12/16 Spotlight Feature: Alani Garcia

Fabulous Working Females

Weekly Spotlight Feature

Introducing, Alani Garcia!

Alani Garcia is a multi-talented professional in the fashion industry. Alani has earned her Associates Degree in Fashion Business Management from The Fashion of Institute of Technology, as well earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Textiles & Science from SUNY Oneonta. Can you say, hustler?

Alani, along with so many, faced obstacles in her career due to COVID-19. Nevertheless she persisted, not letting that get in the way of her passion and goals. A Fabulous Working Female in every way, Alani is currently utilizing her time to develop multiple skills for her career portfolio, and is also working on her own brand THEREBRANDX. In addition to that she is involved in a nonprofit which she goes into detail about in this spotlight feature.

Tell us about yourself!

Hi! My name is Alani Garcia and I am a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology with an Associate’s degree in Fashion Business Management and Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Oneonta in Fashion Textiles & Science with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising. After unfortunately being laid off due to COVID-19 from my job at Steve Madden as an Office/Ecommerce Coordinator, I am currently filling my time studying SEO to diversify my freelancing skills in web design, and marketing for small businesses.

I have always been very passionate about community and helping others, but this pandemic has shed a major light on inequalities in America and healthcare disparities between minority communities. For the past few months I created my own blog space to discuss history, policy, and how it shapes our Nation today while also discussing mental health, fashion, and lifestyle. THE.REBRANDX is all about rebranding the image of fashion blogging, the love of helping people and putting together a bomb outfit aren't mutually exclusive.

In addition to all this I also have been working with a grassroots group creating a 501c6 nonprofit called The National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health to offer a one stop shop to all underserved communities in an effort to promote education on best healthcare practices, different healthcare careers, promotion of minority owned businesses within our healthcare systems, and much more.

What are your Aspirations?

I hope with time the nonprofit I am working on can make a difference in our underserved communities across America and we see more Latinos, along with other ethnic minorities in high positions in Healthcare, and many other industries. Although my aspirations take a different route from what my degree is in, I think it's important to understand we can still have big aspirations for the community and ourselves as well. As I learn more about blogging I hope to create a community filled with diverse fashion lovers across the World who are passionate about making a difference through education in history, policy, and awareness of mental health.

Can you describe what makes you feel FABULOUS while working?

I feel most FAB when I am rocking a new outfit and helping others improve their lives and livelihoods. I have always been on the insecure side growing up but nowadays I find my confidence in fashion and through being a positive force for change.

Thank you, Alani, for showing us that even when we are faced with obstacles outside of our control, we still have the ability to grow professionally. Not only do you inspire others with your hard work ethic, you also help others while being involved in a nonprofit. We know the future will be nothing but bright and successful for you, and we look forward to following along!

To learn more about Alani, follow her on Instagram, and add her on LinkedIn!

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