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Name: Kimberly Rachel Clemons
School: University of Texas at Austin
Graduation Date: May 2016
Where were you born and where do you call home?
Where I was born, in South Carolina, is so far from what I call home - by distance and by culture. Being a military daughter meant moving all over the world, and I only lived there for a couple of months. I've lived in many different states, as well as Germany, Luxembourg and England. I like to say I'm American by blood but European at heart.
What are your plans after you graduate?
I want to work for a non-governmental organization, non-profit, charity, or social business. I try to use my background to come up with creative approaches to the world's biggest problems relating to the environment and society.
Who are some of your fashion icons?
It's hard to choose one, but instagrammer Jenah Yamamoto (@gypsyone) is pretty much ideal in every category. She makes ripped denim and tattoos look amazing. I also always turn to fashion blog Who What Wear for endless inspiration.
Why are you interested in Fair Trade Fashion?
The fashion industry is so huge and can be one of the most harmful to the environment and to society, which to me means there is also opportunity to create major change. It is so important for consumers to be aware of the affects of their daily decisions, and fair trade fashion is one of the most motivating and inspiring ways we can do that.
What countries have you visited? Which was your favorite and why?
I've been to a lot of countries and it is pretty impossible to choose my favorite. I can narrow it down to continents, in which case I would choose Europe. There's something about the way it makes you feel connected to great human accomplishments, with such a long history of culture, languages, religion, art, philosophy, food, wine; everything.
What have you enjoyed most about the at P&C Apprenticeship so far?
Jen's energy and ideas are so motivational, and it's awesome that there is another apprentice to share ideas with. I like the freedom to explore the aspects that interest me most, but since we cover such a wide range of topics, I also really enjoy the challenge of working in areas that I have absolutely no experience in. The apprenticeship really forces you to think in more practical ways rather than purely theoretical - the difference between just taking a class and directly contributing towards a working business.