The NamedAfterThat Interview

For women, especially women of color, making sure we're safe and protected is a major concern now more than ever. With a previous background in law enforcement Fedorah, also known as NamedAfterThat, aims to teach us safety tricks all while sporting her flyest kicks. Learn more about Fedorah's favorite kicks and style inspo below. 

Name & Instagram:
Fedorah & IG handle is @namedafterahat
 
Where are you from? 
I grew up in a Haitian household but I'm from Queens, New York. 
 
What’s your all time favorite pair of sneakers and why? 
My all time favorite pair would be the red, black, and white 1s, they literally go with everything; suits, dresses, jeans, and sweats. The 1's are my favorite pair because they were the first pair of Jordans I bought with my own money after graduating from high school. In high school I'd get into fights a lot so it worried my mom that I wouldn't graduate. I think in an effort to keep me focused and motivated my mom would reward me for a good report card. She'd say in her Haitian accent "Fedorah, you don't need to be a star, I just need you to pass and I'll buy you Jordans". She kept her word too; every report card she would take me to Jamaica Avenue on the coli block and let me pick a pair. I felt having the latest Jordan's was a safety blanket for me, I wouldn't get picked on and if I had a fresh pair on that day, I wouldn't want to risk messing them up in a fight. So when I see those Jordans 1s, it's a reminder that I accomplished something. 
 
As the sneaker business evolves, how do you feel about the progress women have made in sneaker culture? 
I feel in a male dominated sneaker culture, women have made progress however, we still have a long way to go. A lot of brands are putting women at the front of sneaker campaigns like my Haitian sister Naomi Osaka , Rihanna, Aleali May, and Teyana Taylor. We often get the shrunken pink or pastel version of a men's shoe and it's never the same quality which takes away from the shoe giving women the shorter end of the stick. Growing up wearing sneakers all the time it was often times associated as being a tomboy or masculine which never made sense to me because I never identified my love for sneakers as that. I'd get asked "Do you play basketball?", so if I did that would justify wearing sneakers and if I didn't play basketball  that meant what exactly? (I do not play ball lol) So it's going to take some more pushing to unlearn restrictive social, cultural, and gender norms to work towards making more gender neutral shoes that are available in all sizes. 
 
If you could orchestrate any sneaker collab, who would you like to see work together? 
I'd love to see Tracee Ellis Ross collaborate with Jordan. She posted herself in a gold and silver dress with the gold, white, and black 1's. I love how she took a risk and it worked. I'd love to see what she would come up with designing her own shoe and representing for the female sneaker culture. I also love that she didn't let her age dictate what she should or should not be wearing.
 
What style tips would you give to the ladies that have a hard time putting looks together with sneakers?
My style tips for women would be to take risks and do not let your body or social constructs prevent you from expressing yourself everyday. Do not follow trends or sales. Dress for your comfort, personality, lifestyle, and budget. Trends are ways to get people to spend money, there are no rules to this. We have a hard time sometimes because we are our own worst critics, my looks that have gotten the best reviews were the ones I was most hesitant and self conscious about. 
Keep up with @namedafterthat on Instagram and stay tuned for her new safety series. 

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