Real Talk

Ziva’s Closet is going through a lot of changes lately! But while the site is being revamped, I wanted to talk about something else today: Inclusivity

Let’s take a look at the textbook definition for Inclusivity: ”The practice or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of minority groups.” It’s a noun by the way.

It’s something that is important, relevant, and needed in today’s “modern” society and also in our small shop community (it feels like now more than ever) But while other shops (sadly) see it as another way to make a sale, it is something I have always believed in. I’m not just jumping on some bandwagon in a vain attempt to keep my shop afloat either. Being inclusive is so much more than just opening your doors to a group of brown babes to model your clothes. It’s believing and seeing them as equal, human, beautiful, and just as amazing as you are! It’s seeing those differences and realizing that those differences make each person unique and beautiful. It is something that should be embraced and celebrated!

So while the old adage might have said “I don’t see color” to describe your slightly skewed “non-prejudiced” ways, I say I do see color. I see your differences. I see your uniqueness. I see you. It’s that view that allows me to learn and grow as a person and as an individual. It’s what allows me to teach my daughter to do better and be better. And while diversity for the sake of diversity is a step in the right direction, I like to think that we will truly be making a difference once we all learn to love our differences.

I want Ziva’s Closet to be a place where we embrace all the different races, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, abilities, & disabilities. I think Christina Aguilera said it best when she sang,

“You are beautiful no matter what they say Words can't bring you down....oh no You are beautiful in every single way Yes, words can't bring you down, oh, no So don't you bring me down today…”

After all, each and every one of us is a part of one big wonderful human rainbow, and who doesn’t love rainbows? So with that in mind, I’d like to introduce my fabulous team of beautiful girls. They bring life, love, and laughter into the clothes I create!

Meet SaNiya

SaNiya is 4 years old (she will be 5 in July!) She started repping for Ziva's Closet this last term. Her momma, Savita, entered her in the last rep search because she felt that Ziva's Closet offered something different from what she had been seeing in other small shops.

Meet Abbey

Abigail is 4 years old. She started repping for Ziva's Closet in January of 2019. Abbey loves to sing and dance. Her daddy is a musician and she enjoys to play guitar together. Her momma, Sonya, liked the fact that it was a very small boho inspired handmade shop. She especially liked the laid back attitude!

Meet Zozo (occasionally Zozolinni Fettuccine)

Zoey is 5 years old and she has been a rep for a couple of terms now. She loves to sing! Zoey is autistic and her mom, Alicia, liked the casual but girly vibe of the shop! She also loved that clothes can be custom made without tags and with velcro because some autistic kids can have sensory issues with clothing and textures.

Meet Kiwi

Ciara is 4 years old and she joined our Ziva's Closet family 2 terms ago (although my Ziva and Kiwi have been hanging out and are bff's for a bit longer than that) Kiwi is a ball of energy that can have a meltdown at any given moment! Kiwi's mom, Blue says, "Nikki and Ziva repped for me and we did a shop trade and I fell in love with her stuff!"

Meet Ivy (on occasions Ivy Lou)

Ivy is 7 and she just joined the team this spring! Ivy is training towards her black belt in soo bahk do (hopefully next year because there are age requirements that she doesn't meet quite yet) and she loves to ride her pony Moose. Says Holly, her momma: "Because my husband and I are both self employed supporting small business is important to us. With that said, unique, well made clothing shops are what we want to support and recommend. Ziva's Closet fits those requirements."

Meet Zay

Zayda is 6 years old and the youngest of 4 (she's also the only girl!) She's been on the team since last fall. Zayda loves to write,