Sometimes interviewing people who are looking to be interviewed is boring. Who cares about when your album drops, a woman might be president! And her opponent is a Satan reboot with skin discoloration! It seems like everything is exploding with new twists and turns and we want to know what you have to say about it. With Person of Interest we look for individualized takes on what’s happening in the world.
This week, we speak with Jennifer Pauline, fashion moderator, dot connector, wordsmith, and all around creative in Los Angeles.
Jennifer! So tell me, what have you been up to these days?
Welp, I turned 30 on the 19th, so that was pretty fucking awesome. My best friend threw me a surprise birthday celebration (first surprise anything in my life) and I cried (then cried some more). Aside from that, I just got back from NYFW (is NYFW over?) and I’m planning for Paris Fashion Week next week! I’m super excited to continue my 30th birthday celebration, eat too many carbs, drink a ton of wine, and, of course, check out some shows/presentations all while enjoying the incredible street style.
I’m happy we’re having a chance to talk because I want to discuss your online presence. You just Instagrammed a great white shark jumping out of the water grinning racks of jagged teeth. You captioned it, “Me v challenges/obstacles/tribulations,” which I adored. How do you utilize social media to get through to people? Do you also use it for networking/work?
A lot of people use Instagram to post beautifully curated images. I think I may be an Instagram influencer’s worst nightmare. My account is very much organized chaos. I use Instagram to share my life and thought ramblings—whether it’s a photo of me and my friends, a quote on why women shouldn’t put up with men’s silly antics, my own thoughts on how life can be fucked up but you have to push through anyway, or something I’m loving in fashion at the moment.
I also post on Instagram so that I have something to scroll through if I wake up in the middle of the night. I moderate a series called Fashion for Breakfast in LA, so sometimes you might get a nice hi-res image from one of our amazing photographers (hey Greyson, Connie, and Stuart). In that regard, I definitely utilize Instagram to connect with others, but the elements of my Instagram that resonate the most with people are the quotes I post. My most popular quote to date is, “If someone has to choose between you and another person, make sure they don’t choose you.” Came up with that one myself :).
What the hell is happening in Charlotte and Tulsa? Do you feel like there’s been any movement in protecting black people from getting shot and killed by the police?
It’s the same thing that’s been happening around this country for as long as I can remember. Fortunately, we now have camera phones and social media so these horrific atrocities are being filmed instead of silenced. The most disgusting part of it all is that these terrorists who have committed these hate crimes are not being prosecuted for the public execution of our fellow American citizens.
Recently, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, put together a call to the creative community and I was fortunate enough to listen in. The purpose of the call was to gather feedback and discuss ways to help the country heal and “foster a culture of public safety and accountability that will help us all move forward together.” For me, the resonating sentiment was that because state law enforcement are local independent agencies, it makes it hard to enforce certain initiatives. The one note of progress, however, is the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, an initiative that’s focused on helping provide meaningful solutions to “help law enforcement agencies and communities strengthen trust and collaboration.”
Aside from this, I don’t don’t see much progress happening because I believe that people are committing these crimes based on their own prejudices and power hungry egos. The only real change that can happen is on a local level where individuals are holding their police departments accountable and ensuring they are operating from a place of service and protection, and not silence and rejection.
Do you find it odd that over the past week we had two high profile shootings, one involving an armed radicalized terrorist who had set off multiple bombs in a metropolitan area and who was wounded in the arm before being taken into police custody, and then one with an unarmed man who was fatally shot in the heart? How are we supposed to process that?
You can’t. It makes no sense. One life was valued over another and the real reasoning behind that is something we’ll never know.
On the topic of racism, are you going to watch the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate on Monday?
Do you think at this point in the election campaign it’s possible to get millennials excited about Hillary and her running our country?
At this point, with Trump as her opponent, everyone should give Hillary a chance.
The recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grants of half a million dollars were announced last night. If you could, who would you give one to?
I would give the award to all the families who have lost their son, father, husband, brother, uncle, aunt, sister, mother or wife to police brutality.
Less important but maybe just as exciting, have you updated the OS on your phone yet? I keep sending drawings of dicks to my friends.
No, but maybe I should so I can send inappropriate drawings to my friends too.
Have you ever received a real dick pic?
I have. I saved it to my camera roll for hard times. (See what I did there?)
Do you think Brad and Angelina broke up because maybe he was also sending dick pics?
I’m not one for speculation.
Do you think Brad and Angelina broke up because he was smoking too much weed?
Is there a such thing as smoking too much weed?
What would you consider “too much weed?”
There’s no such thing as too much weed.
Are you team Aniston because you share a name with her? I’m team Aniston because you share a name with her.
Sure am, and also because I’ll never be team side piece-turned-wife (even though Angelina’s cheek bones give me all of my life).
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