DBV x JamesVWang

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James Wang is a online fashion content creator, who've probably seen him on Instagram or Tumblr. James is known for his photography, where he captures his chocolate complexion  against solid-colored backgrounds as well as LA's beautiful landscapes. 

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MY OUTFIT jacket: AllSaints top: H&M | denim: Old Navy  | shoes: Nike

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We met at Document Coffee Bar on Wilshire Blvd in LA. I got there early and scored free parking. I'm obviously still super excited about it. While I waited for James, I ordered a matcha iced latte and it was delicious. Matcha is my go to because the green tea is so calming and the milk makes it taste like a healthy treat

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We all get a little nervous about meeting people from online in real life. Usually, I'm imagining some overdramatic scene where I trip and spill my drink or share something a bit to personal that ruins the rest of the conversation. But, I managed to shut up the negative thoughts and its really helped calm my social anxiety. 

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HIS OUTFIT: jacket: shirt: | bottoms: | socks: shoes: 

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James and I had a discussion about social justice, people of color in the fashion industry, and color-ism within the African American community. To be frank, I normally have these types of conversations with other women, past professors and classmates, and family of diverse backgrounds. So, it was refreshing to have a face to face conversation with an absolute stranger, especially an African American man. 

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Reaching out to someone you admire on Instagram or Twitter to meet up can be intimidating. But as soon as you quiet those insecurity demons, it really is a great way to get out of your comfort zone. Even if someone denies your request or doesn't respond, you at least put yourself out there and that's the goal. So, don't be afraid to approach someone, even if they have more followers or seem "better" than you. You never know what relationships or opportunities can arise from that experience.