- Scott Elmquist
- Jasmine poses on the corner of Fourth and Broad streets.
In towering heels and perfectly coordinated outfits, Jasmine, 29, is a familiar sight walking Broad Street downtown and volunteering at local churches. Style Weekly caught up with her last week to pick her brain.
Style: How do you walk in heels all day?
Jasmine: By me being flat-footed, it kind of helped me balance and everything. … By me practicing so many times with them on and everything as I walk, it comes real easy to me.
How old were you when you began experimenting with different styles and really dressing up?
Seventeen. … The first outfit I ever put on was a cat suit, like a leather cat suit. I wore that. I felt real, like freeing, and like I was expressing my style.
Where do you shop in Richmond?
I shop at Rainbow, and I shop at Rugged Wearhouse, and I shop at Citi Trends. I shop at Marshalls and I shop at T.J. Maxx. … I have like two closets full of clothes. And I have numerous outfits, but I don’t really wear the same one twice.
When you’re walking down Broad Street, do you get a lot of attention?
A lot of them will compliment me and say they really like the shoes that I have on, or they really like how I coordinate the outfits, or could I help their girlfriend pick out something?
If someone asked you how you look so put together, what’s the secret? What would you tell them?
I would just tell them to go by their own mind and their first choice of what they want. And make sure they don’t clash, you know. Make sure your colors don’t clash. And that the colors flow real good together, and don’t do too much to the outfit.
What’s your favorite thing about Richmond?
The big tall buildings. I like the architecture of the buildings, and I like … the old history of just going around, knowing the history of Richmond. I also like the Folk Festival. I love the music, and they have different cultures and stuff.
What are your ambitions? What do you like to do?
I always liked to act, and I always loved to sing, and creating and decorating. … When the homeless eat, I do music for them when they eat and volunteer for them. At St. Paul Episcopal Church, and First Baptist Church on the Boulevard, and at Third Street Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church, and at Alpha and Omega Bible Church on Marshall Street. … Just visiting and caring for the homeless and having a heart for the people, and knowing that somebody’s less fortunate than I am. I wanted to get them to smile, and see if I can bring them hope that they can make it, and everything. I don’t turn my nose down at anyone.