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EP. 028 - TARA

EP. 028 - TARA




Age: 29

Location: Los Angeles

IG: @T_Akino

I spent my childhood devouring movies–seeking some semblance of myself reflected back to me anywhere I could find it. I figured if I could see someone who mirrored the person I knew myself to be inside, I’d finally feel like I had a permission slip to exist.
Unable to find that representation, I kept my truth hidden and used my dreams as an escape from the real world. I continued to play the part I thought I was supposed to play and lived for other people’s approval.
After high school, I moved across the country to New York, graduated from college, gotTHE job, gotTHE girlfriend... my life was great on paper. But something was missing.
I had run from Los Angeles but I couldn’t run from my truth.
Ignoring that voice eventually resulted in me losing everything I thought I wanted. And I was left with only myself. Slowly, I opened communication with my heart and for the first time in forever, I listened to her. She talked of dreams of creating community– a world where her younger self would have felt safe and thrived. Of working withqueer young adults and first gen kids -- the identities I’d rejected in an effort to fit in. Of shining a light on those emo kids who feel so dark, angry, and alone.
Driven by this inner voice, I came home to myself.
Now,I've rededicated my life to mentorship and telling queer, POC coming-of-age stories.
My heart is a little less broken every day.
That quiet, queer emo kid is why I do what I do.
Though it’s terrifying living in my truth, any other way of living feels like death.
And I am alive.

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Sizing Guide
Size Chest Width Body Length
S 19.75" 27.5"
M 21.25" 28.5"
L 22.75" 29.5"
XL 24.75" 30.5"
2XL 26.75" 31.5"
3XL 28.75" 32.5"

Hoodies & Pullovers
Size Chest Width Body Length
S 21.25" 27.5"
M 22.25" 28.5"
L 23.25" 29.5"
XL 24.75" 30.5"
2XL 26.25" 31.5"
3XL 27.75" 32.5"

Size Waist Inseam
S 29" 28"
M 31" 28.5"
L 33" 29"
XL 35" 29.5"
2XL 37" 30"
3XL 39" 30.5"

Size Waist Inseam
S 24.5" 27"
M 26.5" 27.25"
L 28.5" 27.5"
XL 31.5" 27.75"
2XL 34.5" 28"
3XL 37.5" 28.25"

Size Waist Inseam
S 30" 16.25"
M 32" 16.75"
L 34" 17"
XL 36" 17.5"
2XL 38" 18"