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Why Inclusivity Matters – #DSWSTYLESQUAD

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Hi everyone,

Hope ya’ll are having a great week! Today I am sharing my heart on an issue that matters to me. Now that I am an influencer and a mom what I do and say affects more than just myself. Today I want to talk about Inclusivity in the influencer/social media world and why it matters, plus share these photos of my gorgeous #dswstylesquad sisters  when we were at NYFW. Read more of why inclusivity matters to me below!

Revolve, Lovers and Friends, red blazer dress, yellow sling backs, #dswstyesquad, Quay X DESi #dswstylesquad, #mydsw, yellow sling backs, yellow heels, yellow shows

This year I have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself and represent DSW as part of their DSW style squad. When we visited the PR team in NYC we were able to ask them why they picked us. The reason why is because we are relatable. We are inclusive. We represent so many different types of women of all different backgrounds and ethnicity with our own story. Women can relate to us on a more personable level, and not just a pretty model with nice shoes.

As an influencer, I got my big break when I wrote the hardest experience of my life. It became published on Huffington post and I soon realized how many women just like me were affected and yet felt so alone.  But because I shared my experience there was one less person who felt like they were alone. As an influencer it is so easy to hide behind the pretty smile and happy facade. But as an influencer I think it is our duty to use our power to empower others, even if that means being a little more vulnerable.

So why does inclusivity matter? Because people need to feel connected, to feel heard, to feel welcome where they too can thrive and succeed regardless of their religion, sex, or background. As influencers we have been given the privilege to touch so many lives and it’s up to us to step out of our comfort zone, step out of our box, and reach out, speak out for others who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized. I am so thankful to be part of the #dswstylesquad with DSW who encourage inclusivity, because it is also important for brands to become more inclusive too. Because why not be aspirational than unattainable? Encourage, uplift, and bless others with the blessings you have been given.quilted fanny pack, quilted belt bag, white cat eye glasses, red blazer dress #revolvearoundtheworld, nyfw street style, NYC, fashion, outfit


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope for those who follow me that you are inspired and encouraged as you follow along on my journey. That you feel included and never alone, because inclusivity matters. I have come a long way from when I first started, but my mission stays true from the beginning. I am here to encourage you to be the best you can be, to be your own kind of beautiful, and most importantly to use what you have been blessed with to bless others. Because ya’ll have blessed me in more ways than you know by supporting this passion of mine. Have a great rest of your week! Love y’all!

<3 Dawn

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Photos by Banavenue Photography

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  • Reply Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    What a beautiful post Dawn! This is so true that inclusivity. matters, and I am so glad you were picked to be apart of this!

    October 9, 2018 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply thesamanthashow

    such an amazing post and an important message! Plus you all look stunning – those pumps are everything!

    October 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Cathy

    Great post! Love how you paired a red blazer with yellow shoes!!


    October 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Liz

    You girls are so cool! I love your outfit and of course, all these shoes!

    October 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Megan T

    This is such an important message! I love love love all of the shoes too! I really need that yellow pair in my closet.

    October 10, 2018 at 7:22 am
  • Reply kileen

    You look amazing babe! This outfit is so chic, loving the red!

    cute & little

    October 10, 2018 at 7:39 am
  • Reply sarah lindner

    That is such a striking look, I love it!
    Sarah Lindner

    October 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Candace

    That dress is so stylish! I love it. The group picture is beautiful!!


    October 11, 2018 at 2:31 am
  • Reply Louella Reese

    Could not be more obsessed with these photos or this topic! Completely agree gal!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

    October 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Jamaria Johnson

    You ladies look absolutely fab! I honestly couldn’t agree more. Xo

    October 11, 2018 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Laura Albouy

    I adore the blazer dress trend! It really pops in red, you are GORGEOUS.

    October 15, 2018 at 8:57 pm
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