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I Have Pride

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January 19th, 2011. I had started my blog 3 months ago and lived on Kings Road in West Hollywood. A few blocks away was a brightly painted pink wall and I thought it would make for the perfect backdrop to shoot some photos for my new blog, Damsel in Dior. I had no idea what the future would hold, nor did I have any preconceived speculations on the crazy attention that this wall would receive by bloggers and tourists 2 or 3 years later. I have no claim to this pink wall, but there I stood in my platform heels trying to create something new, something exciting and something that felt right to me.

Starting my blog in 2011 felt like quite a bold move. After working for nearly five years in corporate America with “real jobs” for me, the idea to branch out as an entrepreneur felt like watching a baby deer walk for the first time. “The blogging bubble is going to burst,” everyone warned me. But I kept my eyes open, my head up and I worked with extreme passion and drive each and every day.

I have driven past the infamous pink wall hundreds of times over the years. To and from meetings, Dr’s appointments, visits with my family and friends. I’ve stopped dozens and dozens of times at the red light on the corner of the pink wall at Melrose and Harper. I glance at the wall in reflection of my shoot back in January 2011 and how much things have changed since then.

June 20th, 2017. There are dozens and dozens of people, mostly bloggers, lined up outside the pink wall. With the rise of social media marketing and “selfies” on Instagram along with the change in our culture, the wall now represents more than my personal growth in a career as a blogger or influencer or whatever it is that you want to call “us.” There are pink walls all over the world now, only they aren’t all pink. There’s the “Love Wall” in NYC, Sugarhouse Studios in London, the blue town called Chefchaouen in Morocco and Flinders Lane in Melbourne – only a few examples of the hundreds of places made famous via social media.

I wasn’t driving past the Pink Wall in Los Angeles to find out that, in celebration of Pride, Instagram teamed up with the landmark Melrose Avenue Paul Smith storefront to paint rainbow stripes over its exterior. I was sitting in my office, looking at my phone. With so much white noise in the world right now, I jumped up from my desk and grabbed my favorite photographer, Felicia Lasala.

“This is something I stand behind”

The day was young but we knew that in order to snap a few photos without a crowd that we’d need to arrive early. I parked at a meter and strolled into the nearly empty parking lot. The balmy morning heat struck my face and when I neared the wall and entered the shade there was a cool summer breeze that swept over me. The streets were quiet, I could smell coffee beans and the taste of bacon lingered in my mouth. I thought of my two uncles, Larry and Noe, who we lost to HIV. I thought about my family in Texas. I thought about my brother and his husband. I thought about how happy I was to be standing there in that moment. I felt proud.

The most beautiful thing in life is to see people join together in equality and love. Hopefully this post, in some small way, inspires you to share this same message with others.

Instagram’s Pride celebration also isn’t staying solely on your screen. Over the course of this month, Instagram artists will debut rainbow murals in London, Nashville, Madrid, and Cleveland. LA’s Paul Smith selfie wall, normally pink, has also been turned into a rainbow for the month. The murals are part of a larger Instagram movement to honor pride and with this global initiative they will turn walls in cities around the world into colorful beacons of support. When tagging photos, Instagram is encouraging users to add #KindComments and #pride2017



Special thank you to Felicia Lasala for capturing these images

Here are the photos from 2011



0 Leave a Comment Jun 20, 2017
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  • Simply a beautiful story … you have come along way, and hard work along with faith does pays off eventually! Something to really smile about! 🙂

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • This was wonderful! Your hard work is definitely paying off, there’s nothing like following your dream!

    I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday,

  • Angélique Da Silva Faria

    Your sense of style is a real inspiration ! Always super chic. You made me search for shoes to wear, other than sneakers ! And this story is wonderful, this is motivating me to keep up with my goals.

    Love from Paris,

  • so much hard work, courage and enthusiasm has come a long way for you 🙂 x

  • Rach

    I love that you shared the story about the pink wall and now this rainbow wall! You are one of my favorite bloggers and you always keep it real. Wish I lived closer to this wall! I love what it stands for!

    • Jacey

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment

  • I love this! Love that everyone is making a statement.

    xo Jessica

    My Style Vita

  • Class Versus Sass

    Love this!!!!

  • This is such a great idea- take an iconic wall/colour and change it for the month so that it represents something else!!

  • Beautiful piece J! I wish we had pretty walls like these in Amsterdam!

  • This is such a beautiful post. I love how communities come together and that’s the beauty of social media + internet era. Despite all the hurtful things out there, in moments like these, we come together to embrace those we lost and those who are still alive. <3

  • Really loved this post!

  • I love this post and I know it seems minor, especially given the topic, but it is absolutely wonderful that you did not link to a single product in this post. In the world of covert and shady sponsorships, it’s refreshing when anyone (blogger, influencer, advertiser, etc.) creates content from the heart and there’s no strings attached.

  • Jacey, I don’t often comment although I am a daily reader!!! But this was so beautiful. After following you for some time now, you’ve always expressed your “pride” for this movement, (pun halfway intended) and I thought this was so well written 🖤! So thanks for this, very cool!

    • Jacey

      Thank you so much <3

  • Dana Mannarino

    This was such a beautiful post and one of my favorites of yours! I love how meaningful this wall is for you and your family.

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  • SmallBlondeChic

    This post really resonated with me… it’s beautiful.

  • This is absolutely incredible, as always girl! x

  • Jennifer Wilson

    I love this post. I drive by that wall every week and I noticed the colorful change recently. Thank you for sharing your story. xx

  • Vanessa H. Wood

    What a beautiful, inspiring post! Thank you for sharing your pride with us and for giving me something to strive for when it comes to being proud of something or someone. Continued success in all you do!

  • Nancy Nahaczewski

    As a sister of a silbing who came out 30 yrs ago… I have always stood tall and let people know how proud I have always been of her, welcomed her now wife and been blessed to be the godmother of the 1st of their 3 beautiful children. By my unwavering belief that there was nothing wrong with their lifestyle I hope I have changed some people’s prejudi.. that LOVE comes in many shapes and form!! Thank you for your hard work and kind words!!!

  • I loved this post. The photos are gorgeous {& so fun to see the beginning ones} but I also love that this is something Instagram as a business spearheaded to spread the Pride Love. I will absolutely be on the lookout for one here. This post was very well written – thanks for sharing, Jacey! x Shannon ||

  • Jacey! What a wonderful post! I lost one of my brothers to HIV and I’m very proud of how he managed that!

  • Katie

    daaaang girl those are some P L A T F O R M S! love the throwback photos though..i have to say, sometimes it’s refreshing to see bloggers post about their evolution using older photos. it kinda makes me appreciate the newer content, too. overall, love the sentiment of this post.

  • Lovey Fleming

    Such a beautiful and well done post 🙂

  • love this post!

    xo. SN |

  • Emma Groth

    A truly inspiring post, thanks for sharing!
    Oh and if you ever need someone to show you around Melbourne’s best instagram spots I’m in your service!! 🙂

  • Kiara Schwartz

    Oh I remember those Platformsssssss! And love your message here babe! Love your vibe always!
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  • Sepideh

    I love the story-telling feel of this blogpost Jacey! You should do more of it!
    And wow, how things change! From the pictures from 2011 to today..incredible!

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