In my previous blog I wrote about how I got started
designing denim earrings and denim necklaces. I finally feel like I have found my niche as a fashion jewelry designer and I feel so incredibly blessed for that. It has taken me years to find my place, and I am so grateful.
As you probably know from reading my story/about me
, my faith really is the foundation and inspiration through which I operate in all aspects of my life. For me, Empress of Virtue is not just a business. It really is also a ministry. I love supporting, inspiring, educating, and ministering to women. Having found my niche as a fashion jewelry designer, I am able to use this as a way of reaching out and giving back by supporting and ministering to women through fashion and design.
One of the ways in which I am doing this is by supporting Denim After Dark. One of my best friends introduce me to Denim After Dark because of my own experience and my passion and call to support and minister to women.
If you don't know about Denim After Dark, it is a supported effort that began after an 18-year-old woman was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. What really began the movement of Denim After Dark however is due to the fact that the initial conviction was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them... and by removing the jeans... it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
"Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans to show solidarity with the victim. While the Court did eventually scrap this “denim” defense in 2008, women across the country and eventually throughout the United States stood up in protest. Today, many U.S. states recognize Denim Day on the last Wednesday in April, and supporters wear denim as a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault."
Denim After Dark is supported and sponsored by the UN Women.