Meet Chassity Jackson: Graduate, Veteran, Designer with a Passion for Fashion

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MEET CHASSITY JACKSON: GRADUATE, VETERAN, DESIGNER WITH A PASSION FOR FASHION

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Chassity Jackson had an interest in technology from early childhood. She carried around a little red keyboard toy, like a baby doll, that she received one Christmas. The “little red keyboard” helped her learn how to type. At the same time, the way her mother and aunt styled their clothing intrigued her as she grew up.  Ms. Jackson continued following her interest in the field of information technology when she served in the U.S. Air Force, but discovered that was not her passion.

“I decided, by way of prayer, to find the silver lining,” said Ms. Jackson, who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising and Management online at Berkeley College in 2019. “Had it not been for hardship – I was homeless veteran with two kids for a while – I might not be on this journey.”

Ms. Jackson decided to move forward and pursue her passion with fashion. She learned about Berkeley College Online through an Internet search and enrolled in 2016.  She also had noticed that people complimented the way she styled her clothing, and she wanted to give back, especially in ways that would benefit homeless veterans.

Today, living in Destin, FL, Ms. Jackson runs several of her own businesses, including a nonprofit. One business, Battle Beauties Fashion, features Ms. Jackson’s fashion designs for military women; the second, Emerald Coast Fashion, a nonprofit that partners with other businesses such as Chick-fil-A to help feed homeless veterans, hosts Emerald Coast Fashion Fridays, which teaches fashion marketing strategies to local and online students; and the third is Wingmen Official, which features street style fashion designs for military men, launched at New York Fashion Week 2018.

“My purpose is to bring reform to the fashion industry,” Ms. Jackson said. “Authentic fashion awakens identity as opposed to the abuse that we’ve witnessed or maybe experienced in the fashion industry.”  She believes that “Fashion is not fashion unless it changes lives.”

To view an interview with Chassity Jackson by the Destin Chamber of Commerce, click here. To read more about Berkeley College student success, visit Berkeley Today Stories.

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