Millennial Monday (Spotlight) : Sabina Montinar

What inspires you?: Creativity. I love seeing others perspective or interpretation of things

Social Media Handles: @youngfashionfund

Your favorite song currently and the artist: Cry for you by Lecrae

Currently reading: Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurs

Favorite food spot in your city: Sounds silly but any park. I love being outside.

Sweet Tea or Lemonade (it’s a Southern thing): Lemonade

Describe yourself in one word: Curious. I love learning

If you attended University/College, where did you graduate: Florida State University

Favorite place to visit/vacation: South Florida, I grew up there. My family and some of my close friends still live there so it is a place that will always be a part of my life. Plus, I can’t pass up visiting the amazing diverse cultured cities like Miami.  

Background information. Where are you from?

I am originally from Haiti. My family immigrated to the US in the early 90’s. We settled in Naples, FL and have been there ever since. I have moved around a bit outside of Florida after college. Most of it has been for work but in 2015 I made the decision to move back to the south. Dallas just had a lot of the things I was looking for in a new city.

Please provide 3-4 sentences about your role in the community or in your field, industry or career. What do you do? How did this “role” come about? How and why are you best known by others?

  • I started Young Fashion Fund in 2015 after a layoff.
  • The all-encompassing goal of YFF is to create educational opportunities for diverse women. We so happen to be focusing on the fashion and beauty industry right now.
  • I love fashion it has always been an interest of mine, those who know me know that. I am just excited to share with them and everyone else what I have been working on and how I hope to use my fashion career to affect change.  

Did you attend college and/or have formal training in your respective field or industry? If so, please elaborate on the year you graduated and from what institution.

Yes, I did. I went to Florida State University and graduated with a bachelor’s in Retail Merchandising and Product Development in 2011. I did my senior internship in supply chain and logistics, to help me better understand all aspects of the retail industry. I went on to work for a fortune 500 company in supply chain and sourcing. I later relocated to Dallas and started my marketing role.

What factors of your upbringing influenced your career goals? I honestly don’t remember the exact moment when I first realized was interested in fashion. I just grew up drawn to clothing, beauty, hair, etc. Minus the fact that I grew up with four brothers I still loved passing up that football game to watch a fashion segment. As I got older I just continued to fall in love with it even more. Once I learned I could make a successful living of designing clothes or dressing other people I thought, “THAT is what I want to do!”  

How long have you been in this career? What did you do previously?

I have been in retail for over 12 year. Through those years I have worked in many aspects of the industry. From to visual merchandising to sourcing, I have been lucky enough to learn a lot of it. The nonprofit is just another opportunity for me to bring all those experiences together and educate others.

What long-term goals do you have? What steps are you currently taking in this direction?

My dream is to have Young Fashion Fund be a nationally well-known scholarship fund and create a community of young women looking for inspiration within fashion. Through the regular programs we have in place we believe we are doing the work that needs to bring YFF to a larger audience.

Tell us about your social media presence. Do you use it in your line of work? Why or why not, is it important in your day-to-day responsibilities, platform or career?

I personally do not use social media that much. My goal has been to build a strong social media platform for the organization rather than growing my personal following.

Which public figures, role models and or historical figure shaped your goals as a child and in adulthood? Any that embodies your personal values?

That is difficult to answer, there were so many. Kimora Lee Simmons was a huge influence in my growth in fashion. Urban apparel was huge in the 90’s and she and her husband, at the time, Russell Simmons grew their labels Phat Farm and Baby Phat to amazing levels. I was amazed, more so impressed, at the culture, trends, and influence they had on the fashion industry. Another woman, I started following early on and still follow closely is Tracee Ellis Ross. She is an inspiration to me. Her style is amazing, her personality is irresistible and her humor gives me life. I truly love the way she represents herself and other women of color.

What does it mean to you to be a millennial? How do you share that with others in your life, those you meet and with your peers?

A millennial to me is a person who is looking to create their own. It is about taking advantage of all the resources and tools that have been created before you, using it for good to create and become an influence to those after you. I am just trying to do my part. Young fashion Fund is my creation for those who are next.

For more information on Sabina and the Young Fashion Fund, visit: youngfashionfund.org

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