I am very inspired by Afrofuturism! In response to a lack of Black representation within the genre, Black science fiction writers wanted to change the narrative by placing Black people in the future with their own stories. I hope to accomplish something similar through fashion. I want my looks to encompass the history and beauty of African and Black culture to propel our culture into the future. I want people wearing my clothes to feel powerful, unapologetic, and proud to be themselves. As a queer person of color, I want my communities to be represented in my designs, and I want them to feel as if they are being seen and celebrated. I have chosen African textiles with very strong bright, bold colors. I strive to create innovative designs and details, including zippered slits and high collars.
Jennie Leenay lives in Saint Paul, MN, with her family. They enjoy thrifting and upcycling garments and are inspired by Afrofuturism. Jennie is very passionate about Black liberation and fights for racial and social equality.
Models: Mileesha Boh Smith, Raeshawn Payton, Jennie Leenay
I want to give a shout-out to all of the wonderful strong Black women who have inspired and led me to be the person I am today. That would be my mother Jennie, my two sisters Johnnay and Jasmine, my granny, and all of my wonderful nieces and nephew. Another special shout out to my best friend, who helped me apply to college and encouraged me every step of the way. I love you, Andrew. And lastly, I like to think of my community that's holding it down and believing in me and inspiring my creativity through their strength and activism!