing is a coincidence. Everything is in divine order and you have to trust that the universe is working alongside you and not against you.” I want people to know that, my main goal is to inspire and be relatable. I really want people to be comfortable in their own skin and embrace their raw, true selves no matter how they want to define themselves; the main goal is for people to be comfortable with themselves by embracing their differences aside from outside world opinions. Finding yourself through things that are relatable is so essential to my brand, you don’t feel alone, you feel like people can understand you and being understood is definitely a normal feeling humanity longs for. I’ve always been interested in fashion and I’ve always had a creative eye for aesthetics; I feel that through art, you can always express yourself non-verbally and what’s a better way of doing that than WEARING IT? I want people to know that it is okay to be different and be viewed as different and it’s okay to embrace that. People are afraid of being different and it shows. Social media has created a distorted reality of everything; such as, what beauty is, what’s “right,” what’s “wrong,” how to look, how not to look, what to wear and what not to, what’s sexy and what isn’t, there are so many rules being put on things that should be freely chosen without being afraid of the outcome or opinion. I want my line to inspire people to love their differences, their flaws, what’s “ugly” about them, the things that are perfectly imperfect. I feel like my line will help people embrace that and that’s the main goal and I’m excited to share with the world how beautiful it is to be imperfect.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to SIMPLY WHOLESOME. Simply Wholesome is literally one of my favorite places to be. They have the BEST smoothies and I love shopping there for all of my health essentials. Leimert Park on Sundays is also a vibe. Being around my people is liberating, being a part of a community is important so those are the two places I would take them!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother and my friends, most definitely. I don’t know where I would be without my strongest support system. My mother has been my vessel through life, she’s taught me everything I know about self-worth and how to carry myself as a person when operating through life and dealing with obstacles. My friends are definitely my strong suit, as well. Where would I be without my FRIENDS? I consider my friends my family; these are people I can lean on when I need them most. My friends are always reminding me of WHO I AM whenever I doubt myself and/or discredit myself. The unconditional love that I receive from my friends and my mother is a gift within itself. I am always encouraged through them. They add to who I am.