Expression Yourself | Elle Sanchez
The visual arts promote creativity of expression. That is why fashion blogger Elle Sanchez is hooked on the fashion blogging industry. “I’m really just being myself and illustrating it in a digital setting. I’ve always been in love with the arts and literature, and I think that visual art and language are incredibly important, so that’s where blogging and fashion ties into this. I get people telling me that they look up to me, and that they wish to have my wardrobe and style, but I always give the same reply and tell them, this is who I am, this is just what I’m comfortable in. Never do anything because others do it, find your own niche and simply create. Young minds can easily be molded, I use my social media and blog to give positive advice to young people who want to get into the fashion world, or any creative field in general,” Elle says.
Elle got her start to fashion blogging in the late summer of 2016. She had already been posting pictures here and there on Instagram, but never thought of it as something other than just a hobby. Suddenly, she got the bright idea to make it into something she could do as a lifestyle.
Elle was not a complete stranger to the fashion blogger world. Since the end of high school, Elle began taking “Outfit of the day” photos. “Fashion accounts started reposting my photos and that’s when really dove into the fashion world. It wasn’t that serious to me, but it was a serious transition from my scene phase where I wasn’t able to see my arms because of all my rubber bracelets from Hot Topic, and my Nyan Cat T-shirts. I wouldn’t say fashion, but It was definitely about becoming passionate about my style. I love being able to use my body as an art form and use my clothes to express myself. It’s a wonderful thing,” Elle explains.
Elle’s style is pretty simple yet unique and compliments her personality. “I’m super minimalistic. Black/white/grey/nudes are everything to me. I love clothing with bold statement pieces as well. For example, super long sleeves, bell bottoms, long, dragging trousers. There’s something exciting about not wearing any color and having a colorful personality,” Elle details.
A lot of the components of Elle’s personal style derive from her versatile heritage. “Even though I was raised in a mostly Filipino household, my mother is Filipino and Japanese, and my father is Puerto Rican. My family is very conservative when it comes to how they dress and how they do activities. Because of this, I became someone who doesn’t care about brand names or luxury items. I’m a minimalist when it comes to clothing, as well as my lifestyle. I wear old clothes my parents gave me, Jackets from middle school, and recycle clothing I had wanted to throw away a few years back. I’m young and I don’t want to spend money on brand name clothes unless it’s something I really want and I choose to save up my money for it, not because every blogger owns it,” Elle says.
What’s next on the frontier for Elle is to focus more on being herself. She plans of keeping her focus on school and graduating. With only a year and a half yet, Elle wants to finish that up before lauching more to her brand. Her plan is to save up money and buy a camera. She definitely wants to get into fashion/portrait photography and she’d also like to get more into modeling. “For a while I’ve been shooting with friends who have cameras and I have been editing my own photos. But I’d like to get more serious about it. I think modeling is beautiful but too many people over-sexualize it. I see my body as an art form. I see my curves, the surface of my skin, the way my hair bends and twists at my shoulders, all as art. I want to show the world that there’s more than just looking physically beautiful. I know that I can do anything I set my mind to. I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. I already have this mentality, and I’m the only person that holds me back. I’m still learning about myself and what I can do,” Elle elaborates.
Later on down the line Elle has even more extravagant plans. “In five years i’ll be twenty-five. I see myself living in a small apartment doing nothing but creating. Making art, writing and influencing. Not just fashion-wise, but positively. I’m a very social and bold person, I’m not afraid to speak my mind. I want to use my brand to help people see that being themselves is key to being successful. Using my platform to talk about social issues and lift people up who feel stuck, especially people of color. I think the problem with this industry is that there’s a lot of people who want to fit into this mold and end up using people quite easily. Fashion is always changing, and so am I. I want to learn more about myself through meeting other people and traveling once I get the chance to, most likely once I’m done with school,” Elle says.
Who do you consider the icons in the fashion & design industry?
That’s a difficult question because I’m not too familiar with names, but I truly stand by the quote, “I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it,”, said by Alexander Mcqueen. His artistic mind and pieces are something I really look up to.
What are you reading these days?
These days I’m so preoccupied with school, So I’m reading a lot of classics and poetry for class. For casual/fun reading I adore reading horror fiction. Currently I’m re-reading American Psycho.
“Fashion is art. Simple as that. Fashion is being yourself and not letting anyone tell you otherwise.” – Elle Sanchez