BFF Status in 5 Minutes with Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs
This is the feature in which we help you achieve BFF status with cool people we know. We think your choice of emoji says more about you than your five year plan, and that what makes you laugh is more telling than your latest inspiration.
Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs wears many hats: fashion designer, mother, partner, activist, and Youth Initiative Coordinator of the Women's March on Washington. A busy woman, she steadfastly tackles issues ranging from waste in the fashion industry with her zero waste line, Tabii Just, to identity within her multiracial family on her blog, Curry Bagel. Her role in the Women's March brought recognition to youth ambassadors, the youngest participants in the movement following the election. Get to know her better here, in five minutes or less.
What emoji are you?
The laughing face.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Wonder why I can't sleep for one more hour.
Favorite food that reminds you of your childhood?
Trinidadian roti and curry.
Is there a magazine that represents your style? If not, what kind of magazine do you wish existed to represent you?
There isn't a mag that represents my style. The kind that would represent me would be a magazine that features comfortable sustainable clothing for woke women and moms who need to be able to transition from 5 meetings to a late lunch to a protest. It would also uplift young voices while showcasing beautiful clothing and addressing the issue of privilege and access in the sustainable fashion industry. Oh, and it would have a running list of clothing swaps. Tall order!
We know you are a busy woman. What is your favorite sad desk lunch?
A ridiculously loaded salad with everything from grilled chicken, jalapeño cheese, avocado and tomatoes to chickpeas and cucumber. I also can't live without crunchy onions in my salad. I only eat lunch out when it's a lunch meeting. I'm usually eating a late lunch while hunched over my computer. Not the best habit.
What are you grateful for in this moment?
Every night, I read stories to my son and he insists that I get into his bed with him. He doesn't want my arm around him but scooches his body right up against mine and demands that I sing for him. I usually oblige by singing him "Hotline Bling" by Drake. That's my favorite part of every single day. Some days, I have evening events and miss that time with him. I'm grateful that I was able to do it today.
What do you do for self-care?
I am really bad at personal self-care but a strong advocate for therapy. I've known my therapist for the past 7 years and my time with him is when I sit and reflect and share in a safe space.
Your best zero waste tip?
I have so many! Swapping is a favorite because it can be done by anyone, anywhere. You can just invite a few friends over, have them clean their closets beforehand, and shop from each other.
How would your own BFF describe you?
What makes you laugh?
My son makes me laugh. Lately, he's been telling knock knock jokes. He goes "Mom, knock knock". I say "Who's there?" He says "Elephant" and I say "Elephant Who?" He says "Elephant SGGHJFJEOFG [babytalk]" and cracks up laughing at himself.