As much as I love incorporating red shades into my looks, on days like today more than its vibrancy I am here for what this vibrant color represents-- Go Red For Women, National Wear Red Day, and American Heart Month.
In the midst of celebrating Black History Month during the month of February, as a woman of color my attention is also drawn to the importance of American Heart Month.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, but diseases associated with heart disease like diabetes and hypertension, to list a couple, are especially prevalent in women of color.
So many women take on the role of superwoman-- showing up as so many different things for so many different people. We sometimes do this to a fault, neglecting our health and fundamental needs for survival.
As with so many things, knowledge is key. We must do the work to educate ourselves and take necessary steps to ensure that we are putting our health before everything else. If we don't, we run the risk of not being here for anybody and becoming another statistic.
Fashion is one of my loves but as much as I enjoy looking put together, ensuring that my health is in tact is way more significant.
Find out more about American Heart Month and what you can do to better educate yourself and others: