Jari Jones nos volvió importantes y hermosas a todas: esta modelo de CK reinventó la belleza

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Por Carol Sandoval vía VIX

En el marco del Día Internacional del Orgullo LGBT, las redes sociales suelen llenarse de marcas e iniciativas apegadas a la comunidad. Se trata de un gesto muy debatible en cuestiones de lucro, pero lo que nadie puede negar, es la visibilidad obtenida.

En cualquier caso, muchos activistas famosos optan por aliarse con las marcas para hacer énfasis en su lucha, así es el caso de la modelo Jari Jones, quien es la nueva estrella principal de Calvin Klein (CK).

Jari — de 28 años de edad— se describe a sí misma como una actriz transgénero, queer, negra, lesbiana, de talla grande y activista. En éste último punto, es una partidaria directa del movimiento Black Lives Matter.

Pasando a su trayectoria artística: en 2019 destacó por su participación en la película Adam, y pronto podrás verla en el esperado filme Broken Bird.

En su colaboración con CK gracias a la campaña Proud in my Calvins, Jones mencionó que le gustaba verse a sí misma como una “figura materna” para la comunidad LGBT+, en la cual, tristemente muchos de sus miembros son rezagados y discriminados por su propia familia.

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“When we see ourselves, it gives us permission to be ourselves” . . Though visibility isn’t liberation, it is a starting point for one to run like hell for the greater purpose. I have spent years searching constantly for the blue prints , for the instructions, for the guide lines , and didn’t even think for a second to look right in the mirror. We as trans people have been told forever that we are not of greatness , of power, of excellence, so I deeply honor the moment when I realized that I was who I was looking for, who others were looking for…that I was all of those things. I was given permission by myself and by community to create guides and instructions , and blue prints that would aid in the race , in the elevation , in the fight toward TRANS LIBERATION. So today, especially in these very still moments, look at yourself as deep and as focused as you did when you decided that your true and most authentic self was worth more than anything. And when you start running toward that, it reminds us that we have never ran away. #TDOV . . . . #transgender #trans #transisbeautiful #transdayofvisibility #translivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #diversity #queer #celebratemysize #actress #honormycurves #bodydiversity #effyourbeautystandards #curvygirl #curvemodel #influencer #plussize #power #plussizemodel #bodypositive #transmodel #represent #editorial #newyork #transgirl #raulromo #lesbian #sponsored

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Jones incluso colabora con diferentes refugios en Nueva York que procuran dar techo a los jóvenes LGBT+ en situaciones de gran vulnerabilidad y/o violencia. Jari misma, revela lo que la impulsa a proteger a este sector bajo su propia experiencia:

Es difícil comenzar en la vida de por sí, pero desafortunadamente lo es más siendo una persona negra, queer y trans (…) No quiero que nadie más pase por lo que yo pasé si está en mis manos evitarlo (…) sepan que la heterosexualidad no es la jerarquía y que ser algo diferente de lo que la sociedad considera ‘regular’, es igual de bueno.

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There are moments that I heard about, that help you forget when the world told you “Never” !!! . . There are these moments I heard about about that help you heal when the society has tried to beat you down , over and over again. . . There are these very real moments that I heard about that help you feel affirmed even when you don’t see yourself. . . I’ve been searching my whole life for those moments, I got tired of looking for those moments. . . So I decided to create them. Not for me but for the next dreamer, outcast, queer, trans, disabled, fat, beautiful black, piece of starlight waiting for their moment to shine. . . It has been such an honor and pleasure to sit in my most authentic self and present imagery of a body that far to often has been demonized, harassed , made to feel ugly and unworthy and even killed. . . I present this image ,myself and all that my body stands for to my community and chosen family, in hope that they see themselves more clearly than ever and further realize that they are worthy of celebration , of compassion , of love and gratitude. . . – Thank you to @ryanmcginleystudios and the @calvinklein family for a collaboration that will hopefully be a symbol of hope and love during these moments. BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER!! . . . . #calvinklein #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #transisbeautiful #queer #celebratemysize #actress #honormycurves #pride🌈 #bodydiversity #soho #effyourbeautystandards #curvygirl #curvemodel #influencer #billboard #plussize #plusmodel #influencer #plussizemodel #bodypositive #swimwear #campaign #newyork #melanin #model #ad #sponsored

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A través de sus redes sociales, Jari compartió numerosos posteos para celebrar su inclusión en la famosa casa de modas estadounidense. En perspectiva personal, acompañó una de sus fotografías con un mensaje que, espera resuene en cada joven que no pueda vivir libremente. La lucha sigue:Me cansé de buscar esos momentos de visibilidad. Entonces decidí crearlos. No para mí, sino para el próximo soñador, paria, ‘maricón’, trans, discapacitado, gordo, negro, y hermoso pedazo de luz que esté dudando de su brillo allá afuera.

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It is quite extraordinary how stress and unhappiness and fear can physically change the way you hold yourself , more specifically in your face. With much much inner turmoil , there was always a battle of exactly who I was , how I wanted to navigate , how I wanted people to respond when they saw me and I knew that the uncomfortableness , that unstableness , that fear would reflect in the image. And I thought if only I could get surgery , if only I changed my face , if only I could look like something else , everything would be better and I would see the person I want to be. Fast forward through some unpacking , fast forward through some unlearning , fast forward through some harm reduction , fast forward through some self care, fast forward through some self love , fast forward through some understanding, I began to realize that power of release. Mentally and Physically! Yess I have some hard days , yess there is still some medical transitioning I’m thinking about, but what “ the release “ has done for me physically ……. simply breath taking, life saving. . . Same Girl. Same Photographer. Different Insides Creating Different Outsides. . . Photographer : @nelsonncastillo . . #blacktranslivesmatter #trans #queer #celebratemysize #actress #honormycurves #blacktranswomen #bodydiversity #effyourbeautystandards #curvygirl #curvemodel #influencer #visiblyplussize #plussize #plusmodel #influencer #plussizemodel #bodypositive #confidence #transgender #blackexcellence #trans #newyork #mtf #transisbeautiful #beforeandafter #shareblackstories #lgbtq🌈 #nycpride

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ones señaló que espera que su colaboración con CK sirva para que la comunidad LGBT+ vea que cualquiera de ellos es motivo de celebración, belleza y orgullo.

En el pasado, Jari ya ha sumado esfuerzos con marcas como Dove o Allure, dejando claro que en cuestiones de belleza y moda, no deben existir límites para nadie. ¿Qué opinas del poderoso mensaje de CK y Jones?

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