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Selwyn Times: May 30, 2017

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8 Tuesday May 30 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Our People SELWYN TIMES Jaz Tuihana Vivian Tomboy takes non gender-based Jaz Tuihana Vivian, 22, grew up in Southbridge and is now making her mark in the fashion world. She talks to Georgia O’Connor- Harding Tell me about your fashion brand Losers Are Cool (LAC Crews)? I have always kind of had the dream of doing a tomboy clothing line but I have never really known enough about it. So I did a business course last year and it made me a little bit more confident about releasing it. A couple of my friends are in the fashion industry. I bounced ideas off them, came up with a name, put it all together and released it. There is actually nothing online that is purely tomboy clothing. What I wanted to do was take away that awkward shopping down the wrong aisle thing and make it all online so people don’t have to go into the shop. What made you realise you were a tomboy? I have always been a tomboy out playing rugby and getting muddy with the boys. I am not a girly girl at all. Mum always tells me about when I was a kid she would dress me in a pretty pink dress and then I would go steal my brothers’ clothes just before we were about to go out. I played rugby for eight years. I had to take time off this year because it was getting too busy but I am into staying fit and healthy. It makes you feel better at the end of the day. Tell me about your idea to have non-gender based clothing? I think these days in our society you know everyone is breaking down the barriers. And a lot of things have come to head that you know back in the day would be scorned upon. I think with everyone breaking down these barriers why not me as well. I don’t understand why there is girl and boy clothing – it just puts that line in the middle. Have you always had a passion for equality? Just growing up being a tomboy you always have your battles. You have people at school and stuff saying things to you and it makes high school really uncomfortable. I thought if I could make it easy for people that are younger, that is me doing my bit. Was it a mission creating these clothes? It was a big mission but like I said, I had a few friends in the fashion industry so I bumped heads with them and thought what isn’t working about the clothes now and what I can improve on. Together we came up with a few ideas. I made it very basic so I can add onto it. My sister Jayde Vivian is an upcoming model so she was my model and her friends are interested in photography. Everything about it means a lot to me. It hasn’t been about making money. It is about making a difference. How did you get into the business side of things? Definitely, I left high school at year 12. I was never into school but I knew I had to carry on doing something so I went to the New Zealand Institute of Sport thinking I would be a personal trainer and then I did a marketing paper in the curriculum. It was just what we had to do and I aced it. My teacher pulled me aside and said that was the best marketing paper she had seen. I was like why don’t I venture from that and do something with it rather than sitting in a gym all day. That is when I got into business. I was the class clown at school and it is a better feeling being successful now having not actually enjoyed school at all. What were your experiences like at school and how did you stay true to yourself? I had a lot of support from my family. Especially my mum. We have quite an open relationship. When I came home from school she could tell I was upset. I think that was the best. There were a few teachers at school I really related to. I think a mixture of that and people telling me I am unique is what pulled me through. But I definitely got bullied a lot. BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR Your fence, your style! QUALITY • STYLE • PRIVACY CALL US TODAY FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTE CHRISTCHURCH 55 Hands Road Ph: (03) 338 9063 www.stratco.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 30 2017 9 clothing to the fashion world Getting out of school must have been the best for you? Absolutely, I was definitely a misfit. But I wouldn’t encourage anyone to just drop out of school - you have definitely got to have a plan. Mum said as soon as I had a plan I could sign out. How did you come up with the Losers are Cool idea? It just stemmed from school. I thought you look around the classroom and you have your popular kids, nerdy kids and out-right losers. The losers end up being the ones everyone wants to be around because they are genuinely the most successful ones. Do you think people began to look at you more positively as you all got older? Yes definitely, I have people messaging me now saying: ‘I know we didn’t get on at school but what you are doing is awesome.’ You get the support from those that influenced you to do this. It makes you feel a lot better. It all happened for a reason. What are your other passions? I work in hospitality as a bar tender at The Sideline Sports Bar in Richmond. I do my clothing line throughout the day. My job opened my eyes. I have been at the bar almost four years. I think being in the hospitality industry and seeing people from all walks of life has opened my eyes to equality issues in society. Everyone should be themselves and not be put down. What do you think of the Southbridge community? I love going to my mum’s in Southbridge. The people there are genuinely interested in what everyone is doing. I know you get the small town stuff but people are interested in you going far. I like that aspect of country life. Everyone is genuinely happy and they have been supportive to people of all ages. One of my mum’s friends bought my own clothing. During those tough times at high school how did you overcome being bullied? I still get really bad anxiety. You have just got to remind yourself you are going in the right direction. It is hard at high school, there is the councillor but people feel intimidated going there because it seems like they have got an issue or weak. You have to find someone to talk to – even if it is just a teacher you have a comfortable relationship with. I am a pretty outgoing person so I didn’t find it that hard. Tell me a bit about your sister Jayde? At the start of the year she went to New York Fashion Week. She is signed with NZ Models & Talent. They took a group of girls over there to Australia to do workshops. She said it was an amazing experience and opened her eyes up to the industry. She has left school end of year 12 as well and I suppose she is trying to find her feet. My brother Tyler is in a band called Idiio. It is short for idiosyncratic meaning unique. He used to be in a band in Christchurch called the Make Believes. I think we are all pretty creative. Are there any other plans you have for the future? What I really want to do is be a wedding planner and with my clothing line I want to make tom boy wedding apparel. That is my end goal. I want to do suits but tailored to fit women better. I could go into the dresses. I could make a dress that is more comfortable. Have you always had an interest in weddings? I have always been fascinated with love I think. It is amazing and with all this stuff going on with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. I think it is important to try and embrace and make people feel comfortable when it comes to their super special day in the life. STYLE: Upcoming model Jayde Vivian wears some of her sister’s clothing from Losers Are Cool. GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Standout Homes for a Standard Price You must visit us before you build for a competitive price www.homesbyparklane.co.nz NEW SHOWHOME - NOW OPEN 6 Craig Thompson Drive, Flemington, Lincoln Office and Showhome 2 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch (03) 341 3000 or 029 201 2453 Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2016 Gold Award for New Home $500,000 - $650,000 3 x Silver Awards for New Home $300,000 - $400,000