This month is human trafficking awareness month! We want you to be aware that Human Trafficking still exists and is growing.
Human trafficking is the largest international criminal industry behind drug dealing. It happens in far off countries, yes, but did you know it happens in OUR country, too? In our states, our cities.
Will you join us in the fight to end it? We want to build a community of advocates of FREEDOM and HOPE for those who have been trafficked all our the world. This year, this MONTH is your chance to make a difference. BE a world changer!
Well, first, you can participate in Red Light Wednesday! Red Light Wednesday is a day when we take time to pray for those still trapped in red light districts around the world. Every time we stop at a red light, we pause to remember the more than 3 million women and girls enslaved in India’s sex trade. And, a day when we pause to renew our vision of giving HOPE to each and every one of them.
Also, all month long we will be partnering up with other companies in the fight against sex trafficking to bring you giveaways! Giveaways will be launched every Sunday on our social channels, be sure to follow us and enter!
And, as always, shopping our Punjammies™ products will help support the women in our sewing centers in India remain FREE from slavery!!!!
Let’s do this, world changers!!
We hope you are staying warm and having a wonderful holiday season! We are keeping very busy at the office as all of the holiday orders come in. With every order placed, that is another promise that the women in our sewing centers will have a sustained job.
Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we wanted to take some time aside to do something fun! We invited Jess from Jess Loves This Life over to our headquarters in Costa Mesa, and she helped us bring you today’s DIY. She is so sweet and is such a creative gal too.
PUNJAMMIES™ bag (we used our new Vijay ), Empty Ornament Balls, Ribbon, Craft snow, and Twine
10-15 minutes (3 ornaments)
We hope you have as much fun making this Christmas tree ornament as we did. Once you place it on your tree, we would totally love to see a picture of it. Post it on social media or email it to us so that we can share it too!
Christine — One gal super excited for Christmas
Thanks for all of your help Jess!
We are thrilled to have been able to work with model, Nikia Phoenix not once, but TWICE this year! She is such an inspiration as a model that stands for more than just beauty in the way our world may define it today! We find it very important to work with women (and men) who believe in the strength of women, and have a heart to work together to help bring human trafficking to an end. So today we are brining you an interview with model, freedom fighter, and creative thinker, Nikia Phoenix of Model Liberation!
This journey started close to 10 years ago when I moved to Los Angeles. I relocated here from the East coast for a number of reasons, but the top one being why not LA?! There’s opportunities, entertainment, fashion, and obviously great weather. A few months after arriving, I started modeling professionally.
My experiences as a LA model probably differ so much from what other models say. There are times when I’m running around to tons of castings and auditions, and other times that I’m literally just working on projects of my own like my blog. I’m working around the clock because I love to create. I will say, it’s kind of cool when people recognize you from the work you do.
I like to live life to its fullest which sometimes means just staying at home with my cat and a latte.
Religion and spirituality can be such touchy subjects. But I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am if I I didn’t have my faith. There are a number of things that I’m anxious about or afraid of, and believing that a higher power is looking out for me helps me get through. It allows me to release my stress and anguish. My faith challenges me to push harder even when I’m worn out. I know there is a force bigger than me that unites us all, and that puts my soul at ease.
I enjoy putting my heart into my work. If I’m doing it, then I believe in it. While it’s important to earn a paycheck, it’s just as important to have integrity. Sure I can do editorials and ads that are edgy and push the envelope, but it has to have a point. I want to look over my body of work and be proud of what I’ve accomplished instead of being ashamed. Having a strong faith lights my career path for me and allows me to help others through my job.
I first heard about International Princess Project when photographer Michelle Kim asked if I wanted to model for PUNJAMMIES™. I looked into it, and really fell in love with the message and the mission.
I believe that every human being should have equal opportunities despite age, gender, race, economic status, and all the rest. Unfortunately many of our young girls are not given the same respect and bad people try to strip them of their dignity. If you have a voice, it’s important to speak up for those who can’t. That’s why I stand behind International Princess™ Project. Someone has to support the victims of human trafficking, and let them know there’s something bigger and better out there for them than the injustices they’ve lived through. Sharing is caring.
The title of my blog came from a place of creativity, strength and empowerment. The word “model” was a given, but I needed the other half. I’m a freedom fighter, so I needed a name that reflected that. But it also couldn’t be something that would alienate people. When my friend Sam suggested “liberation” I got chills. I wanted the name of my blog to reflect what I do and who I really am. Just because some may view me as a glorified mannequin, I know that I am so much more. So with “Model Liberation” it’s not just about fashion and how cool I look in clothes, it’s also about what I do to liberate myself from the j-o-b. It’s therapy.
Beauty has very little to do with physical appearance and more to do with your spirit. Someone can appear to have nice bone structure and a symmetrical face but maybe they’re not beautiful. I think that has a lot to do with the way you live, your personality, and how you treat others. You can be attractive on the outside and a mean person, and to me you’re not beautiful. Beauty is loving yourself and those around you. Beauty isn’t perfection. Beauty is accepting your flaws.
Join us today for some origami, sewing, and fun! Using your PUNJAMMIES™ bag, you can create this cute little knick knack holder for your office desk, or for hair pins. I hand sewed this, which added a good 20 minutes to the project, but if you have a sewing machine, this should take you no more than 7 minutes to complete! Also, if you have always wanted to learn how to make origami, this is your chance!
Don’t forget to head on over to our Youtube Channel, PUNJAMMIES™, and subscribe for more DIYs and behind the scenes looks at our photo shoots.
For Freedom’s Sake,
Christine — Intern and Happy DIYer