Celebrate Love, The HOLIDAZE Way!
Love is an unstoppable force for #ChromatBABES and girlfriends Corey Daniella Kempster and Jari Jones.
In the spirit of sharing joy with our community, we are excited to launch our Give 20 - Get 20 Holidaze campaign.
Read on to learn how #ChromatBABES Jari and Corey celebrate and uplift each other during the #Holidaze season and all year round.
Are there any femmes in your life that give you strength? If so, how do they inspire you?
Jari: I’ve been inspired by Femmes my whole life. As a young girl, I was inspired by powerful women. I remember the late Chyna Joan Laurer (WWF Wrestler) being my idol. She was strong, she was sexy, and she held her own. Now having the language and the context behind my gender journey, I realized it was more than an obsession but a longing to be just that, a powerful premonition of what was to come. Now every femme I come across, I see beauty and strength in their whole selves, which in return inspires me to be my most authentic self.
Corey: My wife [Jari] is an obvious answer. She’s one of the most courageous, unapologetic, creative, nurturing, and compassionate people I know. She embodies everything powerful about femmehood and has the ability to make others feel safe and seen enough to live their best lives and be their best selves too. It is one of her greatest gifts, the way she brings out the best in everyone around her. I can’t tell you how important her affirmation and companionship was for me early on in my transition and well before that in some of my most important stages of self exploration.
"When I am with Jari, I feel limitless." - Corey
What does being a #ChromatBABE mean to you?
Corey: A #ChromatBABE is a fierce femme who proudly takes up space. She is bold. She is a changemaker. She refuses to shrink herself for anybodies comfort. She is both more than her body and empowered by her body. She is sexy, electrifying, unforgettable. She is her own. She lives her best life and makes space for others to do the same. It is her truth that holds her beauty. Her beauty transcends any standards set before her. She is courageous. She is unstoppable.
Jari: Being a #ChromatBABE means to be a femme warrior who holds no standard of beauty or expectation and excels without those labels. A #ChromatBABE is powerful, they are unapologetic, they are proud, they are curvy, they love themselves and those around them fiercely.
"The Trans #ChromatBABES specifically hold a special place in my heart. Though the world (on each opposing side) is afraid of her body, she is not afraid to show it off and proudly proclaim, that with her beautiful unique and foreign structure, she too can be sexy and desired. She is the true badass of the world." - Jari
From learning and growing through your personal experiences, What advice would you give to your younger self?
"You get one life, so live it and go for it!" - Jari
You two always seem to be having fun and cracking jokes. How did you meet and was this chemistry instant from the moment you both met?
How has your love evolved as you have evolved?
"The more we fall in love with ourselves, the more we fall in love with each other." - Jari
What are some ways that you all challenge each other? How does that make you all stronger individually and as partners?
"When you are in a relationship as unique as mine, it is an interesting experience to live such similar lives but need such different things, and to see the beauty in those differences to see the strength in individuality." - Jari
What’s your favorite Chromat piece?
Jari, you were recently featured in a Black hair portrait for Allure. When did you start to reclaim the negative stereotypes about natural hair?
"I use myself as a weapon for the never ending battle against anti-blackness and white supremacy in entertainment and media." - Jari
What are some of your favorite products that you use?
Recently the Trump administration has stated their intent to remove anti-discrimination protections for trans people. How do you think people can resist this administration’s harmful anti-trans policies?
"Urgently demanding solidarity and protection from your cis allies is a non negotiable request. You’re either for me or against me. This is absolutely the time to challenge and pressure your ally friends on what it really means to be an ally and supporter." - Jari
It is those little jokes that breeds fear and mobilizes someone to be persuaded to fight for the banning of trans people from public accommodation and therefor public life. It is also your job to get us in the room, to hire trans people and ensure we have a seat at the table. Don’t tell our stories or fight our battles without us.
"We’ve been doing this for a long time and have generations of wisdom, resourcefulness, and resilience. Listen to black trans elders." - Corey
Follow trans poc activists. Read trans writers. Donate to grassroots trans orgs and buy from trans businesses. Learn from trans people and empower trans people when you have the capability and resources to do so especially when trans people are struggling.
"Offsetting harmful policy takes a consistent and conscious pro trans effort in an anti trans world. Not being transphobic isn’t enough." - Corey
"It is important that we laugh, that we take care of ourselves, that we show up for each other whenever possible, that we express ourselves, that we love out loud, and build community that makes us possible, now more than ever." - Corey
Do you have any favorite organizations that are doing important work for the trans community?
"It is crucial that we fund and empower trans people already doing the urgent work that saves trans lives." - Corey
How do you use your platform to uplift, inspire, and activate the movement for the civil rights of Trans people?
Jari: My platform has become the most vulnerable and most transparent part of my life. I use it to not only show my community that there is a life of joy instead of sadness, healing instead of harm, love instead of indifference but there are also parts of our lives are similar, none of us are alone. While I'm not a protester in the streets I offer a different kind of fight for my community.
"By living with contentment and excitement I get to show my community that we are worthy of love, care, laughter, joy and respect."- Jari
We are the ones to bring the movement of Trans Joy and pride to the forefront and have it be a movement that propels the community for the journey to come.