Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Carter.
Jasmine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m from South Central LA. Born into the foster care system. Adopted at 14. Turned to the streets (Crenshaw District) at 15. Ran the streets from sun up to sundown. Sold drugs and experimented with prostitution. Always stayed in school to satisfy my adopted family. Graduated from Westchester HS 2011. My daughter was born December 13, 2012. I went thru domestic violence my entire pregnancy but God brought me out. My son was born July 19, 2014. Three months after his birth, I ended my domestic violence relationship and never looked back. Shortly after my son’s birth, I went to county jail for three months, I was released on probation for five years. Less than six months later, I was back in jail for six months this time.
So many unfortunate events happened to my children I felt horrible and promised to never return. I got out of county jail and knew I had to change my life and my ways for my children. I stayed in a women’s and children home for some time and then transitioned to a mentor for other women with children while working as an outreach worker on skid row. After a year, I started working in Santa Monica as an outreach specialist with the homeless population. I found my passion and I knew this is where I belonged, this is God’s plan for my life. All while raising my children and fulfilling a higher education. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and people always compliment the way I dress and how I coordinate with my children.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve survived domestic violence, being a female minority, and having to hold my own weight while knowing I’m meant to be great.
What else should our readers know?
I specialize in Plus Size Women’s clothing. I’m most proud of the way women feel inside their bodies no matter what ‘flaws’ society tries to impose on them.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My care for people in general. Everyone deserves happiness. A simple hello how are you goes a long way.
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