Jinna Yang



, we reconnect with some of our favorite street style stars to get an update on how their lives have changed in 2015. Today we catch up with photographer/ journalist and founder of @project_inspo, Jinna Yang.

1. How has your style changed since 2011, when we snapped you?
Everything grows, and if you're growing - so should your style, no? I travel often, and have placed more influence on comfort, functionality and classics — as much as I love one of a kind, ridiculously over the top pieces, I usually never buy them anymore.

2. What is the most important news story today in your opinion?
International crises taking place all over the world right now - they're often treated as separate events, but I think that it's all connected. Much of the reason for extremism and terrorism comes because of the lack of resources (whether it's fertile land or education).

We're all the same, at the end of the day - and some of us have been given a hand of cards that is better/worse than our brothers/sisters. How can we take better care of our Earth, our people, our younger generations - and start asking for real change?

Jinna for Swagger New York in 2011 Photo via Dan Pratt

3. What are you up to now?
We recently went through a rebrand - which is very exciting and is telling of the direction we're headed. Project Inspo is a platform to connect people and provide inspiration in a positive way. I'm hoping that after spending a few minutes on the site, it'll convince you to book a ticket and just GO.

I booked a one-way ticket to Bali, so I'll be heading out to Southeast Asia to travel around and share some stories of the people I meet along the way. I'm also working on my first book.

4. Are you on social media?
@ProjectInspo on Instagram, and Facebook.com/projectinspo

5. We first photographed you on the street. Is street style dead? Why or why not?
I don't think it's dead - I think it's not authentic anymore. [Street style] was a real-life look at what people wore in their natural element. But because of the 'rise' of street style, and the ability for people to get their 15 slideshows of fame, it became its own stylized, excessively-dressed, inauthentic form of fashion. I think that's why people aren't as impressed by the idea of it anymore.

6. What is your one high and one low in 2015?
High: This year was the first year that I was able to freelance full-time, doing what I love— I've been to more countries this year than I have in my entire life —and it was all on my own dime.

Low: I could've made more money, or lived in a better apartment, but that stuff doesn't matter. I'm in a good place, and trying to focus on being grateful for what I have and not what I don't.

7. Since we are going to save these responses for our Vault, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In a new country, camera in hand, surrounded by great people/friends/family and smiling. All I could ever want. :)

Main photo via Jinna Yang


Dec 10, 2015


Swagger NYC