WORKING GIRL : JASMINE TASAKI

We’re doing work we love, work that inspires us, and we’re also pursuing our passions and making them priorities. In our latest Working Girl series, I spent an afternoon chatting, styling and photographing one of the first women in the fashion industry locally that inspired me, hair stylist and makeup artist Jasmine Tasaki.  Meet Jasmine ....

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger interviews Jasmine Tasaki Memphis transgender woman of color for Working Girl Series

DO YOU HAVE ANY UNEXPECTED SOURCES OF CREATIVE INSPIRATION, IF SO WHAT ARE THEY?

Some unexpected sources of creative inspiration are sad feelings, beautiful weather, food, and open space. 

WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH PEOPLE ASKED YOU MORE OF?

One question I wished I was asked more is...How does it feel to see so many people chasing their dreams blindly? How did you navigate your chase?

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger interviews Jasmine Tasaki Memphis transgender woman of color for Working Girl Series

WHAT ARE FIVE OF YOUR DAILY HABITS? 

1. Prayer

2. Mini facial

3. Positive statements

4. Laughter

5. Prayer---prayer may actually all five LOL. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger interviews Jasmine Tasaki Memphis transgender woman of color for Working Girl Series

HOW DO YOU THINK WORKING IN A CREATIVE INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTES TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S BIGGER CONVERSATIONS AND WHAT ROLE IS YOUR WORK PLAYING IN THIS SHIFT IN THINKING? 

Working in a creative industry not only makes you the influence of conversation but it also puts you in positions to experience things that should be factored into those conversations. First hand, simply because you associate with many people from different backgrounds and stories. My role-- my role is playing a large part in the shift because I push the normal opinions and attitudes associated with trans women who work in the professional world and also those who work in healthcare. Being a hairstylist and makeup artist who happens to work in healthcare and outreach is so unheard of then to top it off with my story creates an even more interesting conversation that can evolve into one inclusive of many. 

HOW WOULD YOU ADVISE WOMEN WHO ARE MAKERS, CREATIVE/ FASHION PROFESSIONALS OR PEOPLE IN GENERAL TO LEAVE AN IMPRINT IN THE DIGITAL WORLD JUST BY DOING WHAT THEY LOVE? 

My advice to women on making and leaving an imprint on the digital world is to take pictures and document your entire experience. The advantage your children and mentees will have from your experience can be a great one so you determine your impact with a simple post. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger interviews Jasmine Tasaki Memphis transgender woman of color for Working Girl Series

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A BRAND AND INFLUENCER GOING INTO THE FUTURE?

As a brand and influencer, I see myself being some sort of motivational speaker or life coach, my own programming activities geared towards empowerment, fashion and beauty, while still performing and acting, but of course this is subject to change as my journey changes. 


MORE LOOKS FROM THE SHOOT....

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger interviews Jasmine Tasaki Memphis transgender woman of color for Working Girl Series

dress Jasmine's own | necklace Gift Wraps 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger interviews Jasmine Tasaki Memphis transgender woman of color for Working Girl Series

sequin jacket & black bodysuit Red Velvet | black leggings Stock & Belle |  belt Sachi |  accessories & shoes Jasmine's own 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger interviews Jasmine Tasaki Memphis transgender woman of color 

velvet blazer and black denim  Stock + Belle | ruffled sweater & belt SACHI |  | shoes Jasmine 

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dress & shoes Jasmine's own | necklace Gift Wraps