Here at Slick Chicks we believe our ambassadors are the forefront of our success. Our ambassadors are chosen based on their impactful missions to help better society and better themselves in the process. Our ambassadors are dedicated to their communities and for that (and more) we are proud to have them as the main representatives of our brand.
Adrienne Ferron is a wife, mother, and GiGi that lives with a rare disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Adrienne is a strong advocate for the BIPOC disabled community and uses her social media platforms to help educate and empower her followers. Below, Adrienne gives us insight into how she empowers herself, where her determination comes from, and why representation is so important to her.
How do you spiritually prepare yourself for each day? Do you have a mantra or meditation you do if things ever become overwhelming?
I wake up every morning at 5AM. Before I get out of bed, I meditate silently for 20 minutes. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I have a mantra that I use often. My mantra is "breathe in love and exhale fear."
How do you empower yourself?
Living with such a rare and debilitating disease, I am empowered by learning and researching more about being an advocate not only for myself but for others. Especially those who are disabled in the BIPOC community.
How do you process and deal with any critics you may have?
Critics to me actually don't bother me because a lot of the times, they are misinformed about being disabled. I always try to make it a teachable moment, which I get appreciative comments later thanking me for educating them.
Why did you choose to begin your podcast Disable In Color? What have you learned throughout the making of this podcast?
Disable In Color has been a dream of mine for about 3 years. I actually had it on my vision board. I've always felt that I had a voice, yet didn't know how to use it or what to use it for. Being consistent is the biggest lesson I have been learning with creating a podcast. It is hard when your body doesn't want to cooperate with you. A lot of my episodes are done in bed.
Where does your overall determination comes from?
My overall determination is being an advocate for the BIPOC disabled community because so many lack knowledge and are afraid to share their experiences and stories. I may not know everything but I am determined to help others be able to advocate for themselves.
What is your relationship like with social media?
I've been active on social media a little over a decade now. I've had a steady relationship with social media. I do take the time to take breaks to help my mental health. I haven't experienced any negative things on social media. It has been mainly supportive and compassionate people on social media who is like family to me now.
Your Instagram is full of inspirational, encouraging quotes. Have these quotes had a direct impact on your personality?
The quotes I post definitely have a direct impact on my life. Without the quotes, I think I would be in a very dark place still both mentally and emotionally about my disability. I have a book of quotes I keep with me especially during hospital stays to keep me balanced and grounded.
Why does representation matter to you?
Representation matters to me because so many people are not aware and are misinformed about the disabled community, especially the BIPOC disabled community. It is important to me because I want to be treated the same like my other counterparts when it comes to treatment plans and even just open dialog and communication with my doctors.
What do you love about Slick Chicks?
I love Slick Chicks because they are actually thinking about those who have disabilities. Having adaptive clothing helps me so much on those days my hands and fingers just don't want to cooperate. Plus I am so much in love with the material, the zippers, and velcro! I can be comfortable and sexy at the same time!