RU Fashionistas consists of students that share an interest in fashion that strive to promote the latest trends in the industry to the Rutgers community.
Laura Pulgarin, president of RU Fashionistas, started the organization with co-president Stephanie Castano and has been working to expand the organization and their ideas. “We want to bring together people of the industry and promote fashionable dressing within Rutgers. We’re passionate about fashion and we all see around campus are people in sweats and UGG boots.”
Just like any fashion trend, RU Fashionistas had to undergo several phases before it became what it is today.
“RU Fashionista was started by Michelle Shen on Facebook. Stephanie and I contacted her and decided to turn it into an organization after she graduated. At first, Stephanie and I started it off as a blog and we took pictures for the content. We eventually incorporated the blog into the organization.”
Samantha Atler, a general member, loves the people within RU Fashionistas and, like President Pulgarin, hopes for more to come. “Getting all the people who have an interest in fashion within Rutgers to get together is hard because it is a big campus.”
To share their passion for fashion, RU Fashionistas also have fun exchanging clothes during Clothing Swap events.
“A clothing swap was a fun, little idea since people have clothes sitting in their closet that they never wear. This way, they can take their clothes and switch them with someone else to revamp their closet without spending any money!” These fashionistas not only share their clothes with each other but also with people in need. “The rest of the clothes go to Elijah’s Promise soup kitchen in New Brunswick and they distribute those clothes to the homeless.”
RU Fashionistas has big plans for the future, aside from increasing their membership. “For this semester we will be increasing promotion for our organization to get more members, hosting more fashion shows, taking more photo shoots, and planning more clothing swaps and clothing drives,” shares Pulgarin.
“We’re hoping to host a fashion show to not only raise awareness of the club but to also fundraise for some important causes. The spring semester is coming to an end so we’re planning for the upcoming fall semester. We’re also looking for models, designers, makeup artists, and photographers to expand the diversity of our membership.”
Any students interested in becoming a part of RU Fashionistas can contact them by email.