Like myself, you might have that one influencer you can’t miss a day without checking their feed. The type of influencer that might have a good taste of fashion. She might know what’s expensive and what’s not. She may know fabrics, brands, trends, hip places to eat and hang. At least, this is where my love for following Jasmine Dustin began. By accident.
You see, this is what I have always done while trying to get my mind off my mothers cancer. I throw myself into another world. The world that inspires me, the world that I’ve always had a love for, and can secretly take me away from the pain I hold in my heart. And to be quite honest, there’s a mountain of pain that’s been trying hard to escape the silence of losing my mother. This escape for me has been the fashion world.
After following Jasmine Dustin for a while and even creating (ok copy catting is a better word) her poses/looks it made me feel better to actually take the time to bring my makeup with me in the car to the cancer treatment center thinking, “this is going to be a great day. I look awesome today. Clean Makeup, lip color on point, hair falling in just the right places.” Like it was literally making me feel good about going to a cancer treatment hospital. What?!
So one night, not too long ago, I felt the need to reach out to her. Now, this is something that I just wouldn’t normally do as I have never done this before, but something inside was telling me to write her a little note. So I did. I can’t remember everything I said, but I wanted her to know she was really doing her job by being a social media influencer. I thanked her for the inspiration and left it at that. Low and behold, Jasmine Dustin replied!
We started chatting and I learned that she was also nice! I wanted to be her best friend, but I suddenly felt shy and weird. Our light chatter ended and then a notification lite my screen up. Jasmine was giving me a lovely shout out through her Instagram stories. By this time I was sure we were going to have a sweet little bond. It touched me that a total stranger and I connected in just a few light conversations.
After this, I wanted to know more about her, so I googled her. Jasmine Dustin.
The fashion and lifestyle influencer I have been following just turned into an actress/model, and while reading more into her bio, this led to hit movies and t.v. series she has devoted her life too. Realizing the multitude of her celebrity profile never once changed my feelings.
You see, I didn’t rush back to online and say I’m you’re biggest fan, or I didn’t screenshot that I was talking to a celebrity, because I still didn’t view her any differently. What made me fall in love with her feed was seeing how genuine and heartfelt she is. Jasmine gives back by working a lot with the homeless and their pets. I found that out instantly by following her stories. She meets the most random people, in the most random places, while showing her compassion for others.
Fast forward a few days later, and Jasmine has ask for my mailing address. A few days later a package was on my doorstep. Opening it up to a beautiful emerald green shoulder bag and a beautifully written note. My heart softened, my breath deepened, a simple shift to watery eyes as a vital reminder that I just received this special package from her.
By accident I came across her feed. Truly inspired by her lifestyle and fashion pictures, nothing more than a complete stranger, a stranger, a friend that I could love, compliment and appreciate for her ability to put together an impeccable self image, instead of a threat or being jealous over her status. Because all in all, we both seen beyond our external disguises. She got to know me and my story and I saw through to her compassionate heart. I will always be grateful whether our new friendship is short lived or long lasting, (voting for long term) she touched me with more than I could ever dream. Almost like the big sister I never had growing up and in that moment she took my mind off of losing my mother.
She is much more than that one influencer you can’t miss a day without checking their feed. The type of influencer that might have a good taste of fashion. She might know what’s expensive and what’s not. She may know fabrics, brands, trends, hip places to eat and hang. At least, this is where my love for following Jasmine Dustin began. By accident.
Remember everywhere we look, there is another advertisement, another influencer with more than us, another girl on Instagram portraying a lavish lifestyle. It’s only turning within gratefulness that we’re able to view all we own in the light of blessings instead of leak.
Thank you jasmine for your confidence, your creativity and your heart. I love you always