Glamour Magazine

Toward the end of March, I was offered the opportunity to be featured in a photo essay by Glamour. This essay plans to outline diversity in women and fashion in colleges around the nation. At first, I was a little hesitant to accept. Heck, when I got the email, I was wearing Crocs and Nike shorts. But I decided to challenge myself to do something more than I am used to. Through this, I have gotten to experience diversity in a new and unique way in addition to photographing people to deepen and create friendships. I figured I would share my photos and the stories behind them. 

Here goes nothing!

Alexandria Soto -   freshman journalism major from San Antonio, TX.   Alex earned a starting position on the men's rugby team in the fall of 2016. In 2017, she started the women's rugby team.  "Rugby was a sport I picked up by having current members persuade me to come to a practice. I loved the intensity of the game and the brotherhood these boys set. I was hooked instantly and did everything I could to educate and train myself to be a successful player. My fashion inspiration resides from the hippie era of the 60's where bell bottoms, high waisted jeans, and multi patterned tops fit together perfectly to create this free spirited attire."

Alexandria Soto - freshman journalism major from San Antonio, TX.

Alex earned a starting position on the men's rugby team in the fall of 2016. In 2017, she started the women's rugby team.

"Rugby was a sport I picked up by having current members persuade me to come to a practice. I loved the intensity of the game and the brotherhood these boys set. I was hooked instantly and did everything I could to educate and train myself to be a successful player. My fashion inspiration resides from the hippie era of the 60's where bell bottoms, high waisted jeans, and multi patterned tops fit together perfectly to create this free spirited attire."

Carlee Stapp -   sophomore early childhood education major from Decatur, TX.   Carlee is involved in the Young Life organization at Mann Middle School.   "I chose acu to become part of a christ-centered community that also withholds an exemplary education program. I consider myself to have more than one 'style.' I ultimately strive to wear whatever makes me feel most confident and happy."

Carlee Stapp - sophomore early childhood education major from Decatur, TX.

Carlee is involved in the Young Life organization at Mann Middle School. 

"I chose acu to become part of a christ-centered community that also withholds an exemplary education program. I consider myself to have more than one 'style.' I ultimately strive to wear whatever makes me feel most confident and happy."

Erika Wong -   sophomore interior design/architecture major from Georgetown, TX.    Erika is the junior representative of the social club, Ko Jo Kai. She is also the treasurer of American Society of Interior Designers and a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.  "I knew as soon as I stepped foot on campus that this was the place to be. It was my first college visit ever and there was just a warm sense of community and closeness about everyone on campus. My friends and lifestyle are really big affects on my style, but my mother is the one who has influenced me the most."

Erika Wong - sophomore interior design/architecture major from Georgetown, TX. 

Erika is the junior representative of the social club, Ko Jo Kai. She is also the treasurer of American Society of Interior Designers and a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

"I knew as soon as I stepped foot on campus that this was the place to be. It was my first college visit ever and there was just a warm sense of community and closeness about everyone on campus. My friends and lifestyle are really big affects on my style, but my mother is the one who has influenced me the most."

Taentedah Johnson  .    

Taentedah Johnson.

 

Taylor Crumpton -    senior social work major from Oakland, CA.    Taylor is heavily involved on campus. She represents her class as the president, serves on the sexual assault committee, and is currently working with the Dean of Students to create a safer climate on campus for students pertaining to reproductive health. Currently, she works with the refugee population for her senior field placement. She is a student journalist for URGE, a reproductive justice non-profit in Washington D.C.  "At first, I didn't love ACU and at some moments I still don't. I came here for the people and mentorships between staff and students. I can walk into any professor in the school of social work to talk about life and my future career goals and dreams. I love the close relationship I have with my cohort and how we depend and rely on one another when things are rough in our placements or the loss of our classmate, Casey Ellis. Also here at ACU is where I found my passionate for activism and community organizing. I saw the injustices that were occurring on campus and in the real world and decided to stay here and make a difference instead of transfer. I wouldn't change my experience, because it forced me to be comfortable in voicing my opinions and standing up for my rights. My fashion has evolved during my time here at ACU. At first, I only shopped at local thrift stores and Urban Outfitters. But now, due to my field placement and growing as a young adult. I've been drawn to a clean minimalist look due it's ability to look classy and wear the same clothes throughout the seasons. Plus it's cost effective and always in season. I get my inspirations from black fashion bloggers, Solange, and look books from Madewell and Lucky Brand."

Taylor Crumpton -  senior social work major from Oakland, CA. 

Taylor is heavily involved on campus. She represents her class as the president, serves on the sexual assault committee, and is currently working with the Dean of Students to create a safer climate on campus for students pertaining to reproductive health. Currently, she works with the refugee population for her senior field placement. She is a student journalist for URGE, a reproductive justice non-profit in Washington D.C.

"At first, I didn't love ACU and at some moments I still don't. I came here for the people and mentorships between staff and students. I can walk into any professor in the school of social work to talk about life and my future career goals and dreams. I love the close relationship I have with my cohort and how we depend and rely on one another when things are rough in our placements or the loss of our classmate, Casey Ellis. Also here at ACU is where I found my passionate for activism and community organizing. I saw the injustices that were occurring on campus and in the real world and decided to stay here and make a difference instead of transfer. I wouldn't change my experience, because it forced me to be comfortable in voicing my opinions and standing up for my rights. My fashion has evolved during my time here at ACU. At first, I only shopped at local thrift stores and Urban Outfitters. But now, due to my field placement and growing as a young adult. I've been drawn to a clean minimalist look due it's ability to look classy and wear the same clothes throughout the seasons. Plus it's cost effective and always in season. I get my inspirations from black fashion bloggers, Solange, and look books from Madewell and Lucky Brand."

Lauren Franco