Teen storms New York Fashion Week, combines creativity and activism to end Asian hatred

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) – She’s only 13, and like most kids her age, Ashlyn So loves fashion.

In fact, she’s a designer and is taking New York Fashion Week by storm. What sets her apart is that she combines her creativity with activism to stop Asian hatred.

The same is true of the Bay Area, and her collection grew out of the wound of a collective trauma of a community – leaping down the runway at New York Fashion Week.

“Some rooms have a lot of repeating objects. Kind of like a story. It started with a few people, then it turned into a community, then it turned into this mass movement,” said So.

This is So’s third fashion week. However, this time on the track it’s different. The “Stop Asian Hate” movement, she says, has helped her find her voice.

“I thought I would never find a way to never be shy. I thought I was stuck like this forever. But I think after this year I just came out of my shell,” she said. declared.

So she calls herself an “accidental activist”, but her execution was deliberate. Among the rallies she organized was a Black and Gold Unity Rally.

“I saw that there was a lot of tension between these two communities, and I thought they were so similar in so many ways. But instead of comparing our problems, we should support each other,” she said. .
As an Asian American, she says she feels left out. What does it say about our society that a 13 year old has felt so much pain?

“It’s normal to feel like you’ve been hurt because a lot of people feel what you feel. That’s why what you do is so important,” said her mother, Angela Wu.

If art is a reflection of society, the art of this college girl is talked about a lot – she is no longer silent and shy.

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